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Sharlston - Winding Wheel.jpg
Sharlston winding wheel
Sharlston is located in West Yorkshire
 Sharlston shown within West Yorkshire
Population 2,756 
OS grid reference SE3884919437
Civil parish Sharlston
Metropolitan borough City of Wakefield
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district WF4
Dialling code 01924
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Hemsworth
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Coordinates: 53°40′12″N 1°24′48″W / 53.669968°N 1.41346°W / 53.669968; -1.41346

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] The village lies in the City of Wakefield unitary district.


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.

Until April 1929 Sharlston formed part of the Warmfield parish, but is now managed by its own parish council.[2]

The village of New Sharlston was built after the Stanley Main Pit was closed in 1866. It consists of two rows of houses which were mostly occupied by men who worked at the collieries of the surrounding area. Although always a small village, New Sharlston has witnessed rapid decline since the 1984-85 miners' strike which hit Sharlston and its surrounding villages hard.


The White Horse pub at Sharlston.

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]

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,[7] 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, winning in the final through a single converted try from Morton Hampson. The local professional team is Featherstone Rovers in nearby Featherstone.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Wakefield. Retrieved 11 September 2009
  2. ^ Sharlston Parish Council. Retrieved 10 January 2012
  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 Village, Sharlston Public House", Retrieved 10 January 2012

External links[edit]

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