Wales, South Yorkshire

Wales is a village and a civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England.[1] Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is on the border of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The civil parish of Wales, which has a population of 6,455,[2] increasing to 7,069 at the 2011 Census.[3] encompasses the village of Wales and neighbouring settlement Kiveton Park. The actual settlement of Wales has a 2011 population of 1,260.[4]

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St. John the Baptist church
Wales is located in South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSK480829
Civil parish
  • Wales
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS26
Dialling code01909
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament


Wales shares its name with the country of Wales, and the derivation may well be the same: the name Wales coming from a Germanic root meaning foreigner and Roman. The suggestion, therefore, is that there was a continued Celtic presence here following the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons at the turn of the 6th century. An alternative explanation suggests that the settlement's name may be derived from the word Waelas, meaning "field of battle".[1] The earliest reference to Wales is in 1002, when Wulfric Spot, a Saxon thegn, is recorded as owning Walesho.

Sir William Hewet, Lord Mayor of London in 1559, was born in Wales, and his descendants, the Dukes of Leeds, would come to dominate the area.

The collieries at Waleswood and Kiveton Park historically provided employment in the area, including to migrants from Wales' namesake country, until Kiveton Park Colliery was closed in September 1994.[1]


The village of Wales itself is located at approximately 53°20′30″N 1°16′45″W / 53.34167°N 1.27917°W, at an elevation of around 1,000 feet above sea level. It lies on the A618 and B6059 roads. The M1 motorway bisects the parish, while the southern boundary is partly marked by the Chesterfield Canal whose Norwood Tunnel runs under meadowland to the south. To the west of the village is Rother Valley Country Park.

Education and employment

Education in Wales is provided by Wales Primary School and Wales High School. The industrial estate at Wales Common continues to be a large source of employment (not least the food manufacturer Greencore Prepared Foods) & LuK, part of the multi-national manufacturing group producing clutch & automotive parts.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Wales namesakes: The country and the Yorkshire village". BBC News. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Rotherham". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  3. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Wales Parish (1170210928)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ Wales is made up of four output areas in the Wales ward
  5. ^ "Schaeffler United Kingdom | Worldwide | Locations | List". Schaeffler UK. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

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B roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain numbering scheme

B roads are numbered routes in Great Britain of lesser importance than A roads. See the article Great Britain road numbering scheme for the rationale behind the numbers allocated.

British Steel (1967–1999)

British Steel plc was a major British steel producer. It originated from the nationalised British Steel Corporation (BSC), formed in 1967, which was privatised as a public limited company, British Steel plc, in 1988. It was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. The company merged with Koninklijke Hoogovens to form Corus Group in 1999.

Bud Moore (NASCAR owner)

Walter Maynard "Bud" Moore Jr. (May 25, 1925 – November 27, 2017) was a NASCAR car owner who operated the Bud Moore Engineering team. A decorated veteran of World War II, he described himself as "an old country mechanic who loved to make 'em run fast".Moore served in World War II as a member of the United States Army. A machine gunner, he participated in the Normandy landings as part of the 4th Infantry Division, landing on Utah Beach. After Normandy, he went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge and ended his military service as a sergeant.

When he returned from the war, he began a career in stock car racing as a crew chief. In the 1960s, he opened Bud Moore Engineering, a team that went on to win three NASCAR Grand National Series championships and 63 races for 37 years until its shutdown in 1999. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.


Nesh is an English dialect adjective meaning 'unusually susceptible to cold weather' and there is no synonym for this use. Usage has been recorded in Staffordshire, the East Midlands, Lancashire, North Wales,

South Yorkshire and Shropshire. There is a similar term nish used in Newfoundland.The word comes from Old English hnesce meaning feeble, weak, or infirm and is a cognate with the 16th century Dutch word nesch typically meaning damp or foolish. The Oxford English Dictionary notes that some etymologists have suggested a connection with Old High German nasc, meaning 'to eat dainty food or delicacies' (the origin of the word nosh), but it dismisses this connection as "unlikely".Nesh was added, in 2011, to the British Library 'wordbank', a project to preserve regional dialect words and phrases.

Richard Warner (antiquary)

Rev. Richard Warner (1763–1857) was an English clergyman and writer of a considerable number of topographical books based on his walks and his interest in antiquarianism.

William Richardson (martyr)

Blessed William Richardson (1572–1603) was a 16th-century Roman Catholic English martyr.

Richardson was born in the village of Wales, South Yorkshire. He studied for the Roman Catholic priesthood at seminaries in Valladolid and then Seville, both in Spain. He was ordained sometime between 1594 and 1600. William was then sent back to England, where he used the alias William Anderson. Soon after arriving in England, he was betrayed by a trusted person, arrested in London's Gray's Inn (an Inn of Court), and imprisoned. He was tried and convicted within a week and hanged, drawn, and quartered. His was the final martyrdom to take place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I as she was to die herself within a month.His feast day is celebrated February 17.

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