Bentley with Arksey

Coordinates: 53°33′04″N 1°08′13″W / 53.551°N 1.137°W

Bentley with Arksey
 • 19113,227 acres (13.1 km2)[1]
 • 19315,128 acres (20.8 km2)[2]
 • 19614,950 acres (20.0 km2)[3]
 • 19116,497[1]
 • 193116,458[2]
 • 196122,961[3]
 • Created1866
 • Abolished1974
 • Succeeded byMetropolitan Borough of Doncaster
StatusCivil parish 1866–1974,
Urban district 1911–1974
 • HQBentley

Bentley with Arksey was a civil parish and urban district adjacent to the town of Doncaster in the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1866 to 1974.[4][5]

Civil parish

The parish included the villages of Bentley, Arksey, Scawthorpe, Shaftholme and Tilts.

Urban district

On 1 April 1911 the civil parish was removed from the rural district and constituted a separate urban district. It was divided into five wards for election of members of the urban district council.[2] The council's headquarters were in Cooke Street, Bentley.[6]


From 1 April 1974 the Local Government Act 1972 reorganised administrative areas throughout England and Wales. Bentley and Arksey was combined with ten other authorities to form the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire.[7] It now forms an unparished area within the metropolitan borough. At the census of 2001 it had a population of 33,968.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Areas, families or separate occupiers, and population, England and Wales, Vol. I. Administrative areas, 1911". Census 1931. p. 374. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "County of Yorkshire: West Riding and York CB (Part I), 1931". Census 1931. p. 8. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Bentley with Arksey". 1961 Census of England and Wales, County Report. A Vision of Britain.
  4. ^ Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1991). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.2: Northern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 513. ISBN 0-86193-127-0.
  5. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time : Bentley with Arksey Urban District Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 28 August 2009
  6. ^ "No. 46144". The London Gazette. 4 December 1973. p. 14166.
  7. ^ Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. p. 20. ISBN 0-11-750847-0.
  8. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population Retrieved 26 August 2009
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