Finningley is a village and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of Nottinghamshire, Finningley lies along the A614 road, about six miles from the centre of Doncaster, at 53°29′N 0°59′W, according to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,442, increasing slightly to 1,497 at the 2011 Census. The parish church of Holy Trinity is Norman, with a 13th-century chancel, the place name Finningley contains the Old English word, fenn, a fen, a marsh, marshland + -ingas, the people of. + lēah, a glade, clearing, a pasture, meadow. so Clearing of the fen-dwellers, Finningley is known for its airport, formerly RAF Finningley. The station housed a V force of Vulcan bombers during the Cold War, the end of the Cold War led to the airfield being closed in April 1996, with the air show dying with it. Plans for the conversion were finally approved in 2003, with the first flights in April 2005 and it is anticipated that the airport, renamed Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, will reach maximum capacity by 2014.
Planning permission for a new station to serve it was recently granted - the former station serving it. Leon Motors, a bus company located in Finningley, operates buses in Doncaster, formed in 1922, it was taken over by MASS of North Anston during 2004. Finningley is home to a famous Motocross venue called Doncaster Moto Parc which attracts riders from all over the country, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Finningley Village Community Group Finningley Parish Council
Hatfield, South Yorkshire
Hatfield is a town and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 16,184, increasing to 17,326 at the 2011 Census and it is located within the historic boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire on the border of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and is bisected by the M18 motorway. Junctions 4 and 5 of the M18, and Junction 1 of the M180 motorway are all within the parish, Hatfield forms part of the parliamentary constituency of Don Valley. Hatfield near Doncaster is an ancient settlement and a Palace of the Northumbrian Kingdom called Meicen, on 12 October 633 AD, King Edwin was killed in battle at Hatfield near Doncaster by Penda, King of Mercia. Penda was assisted in the battle by the Welsh under the leadership of Cadwallon ap Cadfan, osric, a possible successor to Edwin, was killed in the battle. Edwin’s son Edfrith surrendered to Penda and it is thought that this battle gave rise to the name of Slay Pit Lane in Hatfield where it is rumoured that the battle took place and the bodies of soldiers lay close by.
Hatfield contains the villages, Dunscroft lies on the A18 road. It is located at approximately 53°34′10″N 1°1′0″W, at an elevation of five metres above sea level. There is the Sheep Dip Lane primary school, the church is dedicated to St Edwin. The village was enhanced in June 2005 by the addition of a pharmacy, dunsville lies on the A18 road, about five miles from the centre of Doncaster. It is located at approximately 53°33′40″N 1°1′30″W, at an elevation of five metres above sea level. Hatfield lies on the A18 road, about seven miles from the centre of Doncaster and it is located at approximately 53°34′40″N 1°0′0″W, at an elevation of around five metres above sea level. It is served by the Hatfield and Stainforth railway station in Stainforth, the Domesday Survey of 1086 mentions a church at Hatfield but nothing of that building remains to be seen. The present imposing church of St. Lawrence was probably begun in the twelfth century. The south and west doors are Norman and so is the part of the outer walls of the nave.
The Norman pebble construction can be quite clearly outside. Hatfield has numerous houses, including The Bay Horse, The Hatfield Chase, The Blue Bell, The Ingram Arms. The original building known as the Abbey or Dunscroft Grange was demolished in 1966–7, for the final twenty years, this building was owned by Mr Harry Lewis
Doncaster, is a large market town in South Yorkshire, England. Together with its suburbs and settlements, the town forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. The town itself has a population of 109,805, the Doncaster Urban Area had a population of 158,141 in 2011 and includes Doncaster and the neighbouring small village of Bentley as well as some other villages. Possibly inhabited by people, Doncaster grew up at the site of a Roman fort constructed in the 1st century at a crossing of the River Don. The 2nd century Antonine Itinerary and the early 5th century Notitia Dignitatum called this fort Danum, julius Agricola during the late 70s. Doncaster provided a direct land route between Lincoln and York. The main route between Lincoln and York was Ermine Street, which required parties to break into smaller units to cross the Humber in boats, as this was not always practical, the Romans considered Doncaster to be an important staging post. The Roman road through Doncaster appears on two recorded in the Antonine Itinerary.
