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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 census)[1]
Civil parish
  • Fishlake
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDoncaster
Postcode districtDN7
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
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. It was historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974. In 2001 it had a population of 628,[2] increasing to 682 at the 2011 Census.[1] It was mentioned in the Domesday Book where the name is given as fiscelac, from Old English fisc-lacu, 'fish-stream'.[3]


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.[4][5]

St Cuthbert's church

The local church, dedicated to St Cuthbert, is Grade I listed. Most of the building dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, while parts (namely the southern door) can be traced back to the 12th century when England was under Norman rule.[6] According to legends, Cuthbert was buried here.[7]

West Nab Mill, Fishlake

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.[8]

In November 2019, the village experienced severe flooding after the River Don burst its banks, forcing the local council to ask residents to leave their homes.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Doncaster Retrieved 27 August 2009
  3. ^ Ekwall: 'The Concise Dictionary of English Place-Names' fourth edition, OUP
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Haunted Yorkshire". Haunted Yorkshire. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Cuthbert (1314801)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. ^ "St Cuthbert, Church Lane". Historic England. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  8. ^ Walker, John William ed. Abstracts of the Chartularies of Monkbretton Priory Cambridge University Press 2013 reissue pp.220-1
  9. ^ Walawalkar, Aaron (11 November 2019). "'We can't go': Fishlake residents defy flood waters and authorities". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  10. ^ Pidd, Helen; Stewart, Heather (11 November 2019). "Boris Johnson to hold emergency Cobra meeting over floods". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2019.