St Saviour's Church in Auckley
Auckley is a village and parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, about five miles east of Doncaster town centre. Throughout the village are various scattered detached parts of Nottinghamshire. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 3,266. The parish includes the villages of Auckley and Hayfield Green.
In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Auckley as:
AUCKLEY, or Awkley, a township in the parish of Finningley, and partly in Notts, partly in W. R. Yorkshire; 3 miles E by N of Rossington r. station, and 5 ESE of Doncaster. Acres, 1,970. Pop., 309. Houses, 69.
In the 1960s substantial housing development took place in Auckley to accommodate the families at RAF Finningley. This began with the Spey Drive Estate.
Since the closure of RAF Finningley in 1996 and its subsequent development as Robin Hood Airport, there has been development of the old airfield estate around Hayfield Lane. The old RAF housing has been purchased by South Yorkshire Housing Association and private individuals. New homes, businesses, schools and a hotel have been built around the airport.
The village has a GP surgery, a pharmacy, a local shop, schools, public houses, hot food takeaways and a church.
Auckley also has two mainstream schools providing education for local children from the surrounding catchment areas. Auckley Junior and Infant School for the under 11's and The Hayfield School for those over 11.
The Hayfield School ranks consistently as one of the best schools in the region. It was the 2nd highest achieving school for 2006/2007 in the entire Doncaster district (for GCSE results).
Auckley has bus services to Doncaster, Finningley, Haxey and Epworth. The nearest railway station is at Doncaster.
Auckley has two large fishing lakes, called Hayfield Lakes. These lakes were used to hold the Fish'O'Mania contest, which is always live on Sky Sports once a year. In 2006 the event was held on 21 July and it lasted 6 hours. In 2006, prize money for the winner reached £68,000, which makes the contest one of the most lucrative in the fishing calendar. The last Fish'O'Mania contest held at the Hayfield Lakes was in 2007. Since then the competition has been moved to the Cudmore Fisheries in Staffordshire from 2008 onwards.
Every August there is an annual show on the playing fields called the 'Auckley Show'. It is generally centred on a large Marquee that is erected on the playing fields. Dances, discos and gardening competitions play a role in the events. The rest of the field consists of a large car-boot sale, stalls from various government branches (usually Fire service and Police) and personal stalls. The main event lasts a day (on a Saturday) with the Marquee open from the Friday through to the early hours of Sunday morning. Traditionally there is always a 'tug-of-war' match at some point in the afternoon.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Doncaster Retrieved 2009-08-26
- "The Domesday Book Index". Haughton.net. http://www.haughton.net/domesdaybookplaces_a3.htm. Retrieved 4 November 2007.
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