15th February 2017
East Ardsley is a large village situated between Leeds (6 Miles) and Wakefield (3 Miles). The Village of East Ardsley is close to the M1 and M62 motorways, which is why it has become known as a dormitory village ideal for commuters who work in Leeds or Wakefield.
Although the village has a WF3 postcode it still has both a Leeds (0113) and Wakefield (01924) dialing code. This is because the village is part of the Leeds city council ward of Ardsley and Robin Hood. The crossover between Leeds and Wakefield is further seen on the census report which shows East Ardsley is part of the Morley census.
East Ardsley historically had a diverse economy which included agriculture, textiles, railways and coal-mining. The villages’ coal mine closed in 1968 which was the same year as the Neighboring Middleton pit closed. On the site where the coal pit sat is ‘Eurocopy’, a company that supplies and services photocopiers.
The village used to have many co-op departments, sadly all of which are now closed. The old Co-op on Thorpe road has changed hands at various points in time from Moorknoll upholstery to Restyle fitness and more recently is occupied by the Mulberry House Beauty Salon.
You might find it hard to miss the old Ambler mill which is on the crossroads of the A650 Bradford road, Westerton Road and Common lane. This was a very large textile warehouse and is now occupied by Country Baskets who are a wholesaler for florists and gift shops.
The well-known comedian Ernie Wise, famous for his partnership with Eric Morecambe in the Morecambe and Wise show grew up in the Ardsley area and there is a statue in his honor located in Morley town centre.
There are plenty of nice pubs and restaurants around East Ardsley like The Nook, The Malt Shovel and The Bay Horse Pub, which is one of the oldest and historic pubs in East Ardsley.
For those of you who like the outdoors Ardsley reservoir is located between East Ardsley and Tingley and is a lovely park and lake to walk around and have picnics during the summer.