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Worsbrough – southern end of High Street
Worsbrough is located in South Yorkshire
Worsbrough shown within South Yorkshire
Population 9,516 
OS grid reference SE3406
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BARNSLEY
Postcode district S70
Dialling code 01226
Police South Yorkshire
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53°31′N 1°28′W / 53.52°N 1.47°W / 53.52; -1.47Coordinates: 53°31′N 1°28′W / 53.52°N 1.47°W / 53.52; -1.47

Worsbrough is an area about two miles south of Barnsley in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. Worsbrough is historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.


Worsbrough includes Worsbrough Bridge, Worsbrough Common, Worsbrough Dale, Worsbrough Village and Ward Green. The River Dove flows east–west through Worsbrough and the reservoir before joining the River Dearne and the area is built on its valley. The A61 traverses this large valley, south of Barnsley, before passing through Birdwell to junction 36 of the M1. A railway line, the former Woodhead Line, passed along the valley as well, which is now the Trans-Pennine Trail. It joined the Huddersfield-Barnsley Line at Silkstone Common to the west and across to Wombwell, a mile to the east, where it met the former Doncaster – Barnsley Line, which also is part of the Trans-Pennine Trail.

The B6100 meets the A61 in the centre of Worsbrough, and meets the A635 to the east at Ardsley. At Worsbrough Bridge, is a Pegasus crossing for horses across the A61 for the Trans-Pennine Trail.

The entire area is covered by the Worsbrough ward of Barnsley council. It does not include Birdwell.


Worsbrough – footbridge over reservoir spillway

Notable landmarks of Worsbrough include Houndhill, Wigfield Farm, Worsbrough Mill and Worsbrough Reservoir, which are in Worsbrough Country Park. There is also a canal which was a branch off the Dearne and Dove Canal.

Worsbrough – The Olive Branch

There are also several pubs in the Worsbrough area, most notably The Cutting Edge (demolished), The Red Lion Country Inn (previously The Olive Branch, The Button Mill Inn, and before that, The Red Lion), The Greyhound, The Boatman's Rest (known locally as the Pod), the Wharf (Now the Mogul Room Indian Restaurant), The Ship, The Darley, The Masons Arms (demolished), Ward Green WMC, the Dale Tavern and Swaithe Main WMC.

In 2007, a branch of Netto opened on the A61 Park Road, which was formerly a Kwik Save store before the company went into administration in July 2007. The store briefly became a Somerfield store until late 2007. The store was taken over by Asda with a grand opening on 15 August 2011.


Worsbrough dates back to the 7th century, and is first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

In Wircesburg Gerneber and Haldene had five carucates of land and a half to be taxed where there may be four ploughs. Gamel and Chetelber now have it of Ilbert, themselves two ploughs, and four bordars, and one mill pays two shillings. Wood pasture half a mile long and half a mile broad. Value in King Edward's time four pounds, now thirty shillings.

(Domesday Survey 1068)

The name 'Worsbrough' means 'Weorc's fortified place'.[1]

Places of Worship[edit]

St Thomas & St James' Church

Church of England[edit]

The Worsbrough Dale (St Thomas) and Worsbrough Common (St Luke) parish churches are part of the same group. Worsbrough Common parish covers the western fringes of the village including Ward Green. Worsbrough Dale parish covers the majority of the population of Worsbrough north of the river including Swaithe. It stretches up Hunningley Lane (B6100) as far as Birk Avenue.

Worsbrough Village (St Mary) church, south of the river near Worsbrough Hall, is part of the same group as Elsecar, and the parish covers most of the sparsely-populated area of Worsbrough south of the river and includes Birdwell and most of the M1 between the river and junction 36.

St Thomas and St James' Church[edit]

On Bank End Road in Worsbrough Dale. The church was built in 1858 and consecrated in 1859. The Wentworth family of Wentworth Castle gave a donation of £2,000 and other people provided donations of smaller amounts or helped in other ways. The total cost of the church building was about £3,000.[2] Listed as Grade II by English Heritage.

St Mary's Church[edit]

St Mary's Church is a Grade I listed building in Worsbrough Village.[3]

St Luke's Church[edit]

At Worsbrough Common.

Roman Catholic[edit]

Our Lady & St James' RC Church

On West Street (B6100). Our Lady and St James Church. Built 1902 by T. H. and F. Healey of Bradford. Listed as Grade II by English Heritage.[4]

Community Church[edit]

Community Church

On High Street. The stonework on the east-facing frontage has the following inscriptions "AD 1903" (near the gable-end apex) and "Ebenezer Wesleyan Reform" (halfway down). There are also foundation stones (two either side of the doorway) inscribed with "EBENEZER CHAPEL 1854". This suggests that the chapel was built in 1854 and extended upwards in 1903.[5]


The Barnsley Academy, before 2006 formerly the Elmhirst School, provides secondary education to the area. It moved to a new site on Farm Road. Primary schools include Worsbrough Common Primary School, Ward Green Primary School, The Mill Academy formally The Edmunds Primary, Worsbrough Bank End Primary School and Worsbrough St Mary's C of E Primary School. Worsbrough St Mary's C of E Primary School closed on 31 December 2007 as a consequence of falling pupil numbers.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Worsbrough Bridge Miners Welfare F.C. are based in Worsbrough, next to the River Dove and currently play in the Northern Counties East Football League. The Trans Pennine Trail runs through Worsbrough along the path of a disused railway line. Outdoor bowls can be played at High Street Bowling Club in Worsbrough Dale and Kendal Vale Bowling Club in Worsbrough Bridge. Adjacent to Worsbrough Bridge Miners Welfare F.C. and Kendal Vale Bowling Club is Worsbrough Bridge Cricket Club who compete in the South Yorkshire Cricket League. Worsbrough Bridge Cricket Club are based next to the River Dove and play in the South Yorkshire League. (Divisions 3+4)


The Worsbrough Mystery Plays are held at St Mary's Church. Worsbrough Brass are the local brass band.


  1. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 535.
  2. ^ "St Thomas History" (PDF). Heritage Inspired Project. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST MARY (1315083)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Our Lady & St James Listing". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Community Church Dates". Waymarking.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 

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