The Church of St Peter is the town's Grade I listed parish church which is said to be the oldest building in South Yorkshire with origins dating back to the mid-8th century. Some features pre-dating Norman times are still evident, although there has been much remodelling of the church in the 12th, 14th and 15th centuries, restoration in the 19th century and the addition of a 20th century vestry.
The name Conisbrough means the King's borough and it is likely to have once been a place of significant importance in much of the area now known as South Yorkshire as the centre of an extensive royal estate. The Domesday Book of 1086 records the Lord of the Manor up to 1066 to be Earl Harold. That was the year of his near-eight-month reign as King Harold II which ended in his death at the Battle of Hastings after his dash from Yorkshire to Sussex.
While Conisbrough was an important centre before Norman times, its castle started to be developed soon after the conquest, when the estate was part of extensive lands handed to William de Warrenne, who had fought alongside conqueror William I at the Battle of Hastings.
The castle's unusual cylindrical stone keep was added in the 12th century and received a royal visit from King John in 1201. The castle gained fame, however, through fiction as the inspiration for the novel 'Ivanhoe', written in 1819 by Walter Scott (later Sir Walter Scott). For more about the castle see below.
Conisbrough's more recent history is as part of the coal mining area of South Yorkshire. A sculpture near to the town's library pays tribute to the men and boys who lost their lives at the collieries in the neighbouring villages of
Mining came to an end at the pit in the late 1980s. A bid to revitalise the site between Conisbrough and Cadeby in 1999 as an environmental education centre, called The Earth Centre, came to an end just five years later after it failed to attract sufficient visitors despite many millions of pounds injected into the scheme.
The town is near to the River Don.
Conisbrough has a castle.
Conisbrough has an old parish church.
Conisbrough has a choice of pubs.
The town has shops.
The town has Post Offices.
The town has pharmacies.
Conisbrough has a building society agency.
A choice of cafes can be found in Conisbrough.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, sandwiches.
The town has a library.
Conisbrough has a community hall.
Conisbrough has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Baptist.
Conisbrough stationManaged by: Northern
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Northern - Conisbrough Station and departure information at Northern website.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelConisbrough can be reached via the A630 A6023 B6094
Places to visit
Cusworth HallCusworth Lane, Doncaster
Situated two miles north of Doncaster, off the
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South Yorkshire Aircraft MuseumDakota Way, Airbourne Road
The museum has a collection of aircraft from the first air show to be held in Britain, held at Doncaster Racecourse in 1909, together with more modern preserved light aircraft and jets. It is located about a mile to the south east of the town centre. For opening times see the museum's website.
The castle is situated in the small town of Conisbrough, about five miles south-west of Doncaster. Its tall circular cylindrical keep has had its walls and roofs restored to create a feeling of how the castle would have been in the late 12th century when it was built. In 1201, the castle had a royal visit, when King John stayed there. The castle became famous through fiction as the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott's 'Ivanhoe'. The historic site is managed by English Heritage.
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Brodsworth Hall and GardensBrodsworth
The Victorian country house at Brodsworth, about 5 miles north-west of Doncaster, was built in 1860, surrounded by beautiful gardens. It remained largely unchanged through its lifetime and is now being conserved by English Heritage. Yorkshire bands perform at the hall most Sundays during the summer. A car park for the hall can be accessed from Church Lane, between the villages of Marr and Brodsworth.
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Yorkshire Wildlife ParkWarning Tongue Lane, Branton, Doncaster
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, about 4 miles south-east of Doncaster, was created at a former farm and riding school in 2009. It now houses some 400 animals of 70 different species, including polar bears, lions, tigers and leopards and a whole range of other animals native to Africa, South America and other parts of the world.
The Trolleybus Museum at SandtoftBelton Road, Sandtoft, North Lincolnshire
Although just outside the Yorkshire border at the former RAF Sandtoft airfield in North Lincolnshire, the museum is only a 12-mile drive from Doncaster. It lays claim to having the world's largest collection of preserved trolleybuses and includes many examples of trolleybuses used in Yorkshire, including those from the fleets of
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Doncaster is one of four metropolitan district authorities within the county of South Yorkshire.
It covers Doncaster and many other towns and villages within a radius of between 7 to 10 miles from centrally-placed Doncaster.
Unusually within Yorkshire, the district council is run by an executive-powered elected mayor, who is supported by a cabinet. The mayor chooses the cabinet from elected councillors.
The elected mayor system means that Doncaster Council has two elections to organise, one for the elected mayor and one for councillors. The mayor and all councillors are selected in elections every four years, the most recent election being in 2021.
The election of 55 councillors is done across 21 wards with two or three councillors elected in each ward. Eight councillors currently serve under the chairmanship of the mayor on the cabinet.
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Labour 40, Conservative 11, Independent 4
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