BURLEY, a chapelry, in the parish of Otley, Upper division of the wapentake of Skyrack, W. riding of York, 2½ miles (W. by N.) from Otley; containing 1736 inhabitants. This chapelry comprises 3190 acres, of which about one-half is uninclosed and uncultivated; the surface is boldly varied by hill and dale, and the scenery in many parts is highly picturesque, and beautifully diversified with wood and water. The village is situated in the vale of the Wharfe (the river flowing on the east), under the lofty acclivity of Rombald's moor. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the cotton manufacture, for which there are two extensive mills; the worsted manufacture is carried on upon a limited scale, and there are a scribbling-mill and a corn-mill. The chapel, a small structure erected about the year 1630, being inadequate to the wants of the increasing population, was rebuilt in 1842, at a cost of about £1700, raised by subscription, aided by grants from the Incorporated and Diocesan Societies. It is in the early English style, with a handsome spire, and is lighted on the north and south sides by lancet windows of ground glass, and on the east by a beautifully painted window. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £80. The impropriate tithes of the chapelry have been commuted for £126. There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyans.