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Garforth (/ˈɡɑːrfərθ/) is a town in the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

It sits in the Garforth and Swillington ward of Leeds City Council and the Elmet and Rothwell parliamentary constituency. As of 2011, the population of Garforth was 14,957, having decreased since the last census.[a][2] It is 9 miles (14 km) east of Central Leeds, 16 miles (26 km) south-west of York and 13 miles (21 km) north of Wakefield.

Shopping Parade, Main Street, Garforth (19th July 2014)

Shopping Parade, Main Street
Garforth is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population19,811 (Garforth and Swillington Ward. 2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE403330
• London165 mi (266 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEEDS
Postcode districtLS25
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament


Garforth owes its size to expansion in the 17th and 18th centuries during which the local land-owning Gascoigne family ran several coalmines in the area. The surrounding settlements of Micklefield, Kippax, Swillington, Methley and Allerton Bywater Great and Little Preston are all villages that prospered and grew as a result of the coal industry. Nowadays manufacturing and motor-vehicle repair account for more than a third of the workforce in the area

More recent expansion can also be traced to a combination of overall economic success in Leeds, and that Garforth is served by transport links. The A1 and M1 are minutes away, and both have recently been linked by an extension of the M1 which passes to the west and north of the village, with two nearby access points at Junctions 46 and 47. The M1 extension led to rapid development of commercial, light industrial and residential sites clustered around Junctions 46 and 47. The village rail link to Kippax and Castleford was closed under the Beeching Axe of the 1960s.

Garforth has been home to 1st Garforth Scout Group since 1908. Garforth & District Lions Club was formed in 1972.


Originally a coal mining area, the collieries of much of east Leeds and surrounding areas closed in the 1960s, although further south mining was still strong in the 1990s and is still prevalent to some degree today. Garforth has increasingly become a commuter village of Leeds. There is a light industrial estate to the north of the village which provides some employment, such as Ginetta Cars, while the neighbouring Thorpe Business Park in Colton also provides employment. Garforth's rail connections and access to the M1, A1(M) and M62 have made it a desirable area for commuters to live.


Garforth's amenities are similar to some towns in the City of Leeds, such as Otley and Wetherby. Garforth has a Tesco, and a Lidl supermarket, the Original Factory Shop department store, several public houses in the village centre, a Co-operative, Sainsburys Local, Costa, Subway, and other shops such as newsagents, charity shops, travel agents and banks. Garforth civic amenities include a library and a one stop centre run by Leeds City Council. A coffee shop on Main Street functions partly as a social enterprise, giving its profits to projects in the village. There are also a number of take away food outlets.

The lively Garforth Community Choir was formed in October 2015 and meets at Garforth Academy on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm, in school term time.[3]

Garforth has ten traditional public houses, a mix of restaurants/cafes, and a number of social/affiliated clubs. The pubs are the Miller and Carter Steakhouse (formerly the Old George), the Gaping Goose, the Crusader, the Podger, Quirky Ales (Microbrewery), the Newmarket Inn, the Miners Arms, the Lord Gascoigne (Hungry Horse), the Fly Line (Marstons) and the Briggate (Wetherspoons), the latter which takes its name from the original term for Garforth Main Street, where it is situated on the premises of the former Liberal Club. Most of the public houses sell food. A large garden centre is situated on the A63 heading out of Garforth towards Micklefield.

The East Side Retail Park is a new-build retail site currently being built in Garforth and due to open during 2018.[4]

There are two indoor play areas for children and a large skatepark.


Garforth is situated on the A63, which links it with the M1 and the A1(M), the M62 also lies close by to the south of the village.

Garforth has two railway stations. Garforth railway station lies to the north of the village centre, whist East Garforth railway station, which opened in the 1980s, lies to the east of the village, both stations on the mainline route between Leeds, York and North Eastern England to Scotland, and between Leeds, Selby and Hull and the Yorkshire coastal resorts. There are also rail links to Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool and Blackpool.

