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Cudworth is a semi-rural village on the outskirts of Barnsleymarker in South Yorkshiremarker, Englandmarker. Cudworth has a busy village centre surrounded by some housing and green belt countryside. It is roughly from Barnsley town centre, via a direct route through Lundwoodmarker, and has a population of 11,644.

Cudworth was a parish of Roystonmarker, and as such did not have its own church built until 1839. The church, St. John the Baptist's, was built on the highest point in Cudworth at the time. In 1920, a war memorial was erected in the churchyard to remember all the servicemen and women of Cudworth who died in the Great War.

The television presenter Sir Michael Parkinson KBE, CBE and the former Barnsley FC, Sheffield Wednesday and England international footballer David Hirst were born there, as was Archibald Stinchcombe who won gold at the 1936 Winter Olympics with the Great Britain national ice hockey team. The Yorkshiremarker and England cricketer, Darren Gough, spent some of his childhood in Cudworth.

Cudworth is the home of the Dorothy Hyman Stadium, named after the local Olympic sprinter who won silver and bronze medals at the Olympic Games in the 1960s. She also captained the British women's team. Cudworth has no adult football club, but was host to A.F.C. Barnsley, a club which was formed in June, 2003, when Barnsley FC was in administration. A.F.C. Barnsley recently stopped playing after it was announced that the financial position at Barnsley FC had made a dramatic improvement (information as at March 2006).

The two main junior football clubs in Cudworth are Dorothy Hyman West End and Cudworth Tykes JFC.

The main street through Cudworth has shops, pubs (of which there are around six in Cudworth alone) and take-aways. Much traffic goes through Cudworth, leading to calls for a bypass. (Update November 2008) Work has started on the Cudworth and West Green Bypass and is to take 18 months, due to open 2011.

References

  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population Retrieved 2009-08-26



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