Greengates is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE1837
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBD10
Dialling code01274
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
List of places
53°49′53″N 1°42′44″W / 53.831428°N 1.712172°W / 53.831428; -1.712172

Greengates is a small suburban area in the north-east of the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, in England. The area is bordered by Idle and Thackley to the north-west, and the large council estate known as Thorpe Edge to the west. To the south of Greengates is Ravenscliffe housing estate with the village of Eccleshill beyond that. The village of Apperley Bridge lies to the north. To the east in the Leeds Metropolitan District is the village of Calverley.


Bradford Trolley Bus on Albion Road

To the west of Greengates is Albion Mills a historic textile mill, destroyed by fire on 10 March 1911 but rebuilt.[1][2] In 1931 the Bradford trolleybus routes were extended from Idle to Greengates[3] with the service running along Albion Road and Leeds Road.

In 1928 a purpose built 595 seat cinema 'Greengates Cinema' was constructed on New Line for the Greengates Cinema Company. This closed in 1959 and is now an Asda supermarket.[4]


Greengates is situated largely in the Idle and Thackley ward and partly in the Eccleshill ward. It is represented as part of the parliamentary constituency of Bradford East.


Albion Mills Business Centre (part of)

Greengates' proximity to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, that runs through Apperley Bridge to the north of the village, has meant that Greengates has several mills. At the western end is Robin Mills and Albion Mills. Robin Mills was a base for manufacturing knitting wool yarns but is now split into industrial units. A large part of Robin Mills is occupied by Storey Evans, carton, leaflet, label etc. printers for the pharmaceutical industry.[5] Albion Mills is split into office accommodation and business units. There is the racing car themed Speedmaster Conference Centre, until recently notable for its classic, competition and racing car showroom and exhibition. The centre was opened in April 2008 by Sir Stirling Moss.[6]

On New Line, is the New Line Retail Park with a Subway, a veterinary surgery, Boots Chemist, and a beauty shop. A little past the New Line retail park is Rainbows nursery, the New Line micro pub that sits beside the New Line Auto Garage. Eastwards between Harrogate Road and New Line in Greengates Retail Park is a Sainsbury's, B&M, Argos, Matalan, Costa, KFC.[7] and Core Gym. Existing historic public houses in the area include The Albion and The Hogs Head.[8] The Seven Stars is now an Italian restaurant (Aldos), and The Roebuck public house was demolished to make way for a new Farmfoods store. The Cracker Barrel micro pub opened in April 2017, in the former Post Office on Harrogate Road. There is also the Kebabeesh, Kiplings, Bhajis & Beer Indian restaurants. Also has two Chinese takeaways (China Garden and Empires Chinese), along with a Fish and Chip shop.


The area is centred on the crossroads of Leeds Road/New Line, and Harrogate Road. Around this crossroads are most of the area's pubs, restaurants and shops, a Sainsbury's supermarket, Homebase, Argos and a Matalan. Another feature is the large war memorial situated at the crossroads, that commemorates those who died in World War I and World War II from Greengates and the surrounding villages.[9][10] On Harrogate Road to the north of the main crossroads there is a large Anglican church dedicated to St. John the Evangelist.[11] Along this stretch of the Harrogate Road is Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital and Bettersight Advanced Eye and Vision Consultancy.[12] The post office is on New Line.[13]

There are a number of listed buildings in Greengates.[14] These are to be found at Beck Bottom,[15] Carr Bottom Road,[16] Haigh Hall,[17] Harrogate Road,[18] New Line[19] and Stockhill Fold.[20]


Greengates has its own primary school, Greengates Primary School, that moved northwards out of an older building on Leeds Road, to a new building across the road.[21] The old school building has now been transformed into fashion business premises. Parkland Primary school, immediately behind Albion Mills, also serves Greengates and the neighbouring Thorpe Edge estate.[22]


The following bus services run to Greengates; 645: (First Bradford) Buttershaw - Greengates via Five Lane Ends and Bradford City Centre,

60: (Keighley Bus Company) Leeds - Keighley via Bingley and Saltaire, 747: (Flying Tiger) [Airport Direct] Bradford - Leeds Bradford Airport - Harrogate

The A657 Leeds Road / New Line runs east–west through Greengates while the A658 Harrogate Road runs approximately north–south.[23] Greengates does not have its own railway station: the nearest station is Apperley Bridge railway station just under a mile to the north. The nearest airport to Greengates is Leeds Bradford Airport and can be accessed by bus service 747.

Notable people

See also


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  2. ^ White, Eileen (1997). Idle Stones. Idle and Thackley Heritage Group.
  3. ^ Gould, Peter. "Bradford City Transport: 1898-1974". Bradford Corporation Transport: 1898-1974. Archived from the original on 14 February 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
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  5. ^ Morris, Helen (23 December 2008). "MY Healthcare strengthens position with Storey Evans acquisition". Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Speedmaster Conference Centre". Destination Bradford. 2008. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2010.; "Sir Stirling Moss OBE Drove famous Jaguar D-Type through Bradford". Classic 29 April 2008. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
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  9. ^ Greengates War Memorial. "Greengates War Memorial". Calverley Info. Retrieved 17 July 2008.
  10. ^ "Greengates War Memorial". Bradford Parks & Landscape Service. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Greengates: St John the Evangelist". The Church of England. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  12. ^ Choices, N.H.S. (29 September 2009). "Optegra Eye Hospital Yorkshire". NHS Choices. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Post Office Greengates". Check Opening Times. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Listed Buildings in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  15. ^ "5". Beck Bottom, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  16. ^ "16-22".; and "153". Carr Bottom Road, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  17. ^ "2 & 4".; and "6". Haigh Hall, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  18. ^ "702 & 704".; "Coach Ho".; "Greengates War Memorial".; "830 Greengates Ho".; "929 & 931". Harrogate Road, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  19. ^ "159".; "161, 163 & 165".; "169 & 171".; "173 & 175 (Greengates Liberal Club)". New Line, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  20. ^ "15 (Stockhill Ho.)".; "17".; "19, 21 & 23".; "25 & 27".; "29 & 31".; "33". Stockhill Fold, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
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  22. ^ "Parkland Primary School". 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  23. ^ Leeds & Bradford A-Z (2 ed.). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. 2006. ISBN 1-84348-209-6.