Clayton West station platform 1979
|Clayton West shown within West Yorkshire|
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Clayton West is a village in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. It had a population of 2,648 (2001 census) and 2,704 in 2008. It is 9 miles (14 km) southeast of Huddersfield and 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Barnsley.
It is in the parish of Clayton West and High Hoyland. An attractive stone-built village, there is also a little light industry and a number of new housing developments.
Facilities in the village include a village store and four pubs. It has a primary school and nursery called Kayes First and Nursery School, which was built in 1862 and consists of 188 children and 32 staff from Nursery to year 5. The school is also part of a three tier schooling system with Scissett Middle School and Shelley College.
It also has a Scout Group which offers access to a number of outdoor activities including archery, target shooting, kayaking and much more.
The village coal mine (pit), "Park Mill", closed in 1989, having been somewhat bypassed by the events of the strike.
The village once had a railway station on a branch line, breaching of the Penistone Line. However the station along with Skelmanthorpe was closed in January 1983. The Kirklees Light Railway now runs and operates trains from the former station.
Clayton West was occasionally used as a location for Britain's longest running comedy series Last of the Summer Wine, in which one of the village's four pubs, "The Shoulder of Mutton" in Church Lane, features prominently. The village lost its post office in 2010.
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