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A History of Doncaster


In about 71AD, the Romans built a fort in the present day Doncaster and called it Fort Danum. After the Romans, the Saxons came and changed the name to Fort Ceaster. With time, the name changed to Doncaster. In South Yorkshire, they called it Don Ceaster and a village was created nearby.

Around the 12th century, Doncaster grew into a busy town. In 1194, a charter was given by King Richard confirming certain rights, including the right to hold a trade market weekly and a fair once a year. They could also elect a town clerk.

In the 17th century, the town surpassed all odds and continued to grow despite earlier being blazed down by a fire. The town has recovered from various disasters including a plague outbreak. Doncaster got its first grammar school in 1575, which grew despite typhoid outbreak.

In the 18th century, many inns were built due to stagecoaches which passed through. Between 1744 and 1750, many mansions were built in Doncaster. A theatre was built for the first time in the town in 1776. The town was further made famous by horse racing as a sport. In 1972, a dispensary was built where the poor could go for free medications.

The town continued to grow and in 1831, it had a population of 10,000. This led to the building of a piped water and sewerage system, allowing people to live better lives. The railway reached Doncaster in 1849 which brought new expansion of the town and the first free library was built in 1873. The town’s St. George church was rebuilt in 1858, with the design of Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Doncaster gained electricity in 1899 and the streets were lit. The Great Northern Railway moved its engine works from Boston to Doncaster which employed a lot of people in Doncaster. They were followed by many engineering industries. As the town grew rapidly, its population also increased.

An art gallery was opened in Doncaster in 1909, thereby improving the town further. The first Britain’s aviation meeting was held in Doncaster. Later on, a park was opened in 1923.

Doncaster has an international airport. It has an education city campus and is currently the largest education investment in the UK. Recently it extended the French gate centre, the transport centre, and a road exchange. This shows that Doncaster is still progressing positively. It is estimated that the current population of the town is 70,000, while the Borough of Doncaster stands at about 290,000.

Posted in: Latest News - On: 5th of June, 2011