Travelling around Batley
Batley is located in the heart of West Yorkshire, halfway between Bradford and Leeds. Once dubbed the Las Vegas of the north, thanks to its iconic variety club, you won’t be sorry you took a gamble on this picturesque old mill town. You can explore its beautiful parks and gardens, see some truly magnificent architecture in the historic market place or enjoy a little culture at the independent art gallery.
Batley has excellent road and rail links, with easy access off the M62 Motorway. Arriva buses operate in the area, providing routes to nearby towns and villages, such as Morley and Heckmondwike, as well as major local hubs, like Wakefield and Leeds.
Batley has a rich and vibrant history, as its origins stretch right back to the Dark Ages when it was founded as a Viking settlement. After the Norman conquest, the region was gifted to the de Batley family and the town derives its name from this.
A church was erected in the 11th century, and by the following century, Batley had become part of the Duchy of Lancaster. The town grew steadily throughout the Middle Ages, and by the dawn of the 19th century, it was enjoying a modest trade in weaving and spinning. The Industrial Revolution brought railways and water-powered mills and over the next few years, Batley’s flourishing textile industry developed into one of the most prosperous in the country.