Whiston, South Yorkshire

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Whiston Village and stream
Whiston is located in South Yorkshire
 Whiston shown within South Yorkshire
Population 5,115 
Civil parish Whiston
Metropolitan borough Rotherham
Metropolitan county South Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district S60
Dialling code 01709
Police South Yorkshire
Fire South Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Rotherham
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Coordinates: 53°24′N 1°19′W / 53.40°N 1.32°W / 53.40; -1.32

Whiston is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 5,115.[1]

Originally a small rural village between Sheffield and Rotherham, within the Saxon "Shire of Hallun" (Hallamshire), Whiston is now a suburb of Rotherham, close to its border with Sheffield.

According to A Dictionary of British Place-Names, the name Whiston comes from two Old English words wite and stan - meaning "The whitestone" which is likely to be in reference to a nearby quarry where large amounts of white stone were once mined. It is referred to as Witestan, in the Domesday Book of 1086, at which time it was part of the same manor as Handsworth (Handswrde), now a suburb of Sheffield .

Even in 1900 Whiston was still a small rural village. It was separated from Rotherham by open countryside. As the century progressed, and particularly after 1945, many fields were built upon and Rotherham expanded to incorporate Whiston although there is still something of a Green belt separating Whiston from other local villages

On 25 June 2007 part of the village was evacuated because of fears that cracks in the dam at Ulley reservoir could lead to widespread flooding in the valley.

The village football team Whiston Wildcats fc play in the Sheffield and District league. They are in the A division due to a B division promotion in the 2013/14 season.


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