Owston, South Yorkshire

Owston is a small village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in rural South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the village is situated amongst mixed farmland and woodland 6 miles (9.7 km) north north west of Doncaster, just west of the A19. It had a population of 170 in 2001,[1] which fell to 145 according to the 2011 Census.[2]


Owston Hall
Location within South Yorkshire
Population145 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Owston
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDN6
Dialling code01302
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber

The name 'Owston' is of Old Scandinavian and Old English origin. It means 'East farmstead', being composed of the Old Scandinavian word austr ('east') and the Old English word tun ('farmstead'). In the Domesday Book, the village was recorded as Austhun.

Close to the village is a site of special scientific interest called Owston Hay Meadows which is the second best example of neutral grassland hay meadow in South Yorkshire. The site consists of three small fields which together cover 13½ acres (5½ hectares) and were notified in 1979.[3]

The parish church of All Saints is Grade I listed, dating back to 1180.[4]

Nearby Owston Hall was declared a Grade II listed building in 1967[5], its grounds are used by the Robin Hood Golf Club of Doncaster.[6]


  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Doncaster Retrieved 27 August 2009
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  3. New Owston Hay Meadows Natural England. Retrieved on 14 February 2009
  4. Historic England. "CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS, Owston (1192336)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  5. Historic England. "Owston Hall (1083228)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  6. "Robin Hood Golf Club (Doncaster)". English Golf Courses. Retrieved 18 October 2017.

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