Edenthorpe

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Edenthorpe is a village and civil parish in the east of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in the English county of South Yorkshire. It has a population of 4,752.[1]

Geography[edit]

It is bi-sected by the A18. The A630 passes the south of the village from junction 4 of the M18 and meets the A18 to the west of the village at a roundabout. The population is 4,748. There is the Kirk Sandall railway station less than a mile away on the Sheffield to Hull Line.

History[edit]

Edenthorpe is mentioned in the Domesday Book as a Saxon manor called Stirestrop, later known as Tristrop. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, it became Streethorpe, a village on the street, a road from Doncaster to Goole.

The village's first major residents were the Swyfts, who built the now lost manor. After the family fortune passed to Mary Swyft, she married Beau Fielding, a member of Charles II's court. Fielding enjoyed the high life; he squandered his wife's money and as a result Streethorpe was sold. After Mary's death, Fielding remarried to a rich widow in the hope of continuing his lavish lifestyle. The widow was an impostor- Fielding had been tricked. On discovering this, he married a third time, to the Duchess of Cleveland, a former mistress of Charles II. Fielding was tried at the Old Bailey for Bigamy, found guilty and subsequently pardoned by the queen.

Streethrpe's new owner was a wealthy London Merchant, Daniel Baker; his grandson John Baker-Holroyd, inherited it and sold it to George Cooke-Yarborough in 1769. Between the years of 1770 and 1786 Cooke-Yarborough built the villages Georgian hall. In Victorian times the North and South wings were added and this was all that remained when fire destroyed the Central section in the 1920s. The south wing was converted into a house for Lord and Lady Moncrief, now owners of the estate, on returning to Scotland; the estate was leased to the Eden family.

The Edens made a big influence on Streethorpe, for it was because of them that it acquired its modern name. An elderly resident of the village remembered packages delivered to the hall marked "Eden's of Streethorpe"; it is believed that Edenthorpe came from the shortening of this address.

After the Second World War, the two wings came into the ownership of the Hodkins, who converted the north wing into flats. On the death of Mr Hodkin, the estate agents "Bell Watson" bought the North wing; a Primary school was established in the South wing in 1958. When the flats in the North wing required a considerable amount of money spending on them, the site was sold to the then "West Riding County Council", who demolished the building and used the land to expand the school.

The parish church is the Church of the Good Shepherd, part of a group based in Kirk Sandall which adjoins the village to the north. Village pubs are the Eden Arms on Eden Field Road, the Holly Bush on Church Balk, and the Ridgewood on Thorne Road (A18). The Edenthorpe Canon Popham C of E and the Edenthorpe Hall primary schools as well as the Hungerhill School are just off the A18.

References[edit]

Edenthorpe, A growing Village, David Gilfillan 1979 Doncaster Evening Post 1974

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Coordinates: 53°33′N 1°04′W / 53.550°N 1.067°W / 53.550; -1.067