Worsbrough

Worsbrough is an area about two miles south of Barnsley in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. Worsbrough is historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Worsbrough
Worsbrough - southern end of High Street

Worsbrough – southern end of High Street
Worsbrough is located in South Yorkshire
Worsbrough
Worsbrough
Location within South Yorkshire
Population9,516 
OS grid referenceSE3406
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBARNSLEY
Postcode districtS70
Dialling code01226
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
AmbulanceYorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament

Geography

Worsbrough includes Worsbrough Bridge, Worsbrough Common, Worsbrough Dale, Worsbrough Village and Ward Green. The River Dove flows east–west through Worsbrough and the reservoir before joining the River Dearne and the area is built on its valley. The A61 traverses this large valley, south of Barnsley, before passing through Birdwell to junction 36 of the M1. A railway line, the former Woodhead Line, passed along the valley as well, which is now the Trans-Pennine Trail. It joined the Huddersfield-Barnsley Line at Silkstone Common to the west and across to Wombwell, a mile to the east, where it met the former Doncaster – Barnsley Line, which also is part of the Trans-Pennine Trail.

The B6100 meets the A61 in the centre of Worsbrough, and meets the A635 to the east at Ardsley. At Worsbrough Bridge, is a Pegasus crossing for horses across the A61 for the Trans-Pennine Trail.

The entire area is covered by the Worsbrough ward of Barnsley council. It does not include Birdwell.

Landmarks

Worsbrough - footbridge over reservoir spillway
Worsbrough – footbridge over reservoir spillway

Notable landmarks of Worsbrough include Houndhill, Wigfield Farm, Worsbrough Mill and Worsbrough Reservoir, which are in Worsbrough Country Park. There is also a canal which was a branch off the Dearne and Dove Canal.

Worsbrough - The Olive Branch
Worsbrough – The Olive Branch

There are also several pubs in the Worsbrough area, most notably The Cutting Edge (demolished), The Red Lion Country Inn (previously The Olive Branch, The Button Mill Inn, and before that, The Red Lion), The Greyhound, The Boatman's Rest (known locally as the Pod), the Wharf (Now the Mogul Room Indian Restaurant), The Ship, The Darley, The Masons Arms (demolished), Ward Green WMC, the Dale Tavern and Swaithe Main WMC.

In 2007, a branch of Netto opened on the A61 Park Road, which was formerly a Kwik Save store before the company went into administration in July 2007. The store briefly became a Somerfield store until late 2007. The store was taken over by Asda with a grand opening on 15 August 2011.

History

Worsbrough dates back to the 7th century, and is listed within the wapentake of Staincross, West Riding of Yorkshire, in the Domesday Book of 1086:[1]

In Wircesburg Gerneber and Haldene had five carucates of land and a half to be taxed where there may be four ploughs. Gamel and Chetelber now have it of Ilbert, themselves two ploughs, and four bordars, and one mill pays two shillings. Wood pasture half a mile long and half a mile broad. Value in King Edward's time four pounds, now thirty shillings.

The name 'Worsbrough' means 'Weorc's fortified place'.[2] The village name was spelt Worsborough before the 19th century and through the 20th century.[3]

Coal mining was central to the productivity of the area for centuries. Seventy five miners who were killed in the 1849 Darley Main Colliery disaster[4] lay buried in the parish churchyard.

The Great Central Railway's Worsborough (or Worsbrough) Branch was a goods only branch running from West Silkstone Junction on the Penistone to Barnsley line to Wombwell Main Junction on the South Yorkshire Railway. Numerous coal mines were served along the route, but principally it was a bypass route to relieve congestion at Barnsley and there were no intermediate stations. The line was an engineering nightmare. There were two tunnels -- Silkstone No. 1, 289 yards and Silkstone No. 2, 74 yards -- and the grades were quite horrendous. The 7-mile Worsborough Bank included a 3-mile section at an average grade of 1 in 40. With the mining subsidence that took place over the years the grade was in places even worse, making this the steepest incline on a main line in Great Britain. The line opened to traffic on 2 August 1880. It was electrified as part of the Manchester to Sheffield and Wath electrification of the 1950s, but closed with the rest of that system in the 1981.[5]

Places of Worship

Worsbrough - St Thomas Church
St Thomas & St James' Church
St Mary's Worsbrough 23 June 2015 1
St Mary's Church

Church of England

The Worsbrough Dale (St Thomas) and Worsbrough Common (St Luke) parish churches are part of the same group. Worsbrough Common parish covers the western fringes of the village including Ward Green. Worsbrough Dale parish covers the majority of the population of Worsbrough north of the river including Swaithe. It stretches up Hunningley Lane (B6100) as far as Birk Avenue.

Worsbrough Village (St Mary) church, south of the river near Worsbrough Hall, is part of the same group as Elsecar, and the parish covers most of the sparsely-populated area of Worsbrough south of the river and includes Birdwell and most of the M1 between the river and junction 36.

