Apparently taking its name from an Old English meaning of 'land by the water, river or land partly or wholly surrounded by water', Elland was first mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book and was granted a market charter hundreds of years later.
Many local businesses are very successful and have a large workforce. In Elland is Dobson's which makes boiled sweets and has many interesting buildings as well. The Fleece Inn is reportedly haunted and many churches are in Elland which have striking architecture. Although it shares its name with Leeds football stadium, Elland Road is not situated in this market town because it is actually in Leeds.
Elland is also a highly revered location because of its flagstones. Many of its buildings are constructed out of this very popular material such as historic houses, bridges and picturesque churches which are surrounded by lush-looking meadows.