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St Michael's parish church, East Ardsley
East Ardsley shown within West Yorkshire
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East Ardsley is a village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, in West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is 6 miles (10 km) south of Leeds city centre and 2 miles (3 km) north of the City of Wakefield. Being between several towns, East Ardsley has become a dormitory village. The village is about 460 feet (140 m) above sea level.
Although it is in the City of Leeds metropolitan district, the village is in Wakefield's WF3 postcode district and its telephone numbers have the 01924 Wakefield dialling code. East Ardsley was part of Ardsley Urban district 1894–1937, which also included Tingley and West Ardsley, and was then part of Morley Municipal borough 1937–1974. The village is still classed as part of Morley in the census, but it is not governed by Morley Town Council.
East Ardsley once had a diverse economy, including agriculture, textiles, railways and coal-mining. Its coal mine closed in 1968 – the same year that the nearby Middleton pit closed. On the site of the old pit head now stands Eurocopy, a company that supplies and services photocopiers.
Amblers Mill is at the crossroads of the A650 Bradford Road, Westerton Road and Common Lane. The building has ceased textile production and now houses Country Baskets. In 2007 the former railway sidings site started to be redeveloped for housing. The owners of the Country Baskets wholesaler were both killed in a helicopter accident on Saturday 26 January 2008.
The entertainer Ernie Wise was brought up in East Ardsley.
- "Calderdale millionaire couple killed in Yorkshire helicopter crash". Evening Courier. Johnston Press. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
- Brittlebank, N; Brittlebank, N. East Ardsley – Reflections.
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