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Batley was used for location filming of the fictional town of Barfield in the 1955 film Value for Money, starring John Gregson and Diana Dors.

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The electoral ward of Heckmondwike (which includes part of Liversedge township) was considered part of the Spen Valley (although it was never included in the former Spenborough Urban district). Heckmondwike ward was for many years a Labour stronghold, but in the 2000s elected two BNP councillors. The BNP councillors were narrowly defeated by Labour in 2007[8] and 2008.[9]

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In cricket, Batley has several local teams, and is also part of the cricket association for the Heavy Woollen District. The original definition of the latter area was to within a six-mile radius of Batley Town Hall. The Heavy Woollen Cup can now be entered by any team within 18 miles of Batley, but there is an upper limit of 64 teams.

Batley led early on through David Scott but Leigh hit back through Fuifui Moimoi and Adam Higson.

A dramatic society was founded in October 1913 at Shelton’s café at 53 Commercial Street to present dramatic works to raise funds for Batley and District Hospital. On 8 January 1914 at a meeting in the Temperance Hall, it was decided that it would be known as the “Batley Amateur Thespian Society” and it became affiliated with the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.

As Batley shares boundaries with both Dewsbury and Heckmondwike, parts of Batley Carr, Hanging Heaton and Staincliffe are part of Dewsbury, while part of White Lee is in Heckmondwike. There is an area of Ossett known as Healey, which is identical in name to the Batley district of Healey; the Ossett area is sometimes referred to as "Healey Mills" due to the very large congregation of mills that once existed in that area.

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Jo Cox, who had represented the constituency since the 2015 general election, was fatally shot and stabbed on 16 June 2016.[5][6] The Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and UKIP announced on 17 June that they would not contest the vacant seat.[7]

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Our guide to classes in the Kirklees area covers art, baking, sewing and other crafts.

Batley is home to a modest commercial and retail centre along Commercial Street. The largest shop here is Tesco which is linked to the main shopping street by a footbridge. There are several chain stores. The Boots the Chemist closed in May 2015. Before the chain collapsed, Batley also had a Woolworth's store, which has now become a small pound shop called JBM bargains.

A crowd of 10,556 were in attendance at Leigh Sports Village after Leigh owner Derek Beaumont offered free tickets for the game to celebrate the club's return to Super League for next season.

Leigh: Smith, Higson, Brown, Tonga, Dawson, Reynolds, Burns, Moimoi, Hood, Weston, Dixon, Paterson, Fash.

Leigh added further tries through Travis Burns, Willie Tonga and Dayne Weston, with Keegan Hirst and Wayne Reittie adding consolations for Batley.

1983–1997: The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees wards of Batley East, Batley West, Birstall and Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, and Spen.

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Batley Art Gallery, in the Batley Library building, features contemporary art, craft and photography.

Monty Python's Flying Circus had a series of recurring sketches in which the members of the Batley Ladies Townswomen's Guild would present famous plays or musicals, or re-enact various historical battles (such as the Battle of Pearl Harbour), by charging at each other, swinging handbags and wrestling in the mud.

Batley: D. Scott, Reittie, Smeaton, Ulugia, Ainscough, Walker, Brambani, Hirst, Leak, Rowe, Day, Bretherton, Blake.


Howley Hall at Soothill was built during the 1580s by Sir John Savile, a member of the great Yorkshire landowners, the Savile family. The house was besieged during the English Civil War in 1643 before the Battle of Adwalton Moor but appears to have sustained no serious damage. It continued to be occupied during the 17th century but fell into disrepair. Howley Hall was demolished in 1730. Many ruins exist including the cellars of its great hall.

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From the end of the 1950s, the need for cheap labour in the town's textile industries drew in migrant labourers from Gujarat, Punjab and other parts of modern-day Pakistan and India. The South Asian population of Batley is now around 33% in Batley West and 54% in Batley East.[6] Batley has an Asian Muslim population consisting of people mainly from India.[citation needed]

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2010–present: The Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees wards of Batley East, Batley West, Birstall and Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, and Liversedge and Gomersal.

Anti-social behaviour near Robbie's Fish Shop: To address youth-related anti-social behaviour in the afternoons and evenings around Robbies Fish Shop, Ealand Road, Cross Bank Road and Carlinghow Lane

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