Baildon is a town north of Bradford in Northern England. It is part of the metropolitan borough of Bradford in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire and within the historic boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Baildon Moor has a number of outcropping gritstones, and there is a stone circle known as Soldier's Trench which is said to date from the Bronze Age, 3000 years ago. There are also numerous Cup & Ring marks, the origins of these are still unknown.
The town is served by Baildon railway station.
Within Baildon there are several sports clubs, run from Baildon Rugby Union Football Club. These include the rugby club itself, along with the cricket and running clubs.
This painted tongue and goove timber church, which is now (2008) a Grade II listed building, was moved to Baildon from Great Warley, Essex in 1905. The Revd N R Bailey, rector of Great Warley, had property in Baildon and hoped to retire there. However his obituary was published in Nov 1900 before he retired. In 2007/2008 the church was moved again but only a few yards. This allowed the surrounding land to be sold by the Diocese for development. An underground heat pump system was installed to make the building more eco-friendly and rotten timbers replaced.
After collecting the required number of signatures on a petition in 2005, and holding a ballot in 2006, nominations were invited for a Baildon Parish Council. Baildon was split into 6 wards with the potential for 2 councillors in each ward. Baildon East and Baildon West had 3 nominations so elections were held on May 3 2007. Baildon South, Baildon North and Baildon South East each had 2 nominations - no contest. Baildon South West had no nominations. Therefore, on May 14 2007, the Baildon Parish Council was initially formed with 10 Councillors.
|Ward||Polling District|| Electors |
|Nominations. Bold indicates elected. Number in brackets is vote count.|
|West Ward - Belmont||1A|| 1,660|
Ballot papers 782
|Election||Derek Ernest Green (344), Peter Hartingdon (Independent) (376) and Roger L'Amie (561)|
|North Ward - Baildon Moor||1B||2,186||No Contest||Mark Nicholas Fisher and Valerie Margaret Townend|
|East Ward - Jenny Lane||1C|| 2,367|
Ballot papers 857
|Election||Joanne Marie Crowther (552), George William Everall (Independent) (344) and Paul Richard Marfell (488)|
|South East Ward - Tong Park||1E & 1F||1,860||No Contest||Debbie Davies and Eddie Ward|
|South Ward - Ferniehurst||1G, 1H & 1J||3,466||No Contest||Stephen Albert Heaton and Renee Lancaster|
|South West Ward - Baildon Green||22A & B||2,532(previous)||No Contest||No Candidates|
|Denis Colman||Co-opted July 2007-||South East|
|Joann Crowther||2007-||East|| Xmas Lights 2008-|
|Debbie Davies||2007-||South East||Youth Champion 2007-|
|Mark Fisher||2007-||North|| Chair 2007-2008|
Vice Chair 2008-
|Peter Hartingdon||2007-||West||Planning Review Committee 2007- (Chair 2008 -)|
|Stephen Heaton||2007-July 2008 resigned||South||Planning Review Committee 2007 - 2008|
|Roger Lamie||2007 -||West|| Eco warrior 2008 -|
Staffing Committee 2007-
|Renee Lancaster||2007 -||South||Baildon in Bloom 2007 -|
|Rebecca Malekottodjary||Co-opted Oct 2007 -||South West||Staffing Committee 2007-|
|Paul Marfell||2007 -||East|| Vice-Chair 2007-2008|
Chair 2008 -
Planning Review Committee 2007 -
Parish Council Liaison Rep. 2007-
Staffing Committee 2007-
|Alan Smith||Co-opted Oct 2007 -||South West||Baildon in Bloom 2007 -|
|Val Townend||2007 -||North|
|Eddie Ward||2007-May 2008 resigned||South East|
For nearly a quarter of a century, up until 2003, the August Bank Holiday weekend saw over 500 Harley-Davidson riders arrive in Baildon as part of the annual UK rally of the Harley-Davidson Riders Club of Great Britain - the event raising thousands of pounds for children's charities. The riders came from all over the country, including some from as far off as the Netherlands. In 2004, the HDRCGB decided to switch their regular venue to Wales, so an unofficial rally now takes place each August with over 250 Harley riders deciding to honour their annual pilgrimage to Baildon village, including donations of toys to a local children's hospital. The 2008 rally ended with 430 riders being given their usual police escort down Browgate, from the village, towards Hollins Hill, where most would eventually make their way on to Harewood House.
Mountaineer Ian Clough was born in Baildon. After he was tragically killed on an expedition to the Himalayan mountain Annapurna in 1970, Ian Clough Hall, a meeting-place and arts venue, was established in Baildon in his memory. In the 1960s, Ian and close friend Chris Bonington were known to have practised their climbing techniques on Baildon Bank - a 1,000ft long, high, ex-quarry rock-face that looks out towards Bradford. In 1962, Ian & Chris were the first Britons to successfully scale the treacherous north-face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps.
Veteran sports television commentator John Helm is from Baildon.