Doncaster Rural District

Doncaster Rural District
Status Rural district
1901 area 90,373 acres (366 km2)[1]
1931 area 77,865 acres (315 km2)[2]
1961 area 75,094 acres (304 km2)[3]
HQ Netherhall, Doncaster
Created 1894
Abolished 1974
Succeeded by Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster
1901 population 27,756[1]
1931 population 49,047[2]
1961 population 66,251[3]

Doncaster was a rural district in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England from 1894 to 1974.

The rural district was created by the Local Government Act 1894 as successor to the Doncaster Rural Sanitary District. It consisted of an area surrounding, but not including, the town of Doncaster. Doncaster itself formed a separate municipal borough (form 1927 a county borough).[4] The district underwent a number of boundary changes over its existence due to the expansion of Doncaster and the growth of a number of other towns.[4]

Doncaster Rural District Council were granted armorial bearings on 30 October 1947.

Civil parishes

Over its existence the rural district consisted of the following civil parishes:

Parish Notes
Adwick le Street Constituted an urban district in 1915[4]
Adwick upon Dearne
Auckley Partly in Nottinghamshire until 1895[4]
Balby with Hexthorpe Constituted an urban district in 1895[4]
Barnbrough Renamed Barnburgh in 1951[4]
Barnby upon Don Merged with Kirk Sandall parish 1921[4]
Barnby Dun with Kirk Sandall Formed 1921 from union of parishes of Barnby upon Don and Kirk Sandall.
The area of Edenthorpe was

constituted a separate parish in 1956.[4]

Bentley with Arksey Constituted an urban district in 1911[4]
Bilham Absorbed by Hootton Pagnell parish in 1920[4]
Bolton upon Dearne Constituted an urban district in 1899[4]
Carr House and Elm Field Absorbed by Doncaster MB in 1914[4]
Clayton with Frickley
Conisbrough Majority of parish constituted an urban district in 1921, remainder became new parish of Conisbrough Parks[4]
Conisbrough Parks Formed 1921 form the part of Conisbrough parish not created an urban district[4]
Edenthorpe Created 1956 from part of Barnby Dun with Kirk Sandall parish
Hooton Pagnell Absorbed Stotfold and Bilham parishes in 1920[4]
Kirk Bramwith
Kirk Sandall Merged with Barnby upon Don parish to form Barnby Dun with Kirk Sandall in 1921[4]
Norton Absorbed Sutton parish in 1938[4]
Skellow Formed part of newly constituted Adwick le Street Urban District in 1915[4]
Stotfold Absorbed by Hootton Pagnell parish in 1920[4]
Sutton Absorbed by Norton parish in 1938[4]
Thorpe in Balne
Thurnscoe Constituted an urban district in 1908[4]
Tickhill Outer Absorbed by Tickhill Urban District in 1895
Wheatley Constituted an urban district in 1900[4]


On 1 April 1974 the Local Government Act 1972 came into effect, reorganising administrative areas throughout England and Wales. The rural district was abolished, and its area merged with the County Borough of Doncaster and a number of other districts to from the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, part of the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Table 10. Rural districts in the administrative East, North, and West Ridings. Area; houses 1901, and population 1891 and 1901". Census 1901. Online Historical Population Reports. p. 59. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "3. Population, acreage, private families and dwellings (A.C., C.B.s, M.B.s, U.D.s, R. D.s, wards of C.B.s, M.B.s and U.D.s, and civil parishes)". Census of England and Wales: County of Yorkshire: West Riding and York CB (Part I), 1931. Online Historical Population Reports. p. 16. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Table 3: Acreage, Population, Private Households and Dwellings for LAA, Wards, CP in RD, Con, NT". 1961 Census of England and Wales, County Report. Vision of Britain. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1991). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.2: Northern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 790. ISBN 0861931270. 
  5. ^ Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. p. 20. ISBN 0117508470. 

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