Sharlston is a village and civil parish situated 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England, and includes the settlements of Old Sharlston, Sharlston Common and New Sharlston. Its population at the 2001 census was 2,756,[1] reducing to 2,663 at the 2011 Census.[2] The village lies in the City of Wakefield unitary district.

Sharlston - Winding Wheel.jpg
Sharlston winding wheel
Sharlston is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population2,663 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE3884919437
Civil parish
  • Sharlston
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtWF4
Dialling code01924256
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°40′12″N 1°24′48″W / 53.669968°N 1.41346°W / 53.669968; -1.41346Coordinates: 53°40′12″N 1°24′48″W / 53.669968°N 1.41346°W / 53.669968; -1.41346


The village of Old Sharlston has existed for over five hundred years, with the oldest known record indicating that Sharlston Old Hall was built in 1574. In the early 18th century, the village was acquired by the Earl of Westmorland.

Sharlston's listed buildings and structures are grouped around Grade II* Sharlston Hall,[3][4] a manor house of 15th century origin with later additions, and include the hall's entrance gateway.[5][6]

Until April 1929 Sharlston formed part of the Warmfield parish, but is now managed by its own parish council.[7]

Pit villageEdit

A pit or model village of more than 150 back-to-back houses was built at New Sharlston from 1864 to house Sharlston Colliery Company workers. The houses cost just over £100 each and the streets were named Long Row, Crossley Street and High Street. A Methodist chapel and a day school were built on Crossley Street. The properties became the property of the National Coal Board in 1947. In 1961 twenty eight back-to-back houses were converted into 14 through houses. The school and the chapel have been demolished.[8]

New Sharlston has witnessed rapid decline since the 1984-85 miners' strike which hit Sharlston and its surrounding villages hard.


White Horse pub at Sharlston.

In 2011 the village old people's home was demolished and replaced with new builds for rent and sale. A village public house, The Sharlston,[9] has closed, the building being converted to a pharmacy.


The village has an amateur rugby league team, Sharlston Rovers, which recently won the Wakefield Division 2 Cup. There is also a juniors team, the teams in 2017 are under 11s,under 9s,under 8s,under 7s,under 6s,under 5s and tots.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Wakefield Archived 2011-06-13 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 11 September 2009
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Sharlston Hall (1253750)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  4. ^ Giles, Colum (1986); Rural Houses of West Yorkshire, 1400-1830, p. 212; Stationery Office Books. ISBN 0-11-701194-0
  5. ^ Historic England. "Entrance Gateway to Sharlston Hall (1261623)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Entrance to Sharlston Hall", Retrieved 10 January 2012
  7. ^ Sharlston Parish Council Archived 2011-05-21 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 10 January 2012
  8. ^ Sharlston Colliery Model Village, Heritage Gateway, retrieved 13 August 2015
  9. ^ "Sharlston Village, Sharlston Public House", Retrieved 10 January 2012

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sharlston at Wikimedia Commons