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Living in Killamarsh: the local area guide

Killamarsh is an ancient village, nestled in the Derbyshire countryside. Lying near Sheffield, on the border with West Yorkshire, the town has existed on record since its mention in the Domesday Book, the great survey of England and Wales commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086. The town’s roots stretch back even further, however, with the 15th century Church of St. Giles hosting headstones that date back to the Saxon era.

Long an agricultural centre, the town subsided largely on its local crops and agrarian production since the Middle Ages, though the 18th and 19th centuries saw the town’s population dramatically rise. Coal mines had existed in the region for centuries, though the tide of industrialisation saw them thrust the town into greater growth and prominence than ever before. The pits operated until the national closures that occurred in the 1980s, then reverting back to its more traditional industries.

Today, the town hosts a business park and continues to exist as an agricultural centre. Many of its residents commute and work in the surrounding area, in particular, nearby Sheffield. As with much of Derbyshire, revitalisation projects are being undertaken, with the former Chesterfield Canal being reconstructed, aiming to once again link the town via the River Rother. The town is near unique, a place where community and neighbourliness often take precedence over the bustles and demands of modern life, yet located in such a place as it might easily provide all the modern amenities of life as well as access to nearby business and commercial hubs.

Demographics

A population of just under 10,000, the area is largely English, with it being the spoken language of near all denizens of the area, as well as the ethnicity of the vast majority of residents. Many of those living in Killamarsh were born in the area and whilst they welcome new residents, most neighbourhoods are quite familiar with their occupiers.

Families tend to occupy the area, with over half of those living in Killamarsh being married. Much of the population are involved in the local construction and manufacturing industries, with Ross & Catherall Superalloys lying just outside the city.

Education

The town itself hosts several primary and junior schools, with St. Giles Primary garnering strong reviews and results from Ofsted. No secondary schools are in the town, with most residents choosing either nearby Eckington Secondary School and the Wales High school in Kiveton.

Tertiary education is easily accessible from Killamarsh, with Sheffield University only twenty-five minutes away as well as several other colleges and Universities within an hour’s drive.

Transport

Though once host to three train lines and stations, Killamarsh’s nearest station today lies in Kiveton. Superior bus routes do support the town, however, linking it to the region at large, with routes running in the morning to nearby secondary schools and one linking the town to the Sheffield Supertram system.

The M1 motorway lies nearby, connecting the area to wider Britain, and Sheffield hosts its own international airport, again within a mere twenty-five-minute drive. The effort to revitalise and re-link the canal system will have the added benefit of providing canal transport and small-scale boating services.

A cycle and pedestrian scheme was recently completed, allowing foot and bicycle access to much of the region, as well as the town itself. This helps to ensure the town relies as little on modern transport as possible and reduces the congestion you often find in urban centres.

Amenities and shopping

Killamarsh itself has several shopping centres of its own, with all the necessities of modern life. Though it may not have much in the way of high street fashion, nearby Sheffield provides anything Killamarsh might not.

With plazas possessing the latest brands, such as Next or Burton, medical centres and indoor markets, within access of the SuperTram network that a bus route from Killamarsh links to. Killamarsh itself hosts a weekly market, with Thursday finding dozens of stalls opened, showcasing local produce, artistic talent and even regional brews.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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