The itinerary include the section of road between Lincoln and York, and list three stations along the route between these two coloniae. Routes 7 and 8 are entitled the route from York to London, several areas of known intense archaeological interest have been identified in the town, although many—in particular St Sepulchre Gate—remain hidden under buildings. The Roman fort is believed to have located on the site that is now covered by St Georges Minster. The Register names the unit as under the command of the Duke of the Britons, Doncaster is generally believed to be the Cair Daun listed as one of the 28 cities of Britain in the 9th century History of the Britons traditionally attributed to Nennius. It was certainly an Anglo-Saxon burh, during which period it received its present name, Don- from the Roman settlement, the settlement was mentioned in the 1003 will of Wulfric Spott. Shortly after the Norman Conquest, Nigel Fossard refortified the town, by the time of the Domesday Book, Hexthorpe in the wapentake of Strafforth was described as having a church and two mills.
The historian David Hey says that these represent the settlement at Doncaster. He suggests that the street name Frenchgate indicates that Fossard invited fellow Normans to trade in the town, as the 13th century approached, Doncaster matured into a busy town, in 1194 King Richard I granted it national recognition with a town charter. Doncaster had a fire in 1204, from which it slowly recovered. At the time, buildings were built of wood, and open fireplaces were used for cooking and heating, in 1248 a charter was granted for Doncaster Market to be held around the Church of St Mary Magdalene, built in Norman times
Frodingham was a village in North Lincolnshire, now a suburb in the north-east of Scunthorpe, England. It is in the Crosby and Park ward of the North Lincolnshire Unitary Authority, scunthorpes urban growth absorbed all Frodingham parish villages and abutted the now urban areas of Bottesford and Yaddlethorpe to its south. The former Frodingham railway station was built by the Manchester and Lincolnshire Railway, in 1912 the Frodingham Ironworks was taken over by the Appleby Ironworks to form the Appleby-Frodingham Steel Company. The North Lincolnshire Museum is located in the former village vicarage, Frodingham Grade I listed Anglican church is dedicated to St Lawrence. Originating from the 12th century, it was rebuilt in 1841 except for the Early English-style tower, in 1916 Cox recorded a Carolean altar table, dated 1635. It contains memorials to the Healy family who added several windows within the church, in 1885 Kellys Directory reported a large temperance hall, built in 1871, that housed a library and newspaper reading room.
Chief crops grown in the area were wheat and potatoes, at that time the village of Bromby,1 mile south from Frodingham, had a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1884. Crosby,0.5 miles north, was partly in Frodingham parish and it had a Primitive Methodist chapel, built in 1836, mines worked by the Staveley Coal and Iron Company, and a rabbit warren. Appleby, Lincolnshire, a village northeast of Scunthorpe Appleby Frodingham F. C
South Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is the southernmost county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and had a population of 1.34 million in 2011 and it has an area of 1,552 square kilometres and consists of four metropolitan boroughs, Doncaster and Sheffield. South Yorkshire was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972 with Barnsley as its county town. The Sheffield Urban Area is the tenth most populous conurbation in the UK, South Yorkshire lies within the Sheffield City Region with Barnsley being within the Leeds City Region, reflecting its geographical position midway between Yorkshires two largest cities. South Yorkshire County Council was abolished in 1986 and its boroughs are now effectively unitary authorities. As a ceremonial county, South Yorkshire has a Lord Lieutenant, South Yorkshire was created from 32 local government districts of the West Riding of Yorkshire, with small areas from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Although the modern county of South Yorkshire was not created until 1974, prehistoric remains include a Mesolithic house dating to around 8000 BC, found at Deepcar, in the northern part of Sheffield.
The region was on the frontier of the Roman Empire during the Roman period, the main settlements of South Yorkshire grew up around the industries of mining and steel manufacturing. The main mining industry was coal which was concentrated to the north, there were iron deposits which were mined in the area. The rivers running off the Pennines to the west of the county supported the industry that is concentrated in the city of Sheffield. The proximity of the iron and coal made this an ideal place for steel manufacture. Although Christian nonconformism was never as strong in South Yorkshire as in the towns of West Yorkshire, there are still many Methodist and Baptist churches in the area. Also, South Yorkshire has a high number of followers of spiritualism. It is the county that counts as a full region in the Spiritualists National Union. The review was abolished in favour of the Royal Commission on Local Government before it was able to issue a final report, the Royal Commissions 1969 report, known as the Redcliffe-Maud Report, proposed the removal of much of the existing system of local government.
