is a dispersed village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough
, south east of Leeds
, West Yorkshire
. It is located near Rothwell
and Allerton Bywater
. It nestles in the triangle formed by Leeds, Castleford
, and is between the confluence of the River Aire
and River Calder
. The latter is crossed by Methley Bridge, the A639 road
, () about a mile south east of the village. It is often claimed that the village is the second largest in England (in terms of area).
Today, the village is often described in terms of the area around Church Lane, Main Street and Pinfold Lane. However, the buildings on these streets largely date from the 20th century - and this area does not represent the original geographical centre of the village. The original village was established near to St. Oswald's Church, and in particular along Churchside. This is reflected in the 17th and 18th century buildings along Churchside and parts of Watergate.
Part of the village (the area south and west of the M62 motorway
) was ceded to the City of Wakefield Metropolitan borough
in the 1990s. This area, which includes the hamlets of Newmarket and Scholey Hill, is now subject to a planning dispute regarding an industrial and leisure development which if approved may result in increased traffic levels in the village - particularly along the A642, B6135 (Newmarket Lane and Watergate), Park Lane and Churchside.
Methley Hall was the former seat of the......