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Hoyland is a town near Barnsleymarker in Northern England. The town developed from the hamlets of Upper Hoyland, Hoyland, and Hoyland Common.

The town has also been known as Nether Hoyland. That name was given to it when to prevent confusion with High Hoylandmarker. When the urban district council was formed the name they used was Hoyland Nether Urban District Council. This was also applied to the area run by Hoyland UDC. However, most locals have always known it simply as Hoyland.

Hoyland is part of the metropolitan borough of Barnsley in the metropolitan county of South Yorkshiremarker, but it lies within the historic boundaries of West Riding of Yorkshire. It has a population of 15,497.

Hoyland Nether Urban District Council

Hoyland Nether UDC was formed in 1894. Its jurisdiction covered Elsecarmarker, Hoyland Common, Platts Common and Skiers Hall, (until 1938, when boundary changes took place Alderthwaite and part of Harley, were administered by Hoyland. This land was exchanged with Rotherham RDC for some land in Brampton Bierlow, which included the site of Elsecar Main colliery) as well as Hoyland itself. It lasted until 1974 at which point it was merged into Barnsley MBC. The town hall is still standing and is used for offices and the local job centre.

Recently the town centre received funding for a makeover of its Central square, the out-dated wooden fixtures and concrete/brick flower beds were removed and replaced by white stone modern and metallic benches and foliage. This revival improved the look of the town along with a regenerated more secure market place hopefully bringing more money into this otherwise deprived community.

This revival has been helped by the opening of Hoyland's first Indian restaurant, Elachi, in Milton Road, a £450,000 investment by Sham Hussain who also owns the Spice of India restaurant, in Barnsley.

Hoyland is currently serviced by several schools. These are Greenfield, St Helens, Springwood and others in neighbouring communities such as jump and Hoyland common which is under going an expensive redevelopment costing several million.

It was also home to an ironworks known as Milton Forge. It was linked with the coal mines in elsecar but both the mines and forge have been closed for many years. There is now little evidence that it ever existed except clues nearby place names. The nearby roads are Millhouses street, Millmount road, Milton road and there is a pub nearby called the Furnace. Also the site now has a large playing field locally known as the Forge. It has a skate part, playing area, 2 full size football fields and 5-a-side football court.

The town is home to an 18th century folly called Lowe Standmarker, more often referred to in documents as Law Stand, built as a lookout and hunting lodge shortly before his death by the first Marquess of Rockingham, at the highest point in the area some 593ft above sea level. On the sloping ground below this folly is Upper Hoyland Hall, the former home of a notable family of yeoman farmers, the Townends, who owned extensive land in Hoyland. Among Hoyland's remaining notable older residences and former residences are Hoyland Hall, a late Geogian property, situated in a small park off Market Street and onetime home to William Vizard, first owner of Hoyland Silkstone Colliery, who was also attorney to Queen Caroline at her celebrated trial in the House of Lords. Also in or off Market Street are Kirk House, Kirk Cottage, Bark House, Thistle House and Riversdale. Netherfield House is situated near the town centre and Hoyland's oldest known surviving residence and one time the home of a Townend, being in recent years used as a dentist's, is situated in West Street (formerly Finkle Street). Many of Hoyland's fine Georgian properties, consisting of cottages, shops and chapels were demolished in the 1960s and 1970s. Hoyland, however, has been singled out as the subject of a planned renaissance and much building is scheduled to take place during the decade to come.


  • Greenfields Primary School, head is A.Ralph, formerly R.Young,
  • Hoyland Common Primary School, head is P.Sylvester
  • Hoyland Springwood Primary School, head master is J.Wroe
  • Hoyland West Meadows Primary School, head is Mrs Marsh
  • Kirk Balk Technology College, head is V.Malcolm
  • St Helen's Catholic Primary School, founded in 1897, head is P.Harrison

Kirk Balk Technology College will in the next few years be demolished as part of plan from Barnsley Council. With over £1 billion funding all 13 of Barnsley's secondary schools will be either rebuilt or refurbished. Kirk Balk will be renamed Kirk Balk Advanced Learning Centre and built on the site of the playing fields and rugby pitch. Work has been planned to start in the summer holidays of 2009. The company doing the project is Laing O'Rourke and they are set to be finished at Easter 2011 and have the old school demolished in 2012.

