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Ecclesfield shown within Sheffield
|Population||31,609 (2001 Census)|
|Metropolitan county||South Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Sheffield Hillsborough|
Ecclesfield is a village settlement and civil parish in the City of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, about 4 miles (6 km) north of Sheffield City Centre.
Evidence of early settlement in the Ecclesfield area include remnants of Romano-British settlements and field systems in Greno Wood. The earliest known written record of Ecclesfield is from the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is referred to as "Eclesfeld". The meaning of the name is uncertain. Traditionally it has been interpreted to derive from the Celtic egles meaning a church (specifically a Romano-British church) and the Old English feld meaning a woodland clearing. Thus the name could mean 'Open land near a Romano-British Christian church’. However, alternative suggestions are that the first element eccles- derives from a Saxon personal name or an association with water.
The Domesday Book does not mention a church at Ecclesfield. The present day Church of St. Mary, which largely dates from the late 15th century, incorporates elements dating from c1200. This church was the centre of the ancient parish of Ecclesfield that before it was broken up in the 19th century was one of the most extensive parishes in England. In the 12th century a Benedictine priory was established at Ecclesfield; Ecclesfield Priory was operated as a cell of St Wandrille's Abbey in Normandy until the 14th century.
Ecclesfield had a mill in the 1800s, which manufactured paper.
Local issues in Ecclesfield civil parish are governed by Ecclesfield Parish Council. Parts of Ecclesfield were annexed by Sheffield City Council in 1968 and are now outside the civil parish boundaries and are under the sole control of Sheffield City Council. The civil parish includes all of the West Ecclesfield ward and most of the East Ecclesfield ward of Sheffield. These wards are part of the Sheffield Hillsborough parliamentary constituency, which is represented in the House of Commons by MP Angela Smith of the Labour Party who has held the seat since 2005.
Ecclesfield is situated in the north of Sheffield, about 7 kilometres (4 mi) north of Sheffield City Centre. The suburb of Ecclesfield is in the south-eastern part of the civil parish with the suburbs of Chapeltown and High Green to the north, and Grenoside to the west. The elevation of the suburb ranges from about 60 metres (200 ft) to 120 metres (390 ft) above mean sea level. At the 2001 census the civil parish — which also includes the Sheffield suburbs of Chapeltown, Grenoside, High Green, and formerly Thorpe Hesley (now a suburb of Rotherham) — had a population of 31,609.
Ecclesfield has an Old Square, a Grade I-listed Priory, a cricket club, a large park, The Gatty Memorial Hall, a secondary school, Ecclesfield School, previously known as Ecclesfield Grammar, as well as a variety of shops and other civic amenities. Ecclesfield Church, St Mary’s, was originally the parish church for Hallamshire, one of the largest parishes in England. In the 17th century it was known as the “Minster of the Moors” because of its then rural situation. Ecclesfield's old village is also home to Whitley Hall, a 16th-century mansion property converted into a four-star hotel and restaurant.
On the border of Ecclesfield is Greno Wood: a forested area listed as Grade B on the English Nature Invertebrate Site Register, and considered to be of special archaeological and geological significance.
At the time of the United Kingdom 2001 Census the population of Ecclesfield civil parish was 31,609 people. The population of the suburb itself, which extends beyond the boundaries of the civil parish was about 7000 people The ethnic mix was 98.3% white (White British, White Irish, or White Other), 0.4% Asian, 0.4% Black British, 0.1% Chinese, and 0.8% mixed race.
Table outlining population change of the parish in 50 year increments since 1801:
|Source: A Vision of Britain through Time|
The Church of St. Mary is a Grade I listed building, and the remains of Ecclesfield Priory and the Whitley Hall Hotel are Grade II* listed. Greno Wood is listed as Grade B on the English Nature Invertebrate Site Register, and is considered of special archaeological and geological significance.
The main road transport routes through Ecclesfield are the A61, which runs north-south through the parish, and the M1 motorway, which skirts the parish's eastern edge. Bus services provided by First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Sheffield, Powells Bus Co., and TM Travel link the suburb with Sheffield City Centre, Barnsley, Rotherham, the Meadowhall Centre, and the surrounding suburbs. Chapeltown railway station, which is in the Chapeltown suburb, connects the parish with central Sheffield, Huddersfield and Leeds.
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