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Coordinates: 53°38′56″N 1°31′41″W / 53.649°N 1.528°W / 53.649; -1.528 Durkar is a small village in the southwestern suburbs of the City of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. It is bordered by the parish of Crigglestone to the southwest and Kettlethorpe to the east. It is under the local administration of Crigglestone Parish Council with authoritative powers exercised by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. Its nearest schools are Kettlethorpe High and St James CofE Junior. There is also a pub in the village, the New Inn, which still sells original hand pulled bitters.

Currently, Durkar is a sought after place of residence due to its location and local amenities. It is next to Junction 39 of the M1 motorway with Leeds only 10 miles to the north and other large cities such as Sheffield and Manchester less than 45 minutes drive away. It also lies next to a main arterial road into Wakefield, the A636 for easy commuting into the city centre.

Local attractions include Sandal Castle, a 10th century stronghold, Kenton Drive, West Bretton Sculpture Park and Pugneys Country Park.

Durkar derives from the Norse 'Drit Kjarr' meaning dirt marsh.[1]


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