Bardsey, West Yorkshire

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Main Street: The Bingley Arms in Bardsey, perhaps Britain's oldest pub.
Bardsey is located in West Yorkshire
Bardsey shown within West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE367432
• London 170 mi (270 km) SSE
Civil parish
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEEDS
Postcode district LS17
Dialling code 01937
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°53′01″N 1°26′33″W / 53.8837°N 1.4426°W / 53.8837; -1.4426Coordinates: 53°53′01″N 1°26′33″W / 53.8837°N 1.4426°W / 53.8837; -1.4426

Bardsey, West Yorkshire, England is a small village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, 8 miles (13 km) north east of Leeds city centre. The village is in the LS17 Leeds postcode district. It is part of the civil parish of Bardsey cum Rigton. The village itself lies just off the A58 road between Leeds and Wetherby.

It is a predominantly middle class area with a high proportion of retired residents. Housing is mixed; while most is private, there is council housing situated near Keswick Lane. Facilities include a public house and sports club (with a cricket pitch and 2 football pitches). Bardsey also has a junior school and an Anglican church. It is a particularly historical area with:

  • Mention in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Berdesei" and "Bereleseie".
  • The Bingley Arms, a public house that claims to be England's oldest public house, and recorded in the Domesday Book, although these claims are disputed.[1]
  • A motte-and-bailey castle, dating back to post 1066.
  • The first Anglo-Saxon tower church in England.
  • Earthworks named Pompocali of uncertain origin, possibly a result of granite quarrying. A minor Roman road lies alongside it, leading some to suggest that Pompocali results from Roman activity.
  • The birthplace of playwright and poet William Congreve.


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