High Street, Wombwell
Wombwell shown within South Yorkshire
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|Metropolitan county||South Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Barnsley East|
Wombwell railway station (formerly Wombwell West) serves the Penistone and Hallam lines. Until 1959 it had another station (Wombwell Central) on the Barnsley-Doncaster line that was closed when that 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 and high street chains like Wilko store on High Street.
- Netherwood Advanced Learning Centre 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 -
- Wombwell Town (I) - The first to represent the village in the FA Cup, in 1896. Won the inaugural Yorkshire League in 1899. Dissolved in the 1900s.
- Wombwell Rising Star F.C. - Defunct team who entered the FA Cup just once, in 1904
- Wombwell - Formed in 1920. Played in the Midland League and reached the 1st Round of the FA Cup in 1930, but dissolved in 1934.
- Wombwell Town (II) - Three times Yorkshire League champions, dissolved in 2000. Previously known as Wombwell Athletic, Wombwell & Darfield and Wombwell Sporting Association.
- Wombwell Main - The sole senior club in the village today, competing in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League.
Earliest recorded scrying
William Byg (alias Lech) of Wombwell is credited with the first ever recorded case of scrying in modern Europe. This confession was recorded on 22 August 1467. He was said to have earned a living by finding stolen property with the help of his crystal ball for over a period of two years, and was eventually charged with heresy. Scholars have researched and examined, until modern times, Byg's description of his own scrying. His description matches many scying examples and methods which occurred later, and his work is considered authentic by those who believe it is possible to find property by paranormal means.
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.
- Basterman, T. (1924), Crystal gazing: a study in the history, distribution, theory and practice of scrying, London: William Rider.
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Wombwell.|