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Main Street
Menston is located in West Yorkshire
Menston shown within West Yorkshire
Population 4,498 (2011)
OS grid reference SE174439
Civil parish
  • Menston
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ILKLEY
Postcode district LS29
Dialling code 01943
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°53′28″N 1°44′04″W / 53.8912°N 1.7344°W / 53.8912; -1.7344Coordinates: 53°53′28″N 1°44′04″W / 53.8912°N 1.7344°W / 53.8912; -1.7344

Menston is a village and civil parish in the county of West Yorkshire, England. Along with Burley in Wharfedale, part of Menston is within Wharfedale Ward in the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford. The remainder of Menston is in the Leeds City Council area. It has a population of 4,660,[1] reducing to 4,498 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Menston's Anglican parish church is dedicated to St John the Divine, and is part of the Diocese of Bradford. Other notable buildings include the former High Royds Hospital and St. Mary's Menston Catholic Academy, both of which are in the Leeds part of Menston.

The site of High Royds Hospital, originally the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, which is just inside the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, has been converted to housing called "Highroyds Village". This is a reflection of Menston's growing size. In the past 20 years there has been increased demand for much needed housing in the area. The population of Menston has been steadily increasing. As a result, Menston primary school, which was threatened with closure in the 1980s, has increased student numbers.[3]


It lies on the A65, approximately ten miles north-west of the centre of Leeds and 9 miles north of Bradford centre, between Guiseley and Burley-in-Wharfedale. Menston also has a railway station between Guiseley and Burley on the Wharfedale Line, with direct trains to Leeds, Bradford Forster Square and Ilkley. There are bus services to Leeds, Otley and Wetherby (an infrequent bus service run by Utopia). Menston once had rail links to Otley, via the (now closed) Arthington to Menston Line.

Cultural references[edit]

Highroyds is mentioned in the Kaiser Chiefs song of the same name, from the album, Yours Truly Angry Mob.[4] The Kaiser Chiefs met and formed in the same class at St Mary's Catholic High School, now St. Mary's Menston.



Menston is home to football club, Menston Town FC who currently play in the Wharfedale Triangle Division 2 after being established in 2010.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

Paul Jewell, a retired footballer and the former manager of Bradford City, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan Athletic and most recently Ipswich Town, has lived in the village since the 1990s.[6] Dean Windass, the former Bradford City and Hull City footballer, lives in the village. Nick Hodgson, Nick Baines and Simon Rix, all members of the rock band, the Kaiser Chiefs, met while attending St. Mary's Roman Catholic High School in Menston. Born in Menston were: Smith Wigglesworth, a notable early Pentecostal preacher (1859); Eric Knight, the author who created the fictional collie, Lassie (1897); Annie Margaret Barr, a Unitarian minister and founder of the Kharang Rural Centre in the Khasi Hills, North East India (1899); and actor Sam Riley (1980).

Location grid[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 2004-07-23. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish Ward 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Menston's new homes will build extra pressure on schools (From Ilkley Gazette)". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  4. ^ "SongMeanings – Lyrics – Kaiser Chiefs - Highroyds". Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
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