Wales, South Yorkshire
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Wales shown within South Yorkshire
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|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
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|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
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Wales is a village and a civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. It is on the border of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The civil parish of Wales, which has a population of 6,455, encompasses the village of Wales and neighbouring settlement Kiveton Park.
Wales shares its name with the country of Wales, and the derivation may well be the same: the name Wales coming from a Germanic root meaning foreigner and inferior. The suggestion, therefore, is that there was a continued Celtic presence here following the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons at the turn of the 6th century. The earliest reference to Wales is in 1002, when Wolfric Spot, a Saxon thegn, is recorded as owning Walesho.
The village of Wales itself is located at approximately sea level. It lies on the A618 and B6059 roads. The M1 motorway bisects the parish, while the southern boundary is partly marked by the Chesterfield Canal whose Norwood Tunnel runs under meadowland to the south. To the west of the village is Rother Valley Country Park., at an elevation of around 100 metres above
Education and Employment
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Rotherham Retrieved 2009-08-28