Garforth's bus services are provided by First Leeds and Arriva Yorkshire.

High Speed Two

Under proposals released on 28 January 2013, Garforth would see the High Speed 2 railway line built close to the village, running adjacent to the M1 motorway. The High Speed Line would cross the existing railway line close to Thorpe Park to the west of the village. This line would carry the spur away from Leeds, towards the East Coast Main Line at Church Fenton.[5]


Education establishments in Garforth include a secondary school, primary schools and a vocational performing arts college.

Garforth Academy, a secondary school and sixth form for pupils aged 11–18 is located on Lidgett Lane in Garforth. The school has over 2,000 pupils and staff. Garforth Community Arts School (situated in Garforth Academy) runs the Garforth Arts Festival, which is a display of artistic works.

Opposite Garforth Academy is the recently refurbished Strawberry Fields Primary School, formerly known as West Garforth Primary School. Other Garforth schools are Ninelands Primary School, Green Lane Primary Academy, East Garforth Primary Academy and St Benedict's Primary School, which is a Catholic school.

SLP College is a further education college in Garforth, providing specialist vocational training in dance and performing arts. Founded as a dance school, it later developed a full-time performing arts course and is now a course provider for the Trinity College, London professional performing arts qualifications. The college is accredited to the Council for Dance Education and Training and one of the colleges selected to award the government Dance and Drama Awards.


Genix Healthcare Stadium, Garforth
Genix Healthcare Stadium

Local football teams are Garforth Town, Garforth W.M.C. A.F.C and Garforth Rangers A.F.C. Garforth Town play at the Genix Healthcare Stadium (formally known as Wheatley Park) which is located in the corner of the Cedar Ridge estate of Garforth.

There are two rugby clubs in Garforth, one League and one Union: Garforth Tigers ARLFC play rugby league and are based at Glebelands. They have junior and senior teams competing in the Yorkshire League.,[6] There is also a men's rugby union team: Garforth RUFC, who play their matches on Garforth Academy's playing fields[7]

There are also two cricket clubs[8] the Squash and Leisure Centre.[9][10] and a Leisure World Fitness Centre.

Garforth Golf Club has a course designed by Alister MacKenzie.[11]


The nearest weather station is in Wakefield, 13 miles (21 km) to the north. Garforth is notable for recording one of the latest instances of −10 °C (14 °F) in the United Kingdom, on 24th April 1908, the temperature fell to −12.8 °C (9.0 °F).[12]

Notable people

Notable residents and ex-residents of Garforth include; England and Yorkshire cricketer Chris Silverwood,[14] DJ Dave Seaman,[15] Andrew White of the Kaiser Chiefs,[16] and John Birch of Leeds, England & Great Britain rugby league teams. The village was also the birthplace of Second World War airman, Sir Augustus Walker of the Royal Air Force.[17]

References in literature

The book The Modfather was set in Garforth in the late 1970s and early 1980s detailing David Lines adolescence in the village and his obsession with Paul Weller.[18]


Garforth Main Street

Main Street, Garforth

The Original Factory Shop, Garforth

The Original Factory Shop

The Miners, Garforth

The Miners, a pub in Garforth

See also


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Garforth and Swillington Ward (as of 2011) (1237321079)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  2. ^ Services, Good Stuff IT. "Garforth and Swillington - UK Census Data 2011". UK Census Data. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Garforth Community Choir". The Main Deal. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Trio of tenants to join Lidl at retail park as construction starts". 30 August 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  5. ^ Map, High Speed Rail Link, Retrieved 20 October 2014
  6. ^ "home". Garforth Tigers ARLFC. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Men's/Women's clothing&shoes Wholesale Outlet -". Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  8. ^ Garforth Parish Church Cricket Club Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Garforth Badminton Centre Archived 16 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Garforth Today
  11. ^ Garforth Golf Club Archived 25 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^
  13. ^ Average Weather for Wakefield, ENG - Temperature and Precipitation,, retrieved 22 November 2009
  14. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Superstar DJ
    Superstar DJ Dave Seaman"
    . Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  16. ^ "'My dad doesn't think playing a guitar is a sensible job and he's probably right'". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  17. ^ "An ordinary house, an extraordinary hero". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  18. ^ Harris, John (3 February 2006). "The Jam? They were a way of life". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  1. ^ 48 output areas in the Garforth and Swillington ward make up the Garforth area.

