Despite its exceptionally convenient location close to both the M62 and M1 motorways, and only a few minutes' drive from Leeds or Wakefield, the village of East Ardsley retains its rural ambience and strong sense of community. Set on the north-west fringe of the village, Stonebridge Fold presents a lively variety of superb new homes and apartments just a short stroll from local amenities.
Recorded in the Domesday Book as Erdeslau, East Ardsley grew as an agricultural community until the advent of the industrial revolution. The new railway opened up new possibilities, and the village became the site of ironworks, coalmines and mills. Ardsley Mills, built in the early 20th century as a spinning mill, is now the home of Country Baskets, a wholesaler whose specialisation in items for florists and gift shops reflects the gentler pace of life in Ardsley today. As a testament to how the village has returned to its former peaceful ambience, there is now no trace of the locomotive depot which once stood on the site of Stonebridge Fold.
East Ardsley Primary School, half a mile from Stonebridge Fold, recently moved from its previous Victorian building into a modern, purpose-built school within pleasant, open surroundings in Main Street. The local secondary schools include Woodkirk High Specialist Science School in Tingley, where there is also a convenient nursery.
There is a large medical practice on Bradford Road, around a mile-and-a-half from Stonebridge Fold, staffed by eight doctors and a large ancillary team, including a physiotherapist, three practice nurses and trained counsellors. The Lingwell Croft Surgery, three miles away, also includes a dental practice.
There is a comprehensive choice of local shops in East Ardsley catering for all everyday needs, including convenience stores, butchers, bakers and a post-office. The surrounding cities and towns offer an immensely varied choice of high-street names, specialist retailers and covered malls such as the White Rose Centre in Leeds, less than three miles from the development.
Leisure and entertainment
East Ardsley and the surrounding villages present a choice of bar and restaurants, including the family-friendly Bay Horse, dating back to the 1800s, which offers drinks and meals in a traditional setting with a beer garden and a children's play area. The village also has a community centre which hosts a range of activities, and there is a modern branch library in Bradford Road. The short trip into Leeds or Wakefield opens up an immense choice of cosmopolitan dining, night-life, museums and live entertainment.
Around two miles from the M62 and three miles from the M1, Stonebridge Fold has exceptional access to the national motorway network, and the centres of Leeds and Wakefield are only around 15 minutes' drive away. Outwood Railway Station, one-and -a-half miles from the development, offers services to Leeds, Sheffield and Doncaster, and Leeds Bradford Airport is around 12 miles away.
The expanse of woodland known as East Ardsley Fall, which provides a pleasant green buffer to the south west of Stonebridge Fold, can be accessed by a footpath from Moor Knoll Lane. The Fall, part of the Forest of Leeds, is an initiative to develop urban green areas and countryside throughout the area for community use and is a delightful place to explore and picnic. East Ardsley reservoir, on the other side of the village, offers a picturesque setting for gentle waterside walks in an area rich in bird-life. There are also several golf-courses within easy reach of the development, including the nine-hole course at the Acanthus Golf Centre, around half a mile to the west of the development, and the Lofthouse Hill Golf Club, with its fine 18-hole parkland course, approximately a mile and a half to the east.
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