Redcliffe-Mauds recommendations were accepted by the Labour government in February 1970, the Local Government Act 1972 reformed local government in England by creating a system of two-tier metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties and districts throughout the country. The act formally established South Yorkshire on 1 April 1974, although South Yorkshire County Council had been running since elections in 1973, South Yorkshire initially had a two tier structure of local government with a strategic-level county council and four districts providing most services. In 1986, throughout England the metropolitan county councils were abolished, the functions of the county council were devolved to the boroughs, joint-boards covering fire and public transport, and to other special joint arrangements
Hatfield Chase is a low-lying area in South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, which was often flooded. It was a hunting ground until Charles I appointed the Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden to drain it in 1626. The work involved the re-routing of the Rivers Don and Torne, and it was not wholly successful, but changed the whole nature of a wide swathe of land including the Isle of Axholme and caused legal disputes for the rest of the century. The civil engineer John Smeaton looked at the problem of flooding in the 1760s. Under an Act of Parliament of 1813, Commissioners were appointed, the Corporation of the Level of Hatfield Chase was established in 1862, and another pumping engine was installed. The drains ran to the corner of the Chase. Discharge to the Trent was subsequently moved to Keadby, and the gravity drainage was supplemented by pumps when a station was built in 1940. Steam engines were replaced by diesel engines, and by electric pumps. Some of the stations are reversible, allowing water to be extracted from the drains into the main rivers in winter.
Hatfield Chase is roughly bordered by the M18 motorway to the west, the River Ouse to the north, the River Idle to the south, and the A161 road through Epworth and the Isle of Axholme to the east. The Chase is crossed by the River Torne, for which a new channel was cut by Vermuyden in 1628, further north, the two peat bogs were separated by the completion in 1802 of the Stainforth and Keadby Canal, running in an east-west direction between the two. In the 1970s, the Chase was further divided by the construction of the M180 motorway, Hatfield Chase lay above the confluence of three rivers, the Don, the Torne and the Idle, which meandered into the Trent near its entrance to the Humber. The whole of area, apart from the Isle of Axholme, is less than 10 feet above sea level and was therefore subject to frequent flooding. Although the area included some common land it was unlawful to fish or game though many locals gained their livelihood by fishing and fowling the area which was unsuitable for agriculture.
The circumstances of Charles appointment of Vermuyden to drain this area in 1626 are obscure, a story that he had accompanied an earlier royal hunting party is almost certainly fictional. The work was completed by 1628 at a cost of £400,000. The eastern branch of the Don river was blocked and the banks of the branch into the River Aire were raised. The northern branch was originally a Roman navigation channel called Turnbridgedike, a 2-mile bank which ran along the south side of the river from Fishlake to Thorne included a navigable sluice, to allow boats to reach Sandtoft
Humberside Airport was owned by Manchester Airports Group from 1999 until 1 August 2012, when it was sold to the Eastern Group of companies. North Lincolnshire Council retains a minority of shares in the Airport, the airport was previously a Royal Air Force base, RAF Kirmington, opened in 1941 during World War II, from which No.166 Squadron RAF operated the Avro Lancaster. The site was abandoned after the war in 1945, and lay unused until 1974 when the local council re-opened the site as Kirmington Airport, when the local area was renamed Humberside following local government re-organisation in England, the name was changed to Humberside Airport. The main runway, designated 03/21 was extended to its current length in 1992, in 2008, MAG announced that it was conducting a review of its strategy for Humberside Airport, and all options including disposal were under consideration. Initially it announced plans to sell Humberside Airport after nine years of ownership, MAG sold its 83. 7% share of Humberside in 2012 for £2.3 million to Eastern Group to focus on the larger airports in its portfolio.
It was revealed that MAG had bought the airport for almost £8 million more in 1999, according to Airports Council International, Humberside Airport was voted in 2010 the best European airport serving fewer than two million passengers annually. Passenger numbers at the airport peaked in the early to mid-2000s when the facility was used by around 500,000 passengers per year, in October 2013 SAS Group began daily operations to Copenhagen, only to withdraw the service in April 2014 because of disappointing passenger numbers. However, Sun Air launched twice-weekly flights to Aalborg and Billund in April 2016, in order to support the off-shore wind industry in the Humber and these flights were suspended in December 2016. On 3 January 2013 it was reported that Bond Offshore Helicopters had been awarded a contract with Perenco and this now means that the airport has three of the biggest UK Helicopter operators based at the airport. From 1 April 2015 Bristow Helicopters commenced operations from a new UK Search, in October 2016 Bristow Helicopters and Bond moved their off-shore operations to Norwich, leaving CHC and UNI-FLY as the remaining helicopter companies based at Humberside.
