Otley is a small market town on the River Wharfe, between Leeds and Ilkley. It is rich in character, and although just ten miles from the centre of Leeds, Otley feels very much like a Dales town.

Parts of the All Saintís parish church, in the heart of the village, date back a thousand years. The church houses some of the best examples of Anglo-Danish crosses in the country.

Immediately to the south of Otley, a short but steep walk from the town centre, rises Otley Chevin. This is a large area of moorland and woodland which dominates the town and which gives magnificent views over Mid-Wharfedale. Here the stone was obtained for many of Otley's buildings.

J. M. W. Turner the famous artist, was a regular visitor to Otley when he stayed at Farnley Hall, and he painted many local landscapes and views for his patrons, the Horton-Fawkes family.

OS grid reference SE 205 455


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Born in Otley

Thomas Chippendale, the renowned cabinet-maker and furniture designer, was born in Otley in 1718. His statue stands in Manor Square next to the old Prince Henry's Grammar School that he once attended.

Useful and informative links

Otley photographs from Geograph
The Town of Otley
Otley community website.
Wikipedia article on Otley

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