Bolton upon Dearne

Bolton upon Dearne is a small village in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, in the part of the Dearne Valley through which the River Dearne passes. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of Barnsley, 10 miles (16 km) west of Doncaster and 8 miles (13 km) north of Rotherham.

Bolton upon Dearne was an ancient parish. It was recorded in the Domesday Book as being under the Manor of Bolton-upon-Dearne with Goldthorpe, which was once owned by Roger de Busli.[2]

In the early 18th century Barnsley attorney William Henry Marsden Esquire of nearby Burntwood Hall bought the Lord of the Manor of Bolton on Dearne with Goldthorpe for £10,000 together with over 1,000 acres (4 km²) of land. Bolton upon Dearne along with Goldthorpe is recorded in the 1761–1767 Inclosure Awards. The Marsden family continued to hold the Manor until 1815.

It became part of Doncaster Rural District under the Local Government Act 1894 until 1899, when it became a separate urban district in its own right. Bolton upon Dearne Urban District was abolished in 1937 under a County Review Order, becoming part of a large Dearne Urban District, along with Thurnscoe and part of Barnburgh parish. At the 2011 Census the village had become part of the Dearne South Ward of the Barnsley Metropolitan Council which had a recorded population of 6,744.[1]

The village is served by Bolton-on-Dearne railway station.[3]

There are three primary schools in the village: Carrfield School, Heather Garth Primary School and Lacewood. The main secondary school in the area is Dearne Advanced Learning Centre,[4] which caters for around 1,200 pupils aged 11 to 16 years.

The Church of St Andrew the Apostle is situated on the corner of High Street and Angel Street. It was a 10th-century church with alterations made throughout the centuries. There is a Methodist Church on Furlong Road which was founded in 1832.[5] There was formerly a Roman Catholic church on Station Road, but this closed in the late 1980s, and became an electrical goods shop.

Bolton upon Dearne
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The Church of St Andrew the Apostle
Bolton upon Dearne is located in South Yorkshire
Bolton upon Dearne
Bolton upon Dearne
Location within South Yorkshire
Population6,744 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE455027
• London150 mi (240 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRotherham
Postcode districtS63
Dialling code01709
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber


Two football teams from the village have competed in the FA Cup: Bolton Athletic F.C.[6] and Bolton United F.C.[7]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Bolton Upon Dearne Built-up area (1119884706)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  2. ^ Kirkby, John (1284). The Survey of the County of York, Taken by John de Kirkby, Commonly Called Kirkby's Inquest. p. 10.
  3. ^ "£1 Million Upgrade at Bolton on Dearne Station". Network Rail Media Centre. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  4. ^ Vessey, Alex (20 January 2011). "Happy New Year... happy new school!". South Yorkshire Times. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  5. ^ Abson, Fred (1986). A history of Furlong Road Methodist church, Bolton-upon-Dearne.
  6. ^ "Bolton Athletic: FA Cup statistics". Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Bolton United: FA Cup statistics". Retrieved 10 May 2015.

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Albert Watson (footballer, born 1918)

Albert Watson (1 June 1918 – 22 October 2009) was a professional footballer, who played for Huddersfield Town and Oldham Athletic. He was born in Bolton on Dearne, near Barnsley, Yorkshire. For many years he had a sports shop in Sunderland trading as Willie Watson Sports, and he died in Sunderland in 2009.

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Billy Watson (footballer, born 1893)

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His sons Willy (died 23 April 2004 in South Africa) and Albert (died 2009 in Sunderland) were on Town's playing staff in later years.

Bolton-upon-Dearne railway station

Bolton-upon-Dearne railway station serves the village of Bolton upon Dearne in South Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Wakefield Line 13 miles (21 km) north of Sheffield railway station.

Brian Marshall (footballer)

Brian Marshall (born 20 September 1954 in Bolton on Dearne, South Yorkshire) is a former professional footballer, who played as a defender for Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United.

Church of St Andrew the Apostle, Bolton upon Dearne

The Church of St Andrew the Apostle is the parish church in the village of Bolton upon Dearne in South Yorkshire, England. It is a Church of England church in the Diocese of Sheffield. The building is Grade I listed and features a Saxon nave incorporating arcade from the 12th century. Additions and alterations include the 14th century chancel and north aisle, a 15th/16th century tower and a 19th century north chapel and vestry. The church contains memorial plaques for parishioners killed in the First and Second World Wars.

George Unwin

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Goldthorpe is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it was anciently a small medieval farming village, Goldthorpe is recorded in the Domesday Book and was under the Manor of Bolton upon Dearne which was once owned by Roger de Busli. The village falls within the Dearne North Ward of the Barnsley MBC.

Goldthorpe railway station

Goldthorpe railway station serves the village of Goldthorpe, in South Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Wakefield Line 14.25 miles (23 km) north of Sheffield railway station. It was opened in May 1988.

Although it passed through the three settlements of Goldthorpe, neighbouring Thurnscoe and Bolton upon Dearne, the Swinton & Knottingley Joint Railway only provided one station for the area, at Bolton; both the other settlements were served by stations on other lines. Until 1961 this station was called Bolton on Dearne for Goldthorpe and was served by Sheffield-York stopping services.

