Carcroft

Carcroft is a rural village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the village is roughly six miles north-north west of Doncaster. At the time of the 2011 Census the village fell within the ward of Adwick in the Doncaster MBC.

Carcroft
Carcroft is located in South Yorkshire
Carcroft
Carcroft
Location within South Yorkshire
Population4,312 
OS grid referenceSE540098
Civil parish
  • Carcroft
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDONCASTER
Postcode districtDN6
Dialling code01302
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
AmbulanceYorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament

Geography

It borders woodland to the north which separates it from the neighbouring village of Owston. To the west the village merges with Skellow having subsumed the areas previously known as Hobcroft and Bullcroft. A string of small industrial estates connect it with Adwick le Street to the south. East of the village lies mixed farmland and woodland.

Like its neighbour to the west much of Carcroft is made up of former council housing estates (most of which had been colliery company housing). The old centre of the village remains with High Street supporting a variety of small independent shops. The furniture retailer DFS also began here as Northern Upholstery and a large outlet for the firm still stands on a small trading estate just off High Street opposite an Asda superstore. DFS Head office, factory and distribution centre is based a mile away at Adwick le Street. The village had a library until it was closed down in 2012 during the cutbacks imposed by the government.[1]

History

A small portion of Carcroft is redeveloped land that had been occupied by the Bullcroft Colliery [1] which operated from 1912 until 1970 when it was merged underground with nearby Brodsworth Colliery.[2] The viability of reopening this coal face has been under investigation [3] however as yet no moves to restore mining in the area have been made.

The village has two churches - the Church of England St Michael & all the Angels church, and the Catholic St George & the English Martyrs.

References

  1. ^ http://www.thestar.co.uk/what-s-on/out-about/closed-doncaster-village-libraries-to-be-auctioned-1-6582617
  2. ^ (scroll to end of page for documentary images & commentary)
  3. ^ DMBC Report on proposed scheme for coal recovery and community woodland restoration

External links

2015 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.

Adwick

Adwick may refer to:

Adwick le Street, small village in South Yorkshire, England

Adwick railway station serves the communities of Adwick-le-Street and Carcroft, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England

Adwick upon Dearne, village in the English county of South Yorkshire

Adwick railway station

Adwick railway station serves the communities of Adwick-le-Street and Carcroft, in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Located on the line linking Leeds to Doncaster via Wakefield, immediately south-east of the point where it passes beneath Church Lane, the present station is the second to serve Adwick: the first, the main building of which still stands, lay on the other side of the present road bridge.

Bentley Crossing Halt railway station

Bentley Crossing Halt was a small railway station on the West Riding and Grimsby Railway line between Doncaster and Carcroft & Adwick-le-Street. It was a workmans halt built in 1914 to serve the community of Bentley, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England at the point where the main line crosses the road through the village on the level. The road links Bentley with York Bar. The station consisted of wooden platforms with wooden buildings to act as waiting shelter and office.

The station was closed around 1943 and little can now be seen of the buildings (a regular fault with wooden built stations), however the Bentley (South Yorkshire) railway station was built on the same site.

Bullcroft Colliery

Bullcroft Colliery was a coal mine situated by the village of Carcroft north of Doncaster. The Bullcroft Colliery Company was formed in April 1908 and sinking of the shafts commenced immediately. In January 1909, at a depth of 100 feet (30 m), a water course yielding over 1,000 US gallons (3,800 L) per minute was struck, it was capped back and sinking continued but only a month later, at 180 feet (55 m), another water course, big enough to be described as a "subterranean river", was struck - too much for the steam operated pumps to cope with. Electric pumps were brought in to cope with the flow but even with a capability of 6,250 US gallons (23,700 L) per minute they couldn't cope and sinking was stopped so the full situation could be assessed.It was decided to withdraw the pumps and freeze the ground. Commencing January 1910 the first freeze was unsuccessful and a second, after the shafts had iron "tubbing" installed, commenced in February 1911. This was successful, and sinking recommenced finally reaching the coal measures in December 1911 at 657 yards (601 m) below the surface.Before the colliery company arrived, the nearby settlement of Carcroft consisted of only 50 houses. By 1910, an additional 400 houses had been erected to cope with the influx of miners and their families.Between 1908 and 1940 the company traded as Bullcroft Main Colliery Ltd. It merged with five other collieries (Brodsworth, Hickleton, Markham Main and Yorkshire Main) in 1940 to form the Doncaster Amalgamated Collieries Ltd. In 1947, the enterprise was nationalised into British Coal.The colliery worked normally until 1968 when it was joined to Brodsworth Colliery by a 550-yard (500 m) drift and a 1,800-yard (1,600 m) long conveyor made it possible that Bullcroft coal could be brought up at Brodsworth for washing etc.

