Kippax is a medium sized village, close to motorway links -
north, south, east & west, a community with numerous traders, businesses,
three primary schools, a high school (in Allerton Bywater), library, clinics,
dentist and public houses and clubs. There are also many community groups and
Kippax is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough
of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It is situated in the east of the Borough,
near to Garforth and Great Preston.
The name "Kippax" indicates that the village was first
established in a heavily wooded area of ash trees.
Kippax was a separate civil parish, in Tadcaster Rural District,
until 1939, when it was annexed to Garforth. It re-acquired civil parish
status, with a parish council, on June 17, 2004.
The village's historical roots are survived by the presence of
an originally Anglo-Saxon church which underwent significant modification in
Norman times. Typically Saxon herring-bone masonry can still be seen in the
Tower. Despite being an administrative centre for hundreds of years, the
population remained small and mostly agricultural until the late 1700s when
coal mining began on a relatively small scale in local bell pits. The advent of
deeper mining and the discovery of coal seams in Allerton Bywater saw Kippax
undergo a rapid expansion in the 19th century into a typical Northern mining
community. The decline in deep coal mining saw the Allerton Bywater pit finally
close in the 1990s despite being in decline since the 1970s.
Without undergoing any real "transformation" Kippax
has adjusted to its new status as a commuter village. Its proximity to the
A1/M1/M62 and bus and rail networks means that many residents can
easily commute to Leeds, Wakefield or York rather than working more
locally. Its older identity as a "mining community" lives on within
the village's older residents. A modest amount of housing development has
occurred in Kippax in recent times but the green spaces between it and its
neighbouring villages are being maintained. Today the High Street boasts
a large Co-op supermarket, a range of independent local stores, public
houses and places to go and eat.
Kippax is fortunate to have several wildlife rich sites
including Townclose Hills Nature Reserve (Billy Wood) (SSSI), Kippax Meadows Park (SEGI), The Lines Way and is
close to Fairburn Ings NR and St. Aidens NR.
Kippax still has one of the lowest crime rates in the Leeds
metro area; and remains one of the most highly regarded areas in the city.
Hopefully Kippax will remain the limit for the eastward
expansion of the East Leeds conurbation and the small hamlets and villages of
Ledston, Ledsham and Towton may be preserved.
There is a wide range of residential properties in the
village to suit different family sizes and pockets with some detached
properties in excess of £300,000.
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