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Map of Whinmoor
Whinmoor is located in Leeds
Whinmoor is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population11,100 [citation needed]
OS grid referenceSE 35962 37539
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLeeds
Postcode districtLS14
Dialling code0113
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°49′55″N 1°26′46″W / 53.832°N 1.446°W / 53.832; -1.446Coordinates: 53°49′55″N 1°26′46″W / 53.832°N 1.446°W / 53.832; -1.446

Whinmoor is residential area of east Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

It is 5 miles (8 km) to the north-east of the city centre and adjacent to Swarcliffe and Seacroft in the LS14 Leeds postcode area.

Historically, the area was within the Tadcaster Rural District until 1974. It is today situated in the Leeds City Council ward of Cross Gates and Whinmoor and Leeds East parliamentary constituency.


In November 655 AD (or perhaps in 654, according to one interpretation of the chronology), the Battle of the Winwaed took place around the Whinmoor/Cock Beck/Swarcliffe area, with the Christian King Oswiu of Bernicia's army defeating the pagan army of King Penda of Mercia, although historians admit that few details are available. A road to the south of Whinmoor was later named Penda's Way.[1]

In addition, during the First English Civil War, the Battle of Seacroft Moor, 30 March 1643, was fought over the two moors of Winn Moor and Bramham Moor, near Leeds. There is no exact records of Army positions, due to the amount of movement during the battle. As Sir Thomas Fairfax was instructed to capture Tadcaster, the Royalist Northern major-general, Sir William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne planned to intercept the smaller opposition. He sent his Lieutenant-General, Lord George Goring to do so; leading a large force of Horse. Fairfax had a problem, due to having a force made up of mainly clubmen (Locally recruited soldiers) and only three troops of Cavalry; this was going to be a 'wake-up-call' for the Parliamentary forces in the North. He was literally 'thrashed' by Goring, beaten back over the moor, with many casualties. Fairfax escaped with just some of his surviving Horse to Leeds, mainly because of bad communication in the ranks. Fairfax quoted that it was "the greatest loss we ever received".


Crime in Whinmoor has slowly decreased, although there are still reported crimes of drug dealing and car theft.

Leeds City Council purchased Whinmoor from the Tadcaster Rural District Council to build homes as an extension of the Seacroft housing development. In the early 1960s the council had planned to build 5,000 dwellings, a small shopping centre and other amenities with a pedestrian link to Seacroft. Work has begun on new homes off A64 near Red Lion public house. Planning for more homes near Wetherby Road and improvements to the Ring Road will see more change in the coming years.

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The convenience stores at the Whinmoor terminus.

Whinmoor is often classed as a part of Seacroft, a name which is used as a catch-all term for extensive council estates of eastern Leeds (also including Swarcliffe). It formerly had a large proportion of council housing, of which most are now privately owned.

Until 2010, the area was part of the Elmet constituency. Colin Burgon served as the Member of Parliament for the area for 13 years having defeated the long-serving Conservative MP, Spencer Batiste, in 1997. It now sits within the Leeds East constituency, which includes Cross Gates, Whinmoor, Seacroft, Gipton, Harehills, Killingbeck, Temple Newsam, Halton Moor, Halton, Whitkirk, Colton and Austhorpe. The current MP is Richard Burgon.[2]

Whinmoor was also the eastern terminus for First Leeds "Overground" bus services 4 (ftr route) The 16, 16a and 56 now run to Whinmoor terminus. Unilever Leeds is on Coal Road.


  1. ^ Campbell 1995, p. 8.
  2. ^ Rayment, Leigh. "The House of Commons Constituencies beginning with "L"". Leigh Rayment. Archived from the original on 13 August 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)


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