Morley was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1087 but it was a relatively isolated village up until the time of the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Over the last two millennia, the sleepy nature of the place has changed enormously.

Three basic industries - textiles, coal-mining and quarrying - grew and dominated the area for much of the time though textiles were the most important and more enduring. The non-conformist influence governed much of the town's social life, architecture and culture.

Coal mining faded from view by the early 20th century and textiles gradually lost their influence so that by 1980 practically all of the mills had closed.

Now there is little heavy industry in the area and some feel that the town has become a dormitory for Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield.

However, we feel that there is still a strong and independent spirit amongst the populace and there is a wish to know and cherish the old roots.

© Morley Local History Society, 2018
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