Darfield, South Yorkshire

Darfield is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The village is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) east from Barnsley town centre. Darfield had a population of 8,066 at the 2001 UK Census,[1] increasing to 10,685 at the 2011 Census.[2]

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Darfield museum
Darfield is located in South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
Population10,685 (Ward. 2011)
OS grid referenceSE411048
• London150 mi (240 km) SSE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBarnsley
Postcode districtS73
Dialling code01226
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament


Roman coins have been unearthed in Darfield, and there is evidence to suggest that the village contained Roman habitation during its history.

In Saxon, the name "Feld" describes 'a large area of pasture land' , while the term "Dere" refers to the deer which inhabited the forest. When combined, this gives the name Derefeld which later became Darfield.

There are records of an 8th-century church in Darfield, but when the Domesday Book was written in 1086 there was no mention of it.

Darfield remained an insignificant agricultural village for many centuries to come, until 1862. In that year, two mining companies sank shafts in the Barnsley district to exploit the rich seam of coal running through the area. Darfield Main colliery and Mitchell's Main were local mines, the population of the village quickly increased and it became a labour pool for the surrounding coalmines. By 1901, over 4,000 people lived there compared to just 600 inhabitants in 1851.

Until June 1963, Darfield had a railway station on the Sheffield - Cudworth - Leeds line. The line itself closed in 1988 due to severe mining subsidence.


Darfield shops include a Co-op supermarket, a florist's, baker's, newsagent's, two hairdresser's, garage/MOT station, a post office, greetings card shop, and a hardware & homeware shop. Two village chemists are based inside the local doctors' surgery and on Snape Hill Road. Food outlets include two Indian restaurants (formally The Bridge Inn and The Station public house) two takeaway cafes, two fish and chip shops, a Chinese takeaway and a pizzeria. Three pubs still survive in the village; Cross Keys, Queen Victoria and the Darfield. There are also two clubs; the Village club and the Conservative club. The cricket club also has a bar.

Darfield is the home to the Maurice Dobson museum which is divided into four parts: the main museum, an outlet area where local people can sell their craft items, a cafe/gallery, and a meeting place.[3] There is also an outdoor patio where some larger items are exhibited. The museum's property was donated to the village by Maurice Dobson, after whom the museum is named. There is also a small village public library. Religion is served by an Anglican parish church and two Methodist chapels.

Ebenezer Elliott, the Corn Law Rhymer, is buried in Darfield All Saints churchyard.


Stagecoach Yorkshire operate bus services every 15 minutes to Barnsley Interchange using 218 219 and X19 during the daytime as well as two buses per hour to Wombwell. Darfield is also served by the express bus service X19 which operates direct to Doncaster Frenchgate Interchange. Also, both Wombwell and Goldthorpe railway stations are within easy reach of Darfield where connections can be made to Sheffield, Meadowhall, Wakefield and Leeds.


Darfield schools include:


Darfield has a cricket club which plays at Darfield Cricket Ground and a junior football team which is Darfield JFC, they have played on the Longbow playing fields former Darfield Foulstone School Fields for the last 21 years.

The village has had a team play in the FA Cup before - Darfield F.C. Its nearest professional football club is Barnsley F.C. based in the city centre of the metropolitan borough.

Notable people

  • Ian McMillan, poet and broadcaster.[7]
  • Brian Key, former MEP for Yorkshire South and former councillor for the ward
  • Steve Lancaster. Chemist and one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's 175 Faces of Chemistry.[8][9]
  • Gordon West, England and Everton goalkeeper

See also


  1. ^ "Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Barnsley CBC Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ Maurice Dobson museum
  4. ^ "Upperwood Primary School" (PDF). Barnsley Council. 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007.
  5. ^ Reed, James (26 March 2007). "Inquiry urged over four-star spending at primary school". Yorkshire Post.
  6. ^ "The Foulstone School - Inspection report" (PDF). Ofsted. 11 June 2007.
  7. ^ Forbes, Peter (2002). "Ian McMillan". British Council. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007.
  8. ^ "From Hull to Kenya, with love: a tale of beer, friendship and analytical chemistry". The Guardian. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Dr Steve Lancaster CChem FRSC". 175 Faces of Chemistry: Celebrating diversity in science. Riyal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 1 February 2018.

External links

A6195 road

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

Billy Williams (cricketer, born 1887)

Ambrose Causer Williams (1 March 1887 – 1 June 1966), better known as Billy Williams, was an English first-class cricketer who played twelve matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1911 and 1919. He played in the Lancashire League for Haslingden C.C. in 1920 and 1921, and for the Yorkshire Second XI from 1911 to 1919.

Brian James (cricketer, born 1934)

Brian James (23 April 1934 – 1999) was an English first-class cricketer, who played four matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1954. He also appeared for the Yorkshire Second XI between 1953 and 1959.

Born in Darfield, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, James was a left arm fast medium bowler, who took eight wickets at 28.50, with a best return of 4 for 74 against Cambridge University. He scored 22 runs, and was dismissed twice in five innings. His top score was 11, also against Cambridge University.He was a professional with Brighouse C.C. in 1958 and Bankfoot C.C. in 1960, and was believed to have been a professional in Staffordshire in the late 1960s. He took 303 wickets for Honley C.C. between 1952 and 1968.

