From Wikishire
Jump to: navigation, search
Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire
Gate into farmland off the A614 road near Finningley - - 1347134.jpg
Gate into farmland off the A614 road
Grid reference: SK674990
Location: 53°28’59"N, 0°58’59"W
Population: 1,497  (2011)
Post town: Doncaster
Postcode: DN9
Dialling code: 01302
Local Government
Council: Doncaster

Finningley is a village and parish on the Nottinghamshire-Yorkshire border. The village lies along the A614 road, about six miles from the centre of Doncaster. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,442,[1] increasing slightly to 1,497 at the 2011 Census.[2] The parish church of Holy Trinity is Norman, with a 13th-century chancel.[3]

The place name Finningley contains the Old English word, fenn, a fen, a marsh, marshland + -ingas (Old English), the people of . . . ; the people called after . . . + lēah (Old English), a glade, clearing; (later) a pasture, meadow.' 'Clearing of the fen-dwellers'.[4]

Finningley is known for its airport, formerly RAF Finningley. The station housed a 'V' force of Vulcan bombers during the Cold War, and for 35 years it hosted a regular air show which, by the 1990s, was the largest one-day military air show in the country. However, the end of the Cold War led to the airfield being closed in April 1996, with the air show dying with it.

The runway was sufficiently large to take even Concorde, and in the period after the closure of the RAF airfield there were several campaigns to turn Finningley into a commercial airport. Plans for the conversion were finally approved in 2003, with the first flights in April 2005. The airport was named Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield to indicate its intended catchment area. Planning permission for a new railway station to serve it was recently granted [5] - the former station serving it and the village having closed back in 1961.

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 also home to a famous Motocross venue called Doncaster Moto Parc which attracts [6] riders from all over the country.


  1. "Area: Finningley CP (Parish)"
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  3. Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1979. The Buildings of England:Nottinghamshire. page 127. Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin.
  4. J. Gover, A. Mawer & F. M. Stenton (eds.), Place Names of Nottinghamshire (Cambridge, 1940), p.79; A.D.Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford, 2002), p.139; E .Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford, 1960), p.180
  5. Take Off For Airport Station Plans Accessed 2008-09-04
  6. Motocross

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Finningley)
Nottinghamshire - Robin Hood.svg
 This Nottinghamshire article is a stub: help to improve Wikishire by building it up.