Coordinates: 53°29′55″N 1°26′26″W / 53.498504°N 1.440571°W / 53.498504; -1.440571

Hoyland Village.jpg
The main road leading into Hoyland
Hoyland is located in South Yorkshire

 Hoyland shown within South Yorkshire
Population 15,497 
OS grid reference SE372003
Metropolitan borough Barnsley
Metropolitan county South Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BARNSLEY
Postcode district S74
Police South Yorkshire
Fire South Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Hoyland is a town near Barnsley in Northern England. The town developed from the hamlets of Upper Hoyland, Hoyland, and Hoyland Common.

The town has also been known as Nether Hoyland. That name was given to it when to prevent confusion with High Hoyland. When the urban district council was formed the name they used was Hoyland Nether Urban District Council. This was also applied to the area run by Hoyland UDC. However, most locals have always known it simply as Hoyland.

Hoyland is part of the metropolitan borough of Barnsley in the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire, but it lies within the historic boundaries of West Riding of Yorkshire. In 2001 it had a population of 15,497.[1]


Hoyland Nether Urban District Council

Hoyland Nether UDC was formed in 1894. Its jurisdiction covered Elsecar, Hoyland Common, Platts Common and Skiers Hall (until 1938, when boundary changes took place Alderthwaite and part of Harley) were administered by Hoyland. This land was exchanged with Rotherham RDC for some land in Brampton Bierlow, which included the site of Elsecar Main colliery) as well as Hoyland itself. It lasted until 1974 at which point it was merged into Barnsley MBC. The town hall is still standing and is used for offices and the local Jobcentre.

Recently, the town centre received funding for a makeover of its Central square, the out-dated wooden fixtures and concrete/brick flower beds were removed and replaced by white stone modern and metallic benches and foliage. This revival improved the look of the town along with a regenerated more secure market place hopefully bringing more money into this otherwise deprived community.

This revival has been helped by the opening of Hoyland's first Indian restaurant, Elachi, in Milton Road, a £450,000 investment by Sham Hussain who also owns the Spice of India restaurant, in Barnsley.

Hoyland is currently serviced by several schools. These are Greenfield, St Helens, Springwood and others in neighbouring communities such as jump and Hoyland common which is under going an expensive redevelopment costing several million.

It was also home to an ironworks known as Milton Forge. It was linked with the coal mines in Elsecar but both the mines and forge have been closed for many years. There is now little evidence that it ever existed except clues nearby place names. The nearby roads are Millhouses street, Millmount road, Milton road and there is a pub nearby called the Furnace. Also the site now has a large playing field locally known as the Forge. It has a skate part, playing area, 2 full size football fields and 5-a-side football court.

The town is home to an 18th century folly called Lowe Stand, more often referred to in documents as Law Stand, built as a lookout and hunting lodge shortly before his death by the first Marquess of Rockingham, at the highest point in the area some 593 ft above sea level. On the sloping ground below this folly is Upper Hoyland Hall, the former home of a notable family of yeoman farmers, the Townends, who owned extensive land in Hoyland.

Among Hoyland's remaining notable older residences and former residences are Hoyland Hall, a late Georgian property, situated in a small park off Market Street and onetime home to William Vizard, first owner of Hoyland Silkstone Colliery, who was also attorney to Queen Caroline at her celebrated trial in the House of Lords. Also in or off Market Street are Kirk House, Kirk Cottage, Bark House, Thistle House and Riversdale. Netherfield House is situated near the town centre and Hoyland's oldest known surviving residence and at one time the home of a Townend, being in recent years used as a dentist's, is situated in West Street (formerly Finkle Street). Many of Hoyland's fine Georgian properties, consisting of cottages, shops and chapels were demolished in the 1960s and 1970s. Hoyland, however, has been singled out as the subject of a planned renaissance and much building is scheduled to take place during the decade to come.


  • Greenfields Primary School,
  • Hoyland Common Primary School,
  • Hoyland Springwood Primary School,
  • Hoyland West Meadows Primary School,
  • Kirk Balk Community College,
  • St Helen's Catholic Primary School, founded in 1897,

Notable people

  • Tommy Boyle (1886–1940), footballer, born in Platts Common. Tommy's death in World War Two led to him being buried in an unmarked grave in Hoyland Cemetery. In 2010, his grave has been located and a granite headstone erected.
  • Rod Clarke, engineer and writer, educated at Hoyland Common Junior School, Ecclesfield Grammar School, Sowerby Bridge Grammar School and City University. His great-great-great-great-grandfather, James Burtoft, first came to Hoyland Common from Lincolnshire in about 1745 and the family lived at Law Foot for over 200 years.
  • Barry Hines, writer, born and raised in the town
  • Geoffrey Howse, actor, author and local historian, was brought up in Elsecar and Hoyland. He has written three books about the Hoyland area and several others about South Yorkshire, including some True Crime titles. Geoffrey has over twenty published books to his credit. Although he is mainly resident in London he spends some of each year in Hoyland, researching and writing.
  • Brian Wildsmith, artist specialising in illustrating children's books, born and brought up in Hoyland Common and educated at St.Helen's Catholic School, Hoyland
  • Harry Worth, Comedian was born (1917) and brought up in Fitzwilliam St.

See also


  • Geoffrey Howse Around Hoyland Sutton Publishing (1999) ISBN 0-7509-2268-0
  • Geoffrey Howse Around Hoyland A Second Selection (2000) ISBN 0-7509-2726-7
  • Geoffrey Howse Around Hoyland People & Places Sutton Publishing (2002) ISBN 0-7509-3148-5
  • Sheila Margaret Ottley WHILE MARTHA TOLD THE HOURS Bridge Publications (1988)
  • Arthur K Clayton,BEM Hoyland Nether (unpublished but available bound for reference purposes in local libraries) authoritative and accurate.

External links

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