Royston, South Yorkshire

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Coordinates: 53°37′N 1°27′W / 53.61, -1.45
Parish Church of St John the Baptist

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Red pog.svg Royston shown within South Yorkshire
Population 9,375 
OS grid reference SE3511
Metropolitan borough Barnsley
Metropolitan county South Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BARNSLEY
Postcode district S71
Dialling code 01226
Police South Yorkshire
Fire South Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Barnsley Central
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Royston is a suburban village within the Metropolitan borough of Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, England. Historically it was in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but was incorporated in to the Metropolitan borough of Barnsley in 1974 and is now on the border with West Yorkshire. It is part of the Barnsley Central borough constituency, and has a population of 9,375.[1]

Royston lies on the Barnsley Canal, and on the intersection of the B6132 and B6428 roads. It is located due north of Monk Bretton, at approximately 53°35′40″N 1°27′00″W / 53.59444, -1.45, and at an elevation of around 75 metres above sea level. The Trans Pennine Trail runs through it along the canal bank.

Originally a farming village, it joined the industrial revolution with the construction of the canal (built 1790s, now disused) then the railway (opened 1840, now disused). It had a mine, clay works and brick works. These are now closed, but a coke works is still in operation, processing coal brought in by road. A large shirt factory (brandname Valusta) provided employment from the 1940s to 1980s.

The Anglican parish church, St John the Baptist (built about 1234) has a clock and a sundial and 8 bells. The parish is part of the diocese of Wakefield. Other churches are the Bethel Church, the Royston Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church: Our Lady and St Joseph.

Notable peopleEdit

Harry Shake Earnshaw, a miner turned racing cyclist who in 1938 was acclaimed the British Best All-Rounder.

It is the birthplace of comedian Charlie Williams.

Royston Parish Church of St. John the BaptistEdit

The Royston Parish Church of St. John the Baptist is a notable location in Royston as it is one of three churches in England which has an oriel window, it was used for guiding travellers.

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