Cat Hill Tunnel

Cat Hill Tunnel was the name of a railway tunnel that ran through Darfield, South Yorkshire, England, leading to Darfield railway station (now closed). The tunnel was built by George Stephenson for the North Midland Railway opened in 1840. It was 154 yards long (one of the longest in the region) and ran under fields into Darfield station from the Cathill Road end of Darfield.

The railway bridge was removed in the 1990s. Steps that led to Darfield station may be found beyond the western abutment. The station was originally at the Broomhill end of the tunnel but in 1880 was moved nearer to the road when the tunnel was 'scalped' into a cutting.

The remains of Darfield station can be found at its former Doncaster Road site. The original station was built 45 chains to the south at the Cathill Road site near to Broomhill in 1840.

Clifford Woodhead

Clifford "Cliff" Woodhead (17 August 1908 – June 1985) was an English professional footballer who played as a full back. He made over 300 appearances for Hull in City the Football League and FA Cup and has been included in various fan best ever Hull City XI teams.


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Fred Tunstall

Fred Tunstall (28 May 1897 – 21 July 1971) was an English footballer who played for Darfield St George's, Scunthorpe & Lindsey United, Sheffield United, Halifax Town, and Boston United, as well as the England national team.

Frederick Beaumont

Frederick Edward Blackett Beaumont (22 October 1833 – 20 August 1899) was an English-born British officer of the Royal Engineers who produced several inventions, including a tunneling machine which bore his name, and the Beaumont–Adams revolver.

George Harry Hirst

George Henry Hirst (17 May 1879, Elsecar – 13 November 1933, Darfield, South Yorkshire) was a British politician, elected Labour Member of Parliament for Wentworth when the constituency was created in 1918.

George Henry Hirst was a checkweighman, and a member of Yorkshire Miners' Association. He was elected MP for Wentworth on 18 December 1918, and held the seat until his death, aged 54, in 1933.

Hirst married twice and had 16 children, 12 by his second wife.

Gordon West

Gordon West (24 April 1943 — 10 June 2012) was an English professional football goalkeeper. He won three international caps in a career that included a long stint at Everton.

Ian McMillan (poet)

Ian McMillan (born 21 January 1956) is an English poet, journalist, playwright, and broadcaster. He is known for his strong and distinctive Barnsley-area accent and his incisive, friendly interview style on programmes such as BBC Radio 3's The Verb. He lives in Darfield, the village of his birth.

John Brown (cricketer, born 1874)

John Thomas Brown (24 November 1874 – 12 April 1950) was an English first-class cricketer.

Born in Snape Hill, Darfield, Yorkshire, England, Brown was a right arm fast bowler and right-handed tail end batsman. He played thirty matches for Yorkshire between 1897 and 1903. He took 97 wickets, with a best of 8 for 40 against Gloucestershire, at an average of 21.35. He took 5 wickets in a match eight times, and 10 wickets in a match on two occasions. His best innings, a knock of 37*, came against Nottinghamshire.He died in April 1950, in Duckmanton, Derbyshire. His brother, William Brown, was also a first-class cricketer for Yorkshire.

Obadiah Walker

Obadiah Walker (1616 – 21 January 1699) was an English academic and Master of University College, Oxford from 1676 to 1688.

Seth Waring

Seth Waring (4 November 1838 – 17 April 1919) was an English first-class cricketer, who played one match for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1870.Born in Billingly, Darfield, Yorkshire, England, Waring was a right-handed batsman, who scored nine runs, batting at number three, in his only first-class innings against Surrey at Bramall Lane. His right arm medium pace was not called upon. Yorkshire won the match by seven wickets.

Waring died in April 1919 in Keighley, Yorkshire.

Sid Storey

Sidney "Sid" Storey (25 December 1919 – 6 April 2010) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside forward.

Storey played for Ardsley Welfare and Grimethorpe Athletic in non-League football while working as a miner, before joining Huddersfield Town in 1943. After leaving them he played for Wombwell Athletic before moving to York City in 1947. He played for York in the FA Cup semi-final in 1955 and left a year later after making 354 appearances to join hometown club Barnsley. He later had periods with Accrington Stanley and Bradford Park Avenue before returning to York as trainer-coach for three years.

Terry Patchett

Terry Patchett (11 July 1940 – 11 October 1996) was a politician in the United Kingdom.

Patchett served as Member of Parliament for Barnsley East from 1983 until his death, and was a member of the Labour Party.

Walter Moore (footballer, born 1899)

Walter Moore (1899–1949) was an English professional footballer who played as an outside forward or as a right-back. He played five matches in the Football League Third Division North for Nelson in the 1924–25 season, making his debut in the 2–1 win against Halifax Town on 25 October 1924. For the majority of his career, however, Moore played in local league football for several clubs in the South Yorkshire area.

William Brown (cricketer, born 1876)

William Brown (19 November 1876 – 27 July 1945) was an English first-class cricketer, who played two matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, against Sussex at the County Cricket Ground, Hove in 1902, and against Ireland in Dublin in 1908.

Born in Snape Hill, Darfield, Yorkshire, England, Brown was a right arm fast bowler, who took four wickets at 21 each, with a best of 3 for 61 on debut. A right-handed tail ender, he scored two runs in total. He also played for the Yorkshire Second XI from 1902-1909, Yorkshire Colts in 1902, Northallerton and District in 1903 and RW Frank's XI at Headingley in 1906.

His brother, John Brown, played thirty games for Yorkshire.

He died at the age of 68, in July 1945 in Barnsley.

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