Starbeck exploded in size. In less than fifty years the population rose from around fifty to five thousand men and their families flooded into the area to find work on the railways.
Houses began to appear in the area known as Forest Lane Head as early as 1700. Then in the 1750’s Blind Jack Metcalfe routed his turnpike road through here crossing the Star Beck precisely at the point of the old Stokkebrigmyre. Then twenty years or so later the forest of Knaresbough was enclosed. The springs fell into private hands and then rapid demise. Fine houses began to appear beside the road but Starbeck was still not important enough to be termed as a community.
Starbeck matured, prospered and soon enough became the community we know today. It’s true that in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s the railway goods yards and associated industries disappeared leaving hardly a trace, but Starbeck was strong enough to carry on despite it. As the railway yards were closed, new housing estates were built on Forest Avenue and Forest Lane to make way for future residents and generations.