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Guiseley

Guiseley is a small town in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, England. It is situated next to Otley and Menston and the A65 runs straight through the town's main shopping street. It has a train station - called Guiseley. The town is most famous for Harry Ramsden, who sold his fish and chips from a small shed next to the tram stop. In 1930 he opened his first fish restaurant (which is still trading) and was, for many years, "the world's biggest fish and chip shop". Harry Corbett was related to Harry Ramsden and Corbett's famous children's television glove puppet character Sooty stage act was conceived in his parents "Springfield" fish and chip shop on Springfield Road in the same town. The restaurant featured in a BBC documentary in Spring 2008 and now boasts the slogan 'As Seen on TV' on the shopfront.

Crompton Parkinson was a major employer in the town until its factory closed in 2004. The town was also the home of Silver Cross, a pram manufacturer, whose factory was in Guiseley from 1936 to 2002 .

Guiseley's parish church of St Oswald's was used by generations of the Longfellow family. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's grandfather left here for the New World in the 18th century. Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell were married at St Oswald's and became the parents of six children, including Anne, Charlotte and Emily Brontë.

Victorian actress Adelaide Neilson although born in Leeds, passed the majority of her childhood in the village of Guiseley. Where she worked both at Green Bottom Mill and also as a nurse maid to a local family, before running away to seek her fortune in London.

Guiseley also host their own semi-professional football team, Guiseley A.F.C. at Nethermoor Park, who, as of the end of the 2007/2008 season, were playing in the Unibond Premier League, and also Guiseley's cricket team, who share the club house and play in the Aire-Wharfe Senior Cricket League. Aireborough RUFC is also situated in Guiseley at Nunroyd Park.

The former Yorkshire and England cricket captain Brian Close lived in the town during his childhood.

Other well-known people who currently live in Guiseley include the singer Tasmin Archer, famous for her number one single 'Sleeping Satellite', rugby league coach Brian Noble and jazz/easy listening singer Peter Grant.

Barney Colehan lived in Guiseley until his death in 1991. He is buried in Guiseley cemetery on Chevin End Road.

Guiseley has produced a wide range of musical talent over the years with bands such as Mapel Fire and Paul Buddle

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