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Ingbirchworth is a village in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. It is in the civil parish of Gunthwaite and Ingbirchworth and on the boundary of Kirklees in West Yorkshire. At the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 400,[1] increasing to 460 at the 2011 Census.[2]

The village is notable for its reservoir, the eldest of the three situated in the area (the others being Royd Moor and Scout Dike). During extreme droughts in the summer the reservoir has been known to dry out to the extent that the old bridge over the original stream, Summer Ford Bridge, can be seen. Development is mostly laid out along two lines: older houses and farms along the former turnpike of Huddersfield Road (the A629) and newer housing estates along Wellthorne Lane. It currently has one pub, The Fountain Inn, a 4-star hotel with restaurant and bar, and one shop (now closed), both on Wellthorne Lane.

On Huddersfield Road can be found The Grange, the oldest extant building in the village, dating to 1624, which is now self-catering accommodation.[3]

Ingbirchworth used to have a Methodist church, which was sold in 2014 and has now been converted to housing. A former pub, The Rose And Crown, was closed and demolished in recent years, and new houses have been built on the site. Further new housing is being completed at a site known as SummerFord opposite The Fountain Inn. On 6 November 2015, a newly commissioned war memorial was dedicated on a site on Wellthorne Avenue.[4] This is the first permanent memorial of its type in the village.


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Coordinates: 53°33′N 1°40′W / 53.550°N 1.667°W / 53.550; -1.667