Humberside has one of the highest NEQ approval levels of any airport in Europe and this was due to regular flights by Icelandair Cargo, however these ceased to operate in 2012 and cargo had reduced to 123 tonnes in 2016. Humberside International has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence that allows flights for the transport of passengers or for flying instruction. Humberside airport has a high amount of general aviation activity, with 5 resident flying clubs and organisations offering fixed wing. Weston Aviation opened in May 2011 a fixed based operation at Humberside International airport, an hourly daytime bus service operated by Stagecoach runs from Grimsby and Hull to the airport from Monday to Saturday, which is named as the Humber Flyer service. A local service, serving the surrounding the airport is run by Hornsby Travel from Monday to Friday. The airport lies close to the South Humberside Main Line, which runs between Doncaster and the coast at Grimsby and Cleethorpes, running a few hundred metres to the north of the terminal, the airline Eastern Airways has its head office in the Schiphol House on the airport property.
Links Air was based at the airport, but moved to Doncaster Sheffield Airport in 2014, BAE Systems opened an aircraft maintenance academy at the airport in the autumn of 2015. It is a partnership with the Resource Group and is known as the R J Mitchell Academy, in 2010 a temporary hotel was erected for the use by the gas and oil rig workers
St Leger Stakes
The St Leger Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 1-mile,6 furlongs and 132 yards, established in 1776, the St Leger is the oldest of Britains five Classics. It is the last of the five to be run each year, the St Leger is the final leg of the English Triple Crown, which begins with the 2000 Guineas and continues with the Derby. It completes the Fillies Triple Crown, following on from the 1000 Guineas, the event was devised by Anthony St Leger, an army officer and politician who lived near Doncaster. It was initially referred to as A Sweepstake of 25 Guineas, the rules stipulated that colts and geldings were to carry 8 st, and fillies would receive an allowance of 2 lb. The inaugural running was held at Cantley Common on 24 September 1776, the first winner was an unnamed filly owned by the events organiser, the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham. The filly was named Allabaculia, the title St Leger Stakes was decided at a dinner party held in 1776 at The Red Lion Inn located in the Market place Doncaster to discuss the following years race.
It was suggested that it should be called the Rockingham Stakes in honour of the host, the Marquess of Rockingham, the event was moved to its present location, Town Moor, in 1778. The race came to prominence in 1800, when a horse called Champion registered the first Derby-St Leger double. Its length was cut to 1 mile,6 furlongs and 193 yards in 1813, the victory of West Australian in 1853 completed the first success in the Triple Crown. The St Leger Stakes was closed to geldings in 1906 and it was transferred to Newmarket during World War I, and the substitute event was called the September Stakes. It was cancelled in 1939 because of the outbreak of World War II, for the remainder of this period it was staged at Manchester and York. The race was switched to Ayr in 1989 after the running at Doncaster was abandoned due to subsidence. The 2006 race took place at York because its regular venue was closed for redevelopment, the St Leger Stakes has inspired a number of similar events around the world, although many are no longer restricted to three-year-olds.
European variations include the Irish St Leger, the Prix Royal-Oak, the Deutsches St Leger, as the last of the classics, the race marks the end of summer in England. The popular adage sell in May and go away, come back on St Leger Day suggests investors should sell their shares in May and buy again after the race. The Agatha Christie novel The ABC Murders has the St. Leger as a point near the end of the novel. de – St. Leger Stakes. Horseracingintfed. com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – St. Leger, pedigreequery. com – St. Leger Stakes – Doncaster
Scunthorpe is a town in Lincolnshire, England. It is the centre of the North Lincolnshire unitary authority. A predominantly industrial town, the United Kingdoms largest steel processing centre, is known as the Industrial Garden Town. It is the third largest settlement in Lincolnshire, after Lincoln, the Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe is Nic Dakin. Scunthorpe as a town came into existence due to the exploitation of the local ironstone resources, the regional population grew from 1,245 in 1851 to 11,167 in 1901 and 45,840 in 1941. During the expansion Scunthorpe expanded to include the villages of Scunthorpe, Frodingham. Scunthorpe became an district in 1891, merged as Scunthorpe and Frodingham Urban District in 1919. Scunthorpe is located close to an outcrop of high-lime-content ironstone from a seam of the Lias Group strata which dates from the Early Jurassic period, ironstone was mined by open cast methods from the 1850s onwards, and by underground mining from the late 1930s. In the 1970s the steel industry in Scunthorpe transitioned to use of imported from outside the UK with higher iron content.
