Visit Doncaster and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The classic St Leger has been run since 1776, although it was not given the name of its founder until two years later. Thus it is four years older than the Derby. The grandstand designed by John Carr in 1776 and enlarged in the early 19th century is an attractive component of the Doncaster racing scene which goes back 400 years. Dickens came to the races in 1857, stayed at the then relatively new New Angel Hotel and commented acidly on the “horse-mad, betting-mad, drunken-mad, vice-mad” crowds. Doncaster was the site of a Roman station, Danum, with extensive iron and pottery works. It was also known to Anglo-Saxons and Normans. Although the charters date back to 1194, it is a modern town, transformed from an agricultural to an industrial centre by the arrival of the railway in 1848 and a carriage works in 1853.
Among older buildings, two churches and the Mansion House stand out. The Mansion House, the pretty pride of Doncaster, is in the High Street and was completed in 1748. James Paine's plan included two supporting wings but these were never built. A third story was added in 1801, in place of the original pediment, for the mayor's use but the building has not been a mayoral residence for 140 years. The fašade has first-floor Corinthian columns and a lovely Venetian window which lights a handsome ballroom with stucco work by Joseph Rose and two fireplaces probably by Robert Adam.
St George's Parish Church is on almost cathedral scale and it replaced a medieval church burnt in 1833. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and completed in 1858. It is 170 ft long and its massive tower stands 170 ft high. The exterior bristles with pinnacles. Scott also designed the Doncaster Grammar School for Boys, 1864. Christ Church in Thorne Road was designed by William Hurst and completed in 1829. It has a steeple and octagonal lantern.
On Hall Cross Hill is the monument rebuilt by the corporation in 1793 to replace a cross originally in Hall Gate which commemorated Ote de Tilli about 1182.
Nearby cities: Sheffield, Wakefield
Nearby towns: Barnsley, Conisbrough, Gainsborough, Goole, Pontefract, Rotherham
Nearby villages: Adwick le Street, Arksey, Armthorpe, Auckley, Barnby Dun, Bentley, Bessacarr, Brodsworth, Cadeby, Cantley, Cantley, Carcroft, Edlington, Hyde Park, Kirk Sandall, Loversall, Marr, Pickburn, Rossington, Skellow, Sprotbrough, Stainforth, Toll Bar, Wadworth, Warmsworth
Have you decided to visit Doncaster or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Doncaster bed and breakfast (a Doncaster B&B or Doncaster b and b)
- a Doncaster guesthouse
- a Doncaster hotel (or motel)
- a Doncaster self-catering establishment, or
- other Doncaster accommodation