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Housing on Kingswear Crescent
|Austhorpe shown within West Yorkshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Austhorpe is a civil parish in east Leeds, West Yorkshire, England that is situated between Pendas Fields to the north, Whitkirk to the west, Cross Gates to the north-west and Colton to the south-west. At the 2011 Census the population of Austhorpe was shown to be included in the City of Leeds ward of Cross Gates and Whinmoor.
Austhorpe is home to a large business park, Thorpe Park, and this includes a large hotel. The housing is largely detached or semi-detached. The area is 5 miles to the east of Leeds city centre, and is close to the A643 dual carriageway and M1 motorway.
Officially judging by the old boundaries of the former township of Austhorpe, Austhorpe also includes the areas of Cross Gates, Colton Common and Barrowby. Colton Common became officially part of Colton when the Ingram family who resided in Temple Newsam, bought the whole Austhorpe Lodge estate, selling it off and keeping Colton Common as their own.
After the Township dissolved, Austhorpe stopped developing as quickly as it was doing, possibly due to the once abundant coal fields close to the surface which had been a major source of commerce for the area since Roman times becoming empty with deep shaft mining proving to be unsuccessful compared to the close by coal source at Garforth. Whereas Cross Gates and Colton quickly developed and Barrowby, if anything, un-developed.
Pioneering Civil Engineer John Smeaton, designer of the longest standing Eddystone Lighthouse, was born in Austhorpe. Leeds band the Kaiser Chiefs make a positive reference to him in their hit song "I Predict a Riot".
Austhorpe Hall is a grade II* listed building dated from 1694.
Austhorpe lies in the LS15 postcode area. Here is a population breakdown of the postcode area in comparison with the UK population.
|Population density (people / sq mi)||43.2||24.9|
|Gender split (females / male)||1.05||1.05|
|Average commute||6.1 miles||8.73 miles|
|People in good health||69%||69%|
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Leeds Retrieved 2009-09-08
- The ancient parish of Whitkirk: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI (Austhorpe was in this parish).
- Austhorpe in the Domesday Book
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