Welcome to Thorp Arch Parish Council
Thorp Arch (proudly without an "e") is a parish in the
Metropolitan County of West Yorkshire within the City of Leeds. However,
this can be misleading. The area lies to the east of the A1(M) and north of the
River Wharfe and is largely rural with a village of old limestone buildings
and a Special Landscape area consisting mainly of farmland. It has a population
of around 800.
The area was significantly changed during the Second World War,
when the local railway and remote location made Thorp Arch (and part of
the neighbouring parish of Walton) an ideal site for a munitions factory. At
its height this employed over 10,000 workers.
The railway and the factory are long gone, but they leave a
legacy of the Thorp Arch Industrial Estate, the Buywell Shopping Centre, a division
of the British Library and HM Prison, Wealstun. In recent years the area has
also become home to the Leeds United Training Ground.
The main part of the village, which is mentioned in the Domesday
book, is in a conservation area lying on the banks of the river, although
recently there has been new residential development between the old village and
Walton. It is a vibrant community with a junior school, church and public
house. The village shops closed some 20 years ago, but residents are well
served by a shopping area in Boston Spa, just across the historic Wharfe
There is an active Village Society, cricket and tennis clubs and
various community groups who are all kept informed by "Causeway" magazine
which is distributed free of charge to all households in Thorp Arch and
To Contact the Council, please email the Clerk.