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Bingley is a market town in the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford, in West Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The town has a population of 19,884 according to the 2001 Census,[1] reducing to 18,294 at the 2011 Census.[2]

Bingley provides a range of primary and secondary schools. The secondary schools are Beckfoot School, Bingley Grammar School and Samuel Lister Academy. Bingley Grammar School was founded in the 16th century and is one of the oldest schools in the country. Heather Bank School was a private preparatory school which closed in the 1970s.

In 2004 the Bingley Relief Road opened. The £47.9 million road stretches from Crossflatts to Cottingley, threading through Bingley between the railway and the canal. One of the most expensive parts of the construction was moving a 160-yard (150 m) stretch of the canal. The construction involved the removal of Treacle Cock Alley pedestrian tunnel and the Tin Bridge, which have been replaced by the Three Rise Bridge, and the Britannia Bridge

Plans had been on the table for a trunk road through Bingley and the Aire valley since at least 1970.[10] In 1992 preparatory work was undertaken to lengthen Park Road bridge so that the Leeds Liverpool Canal could be moved slightly to the east. This work would allow the formation of the new road to be sandwiched between the railway and the canal. In 1998, the then Labour Government, gave the go ahead for the trunk road to be constructed.[10][11]

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In the summertime Bingley hosts the Bingley Show, and Bingley Music Live - both of which are usually held in Myrtle Park.

The Airedale Line, part of the Metro (West Yorkshire) railway network passes through Bingley. It is operated by Northern. Bingley railway station still has many historical features.

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The town is centred on an open market square with an ancient market stall (called the "Market Hall"), Butter Cross and stocks. Adjacent to this is the Bingley Arts Centre, which houses the Bingley Little Theatre.

The ford was superseded by Ireland Bridge. In medieval times Bingley was a manor which extended several miles up and down the Aire valley, extending upstream to Marley on the outskirts of Keighley and downstream to Cottingley. Bingley became a market town with the grant of a Market Charter in 1212 by King John.

In 1592 Bingley was shown on a map by Yorkshire map-maker Christopher Saxton as a single street with about 20 houses on each side. The church sits at the west end of the street opposite a single large house, possibly a manor house. Since Bingley was a market town, the market stalls would have been set up on either side of the main street. One of the oldest buildings in Bingley is a coaching inn, the Old White Horse Inn, situated on the flatter north bank of the River Aire by Ireland Bridge.

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The area is also famous for its association with Sir Fred Hoyle (who was born in nearby Gilstead in 1915 and attended Bingley Grammar School) - the eminent British astrophysicist and cosmologist who first coined the expression "Big Bang" (albeit as a term of disparagement, with he himself being a supporter of the previously established "Steady State" theory of the universe). Sir Fred Hoyle died in 2001, and in 2009 the recently constructed local Bingley Relief Road was named in his honour.

Bingley Little Theatre is both a venue and a major amateur group, with eight productions a year as well as studio pieces.

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Bingley was probably founded about the time of the Saxons; certainly its name is Saxon in origin. Bingley was founded by a ford on the River Aire. This crossing gave access to Harden, Cullingworth and Wilsden on the south side of the river.

According to the poll tax returns of 1379, Bingley had 130 households, probably around 500 people. The nearby towns of Bradford, Leeds and Halifax had about half this population. At this time Bingley was the largest town in the area.

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In the Domesday Book of 1086, Bingley is listed as "Bingheleia", with the following entry:

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The road was a target of road protest camp where protesters occupied tree houses for nearly two years.[13]

Local travel links include Bingley railway station in the town centre and Leeds Bradford International Airport, which is located 10 miles (16 km) from the city centre. The B6265 (Main Street), connecting Bingley to Keighley, runs through the town centre.

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Since January 2015, Bingley is part of the Walkers are Welcome town network making Yorkshire the friendliest place for walkers![21] Bingley Walkers are Welcome now works with the local community and businesses to increase footfall into the area and boosting the local economy.

Bingley is famous for a number of reasons (Bradford & Bingley Building Society HQ, Damart, the Five Rise Locks), but its most famous son is Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.[3] Sutcliffe was later convicted of the murders of 13 women and the attempted murder of seven others.

Also nearby is the village of Cottingley, famous for its association with Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, two local schoolchildren who back in 1917 photographed the Cottingley Fairies - which they claimed to be real fairies at the bottom of the garden.

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Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Bingley appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Bingheleia".

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