Halton, Leeds

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Shops on Selby Road.jpg
Shops on Selby Road
Halton is located in Leeds
Halton is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population7,845 (Halton and Whitkirk combined[1])
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEEDS
Postcode districtLS15
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°47′45″N 1°28′12″W / 53.7958°N 1.4699°W / 53.7958; -1.4699Coordinates: 53°47′45″N 1°28′12″W / 53.7958°N 1.4699°W / 53.7958; -1.4699

Halton is a district of east Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, situated between Cross Gates to the north, Halton Moor to the west, Colton to the east and Whitkirk to the South. Temple Newsam lies directly south of the estate.

The area falls into the Temple Newsam ward of Leeds City Council and Leeds East parliamentary constituency.


The name of Halton is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, in the forms Halletun and Halletune. The name comes from the Old English words halh ('nook, corner of land') and tūn ('farm, estate'), and thus once meant 'estate in a corner of land'.[2]

The parish also contains Halton Deans, first attested in the period 1170–90 in Latin or French form, as denam de Haleton, and in English form in the same century as Haletun dene and variants thereof. The deans element here comes from the Old English word denu ('valley'); the -s appears to have been added after the medieval period.[2]


Halton was originally developed as a village on the main road linking Leeds and Selby. Development immediately before and after the Second World War, saw Halton grow substantially into a suburb of Leeds.

St Wilfrid's Church in Halton is a grade II* listed church built in 1939 at a cost of £11,700 and designed by A. Randall Wells.[3] The church is in the Arts and Crafts style and still has many of the original fittings designed by Wells as well as contemporary art by Eric Gill.[4]


Halton is a suburban area of mainly owner-occupied housing of which almost three-quarters is semi detached or detached. The area compares favourably with Leeds as a whole in relation to indicators of deprivation, with relatively low levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, low levels of households in receipt of means-tested and out-of-work benefits and high levels of educational attainment. The area has a low level of people from BME backgrounds.[5]

Local facilities and attractions[edit]

The Woodman, Selby Road

The main Public Houses of Halton were the Irwin Arms (now demolished), The Travellers Rest (now demolished) and The Woodman.

Halton Post Office

There is a Lidl, Tesco Express and Fultons supermarkets.

The local Primary School is named Templenewsam Halton Primary School, with Whitkirk Primary also being within the local area.

The area is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the east of Leeds city centre and is close to the A63 dual carriageway.

Notable people[edit]

Location grid[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leeds Neighbourhood Index: Halton and Whitkirk Archived 2011-09-29 at the UK Government Web Archive
  2. ^ a b Harry Parkin, Your City's Place-Names: Leeds, English Place-Name Society City-Names Series, 3 (Nottingham: English Place-Names Society, 2017), p. 51.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Wilfrid (1256092)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  4. ^ Halton St Wilfrid: Our history and architecture
  5. ^ Leeds Neighbourhood Index: Halton and Whitkirk Archived 2011-09-29 at the UK Government Web Archive
  6. ^ "Interview: Beryl Burton". Bike Culture. Cyclorama. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Christabel Burniston MBE". Yorkshire Post. 4 November 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • John Gilleghan (2004) Halton The Story of an East Leeds Village (Kingsway Press) ISBN 978-1412029452

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