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Entering Fishlake - - 1163485.jpg
Entering Fishlake from the east
Fishlake is located in South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
Population682 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Fishlake
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDoncaster
Postcode districtDN7
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°36′43″N 1°00′43″W / 53.612°N 1.012°W / 53.612; -1.012Coordinates: 53°36′43″N 1°00′43″W / 53.612°N 1.012°W / 53.612; -1.012

Fishlake is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. In 2001 it has a population of 628,[1] increasing to 682 at the 2011 Census.[2] There is a local myth called "The Cockatrice of Church Street". The story goes that the mythical beast resides near the Churchyard, those unlucky enough to hear its call are said to never sleep again. [3][4]

St Cuthbert's church

The local church, dedicated to St Cuthbert, is Grade I listed. Most of the building dates from te 14th and 15th century, parts (namely the southern door) can be traced back to the 12th century when England was under Norman rule.[5] According to legends, Cuthbert was buried here.[6]

Sir William de Notton, later Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, was Lord of the Manor of Fishlake in the 1340s. In 1350 he and his wife Isabel conveyed it to John de Birthwaite, the Prior of Monk Bretton Priory, to build a chantry chapel at Woolley Church, where prayers were to be said for the souls of the Royal family as well as Notton's own family. The timing of the grant suggests that Notton was giving thanks for England's deliverance from the first outbreak of the Black Death.[7]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Doncaster Retrieved 27 August 2009
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
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  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Cuthbert (1314801)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  6. ^ "St Cuthbert, Church Lane". Historic England. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. ^ Walker, John William ed. Abstracts of the Chartularies of Monkbretton Priory Cambridge University Press 2013 reissue pp.220-1