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Cawthorne Village.jpg
The post office in Cawthorne
Cawthorne is located in South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
Population1,151 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE284079
• London150 miles (240 km)
Civil parish
  • Cawthorne
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS75
Dialling code01226
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°34′03″N 1°34′19″W / 53.5674°N 1.5719°W / 53.5674; -1.5719Coordinates: 53°34′03″N 1°34′19″W / 53.5674°N 1.5719°W / 53.5674; -1.5719

Cawthorne is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. The village was once the centre of a localised iron and coal mining industry, though today it is the centre of a very affluent commuter belt, west of Barnsley. At the 2001 census it had a population of 1,108,[2] increasing to 1,151 at the 2011 Census.[1]

The village has a choral society, a brass band,[3] a museum, a stately home (Cannon Hall), and a Young Farmers Club. The local charitable club, Cawthorne wives holds meetings and raises money for local and national charities. Young people are catered for by the Grass Roots drama club which produces an annual play ranging from comedy to Shakespeare. Every four years the village produces a Community Drama in the grounds of Cannon Hall involving the band, choral society and 100 actors from the village. In 2000 this was One Breath and in 2004 Time and Chance.[4] The village pub, the Spencer Arms is named from the village's association with the Spencer-Stanhope family who once owned large swathes of the local area. Their family home was Cannon Hall, the park of which borders the village. Cannon Hall is now a museum run by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Nearby visitor attractions include Cannon Hall Farm, as shown on Channel 5's weekly TV programme This Week on the Farm.[5]

Two earlier residences in Cawthorne were Barnby Hall, home of the Barnby family, and Banks Hall, the seat of the Misses Spencer-Stanhope and of a branch of the Greene family.[6]

Cawthorne is frequented by ramblers as many excellent walking routes start from the village.[7]

The Victoria Jubilee Museum, built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, was opened in 1889 and contains numerous unusual exhibits including a stuffed cheetah and a two-headed lamb.[8]

All Saints Church overlooks the village, and there is a Methodist church on Darton Road. All Saints contains memorials to the Barnby[9] and Spencer families, among others.[10]

In the heart of the village stands Malt Kiln Row.[11] This row of 5 houses was originally the malt kiln for Cannon hall

All Saints Church, Cawthorne


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Cawthorne Parish (1170210855)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Cawthorne Parish (1543503911)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Cawthorne Brass Band Website". Cawthorne Brass Band. 23 July 2008. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Local Heritage Initiative". Grass Roots Theatre Group. 25 September 2006. Archived from the original on 25 September 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  5. ^ "This Week on the Farm". Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  6. ^ History of Cawthorne/Barnby Hall, Banks Hall, Manor House & c., Wikisource
  7. ^ "Cawthorne Walk". Walks in Yorkshire. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Cawthorne and Cannon Hall Estate is a treasure trove of history". Yorkshire Life. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Barnby Hall, Cawthorne, Yorkshire,". Archived from the original on 14 July 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2009.
  10. ^ History of Cawthorne, Parish Church, wikisource
  11. ^ "A Brief History - Cawthorne Parish Council". Retrieved 26 April 2021.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cawthorne at Wikimedia Commons