Dodworth is a village in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it has a population of 5,742,[1] increasing to 5,900 at the 2011 Census (9,777 for Dodworth Ward).[2] [3]

Dodworth War Memorial

First World War memorial in Dodworth
Dodworth is located in South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
Population9,777 (Ward 2011)
OS grid referenceSE318051
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS70-S75
Dialling code01226
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament


Dodworth was historically a township in the ancient parish of Silkstone in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[4] It became a separate civil parish in 1866, and an urban district in 1894.[5] The urban district and civil parish were abolished in 1974, when Dodworth was transferred to the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in the new county of South Yorkshire. Dodworth is now an unparished area.

Dodworth is a former coal mining village with approximately 5,800 people. The land occupying the former pit is now the Dodworth Business Park. The "muck" stack from the pit is clearly visible throughout the village. During the early 1980s a mass planting of silver birch trees began to halt erosion and create a wildlife habitat. Over the past twenty years, trees and wildlife have flourished. Now the whole of the east, south and west side are covered with trees. The north side is occupied by farmland and the former 'muck stack' is completely invisible apart from the rise.

The crossroads between High Street, Station Road and Barnsley Road lead to Barnsley and Manchester. The crossroads acted as a trading point for salt brought from Cheshire during medieval times proving to be one of the oldest trading routes in the area. Along High Street are a number of old weavers' cottages. These three-storey buildings supplied fine linen cloth to markets everywhere.. Opposite the library is one of the village's oldest buildings. It dates back to 1600, with evidence of this above its High Street front door. During the village's 'hey-day', ten public houses over a half-mile (0.8 km) stretch of High Street reflected the large mining population at the time.

Current development

There are established private housing estates at Baslow Crescent and Strafford Walk. Extensive newer housing is at the eastern side of Dodworth around Water Royd Drive and Rose Hill Drive. The Water Royd Drive area is often referred to as the 'In and Out' estate by locals as many commuters from outside the village see this area as having easy access to the motorway links with house prices being reflective of their desirability. Further development is to the west with new housing at Champany Fields and Green Road, and luxury flats on Barnsley Road. These new homes are popular for commuters working in Barnsley, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and many other centres. There is employment locally at the Dodworth Business Park and at Fall Bank Industrial Estate.

In the past few years house prices have risen sharply, reflecting the popularity of living in the village. The soon to be relocated railway station has direct lines to Huddersfield and Barnsley. A new hotel and Toby Carvery has been built on Capitol Park close to the M1 motorway junction.

The Dodworth Bypass, near junction 37 on the M1, was completed in early 2007. The bypass allows commuters to travel from central Barnsley, or the motorway, to Silkstone and surrounding areas without travelling through Dodworth. A new business park called Capitol Park, part funded through the European Objective One scheme, is under construction along the bypass.

Pharmaceutical company Galpharm International operate from a purpose-built distribution and office complex in the village.

A memorial dedicated to the families of the 1,500 miners killed in the area has now been erected in a prominent position on the High Street. A charity music festival was held at the Dodworth Miners' Welfare on 3 June 2012 to raise money for the memorial fund.


Proximity to the M1 Junction 37 means that Dodworth has a high proportion of commuters to Sheffield and Leeds. It also has easy access to Manchester along the A628 through Woodhead. Many people also work in Barnsley town centre, 3 miles (4.8 km) away.

Dodworth railway station, on the Huddersfield to Sheffield line, provides access to Barnsley centre, Sheffield, Leeds and other nearby towns and cities.

There are two leading bus companies operating through Dodworth: Stagecoach and Tates. Recently there have been changes to service routes in the village, diverting buses from the main road to less populated areas.

The new road system linking the motorway junction to the A628 towards Silkstone and Manchester, has bypassed what was once a busy thoroughfare, producing a much quieter and sought-after retreat for villagers.


Dodworth has three hotels. Brooklands Hotel (formerly Brooklands Motel), Ramada Encore and the Fairway Inn. Brooklands has been re-built by the Brook Group. It contains a restaurant, which stands on the site of the former restaurants that invented the Barnsley Chop, lounge bar, club and an on-site Bannatyne's health club.

Village pubs include the Travellers' Inn on Green Road, the Thornely Arms on High Street. There is also Dodworth Central Social Club and Gilroyd Social Club. Recent pubs to be built are the Fairway (formerly the Bluebell) & Dodworth Valley.

In July 2007 the Station Inn closed for refurbishment, and re-opened as an out-of-town wine bar. The Pheasant Inn was demolished in 2007 and is due to become residential housing. The Miners' Inn closed about 2003 and was converted to a children's nursery. The former Horse and Jockey has become an Indian restaurant.

Dodworth has two Indian restaurants, a Chinese take-away and two award-winning fish and chip shops. There is a Central England Co-operative supermarket on High Street, and a post office which includes a pharmacy, doctor's surgery and a beauty salon. Further shops specialise in music, shoes, crafts and hobbies and jewellery. There is also a sandwich outlet, café and a hairdresser's.

The Miners' Welfare has bowling greens, two football pitches, a cricket field and a rugby pitch. It is the home of the award-winning Dodworth Colliery M.W. Brass Band. Dodworth ARLFC compete in the Pennine Division One and won the Southwest Yorkshire Cup in the 2007–08 season.


