Morley & District Family History Group


Sports person, National Figure, Newspaper Headliner, Musician. Everyone has to come from somewhere

and these are a few of the famous or infamous that came from the morleyfhg area.

Not in any partidular order



Tom Jenkins of Tingley, was a violinist with the Palm Court Orchestra

George Ainsley of Tingley became a footballer with Leeds Utd.

Johnie Longden of Tingley, became a Champion Jockey in the United States

John Briggs of Morley, became a well known pianist, famous for concerts and cruise entertainment

Craig White of Morley, played cricket for Yorkshire and England

Ernest Baldwin of Morley, Heavy Weight Champion Wrestler

Brian Turner of Denshaws, Chef and well known TV personality

The Black Panther, Dennis Nappey, later to be known as Donald Neilson, murderer of Leslie Whittle, was born just off the main street in Morley.

  John Haigh, murderer of Mrs Durand-Deacon in 1949 also came from Morley. He was hanged by Peirpoint, one of 3 brothers from Clayton, Bradford who were all executioners.

 Ernie Wise, of Morcombe & Wise fame was brought up around Railway Cottages, East Ardsley and attended the boys school in the village.

H.H. Asquith, Member of Parliament and later Primeminister of England was born in Morley.

Beryl Burton, International Cycling Champion, although not born in Morley, spent most of her life there.

Sir Titus Salt, mill owner and developer of Saltaire model village. Titus was born in Morley and served his apprenticeship in Wakefield.

Henry Inman, weightlifter and wrestler, he represented Britian in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics.

Nat Thewlis and Fred Marsh, both outstanding weightlifters in their own right, often teamed up as the 'Hercules Brothers' to give  demonstrations of their strength and skill. Fred represented Great Britain in the 1936 Olympics and Nat Thewlis was British Champion from 1930 - 1935 first at 9 stones and later at 10 stones.

Nim Carline also from Morley was National 24 hours Cycling Champion 5 times in 8 seasons and runner up twice.

Helen Fielding, Author of Bridget Jones' Diary. Helen attended Wakefield Girls High School.

Henry Ainley, actor, 1879-1945 (brought up in Morley. but maybe born in Leeds).

Miles Coope, who played cricket and had a great record playing for Somerset. Miles, lived in Gildersome

Eddie Bannister, he lived in Street Lane, Gildersome in a terrace house just above the Friends' Meeting House poss. in the late 1940's

Brian Bedford, actor and director born in Morley.

Robert 'Bobby' Peel, Yorkshire and England cricketer born in Churwell

Jack Popplewell, playwright and songwriter for the stars

Mr. Reginald "Reg." Elvy, the professional footballer, was without doubt the most famous Churwell born sportsman of the 20th century

Phil Fryer "Just to be Frank", well known fundraiser and Frank Sinatra style singer

Not a person but RHUBARB - The area surrounding East Ardsley has been famous for many decades for its rhubarb and the area is often called the 'rhubarb triangle'. Rhubarb and forcing sheds can be seen all around the area and many local family names are senonimous with rhubarb.


Know any other famous or infamous people let me know

Who do you think you are? 

© Carol Sklinar

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