Upton, West Yorkshire
It is situated south of Badsworth and north of North Elmsall and is part of the SESKU (South Elmsall, South Kirkby, Upton) area. The village is also in the WF9 postal area (Pontefract) and very close to the South Yorkshire boundary.
A former coal mining community, regeneration is in process as a housing overflow for the more expensive areas of Doncaster and Pontefract.
In the 1960s the village was in its prime due to the strong mining community and retail outlets such as "Mr Farthings" Chemist, "Mr Kings" news agents.
A short lived greyhound racing track was opened near the village by the Carters’ Knottingley Brewery Co Ltd. The racing was independent (not affiliated to the sports governing body the National Greyhound Racing Club) and was known as a flapping track, which was the nickname given to independent tracks. The lease was agreed in 1933 to the tenant of the Greenfield Hotel who wanted to attract the local mining community. The Greenfield Hotel and track is believed to have closed during World War II with the six acre site being made available for housing in 1947. The Carters’ Knottingley Brewery Co Ltd also leased out tracks at Great Houghton and Pontefract.
Recent recognised villagers include playwright John Godber and Ada Mason (formerly the oldest living woman in England).
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