Birkenshaw, West Yorkshire

Birkenshaw is a village in the county of West Yorkshire, England. It lies at the crossroads between the A58 Leeds to Halifax road and the A651 Bradford to Heckmondwike road. At the 2011 census, the village was located in the ward of Birstall & Birkenshaw, which had a population 16,298.[1] The name of the village derives from Old English and means Birch Wood.[2]

Birkenshaw is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE203279
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBD11
Dialling code01274, 0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
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53°44′51″N 1°41′36″W / 53.7475°N 1.6934°W / 53.7475; -1.6934Coordinates: 53°44′51″N 1°41′36″W / 53.7475°N 1.6934°W / 53.7475; -1.6934
Birkenshaw & Tong station closed in 1953. These are the remains in 1961.

Despite being in the Bradford conurbation, its Bradford postal address and its mostly Bradford dialling code (most of the village uses the 01274 phone number, but part uses the 0113 Leeds prefix), Birkenshaw forms part of Kirklees Metropolitan Borough.[3] It is home to the headquarters of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.[4]

Birkenshaw was the birthplace of Terry Uttley and Alan Silson, founding members of the band Smokie. The Tetley family of malters, from whom brewer Joshua Tetley emerged, hailed from Birkenshaw.[5] The village used to have a railway station (Birkenshaw & Tong) on the former Leeds, Bradford and Halifax Junction Railway. It was closed to passengers in 1953 and closed completely in 1964.[6]

There are two schools in the village; Birkenshaw Primary School and BBG Academy as well as are a church and two playgrounds.

The village has three pubs, The Golden Fleece, The Halfway House and The George IV.

Birkenshaw has two key restaurants, Heath-field Farm and The Grand Cru.[7]

This village also have some sporting teams such as the Birkenshaw BlueDogs (Rugby League) and The Birkenshaw Bells (Netball).

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  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Birstall and Birkenshaw Ward (as of 2011) (E05001392)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  2. ^ Johnston, James B (1915). The place-names of England and Wales. London: J Murray. p. 150. OCLC 1050761076.
  3. ^ Birstall and Birkenshaw Area Committee - Kirklees Council Archived 16 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Headquarters". West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  5. ^ Lackey, Clifford (1985). Quality pays: the story of Joshua Tetley & Son ... Ascot: Springwood Books. p. 20. ISBN 0-86254-127-1.
  6. ^ Bairstow, Martin (1999). Great Northern railway in the West Riding. Farsley: Bairstow. p. 94. ISBN 1-871944-19-8.
  7. ^ Winrow, Jo (27 March 2019). "Luxury restaurant Grand Cru opening soon in Birkenshaw's former Co-op building". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 25 November 2019.

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