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Beighton
Beighton
Shown within Sheffield
District: Sheffield
UK Parliament constituency: Sheffield Attercliffe
Ceremonial county: South Yorkshire
Region: Yorkshire and the Humber
Population (2001): 17,800
Councillors
Helen Mirfin-Boukouris (Labour Party)
Christopher Rosling-Josephs (Labour Party)
Ian Saunders (Labour Party)


Beighton ward—which includes the districts of Beighton, Hackenthorpe, Owlthorpe, and Sothall—is one of the 28 electoral wards in City of Sheffield, England. It is located in the eastern part of the city, on the border with Rotherham and covers an area of 5.7 km2. The population of this ward in 2001 was 17,800 people in 7,200 households. The districts of this ward were in the historic county boundaries of Derbyshire[1], but they have now been annexed into the metropolitan borough of Sheffield, thus placing them in the ceremonial county of South Yorkshire.

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[edit] Districts of Beighton ward

[edit] Beighton

Beighton (grid reference SK440835) is now a suburb of Sheffield after much expansion from a village in the last 100 years. The village was mentioned three times in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Bectun[2]—the name meaning a farmstead beside a stream (or beck). Some remnants of the old village have survived including the church of Saint Mary the Virgin, which was built in the 12th century.

Being primarily a coal mining area, many of the houses erected in the first part of the 20th century were by the Coal Board. Later expansion in the last 30 years has been in private housing.

The Rother Valley Country Park is just outside the eastern edge of the village and is a local centre for water sports. A number of artificial lakes have been created for this purpose.

Beighton railway station was on the Great Central Main Line.

[edit] Sothall

grid reference SK440825

[edit] Owlthorpe

grid reference SK418825

Owlthorpe[3] is a mainly residential area with the area's of Hackenthorpe, Birley and Waterthorpe. It is served by the Sheffield Supertram at its Donetsk Way tram stop. It is classed as a generally well to do area with little crime and delinquency. Its desirability as a residential area is boosted by its proximity to commerce centres such as Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and Drake House Retail Park. It was mostly rural until the late 1980s when major development was planned and followed through for the area.

[edit] Hackenthorpe

grid reference SK408838

Historical township of Sheffield. Noted for its Steelmaking and the famous Hackenthorpe sword. Once a part of Derbyshire.

[edit] References

  1. , Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.744-753
  2. , Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.1313
  3. , Owlsthorpe is spelt Dwestorp in Domesday where is it briefly mentioned in a list of manors belonging, in Yorkshire, to the Bishop of Durham

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