Kippax, West Yorkshire

Kippax, West Yorkshire

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Kippax is a village and civil parish in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England. It is situated in the east of the city, 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 1 April 2004.

The Kippax and Methley ward of Leeds City Council is currently in the UK Parliament constituency of Elmet, which will become Elmet and Rothwell at the next UK general election.

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 18th century 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.

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