Wadworth conservation area

Wadworth was designated a conservation area on 8 July 1991. A full appraisal has yet to be carried out.

To view the location of the conservation area, please go to the Heritage Map.

Wadworth is a large elevated village on the magnesium limestone ridge based around the Church of St. John the Baptist, which has medieval origins and is its oldest structure, and the mid-18th century Wadworth Hall (both Grade I listed). The main historic axis of the settlement was east-west along the curving course of Main Street, High Street and Carr Lane which, together with the listed buildings, form the basis of the conservation area. As with many villages in the area, the historic core has been subjected to infill development and surrounded by modern developments particularly of cul-de-sac form.

The character of the conservation area derives from the traditional small scale random rubble limestone agricultural and residential buildings, sometimes rendered, and the narrow lanes bounded with high random coursed rubble limestone walls. Roofs are generally clay pantile on these buildings with some examples of stone slabbed eaves courses. These traditional buildings tend to date from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Wadworth is first referenced in the Domesday Book (1086) and the large medieval church suggests a settlement of some size though most of the surviving historic buildings date from the 18th century onwards. The present A60 through the village is a mid-18th century turnpike road and the village green is a 20th Century creation incorporating the site of Manor Farm. Historic maps show traces of medieval long narrow burgage type plots which are of interest with those to the north of High Street being rare survivals.

Also of interest is the maypole on Main Street which is unique in the Borough. The wide area in front of it, now the A60, would have been the focal point of the village and was possibly the historic village green.

The elevated position of the village means that the church spire is visible across a wide area and there are views out of the conservation area to the north and east towards Doncaster.

Within the conservation area there are 11 listed structures. A list of these and a map showing their location can be viewed in the Downloads and Resources section.

The above description of the conservation area is only a brief overview and a full appraisal will be carried out that will consider in more depth the features that make up the significance of the area.

Further Information

Further Information about Conservation Areas can be found at Conservation Areas in Doncaster.

If you have any queries about the conservation area contact: conservation@doncaster.gov.uk

Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

Tel: 01302 734922 or 735199

Last updated: 30 January 2020 08:03:39