Guiseley

Guiseley is a small town in West Yorkshire, and is generally regarded as an outlying suburb of Leeds.

The town is most famous for Harry Ramsden, who sold his fish and chips from a small shed next to the tram stop. In 1930 he opened his first fish restaurant (which is still trading) and was, for many years, "the world's biggest fish and chip shop".

Harry Corbett married Harry Ramsden's daughter. Sooty, Corbett's renowned puppet and children's TV character, was conceived in another fish and chip shop in the town in 1948.

Guiseley's parish church of St Oswald's was used by generations of the Longfellow family. The grandfather of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow left here for the New World in the 18th century. Patrick Brontė and Maria Branwell were married at St Oswald's and became the parents of six children, including Anne, Charlotte and Emily Brontė.

OS grid reference SE 195 425

Useful and informative links

Guiseley photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Guiseley




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