The collieries officially merged in 1970, with the final shift clocking off on 25 September of that year. As the last remaining seam could be reached via the Brodsworth Colliery, the Bullcroft shafts were filled, using spoil from pit heaps and capped. Bullcroft Colliery kept its landsale depot to deal with concessionary coal and retained a locomotive to work it for about a year afterwards.

The colliery was served by a branch off the Hull and Barnsley and Great Central Joint Railway and a connection to the West Riding and Grimsby Railway.The colliery had its own football team, which competed in the FA Cup on numerous occasions.

The 76 acres (31 ha) of land that the colliery occupied above ground is now used as a community parkland. There was a proposal in 2013 to sift the spoil for usable coal. However, the price of coal fell soon afterwards and the plan was abandoned. The local community want the area to be landscaped and the spoil tip removed as has happened at other neighbouring collieries such as Askern, Bentley and Brodsworth.

Bullcroft Main Colliery F.C.

Bullcroft Main Colliery F.C. was an English association football club based in Carcroft, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

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.

Frederick Stocks junior

Frederick Wilfred Stocks (6 November 1918 – 23 February 1996) was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire between 1946 and 1957. He was a left-handed middle-order batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler. He was born at Carcroft in Yorkshire and died at Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire.

His father, also named Frederick Stocks, played two first-class cricket matches for Northamptonshire in 1906.

Hampole railway station

Hampole railway station was situated on the main line of the West Riding and Grimsby Railway between Carcroft & Adwick-le-Street and South Elmsall. It was close by and served the village of Hampole, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.

The station, opened in January 1885, was a simple affair with wooden platforms and waiting shelters. There was a separate Station Master's house, which was situated at the roadside by the station approach.

The station closed on 7 January 1952.

Skellow

Skellow is a village in rural South Yorkshire part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the village is roughly six miles north-north west of Doncaster. The village falls in the Askern Spa Ward of Doncaster MBC. To the north and south is mixed farmland, the A1 runs immediately along the western edge of the village, and to the east Skellow merges with the adjacent village of Carcroft along the B1220.

Ugo (retailer)

UGO was a chain of convenience stores in the United Kingdom owned by the Haldanes Group and was started in January 2011.

It acquired twenty mid size Netto supermarkets in the North and Midlands of England from the chain Asda, and turned them into UGO stores; these stores were in: Athersley, Ashington, Blackburn, Boothferry, Bradford, Burnley, Bury, Carcroft, Eston, Hartlepool, Hull (two stores), Kirkby, Lundwood, Monk Bretton, Nuneaton, Retford, Rotherham, Stanley and Wavertree.

Additionally, the Haldanes stores in Biddulph (Staffordshire) and Broxburn (Scotland) were converted to the UGO branding; these two stores remained in the ownership of Haldanes Stores, another company in the Haldanes Group. The UGO strategy was to double Netto's existing core range of branded grocery lines to around 3,000 more items, plus more fresher bakery items from the Haldanes acquired Woodhead Bakery.UGO have appeared twice on television in the United Kingdom. It appeared on Channel 4's Come Dine With Me when a contestant was filmed shopping for the programme in the store in Blackburn, and appeared on Channel 4's Facejacker, which aired on 27 March 2012 at 10pm, in the Nuneaton store, when the self service checkout was 'taken over'.In June 2011, Haldanes Stores went into administration, and its stores closed, including the two stores branded as UGO. In February 2012, UGO Stores was itself placed in administration, and the chain was bought by Poundstretcher, in a pre pack sale, with 18 of the twenty stores to become part of the Poundstretcher chain and the other two (Nuneaton, Hull) to close as Poundstretcher already had stores nearby.

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