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For the historic division of the West Riding of Yorkshire, see Staincross (wapentake).
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Mapplewell and Staincross is located in South Yorkshire
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YorkshireCoordinates: 53°35′27″N 1°30′00″W / 53.590833°N 1.500000°W / 53.590833; -1.500000

Staincross is a village in South Yorkshire, England, on the border with West Yorkshire. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it formed part of the defunct Barnsley West and Penistone borough constituency, following the Boundary Commission for England's report on South Yorkshire's Parliamentary constituencies in 2004 and the subsequent inquiry in 2005, it is now part of the Barnsley Central borough constituency. The population now falls within the Darton East ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley. The village also gave its name to the Staincross wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire.


Staincross lies off the A61 road, about three miles north west of Barnsley. It is located at approximately 53°35′27″N 1°30′0″W / 53.59083°N 1.50000°W / 53.59083; -1.50000, and at an elevation of around 410 feet (125 m) above sea level. The section of the A61 between Staincross and Newmillerdam is rated in the top three most dangerous roads in Britain according to a survey conducted by The AA Motoring Trust.[1]


The name is believed to be derived from a Saxon stone cross ('stane cross') that until the 18th century occupied a position on the junction of Staincross Common - which in itself is an ancient trackway - and Greenside. The stone, now lost, may have been the remains of a rural shrine.[2]

Postal recognition[edit]

After a prolonged campaign (backed by former Test cricket umpire, Dickie Bird, a resident of Staincross), a ballot was held in January 2003 to determine whether the residents of Staincross wanted their mail to include the name of the village.[3] Before the ballot, Staincross mail bore the name of a neighbouring village, either Mapplewell or Darton. Indeed, it is unclear where the boundaries between the three villages lie. Villagers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposal by 966 to 199[4] and Royal Mail implemented changes to officially recognise the village.


  1. ^ (See Page 14)
  2. ^ Staincross Common
  3. ^ "Villagers vote on postal change". BBC News. 13 January 2003. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Postcomm Consulation (see page 61)" (PDF). Postcomm Website. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 

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