Wombwell (locally /ˈwʊmwəl/) is a town near Barnsley, located in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. The town in the 2011 census was split between a ward called Wombwell,[1] as well as small parts that fell under two other wards called Darfield (specifically the area south of Pitt Street, including Broomhill)[2] and Stairfoot (specifically the area south of Aldham Crescent).[3] Added together, these list the town's population as roughly 15,316.

Historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name's origin may mean "Womba's Well", or "well in a hollow".

Wombwell railway station (formerly Wombwell West) serves the Penistone and Hallam lines. Until 1959 it had another station (Wombwell Central) on the Barnsley-Doncaster line that was closed when that line lost its passenger service. Wombwell was home to two collieries; Wombwell Main and Mitchells Main. Wombwell is close to the large shopping and leisure facilities of Cortonwood, and also has a number of local business from cafes to travel agents and high street chains like Wilko store on High Street.

Wombwell has one main cemetery, tended to by a voluntary group named the Friends of Wombwell Cemetery.[4] The cemetery houses two chapels that are Grade II listed buildings: one of which was transformed into an outdoor "Peace Garden" without a roof due to a fire before the group materialised; the other renovated into a "Community Hub".

Wombwell in 2005

High Street, Wombwell
Wombwell is located in South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
Population15,316 (2011)
OS grid referenceSE399028
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS73
Dialling code01226
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament


The parish church, St Mary's, located on Church Street, is a Grade II listed building.[5][6] The parish also contains the Anglican church of St George, St Michael and All Angels Roman Catholic church, Wombwell Pentecostal Church, a Salvation Army Hall and a Methodist Church.[7]


  • Netherwood Academy established in 2012 from a merger of Wombwell High School and Darfield Foulstone School
  • St Michael and All Angels Catholic Primary School, located on Stonyford Road, was established in 1903
  • Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre, established in 2007 from a merger of Kings Road Infant School and Oakfield Junior School
  • High View Primary Learning Centre, established in 2007 from a merger of Highfields Junior School and Wood View Infant School
  • Park Street Primary Learning Centre



The town has had a number of football teams -

Mark Jones, one of the eight Manchester United players who died in the Munich air disaster of 6 February 1958, is buried in Wombwell Cemetery, having been born in Wombwell in 1933.[8]

Other sports

Roy Kilner, Yorkshire CCC and England cricketer was born in Wombwell and is buried in Wombwell Cemetery.[9]

The South Yorkshire Sports Stadium on Station Road existed from 1928-1965 and hosted greyhound racing and speedway.[10][11]

The Wombwell Greyhound Stadium on Hough Lane existed from 1934-1972 and hosted greyhound racing. It had previously been a football ground.[12]

Earliest recorded scrying

William Byg (alias Lech) of Wombwell is credited with the first ever recorded case of scrying in modern Europe. This confession was recorded on 22 August 1467. He was said to have earned a living by finding stolen property with the help of his crystal ball for over a period of two years, and was eventually charged with heresy. Scholars have researched and examined, until modern times, Byg's description of his own scrying. His description matches many scrying examples and methods which occurred later, and his work is considered authentic by those who believe it is possible to find property by paranormal means.


Parts of Wombwell were affected by the 2007 floods in the UK. The River Dove breached its banks on Friday 15 June and then again on Monday 25 June. Many homes and businesses were flooded.[13]


  1. ^ http://ukcensusdata.com/wombwell-e05000995#sthash.5eSaR7F.dpbs
  2. ^ http://ukcensusdata.com/darfield-e05000978
  3. ^ http://ukcensusdata.com/stairfoot-e05000994#sthash.ysdzCqNt.dpbs
  4. ^ Friends of Wombwell Cemetery
  5. ^ "Church of St Mary - Wombwell - Barnsley - England - British Listed Buildings". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  6. ^ You, A Church Near. "St Mary, Wombwell". achurchnearyou.com. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Church in Wombwell". cylex-uk.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Mark Jones (1933 - 1958) - Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  9. ^ Wombwell Cemetery.
  10. ^ "OS County Series Yorkshire 1931". old-maps.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Wombwell Speedway". Defunct Speedway Tracks.
  12. ^ "OS Plan 1962". old-maps.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Barnsley reflects: 10 years since the floods". Retrieved 11 April 2019.

Other sources

  • Basterman, T. (1924), Crystal gazing: a study in the history, distribution, theory and practice of scrying, London: William Rider.

External links

George Raynor

George Sidney Raynor (13 January 1907 in Hoyland Common, Yorkshire – 24 November 1985) was an English professional footballer and one of the most successful international football managers ever. One of his greatest achievements was taking the Sweden national football team to a World Cup final, and he also managed them to an Olympic gold medal. Before 1966 FIFA World Cup, he was the only Englishman to put a national team into a Final of a World Cup.


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.

South Yorkshire Sports Stadium

South Yorkshire Sports Stadium was a greyhound racing and speedway stadium on Station Road in Wombwell, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire. It was one of two greyhound tracks in the town; the other was called the Wombwell Greyhound Stadium.

Wombwell Greyhound Stadium

Wombwell Greyhound Stadium was a greyhound racing and football stadium on Hough Lane in Wombwell, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire. It was one of two greyhound tracks in the town; the other was called the South Yorkshire Sports Stadium.

Wombwell Main F.C.

Wombwell Main Football Club is a football club based in Wombwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division and play at Hough Lane.

Wombwell Town F.C. (1940s)

Wombwell Town F.C. was an English football club located in Wombwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

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