A642 road

The A642 is an A-road in West Yorkshire, England which runs from Huddersfield to the A64 near Leeds. It partly follows the route of a historic turnpike road, which is evidenced by surviving toll houses.

Toll house, Middlestown, Sitlington - geograph.org.uk - 792416
Former toll house on the A642 in Middlestown

The road begins at Waterloo 2 miles (3 km) east of the town centre at the junction with A629 and continues via Lepton to Grange Moor where the A637 branches off. From there it passes through Middlestown and Horbury (on the Horbury bypass) and leads to the junction with A638 west of Wakefield City Centre.

In Wakefield it follows the route of A638 and A61, branching off the latter north of the city centre and continuing via Stanley, Junction 30 of the M62 Motorway, Oulton, Swillington, and Garforth before meeting the M1 Motorway at Junction 47, where also A656 joins. North of the latter, the road continues as B1217.

It is joined by B6433 in Lepton and B6118 in Grange Moor, crosses B6117 in Horbury Bridge, A639 in Oulton, B6475 in Lupset, and A61 in Wakefield City Centre. Branches of B6128 join west and east of Horbury. East of Horbury it passes under the M1 motorway without a junction. The new Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, opened in 2017, connects to the A642 in Stanley.

Coordinates: 53°41′30″N 1°29′09″W / 53.6918°N 1.4857°W

UK road A642

Major junctions
West endHuddersfield
53°38′42″N 1°44′09″W / 53.6451°N 1.7357°W
East endGarforth
53°48′19″N 1°21′42″W / 53.8053°N 1.3616°W
Road network
List of crossings of the River Aire

This is a list of current bridges and other crossings of the River Aire and are listed from source downstream to the river's mouth.


Middlestown is a small village in between Wakefield and Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. The village is in the civil parish of Sitlington.

The villages of Middlestown, Netherton, Overton and Midgley are built around and overlook the Coxley Valley.

There are two Nature Reserves, managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, within the boundaries, and the area is also home to the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

Both the M1 and M62 are a few minutes drive away. The A642 road passes through Middlestown

River Aire

The River Aire is a major river in Yorkshire, England, 148 kilometres (92 mi) in length. The Handbook for Leeds and Airedale (1890) notes that the distance from Malham to Howden is 58 miles (93 km) direct, but the river's meanderings extend that to 90 miles (140 km). Between Malham Tarn and Airmyn, the river drops 400 metres (1,300 ft). Part of the river below Leeds is canalised, and is known as the Aire and Calder Navigation.

Shuttle Eye Colliery

Shuttle Eye Colliery was a coal mine on the South Yorkshire Coalfield at Grange Moor between Wakefield and Huddersfield on the A642 road.

The colliery was started in 1862 by Lockwood and Elliott and had two shafts, the deepest 288 yards. It produced coal from the Beeston and Black Bed seams. Two drift mines at Gregory Spring in Hopton near Mirfield to the north were linked to Shuttle Eye in 1962. The colliery was nationalised in 1947. It closed in 1973.In 1896 the colliery had 86 underground workers and 13 on the surface. By 1923 the workforce numbered 179 and 175 ten years later. At nationalisation the colliery had 234 underground and 40 surface workers. The colliery employed 222 workers in the 1970s.


Sitlington, historically Shitlington, was a township in the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Thornhill in the wapentake of Agbrigg and Morley in the West Riding of Yorkshire comprising the villages and hamlets of Middlestown, Netherton, Overton and Midgley. The h was dropped from Shitlington and Sitlington was adopted in 1929 with the approval of the county council. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 5,963.

A roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain road numbering scheme

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