Underground mining in the area ceased in 1981, Scunthorpe was close to the epicentre of one of the largest earthquakes experienced in the British Isles on 27 February 2008, with a magnitude of 5.2. Significant shocks were felt in Scunthorpe and the surrounding North Lincolnshire area, the main 10-second quake, which struck at 00,56 GMT at a depth of 9.6 mi, was the second largest recorded in the British Isles. In 1984 a quake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck north Wales, Scunthorpe forms an unparished area in the borough and unitary authority of North Lincolnshire. The town forms six of the seventeen wards, namely Ashby, Crosby & Park, Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens. The Scunthorpe wards elect 16 of the boroughs 43 councillors, as of 2008, all are members of the Labour party. The councillors form the trustees of the Town of Scunthorpe. North Lincolnshire Council is based in Pittwood House off Ashby Road next to Festival Gardens and it opened in 1963 as the Civic Centre, and was the home of Scunthorpe Borough Council until 1996.
It was named after Edwin Pittwood, a local Labour politician, there are offices at Church Square House near the Scunthorpe Market. Pittwood House has since renamed as Civic Centre due to the relocation of the Register Office from its old premises in Oswald road
Laceby is a village and civil parish in North East Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the A46 road, just outside the boundary of Grimsby. Lacebys population at the 2001 Census was 2,886, increasing to 3,259 at the 2011 Census, the village is noted for its parish church, parts of which date to the 12th century. A Mesolithic flint working site, to the north-east of the village, found in 1958, while a findspot of possible Anglo-Saxon pottery was discovered in Coopers Lane in 1969. Nearby Welbeck Hill is the site of Roman pottery finds, Laceby is listed in the 1086 Domesday account as Lenesbi or Levesbi, in the Bradley Hundred of the North Riding of Lindsey. The village contained 33 households,4 villagers,5 smallholders,85 freemen and 3 priests and it comprised 16 ploughlands, a meadow of 360 acres, woodland of 100 acres, and 2 mills. The three Lords in 1066 were Erik and Swein, in 1086 the land was passed to Bishop Odo of Bayeux, as Lord of the Manor and Tenant-in-chief. On 26 December 1234, Henry III granted John, son of Geoffrey de Nevill, the right to hold a fair, on 20 July, the feast day of St Margaret of Antioch, at Laceby Manor.
In April 1268, John de la Linde, seneschal of the city of London, bought his father-in-law, owed to Henry III, and £28 owed a money lender, Manasser of Brodsworth. In the 13th century, Johns son, Walter de la Laund, Lord of the Manor of Laceby, married Cecilia, daughter of Jordan de Essheby. After the death of her brother, Cecilia was the heir to her father, and inherited his manor. In 1314/15, Walter divided Laceby manor, and the advowson of the church between his daughters Joan and Cecilia, and their husbands, John de Dallyngregge. He retained the bailiwick of West Perrot and the manor of Broomfield, in the 1830s, during a period of low wages, protests against Irish agricultural workers broke out in Lincolnshire. In the Laceby area it was the farmers themselves who were targeted, if you do not raise wages, in 1834, the village had two principal residences, Laceby Hall, on the lofty summit of a hill, occupied by H. C. Oxendon, and Laceby Manor house, occupied by P. Skipworth, in 1885 Kellys Directory describes Laceby as a well-built village in the Parliamentary borough of Great Grimsby, with an 1881 population of 1,017.
