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The town of Wombwell is in South Yorkshire, England's Barnsley Metropolitan Borough. A small portion of the town's data for the 2011 Census fell into the wards of Darfield and Stairfoot, as well as the Wombwell ward.

What is the Population of Wombwell?
Wombwell has 11,477 residents, accounting for 5% of Barnsley's total population. Residents of working age account for 63.7% of the population, which is more than 1% higher than the national average but slightly lower than the borough average of 64.1%. 17% of the population is of pensionable age, which is comparable to both the national and borough averages.

Wombwell Location
Wombwell is located 14 min (5.4 miles) from Barnsley via A633
Wombwell to Meadowhall is  located 17 min (10.6 miles) via M1
Wombwell to Manchester Airport 1 hr 3 min (44.9 miles) via A628
Wombwell to Leeds 42 min (30.4 miles) via M1
Wombwell to Leeds Bradford Airport 59 min (37.5 miles) via M1
Wombwell to Manchester City Centre 1 hr 8 min (39.2 miles) via A628
Wombwell to Sheffield City Centre 31 min (14.4 miles) via A61

Brief History of Wombwell
In the past, it may have been known as "Womba's Well" in the West Riding of Yorkshire, which means "well in a hollow."

Before the opening of the railways brought new industries, it was a prosperous rural community. By 1686, Wombwell was the location of a significant coaching inn on the route from Halifax to London, with 24 guest beds and stabling for 20 horses.

Mesolithic and Neolithic find locations as well as the potential 'henge' in Wombwell Wood point to prehistoric activity in the Wombwell area. Aerial photographs of the Wombwell area show cropmarks of several Iron Age and Romano-British field systems and settlements.

Evidence from place names suggests early mediaeval activity in the region. Wombwell, which was listed as "Wanbella" in the 1086 Domesday survey, may have gotten its name from the Old English word "wamb," which means a hollow and refers to the well in the hollow (Smith 1961).

Ilbert de Laci, the lord of Pontefract, received Wombwell after the Norman Conquest. While Wombwell's 13th-century manorial mill was still in use in the 18th century, St. Mary's Chapel was still standing in the mediaeval era.

The South Yorkshire Railway arrived in Wombwell in 1851, and industrial development began with the establishment of Wombwell Main Colliery in 1855. Mitchell's Main Colliery opened in 1883, and coal mining dominated the area until Wombwell Main closed in 1969.

Wombwell Main Colliery ceased operating in 1969, well over a century after the first shaft was sunk. At its height, 260,000 tonnes of coal were extracted annually and nearly 1,500 people were employed, mostly working below ground, with just a few surface workers.

Mitchells Main Colliery Barnsley because of the thick coal being won. The South Yorkshire coalfield was said to be one of the best in the United Kingdom. Barnsley Chronicle Sat 18th Sept 1874

For what is Wombwell well-known?
Besides the collieries of the past Wombwell is close to Cortonwood's large shopping and leisure facilities, and it also has a High Street with several local businesses, ranging from cafes to travel agencies to high-street chains like Wilko.

Wombwell Cuisine & Restaurants 

According to TripAdvisor the following establishments came in first and second place respectively they were.

1)      Elephant & Castle at Tingle Bridge Lane, Hemingfield, Barnsley S73 0NT England.
Tel: +44 1226 755986. Local cuisine, British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

2)      Locky's Bar - Simply the Best at 7 Park Street, Wombwell, Barnsley S73 0AS England
Tel: +44 1226 755963. CUISINES Bar, British, Pub. SPECIAL DIETS- Vegetarian Friendly

Out & About Around Wombwell, Barnsley

RSBP Dearne Valley Old Moor
If you're looking for somewhere idyllic and serene to unwind from the stresses of daily life, look no further than the RSBP Dearne Valley Old Moor. If you're looking for kid-friendly activities, then we are sure everyone can find something to enjoy at this lovely nature reserve, which features a fantastic visitor centre and cafe, lovely places to stroll and unwind, exciting events, and a fantastic playground area for the children. Get yourselves down for a fantastic day out!

Wombwell Woods
Discover a magical atmosphere as you stroll through Wombwell Wood's a very old forest with traces that go back at least to the Doomsday Book. The wood offers the ideal setting for your next outdoor adventure or even a stroll with your dog with its winding paths through the woodland, stunning views, and open spaces.

The ancient woodland, a haven for birdwatchers, is also a perfect place for other types of wildlife, such as skylarks, meadow pipits, woodpeckers, and kestrels. Bluebells are frequently seen among the trees in the spring, which is a real treat in the woodland.

