31st March 2017
Today Morley is a thriving town on the fringe of Leeds. It has a busy commercial centre with competing supermarkets, but these have not spoilt the traditional “market town” feel of Morley, which still retains a classic range of shops and services including fruitiers, delicatessens, butchers, fishmongers, fashion shops, banks and building societies, estate agents and travel agents. These are interspersed with an array of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants providing both shopping and entertainment for local residents with little need to travel into Leeds itself.
Morley Town Hall retains its function as both an administrative centre for Morley along with being a focal point for musical recitals and pantomimes, musical recording events and is even used as outdoor sets for local soaps including Heartbeat and Emmerdale. Morley has its own Rugby football club along with a busy cricket club which plays in the Bradford league and Morley Town is the local football team. A number of professional rugby league players were born in Morley including Aaron Murphy (Huddersfield Giants), Ben Kay (Harlequins), Nick Scruton (Bradford) and Lee Smith (Leeds and now Castleford). Even more famous people born in Morley include Sir Titus Salt (creator of Saltaire), the Prime Minister H H Asquith, and Ernie Wise of the Morecambe and Wise duo.