High Street, Wombwell
Wombwell shown within South Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan county||South Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Barnsley East and Mexborough|
Wombwell railway station (formerly Wombwell West) serves the Penistone and Hallam lines. Until 1959 it had another station (Wombwell Central) on the Barnsley-Doncaster line that was closed when that line lost its passenger service.
Wombwell was home to two collieries; Wombwell Main and Mitchells Main.
Wombwell is close to the large shopping and leisure facilities of Cortonwood, and also has a number of local business from cafes to travel agents and high street chains like Wilkinson's on High Street.
- Netherwood Advanced Learning Centre established in 2012 from a merger of Wombwell High School and Darfield Foulstone School
- St Michael and All Angels Catholic Primary School, located on Stonyford Road, was established in 1903
- Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre, established in 2007 from a merger of Kings Road Infant School and Oakfield Junior School
- High View Primary Learning Centre, established in 2007 from a merger of Highfields Junior School and Wood View Infant School
- Park Street Primary Learning Centre
Speedway racing took place at the South Yorkshire Sports Stadium. Wombwell entered a team in the 1930 Northern League. The sport was revived and operated in 1947 and 1948 when the Colliers raced in the National League Third Division. South Yorkshire Sports Stadium was redeveloped and is now the site of an industrial estate.
Wombwell Sports Stadium is close to the site of the former South Yorkshire Sports Stadium, and is now the home of the South Yorkshire Kart Club, an MSA affiliated Kart racing club and also Wombwell R/C Model Car Club, a BRCA affiliated radio control car racing club. Wombwell F.C. share the same venue and part of the kart track runs parallel to and the length of the football pitch.
Wombwell Sporting AC train on the athletics track. The club has seen an upsurge in membership over recent years and the senior team has just been promoted to division 3 in the Northern Athletics League. Some notable athletes from Wombwell SAC have been Angela Thorpe (who holds national records in the 100m Hurdles and Michael Stanton (who has competed at the UK School Games in 2007 & 2008). Wombwell Athletic Club Website
Wombwell Main Cricket Club represent the town at cricket and the 1st XI currently (2012) play in the Pontefract section of the Yorkshire Cricket Council.
Roy Kilner, Yorkshire CCC and England cricketer was born in Wombwell and is buried in Wombwell Cemetery.
Earliest recorded scrying
William Byg (alias Lech) of Wombwell is credited with the first ever recorded case of scrying in modern Europe. This confession was recorded on 22 August 1467. He was said to have earned a living by finding stolen property with the help of his crystal ball for over a period of two years, and was eventually charged with heresy. Scholars have researched and examined, until modern times, Byg's description of his own scrying. His description matches many scying examples and methods which occurred later, and his work is considered authentic by those who believe it is possible to find property by paranormal means.
- Crystal gazing: a study in the history, distribution, theory and practice of scrying - Theodore Besterman