Adwick le Street

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Coordinates: 53°33′22″N 1°12′04″W / 53.556°N 1.201°W / 53.556; -1.201

Adwick-le-Street
Adwick-le-Street is located in South Yorkshire
Adwick-le-Street
Adwick-le-Street
 Adwick-le-Street shown within South Yorkshire
Population 10,507 
OS grid reference SE5307
Metropolitan borough Doncaster
Metropolitan county South Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DONCASTER
Postcode district DN6
Dialling code 01302
Police South Yorkshire
Fire South Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Doncaster North
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Adwick-le-Street is a village in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.

Geography[edit]

It is situated a few miles to the north west of the town of Doncaster. It has a population of 10,507.[1]

Adwick-le-Street was an urban district of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974. Within the area of the former urban district lies the model village of Woodlands, built for Brodsworth Colliery. The old village is on the B1220, and meets the A638 to the south of the village at Adwick Grange, near the Highwayman pub.

To the west is the parish of Brodsworth. Highfields Country Park is adjacent to Brodsworth. The parish boundary with Brodsworth is mostly the Roman Ridge, except for a small section adjacnet to Pickburn, where it extends out to the A1(M) near the country park, and follows Long Lands Lane from the motorway bypass. To the north, the parish boundary follows the Old Ea Beck, broadly following the ECML railway. It then follows a drain under Adwick Lane, then Langthwaite Drain under the ECML, to the Highwayman roundabout; this roundabout is the southern edge of the (religious, no longer civil) parish of Adwick along the A638. The division between Woodlands and Adwick parish follows just east of the A638, to the west of the secondary school, meeting he A638 at the Redhouse junction.

The Woodlands parish from Hangthwaite meets the A638 further south near the former Long Edge Quarry, then follows Green Lane (B6422) until a point just east of Scawthorpe, where it meets the Roman Ridge. It follows the present Roman Ridge north and along the present-day parish boundary to the A1(M). It follows the A1(M) all the way to the Red House junction (38), including the Red House industrial park, whereas the present-day parish boundary (with Brodsworth) follows the Roman Ridge, north of Long Lands Lane past Markham Grange garden centre.

Railway[edit]

Station flooded in 2007

A main feature of the village is the Adwick railway station, on the electrified line, part of the East Coast Main Line, to Wakefield and Leeds. It is also the terminus for trains from Sheffield, via Doncaster. Just north of the station, is an east-west connecting freight-only line that originates just outside Hatfield and Stainforth railway station, passing the former Thorpe Marsh Power Station. The railway station originally closed in 1967, but re-opened in 1993.

History[edit]

Romans[edit]

The town derives its name from the great north British Roman routeway, Ermine Street. This road, also known as the Roman Ridge, follows the A638 (former A1) northwards through the centre of Doncaster (former Danum) until the junction of the A635 and A638. It follows to the west of the A638, and passes along the western perimeter of Woodlands, dividing the estate from the Red House industrial park. It rejoins the Great North Road (the A1 at this point) at the Red House interchange.

Anglo Saxons[edit]

In December 2007, archaeologists from ARCUS working on the North Doncaster Technology College site (now Outwood Academy Adwick) discovered the remains of 35 Anglo-Saxon burials dating from the 7th-9th century. This is believed to be the first Anglo-Saxon cemetery of this type found in South Yorkshire and one of the most significant Anglo-Saxon finds in the country.

Normans[edit]

The earliest references to the town are found in Domesday Book (1086), and the parish church of St. Lawrence dates from the 12th century.

Churches[edit]

There are two churches - the main one is dedicated to St Laurence in the old village to the north, and the other is in Woodlands, and is All Saints. The religious parish of St Laurence, also includes the southern part of Hampole parish (from Hampole Wood to Harry Wood further north), but not the northern Skelbrooke part of this parish.

Amenities[edit]

In the past, there was a pub in the village called the Red House. This was north of the main village, on the former A1 (now the A638), and gave its name to the Red House interchange (former roundabout before 1979) of the A1(M) and A638; nearby is the Red House industrial park. Until August 1961, the A1 passed through the parish.

Local economy[edit]

Red House industrial park

On the nearby Red House industrial park, next to the A1(M), is a huge B&Q distribution centre, and the headquarters of dfs. The industrial park is in the parish of Brodsworth.

In the 1920s, the Adwick le Street Urban District had a population of around 12,000.

Floods[edit]

Floods in June 2007

In June 2007, similar to many areas in the north of Doncaster, the village suffered extensive flooding. The East Coast Main Line was under feet of water.

Education[edit]

On Windmill Balk Lane has been the newly built Outwood Academy Adwick, an Academy, since 2009. It replaced North Doncaster Technology College. Previous to this it had been Adwick School, and previous to that it was the co-educational Percy Jackson Grammar School, which became a comprehensive in 1968. The school is between the railway station and the A638.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Long Lands Lane bridge over the A1(M)

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