Baildon is located in the Aire Valley, between the city of Bradford and Rombalds Moor. Whether you still think of Baildon as a village or have embraced its new status as a town, we can all agree that Baildon is a great place to live.
As a Town Council, we're proud to represent a place with such character, history and natural beauty as Baildon.
Stretching from the river at Roberts Park, along Otley Road through Charlestown and Tong Park, and up to Baildon Moor, Baildon is much more than just what is traditionally considered the village centre. Around 16,000 residents, spread across an area of approximately 16 square miles, live, work, shop and eat at locations from Charlestown to Baildon Bridge to the Coach Road.
The main shopping centre, generally referred to as the village, centres on historic Towngate. The village is thriving, with new businesses eager to move in and vacant shops quickly filled.
Although a typical high street can often be just chains and charity shops, Baildon is lucky to have diversity and a great selection of independent businesses. Our shopping centre supports two butchers, two florists, a deli, a seamstress, a computer shop and a music shop, accountants, physiotherapists, a proper sweet shop, good local pubs and lots of places to eat. We are also lucky enough to have several shopping parades in other parts of Baildon.
The housing market remains strong and great schools, good transport links and proximity to the countryside are all factors in Baildon's continuing popularity as a place to live.
Community spirit is strong in Baildon, with residents active in groups as diverse as the Women's Institute, Baildon Ukelele Club, churches, Baildon in Bloom, Friends of Baildon Moor and youth activities – to mention just a few.
Baildon hosts many exciting events in which the whole community come together, like August bank holiday's Harley Davidson biker rally, the Scarecrow Festival and Baildon at Christmas.
There's lots to see and do: the Victorian tramway at Shipley Glen runs at weekends and Roberts Park, although part of the Saltaire World Heritage Site, is within the Baildon boundary.
So what are the icons of Baildon? What does Baildon mean to you? Perhaps it's the moor with its swooping, warbling lapwings. Maybe it's the potted meat stick or the stocks and medieval cross. Perhaps it's something less tangible, like community, family or history. We'd love to know. Email and tell us what you think about the town where you live.