Adwick le Street

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Adwick le Street is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. It is part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, despite being in South Yorkshire. According to the 2011 census, Adwick has a population of 15,911 residents.

Education in Adwick le Street

In 1939, a co-education school called Percy Jackson Grammar School was built in the West Riding Village. Less than 30 years later, it became a comprehensive when it joined with Adwick High School. In 2001, the school was successful in its bid for Technology College Status.

Eight years later, in 2009, the school became Outwood Academy Adwick, which replaced Doncaster Technology College. On the 25th February 2013, the new Outwood Academy Adwick building was completed and opened to its pupils. The old school became unused and, as a result, was demolished to make space for outdoor sporting facilities and sports hall.

Adwick is also home to the Outwood Institution of education, which specialises in leadership and professional development alongside training young people. There is also Park Primary School which is opposite the Outwood Academy Adwick.

Religion in Adwick le Street

St Laurence Church in Adwick le Street. Image Credit: Wikimedia

Adwick le Street has two churches, St Laurence Church and The Methodist Church. St Laurence was built during the 12th century and is to the north of the village, whereas The Methodist Church is in Woodlands.

Transport in Adwick le Street

Adwick Train Station is part of the East Coast Main Line which travels between Leeds to Doncaster and passes through Wakefield. It closed in 1965 for goods traffic and two years later for passengers. However, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and British rail joined to reopen the train station in 1993.

The village was used to the occasional flood however, in 2007, the East Coast Main Line was under feet of water stopping any travel.

History of Adwick le Street

The name Adwick le Street comes from the Great North Roman routeway called Ermine Street, which is also called Roman Ridge. This road follows the A638 through the centre of Doncaster.

In 2007, human remains were found while the new North Ridge Community School was being built. This halted the construction of the building to make way for an excavation team of archaeologists led by ARCUS.

In total, 40 graves were found along with 37 skeletal remains which are thought to date back to 660 AD – 880 AD, which is the Middle Saxon period. It’s believed that this is the first Anglo-Saxon / Mediaeval cemetery of its kind found in South Yorkshire.