Coordinates: 53°35′06″N 1°31′57″W / 53.585°N 1.5325°W / 53.585; -1.5325
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Darton is located in South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
Population21,345 (Wards. Darton East + Darton West. 2011)
OS grid referenceSE309099
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS75
Dialling code01226
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
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53°35′06″N 1°31′57″W / 53.585°N 1.5325°W / 53.585; -1.5325

Darton is a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley (part of South Yorkshire), on the border with West Yorkshire, England. At the time of the 2001 UK census, it had a population of 14,927,[1] increasing to 21,345 for both Darton Wards (East & West) at the 2011 Census.[2][3]

Parliamentary representation[edit]

Formerly part of the now defunct Barnsley West and Penistone borough constituency, following the Boundary Commission for England's report on South Yorkshire's Parliamentary constituencies in 2004 and an inquiry in 2005, it is now part of the Barnsley Central borough constituency.


Darton lies on the River Dearne, directly to the east of Kexbrough, and is situated about 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Mapplewell, 5 miles (8 km) north of Barnsley, 9 miles (14 km) south-west of Wakefield, 14 miles (23 km) south-east of Huddersfield, 19 miles (31 km) south of Leeds, and 21 miles (34 km) north of Sheffield. It is served by the A637 road and is bisected by the M1 motorway (junction 38 being a mile to the north). Its location is approximately 53°35′6″N 1°31′57″W / 53.58500°N 1.53250°W / 53.58500; -1.53250, at an elevation of around 260 feet (79 m) above mean sea level.


The name Darton is believed to be an amalgamation of "Dearne" and the Anglo-Saxon word "ton" (meaning 'town'). Hence, in ancient times it was known as 'the town on the Dearne'. However, other sources dispute this explanation and claim that the name originates from a description given to a deer enclosure or something similar. In 1086 the hamlet of Dertone was in the wapentake of Staincross.[4]

The hamlet grew to become a village so the Parish of Darton was founded in 1150, when the first church was built.[5] As elsewhere in England, an official register of baptisms, deaths and marriages did not begin until later, in 1539. The parish was historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire and became a part of the former county of South Yorkshire upon its creation in 1974.

Present day[edit]

Darton has its own railway station on Northern's Hallam Line which links train journeys between Sheffield and Leeds. The railway station is in South Yorkshire but West Yorkshire Metro tickets are also valid to and from this station.[6] The reason for this is because the West-South Yorkshire boundary ran between the village and its main source of employment, Woolley Colliery.

On 15 June 2007, Darton hit the national headlines after 48 hours of torrential rain caused the River Dearne to burst its banks leading to heavy flooding in the village.[7][8][9] The main road through the village was rendered impassable and many homes and businesses were damaged, including the village post office, which re-opened in June 2008. Further flooding occurred in January 2008, although the damage and disruption caused this time was not as bad as the previous year's.


Darton has its own primary school and a secondary school called Darton Academy actually in Kexborough which opened in 2011.[10] The new building (and rebranded school) replaced Darton High School -previously Darton Hall Senior School - that had been on the site since 1957.


Notable people[edit]

  • Alban Turner, English first-class cricketer, was born here
  • Anna Cotton, nonconformist ironmaster family head, was buried here in 1721`[11]
  • Margaret Souyave OBE, England and GB Women’s Hockey Captain and World Cup Winner 1975,[12] UK Player of the Year 1990[13] and more recently team manager was raised in Darton.
  • Pearl Fawcett, world renowned accordion player was born in Darton. http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=20-Apr-2012&lang=en&s=5509
  • John Braine reputedly wrote his first novel Room at the Top while working as a librarian in Darton Library in the early 1950s.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population Archived 8 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 26 August 2009
  2. ^ "Population of Darton East Ward Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Population of Darton West ward Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  4. ^ http://opendomesday.org/place/SE3109/darton/ Open Domesday Online: Darton
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints (1286515)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  6. ^ Haigh, A J (2012). Railways in West Yorkshire : Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Huddersfield & the West Riding : an illustrated general history of the railways in the West Riding from the grouping to the present time (2 ed.). Xpress Publishing. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-901056-44-0.
  7. ^ Lamond, Jessica (2012). "4". Flood hazards: Impacts and responses for the built environment. Boca Raton: CRC Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-4398-2626-3.
  8. ^ "Worst deluge in decades". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
  9. ^ "Darton Floods - 25th June 2007". Youtube.com. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  10. ^ "£1billion of new schools open to pupils in Barnsley". The Star. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  11. ^ Awty, B. (23 September 2004). Cotton family (per. c. 1650–1802), ironmasters. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 28 December 2017, see link
  12. ^ Souyave, Margaret (16 January 2015). "Darton woman honoured for services to hockey". The Barnsley Chronicle. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  13. ^ Souyave, Maggie (14 March 2021). "Hockey Writers' Club UK Player of the Year 1990". Hockey Writers’ Club. Archived from the original on 7 November 2011.

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