Hexthorpe is a community of some 4,000 people. It is situated a short walk away from Doncaster town centre. It has a very long and proud history. It is listed in the Domesday Book in 1085 as ‘Estorp’ – Doncaster did not even get a mention! Eight hundred and fifty two years later the Mallard, built in Hexthorpe, broke the world speed record for a steam engine.
Hexthorpe grew in the later 19th century and early 20th century from a small village into a railway community. The Plant Works dominated the scene- many famous locomotives were built there. Rows of terrace streets were built to house the workers. These streets still remain. The railways works have almost disappeared and Hexthorpe now has a multi-cultural population. The well-known Hexthorpe Flatts (park) that contains the Dell is still a popular destination.