Harthill, South Yorkshire

Harthill is a village in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham (part of South Yorkshire, England), on the border with Derbyshire. It lies between Killamarsh and Thorpe Salvin, and is located at approximately 53°19′10″N 1°15′30″W, at an elevation of around 110 metres above sea level. In the 2001 census, the civil parish of Harthill with Woodall had a population of 1,909,[1] reducing slightly to 1,879 at the 2011 Census.[2]


All Hallows Church, Harthill, South Yorkshire
Location within South Yorkshire
Population1,879 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK493807
Civil parish
  • Harthill with Woodall
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS26
Dialling code01909
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament

Harthill is traditionally an agricultural village, although there is also a history of quarrying whetstones for use in knife-sharpening.

The parish church of All Hallows dates from 1085, when it was commissioned by William de Warenne. The tower is 14th century. The Dukes of Leeds, major landowners in the area, and their families are interred in the crypt.

Harthill has two public houses: the Beehive and the Blue Bell.

Harthill is the principal village in the civil parish of Harthill with Woodall. The parish also contains Harthill Reservoir which feeds the Chesterfield Canal, Nor Wood, and the hamlet of Woodall with its M1 motorway service station.

Exploratory drilling rig

In June 2018, at a planning appeal the inspector (appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) granted planning permission for exploration at Harthill by means of

construction of a well site and the creation of a new access track, mobilisation of drilling, ancillary equipment and contractor welfare facilities to drill and pressure transient test a vertical hydrocarbon exploratory core well and mobilisation of a workover rig, listening well operations, and retention of the site and wellhead assembly gear for a temporary period of 5 years.[3]

It was explained during the enquiry that the currently authorized investigative well would not involve 'fracking'.

Within the appellant’s evidence and during the Inquiry, it was clearly explained that the development would not include the hydraulic fracturing of underground strata as part of the investigation. The pressure applied during the transient testing proposed would be less than that required to hydraulically fracture the strata, and there would be no injection of sand or gas extraction. The other investigation processes within the development would involve the taking of samples and non-intrusive testing.[4]


  1. "Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Rotherham". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  3. Shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (fracking): Fracking in Rotherham: Harthill Application rotherham.gov.uk, accessed 2 May 2019
  4. Appeal Decision, Stephen Roscoe, Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, para 66 rotherham.gov.uk, accessed 2 May 2019

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