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Sharlston - Winding Wheel.jpg
Sharlston winding wheel
Sharlston is located in West Yorkshire
 Sharlston shown within West Yorkshire
Population 2,756 
OS grid reference SE3884919437
Civil parish Sharlston
Metropolitan borough City of Wakefield
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district WF4
Dialling code 01924
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Hemsworth
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Coordinates: 53°40′12″N 1°24′48″W / 53.669968°N 1.41346°W / 53.669968; -1.41346

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.[1] 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,[2][3] a manor house of 15th-century origin with later additions, and include the hall's entrance gateway.[4][5]

Until April 1929 Sharlston formed part of the Warmfield parish, but is now managed by its own parish council.[6]

Pit village[edit]

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.[7]

New Sharlston has witnessed rapid decline since the 1984-85 miners' strike which hit Sharlston and its surrounding villages hard.


The White Horse pub at Sharlston.

In 2011 the village old people's home was demolished and replaced with new builds for rent and sale. A village public house, The Sharlston,[8] has closed, the building being converted to a pharmacy.


The village has an amateur rugby league team, Sharlston Rovers, which recently won the Wakefield Division 2 Cup.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Wakefield. Retrieved 11 September 2009
  2. ^ Historic England. "Sharlston Hall (1253750)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Giles, Colum (1986); Rural Houses of West Yorkshire, 1400-1830, p. 212; Stationery Office Books. ISBN 0-11-701194-0
  4. ^ Historic England. "Entrance Gateway to Sharlston Hall (1261623)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Entrance to Sharlston Hall", Retrieved 10 January 2012
  6. ^ Sharlston Parish Council. Retrieved 10 January 2012
  7. ^ Sharlston Colliery Model Village, Heritage Gateway, retrieved 13 August 2015 
  8. ^ "Sharlston Village, Sharlston Public House", Retrieved 10 January 2012

External links[edit]

Media related to Sharlston at Wikimedia Commons