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Pool in Wharfedale Church.jpg
Pool-in-Wharfedale Anglican Church
Pool-in-Wharfedale is located in Leeds
Pool-in-Wharfedale is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population2,284 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE205455
Civil parish
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOTLEY
Postcode districtLS21
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°54′03″N 1°37′38″W / 53.9007°N 1.6271°W / 53.9007; -1.6271Coordinates: 53°54′03″N 1°37′38″W / 53.9007°N 1.6271°W / 53.9007; -1.6271

Pool-in-Wharfedale[2] or Pool in Wharfedale,[3] usually abbreviated to Pool, is a village and civil parish in the Lower Wharfedale area, 10 miles (16 km) north of Leeds city centre, 11 miles (18 km) north-east of Bradford, and 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Otley. It is in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire and within the historic boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is in the LS21 (Otley) postcode district.

Pool in Wharfedale is connected to the rest of West Yorkshire and surrounding areas by trunk roads and buses. It had a railway station, which linked the village to Leeds, until it closed as part of the Beeching Axe, but Weeton railway station is nearby. It had a population of 2,284 at the 2011 Census,[4] up from 1,785 in 2001.[5]

Pool is a scenic village and enjoys views in most directions, including The Chevin, the Arthington Viaduct and Almscliffe Crag. Running past the outskirts of Pool is the River Wharfe, which is prone to flooding. Nearby is Pool Bank, a steep hill.

The village amenities includes one pub, a post office, a garage, one primary school, a petrol station, a sports and social club with bar and the village hall. It also has two parks and miles of riverside walks. The church of St Wilfred was rebuilt in 1839 on the site of a Chapel of Ease; its architect was Robert Dennis Chantrell.

There is a parish council, the lowest tier of local government.[3]

In recent years the village has rapidly increased in size with the construction of many new homes.

On 5 July 2014, the Tour de France Stage 1 from Leeds to Harrogate passed through the village.[6]


The history of Pool-in-Wharfedade is well documented with an archive held by Pool Parish Council.[7] It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Pouele in the Liberty of Otley.[7]

In 1881 the diarist John Dickinson wrote: "The people down at Pool are chiefly poor working people who are dependent on the paper mill and stone quarry and those trades are very bad just now. But there are several gentlemen's residences occupied by retired tradesmen from Leeds."[8]


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  1. ^ "Pool". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Pool-in-Wharfedale". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Welcome to Pool in Wharfedale Parish Council". Pool in Wharfedale Parish Council. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Pool Parish (1170211002)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Leeds". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Tour de France Stage 1". Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b "POOL-IN-WHARFEDALE – A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  8. ^ Harker, Ronald, ed. (1988). Timble Man: Diaries of a Dalesman. Hendon Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 0 86067 110 0.

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