Carcroft

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Carcroft
Carcroft is located in South Yorkshire
Carcroft
Carcroft
 Carcroft shown within South Yorkshire
Population 4,312 
OS grid reference SE540098
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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UK
England
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Coordinates: 53°35′N 1°10′W / 53.58°N 1.17°W / 53.58; -1.17

Carcroft is a rural village part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the village is roughly six miles north north west of Doncaster.

Geography[edit]

It borders woodland to the north which separates it from the neighbouring village of Owston. To the west the village merges with Skellow having subsumed the area previously know as Hobcroft and a string of small industrial estates connect it with Adwick le Street to the south. East of the village lies mixed farmland and woodland.

Like its neighbour to the west much of Carcroft is made up of former council housing estates. The old centre of the village remains with High Street supporting a variety of small independent shops. The furniture retailer dfs also began here as Northern Upholstery and a large outlet for the firm still stands on a small trading estate just off High Street opposite an Asda superstore. DFS is now based a mile away at Adwick le Street. The village had a library until it was closed down in 2012 during the cutbacks imposed by the government. [1]

History[edit]

A small portion of Carcroft is redeveloped land formerly occupied by the Bullcroft Colliery [1] which operated from 1912 until 1970 when it was merged underground with nearby Brodsworth Colliery.[2] Recently the viability of reopening this coal face has been under investigation [3] however as yet no moves to restore mining in the area have been made.

The village has two churches - the C of E St Michael & all the Angels church, and the Catholic St George & the English Martyrs church.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thestar.co.uk/what-s-on/out-about/closed-doncaster-village-libraries-to-be-auctioned-1-6582617
  2. ^ (scroll to end of page for documentary images & commentary)
  3. ^ DMBC Report on proposed scheme for coal recovery and community woodland restoration

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