A small market town with bundles of character, Bawtry is a popular place to live and sits on the border of South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Once called the “Gateway to the North”, it is geographically well placed and attracts families with its attractions, shopping, respected schools and easy access to Doncaster.
THINGS TO DO
There is a regular car auction held in the town, beautiful Roche Abbey is just 20 miles away and family fun can be enjoyed at Brodsworth Hall and Conisbrough Castle. On top of this, you have Clumber Park, Wetlands Animal Park and Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery within a short drive.
EATING & DRINKING
Don’t miss the White Hart pub, which dates back to 1689, or its close neighbour the Swan Inn on Swan Street. Unlike some towns of this size, Bawtry has a plethora of dining options including Italian, Cantonese, Indian and British restaurants. To make a night of it, there are wine bars as well as pubs.
Enjoy a modern development with the feel of Bawtry heritage in the Courtyard. Home to a number of businesses and shops, this area won the “Green Apple Award 2005” due to its thoughtful design and focus on improving the local economy. There are also a number of shops dotted around the high street with nearby Sheffield and Doncaster offering more options for shopping.
You have a number of options in Bawtry when it comes to education, including:
Cygnets Day Nursery
St Patricks Catholic Primary School
Bawtry Mayflower Primary School
Beckingham Primary School
All Saints Harworth C of E Primary School
Selby Park Academy (from ages 3-18)
Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield are accessible and connections to the rest of the country are easy thanks to the A1(M) and M18. The closest train station is 20 minutes away at Worksop and Robin Hood airport is just five miles north.
Originally a Roman settlement, it began to grow in the Viking era and in the 14th it had become a local commercial centre when it grew as a river port and started exporting wool. A period of decline came in the mid 1500s before millstone became big business during the Elizabethan period. Today there are still remnants of the bygone era mixed with contemporary buildings.
DID YOU KNOW?
William Bradford, leader of the Pilgrims, lived in Austerfield – near Bawtry – and a primary school is named after his ship Mayflower.