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Andrew White (musician)

Andrew Robert White (born 28 August 1974), also known as Whitey, is the lead and rhythm guitarist of the English alternative rock band Kaiser Chiefs.

Charles Ernest Garforth

Charles Ernest Garforth VC (23 October 1891 – 1 July 1973) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Garforth was 22 years old, and a corporal in the 15th (The King's) Hussars, British Army during the First World War when the following deeds took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 23 August 1914 at Harmingnies, France, Corporal Garforth volunteered to cut wire under fire, which enabled his squadron to escape. On 2 September when under constant fire, he extricated a sergeant who was lying under his dead horse, and carried him to safety. The next day, when another sergeant had lost his horse in a similar way, Corporal Garforth drew off the enemy fire and enabled the sergeant to get away.He was taken prisoner in October 1914 and was repatriated in November 1918. He later achieved the rank of sergeant. His Victoria Cross and other medals are displayed at the Imperial War Museum, London.

Upon his death, Garforth was cremated, and no monument or headstone was laid, as he technically had no grave. This was rectified on 30 August 2008, when a headstone was dedicated to him at Wilford Hill Cemetery in Nottingham, where his ashes were originally scattered.

City of Leeds

The City of Leeds ( ) is a local government district of West Yorkshire, England, governed by Leeds City Council, with the status of a city and metropolitan borough. The metropolitan district includes the administrative centre Leeds and the ten towns of Farsley, Garforth, Guiseley, Horsforth, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, Rothwell, Wetherby and Yeadon. It has a population of 784,800 (mid-2017 est.), making it technically the second largest city in England by population behind Birmingham; it is also the second largest metropolitan district by area behind Doncaster.

The current city boundaries were set on 1 April 1974 by the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, as part a reform of local government in England. The city is a merger of eleven former local government districts; the unitary City and County Borough of Leeds combined with the municipal boroughs of Morley and Pudsey, the urban districts of Aireborough, Garforth, Horsforth, Otley and Rothwell, and parts of the rural districts of Tadcaster, Wharfedale and Wetherby from the West Riding of Yorkshire.

For its first 12 years the city had a two-tier system of local government; Leeds City Council shared power with the West Yorkshire County Council. Since the Local Government Act 1985 Leeds City Council has effectively been a unitary authority, serving as the sole executive, deliberative and legislative body responsible for local policy, setting council tax, and allocating budget in the city, and is a member of the Leeds City Region Partnership. The City of Leeds is divided into 31 civil parishes and a single unparished area.

Darren Garforth

Darren Garforth (born 9 April 1966) is a former international rugby union footballer who played tighthead prop for Leicester Tigers and England.

Garforth was born in Coventry, signed for Leicester Tigers and made his Leicester debut against Northampton Saints in 1991. He would go on to make over 300 appearances for the club. Wearing the C shirt, as part of the ABC club with Graham Rowntree (A) and Richard Cockerill (B). He was an important part of Tigers side which won the English league four times and the Heineken Cup twice.Garforth made his England debut on 15 March 1997 against Wales. Garforth was eventually dropped from the England side in favour of Phil Vickery, but would continue to make some caps, his 25th and final cap coming against Italy in 2000.

He was offered the chance to tour North America with England in 2001 but turned down the opportunity, which went to Leicester teammate Ricky Nebbett instead.

After leaving Leicester in 2003, he moved to second division Nuneaton as player-coach. Tigers signed England prop Julian White as a replacement.

