Adjoining the village is Burley Woodhead, a small cluster of farms and homes at the foot of Burley Moor.
Originally a small agricultural community, Burley developed in the 19th century into an industrial village with up to 700 residents employed in local cotton mills, of which the largest was Greenholme Mills. The mills no longer exist and the village has developed as a dormitory settlement for people working in nearby Leeds and Bradford. Nevertheless, the village has retained a strong sense of community.
It benefits from a range of public buildings, such as Queens Hall, an attractive Grade Two listed building originally built as a lecture hall for mill workers.
Recent work by community groups has resulted in village developments such as a new village green and the twelve acre Sun Lane Nature Reserve on the reclaimed site of the former village tip.OS grid reference SE 165 464
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