WF10 (Castleford) area guide

WF10
Castleford
The WF10 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Airedale and Ferry Fryston, Allerton Bywater, Altofts and Whitwood, Castleford, Castleford Central and Glasshoughton, Cutsyke, Fryston, Glasshoughton, Hightown, Kippax and Methley, Ledston, Whitwood, Whitwood Mere.
Castleford’s history dates back to Roman times, as it is said to have been built upon a Roman army settlement. Roman funeral urns have been found in modern day Castleford, giving further evidence to this theory.

Queen’s Park in Castleford provides evidence of round houses used by the Anglo Saxons. This was a strategic area due to the views of the entire settlement. Castleford has been a part of important historical events, such as Oliver Cromwell’s local encampment in the town.

In the 19th century, Castleford saw much growth as collieries opened around the town. However, these collieries closed in the 20th century. The Ferrybridge Power Station and the Kellingley Colliery in a nearby town keep many of the residents of Castleford employed, as do the warehouses and distribution centres in Glasshoughton.
Castleford is home to Burberry, the famous retailer and designer label. Nestlé also has a factory here, where they make their famous chocolate bars. Castleford is still overcoming its high unemployment rate through its retailing and manufacturing factories.

Presently, Castleford has about 42,000 residents, with 21 per cent retirees. A very low percentage of WF10’s residents are educated to degree level - only 7 per cent. This percentage is far below the national average of 20 per cent. Also, WF10 has a very low percentage of full-time students. About half of the properties in WF10 are terraced homes and the average house price is far below the national average. Unfortunately, Castleford has a relatively high amount of crime, and its crime levels are higher than the national average and the average for West Yorkshire.

The Meadows is one of the most expensive streets in Castleford. Most properties here are detached and have four bedrooms. This street is close to both primary and secondary schools and is close to the post office. The average selling price for a home on this street would be £230,000. Buttercup Way also offers detached, four bedroomed houses, but for a lower average price of £180,000.

One of the least expensive streets, Dawtrie Street offers semi-detached, three bedroomed houses. The average price is around £70,000. Families living on this street are very close to schools and The Square, where there are many local amenities.
In recent years, Castleford has seen much economic growth through its retail and distribution centres. Today, Castleford is home to the Junction 32 outlet and Xscape Leisure Complex. This leisure complex is Europe’s largest indoor real snow slope. The outlet is located on Carrwood Road while Xscape is located on Colorado Way.

Castleford plans to have more retail and residential developments as well as a library and art museum in the near future.

Castleford has its fair share of chain restaurants such as Frankie & Benny’s and Nando’s, both located on Glass Houghton.