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Coordinates: 53°47′55″N 1°26′28″W / 53.7985°N 1.4411°W / 53.7985; -1.4411

Austhorpe
Austhorpe 1.jpg
Housing on Kingswear Crescent
Austhorpe is located in West Yorkshire
Austhorpe

 Austhorpe shown within West Yorkshire
Parish Austhorpe
Metropolitan borough City of Leeds
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
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 Elmet
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Austhorpe is a civil parish in east Leeds, West Yorkshire, England that is situated between Pendas Fields to the north, Whitkirk to the west, Cross Gates to the north-west and Colton to the south-west.[1]

Austhorpe is home to a large business park, Thorpe Park, and this includes a large hotel. The areas housing ranges from detached and semi detached houses.

The area is 5 miles to the east of Leeds city centre, and is close to the A463 dual carriageway and M1 motorway.

Officially judging by the old boundaries of the former township of Austhorpe, Austhorpe also includes the areas of Cross Gates, Colton Common and Barrowby. Colton Common became officially part of Colton when the Ingram family who resided in Temple Newsam, bought the whole Austhorpe Lodge estate, selling it off and keeping Colton Common as their own.

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History

After the Township dissolved, Austhorpe stopped developing as quickly as it was doing, possibly due to the once abundant coal fields close to the surface which had been a major source of commerce for the area since Roman times becoming empty with deep shaft mining proving to be unsuccessful compared to the close by coal source at Garforth. Whereas Cross Gates and Colton quickly developed and Barrowby, if anything, un-developed.

Pioneering Civil Engineer John Smeaton, designer of the longest standing Eddystone Lighthouse, was born in Austhorpe. Leeds band the Kaiser Chiefs make a positive reference to him in their hit song "I Predict a Riot".

Austhorpe Hall is a grade II* listed building dated from 1694.

Comparison

Austhorpe lies in 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%

Location

Leeds Country Way in Austhorpe
North: Cross Gates, Swarcliffe
West: Whitkirk Austhorpe East: Garforth
South: Colton

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