Skellow

Skellow

infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 53.58
longitude= -1.19
official_name= Skellow
population = 4,103
metropolitan_borough= Doncaster
metropolitan_county= South Yorkshire
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
constituency_westminster= Doncaster North
post_town= DONCASTER
postcode_district = DN6
postcode_area= DN
dial_code= 01302
os_grid_reference= SE522102

Skellow is a village in South Yorkshire in the borough of Doncaster. The village is roughly six miles north north west of Doncaster. To the north and south is mixed farmland, the A1 runs immediately along the western edge of the village, and to the east Skellow merges with the adjacent village of Carcroft along the B1220.

Geography

The village derives its name from the River Skell which flows from the nearby village of Skelbrooke, through the locally named 'Five Lanes End' area of Skellow where it joins the Ea Beck stream, a tributary of the River Don, of which it joins near the former Thorpe Marsh Power Station at Barnby Dun. The village lies on the north side of the east-west Ea Beck valley. To the north-east with access from the village is Burghwallis.

Skellow is well served for open public spaces, with a range of small and medium sized parks scattered through both the modern housing estates to the west and the older former council estates which border Carcroft. Today most of the western half of Skellow is occupied by a patchwork of late 20th century housing estates.

History

During the English Civil War, Cromwell placed a cannon battery at the village to protect the Great North Road. The mounds for the cannon still remain and the surrounding area of cottages and 15th century innFact|date=June 2008 (now known as 'The Bridge House') remain to this day.

On the east bank of the Skell lies old Skellow, a cluster of older houses facing Skellow Hall. The hall was originally built in 1642 and is now in use as a residential care home for the elderly [http://www.skellowhallresidentialhome.webs.com/ Skellow Hall Residential Home]

Godfrey Higgins was the son of the owner of much of the land, known as Skellow Grange, of what is now Skellow village.

Coal mining

Further east is a sizeable former council housing estate which is in a generally good state of repair, and a good example of the coal mining related social housing developments typical of South Yorkshire in the early to mid-20th century. This area is the heart of the village, containing most of the local amenities including various shops and the local primary school. Several local clubs exist on the sites of former Working Men's Clubs, and the area has an active local nightlife including live music events.

Coal mining in the area ceased in the 1980s but some remnants from the industry are visible in the area, including winding wheel relics at Bullcroft. Demographic evidence of the former mining community is also evident in both higher than average levels of unemployment, and a strong sense of community with residents knowing their neighbours and those that live around them.

References

External links

* [http://www.skellowgrange.com Skellow Grange WMC]
* [http://burghwallis.com/village/articles/higgins.htm Family tree of Godfrey Higgins]
* [http://www.doncasterhealth.co.uk/phiu/communities/graph/profiles/files/Skellow.pdf Health statistics for Skellow]


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