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Gate into farmland off the A614 road near Finningley - - 1347134.jpg
Gate into farmland off the A614 road
Finningley is located in South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
Population1,497 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSK674990
Civil parish
  • Finningley
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDN9
Dialling code01302
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
List of places
53°28′59″N 0°58′59″W / 53.483°N 0.983°W / 53.483; -0.983Coordinates: 53°28′59″N 0°58′59″W / 53.483°N 0.983°W / 53.483; -0.983

Finningley is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, England. Historically in Nottinghamshire,[1] it lies on the A614 road about six miles from the centre of Doncaster, at 53°29′N 0°59′W / 53.483°N 0.983°W / 53.483; -0.983 and an elevation of only about 23 feet above sea level. The 2001 census gave it a population of 1,442,[2] which rose to 1,497 at the 2011 Census,[3] and was estimated at 1,774 in 1991.[4]


The parish church of Holy Trinity is Norman, with a 13th-century chancel.[5]

The place name Finningley contains the Old English word, fenn, a fen, a marsh, marshland + -ingas (Old English), the people of...; the people called after... + lēah (Old English), a glade, clearing; (later) a pasture, meadow... and so a "Clearing of the fen-dwellers".[6]


Finningley is known for its airport, formerly RAF Finningley. The station housed a 'V' force of Vulcan bombers in the Cold War, and for 35 years hosted a regular air show, which by the 1990s was the country's largest one-day show of its kind.[7] However, the end of the Cold War led to the airfield being closed in April 1996 and the air show coming to an end.

The 3,000-yard (2,700 m) long runway, currently the second longest in Northern England, was sufficiently large to take even Concorde, and in the period after the closure of the RAF airfield there were several campaigns to turn Finningley into a commercial airport for the unserved South Yorkshire region (along with Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire).

Plans for the conversion were approved in 2003 and the first flights served in April 2005. The airport was named Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, then renamed Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Planning permission has been given for a railway station – the former Finningley railway station, which closed in 1961 – but it has yet to be built.[8]

Notable Businesses[edit]

Leon Motors, a company located in Finningley, operated bus services in Doncaster. Formed in 1922, it was taken over by MASS of North Anston in 2004 but has since ceased operating from the Old Bawtry Road site in Finningley.

Finningley is home to a Motocross venue.[9]

Notable people[edit]

  • Elsie Howey (1884–1963), a leading suffragette, was born here.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ More about our Village – Finningley Village Community Group Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Area: Finningley CP (Parish)"
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  4. ^ City Pop. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1979. The Buildings of England:Nottinghamshire. page 127. Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin.
  6. ^ J. Gover, A. Mawer & F. M. Stenton (eds.), Place Names of Nottinghamshire (Cambridge, 1940), p. 79; A. D. Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford, 2002), p. 139; E .Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford, 1960), p. 180
  7. ^ Burke, Darren (28 September 2016). "Remembering RAF Finningley 20 years after its closure". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  8. ^ Take Off For Airport Station Plans Accessed 4 September 2008.
  9. ^ Doncaster Moto Parc Motocross

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