Established by the Romans over 2000 years ago, Doncaster is one of Yorkshire's most historic towns with a diverse range of over 112,000 properties accommodating around 288,000 people.
The town boasts some fantastic examples of period buildings from Norman castles to Georgian mansions and country halls.
Central Doncaster Properties
The wider housing stock in the town has been shaped by its history, with railway engineering and mining generating much of the population growth in the 19th and 20th centuries. Smaller dwellings with one and two bedrooms were built to house the workforce, whilst the affluent managers and business owners resided in much larger Georgian townhouses, like this one below on South Parade.
There are many fine examples of Edwardian homes in some of Doncaster’s more affluent streets and areas such as Town Moore, Bessacarr, Bawtry, Tickhill and Sprotborough. Southboro House pictured below was built in 1908 to suit the Edwardian gentry of the time and in keeping with the status of the owner was equipped with servant’s quarters, a stable block consisting of two horse boxes, a coach house, tack room and hayloft. All of these outbuildings exist today and both serve as a fantastic reminder of the heritage of the property.
Now, a new wave of development is underway with growing industry sectors like Aviation and Logistics attracting investment and companies to locate here.
Centrally positioned and with major national road and rail connections, Doncaster is an ideal logistical hub. Cities such as Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, York and many others are easily accessible and a simple commute.
The River Don runs through the town and bisects the villages on the north and south, with several bridges connecting the two. Urban areas centrally positioned in and around the town centre include Town Moore, Belle Vue, Bennethorpe, Balby, Intake and Wheatley. These areas have a mix of housing available, but with a higher proportion of period properties dating from the 1950s and before.
Modern Housing Estates
Former mining villages of Rossington, Bentley, Edlington, Armthorpe , Hatfield and Harworth are dotted around the borough and have witnessed some of the most dramatic transformations.
Many of the former colliery sites have now been redeveloped providing housing and green spaces. In these areas, new houses exist on purpose-built estates developed in the last decade alongside older properties built to house families. Many of these areas benefit from their own community facilities such as leisure centres and public swimming pools.
Suburban villages circle the town on either side of the river, with areas such as Sprotborough, Cusworth, Scawthorpe, Scawsby and Arksey to the north of the river and Bessacarr, Cantley, Bawtry, Woodfield Plantation, Branton, Auckley, Finningley, Edenthorpe and Barnby Dunn to the south.
A house-building boom in the early seventies created large estates in many of these suburban areas to accommodate the post-war baby boom generation. Three and four-bedroom family homes similar to the one pictured below were built to house growing families along with local shopping precincts and schools.
Semi-rural villages of Blaxton, Austerfield, Cadeby, Tickhill and Wadworth sit on the outskirts of Town providing a blend of civilisation and countryside, whereas settlements of Westwoodside, Epworth, Haxey and Campsall are much more rural. Here you are likely to find quaint cottages and barn conversions similar to those pictured below.
There are a number of architecturally significant buildings and properties hidden away in quiet corners of Doncaster. Like the example of modern architectural history below.
Designed by award-winning architect Peter Aldington this building was recognised by English Heritage as an extraordinary example of 1960s modern architecture and so was designated as a Grade II listed building in 2009.
Peter Aldington is renowned as one of Britain’s finest architects whose design principles unified external and internal spaces and defined a contemporary style that is still evident today in modern building design. Built-in 1967, it was commissioned by a lifelong friend of the architect, for him and his young family to live in.
This is just one of many interesting building and properties in Doncaster’s rich and diverse housing stock.
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