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Batley, town (1991 pop. 45,582), Kirklees metropolitan district, N central England. Heavy woolens, shoddy, and other textiles are the chief manufactures; tiles, carpets, mattresses, felt, biscuits, and machinery are also produced. The Bagshaw Museum in Batley illustrates the history of clothmaking. Joseph Priestley, the radical minister and scientist, attended Batley Grammar School.

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