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Batley & Birstall

Batley & Birstall factfile

The name is derived from the Danish language and means either valley or homestead of bats. It appeared in the Domesday Book at Bateleia.

Batley is also famous for its grammar school, founded by the Rev William Lee. One of its former pupils was Sir Titus Salt, the man who founded Salts Mill and the village of Saltaire - now a National Heritage site.

Between 1966 and 1977 the famous Batley Variety Club played host to many notable acts including Louis Armstrong, The Bee Gees, Roy Orbison, The Hollies and Cliff Richard.

Birstall, a town near Batley, is most famously the birthplace of Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen.