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About Keighley


Keighley has the unique record of having the first recorded town twinning agreement in the world entering an agreement with Poix-du-Nord, France in 1920.

The photograph shows Keighley Hall in Poix-du-Nord.

This actually followed an even earlier sister city arrangement with two communes on the outskirts of Paris, France - Suresnes and Puteaux - starting in 1905.

About the Parish

Much of the town centre has been pedestrianised. Keighley has three large supermarkets, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Asda.

The Airedale shopping centre (left), is a large indoor shopping precinct which houses most of the town's high street retail chains. There are several budget supermarkets situated in small retail parks around the town.

The Airedale Shopping Centre houses a statue of the giant Rombald holding a boulder above his head. According to local legend the giant Rombald threw a giant rock at his enemies (or in some versions of the tale his wife) killing them. The rock is the "calf" of "cow and calf" rock fame which can be seen today at the top of Rombald's Moor on Ilkley Moor.

Keighley benefits from an electrified railway service with connections to Leeds, Bradford, Shipley, Bingley, Skipton, Carlisle and Morecambe.

The Keighley and Worth Valley railway is a heritage steam railway, which links the town with Haworth, Oakworth, Oxenhope and the Bronte Country.

At Ingrow is the Museum of Rail Travel.

On the outskirts of town is Cliffe Hall, also known as Cliffe Castle, now Keighley Museum.

Top Withens and the Brontë Waterfall are within walking distance of Stanbury, a mile and a half from Haworth. East Riddlesden Hall is in Riddlesden.

Local high schools are University Academy Keighley (UAK) in Utley, Oakbank School, Parkside Comprehensive School in Cullingworth and the Holy Family Catholic School.

The Keighley campus of Leeds City College formerly known as Park Lane college. In 2010 the college opened its new £30 million campus situated near Keighley railway station on Dalton Lane, moving away from the former site on Cavendish Street which is in need of repair.

The college includes a nationally acclaimed Star Centre facility, designed to encourage more young people to study maths and science. This features a mock mission control centre, a planetarium, a simulated rocky planet surface and many other space-related items.

Keighley Cougars RLFC are a professional rugby team based at Royd Ings Avenue, they play in the Co-operative Championship continuing a recent history of promotion to and relegation from this league over the last 3 years. The ground's historical/traditional name is Lawkholme Lane but has more recently been named Cougar Park. Keighley RUFC are based at Rose Cottage, Utley and play in Yorkshire league one.

Keighley is home to the Timothy Taylor Brewery, the makers of several, CAMRA, Champion Beer of Britain award-winning ales such as Landlord, Ram Tam, Boltmaker (previously known as 'Taylor's Best Bitter' ) and Golden Best.

Keighley has a popular local music scene. There have been various venues where local bands play. Most notable was the now defunct CJ's bar (also known as Chrome, VW's, Cheese and Trumpet) that played host to many popular touring bands. Examples of local bands are Foxes Faux, The sailmakers, Random Hand, the Get Guns, Dead Message, and Eyesore Angels. The British rock bands Skeletal Family and Terrorvision were also originally formed in Keighley.

Keighley's Picture House, a cinema on North Street opened in 1913 making it one of the oldest in Britain. A brief closure in the mid-1990s prevented it from being listed as one of the oldest in continuous operation - a record that goes to the Curzon Cinema which opened in Clevedon, Somerset in 1911.

On 6 July 2014, Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France from York to Sheffield, passed through the town. It was also the location of the stage's intermediate sprint after 68.5 kilometres (42.6 mi). The 20 points for the Points jersey was claimed by Blel Kadri of AG2R La Mondiale.