By the late 1980s the low demand for York-bound passengers meant that only a handful of stopping trains used the line. South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, responding to increasing demand for Sheffield-Leeds passengers in the area, and a lack of capacity on the Sheffield-Barnsley-Leeds line, sponsored an hourly service via Bolton to Wakefield Westgate & Leeds, and opened new stations at Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe.

Helene Palmer

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John Hampshire (cricketer, born 1913)

John Hampshire (5 October 1913 – 23 May 1997) was an English first-class cricketer, who played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1937. A right-arm fast bowler, he played three first-class matches, scoring 5 runs at an average of 2.50, and took five wickets at 21.80, plus one catch.Born in Goldthorpe, Bolton-on-Dearne, Yorkshire, England, he created a cricketing family. His son, Alan Hampshire, played one match for Yorkshire in 1975, and his other son is the former Yorkshire and England batsman and umpire, most commonly referred to as Jack Hampshire.Hampshire died in Rotherham, Yorkshire in May 1997, at the age of 83.

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List of settlements in South Yorkshire by population

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Percy Ashton (footballer)

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River Dearne

The River Dearne is a river in South Yorkshire, England. It flows roughly east for more than 30 kilometres (19 mi), from its source just inside West Yorkshire, through Denby Dale, Clayton West, Darton, Barnsley, Darfield, Wath upon Dearne, Bolton on Dearne, Adwick upon Dearne and Mexborough to its confluence with the River Don at Denaby Main. Its main tributary is the River Dove, which joins it at Darfield. The river was one of those affected by the 2007 United Kingdom floods.

The course of the river is accessible to walkers, as the Dearne Way long distance footpath follows it from Dearne Head to its junction with the River Don. Places of interest along the Dearne include the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton Hall, and Monk Bretton Priory. The lower Dearne Valley, below Barnsley, is now also called Dearne Valley and is a regeneration area.

The river has been the subject of channel engineering, to ease the problem of flooding. A new channel was constructed for it near its mouth in the 1950s, as the old route had been affected by subsidence. Washlands, which can be progressively flooded as water levels rise, were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s. A flood relief channel and a regulator to restrict the flow was built at Bolton upon Dearne. During the 2007 United Kingdom floods, all of the washlands filled to capacity, but the regulator could not be operated as it had been vandalised.

With the development of industry and the Dearne and Dove Canal, the river became grossly polluted in the early nineteenth century, and fish populations died. The West Riding River Board tried to address the problems as early as 1896, with limited success, and much of the river remained dead until the 1980s, when concerted attempts were made to clean industrial effluents before they were discharged, and to improve sewage treatment processes. Despite some setbacks, fish populations had been partially reinstated by the early 1990s. Channel engineering was carried out at Denaby in the 1990s, to re-introduce bends, deep pools and shallow gravel riffles, to assist fish spawning. In June 2015, salmon were reported in the river for the first time in 150 years.

Strafforth and Tickhill

Strafforth and Tickhill, originally known as Strafforth, was the southernmost wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The west of the district, plus a detached area in the east, constituted the Upper Division, while the central area and a detached part in the extreme east constituted the Lower Division.

Parishes in the Upper Division included Aston, Barnby Dun, Braithwell, Conisbrough, Dinnington, Ecclesfield, Firbeck, Handsworth, Harthill, Hatfield, Hooton Roberts, Laughton-en-le-Morthen, Maltby, Ravenfield, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, Sheffield, South Anston, Sprotborough, Thorpe Salvin, Thrybergh, Todwick, Treeton, Wales, Wath-upon-Dearne, Whiston, Wickersley and parts of Finningley.

The Lower Division included the parishes of Adwick-le-Street, Adwick-upon-Dearne, Arksey, Armthorpe, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Brodsworth, Darfield, Doncaster, Fishlake, High Melton, Hooton Pagnell, Kirk Sandal, Mexborough, Rossington, Thorne, Thurnscoe, Tickhill, Wadworth, Warmsworth, parts of Blyth, Nottinghamshire and the extra-parochial area of Hampole.

The original meeting place of the wapentake is unknown, but may have been the future site of Conisbrough Castle.The Earldom of Strafford takes its name from a variant of this district name, wherein the first incumbent Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford originated.

The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks are a British alternative rock band from Bolton upon Dearne, near Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The band consists of two sets of brothers: Kiaran and Brandon Crook, Andy and Josh Davidson.

Wakefield line

The Wakefield line is a railway line and service in the West Yorkshire Metro and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive areas of northern England. The Wakefield line is coloured yellow on maps and publications by West Yorkshire Metro. The line was electrified in 1989, between Leeds & Wakefield Westgate, as part of the programme to electrify the East Coast Main Line.The service connects Leeds and Wakefield with Sheffield and Doncaster with the section of the line between Leeds and Doncaster forming part of the East Coast Main Line. The local stopping service is operated by Northern with services between Leeds, Wakefield and either Doncaster or Sheffield. Inter-city operators are London North Eastern Railway, East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry who provide services from Leeds to London and the South of England.

Some sections of the line are shared with the Huddersfield (orange) and Pontefract lines (light blue).

West Yorkshire "Metrocards" are available for all trains as far as South Elmsall on the Doncaster section of the line and to Moorthorpe on the Sheffield section.

Willie Watson (English cricketer)

Willie Watson, (7 March 1920 – 24 April 2004) was an English cricketer, who played for Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England. He was a double international, as Watson was also a footballer who played for England's national team.

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