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Kippax is a former mining village and civil parish in Leeds, West Yorkshire; the name "Kippax" indicates that the village was first established in a heavily wooded area of ash trees; the village has an Anglo-Saxon church which underwent significant modification in Norman times; typically Saxon herring-bone masonry can still be seen in the tower.

Despite being an administrative centre for hundreds of years, the population remained small and mostly agricultural until the late 18th century when coal mining began on a relatively small scale in local bell pits; this changed however with the advent of deeper mining and the discovery of coal seams in Allerton Bywater; Kippax underwent a rapid expansion in the 19th century into a typical northern mining community until the decline in deep coal mining saw the Allerton Bywater pit finally close in the 1990s.

Its identity as a mining community lives on within the village's older residents, but this identity could be lost if Kippax becomes part of the greater urban sprawl of east Leeds; this is due to increased housing development between Kippax and its neighbours, Swillington, Garforth, Great Preston & Allerton Bywater; over the last ten years the housing development has eaten away at Kippax's green margins meaning its village status will soon be questionable.



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