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Morley is a market town and civil parish in Leeds, West Yorkshire; it is built on seven hills, like Rome: Scatcherd Hill, Dawson Hill, Daisy Hill, Chapel Hill, Hunger Hill, Troy Hill and Banks Hill; its name means "wood by a moor", from Old English mor "moor" + leah "wood, clearing"; it was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as Morelege, Morelei and Moreleia and the name was also recorded as Morelige in 1156; the -ley in the place name is typical of this section of West Yorkshire, alluding to a forest that was around in medieval times.

Morley was the centre of one of two divisions of the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley; it is traditionally famous for its textile industry, notably the cloth "Shoddy", which was worn by both sides in the American Civil War.

The town is perhaps most notable as the home of Orbit, one of the U.K's foremost clubs, which hosted the world's biggest techno, trance and hard house DJs; during the late nineties, the club became a mecca of Northern rave culture until its sudden closure in 2003; it also gained national notoriety in 1986 when schoolgirl Sarah Harper was murdered by Robert Black.

Morley Town Hall has been used in the television shows Heartbeat and Emmerdale, owing to there being a disused magistrates court inside the building and a cobblestoned street to one side; it also hosts concerts by local schools and performances by the Morley Amateur Operatic Society, whose pantomimes have taken place at the Alexandra Hall for many years.

On 21 February 2010, a stone statue of Ernie Wise, officially unveiled by Ernie's widow, Doreen Wiseman, was erected outside Morley Post Office on Queen Street and is now a tourist attraction in the town.

Famous People: Ernie Wise & Helen Fielding.



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