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St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church, Whitkirk
Whitkirk is located in West Yorkshire
Whitkirk shown within West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE36323
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEEDS
Postcode district LS15
Dialling code 0113
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
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Coordinates: 53°48′00″N 1°27′00″W / 53.800°N 1.450°W / 53.800; -1.450

Whitkirk is a suburb of east Leeds, situated between Cross Gates to the north, Austhorpe to the east, Killingbeck to the west, Colton to the south-east and Halton to the south-west. Temple Newsam (in which ward Whitkirk is) lies directly south of the estate.


Character properties on Colton Road

A church is recorded in The Domesday Survey (1086) as belonging to the manor of Gipton and Colton, and as Whitkirk is the only known medieval church in these area of Leeds, it is reasonable to assume that it is Whitkirk church that is being referred to, in which case it must have a late Anglo- Saxon origin at least. The first mention of Whitkirk itself is in 1154-66 in the Early Yorkshire Charters as ‘Witechirche’, meaning ‘white church’. The name has Old English origins, with the ‘chirche’ element subsequently being replaced by the Old Norse ‘kirkja’. It is possible that the church was the focus of settlement activity at this period extending into the later medieval.


Whitkirk is 4 miles east of Leeds city centre, and about 1 mile from Cross Gates Railway Station, which has services to Leeds City station and York railway station, and is close to the A63 dual carriageway and M1 motorway, meaning it is an ideal location for commuters. The area is well served by regular buses.

Temple Newsam War Memorial

The area has a cricket club (Whitkirk Cricket Club founded 1892), which has a large cricket pitch, five tennis courts, a football pitch and a Crown green bowling green, along with a large bar area. Housing in Whitkirk ranges from detached houses, semi-detached houses and terraced houses. It is also home to a Premier Inn, directly next to the Brown Cow pub, a Gym, carpet shop, undertakers, estate agents and the popular Eric's Angling Centre. The Temple Newsam War Memorial can be found a few hundred yards along Selby road towards Halton.


Whitkirk has three schools, Whitkirk Primary School, Temple Newsam Halton Primary School, and Temple Moor High School.


A view over Whitkirk in winter, looking towards Colton

Whitkirk lies within the LS15 postcode area. Here is a population breakdown of the postcode area in comparison with the UK population.

Category LS15 UK average
Population density (people / sq mi) 43.2 24.9
Gender split (females / male) 1.05 1.05
Average commute 6.1 miles 8.73 miles
Average age 38 39
Home ownership 16% 16.9%
Student population 2.4% 4.4%
People in good health 69% 69%

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