Looking west up Emm Lane from the A650 (Keighley Road)
Looking west up Emm Lane from the A650 (Keighley Road)

Frizinghall is a district in the Heaton ward of the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire,[1] lying 2 miles (3 km) north of the city centre close to the town of Shipley,[2] itself a part of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District along with such other nearby towns as Keighley and Ilkley.[3]

Frizinghall derives its name from a type of rough woollen cloth made in the area (frieze), and the hall was somewhere in the settlement (ing) where the frieze was made.[4] Others believe the name comes from Old English; The Frisian's nook of land (Frisian being a personal name)[5] or from Furze-covered Haugh (haugh being an enclosure).[6]

Frizinghall is notable as the birthplace of famous cricketer (and later commentator) Jim Laker.[7]

Frizinghall is served by a railway station on the Airedale line which has frequent services to Bradford Forster Square, Leeds, Shipley, Ilkley, Keighley and Skipton.[8]

The fictitious town of Frizinghall in Wilkie Collins' book The Moonstone is near the Yorkshire coast.[9]

See also


  1. ^ BMDC Heaton Ward Polling Districts (Map). Bradford District Council. October 2005.
  2. ^ "288" (Map). Bradford & Huddersfield. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 9780319244852.
  3. ^ Shand, Alistair (13 March 2017). "Renewed calls for Keighley and Shipley to break away from Bradford Council control". Keighley News. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  4. ^ Cudworth, William (1896). Manningham, Heaton and Merton (Townships of Bradford) Treated historically and topographically. Bradford: Cudworth. pp. 261–262. OCLC 499689891.
  5. ^ Smith, A H (1961). The place names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Part 3, Morley Wapentake. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 245. OCLC 1052822972.
  6. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 188, 225. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  7. ^ Wheeler, Sam (29 July 2006). "The day Laker turned Ashes into one-man show". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  8. ^ Kilner, Will (29 March 2010). "Study highlights new rail stations success". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  9. ^ "The Moonstone". www.wilkie-collins.info. Retrieved 17 November 2017.

Coordinates: 53°49′13″N 1°46′09″W / 53.8204°N 1.7691°W / 53.8204; -1.7691