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Dinnington, South Yorkshire

Dinnington is a town in South Yorkshire, England. It is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, as a border town, it is almost equidistant from Sheffield to Rotherham, and about 5 miles (8 km) from Worksop.

Dinnington
Dinnington is located in South Yorkshire
Dinnington
Dinnington
Dinnington shown within South Yorkshire
Population 9,077 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SK5386
• London 135 mi (217 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Dinnington St John's
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHEFFIELD
Postcode district S25
Dialling code 01909
Police South Yorkshire
Fire South Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Yorkshire
53°22′00″N 1°12′00″W / 53.3667°N 1.200°W / 53.3667; -1.200Coordinates: 53°22′00″N 1°12′00″W / 53.3667°N 1.200°W / 53.3667; -1.200

Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Dinnington is the principal settlement in the civil parish of Dinnington St John's, which also includes the small satellite hamlets of Throapham and St John's. The Dinnington St John's parish is the most populous constituent of the St John's ward, which also includes the parishes of Laughton-en-le-Morthen, Firbeck, Letwell and Gildingwells. In 2001 this ward had a population of 11,476, with Dinnington St John's itself making up 9,161 of that figure.[2] The population of the ward at the 2011 Census had increased to 12,517.[3] Dinnington is about 330 feet (101 m) above sea level.

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HistoryEdit

Excavations show Dinnington to have been inhabited since at least Neolithic times, and it has been suggested that the settlement takes its name from a local barrow, though a more traditional interpretation of "Dinnington" would be "Dunn's Farmstead", or "Town of Dunn's People".

Dinnington was originally a small, isolated farming community, based around the New Road area of the town. Quarrying in the area helped expand the population, but it was the sinking of the Dinnington Main Colliery in 1905 that led to the real growth of the settlement. The census of 1911 shows a twenty-fold increase in population since 1901, from 250 to 5,000.[4]

The coal miners initially lived in a prefabricated shanty town in Laughton Common, colloquially known as tin town but later moved into colliery-built terrace houses around the central shopping area of Laughton Road.

Dinnington was an ancient parish which became a civil parish in 1866. In 1954 the civil parish was abolished and merged with the civil parish of St Johns with Throapham, to form the civil parish of Dinnington St John's.[5]

Dinnington continued to expand throughout the 20th century, largely through the growth of commuter living that followed the Second World War. As the housing estates spread, Dinnington began to merge seamlessly into the neighbouring settlements of Throapham and North Anston. The result is a 2.2 miles (3.5 km) strip of urban development that mainly acts as a commuter base for Sheffield, Rotherham and Worksop, although with the closure of coal mines and steel mills, the area has seen a rapid decline in the late 1980s and early 1990s and despite steady growth, still boasted the highest level of unemployment in the UK in 2001.[6]

Dinnington Colliery was closed in 1992. This damaged the local community, and had a large negative impact on the local economy with initial job losses and knock-on effect closures to local business.

In 1995, Dinnington was featured in an episode of the BBC1 TV documentary series Everyman, entitled Simon's Cross. The programme described the life of Dinnington parish priest, the Rev Simon Bailey,[7] detailing his life, work and reflections while living with AIDS, and the way members of the parish of Dinnington came to terms with it and supported him. Scarlet Ribbons: A Priest with AIDS, an account of his story, was written by Simon Bailey's sister, Rosemary Bailey and published by Serpent's Tail in 1997. In 2003 Dinnington was declared a town as part of an attempt to attract more investment and improve the local economy.

 
Dinnington, in the fog.

Controversy arose in the village over plans to redevelop the Miners' Welfare. The Welfare buildings and sports fields were provided originally for the miners at the local colliery by CISWO in 1926. The property had been leased to Rotherham Borough Council and was used for Safe@Start programmes up until 2007. It has remained empty since that date and has been subject to vandalism and lack of repairs. Controversy over development resulted in the formation of a local residents' group opposing the development plans and asking for the regeneration of the site as an amenity for local people.[8]


Dinnington had a population of 9,077 in the 2011 census, which makes it slightly larger than Wath-upon-Dearne. Here are the three areas known as Dinnington:

  • Dinnington Civil Parish (town proper) population 9,077
  • Dinnington Ward population 12,517
  • Built up area (contains Dinnington, Anston and Throapham) population 20,152

CommunityEdit

Dinnington's two further education establishments are Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and the sixth form at Dinnington High School.

Dinnington's high street and main shopping areas include Tesco, Superdrug, Poundstretcher, Dominos pizza and Aldi stores, as well as traditional family owned butchers, greengrocers, and small traders, including several take-aways.

Manor Motorsport, known in Formula One as Virgin Racing from 2010 to 2011, Marussia F1 from 2012 to 2014 and currently known as Manor Marussia F1 are based in the town.

The town's only football club Dinnington Town F.C. play at Phoenix Park, situated at the Dinnington Resource Centre.

Blastrac UK, the road surface specialists, are based in the town.

EDLounge Ltd, an e-learning and adult qualifications company was created in and is based in Dinnington.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. 
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Rotherham Retrieved 28 August 2009
  3. ^ "Rotherham MBC Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Dinnington CP/AP through time - Population Statistics - Total Population". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. 
  5. ^ "Dinnington CP/AP through time - Census tables with data for the Parish-level Unit". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. 
  6. ^ "Unemployment: UK National Statistics Publication Hub". Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Simon's Cross". 15 January 1995 – via IMDb. 
  8. ^ "Dinnington welfare means so much to so many". Dinnington Today. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Creative, Prototype. "EDLounge - A unique whole school management and learning solution". www.edlounge.com. 

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