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Bessacarr shown within South Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|- London||140 mi (230 km) SSE|
|Metropolitan county||South Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Doncaster Central|
Bessacarr // is a large village situated at the south-east edge of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Bessacarr has expanded since the Second World War, and is now one of the largest villages in the country. Its population was 19,803 at the 2001 census.
This is the largest area, and is south of Bawtry Road. Whilst some of the estate was built in the 1930s or earlier, the majority of the building occurred in the 1960s and 70s. Some recent development has occurred in the late 1990s and into the 21st century. Apartments are a feature of the most recent developments.
The centre of West Bessacarr is arguably Nostell Place shops, which boasts a Doctor's surgery, Veterinary surgery, Nat West bank, pharmacists, Co-operative food store, bakery, hairdresser, hardware store, launderette, fish and chip shop and Chinese takeaway amongst others. Nearby is the Flying Childers public house, St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, Bessacarr Library and Willow Primary School. Some other shops, including an off-licence and a hairdresser / beautician, are situated further up Alston Road around the corner from Punch's Hotel. Doncaster Lawn Tennis Club is situated on Saxton Avenue and is accessible via a footpath from Ellers Road.
West Bessacarr is part of the cycle path from Doncaster to Rossington, known locally as "the red path" owing to the colour of its tarmac. Routes including the red path and others within Bessacarr can lead walkers and cyclists to the relatively newly developed area known as Lakeside. Public transport to and from Bessacarr is provided by First Mainline routes 58 and 55B, with the direct 89 bus through the estates being withdrawn in 2004. Primary education for the area is provided by Bessacarr Primary School and Willow Primary School, which feed into the local Hall Cross lower school, formally Ellers Middle School, situated on the North-West boundary of West Bessacarr.
Bessacarr Grange is a relatively new area, and is situated the other side of the M18 Motorway from West Bessacarr. Most of the housing was erected in the 1990s. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is situated off Warning Tongue Lane.
- Wells, John (29 January 2010). "Bessacarr". John Wells's phonetic blog. Retrieved 5 March 2010.
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