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Barwick in Elmet is a suburb in eastern Leeds, West Yorkshire. Barwick in Elmet is neighboured by Scholes, Garforth, Cross Gates, Parlington and Aberford. Approximately 7 miles away from Leeds city centre, Barwick in Elmet enjoys a historical, village-like atmosphere.
Barwick in Elmet has all the local amenities a resident could ask for. Nearby supermarkets include Barwick Stores, Tesco Superstore, Sainsbury's, Co-operative Food, and ALDI. In Barwick in Elmet there is Barwick in Elmet Church of England Primary School, Aberford C of E Primary School, White Laith Primary School, Grimes Dyke Primary School, Swarcliffe Primary School, Thorner C of E Primary School, John Smeaton Academy, Manston Primary School, Austhorpe Primary School and St Theresa's Catholic Primary School offering choice to residents with children.
Barwick in Elmet has excellent proximity to the town centre. The A58 offers a quick route, alternatively; bus routes 64,843 Coastliner and 840 Coastliner arrive in Leeds City Centre and only take approximately 35 minutes.
Barwick in Elmet postcode: LS15
The 'Barwick' part of Barwick in Elmet is said to have derived from the Old English words 'bare' and 'wic', meaning 'a barley farm'. In the village is the Hall Tower earthworks, a large mound and ditch that used to be part of a large fort in the Iron Age, later this was used as the site for a Norman motte and bailey castle and was then converted into an observation post in the Second World War.
In 1720, the first school opened in Barwick in Elmet. In 1874, the railway line between Cross Gates and Wetherby opened, enabling residents to commute to Leeds from the station near Scholes.
Throughout the 20th century, the village of Barwick in Elmet grew and new modern buildings were built and older cottages were converted into shops, pubs and other business premises. The industry of the village changed from agricultural to coal-mining and is now mostly a commuter village for Leeds and York.
Barwick in Bloom's aim is to 'keep the village looking attractive, neat, tidy and acceptably manicured, whilst retaining its rural nature'. Barwick in Elmet has been awarded gold in both the Spring and Summer entries by Yorkshire in Bloom.
The Maypole in Barwick in Elmet is one of the tallest maypoles in the country. There is a Maypole Celebration held every three years in Barwick in Elmet. There are processions of floats, morris dancers and even a Maypole Queen.
The Gascoigne Arms is situated in the heart of Barwick in Elmet and serves home cooked food served with real ale, fine wines and premium spirits. They even have events on different days; Fizz Fridays (after 5pm you can get a bottle of prosecco for only £15), Saturday Steak Night (2 10oz rump steaks with all the trimmings and a house bottle of wine for £26.50), a quiz night, Sky sports and a live DJ.
Other pubs include: The Black Swan, New Inn, Fox & Grapes and Barley Corn Inn.