Stainforth, South Yorkshire

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Not to be confused with Stainforth, North Yorkshire.
Stainforth, South Yorkshire in 2003.jpg
The New Inn on the bank of the
Stainforth and Keadby Canal
Stainforth is located in South Yorkshire
 Stainforth shown within South Yorkshire
Population 6,342 (2001)
OS grid reference SE646115
Civil parish Stainforth
Metropolitan borough Doncaster
Metropolitan county South Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DN7
Dialling code 01302
Police South Yorkshire
Fire South Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Doncaster North
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Coordinates: 53°35′45″N 1°01′31″W / 53.5958°N 1.0253°W / 53.5958; -1.0253

Stainforth is a small town and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, England. It is located roughly north-east of Doncaster, close to Hatfield and Thorne. It has a population of 6,342.[1]


Stainforth by night, from Hatfield Main. The towers of the former power station at Thorpe Marsh can be seen on the horizon

The place-name means 'stony ford' from Old English stanig 'stony' and ford 'ford'. Its name was recorded as Staneforde in 1428.


In 1348, Stainforth received a Royal Charter, entitling it to hold a weekly market on Fridays and an annual ten-day fair. The town briefly thrived as a commercial centre and port and attracted traders from as far afield as the Isle of Axholme, but the market soon slumped as Bawtry grew in importance.[2] In 1595 Edward Darcy received from four trustees acting for the previous owner the manor of Stainforth Underbargh and 20 dwelling houses with lands there.[3] He was Groom of the Chamber to Elizabeth I and was knighted eight years later.

Stainforth railway station opened on 7 July 1856 and closed on 1 October 1866. The town is now served by Hatfield and Stainforth railway station.

Speedway racing was staged at the greyhound stadium in the town in 1930. The original "professional" promotion failed and a few meetings organised by a riders' co-operative were staged at the venue.

More recently, Stainforth was a mining village, with the Hatfield Main Colliery at its centre. The colliery was open for around 80 years, from when it entered full production in 1921 up to it closing in August 2001. During the 1972 national strike, a miner from Hatfield Colliery, Freddie Matthews, was killed by a lorry whilst picketing during the strike, which led to a huge crowd at his funeral.[4]

The colliery began reopening in 2006 and resumed full production in January 2008. Work is also due to begin on a new 900 MW coal-fired power station[5] and industrial estate, Hatfield Power Park. The power station is to be linked by a 40-mile (60 km) pipeline to Barmston in the East Riding of Yorkshire from where CO2 will be released into porous layers beneath an impermeable bed of the North Sea as part of a carbon capture and storage scheme.[6][7][8][9]

The colliery and the surrounding area have been used in a number of television series and films, most notably Dalziel and Pascoe and Brassed Off, and more recently Faith.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Doncaster Retrieved 2009-08-27
  2. ^ David Hey, Medieval South Yorkshire
  3. ^ Francis Collins (editor) (1890). "Yorkshire Fines: 1595". Feet of Fines of the Tudor period [Yorks]: part 4: 1594-1603. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  4. ^ David Jones. "END OF AN ERA FOR NUM BRANCH". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 2014-12-19. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Samsung backs £5bn Hatfield carbon-capture project". BBC. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  7. ^ "New public exhibitions for Yorkshire carbon dioxide pipe". BBC. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Local residents to have their say on CCS project". National Grid. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to the website for the National Grid Yorkshire and Humber carbon capture, transportation and storage (CCS) project.". National Grid. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 

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