South Yorkshire

Fishlake is a village in the Doncaster metropolitan district of South Yorkshire.

Fishlake is just over three-miles by road west of Thorne, about 8 miles north-east of Doncaster and around 15 miles south of Selby. The village is some 27 miles north-east of Sheffield.

The flooded landscape from the River Don to the distant Fishlake church in November 2019 The village is situated alongside flood embankments of the River Don with some parts of the village barely one metre above sea level.

Over the centuries the village has had a history of severe floods. The village was one of the worst hit areas when in November 2019 the swollen river after heavy rain breached the flood defences and left homes flooded for more than a week.
More about the River Don floods of November 2019.

The village is close to the point where the course of the River Don was diverted in the 17th century. Before then the River Don flowed eastwards into the River Trent, but in the 1620s the river was diverted into an old dike as part of a scheme devised by Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden to drain marshland. This took the river northwards from Fishlake into the River Aire and, a few years later, after the cutting of a new channel known as Dutch River, more directly into the River Ouse at what is now the port of Goole.

At the time of the Domesday Book census of 1086, Fishlake was already a village of considerable size, with 24 households.

The Grade I listed St Cuthbert Church includes parts dating from the late 12th century, including its arched south door. Most of the church, however, is the result of 14th and 15th century rebuilding.

The Hare and Hounds, Fishlake Fishlake Village Hall Until recently Fishlake had two pubs, The Hare and Hounds, at the corner of Church Street and Church Lane, and The Old Anchor Inn, in Main Street. However, the owners of the latter pub wound up their business early in 2019.

A post office is another facility lost in the village, while an old butcher's shop is now a cafe-bistro. The Village Hall, in Pinfold Lane, continues to provide a hub for the local community.

Fishlake History Society has an interesting online record covering the history of the village in detail.
See the  Fishlake History Society website.

 Village features

The village is on the River Don
Fishlake has a pub.
The village has a cafe.
Fishlake has a village hall.
Place of worship: Anglican.


Bus travel

The village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.

Places to visit

Cusworth Hall

Cusworth Lane, Doncaster
Situated two miles north of Doncaster, off the A638 Doncaster to Wakefield Road, this grade I listed building, built in the early 1740s, can be explored together with its impressive parkland with lakes. Features of the house and gardens have been restored to various periods of its life and include ceiling paintings in an Italianate chapel, an Edwardian rose garden and 'below-stairs' features such as its great kitchen, bake house and laundry. The Hall is managed by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council with the support of The Friends of Cusworth Park.
More information at these  Doncaster Council - Cusworth Hall web pages.

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

Dakota 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.
Details at  South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum website.

Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough, South Yorkshire
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.

Find out more at the  English Heritage - Conisbrough Castle web pages.
Find on map:  Conisbrough Castle

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

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.
More information at the  English Heritage - Brodsworth Hall website.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Warning 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.
Find  Yorkshire Wildlife Park on map.

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft

Belton 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 Bradford, Huddersfield, Rotherham, and Doncaster, which have been beautifully restored by volunteers. The museum, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, has a calendar of themed open days on weekends and bank holidays between April and November. The museum also organises trolleybus driver experience days. Details are on the museum's website.
More information at  The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft website.

Emergency services

South Yorkshire Police  South Yorkshire Police website.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue  South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government

Metropolitan district council

Doncaster Council

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.

Link to  Doncaster council website.

Doncaster is the responsibility of a elected mayor (2021 result):

Elected mayor - Ros Jones
The political composition of the councillors after the May 2021 election is:
Labour 40, Conservative 11, Independent 4
- 55 members

County strategic authority

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority
Covers South Yorkshire. A mayoral election for this authority was held in May 2018.
 Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
 South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner website.

Fire Authority

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four metropolitan district councils of South Yorkshire - Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
 South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority web pages.

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

South Yorkshire


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