Shopping in Wombwell
According to there are 459 Stores in Wombwell and around areas on their database.

Cortonwood Retail Park

The National Coal Board announced in March 1984 that the mine would be closing due to the large stocks of coking coal it produced and the sharp decline in coking coal prices.

The long-running UK miners' strike was started because of a series of closures, with the proposed closure of Cortonwood serving as the "final straw" (1984–1985).  The colliery was officially shut down on October 25, 1985, and all the buildings and stocks were removed by the end of 1986.

The location has now been transformed into a shopping and entertainment district.

Numerous factories and office buildings, along with well-known stores like B&Q, Matalan, Next, Boots, Morrisons, McDonald's, Argos, Pizza Hut, Asda Living, Sports Direct, SCS, Halfords, Smyths Toys, Pets at Home, and TK Maxx, are present.

The park's expansion project started in May 2016. Retailers like River Island, H&M, New Look, Outfit, Poundland, JD Sports, M&S, Wilko, and Frankie and Benny's were anticipated to open a shop as a result of the expansion, which was also anticipated to bring 300 new jobs to the region. The retail park can be reached by way of the Dearne Valley Parkway (A6195 road).

Wombwell to Cortonwood 6 min (2.2 miles) via Dearne Valley Pkwy/A6195 and Hough Ln/B6096

Schooling in Barnsley Metropolitan Borough

There are currently 55 individual nursery units located in Barnsley. Children aged three to four years old are the target audience for these. They are part of the elementary school system.

Primary schools, which number 77 in total, offer instruction to students in the ages range of five to eleven years old. There are 38 academies on this list.

Education is offered at nine different advanced learning centres to young people between the ages of 11 and 18. These include four different types of academies.

Holy Trinity, Chapters 3 through 16 The Catholic and Church of England (VA) School is a school that serves students of varying ages. It accepts children ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old.

A sixth form is offered by Penistone Grammar ALC on its own. (11 to 18).

Children aged 3 to 19 years old can receive an education at one of three alternative academies and two special school academies. Those who have significant and complex special educational needs are eligible to receive financial assistance for their education through this programme.

Below, you will find complete information regarding each of our schools and academies.

Please make sure to get in touch with the school if you need any additional information about any of them. You are also welcome to get in touch with our Admissions Team. 

Please refer to our school terms and holidays page if you require any additional information regarding upcoming school holidays.

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Education in Wombwell, Barnsley
The Top Primary Schools in and near Wombwell

These are the top ten primary schools in and around Wombwell, ranked by Key Stage 2 results.

To compare all primary schools in Wombwell in greater depth, use the user-friendly schools' map, which includes parent reviews, catchment areas, exam results, league tables, and much more here

Netherwood Academy. Their facilities are modern and extensive, they have worked hard to ensure curriculum areas and extra-curricular activities are well-resourced and accessible to all. They have dedicated, state-of-the-art spaces for indoor and outdoor Physical Education, as well as the Visual and Performing Arts, including Music, Drama and Dance.  Children are at the centre of everything they do in their academy, which is a cheerful and energetic community. We hope you find the information helpful. To check the latest Ofsted report on the school Look here.

Netherwood Academy - Academy, Comprehensive School
Dove Valley Way
Barnsley S73 8FE
Phone: 01226 272000
Principal: Jonathan Mitchell
Founded: September 2012
Number of students: 1,186

Surgeries in Wombwell
There are two health care surgeries that serve Wombwell and its surrounding areas, namely…

Wombwell Medical Centre
5 George Street
Barnsley S73 0DD
Tel: 01226 752470

Chapelfield Medical Centre
Mayflower Way
Barnsley S73 0AJ
Tel: 01226 752361

Chemists in Wombwell
Are you looking for health advice? Or are you feeling a little sick? Below, we have listed the pharmacies in Wombwell that we know of. They are…

Rowlands Pharmacy
5 George St
Barnsley S73 0DD
Tel: 01226 753355

Akram Chemists
22 High St
Barnsley S73 0AA
Tel: 01226 752253

Property Prices in Wombwell
According to Rightmove. The average cost of property in Wombwell over the previous 12 months was £159,566. Semi-detached homes sold for an average of £146,477 during the past year in Wombwell, making up most sales. Terraced homes averaged £121,005 in sales, while detached homes brought in an average of £272,809.

Properties For Sale in Wombwell, Barnsley
Wombwell's home prices are marginally lower than the South Yorkshire average and marginally lower than home prices in other English cities with comparable densities.

When comparing the annual change in property prices in Wombwell to the South Yorkshire region as a whole, prices have risen a little bit more slowly.


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