Section 14 - Wortley to Tankersley

Section 14 of The Trans-Pennine 100 is a short section passing through the grounds of Wortley Hall along The Timberland Trail.

Crossing a few golden fields to find Tankersley village Hall in Pilley.

  • Wortley Hall is a stately home in the small South Yorkshire village of Wortley, located south of Barnsley. For more than six decades the hall has been chiefly associated with the British Labour movement. It is currently used by several trades unions and other organisations as a venue for residential training courses and other meetings, as well as for purely social gatherings.
    • The building is constructed of sandstone ashlar with graduated slate roofs to an irregular floor plan, mostly in 2 storeys with a 7-bay south front.
    • The hall is a licensed venue for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, and is open to day visitors who wish to explore its formal gardens and extensive grounds.

  • The Timberland Trail is part of one of the spurs from the main Trans Pennine Trail to York from Selby and, from Barnsley, to Wakefield/Leeds and Sheffield/Chesterfield.

  •  The village of Tankersley is to the west of junction 36 of the M1 motorway and north of the A61 road. The parish church of St Peter is to the south of the A61, as is Tankersley Manor, now a hotel. The nave and chancel of the church are 14th century. The tower 16th century, and the interior mainly 19th century. It has a stained glass window designed by Edward Burne-Jones. It was traditional practice for young people to join hands and form a ring around the church in a ceremony called "Embracing the Church".
    • The parish also includes the village of Pilley to the north and the Wentworth Park Industrial Estate to the west of Tankersley village. Tankersley Post Office is part of a general store in Pilley.
    • It was the site of a battle in the English Civil War 1643.
    • Tankersley has been represented in the FA Cup by two football clubs over the years - Tankersley F.C. and Tankersley United F.C.
    • Etymologically speaking, Tankersley is derived from the Old English words meaning 'Tancred's clearing'.

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