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From barge to cabin cruiser

The River Don forms part of the famous South Yorkshire Navigation Canal, which over the past century has been an important transport artery for industrial South Yorkshire. For many years, huge barges hauled coal from local collieries to customers from East Yorkshire to Sheffield. In recent years the waters have become popular with a rising tide of leisure users who travel along the UK canal network in pleasure craft, often stopping off for a day or two in Sprotbrough.

Sprotbrough’s history can be traced back nearly 1000 years, with the settlement being mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. To mark this fact, in 1996 Sprotbrough and Cusworth Parish Council purchased a commemorative copy of the Domesday Book , pictured here, which is now housed at Sprotbrough Library.

 A deep red cloth covering a display table where the Domesday Book replica sits