Place:Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesDoncastersource: from redirect
Danumsource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) VI, 173; Romano-British Placenames [online] (1999) accessed 16 August 2004
Donecastresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 315
TypeBorough (county)
Coordinates53.517°N 1.133°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1835 - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
South Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoStrafforth and Tickhill Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Doncaster (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandunitary authority formed from Doncaster and surrounding area
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Doncaster is a town now in South Yorkshire, England. Together with its surrounding suburbs and settlements, the town forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, which had a population of 302,400 at the 2011 UK census. The town itself has a population of 127,851. Doncaster is about 20 miles (32 km) from Sheffield. A variety of industries encouraged the expansion of Doncaster over the 19th and 20th centuries including coal, glass-making, confectionery (particularly toffee), and railway and locomotive building.


Doncaster became a municipal borough in 1835 and a county borough in 1924.

Historically, Doncaster was an ancient parish in the Lower Division of Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake. The parishes surrounding Doncaster were not consider to be in the wapentake, but in the Soke of Doncaster. A "soke", like a "liberty", was a subordinate unit to a mother parish and was dependant on a secular or ecclesiastical governor. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time). The parishes in the Soke were:

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Doncaster. Includes a long history of its Roman and mediavel past.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Doncaster. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Doncaster provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Doncaster.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps for what is now South Yorkshire, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1888. The "Sanitary Districts (which preceded the rural districts) for the whole of the West Riding.
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding South 1900. The rural and urban districts, not long after their introduction. (the southern part of Bradford, the southern part of Leeds, the southern part of Tadcaster Rural District, the southern part of Selby, Goole Rural District, and all the divisions of Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield)
  • Ordnance Survey West Riding 1944. The urban and rural districts of the whole of the West Riding after the revisions of 1935.
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