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Bisected by the A635 Huddersfield Road, Wilthorpe has several small shops and infant and junior schools located on Greenfoot Lane, as well as an ATS garage and a dentist on Huddersfield Road.
Wilthorpe sits in the S75 area of Barnsley, along with the neighbouring areas of Pogmoor, Gawber, and Mapplewell. The village is popular among young professionals who commute to the cities of Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. The village is served by the 97 route which runs Monday to Friday running along Huddersfield road. This is a service operated by Tate's Travel Group.
The Wilthorpe Hotel
The local pub The Wilthorpe Hotel was central to life in the village, offering a range of pub meals, including an all day breakfast, and locally produced beers. In early 2012, the pub closed. It has recently been refurbished and in November 2012, re-opened as a Tesco Express, much to the chagrin of local shop owner, Ash Patel. Ash, who runs Yogi Stores a mere 300 yards from the new Tesco store, started a petition to block the opening of the new store, fearing he would lose much of his passing trade. This petition was named WASP (Wilthorpe Against Supermarket Plans). He gained fewer than a dozen signatures.
The main attraction in Wilthorpe is the park, with stunning rose gardens, a reclaimed wildlife area, and a playground. The Emmanuel Church serves this particular area of west Barnsley, built in the late 90's. It also serves as a village hall with several events and clubs held there every week Tinkers Pond is situated at the bottom of Woodstock Road. This fishing spot used to be a mine shaft and is reported to be at least 500 ft deep in the centre.
Barnsley Business Innovation Centre
Wilthorpe is the home to the BBIC. The Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) was established in 1987 as a private company (limited by guarantee), with a mission to assist in the economic regeneration of the Barnsley Borough.
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