Thorpe Hesley

Coordinates: 53°27′N 1°26′W / 53.45°N 1.44°W / 53.45; -1.44
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Thorpe Hesley
Entering from Jumble Lane
Thorpe Hesley is located in South Yorkshire
Thorpe Hesley
Thorpe Hesley
Location within South Yorkshire
Population4,439 (2015 est.)
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS61
Dialling code0114
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
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53°27′N 1°26′W / 53.45°N 1.44°W / 53.45; -1.44

Thorpe Hesley is a village in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, lying east of the M1 motorway at junction 35. The village has been included within the boundaries of Rotherham town since 1894, having previously been divided between the townships of Kimberworth and Wentworth.[1] Historically the village was known for coal mining and nail making.[2] It has an Anglican church, Holy Trinity, built in 1839 chiefly at the cost of Earl Fitzwilliam and the Earl of Effingham.[3]

There is one post office, which is located within a convenience store, one petrol station and four public houses. At the 2021 Census, it had a population of 4,150.[4]

Horse and Tiger pub, Brook Hill

Claim to fame[edit]

John Wesley spent some time in the village where he preached. He lodged at Barley Hall (now demolished).

In 1975, there was filming in the village for the Walt Disney film Escape from the Dark.[citation needed] The film was re-titled The Littlest Horse Thieves for its release in the USA.

The BBC TV Series Play for Today had a two part story titled The Price of Coal filmed at the colliery on Wentworth Road; this mine has now been closed and the colliery demolished.

Coal mines[edit]

Coal has been mined in and around the area of Thorpe Hesley for at least 800 years. Monks from the Cistercian Abbey of Kirkstead, in Lincolnshire, had forges and other property in this part of the country and mined coal and ironstone locally. Thorpe Hesley had the distinction of having three modern-day coal mines. Which were closed in the 1970s and 1980s and have been completely demolished. The land surrounding the area of the Barley Hall site has been landscaped and is now a small nature reserve.

In January 2013 permission was given for the Hesley Wood colliery spoil heap to be processed to recover fuel, and to restore woodland on the site.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Thorpe Hesley, in Rotherham and West Riding - Historical administrative units and statistics". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ "History of Thorpe Hesley, in Rotherham and West Riding - Map and description". Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ Jones, Mel & Joan (28 February 2012). Thorpe Hesley, Scholes & Wentworth Through Time. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445631714. Retrieved 10 July 2017 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Thorpe Hesley (South Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom) - Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". Retrieved 12 September 2023.
  5. ^ "Thorpe Hesley coal reclamation plan approved". BBC News. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013.

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