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Dadsley, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire


Before the Norman conquest there appears to have been an active Anglo-Saxon settlement in this area. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Dadsley comes from Daeddi, an Old English personal noun and Leah meaning forest glade or clearing.

In the 1980's a survey and excavation confirmed that All Hallows Hill was the site of the long lost All Hallows Church. It was thought to be a pre-conquest Church serving Dadsley and other settlements, some Viking in origin perhaps, in the surrounding area.

It's thought that the church may have been used into the 13th century, but as Tickhill grew, Dadlsey lost touch and was lost to ruin.

In the Domesday Book the village consisted of 54 villagers in 33 homesteads including 12 smallholders, a priest, a man-at-arms.

English Heritage say "The earthwork and buried remains of the Saxon church of Dadesley are well preserved and retain significant archaeological deposits which will include important information about the structure, architectural style, ritual use and status of the church."

Did You Know...

Did you know that in the last 13th century it has been documented that some stone from the site was taken and used in the construction of Laughton Chapel in the later Church of St Mary.

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