Fishlake is just over three-miles by road west of
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.
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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
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.
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.
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 travelThe village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
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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