Birstall is a large village roughly 6 miles south-west of Leeds and part of the borough of Kirklees. It features a quaint triangular Victorian marketplace, which replaced an earlier market on High Street in the Georgian area of the village further up the hill. There is still a market on Thursdays.

The Black Bull Inn, situated directly behind St Peter's church on Kirkgate, has dozens of photographs of the village, most dating from 1900 to 1930. The function room of the inn was once the courtroom for Birstall and Batley.

OS grid reference SE 223 265

Local attractions

Oakwell Hall is an Elizabethan manor house romanticised by Charlotte Brontė as Fieldhead in her novel Shirley.

Born in Birstall:

Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) - presbyterian minister and chemist.

Useful and informative links

Birstall News
Birstall photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Birstall

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