Dodworth has two primary schools, Keresforth Primary School and Dodworth St John the Baptist CofE Primary Academy. Dodworth St John (formerly Dodworth Junior School) amalgamated with Dodworth CofE Infant School in 2002.

Local secondary schools are Horizon Community College on Dodworth Road, and Penistone Grammar School in nearby Penistone.

Dodworth Branch Library is situated on High Street next to the war memorial. It functions as a local library, and provides internet access and 'Study Support' for local children.


There are three churches in Dodworth, Dodworth Methodist Church, St John the Baptist Parish Church with three military graves, and Rosehill Wesleyan Reform Church on Keresforth Road adjacent to the school.


Dodworth F.C. represented the village in the FA Cup during the 1920s.

See also


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population Archived 8 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 26 August 2009
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Dodworth Built-up area (E35000610)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Dodworth Ward (as of 2011) (E05000983)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  4. ^ Genuki website
  5. ^ Vision of Britain website

External links

2012 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2012 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England. One third of the council will be up for election.

2015 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

The 2015 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in England as part of the 2015 United Kingdom local elections. Councillors retiring at this election were Cllrs. Betty Barlow (Worsborough); Tracey Cheetham (Royston); Brian Key (Darfield); and Tom Sheard (Kingstone) (all L); Dave North (North East) and Brian Perrin (Dodworth) from the Barnsley Independent Group; and Anne Rusby (Penistone West) (C).

Dodworth Miners Welfare F.C.

Dodworth Miners Welfare Football Club is a football club based in Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division and play at the Miners Welfare Ground.

Dodworth St John the Baptist Church of England Primary Academy

Dodworth St John the Baptist CofE Primary Academy is a coeducational primary school with academy status located in Dodworth, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.

It was previously a voluntary aided school, which meant the school was established by an organisation other than the Local Education Authority (LEA), in this case the Church of England. This gave the school specific rights and responsibilities which differed from those of non-aided schools. In particular, the school staff were appointed and employed by the governors rather than the LEA, with just over half of the governors themselves appointed by the Church of England Diocesan Board of Education and Dodworth Parochial Church Council.

However, on 1 January 2014 the school converted to academy status while still under the administration of the Church of England. The school decides on their own admission arrangements and can give special emphasis to a Christian religious education, while not forgetting the importance of providing pupils with a broad understanding of the world and its peoples. The school foster close links with various Christian churches and denominations, which are represented by the Governing Body.

The running costs of the school are met by the government. However, the school buildings themselves belong to the Church of England and the governors are responsible for meeting the costs of any repairs or improvements that are carried out.

Dodworth railway station

Dodworth railway station serves the village of Dodworth, in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. The station is 2 miles 71 chains (4.6 km) west of Barnsley on the Penistone Line between Huddersfield and Sheffield.Originally its immediate next stations were at Silkstone and Summer Lane. Summer Lane was not reopened, and nowadays the next station eastwards is Barnsley.

Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley

The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley is a metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire, England; its main town is Barnsley.

The borough is bisected by the M1 motorway; it is rural to the west, and largely urban/industrial to the east. 68% of Barnsley's 32,863 hectares is green belt and 9% is national park land, the majority of which is West of the M1. In 2007 it was estimated that Barnsley had 224,600 residents, measured at the 2011 census as 231,221. nine tenths of whom live east of the M1.

The borough was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the county borough of Barnsley with Cudworth, Darfield, Darton, Dearne, Dodworth, Hoyland Nether, Penistone, Royston, Wombwell and Worsborough urban districts, along with Penistone Rural District, part of Hemsworth Rural District and part of Wortley Rural District, all in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The borough now forms part of both the Sheffield City Region and the Leeds City Region.

River Dove, Barnsley

The River Dove is a river that extends through the Low Valley in Barnsley, England. It flows from Worsbrough Reservoir to its confluence with the River Dearne.


Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. With some of its southern suburbs annexed from Derbyshire, the city has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is 577,800 (mid-2017 est.) and it is one of the eight largest regional English cities that make up the Core Cities Group. Sheffield is the third-largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,569,000.The city is in the eastern foothills of the Pennines, and the valleys of the River Don and its four tributaries, the Loxley, the Porter Brook, the Rivelin and the Sheaf. Sixty-one per cent of Sheffield's entire area is green space, and a third of the city lies within the Peak District national park. There are more than 250 parks, woodlands and gardens in the city, which is estimated to contain around 4.5 million trees.Sheffield played a crucial role in the Industrial Revolution, with many significant inventions and technologies developed in the city. In the 19th century, the city saw a huge expansion of its traditional cutlery trade, when stainless steel and crucible steel were developed locally, fuelling an almost tenfold increase in the population. Sheffield received its municipal charter in 1843, becoming the City of Sheffield in 1893. International competition in iron and steel caused a decline in these industries in the 1970s and 1980s, coinciding with the collapse of coal mining in the area.

The 21st century has seen extensive redevelopment in Sheffield, along with other British cities. Sheffield's gross value added (GVA) has increased by 60% since 1997, standing at £9.2 billion in 2007. The economy has experienced steady growth averaging around 5% annually, greater than that of the broader region of Yorkshire and the Humber.The city has a long sporting heritage, and is home to the world's oldest football club, Sheffield F.C. Games between the two professional clubs, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, are known as the Steel City derby. The city is also home to the World Snooker Championship and the Sheffield Steelers, the UK's first professional ice hockey team.

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