Darren Kelly

Darren Kelly (born 30 June 1979) is a Northern Irish former professional footballer who played as a defender. He is the manager of Northern Premier League club Hyde United.

Kelly began his career at hometown club Derry City before moving to English Football League side Carlisle United, following financial difficulties at Derry. He spent two seasons with the club, which included an appearance in the 2003 Football League Trophy Final, after which he was released and returned to Northern Ireland with Portadown. He captained the side and eventually left after his contract expired in 2006, when he rejoined Derry for a second spell. He featured for the side in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League and attracted the attention of several Scottish Premier League clubs, before eventually joining York City in the Conference Premier in 2007. After leaving York in 2009 he rejoined Portadown, who released him in 2011. Kelly then resumed his career in English non-League football, playing for Stalybridge Celtic, Garforth Town, Frickley Athletic and Scarborough Athletic.

Kelly started his coaching career with spells at York and Sunderland, before being appointed manager of League One club Oldham Athletic in May 2015. He was dismissed in September 2015, and took over at National League team FC Halifax Town in October, before he left by mutual agreement a month later. Kelly took over at Northern Premier League Premier Division club Hyde United in March 2016, and left the club a month later after they were relegated but was reappointed a month later.

Dave Seaman

Dave Seaman (born 29 April 1968) is a British dance music DJ and record producer.

East Garforth railway station

East Garforth railway station serves Garforth in West Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Selby Line, operated by Northern 8 miles (13 km) east of Leeds. The station was opened by West Yorkshire Metro on 1 May 1987, to serve the new housing developments in the area.

The station is an unstaffed halt, and has wooden platforms with shelters on each one. It is located around 0.5 miles (800 m) from the main Garforth station.

Elmet and Rothwell (UK Parliament constituency)

Elmet and Rothwell is a constituency in West Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its creation in 2010 by Alec Shelbrooke, a Conservative. In the 2015 general election, Elmet and Rothwell recorded the largest turnout of any seat in West or South Yorkshire, with nearly 58,000 electors casting a vote.

The constituency includes rural hinterland to the east of Leeds, including the historical market town of Wetherby and former coal mining towns and villages like Garforth and Kippax. The area is undergoing a transition from old mining communities to more affluent commuter and dormitory towns for the Leeds conurbation to the west. There is no town of Elmet: the name refers to an ancient Celtic kingdom in the area.

Garforth Academy

Garforth Academy (formerly known as Garforth Comprehensive School until September 1992 and Garforth Community College until November 2010) is a secondary school and sixth form for pupils aged 11–18 and is located on Lidgett Lane (B6137) in Garforth, West Yorkshire, England.

The school been awarded the Artsmark (2002), Investors in People Award, (2003), Schools Achievement Award, (2003), Education Extra award, (2001), Sportsmark, (2002) and Beacon School status (2003), and OFSTED described the school in 2010 (before it changed to academy status) as an "outstanding school".

Garforth Town A.F.C.

Garforth Town Association Football Club is a football club based in Garforth, West Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division and play at Wheatley Park.

Garforth and Swillington (ward)

Garforth and Swillington is an electoral ward of Leeds City Council in east Leeds, West Yorkshire, covering the town of Garforth as well as the villages of Great Preston and Swillington.

Garforth railway station

Garforth railway station serves the town of Garforth, near Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It is one of the two stations in Garforth the other being East Garforth which is situated about 0.5 miles east from the main station. It lies on the Selby Line. Garforth is 7.1 miles (11.5 km) east of Leeds. The station is served by Northern and TransPennine Express services.

Jenny Wallwork

Jennifer "Jenny" Wallwork (born 17 January 1987 in Bolton) is an English badminton player who has achieved international success in both the women's events and the mixed doubles event, including a Commonwealth Silver medal in 2010. She represented her country 42 times, being the highest ranking female player for 4 years.She won the mixed doubles Bulgarian International in 2004, the Scottish Open in 2005, and the Dutch Open in 2006. She won the Swedish International mixed doubles in 2012. She won the women's doubles at the Irish International in 2005. Her mother, Jill played badminton for England, and her father, Brian is a coach for the sport.In 2011 Jenny won both the mixed and women's doubles at the English National Championships but 2013 she quit professional badminton after saying she was undervalued and ignored by the governing body Badminton England.

