Brampton Bierlow

Brampton Bierlow, often known as Brampton, is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the south side of the Dearne Valley, between Barnsley and Rotherham.

According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 3,658, increasing to 4,610 at the 2011 Census.[1] The parish was within the historic county boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Brampton Bierlow is a former mining village, with employment primarily related to the coal industry; the economy declined after the closure of mines in the 1980s, which was, in part, sparked by the announcement of the closure of Cortonwood Colliery in the village.[2] Despite some economic recovery, Brampton was, at one point, declared one of the poorest areas in the European Union (before the 2004 expansion).

Recently, the economy of the area has improved, as investment has been put into infrastructure and developing light industry and service industries in the area.

Steve Rothery, guitarist of the band Marillion, was born in Brampton.[3] Footballers George Robledo and Ted Robledo, both of whom played football for Newcastle United, grew up in the village: they were born in Chile but moved to Brampton (their mother's home) as children because of war. George represented Chile at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

Brampton Bierlow
Looking North up Packman Road into Brampton Bierlow - - 1125106
Brampton Bierlow is located in South Yorkshire
Brampton Bierlow
Brampton Bierlow
Location within South Yorkshire
Population4,610 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSE415015
• London150 mi (240 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Brampton Bierlow
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRotherham
Postcode districtS63
Dialling code01709
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  2. ^ Strike: 358 Days that Shook the Nation. London: Sunday Times. pp. 206–207. ISBN 0-340-38445-X.
  3. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music. Virgin. p. 308. ISBN 9780753501597. Retrieved 29 January 2018.

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A6195 road

The A6195 road runs through the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire.

Albert Rawson

Albert Noble Rawson (October 1900 – 1949) was an English professional footballer who played as a forward in the Football League for Sheffield United, Birmingham and Barnsley.Rawson was born in West Melton, which was then in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He made his Football League debut with Sheffield United. He joined Birmingham in February 1923, and scored in each of his first five games, making a significant contribution to the club's remaining in the First Division. In 1924 he returned to Yorkshire and signed for Barnsley.


Birdsedge (or Birds Edge) is a small village in the borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England, on the edge of Yorkshire's Pennine Hills, standing just below 1,000 feet (305 m) above sea level. It is approximately 6 miles (10 km) south-east from Huddersfield and about 4 miles (6 km) north-west from Penistone, between the villages of Shepley and Upper Cumberworth and is linked with the neighbouring hamlet of High Flatts, a former Quaker settlement (and still home to a Friends Meeting House).

Though originally an area of upland farms, woollen weaving and stone quarries, it is now a dormitory village for nearby towns and cities of Huddersfield, Barnsley, Sheffield, Wakefield and Leeds.

Although the village has no industry it hosts Birdsedge First School, Birdsedge Wesleyan Reform Church and Birdsedge Village Hall. A mill operates in the village, part of the Z Hinchliffe mill complex located in the nearby village of Denby Dale.

Brampton Ellis Comprehensive School

Brampton Ellis Comprehensive School was a secondary school in Brampton Bierlow, Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, England, open from 1930 until 1985.

Civil parishes in South Yorkshire

A civil parish is a country subdivision, forming the lowest unit of local government in England. There are 93 civil parishes in the ceremonial county of South Yorkshire, most of the county being unparished. At the 2001 census, there were 360,191 people living in the 93 parishes, increasing to 369,220 in 2011, accounting for 27.5 per cent of the county's population.


Cortonwood Colliery was a colliery in the parish of Brampton Bierlow, near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. The colliery was in the ceremonial county of the West Riding of Yorkshire and became part of South Yorkshire on the boundary changes of 1974. The intended closure of Cortonwood was a tipping point in the Miner's strike of 1984 and 1985. Today the site of the colliery is a shopping and leisure centre.

Dearne Valley

The Dearne Valley is an area of South Yorkshire, England, along the River Dearne. It encompasses the towns of Wombwell, Wath-upon-Dearne, Swinton, Conisbrough and Mexborough, the large villages of Ardsley, Bolton on Dearne, Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe, Darfield, Stairfoot and Brampton Bierlow, and many other smaller villages and hamlets.

In 1995 the area became a regeneration area, as it had suffered much from the sudden decline of the deep coal mining industry in the 1980s. In the 2011 census the ONS-identified Barnsley/Dearne Valley built-up area had a population of 223,281, however this region includes Barnsley and certain other smaller towns and villages that might not historically have considered themselves a part of the Dearne Valley.

Diocese of Sheffield

The Diocese of Sheffield is an administrative division of the Church of England, part of the Province of York.

The Diocese of Sheffield was created under George V on 23 January 1914, by the division from the Diocese of York (along with that part of the Diocese of Southwell in the city of Sheffield). It covers most of the County of South Yorkshire (except Barnsley), with a small part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, one parish in North Yorkshire and one in North Lincolnshire – an area of almost 576 square miles (1,490 km2). It is headed by the Bishop of Sheffield and its Cathedral is Sheffield Cathedral.

The diocese is linked with the Diocese of Argentina. Since 1990 it has been linked with the Evangelical Church in Germany's Hattingen-Witten District in Westphalia.

