Conisbrough  West Riding


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Conisbrough like this:

CONISBROUGH, or Coningsburgh, a village and a parish in Doncaster district, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Don, adjacent to the Doncaster, Swinton, and Sheffield railway, near the Dearne and Dove canal, 5¼ miles SW of Doncaster; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Rotherham. ...

It is the Caer-Conan of the ancient Britons, and the Cyningburgh or Conanburgh of the Saxons; and it has, on a natural eminence, a well-preserved polygonal keep, 78 feet high, of an ancient castle. This structure is assigned by some antiquaries to the time of the British queen Cartismandua; by others to the Norman Earls of Warren; by Sir Walter Scott, partly to the Saxons, partly to the Normans; possesses interest as the residence of Athelstane in "Ivanhoe;" and was the birthplace of Richard de Conisbrough, Earl of Cambridge, grandson of Edward III. The parish includes also the hamlet of Clifton. Acres, 4, 107. Real property, £7, 094; of which £335 are in quarries. Pop., 1, 655. Houses, 356. The manor belongs to the Duke of Leeds. Roman coins have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £206.* Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church is partly Norman, partly of later dates; and has a chantry, a font, a Saxon monumental stone, a mutilated statue of a knight, and monuments of the Bosvilles and others. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists. A school has £8 from endowment; and other charities have £24.

Conisbrough through time

Conisbrough is now part of Doncaster district. Click here for graphs and data of how Doncaster has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Conisbrough itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Conisbrough, in Doncaster and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd May 2024

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