Notable residents

  • Barry Hines, writer, was born and raised in the town
  • Brian Wildsmith, Artist specialising in illustrating childrens' books. Enjoys a world-wide reputation for his colourful and imaginative work mostly published by Oxford University Press. Born and brought-up in Hoyland Common and educated at St.Helen's Catholic School Hoyland.
  • Rod Clarke, engineer and writer, educated at Hoyland Common Junior School, Ecclesfield Grammar School, Sowerby Bridge Grammar School and City University. His great-great-great-great-grandfather, James Burtoft, first came to Hoyland Common from Lincolnshire in about 1745 and the family lived at Law Foot for over 200 years. Became Chief Engineer of Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, Ontario; Canadian representative on IAEA Environmental Panel, Vienna. Since retirement has written on Canadian aviation and railway history. Lives in Whitby, Ontario.
  • Roland Priddle, Economist, Educated at Hoyland Common Junior School, Ecclesfield Grammar School and Cambridge University. Became Chairman of the National Energy Board of Canada. Currently following his retirement, he is an international energy consultant and lives in Ottawa. He has earned the Order of Canada and will be awarded it shortly. There is a statue of him at his old school in Hoyland. There is a smaller statue of him at Cambridge.
  • Geoffrey Howse, actor, author and local historian, was brought up in Elsecar and Hoyland. He has written three books about the Hoyland area and several others about South Yorkshire, including some True Crime titles. Geoffrey has over twenty published books to his credit. Although he is mainly resident in London he spends some of each year in Hoyland, researching and writing.
  • Steven Hickman, botanist and horticulturalist was brought up in Hoyland. He attended Askham Bryan College of Agriculture and Horticulture and was onetime resident at the University Botanical Gardens, Cambridge. He developed projects in Saudi Arabia, the Gilbert Islands and Hong Kong before returning to Hoyland, where he is an acclaimed grower of Agapanthus and Tulbagia and currently holds the 'National Collection'. At the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show, Steven was awarded Silver Gilt for his display of Agapanthus and Tulbaghia and has achieved Gold medals at many other shows throughout the country, including the prestigious 'Hampton Court Palace Flower Show'
  • Sheila Margaret Ottley, author, was born and brought up in Hoyland. She has the distinction of being the first ever pupil at Ecclesfield Grammar School to attend Oxford, where she obtained an Honours Degree in English Language and Literature at St Hugh's College, Oxfordmarker. For many years she ran the library at a United Steel Companies research centre in Sheffield. As Margaret Ottley she has contributed articles to many magazines and periodicals since the 1930's. Her 'While Martha Told The Hours (A South Yorkshire Tapestry) was published in 1988. She has also written guide books for Hoyland's St Andrew's Church and for Holy Trinity Church, Elsecar.
  • Elizabeth Gale, soprano. Born on 8 November 1948, Elizabeth grew up in Hoyland, living then at Strathmore on West Bank, West Street. She became internationally famous as an opera singer and still has an enormous following.
  • Derek Rogers, artist and illustrator. Brought up at the Lyndons, Milton Road, Hoyland, Derek was one among the first intake when Kirk Balk School became Comprehensive, along with Geoffrey Howse qv and Steven Hickman qv. After doing a one year foundation course at Barnsley School of Art he took a BA at Hornsey School of Art, followed by an MA at the the Royal College of Artmarker. Derek occasionally visits Hoyland and currently lives in Hampshire.
  • Arthur O'Loughlin, retired, undefeated World Kickboxing champion, was brought up in Manor Way, Hoyland. Arthur now lives in Elsecar with his wife, Christine and owns Locky's, a bar situated in nearby Wombwellmarker.

See also


  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population Retrieved 2009-08-26
  • Geoffrey Howse Around Hoyland Sutton Publishing (1999) ISBN 0-7509-2268-0
  • Geoffrey Howse Around Hoyland A Second Selection (2000) ISBN 0-7509-2726-7
  • Geoffrey Howse Around Hoyland People & Places Sutton Publishing (2002) ISBN 0-7509-3148-5
  • Sheila Margaret Ottley WHILE MARTHA TOLD THE HOURS Bridge Publications (1988)
  • Arthur K Clayton,BEM Hoyland Nether (unpublished but available bound for reference purposes in local libraries) authoritative and accurate.

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