George Robledo

Jorge "George" Robledo Oliver (14 April 1926 – 1 April 1989) was a Chilean professional footballer. He played as a striker, and is most notable for his time spent with Newcastle United. He was the first non-British-registered foreign player to become top scorer in England.

Giles Brearley

Giles H Brearley (born 14 August 1955) is a published South Yorkshire local historian who has also both written and appeared in television and film. He has been a regular presenter on the radio regarding history.

He is a qualified chartered management accountant who was in public practice. He was the senior partner in Brearley and Co which he commenced in 1984 and remaining until August 2015. He is also a 'practice certificate' assessor for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

He is a director sitting on the boards of various companies being also a former director of football league club Rotherham United F.C. He is chairman of the Bridge Property Group ltd and is a charitable trustee for Mexborough Alms Houses.

He lives in South Yorkshire and East Sheen in London. He has been instrumental in organising fundraising for the erection of plaques to South Yorkshire historic achievers. He was also instrumental in arranging for the rescue and re-erection of the historical Glassby Arch at Mexborough.

He acquired Brampton Old Hall at Brampton Bierlow as a derelict building and has restored it back to its former glory days. It was another South Yorkshire historic building under threat of being lost forever.

Grade II* listed buildings in South Yorkshire

There are over 20,000 Grade II* listed buildings in England. This list includes those in South Yorkshire.

Hallamshire (UK Parliament constituency)

Hallamshire was a Parliamentary constituency covering the Hallamshire district of England. The constituency was created in 1885 and abolished in 1918. It should not be confused with Sheffield Hallam. The seat was a large geographical area which in the west included the moors of the Pennines (Howden Moors, Midhope Moors, Broom Read Moor, Bradfield Moor and Hallam Moor), but came down from the hills in the centre to include better farmland north of Sheffield around Ecclesfield. In the north-east it included part of the South Yorkshire coalfield and some mining villages. In the south, the residents of Sheffield who owned their freeholds could vote in this division.

For twenty years the Member of Parliament was the Sheffield cutler and steel manufacturer, Sir Frederick Mappin, who was able to unite the middle-class voters from Sheffield with the hill-farmers and the miners to vote for him as a Liberal. When he retired the local Liberal association selected a miner, John Wadsworth, who was President of the Yorkshire Miners Association in 1903 and sponsored by the Miners' Federation of Great Britain. With the other MFGB sponsored MPs, Wadsworth transferred to the Labour Party in 1909.


Hoyland is a town near Barnsley in Northern England. The town developed from the hamlets of Upper Hoyland, Hoyland and Hoyland Common.

The town has also been known as Nether Hoyland. That name was given to it to prevent confusion with High Hoyland. When the urban district council was formed the name they used was Hoyland Nether Urban District Council. This was also applied to the area run by Hoyland UDC. However, most locals have always known it simply as Hoyland.

Hoyland is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire, but it lies within the historic boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 2001 it had a population of 15,497. At the 2011 Census the appropriate ward (Hoyland Milton) had a population of 11,852.

John Wadsworth

John Wadsworth (1850 – 10 July 1921) was a British trade unionist and Liberal or Lib-Lab politician.

Born in West Melton in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Wadsworth worked as a coal miner and was elected checkweighman. He joined the Yorkshire Miners Association, a constituent part of the Miners Federation of Great Britain (MFGB), rising to become the Yorkshire Association's general secretary, then in 1904 its president.

Wadsworth was elected as the Lib-Lab Member of Parliament (MP) for Hallamshire at the 1906 general election.

In 1909, with the other MFGB-sponsored MPs, he joined the Labour Party, retaining his seat in his new colours.

In 1915 he resigned the Labour whip and re-joined the Liberals. He continued as MP until the seat's abolition for the 1918 general election.

Sheffield urban area

The Sheffield Urban Area is a conurbation in the North of England with a population of 685,368 according to the 2011 census. This was a 7% increase on the 2001 population of 640,720 making it the 8th largest conurbation in the United Kingdom and England's 6th largest. Named the Sheffield Urban Area by the Office for National Statistics, it must not be confused with the Sheffield City Region, a non-government term, although often used, particularly by the business community. In 2001 the population density of the urban area was 3,949.2 people per km2 by 2011 this had increased slightly to 4,092 people per km2.The city of Sheffield contributes just over two thirds of the population of the whole conurbation.

Steve Rothery

Steven Rothery (born 25 November 1959) is an English musician. He is the original guitarist and the longest continuous member of the British rock band Marillion. Outside Marillion, Rothery has recorded two albums as part of the duo the Wishing Tree and an instrumental solo album, The Ghosts of Pripyat, released in September 2014. He also founded the British Guitar Academy in 2011.

Ted Robledo

Eduardo Oliver "Ted" Robledo (26 July 1928 – 6 December 1970) was a Chilean professional football player. He played as a left-sided defender, and is most notable for his time spent with Newcastle United.

West Melton

See also West Melton, New Zealand and Melton West, Victoria.

West Melton is a former mining village in the parish of Brampton Bierlow in South Yorkshire, England. It lies between Wath-upon-Dearne and Brampton Bierlow, roughly 5 miles north of Rotherham and 5 miles south east of Barnsley. The village falls within the Wath parish of the Rotherham MBC.

It contains several churches, among them are West Melton United Reformed Church and Princess Street Methodist Church.

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