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The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster is a metropolitan borough of South Yorkshiremarker in Yorkshire and the Humber Region of Englandmarker.

In addition to the town of Doncastermarker, the borough covers Mexboroughmarker, Conisbroughmarker, Thornemarker and Finningleymarker, where the former Royal Air Force Vulcan bomber base was converted into a passenger airport, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffieldmarker, opened in spring 2005.

The borough was created on April 1 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the former county borough of Doncaster along with the urban districts of Adwick le Streetmarker, Bentley with Arkseymarker, Conisboroughmarker, Mexboroughmarker, Tickhillmarker along with Doncaster Rural District and Thorne Rural District, the parish of Finningleymarker from East Retford Rural Districtmarker and small parts of the parish of Harworthmarker from Worksop Rural Districtmarker from Nottinghamshiremarker.

Population statistics

Adwick 16,142 6,220
Armthorpe 16,977 6,495
Askern 11,414 4,293
Balby 14,336 5,514
Bentley Central 12,168 4,665
Bentley North Road 11,606 4,728
Bessacarr 13,652 5,425
Central 11,481 5,144
Conisbrough 14,894 5,837
Edlington & Warmsworth 12,291 4,641
Hatfield 15,048 5,630
Intake 10,994 4,417
Mexborough 15,282 6,281
Richmond 13,471 5,308
Rossington 12,647 4,705
South East 16,880 6,247
Southern Parks 14,439 5,520
Stainforth 15,447 5,825
Thorne 17,057 6,380
Town Field 11,131 4,587
Wheatley 11,497 4,877
Doncaster Total 288,854 112,739

Famous people

Boole made significant contributions in several areas of mathematics, but was immortalised for two works in 1847 and 1854, in which he represented logical expressions in a mathematical form now known as Boolean algebra. Boole's work was all the more impressive because, with the exception of elementary school and a short time in a commercial school, he was almost completely self-educated.

Boole created the concept of Boolean Algebra whilst strolling on Doncaster Town Fields one lunch time. Boole (originally from Lincolnmarker) was working as an accountant on South Parade in Doncaster. Crapper was born in Thornemarker, near Doncaster and is famous for inventing the modern day waterfall flushing toilet. A stained glass window has been installed in St. Lawrence's church in the Doncaster village of Hatfield as a commemoration to this 19th century inventor.
Modern Day

Elected Mayor

It is widely thought that a Political scandal popularly known as Donnygate , was a major factor behind the residents of the area voting for the establishment of a directly-elected mayor in 2001. The first mayor, Martin Winter, representing the Labour Party, was elected in 2002 and successfully defended his post in 2005. The council as a whole has been dominated by the Labour Party traditionally, but in the 2004 local elections, they lost overall control of the council (though they retained more councillors than any other single party).

In 2009 the English Democrat candidate, Peter Davies, won the election for mayor.


Settlements in the borough of Doncaster include:

Adwick-le-Streetmarker, Arkseymarker, Armthorpemarker, Askernmarker, Auckleymarker, Austerfieldmarker
Balbymarker, Barnburghmarker, Barnby Dunmarker, Bawtrymarker, Belle Vuemarker, Bentleymarker, Bessacarrmarker, Blaxtonmarker, Braithwaite, Braithwellmarker, Branton, South Yorkshire, Brodsworthmarker, Burghwallismarker
Cadebymarker, Campsallmarker, Cantleymarker, Carcroftmarker, Claytonmarker, Cliftonmarker, Conisbroughmarker, Cusworth
Denabymarker, Dunscroftmarker, Dunsvillemarker
Edenthorpemarker, Edlingtonmarker
Fenwickmarker, Finningleymarker, Fishlakemarker
Hampolemarker, Hatfieldmarker, Hatfield Woodhousemarker, Hayfield, Hexthorpemarker, Highfieldsmarker, Hickletonmarker, High Levels, High Meltonmarker, Hooton Pagnell Hyde Park
Intake, Kirk Sandall
Lindholmemarker, Loversallmarker
Mexboroughmarker, Micklebringmarker, Moorendsmarker, Moss
New Rossington, Nortonmarker
Scawsby, Scawthorpe, Skellowmarker, Sprotbroughmarker, Stainforthmarker, Stainton, South Yorkshiremarker, Sykehousemarker
Thornemarker, Tickhillmarker, Toll Bar, Town Moor
Wadworth, Warmsworthmarker, West Bessacarr, Wheatley, Wheatley Hillsmarker, Woodlandsmarker


Radio stations that can be received in Doncaster are Sine FM 102.6, Trax FM, Galaxy Yorkshire, Hallam FM and BBC Radio Sheffield, although both Viking FM and BBC Radio Humberside overlap into this area. Although the above stations can be received within Doncaster, the only station which is actually owned by a Doncaster based company is Sine FM 102.6


  1. University of St Andrews Mac Tutor Profile
  2. BBC Sport information page - as of August 24 2006
  3. Jeremy Clarkson
  4. BBC NEWS | UK | Lesley Garrett: Doncaster's own diva
  6. English Democrat wins mayor vote BBC News 5 June 2009
  7. Mayoral results 2009, accessed 6 June 2009

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