Town of Ilkley, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 55.455 W 001° 49.267
30U E 577414 N 5975737
Quick Description: The Town Hall of Ilkley dates from 1908.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/6/2012 9:29:29 AM
Waymark Code: WME5FC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Ilkley was a spa town that grew in popularity in the Victorian era when the railway arrived in 1865.

The town hall is situated very close to the railway station and the land was originally bought in 1897. The original buildings on the site were demolished ready for work to start, but the council did not have enough money to start the work. Then Andrew Carnegie an American ironmonger and philanthropist offered £3000 for the provision of a free library. The council announced a competition for the design of the buildings in November 1903 and over 60 entries were submitted before the drawings, of Mr William Bakewell, of Park Square in Leeds was approved.

Although Ilkley is still a town in its own right, it is now part of the much larger Bradford Metropolitan Borough and is currently administered by them. Since the world wide credit crunch all councils are looking to save money. Bradford is trying to set up an Ilkley Charitable Trust to look after the Town Hall and other public buildings such as the library.

Ilkley itself no longer has any spas left open but it remains a popular tourist destination. It was originally founded by the Romans as a fort named Olicana.

It stands below Ilkley moor, a popular walking location. It is also the start of the Dales Way an 80 mile hiking route that mainly follows rivers to the town of Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District.
Name: Ilkley Town Hall

Station Road
Ilkley, West Yorkshire United Kingdom
LS29 8HB

Date of Construction: 1908

Architect: Mr William Bakewell

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Memorials/Commemorations/Dedications: Not listed

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