ⓘ History of Ilkley

                                     

ⓘ History of Ilkley

Ilkley is a town and civil parish in West Yorkshire, in the north of England. It has been inhabited since at least the Mesolithic period, was the site of a Roman fort, and much later an early example of a spa town. In more recent times it serves as a residential district within the travel to work areas of Bradford, Leeds and Keighley.

According to probably outdated history of the 19th century priest, Robert Collyer, Ilkley takes its name from "Llecan, the old English word for rock" is, apparently, alluding to the rocky crags of the area, such as the cow and calf on Ilkley moor.