Kendray is an area in the S70 postal district of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England that lies between Sheffield Road and Doncaster Road, both of which lead to and from Barnsley town centre. The area takes its name from Kendray Hospital which was named after the linen manufacturer, Francis Kendray. After the first world war building of council houses commenced and the Kendray estate was first established.[1]

In 1889 the foundation stone of a new Kendray Fever Hospital was laid by the Mayor of Barnsley. The hospital was the gift of Mrs Ann Alderson Lambert, the last surviving daughter of Mr Francis Kendray. Barnsley Corporation provided the eleven acre site on Measbro' Hill.[2] The hospital was officially opened in February 1890.[3] In 1892 77 cases of smallpox were admitted to the hospital but 21 of these cases were attributed to an infected tailor who had overpowered his nurse and escaped the hospital stark naked.[4] Smallpox had largely died out by 1894 and admissions for scarlet fever became more common. In 1965 Kendray officially ceased to be an infectious diseases hospital.[5] In 1979 it was announced that six million pounds were to be spent on the hospital to provide facilities for the mentally ill and severely mentally infirm old people.[6]

From 1983 to 1986 Kendray was one of four areas in South Yorkshire where the Probation Service ran a victim/offender mediation project (one of the first of its kind in the country).[7]

Just under half of the old housing in Kendray has been demolished and replaced with fields, large recreational areas and modern housing. An amphitheatre and playground were built on one of the old sites, and new housing is being constructed on the other remaining sites. There are also plans to build a leisure centre nearby.

Recent regeneration has seen new housing replacing old and unusable housing, turning it into a more modern estate. Continued building is ongoing, as of 2008. Current amenities and services available include a play area in the centre, local shopping, a post office, medical centre, schooling for juniors and a football ground with numerous artificial pitches available.

Barnsley Academy is a secondary school in Kendray taking up to 900 pupils, bot including the sixth form. The Forest Academy, called named "Kendray Primary" until 2013, also is in Kendray.

Within two miles of Barnsley town centre and easy access to the Trans Pennine Trail and the M1 motorway, Kendray is becoming a popular location for the average family.

Coordinates: 53°32′42″N 1°27′32″W / 53.545°N 1.459°W

Amphitheatre - - 310194
Centre of the Kendray estate with playground and amphitheatre

Kendray Initiative

This was established to manage the neighbourhood by local residents, the Council and others in 1999.[8]


  1. ^ Williams, Clifford (1997) 'Offenders and Victims of Crime;Mediation and reparation in the criminal justice system, including case studies of mediation and reparation projects organised by the probation service' Unpublished PhD University of Bradford (1997) Appendix 4 Area Profile of Kendray
  2. ^ Barnsley Chronicle 20 March 1889
  3. ^ Barnsley Chronicle 1 March 1890
  4. ^ Barnsley Chronicle 19 September 1975
  5. ^ Barnsley Chronicle 19 September 1975
  6. ^ Barnsley Chronicle 12 October 1979
  7. ^ Williams, Clifford (1997) op cit
  8. ^ "Case Study 080 - Managing a neighbourhood actively". HCA website. Homes and Communities Agency. Archived from the original on 6 December 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2013.

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Stairfoot is a ward in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. It is perhaps so named because it lies at the bottom of a valley in between the undulations of two small hills on the old road from Barnsley to Doncaster. Stairfoot is surrounded by the villages of Kendray and Ardsley.Stairfoot is known widely throughout South Yorkshire for its roundabout. Controlled by traffic signals, it is notorious for its delays to the local traffic system and has inspired a local song. The ward used to have its own railway station, but this closed in 1957 due to competition from local buses.

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