Flockton

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Flockton
BarnsleyRoadA637Flockton(HumphreyBolton)Jul2008.jpg
Barnsley Road A637, Flockton
Flockton is located in West Yorkshire
Flockton
Flockton
Flockton shown within West Yorkshire
Population 1,410 [1]
OS grid reference SE242149
• London 160 mi (260 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WAKEFIELD
Postcode district WF4
Dialling code 01924
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
YorkshireCoordinates: 53°37′48″N 1°38′06″W / 53.630°N 1.635°W / 53.630; -1.635

Flockton is a village in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England, halfway between Huddersfield and Wakefield. It is in the parish of Kirkburton[2] and whilst it is in Kirklees, it has a Wakefield postcode.[3] The name derives from Floki (an Old Norse persons name) and Tūn (which is Old English for enclosure or fence.[4]

Flockton was within a coal mining area, the local pits are now closed. Locals would also find mining jobs at nearby collieries such as Bullhouse, Emley Moor, or more likely, Caphouse[3] when the local pits were closed due to their inability to compete pricewise with collieries that were connected to the railways.[5]

The village is situated approximately 6 miles (10 km) east from Huddersfield and the same distance south-west from Wakefield. It has a population of 1,410 (2006 estimate).[1] Flockton is a commuter village owing to the proximity of the M1 motorway. It extends along the A637 Barnsley Road which brings with it a large amount of traffic.[3]

Flockton is close to Grange Moor. To the west is Flockton Moor, an area containing mainly farm houses. Within the village is Parkside, an area of council housing with most houses terraced and of red-brick. In contrast there are stone-built private developments. House prices are above average for the area.[1]

Flockton contains a newsagent/convenience store, a hairdressing salon, a junior school,[6] a working men's club, a motorcycle shop, a church, two public houses and a fish and chip shop.[5] The Dartmouth Arms public house was replaced by an Indian restaurant in October 2007.[7] The George and Dragon public house is one of the oldest pubs in England, dating from 1485.[8]

New Hall Prison is in New Hall Wood, 0.6 miles (1 km) east of Flockton.[9] The prison holds female adults, juveniles and young offenders.[10]

Flockton's cricket and football teams play in Huddersfield local leagues.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Area Profiles 2008 Flockton Settlement" (PDF). Kirklees.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Kirkburton Parish Council map" (PDF). kbpc.co.uk. Kirklees Council. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Grange Moor and Flockton, West Yorkshire". Yorkshire Life. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 182, 482. ISBN 0-19-869103-3. 
  5. ^ a b c "FLOCKTON - Pits, Pubs and a Prison". Huddersfield Examiner. 28 November 2005. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Flockton C of E (C) First School - Home". www.flocktonpri.kgfl.dbprimary.com. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Fine Asian food in the wilds of Flockton". Huddersfield Examiner. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Restaurant Review: The George & Dragon Flockton". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "110" (Map). Sheffield & Huddersfield. 1:50,000. landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 9780319262085. 
  10. ^ Hirst, Andrew (26 January 2017). "Suicide in prisons reaches all-time high - including New Hall deaths". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Flockton at Wikimedia Commons