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Darfield children pay tribute to village history with street names


Published by Kathy Burke for Yorkshire Housing in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government

The winning children with Councillor Brain Key The winning children with Councillor Brain Key

Pupils at Darfield Primary Academy have drawn on local history to name two new streets Derefeld Drive and Lantern Mews. 

Yorkshire Housing and construction company Jack Lunn ran a competition for children at the academy to name the new development of 29 affordable family homes, which is off George Street in the village of Darfield. 

Four of the eighteen competition entries suggested a name themed around lanterns, drawing on the village’s mining heritage. 

Derefeld Drive was suggested due to the village originally being called Derefeld. In Saxon the name ‘Feld’ describes a large area of pasture land, while the term ‘Dere’ refers to the deer which inhabited the forest nearby. 

The village’s mining history was a popular theme in the competition entries, as was Darfield’s roman past. 

The pupils were presented with a Kindle Fire by local Councillor Brian Key, a former pupil of the school, in recognition of their efforts.

Councillor Brian Key said: ‘The children have shown a really good grasp of the history of the area with all the fantastic suggestions they have put forward. I think it’s a great idea to name one of streets Derefeld Drive. That is how Darfield is referred to in the Domesday Book from 1086, it good this is being commemorated with the new street name.”

Yorkshire Housing Development Project Manager Linda Gray said: ‘With this development on the doorstep of the school we were keen to get the children involved. They came up with some great suggestions and choosing the winning entries was difficult.”

Year 5 teacher Mr Simpson at Darfield Primary Acadamy said: “When my children were first told about this opportunity, there was immediate excitement.  It led to the children working extremely hard to research the area’s history and then to produce a persuasive letter.  The children thoroughly enjoyed this and were very grateful for the chance to name two streets in their own village.”

The development of 29 family homes is due to complete in the autumn and will offer much-needed affordable homes. Half of the homes will be available for social rent though Yorkshire Housing. Half of the homes will be available to working families on low incomes at 80% of market value, through Space property. 

Yorkshire Housing manages over 16,000 affordable homes and provides a wide range of care and support services across Yorkshire. It develops around 300 new affordable homes each year to help meet the needs of the community. 


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