The parish area was 2,063 acres, in which was chiefly wheat, barley. Commercial occupations included five farmers, three of whom pursued other trades as butcher, cattle dealer, or miller, the sub-postmaster was a pharmaceutical chemist and insurance agent. The village contained a post office and Stanfords Charity School, in 1933 Kellys noted an increase of parish land to 2,122 acres, and a 1921 population of 1,120
Roads in the United Kingdom
Roads in the United Kingdom form a network of varied quality and capacity. Road distances are shown in miles or yards and UK speed limits are indicated in miles per hour or by the use of the speed limit symbol. Some vehicle categories have various lower maximum limits enforced by speed limiters, enforcement of UK road speed limits increasingly uses speed guns, automated in-vehicle systems and automated roadside traffic cameras. A unified numbering system is in place for Great Britain, whilst in Northern Ireland, the earliest specifically engineered roads were built during the British Iron Age. The road network was expanded during the Roman occupation, some of these survive and others were lost. New roads were added in the Middle Ages and from the 17th century onwards, certain aspects of the legal framework remain under the competence of the United Kingdom parliament. Although some roads have much older origins, the network was subject to development from the 1950s to the mid-1990s. From then, construction of roads has become controversial with direct action campaigns by environmentalists in opposition.
In the UK, vehicles drive on the left and on multi-lane carriageways drivers are expected to keep to the left lane except when overtaking, in Great Britain, the Highway Code applies to drivers. In Northern Ireland, the Highway Code for Northern Ireland applies, UK speed limits are shown in mph. With a few exceptions, they are in multiples of 10, unless a lower speed limit is posted on a road, the national speed limit applies, which varies between class of vehicles and the type of road. In a built-up area, unless signs indicate otherwise, a limit of 30 miles per hour applies, other limits are shown in the table. For a road to be classed as a carriageway, the two directions of traffic flow must be physically separated by a central reservation. Roads in the UK are classified as M, A, or B roads, as well as categories of more minor roads, for internal purposes. These numbers follow a zonal system, there is no available explanation for the allocation of road numbers in Northern Ireland. The majority of the major routes are motorways, and are designed to carry long distance traffic.
The next category is the A roads, which form the route network. A primary route is defined as, primary destinations are usually cities and large towns, to which, as a result of their size, a high volume of traffic is expected to go
Thorne, South Yorkshire
Thorne is a market town and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 16,592, increasing to 17,295 at the 2011 Census, the land which is now Thorne was once inhabited by Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age people. It became a permanent settlement around AD700, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book, the main industries in the town have traditionally been coal mining and farming. The civil parish of Thorne includes the village of Moorends to the north, Thorne Memorial Park is the location for the Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway and the annual Thorne Festival. During the summer months, free brass band concerts are held at the parks bandstand, thornes Farmers Market is a monthly event. The area now has its own Community Radio station, TMCR95.3, for many decades in the twentieth century Thorne Colliery was a central focus of employment within the town, although its history was very troubled. Notable buildings in the include the parish church and Peel Hill Castle.
The parish church consists of material from the 12th to 15th centuries with some additions and it is a grade I listed structure, and is dedicated to St Nicholas. Peel Hill Castle is the remains of a Norman motte built by the de Warenne family. Although no structure remains, the foundations indicate that it had a circular keep and it might have been used as a hunting lodge, connected with Hatfield Chase, and prisoners were kept in its tower in the 16th century. It was demolished in the 17th century, the monument is in the care of Thorne-Moorends Town Council. There are Dutch-like bridges over local canals, such as the Wykewell bridge, there is one remaining water tower, located on South End. Another water tower used to stand on Field Road, but was demolished in 2013, the subsequent empty land was, in 2015, earmarked as the planned location for a new Lidl supermarket. Nearby are the extensive Thorne Moors, the town is served by two railway stations, Thorne North, and Thorne South, as well as Junction 6 of the M18 and junction 1 of the M180.
The A614 runs through the town, crossing the canal, many residents commute to Doncaster and Sheffield. In September 2005 a newly built school, Trinity Academy, opened in Thorne, specialising in Business, in 2004, 21% of students from Thorne and Moorends achieved five or more passes at grade C or above. Thornes rugby league side, Moorends-Thorne Marauders RLFC, play in the CMS Yorkshire league during the winter season and their home ground is Coulman Road and big games can attract crowds above 300. Football is played by the Moorends Hornets and Stingers Junior Football Club, speedway racing, earlier known as Dirt track racing, was staged at a track on the southern edge of the town in 1930