Famous People

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Adrian Boothroyd

From Baildon, (or is it Eccleshill?) Adrian[1], born February 8, 1971, played for several English & Scottish clubs (see table below) before injury in 1998 cut short his playing career at 26. He then went into coaching (see table) At Watford he steered the team away from the relegation zone in the Football League Championship, and turned them around the following season. Ironically for Adrian, Watford were promoted to the Premiership with a 3-0 Play-Off win over his previous employer, Leeds United, in May 2006

1989–1990 Huddersfield Town
1990–1992 Bristol Rovers
1992–1993 Heart of Midlothian
1993–1996 Mansfield Town
1996-1998 Peterborough United
1998-2001 Peterborough United. U17, U19 & Reserves
2001-2003 Norwich City. Youth Team
2003-2004 West Bromwich Albion. Youth Development Officer
2004-2005 Leeds United. First Team Coach
2005–2008 Watford
2009–2010 Colchester United
2010–2011 Coventry City
2011–2013 Northampton Town
2014–2015 England Under 20
2015–2016 England Under 19
2016 England Under 20
2016– England Under 21

Austin Mitchell

Austin Mitchell, Labour MP for Great Grimsby since 1977, was born in Baildon on 19 September 1934.[2] He went to Woodbottom school and has written about those times.[3] He has also written about Ferniehurst at War.[4] These can be read on this Wiki on his Reminising page here.

Baildon Family

The Baildon family have their own page.

Bev Risman

The rugby player Bev Risman was a Baildon resident.

Bev Risman was one of the rugby coaches for the first XV at Bradford Grammar School (he was also captain of the British Lions Rugby League team at the time).

He lived on Moorfield Drive, Baildon for a number of years.

He also invented the 'square-toed' rugby boot which was worn by many at the time, including Steve Lund, resident of Baildon 1953-1972, pupil at Bradford Grammar School, member of the first XV of Bradford Grammar, trained by Bev Risman and resident of Jersey C.I. since 1975!

Brian Close

Ex-Yorkshire & England cricket captain Brian Close made Baildon his home many years ago. I don't know how many places he lived in in Baildon but according to residents of Promrose Row he lived opposite - probably Park Lane. He was born in nearby Rawdon.

The Shoulder of Mutton that became The Little Blue Orange on Otley Road was demolished in 2018 and houses built. Suggestions were asked for as to what to name the development and the result was Brian Close Walk.

Danny Cunningham

Danny Cunningham, the actor, born 29 May 1969, lives in Baildon (2007). I have read that he was born in Bradford. He has acted in Coronation Street, Casualty, Peak Practice, Shameless - IMDB - Faith


Since the 1680s the Holdens had owned land around the present Baildon Station. Robert Holden built Baildon House in 1724. It is hidden discreetly behind a high wall in Station Road. Robert's initials are above the door. Robert Holden's son, William, had daughters Anne and Frances. Frances and her elder sister, Anne were both married in January 1809 a few weeks before the death of their father. He clearly wished to safeguard their future. They inherited his property but as married women could not own it at that time, so it was their husbands who are recorded in the Manor Court Rolls as paying one shilling and four pence each to the Lord of the Manor for their inheritance. Anne and her husband, John Lambert, lived at Baildon House. Frances lived with her husband, Edward Ferrand in Bingley. One of their daughters married Baron Amphlett who gave Baildon a fountain known as the potted meat stick as a memorial to his mother-in-law, Frances. By 1846 the sisters were widows and held the third largest amount of land in Baildon.

Holmes Family

The Holmes Family were important Baildon Worsted Manufacturers.

Ian Clough

Ian Clough (1939-1970) was one of the best British climbers of his time. On several occasions he climbed with Chris Bonnington.

In 1970 he was on an expedition, led by Chris Bonnington, to climb Annapurna. He was killed on the lower slopes by a falling ice pillar.

The Ian Clough Centre in Baildon was named after him.

John Helm

Veteran sports television commentator John Helm was born in Baildon. With a career spanning 25 years on British TV, he can still be heard commentating on football games shown on the UK's Five TV channel.

John Wesley

John Wesley (1703 - 1791) is recognised as the founder of the Methodist Church. He first visited Baildon on 23 August 1748. Further visits were made on 27 July 1766, when he preached in the churchyard, and 19 July 1784. His last visit to Baildon was on 22 July 1786 John Wesley when it is said he preached from the arched window of 9 Browgate to a large congregation gathered in the street below.

9 Browgate. Arched window and plaque

Matthew Hoggard

Yorkshire & England cricket fast bowler, Matthew Hoggard, though originally from Pudsey, has lived in Baildon for some years.

Matthew cut the ribbon at the official opening of the play area and garden at Baildon Village Pre-School "hut" by the Methodist Church at the end of Binswell Fold on 14th February 2009. The play area had been funded by local businesses and organisations including Baildon Parish Council.

Photo of the plaque at the Baildon Village Pre-Achool Play Area

Richard Whiteley

Richard Whiteley was born John Richard Whiteley in Baildon in 28 December 1943. He died 26 June 2005 in Leeds General Infirmary. He was most famous for his 23-year stint as presenter of Countdown, a letters and numbers arrangement game show broadcast daily on Channel 4. An edition of Countdown was the launch programme for Channel 4 at 4:45pm on 2 November 1982, and Whiteley was the first person to be seen on the channel, discounting a programme montage. His trademarks were his jolly, avuncular manner; his fondness for bad puns; and bold wardrobe (particularly jackets and ties).

Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson built the Shipley Glen Tramway in 1895 and was a publican of the Malt Shovel on Northgate, Baildon, 1892-1894. (Another source I now can't find mentioned he was a publican of the Bay Horse but the licence register does not list Sam Wilson at the Bay Horse but does list him at the Malt Shovel)

Tony Fall

Richard Anthony Fall was born in Baildon and was one of the British drivers competing in the "golden era" of rallying in the 1960s. After leaving school, he became a car salesman, in his spare time driving a Mini as a club rally driver. He came to prominence as a works Mini driver alongside Paddy Hopkirk, Timo Makinen and Rauno Aaltonen, achieving his first major international victory in the 1966 Circuit of Ireland. He was in Tanzania, assisting the organisers of the East African Safari Classic Rally, when he was taken ill. He died in his sleep of a suspected heart attack on 1st Dec 2007 aged 67.


  1. Adrian Boothroyd page on WikiPedia
  2. Austin Mitchell page on WikiPedia
  3. Woodbottom Days by Austin Mitchel given to Marian Taylor April 2009.
  4. Ferniehurst at WarThe Yorkshire Post Newsroom.