Burghwallis is a small village and civil parish in rural South Yorkshire, England. The village is situated amongst mixed farmland and woodland on a slight rise roughly six miles north north west of Doncaster, or one mile off the A1.
The village church is dedicated to St Helen. The village pub is the Burghwallis.
The village is now within the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. Historically, Burghwallis was an ecclesiastical parish in the wapentake of Osgoldcross. From 1894 until 1974, Burghwallis was located in Doncaster Rural District.
In contrast with most of the villages surrounding Doncaster, very little in the way of residential development took place in Burghwallis during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today the village is one of a handful in the area to have retained much of its original character and has a very peaceful small-scale rural feel.
No church is mentioned in Burghwallis' entry in the Domesday Book; however, the Grade II Listed St Helen's chapel is likely to have been either standing or under construction at the time. Several architectural features suggest it is of a pre-Conquest design, and it is held to have been built between 950 and 1100 AD. Parish records as far back as 1596 exist and are available from the Doncaster archives.
It was the home of Catholic Martyr John Anne, who lived in the Hall during the 16th century.
Closer to the present day, Jeremy Clarkson spent his childhood living here.
Burgh in general tends to mean town/township in Old Norse and Old German. The parish is referred to simply as "Burg" in the Domesday book, becoming Burghwallis in the early 13th century when Dionysia – one of seven surviving daughters of the local lord – was married into the Wallis family. The Wallis family line persisted among the local landowners through to the early 17th century by which time the name of the settlement was so far removed from that of the local aristocracy that the succeeding Anne family appear not to have thought to change it. The name literally means "village of the Wallis family".