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Birkenshaw, West Yorkshire

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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
List of places
53°44′51″N 1°41′36″W / 53.7475°N 1.6934°W / 53.7475; -1.6934

Birkenshaw is a village in the borough of Kirklees 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 and Birkenshaw, which had a population 16,298.[1] The name of the village derives from Old English and means "Birch Wood".[2]

Birkenshaw is in the Bradford conurbation with a Bradford postal address. Most properties have the Bradford telephone dialling code (01274), but part uses the Leeds prefix (0113).

It is the site of the headquarters of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.[3]

Notable people

Birkenshaw was the birthplace of Terry Uttley and Alan Silson, two of the founding members of the band Smokie.[citation needed]

The Tetley family of malters, from whom the brewer Joshua Tetley emerged, were from Birkenshaw.[4]


The village used to have a railway station (Birkenshaw and Tong) on the former Leeds, Bradford and Halifax Junction Railway. It was closed to passengers in 1953 and closed completely in 1964.[5]


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

The village has three pubs - The Golden Fleece, The Halfway House and The George IV - and one social club, Birkenshaw Liberal Club.

There are two restaurants, The Grand Cru.[6] and Heath-field Farm.

This village also has some sporting teams such as the Birkenshaw Bluedogs (rugby league) and the Birkenshaw Bells (netball).

Birkenshaw and Tong station closed in 1953.
Birkenshaw and Tong station closed in 1953.

Location grid


  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. ^ "Headquarters". West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  4. ^ Lackey, Clifford (1985). Quality pays: the story of Joshua Tetley & Son. Ascot: Springwood Books. p. 20. ISBN 0-86254-127-1.
  5. ^ Bairstow, Martin (1999). Great Northern railway in the West Riding. Farsley: Bairstow. p. 94. ISBN 1-871944-19-8.
  6. ^ 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.

External links

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