Woodkirk is an ancient village between Leeds and Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England. The parish church is a grade II listed building. It is traditionally the centre of the parish of West Ardsley, but Tingley is now a much larger settlement.
Woodkirk was part of the Ardsley urban district 1894–1937, which also included West Ardsley and East Ardsley and was then part of Morley municipal borough 1937–1974. The village once formed part of the former municipal borough of Morley, and is still classed as part of Morley in the census. However, it is technically separate, and is not governed by Morley Town Council. Woodkirk is in the Leeds City Council ward, Morley South, each electing three councillors to Leeds City Council. It is in the Morley and Outwood parliamentary constituency.
Woodkirk contains a high school and sixth form: Woodkirk High Specialist Science School. The school opened in the late 1940s and now has over 2,000 students.
The Leeds Country Way passes through the churchyard.
Woodkirk was once served by its own railway station, which closed to passengers around 1939, right at the very start of World War II, but the line, which once passed by, continued a further 25 years until its final closure, in 1964. However, the former station site, in Woodkirk itself, still stands though it is now derelict and disused, like the Soothill Tunnel.
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- Historic England. "Parish church (433199)". Images of England.
- The ancient parish of Woodkirk: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI.
- Official web site of St Mary's Church, Woodkirk
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