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Stanley is an area in the Metropolitan Borough of Wakefieldmarker in West Yorkshire, Englandmarker. It is about north-east of Wakefieldmarker city centre.Stanley was an Urban District in the West Riding of Yorkshire prior to 1974, being made up the four electoral wards of Lake Lock, Outwood, Stanley and Wrenthorpemarker. Stanley is classed as one of the most desirable areas to live in the Wakefield area. It has a population of 22,947.

The area plays host to a number of commercial and corner shop type shops, with entertainment consisting of a 'Two for One' run pub named the Stanley Ferry.

It has a few pubs, The Weatsheaf, Bar stanley, Travellers and is also home to St Peters School, Stanley Surgery and a large community centre.

Stanley is home to the Stanley Marsh nature reserve which is a site consisting of varied terrain including a lake. The reserve is situated on the site of a former colliery, (see Lake Lock Rail Road).

Stanley also plays host to the Stanley Falcons, a successful cricket team who play in Division One of the Central Yorkshire Cricket League. Stanley Rangers ARLFC, an amateur rugby league team who play in National Conference League Division Two.

Stanley Rodillians RUFC Ltd is based at Manley Park on Lee Moor Road and currently play in the Yorkshire 5B league. In April 2009, it was announced that Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, new community stadium would be built on the site of old Newmarket Colliery.


  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population Retrieved 2009-08-26

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