Whiston, Yorkshire

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West Riding
Whiston Village and stream
Location: 53°24’-0"N, 1°19’12"W
Population: 5,042  (2011)
Post town: Rotherham
Postcode: S60
Dialling code: 01709
Local Government
Council: Rotherham

Whiston is a village and parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It has a population of 5,115,[1] reducing to 5,042 at the 2011 Census.[2]

Originally a small rural village between Sheffield and Rotherham, within the Saxon "Shire of Hallun" (Hallamshire), Whiston is now a suburb of Rotherham, close to its border with Sheffield.

According to A Dictionary of British Place-Names, the name Whiston comes from two Old English words wite and stan – meaning "The whitestone" which is likely to be in reference to a nearby quarry where large amounts of white stone were once mined. It is referred to as Witestan, in the Domesday Book of 1086, at which time it was part of the same manor as Handsworth (Handswrde), now a suburb of Sheffield. Close to Whiston is Blue Man's Bower, a moated site and scheduled monument.[3]

Even in 1900 Whiston was still a small rural village, separated from Rotherham by open countryside. As the century progressed, and particularly after 1945, many fields were built upon and Rotherham expanded to incorporate Whiston although there is still something of a green belt separating Whiston from other local villages

On 25 June 2007 part of the village was evacuated because of fears that cracks in the dam at Ulley reservoir could lead to widespread flooding in the valley.

The village has two cricket clubs, Whiston Parish Church CC and Whiston Forge CC.

The village football team, Whiston Wildcats, play in the Sheffield and District league. They are in the A division due to a B division promotion in the 2013/14 season.

2016 saw the founding of the village's only cycling club – Sitwell Cycling Club – a British Cycling affiliated club for all ages.


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