Owston, South Yorkshire

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Owston is located in South Yorkshire
Owston shown within South Yorkshire
Population 145 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Owston
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DN6
Dialling code 01302
Police South Yorkshire
Fire South Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
53°36′N 1°11′W / 53.60°N 1.18°W / 53.60; -1.18Coordinates: 53°36′N 1°11′W / 53.60°N 1.18°W / 53.60; -1.18

Owston is a small village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in rural South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the village is situated amongst mixed farmland and woodland 6 miles (9.7 km) north north west of Doncaster, just west of the A19. It has a population of 170,[1] reducing to 145 at the 2011 Census>[2]

The name 'Owston' is of Old Scandinavian and Old English origin. It means 'East farmstead', being composed of the Old Scandinavian word austr ('east') and the Old English word tun ('farmstead'). In the Domesday Book, the village was recorded as Austhun.

Close to the village is a site of special scientific interest called Owston Hay Meadows which is the second best example of neutral grassland hay meadow in South Yorkshire. The site consists of three small fields which together cover 13½ acres (5½ hectares) and were notified in 1979.[3]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Doncaster Retrieved 2009-08-27
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  3. ^ New Owston Hay Meadows Natural England. Retrieved on 2009-02-14

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