About the club
The Guiseley Factory Workers Club is over a hundred years old having been established in the early 20th century. It was founded by the Yeadon and Guiseley Factory Workers Union, a union that served the dozens of mills and dyehouses of the area.
The textile industry, along with engineering, were the staple industries of Aireborough, (Guiseley, Yeadon and Rawdon.) Hence the club badge incorporates an engineering cog and smoking mill.
The club, an unadorned three storey stone building, is to be found at 6 Town Street, close to the old centre of the town. Not a hundred yards from the club is St Oswald's, the 12th century parish church of Guiseley.
Facing the club itself are the Cross, originally medieval but restored in 1912, and the stocks, first recorded in Saxon times. Prior to the industrial revolution most of Guiseley's houses were concentrated on Town Street, which was then part of an old track which led from the priory at Esholt, through Guiseley to Carlton and Otley.
On entering the club from Town Street you come first to the small comfortable lounge where the main bar is to be found, with room for about 50. On a lower level, behind the lounge, is the snooker room with two tables. The concert room, (Exley Room,) which can hold approximately 100 people, is to the left of the lounge. To the rear of the club is the walled beer garden, with heated pavillion and ample tables and benches.
The club is thriving with many regular activities and groups. Sunday night is quiz night, Thursday morning is Mums and Tots and on Saturday mornings, our building is used by a local Slimming World Group. Each month we hold an Open Mic Night and a Soul Night, with a range of bands and discos in between. We have a strong games section with league darts and dominoes on Monday and snooker and billiards leagues on Monday and Tuesday. Being a club very much at the heart of the community it hosts a variety of local clubs and organisations; Labour Party, Aireborough Allotment Society, Dales Model Flying Club, R.A.O.B. and Leeds Organ and Keyboard Society.
The club is situated off the A65, the main road from Leeds to the Lake District, though there is no need to travel that far for marvellous scenery. Walk up Town Street itself and continue up Moor Lane and you can take in splendid views of Rombalds Moor and Wharfedale.
To the rear of the club are open fields stretching up to Otley Chevin, the highest part of a long ridge between Airedale and Wharfedale, where the view over Otley and the Wharfe valley from the top has been described as the finest view in England below 1000feet. Hence the name Surprise View.
On a clear day you are able to see York Minster and the White Horse of Kilburn, whilst nearer the river Wharfe meanders through verdant pastures, with the majestic Almscliffe Crags and Arthington viaduct nearer to the fore.
For those interested, behind the car park and bungalows at the rear of the club, and accessed from Queensway are a rare example of enclosed, narrow strip pastures. The club is therefore a perfect place to end a walk around Guiseley’s surrounding countryside.
The club is a private members club and visitors have to be signed into the club. C.I.U. members can come in as a right and CAMRA members will be signed in on production of a ‘Good Beer Guide’ or CAMRA membership card.
If you find you enjoy your visit and wish to join the club that can arranged for the meagre sum of £8. (Membership January - December.) Renewal is the even more paltry sum of £5.
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Get in touch
01943 874 793 (club opening hours only)
Guiseley Factory Workers Club
6 Town Street, Guiseley
Leeds, LS20 9DT