St Thomas and St James' Church

On Bank End Road in Worsbrough Dale. The church was built in 1858 and consecrated in 1859. The Wentworth family of Wentworth Castle gave a donation of £2,000 and other people provided donations of smaller amounts or helped in other ways. The total cost of the church building was about £3,000.[6] Listed as Grade II by English Heritage.

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church is a Grade I listed building in Worsbrough Village.[7]

St Luke's Church

At Worsbrough Common.

Roman Catholic

Worsbrough - Roman Catholic Church
Our Lady & St James' RC Church

On West Street (B6100). Our Lady and St James Church. Built 1902 by T. H. and F. Healey of Bradford. Listed as Grade II by English Heritage.[8]

Community Church

Worsbrough - Community Church
Community Church

On High Street. The stonework on the east-facing frontage has the following inscriptions "AD 1903" (near the gable-end apex) and "Ebenezer Wesleyan Reform" (halfway down). There are also foundation stones (two either side of the doorway) inscribed with "EBENEZER CHAPEL 1854". This suggests that the chapel was built in 1854 and extended upwards in 1903.[9]

Education

The Barnsley Academy, before 2006 formerly the Elmhirst School, provides secondary education to the area. It moved to a new site on Farm Road. Primary schools include Worsbrough Common Primary School, Ward Green Primary School, The Mill Academy formally The Edmunds Primary, Worsbrough Bank End Primary School and Worsbrough St Mary's C of E Primary School. Worsbrough St Mary's C of E Primary School closed on 31 December 2007 as a consequence of falling pupil numbers.

Sport and recreation

Worsbrough Bridge Miners Welfare F.C. are based in Worsbrough, next to the River Dove and currently play in the Northern Counties East Football League. The Trans Pennine Trail runs through Worsbrough along the path of a disused railway line. Outdoor bowls can be played at High Street Bowling Club in Worsbrough Dale and Kendal Vale Bowling Club in Worsbrough Bridge. Adjacent to Worsbrough Bridge Miners Welfare F.C. and Kendal Vale Bowling Club is Worsbrough Bridge Cricket Club who compete in the South Yorkshire Cricket League. Worsbrough Bridge Cricket Club are based next to the River Dove and play in the South Yorkshire League. (Divisions 3+4)

Arts

The Worsbrough Mystery Plays are held at St Mary's Church. Worsbrough Brass are the local brass band.

References

  1. ^ Open Domesday Online: Worsborough, accessed 20 November 2018.
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 535.
  3. ^ Worsborough: Its Historical Associations and Rural Attractions. By Joseph Wilkinson, Farrington, 1879 - Yorkshire (England) - 453 pages; accessed 20 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Dreadful Explosion At The Darley Main Colliery, Near Barnsley". Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury. 3 February 1849. p. 3. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  5. ^ Great Central Railway - Worsborough Branch, by John Speller. Accessed 20 November 2018.
  6. ^ "St Thomas History" (PDF). Heritage Inspired Project. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  7. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST MARY (1315083)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Our Lady & St James Listing". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Community Church Dates". Waymarking.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.

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2012 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council election

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Dearne and Dove Canal

The Dearne and Dove Canal ran for almost ten miles through South Yorkshire, England from Swinton to Barnsley through nineteen locks, rising 127 feet (39 m). The canal also had two short branches, the Worsbrough branch and the Elsecar branch, both about two miles long with reservoirs at the head of each. The Elsecar branch also has another six locks. The only tunnel was bypassed by a cutting in 1840.The canal was created mainly to carry cargo from the extensive coal mining industry in the area. Other cargo included pig iron, glass, lime, oil products and general merchandise. A combination of railway competition and subsidence caused by the same mines it served forced the canal into a gradual decline, closing completely in 1961. As the local coal industry also collapsed in the 1980s the canal was thrown a lifeline with the forming of the Barnsley Canal Group who are now attempting to restore the whole canal, an effort further boosted by the abandonment of the railway which replaced it.

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The Diocese of Sheffield was created under George V on 23 January 1914, by the division from the Diocese of York (along with that part of the Diocese of Southwell in the city of Sheffield). It covers most of the County of South Yorkshire (except Barnsley), with a small part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, one parish in North Yorkshire and one in North Lincolnshire – an area of almost 576 square miles (1,490 km2). It is headed by the Bishop of Sheffield and its Cathedral is Sheffield Cathedral.

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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.

The Elmhirst School

The Elmhirst School was a comprehensive school on the B6100 (Ardsley Road) in Worsbrough Dale, south of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic F.C.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic Football Club is an English association football club based in Worsbrough, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, at level 10 of the English football league system.

Worsbrough Mill

Worsbrough Mill, also known as Worsbrough Corn Mill and Worsbrough Mill Farm is a complex of buildings including a Seventeenth Century water powered mill and a Nineteenth Century steam-powered mill in Worsbrough, Barnsley, England. The mill is open to the public and takes its water from the River Dove, but is hydraulically separate from Worsbrough Reservoir.

Note that "Worsbrough" refers to an area that includes today's Worsbrough Bridge, Worsbrough Dale, and Worsbrough Common.

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