West Yorkshire

Rothwell is a town in the Leeds metropolitan district of West Yorkshire.

Rothwell is around 5 miles south-east of Leeds and 6 miles north-north-east of Wakefield. It is around 5 miles east of Morley, although nearly 9 miles by main road, and about 6 miles west-north-west of Castleford.

Nearby are the villages of Woodlesford and Oulton, which is separated from Rothwell by the grounds of the Georgian mansion Oulton Hall, now a hotel and spa.

The centre of Rothwell was designated a Conservation Area in 1976, helping to preserve the historic buildings of the market town. These are mostly from the Victorian era but some have much earlier origins. Rothwell has several listed buildings. Its main shopping street, Commercial Street, has been enhanced in recent years following the demolition of a supermarket building which had divided the street for the past few decades.

Little remains of the medieval manor known as Rothwell Castle which once dominated the town. The site is near to Holy Trinity Church, which dates from the 13th century, but has been extended and extensively rebuilt since then, particularly after damage by lightning and an earthquake in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Among the Victorian buildings is Rothwell Town Hall, dating from 1895. For many years it was the centre of the Rothwell Urban District before this was absorbed into the Leeds metropolitan district in 1974.

Although never as industrialised as other towns in the area, pottery and coal mining have been a part of Rothwell's past. The site of the former Rothwell Colliery, closed in 1983, has now been transformed into the Rothwell Country Park, including areas of meadow, woodlands and wetlands.

 Town features

The town is on the Carlton, Rothwell and Oulton Becks
The town has pubs and a social club.
Rothwell has local traders and a supermarket.
The town has Post Offices.
The town has pharmacies.
Rothwell has bank and building society branches.
A choice of cafes can be found in Rothwell.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, pizzas, sandwiches.
Restaurant and bistro dining can be found in Rothwell.
Rothwell has a community centre.
The town has a library.
Rothwell has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Methodist, Baptist.


Bus travel

The town has bus services to neighbouring towns and villages and city centres.

Road travel

Rothwell can be reached via the A634 A639

Places to visit

Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway

Moor Road, Hunslet, Leeds
The world's oldest working railway is now operated by volunteers who run trains mostly at weekends. The railway was first opened as a horse-drawn colliery railway in 1758 and was the first to successfully use steam locomotives commercially in 1812. The line was not built as a passenger railway, but solely for carrying coal. Passengers can now make the journey between Moor Road station and Park Halt at the edge of the attractive woodland of Middleton Park, where there are displays about the past coal mining in the area. The line has a timetable of diesel and steam operating days and special events and the engine shed is a celebration of the numerous manufacturers, among them Hudson, Hudswell Clarke and Manning Wardle, which once made Leeds the biggest producer of railway locomotives in the country. The railway is about 2 miles south of Leeds city centre close to Junctions 5 & 6 of the M621.

More information at the  Middleton Railway website.

Temple Newsam House

Temple Newsam House

Temple Newsam Road, off Selby Road, near Colton, Leeds
Temple Newsam House dates from Tudor and Jacobean times and is surrounded by more than 600 hectares of parkland and gardens, which include a rare breeds farm. The gardens were designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown in the 1760s. Leeds City Council now own the country house and estate, which is open to the public. The house has previously been used as an art museum but there has now been refurbishment of rooms to period styles to match the outstanding restored exterior of this Grade I listed building. There are fees for admission to the house and to the farm.
More information at the  Temple Newsam House pages of the Leeds City Council website.



Lotherton, off B1217 Collier Lane, near Aberford
Lotherton is a country house estate with eight acres of Edwardian gardens and an orchard, deer park and grassy fields beyond. The hall itself consists mainly of Victorian and Edwardian extensions of a Regency core and it is decorated to reflect upper class life in the early 1900s. Its museum includes dedicated fashion galleries. Lotherton also has a historic chapel dating from the 12th century which was once part of the mediaeval village of Luttrington. Wildlife World at Lotherton represents the development of a bird garden established in the 1980s, featuring Humbolt penguins among the birds and other animals. Free ticketed entry to the estate is available. See the Leeds City Council website for details of current opening arrangements.
More information at the  Lotherton pages of the Leeds City Council website.
Find on map:  Lotherton

Royal Armouries Museum

Royal Armouries MuseumArmouries Drive, Leeds Dock, Leeds
The Royal Armouries opened a museum in Leeds in 1996 to display some of the large national collection of arms and armour historically based at the White Tower of the Tower of London. Housed in a purpose-built modern building at Leeds Dock, near the city centre, arms and armour from Britain and across the world is exhibited in themed galleries, with a programme of live shows and demonstrations. The museum opens daily from 10am to 5pm with last admisssion at 4.30pm.
More details at the  Royal Armouries website.

Emergency services

West Yorkshire Police  West Yorkshire Police website.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government

Metropolitan district council

City of Leeds

The City of Leeds authority covers an area extending several miles beyond the city itself, including areas of agricutural land with widely spaced villages to the north east and several separate small towns including Garforth, Guiseley, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, Rothwell, Wetherby and Yeadon.

Leeds is just one of a ring five metropolitan councils covering the many cities, towns and villages of the conurbation of West Yorkshire. Around one-third of the West Yorkshire population live in the Leeds metropolitan district, just over ¾ million at the time of the 2011 census.

In the City of Leeds metropolitan district a total of 99 councillors are elected. There are three councillors per ward across 33 wards. Councillors are usually elected for four-year terms, one councillor being elected in each of three years out of four. A Lord Mayor of Leeds is elected from the council each year.

Political composition after May 2023 election:

61 *15654 MBI3 GSI3 SD2
99 members * includes Labour & Co-operative        MBI = Morley Borough Independents; GSI = Garforth and Swillington Independents; SD = Social Democratic Party
External link to  Leeds City Council website.

See our Gazetteer for more about the  Leeds metropolitan district and places within it.

County strategic authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire -  Bradford,  Calderdale,  Leeds,  Kirklees and  Wakefield — which were at one time provided by a West Yorkshire metropolitan county council, with the addition of the non-contiguous unitary authority area of the City of  York council as well as the unelected Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. Since 2021 it has operated with an elected mayor as chairman and decision-maker for some responsibilities. These include transport, housing and planning and finance powers. The responsibilities also include those of Police and Crime Commissioner, a role substantially delegated to an appointee deputy mayor.

Elected mayor: Tracy Brabin Labour & Cooperative
 West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
This role has become one of the many responsibilities of the West Yorkshire elected mayor since May 2021.

 West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

Fire Authority

West Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.
 West Yorkshire Fire Authority web pages.

Pre-election parliamentary constituency

Elmet and Rothwell
Elected MP: Sir Alec Shelbrooke Conservative

New parliamentary constituency

Wakefield and Rothwell
This is a new parliamentary constituency for the next General Election.

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

West Yorkshire


Within the West Riding of Yorkshire

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