The settlement of Guiseley predates the Domesday Book. Its name is of Saxon origin. It was named "Gisele" in the Domesday Book. Guiseley's parish church dedicated to St Oswald was used by generations of the Longfellow family. Henry Wadsworth Longfellows grandfather left here for the New World in the 18th century. The rector of St Oswald's for several decades was Rev. Robert More, who died in 1642. He was the father-in-law of the English explorer, Capt. Christopher Levett.Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell were married at St Oswald's and became the parents of six children, including Anne, Charlotte and Emily Brontë.
Harry Corbett's famous children's television glove puppet character Sooty stage act was conceived in his parents' "Springfield" fish and chip shop on Springfield Road in Guiseley. The restaurant was featured in a BBC documentary in Spring 2008 and now boasts the slogan 'As Seen on TV' on the shopfront.
Crompton Parkinson was a major employer in the town until its factory closed in 2004. The town was also the home of Silver Cross, a pram manufacturer, whose factory was in Guiseley from 1936 to 2002.
Guiseley is a small town in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, England. Situated south of Otley and Menston, it is a suburb of north west Leeds. At the 2001 census, Guiseley together with Rawdon had a population of over 21,000.The A65, which passes through the town, is the main shopping street.Guiseley railway station offers regular service into Leeds railway station.
The town is most famous for Harry Ramsden, who sold 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".
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