16 things you didn’t know about Doncaster

Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill

It is our hometown - but there’s some weird and wonderful facts that you probably never knew about Doncaster.

We’ve dug into the depths to unearth 16 amazing facts to wow your friends with - see how many of these nuggets of information you knew - and what you didn’t!

1. St Peter’s Church in Conisbrough is the oldest building in South Yorkshire - it dates back to AD 675.

2. John Francis Bentley, an architect whose most famous work is Westminster Cathedral, was born in Doncaster.

3. Both King John and King Edward II stayed at Conisbrough Castle in 1201 and 1322 respectively.

4. A section of Roman wall can still be seen within the grounds of Doncaster Minster.

5. Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor of Rome sent his son, Crispus, to be stationed in Doncaster.

6. Doncaster’‟s Corn Exchange dates from 1875 and in its time has featured audiences with Winston Churchill and Sir Edward Elgar.

7. Doncaster Racecourse played host to Britain‟‘s first ever Aviation Meeting in 1909.

8. David Bowie’s father – Haywood Stenton “John” Jones, was born at 41 St. Sepulchre Gate in 1912.

9. Tish, the world’s oldest goldfish was won at a funfair in Doncaster in 1956. He died in 1999 and was buried in his owner’s garden.

10. The facade on the front of Manchester United‟‘s Old Trafford was manufactured by Doncaster business Norking Aluminium.

11 .Doncaster manufacturers Bridon made the steel ropes that support the arch at Wembley Stadium. The same firm was also involved in the construction of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium.

12. Charlie Chaplin, George Formby and Max Miller are amongst the famous names that trod the boards at the Doncaster Grand.

13. The man who built Doncaster Minster‟‘s Clock, Edmund Beckett Dennison, also built the clock Big Ben‟ in London.

14. Queen Victoria had a private toilet built specifically for her at the Mansion House when she visited Doncaster.

15. In 1899 at The Good Woman on St Sepulchre Gate, a resolution was passed for a new political party - the national Labour Party.

16. Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins both stayed at The Angel on Frenchgate during St Leger Week 1857.

* Do you know any other fascinating facts about Doncaster? Let us know!