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RoystonRoyston is a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Historically, it was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire as an urban district with its own council. It became part of Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in 1974.

The Trans Pennine Trail runs through village along the canal bank. Local churches include the Anglican parish church of St John the Baptist, Bethel Church, the Royston Methodist Church, and Our Lady and St Joseph, a Roman Catholic church.

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Barnsley Canal - Haw Park BridgeThe comedian Charlie Williams was born in Royston in 1927.
His father, also Charles, had come to Britain in 1914 from Barbados, and enlisted in the Royal Engineers. After the Great War, his father settled in Royston, where he married a local girl, Frances Cook.

During the Second World War, Charles (junior) worked at Upton Colliery, a reserved occupation. He played football for Doncaster Rovers and later found fame as one of the comedians on the TV programme The Comedians, becoming one of Britain's best known stand-up comedians. His catchphrase was "me old flower", delivered in his broad Yorkshire accent.
Read more about Charlie Williams (Wikipedia).*

More about Royston:
• Royston, South Yorkshire (Wikipedia)*. Includes details of some noteworthy folk from Royston.
(* Web sites accessed on 21st January 2020.)

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1. The Trans Pennine Trail sign at the site of the old Midland Road bridge in Royston, South Yorkshire.. This section covers the stretch in Royston from Midland Road to Church Hill.
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2. Royston, Midland Road. The slag heap in the distance is a reminder of Royston's coal mining past. The pit closed in 1989. The boarded-up pub in the picture is the Ship.
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3. The Royston Compass or Star.
Royston, Midland Road. The Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Route 67 follow the Barnsley Canal through the village.
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4. The Royston Compass on the Trans Pennine Trail at the site of the old Midland Road canal bridge. Each point of the compass highlights an item of local interest. Walton has a similar star.
Click image for close-up of the centre (sadly defaced since this picture was taken).
[July 2002]

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5. Northerly points on the compass - Barnsley Canal, Monckton Colliery and Felkirk Church.
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6. Westerly points on the compass - Barnsley Canal, The Grove and St. John's Royston.
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7. To the east: Rabbit Ings is the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monkton Colliery and then the Royston Drift Mine which closed in 1989. The 66 hectare site is situated near Royston in South Yorkshire and was owned by Wakefield Council before ownership was transferred to the Land Trust.
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8. Down south: Points on the compass - Carlton Marsh, St. John's Carlton and St. John's Royston.

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9. Midland Road in Royston, the unusual lift bridge is no longer there and the canal is effectively split in two by the road. [July 2002]
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10. Barnsley Canal between Midland Road and Church Hill, Royston.
[June 2010]
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11. Looking towards the north-west, the Church of St. John the Baptist, Royston, viewed from the Trans Pennine Trail (Barnsley Canal). The church is in the Diocese of Wakefield.
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12. The canal between Midland Road and Church Hill, Royston. The hill on the left of the horizon is the remains of a coal mine, a reminder of the Royston's industrial heritage. The good news is that it is now owned by Wakefield MDC and is being transformed into a nature park using the old name for the area 'Rabbit Ings'.
[June 2010]

Midland Road Bridge design
13. The design drawing for the Midland Road Bridge, Royston (now gone!). In 1934, the original bridge was replaced by this unusual electrically operated lift bridge. The road platform was lifted by mechanisms situated in four corner towers. Originally called Senior Lane, the road was renamed Midland Road, doubtless as a consequence of the North Midland Railway being built through the village. The railway line still exists but is no longer used for passenger services.

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