Kippax, West Yorkshire

Kippax is a village and civil parish in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England. It is situated to the east of the city, near to Garforth and Great Preston.

The Kippax and Methley ward of Leeds City Council was part of the former UK Parliament constituency of Elmet, which became Elmet and Rothwell at the 2010 UK general election. The population of Kippax Parish at the 2011 Census was 9.785. Kippax was a separate civil parish, in Tadcaster Rural District, until 1939, when it was annexed to Garforth. It re-acquired civil parish status and a parish council on 1 April 2004.

Lee Sharpe

Lee Stuart Sharpe (born 27 May 1971) is an English former professional footballer, sports television pundit and reality television personality, who as a player was predominantly a left winger from 1988 to 2004.

Sharpe joined Manchester United from Torquay United as a youngster in 1988, playing for the club up until 1996. He won a total of eight caps for England, but his later career failed to live up to its potential after leaving Manchester United in his mid-twenties. Sharpe moved to Leeds United in 1996, but persistent knee injuries kept him from making an impact on the squad, and he was loaned to Sampdoria at the start of the 1998–99 season. Another loan to Bradford City in March 1999 turned into a permanent deal at the end of the season. He stayed at Bradford for three seasons, but he gradually slipped down the league ladder, eventually moving to Iceland to play for Grindavík in 2003. He retired from professional football in 2003, but achieved renewed fame after a number of reality television appearances. He briefly returned to football in 2004, playing for Garforth Town, but his return was short-lived.

List of schools in Leeds

This is a list of schools in the City of Leeds in the English county of West Yorkshire.

Murder of Ebony Simpson

The murder of Ebony Jane Simpson occurred on 19 August 1992 in Bargo, New South Wales, Australia. Aged nine years, Simpson was abducted, raped, and murdered by asphyxiation when Andrew Peter Garforth (born 5 August 1963) drowned her. Garforth pleaded guilty to the crimes and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.


Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, MD (19 February 1954 – 4 December 2011), simply known as Sócrates, was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. His medical degree and his political awareness earned him the nickname "Doctor Socrates".

Easily recognizable for his beard and headband, Sócrates became the "symbol of cool for a whole generation of football supporters". He is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders ever to play the game. In 1983, he was named South American Footballer of the Year. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.Socrates played for Brazil for seven years, scoring 22 goals and representing the nation in two World Cups. He captained the team in the 1982 FIFA World Cup; playing in midfield alongside Zico, Falcão and Éder, considered one of the greatest Brazilian national teams ever. He also appeared in the 1979 and 1983 Copa América. At club level, Sócrates played for Botafogo-SP before joining Corinthians in 1978. He moved to Italy to play for Fiorentina, returning to Brazil in 1985 to end his career.

Wakefield and District Football Association League

The Wakefield and District Football Association League is a football competition based in Yorkshire, England. It has a total of three divisions headed by the Premier Division, which sits at level 14 of the English football league system. It is a feeder to the West Yorkshire Association Football League. Horbury Town, Garforth Rangers, Rothwell, Thornes, and Thornhill were the most recent teams to move up from the league. Horbury (in 2005), Garforth & Rothwell (2010) and Thornhill (2013) chose to play their football in the West Yorkshire League whereas Thornes (2013) went into the West Riding County Amateur League.

Fieldhead Hospital, originally based in the City's Hospital of the same name, are the oldest team in the league, joining in the 1973–74 season, and being a playing member ever since.

Climate data for Wakefield
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7
Average low °C (°F) 2
Average precipitation mm (inches) 87
Source: [13]
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