Balby is a suburb of Doncaster and civil parish located to the south-west of the borough in the county of South Yorkshire. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Balby is within the Doncaster Central constituancy and contains the electoral wards Balby South and Hexthorpe and Balby North.
Housing stock ranging from terraced housing nearer to Doncaster town centre and post-war suburbs to the south west. There are several new housing developments, including, Woodfield Plantation which is part of an attempt to regenerate the area following deindustrialization.
Economic activity is still centred on heavy industry, especially around the Carr Hill Industrial Estate, home to Bridon, a large rope manufacturer.
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The earliest written reference to Balby occurs in the Domesday Book (1086), which records the name as Balle(s)bi. This almost certainly derives from a personal name, Bal, together with the Old Norse word býr (meaning a farm) – dating the foundation of Balby to some time in the period of Viking settlement, between the late 8th and early 11th centuries.
Balby (which then included Warmsworth), was home to several of the early followers of the Quaker faith in England, including Thomas Aldham, whose son William was instrumental in opening the first permanent meeting house in the area, in Quaker Lane, Warmsworth. Balby has long been associated, along with other areas of Doncaster, with having a large Quaker community.
More recently, the suburban town was a centre for steel and brass manufacture, especially at the well-known Pegler's Brass Foundry and Bridon Ropery. In the early 20th century, St Catherine's Hospital was built in the south of Balby, near to the site of St Catherine's Well, an ancient site of healing and pilgrimage. It is now a hospital estate.
Balby Carr Community Academy is the only secondary school in the Balby area. Balby Central Primary Academy, Woodfield Primary School, Mallard Primary School and Waverley Primary Academy are the primary schools in the Balby area.
Potteric Carr Nature Reserve is a natural wetland near the Lakeside development. The site reopened in 2011 following extensive restoration by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and charges an admission fee.
Carr Lodge Nature Reserve is a low-lying grassland, managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It is flooded in winter but dries out in summer and is used by local birdwatchers.
Balby is currently in the process of several redevelopment initiatives such as the construction of a new retail park and the expansion of its residential area in the form of the Woodfield Plantation, the latter also prospectively creating a major link road from the east side of Balby to the Doncaster Lakeside and stadium areas although the final link is yet to be completed. A new public house called the Maple Tree has now opened on the site to the west of the new Tesco.
The external scenes for the BBC comedy Open All Hours were set and filmed on Lister Avenue, Balby. The shop (Lister Avenue at junction with Scarth Avenue) which served as Arkwright's grocery store was, and still is, a hairdresser's which was converted for the duration of filming.
The Doncaster rail crash was a railway accident that took place near to Doncaster, England.
On 16 March 1951 the 10:04 Doncaster to London King's Cross consisting of 14 coaches (and a horse box at the rear) hauled by a LNER Thompson Class A2/2 No 60501 Cock o' the North locomotive left the station. Shortly afterwards the train was negotiating a tight crossover with a speed limit of 10 mph. The driver claimed he took the crossover at around 15 mph as he had done previously but the 3rd coach derailed. The leading end of the coach followed the front of the train and went to the right of a pier supporting Balby Bridge (which carries a road junction over the line), but the rear of the coach, propelled by the weight of the following train went to the left, wrapping the coach around the pier, killing 14 passengers and seriously injuring 12 others.2010 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election
The 2010 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect on third of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England as part of the 2010 United Kingdom local elections. The 2010 General Election also took place on the same day.
The election resulted in the Labour Party taking control of the council from No overall control for the first time since 2003 after gaining eight seats overall. After the election, the composition of the council was:
Liberal Democrats 10
Others 112011 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election
The 2011 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect one third of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council as part of the 2011 local elections in the United Kingdom.The election resulted in the Labour Party retaining its control of the council, increasing its majority by seven seats. The Liberal Democrats lost four of the five seats it was defending, all of which were gained by Labour. After the election, the composition of the council was:
Liberal Democrats 6
Others 52012 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election
The 2012 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect one third of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England. This was on the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections.
The Labour Party retained its control of the council with an increased majority after increasing its vote share by 21.7% and gaining three seats from the Liberal Democrats and five from various independents. The Conservatives held the three seats it was defending with a reduced vote share. After the election, the composition of the council was:
Liberal Democrats 3
Others 12014 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election
The 2014 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 as part of the 2014 local elections in the United Kingdom. One third of 63 seats were up for election. The 2014 European Parliament Elections were also held on the same day.
The election resulted in the Labour Party retaining its control of the council, with a slightly reduced majority after losing two seats overall. UKIP won a substantial number of votes at this election, increasing its vote share by 30.5%, but only won a single seat. The Liberal Democrats lost the only seat they were defending. After the election, the composition of the council was:
Others 62015 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election
The 2015 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect all members of Doncaster Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. Due to boundary changes all 55 seats were up for election.
