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West Riding
Tingley Working Men's Club - Highfield, Dewsbury Road - geograph.org.uk - 671148.jpg
Tingley Working Men's Club
Grid reference: SE279262
Location: 53°43’41"N, 1°35’2"W
Population: 7,652
Post town: Wakefield
Postcode: WF3
Dialling code: 0113
Local Government
Council: Leeds
Morley and Outwood

Tingley is a suburban village between Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford, pressed against the M62 motorway and its feeder roads, not entirely contiguous with but close in with the townscape expanding out nearly to join these three West Riding cities. Tingley forms part of the Heavy Woollen District.


The name Tingley is first attested in the thirteenth century, and on through the Middle Ages, in forms such as Thing(e)law(e), and Tinglawe in 1608. The name comes from Old English þing hlaw; a þing meaning a meeting (or assembly) and hlaw a mound, hill, or burial mound: thus it was the 'hill of assembly', and may have been the meeting place for Morley Wapentake.[1][2]:42

Just to the north of Tingley, at the northern end of East and West Ardsley parish, stands Dunningley, whose name is first attested around 1200 in the forms Duninglau and Duninglaue. Like Tingley and Ardsley, this came comes from a personal name followed by Old English hlaw ('hill, mound'). In this case the name was Dun, and was followed by the element -ing- which in this instance is an Old English suffix indicating the connection between the name-bearer and the landscape feature. Thus the name once meant 'Dun's hill' or 'Dun's (burial) mound'.[2]:42

Culture and community

Until recently a semi-rural location, Tingley has seen much residential development over the last twenty-five years, while managing to keep most of its rural views, it is only five miles south of Leeds City Centre. Close by to the east along the A650 are West Ardsley and East Ardsley with Woodkirk to the south.

The coal and woollen industries which provided much employment in the area until well after Second World War have now completely disappeared and Tingley is essentially a suburb. Within a five-mile radius of the settlement lie the city centres of Leeds and Wakefield and the town centres of Morley, Batley, Dewsbury and Ossett.

Tingley has had several public houses, including the former White Bear, which prior to demolition was prominently located next to Tingley roundabout. The former Bull's Head (located at the crossroads of Dewsbury, Rein and Syke Road) and The Babes in the Wood off lower Dewsbury Road have both now also been closed. This leaves three local public houses, The British Oak off Westerton Road in Tingley, The New Scarborough on Dewsbury Road in Tingley and The Hare and Hounds off Heybeck Lane in West Ardsley.


  • Independent / evangelical: Hope Church
  • Methodist:
    • Tingley Methodist Church
    • West Ardsley Methodist Church

The former Tingley Zion Methodist Church closed in 1997.[3]

Railway past

Tingley was once served by its own railway station, which was located on the old now long closed ex-Great Northern railway line (Leeds, Bradford and Halifax Junction Railway) that ran from Ardsley Junction to Laisterdyke (outskirts of Bradford) and opened to traffic in 1857.[4] The station was also a junction station on the also now closed Batley to Beeston loop line in-between.

Tingley railway station closed to passengers in 1954, and later to freight in 1964, with the line itself closing to all rail traffic in May 1969.[5]

The railway station has long been demolished, along with the Dewsbury Road bridge abutment (to the west of the station itself). The formerly adjacent Station Lane, which leads off Dewsbury Road, once led up to the station. Along the former ex-Great Northern loop line towards Beeston Junction lies the now long disused Tingley Viaduct. This historic structure once carried the long closed-down Batley-Beeston loop line (across the present day Leeds-Doncaster line) en route.[6]


  • Junior football: Tingley Athletic JFC

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Tingley)


  1. Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. TINGLEY.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Parkin, Your City's Place-Names: Leeds, English Place-Name Society City-Names Series, 3 (Nottingham: English Place-Names Society, 2017).
  3. Dickinson, G., Tingley Zion Methodist Church, published 9 July 2013, accessed 17 April 2020
  4. Body, Geoffrey (1989). Railways of the Eastern Region. (2 ed.). Wellingborough: Stephens. p. 29. ISBN 1-85260-072-1. 
  5. Young, Alan (2015). The Lost Stations of Yorkshire; The West Riding. Kettering: Silver Link. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-85794-438-9. 
  6. Bairstow, Martin (1999). Great Northern railway in the West Riding.. Farsley: Bairstow. pp. 24–27. ISBN 1-871944-19-8.