Coordinates: 53°30′58″N 1°24′00″W / 53.516°N 1.400°W / 53.516; -1.400
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High Street, Wombwell
Wombwell is located in South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
Population15,316 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE399028
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS73
Dialling code01226
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53°30′58″N 1°24′00″W / 53.516°N 1.400°W / 53.516; -1.400

Wombwell (locally /ˈwʊmwɛl/) is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. In the 2011 census, data for the town was split between the ward of Wombwell[1] and small sections that fell into the wards of Darfield (specifically the area south of Pitt Street, including Broomhill)[2] and Stairfoot (specifically the area south of Aldham Crescent).[3] Added together, these record the town's population at approximately 15,316.

Historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name may have originally been "Womba's Well", meaning "well in a hollow".


The Old Town Hall, Wombwell

Wombwell railway station (formerly Wombwell West) serves the Penistone and Hallam lines. Until 1959 the town had another station, Wombwell Central, on the Barnsley–Doncaster line; this was closed when the line lost its passenger service. Wombwell was home to two collieries: Wombwell Main and Mitchells Main. Wombwell is close to the large shopping and leisure facilities of Cortonwood, and also has a number of local business, from cafes to travel agents to high-street chains such as Wilko.

Wombwell has one main cemetery, maintained by a voluntary group, the Friends of Wombwell Cemetery.[4] Two chapels stand in the cemetery, both Grade II listed buildings: one was transformed into a "Peace Garden" after a fire that destroyed its roof; the other has been renovated by the group to become a "community hub".

The Old Town Hall was completed in 1897.[5]

Parts of Wombwell were affected by the 2007 floods in the UK. The River Dove breached its banks on Friday 15 June and then again on Monday 25 June. Many homes and businesses were flooded.[6]


The parish church, St Mary's, located on Church Street, is a Grade II listed building.[7][8] The parish also contains the Anglican church of St George, St Michael and All Angels Roman Catholic church, Wombwell Pentecostal Church, a Salvation Army Hall and a Methodist Church.[9]


  • Netherwood Academy established in 2012 from a merger of Wombwell High School and Darfield Foulstone School
  • St Michael and All Angels Catholic Primary School, located on Stonyford Road, was established in 1903
  • Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre, established in 2007 from a merger of Kings Road Infant School and Oakfield Junior School
  • High View Primary Learning Centre, established in 2007 from a merger of Highfields Junior School and Wood View Infant School
  • Park Street Primary Learning Centre



The town has had a number of football teams –

Mark Jones, one of the eight Manchester United players who died in the Munich air disaster of 6 February 1958, is buried in Wombwell Cemetery, having been born in Wombwell in 1933.[10]

Other sports[edit]

Roy Kilner, Yorkshire CCC and England cricketer was born in Wombwell and is buried in Wombwell Cemetery.[11]

The South Yorkshire Sports Stadium on Station Road existed from 1928 to 1965 and hosted greyhound racing and speedway.[12]

The Wombwell Greyhound Stadium on Hough Lane existed from 1934 to 1972 and hosted greyhound racing. It had previously been a football ground.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

Harold Godwin (1917–2004), actor, was born in Wombwell.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wombwell - UK Census Data 2011".
  2. ^ "Darfield - UK Census Data 2011".
  3. ^ "Stairfoot - UK Census Data 2011".
  4. ^ Friends of Wombwell Cemetery
  5. ^ "Wombwell - Council Offices". South Yorkshire Local Heritage List. Retrieved 24 December 2023.
  6. ^ "Barnsley reflects: 10 years since the floods". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Church of St Mary – Wombwell – Barnsley – England – British Listed Buildings". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  8. ^ You, A Church Near. "St Mary, Wombwell". achurchnearyou.com. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Church in Wombwell". cylex-uk.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Mark Jones (1933–1958) – Friends of Wombwell Cemetery". Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  11. ^ Wombwell Cemetery.
  12. ^ "Wombwell Speedway". Defunct Speedway Tracks.

Further reading[edit]

  • Basterman, T. (1924), Crystal gazing: a study in the history, distribution, theory and practice of scrying, London: William Rider.

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