Wales, Yorkshire

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West Riding
Church In Wales - - 149231.jpg
St John The Baptist Church in Wales
Grid reference: SK480829
Location: 53°19’48"N, 1°17’24"W
Population: 7,069  (2011)
Post town: Sheffield
Postcode: S26
Dialling code: 01909
Local Government
Council: Rotherham
Rother Valley

Wales is a village and a parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, adjacent to the border with Derbyshire. The civil parish of Wales, which has a population of 6,455,[1] increasing to 7,069 at the 2011 Census.[2] encompasses the village of Wales and neighbouring settlement Kiveton Park. The actual settlement of Wales has a 2011 population of 588.


The name Wales comes from a Germanic root meaning foreigner and Roman. The suggestion, therefore, is that there was a continued Celtic presence here following the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons at the turn of the 6th century. The earliest reference to Wales is in 1002, when Wolfric Spot, a Saxon thegn, is recorded as owning Walesho.

Sir William Hewet, Lord Mayor of London in 1559, was born in Wales, and his descendants, the Dukes of Leeds, would come to dominate the area.


The village of Wales sits at an elevation of around 1,000 feet above sea level. It lies on the A618 and B6059 roads. The M1 motorway bisects the parish, while the southern boundary is partly marked by the Chesterfield Canal whose Norwood Tunnel runs under meadowland to the south. To the west of the village is Rother Valley Country Park.

Education and employment

Education in Wales is provided by Wales Primary School and Wales High School. The industrial estate at Wales Common continues to be a large source of employment (not least the food manufacturer Greencore Prepared Foods) & LUK part of the multi-national manufacturing group producing clutch & automotive parts.


Outside links

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