Sharlston winding wheel
Sharlston shown within West Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan borough||City of Wakefield|
|Metropolitan county||West Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Sharlston is a village and civil parish situated 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England, and includes the settlements of Old Sharlston, Sharlston Common and New Sharlston. Its population at the 2001 census was 2,756, reducing to 2,663 at the 2011 Census. The village lies in the City of Wakefield unitary district.
The village of Old Sharlston has existed for over five hundred years, with the oldest known record indicating that Sharlston Old Hall was built in 1574. In the early 18th century, the village was acquired by the Earl of Westmorland.
Sharlston's listed buildings and structures are grouped around Grade II* Sharlston Hall, a manor house of 15th century origin with later additions, and include the hall's entrance gateway.
Until April 1929 Sharlston formed part of the Warmfield parish, but is now managed by its own parish council.
A pit or model village of more than 150 back-to-back houses was built at New Sharlston from 1864 to house Sharlston Colliery Company workers. The houses cost just over £100 each and the streets were named Long Row, Crossley Street and High Street. A Methodist chapel and a day school were built on Crossley Street. The properties became the property of the National Coal Board in 1947. In 1961 twenty eight back-to-back houses were converted into 14 through houses. The school and the chapel have been demolished.
New Sharlston has witnessed rapid decline since the 1984-85 miners' strike which hit Sharlston and its surrounding villages hard.
The village has an amateur rugby league team, Sharlston Rovers, which recently won the Wakefield Division 2 Cup.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Wakefield. Retrieved 11 September 2009
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
- Historic England. "Sharlston Hall (1253750)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- Giles, Colum (1986); Rural Houses of West Yorkshire, 1400-1830, p. 212; Stationery Office Books. ISBN 0-11-701194-0
- Historic England. "Entrance Gateway to Sharlston Hall (1261623)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "Entrance to Sharlston Hall", Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2012
- Sharlston Parish Council. Retrieved 10 January 2012
- Sharlston Colliery Model Village, Heritage Gateway, retrieved 13 August 2015
- "Sharlston Village, Sharlston Public House", Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2012
- Sharlston Rovers. Retrieved 10 January 2012
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