The election resulted in the Labour Party retaining control of the council, with a majority of 27 seats.2017 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election
The 2017 Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2017 as part of the 2017 local elections in the United Kingdom. The election of the Mayor of Doncaster also took place on the same day. All 55 councillors were elected from 21 wards which returned either two or three councillors each by first-past-the-post voting for a four-year term of office. The election resulted in the Labour Party retaining control of the Council, with an increased majority.Previously, the council was elected by thirds every year except the year in which county council elections took place in other parts of England. In 2015, the whole council was elected due to boundary changes to the wards and it was decided that the whole council would be elected every four years in future from 2017, so that the council elections would coincide with the election of the Mayor of Doncaster in future.Astrea Academy Woodfields
Astrea Academy Woodfields, formerly Balby Carr Community Academy, is an academy school and Sixth Form located in Balby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. The secondary school serves under Astrea Academy Trust.Billy Dale (footballer)
Frederick William Dale (born 26 October 1925) in Balby, England, is an English retired professional footballer who played as a winger in the Football League.Doncaster
Doncaster (, ) is a large town in South Yorkshire, England. Together with its surrounding suburbs and settlements, the town forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, which had a mid-2017 est. population of 308,900. The town itself has a population of 109,805 The Doncaster Urban Area had a population of 158,141 in 2011 and includes Doncaster and neighbouring small villages. Part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, Doncaster is about 17 miles (30 km) north-east of Sheffield, with which it is served by an international airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport in Finningley. Under the Local Government Act 1972, Doncaster was incorporated into a newly created metropolitan borough in 1974, itself incorporated with other nearby boroughs in the 1974 creation of the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire.Doncaster Archives
Doncaster Archives holds the archives for the district of Doncaster. The archives are held at King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster and run by the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster.Edlington railway station
Edlington railway station was a small railway station at the eastern terminus of the Dearne Valley Railway. The station's full title as shown on the station nameboard is "Edlington for Balby Doncaster" (with the words 'for' and 'Doncaster' in lettering half size compared to the others). It was built to serve the mining village of Edlington and the Doncaster suburb of Balby in South Yorkshire, England.
The station, like others on the Dearne Valley, consisted of a bed of sleepers set at track level with an old L&Y coach body lit by a couple of gas lamps for a waiting shelter. The large station sign was removed in the late 1920s and replaced by a simple "Edlington".
The station was opened for passengers on 3 June 1912 and ceased on 10 September 1951. The passenger service was originally operated by a Hughes-designed 'railmotor' which was fitted with vacuum-operated retractable steps, thus saving on platform building. At first, trains were operated on behalf of the DVR by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway; when that company amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922, the combined organisation (also known as the London and North Western Railway) absorbed the DVR on the same day.Hexthorpe
Hexthorpe is a small village located on the edge of the town of Doncaster. Hexthorpe lies in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the area's shape resembles a rhombus, with borders with Balby and Doncaster town centre, separated by railway lines and the river separating the area from the villages of Sprotborough, Newton and Cusworth. A grade II listed building, the Hexthorpe House, was a well known pub in the area. The pub front was listed for historic reasons. Following a fire, the pub remained derelict for a few months and the council demolished the remains. The old pub sign was saved and has now been erected in Hexthorpe Flatts Park.List of electoral wards in South Yorkshire
This is a list of electoral divisions and wards in the ceremonial county of South Yorkshire in Yorkshire and the Humber. All changes since the re-organisation of local government following the passing of the Local Government Act 1972 are shown. The number of councillors elected for each electoral division or ward is shown in brackets.List of schools in Doncaster
This is a list of schools in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in the English county of South Yorkshire.Still Open All Hours
Still Open All Hours is a British sitcom created by Roy Clarke for the BBC set in Balby, Doncaster, starring David Jason. It is the sequel to the sitcom Open All Hours, which both Clarke and Jason worked on throughout its 26-episode run from 1973 to 1985, following a 40th Anniversary Special in December 2013 commemorating the original series. Like the original series, the story focuses on the life of Granville as he continues to run his uncle Arkwright's shop, with the assistance of his son Leroy, while seeking to be with his love interest. Unlike the original series, the cast includes a more regular group of characters and additional side-plots concerning them, and features the return of Lynda Baron, Stephanie Cole, and Maggie Ollerenshaw as their respective characters in Open All Hours.
Following the 2013 special, the show has run five full-length series, with the first of them premiering on 26 December 2014.Tim Boon
Timothy James Boon (born 1 November 1961 in Balby, Doncaster, Yorkshire) is a former English cricketer who used to be the coach of Leicestershire.
Boon had a successful playing career predominantly with Leicestershire. However he started his young playing career with his local club Warmsworth CC. He played his first game in 1980 and his last in 1995 and passed 1000 runs seven times. He had a spell with KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and later played for Norfolk.
In recent years Boon has made more of an impression as a coach. He was named the England U-19 coach in 1999. Later Boon was given the job of England's video analyst and was instrumental in helping England win the 2005 Ashes series.
Boon was offered the job of Leicestershire coach in 2006 as a successor to James Whitaker. He went on to be the coach of the England Under 19 Cricket Team.Warmsworth
Warmsworth is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England. It had a population of 3,855 in 2001 and 3,887 at time of the 2011 Census. The village lies along the A1(M) Doncater Bypass and the A630. The River Don runs adjacent to Warmsworth, as well as the train line from Doncaster to Sheffield.
Warmsworth is bounded by Doncaster and the civil parishes of Sprotbrough, Edlington, Conisbrough, Cadeby and Balby. It lies 3.9 miles (6.3 km) from the centre of Doncaster. Warmsworth is within the catchment area for Warmsworth Primary School and Sir Thomas Wharton Academy.