Upper Cumberworth

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Upper Cumberworth
Crossroads Upper Cumberworth - geograph.org.uk - 980264.jpg
Crossroads, Upper Cumberworth
Upper Cumberworth is located in West Yorkshire
Upper Cumberworth
Upper Cumberworth
Upper Cumberworth shown within West Yorkshire
Population 1,122 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SE212088
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HD8
Dialling code 01484
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°34′34″N 1°40′55″W / 53.576°N 1.682°W / 53.576; -1.682Coordinates: 53°34′34″N 1°40′55″W / 53.576°N 1.682°W / 53.576; -1.682

Upper Cumberworth is a small village in West Yorkshire, England, within the civil parish of Denby Dale and the Diocese of Wakefield. It is between the villages of Denby Dale and Shepley, above the village of Lower Cumberworth. It occupies a rural location, surrounded by fields and woodland but close to Huddersfield, Barnsley, Wakefield and Sheffield by public transport or road.

The 2001 Census gave the population of Upper Cumberworth and Lower Cumberworth combined as 1,222.[1]


The local woodlands are managed by the Upper Dearne Woodlands Conservation Group, who undertake tasks such as habitat conservation, access management, education and information. Many public footpaths run through the woodlands with information boards about plants and animals. The woodland runs into Birdsedge and contains more than 75 Hairy Northern Wood Ant (Formica lugubris) nests.


The annual Cumberworth Carnival is usually held within the grounds of the first school. The carnival includes a parade of floats, one of which carries the carnival king and queen for the year, who are usually pupils of the first school. Marquees host stalls selling cakes, plants and books, alongside tombolas and games. The carnival usually includes demonstrations from local groups such as the flyball and the dog agility group 'Springers', and the model helicopter group. For the 2007 carnival the evening event included a live band for the second year running and a barbecue.[citation needed]

Community facilities[edit]

The Star

The village has a pub, the Star Inn, and a small shop with a post office.


The village has a small first school, Cumberworth CE (VA) First School.[2]

Religious sites[edit]

The local Saint Nicholas' church is Anglican.[3] The churchyard has a set of stocks by the entrance and some sculptural gravestones.


Upper Cumberworth and Lower Cumberworth have joint football and cricket teams.[4] There is a small children's playground and a larger field which contains football and basketball facilities.

Notable people[edit]


John Hodgson, drummer/ percussionist with Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble and Violinski, an ELO offshoot.[5]


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