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Birkenshaw is located in West Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE203279
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRADFORD
Postcode district BD11
Dialling code 01274, 0113
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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53°44′51″N 1°41′36″W / 53.7475°N 1.6934°W / 53.7475; -1.6934

Birkenshaw is a village in the borough of Kirklees in the county of West Yorkshire, England. It lies at the crossroads between the A58 Leeds to Halifax road and the A651 Bradford to Heckmondwike road. At the 2011 census, the village was located in the ward of Birstall and Birkenshaw, which had a population 16,298. The name of the village derives from Old English and means "Birch Wood". Birkenshaw forms part of the Heavy Woollen District.

Birkenshaw is in the Bradford conurbation and the Bradford postcode area. Most landline telephones have the Bradford dialling code (01274), but some use the Leeds prefix (0113).

It is the site of the headquarters of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

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The village used to have a railway station (Birkenshaw and Tong) on the former Leeds, Bradford and Halifax Junction Railway. It was closed to passengers in 1953 and closed completely in 1964.

Notable people

Birkenshaw was the birthplace of Terry Uttley and Alan Silson, two of the founding members of the band Smokie.

The Tetley family of malters, from whom the brewer Joshua Tetley emerged, were from Birkenshaw.

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