Amanda has worked in estate agency in the Southeast of England in both residential and commercial property sales.
Buying Property in South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire offers a vibrant and inexpensive property market, with fewer risks involved than in the crazy southern counties where property prices have literally galloped up in the past few years. It is good to know that many towns in our traditional industrial heartlands, in South Yorkshire and neighbouring counties, have some of the cheapest property in the UK, making them ideal both for first-time buyers and for property investors.
Use the table below to help you discover the cheapest places, then scroll down to read further comments about individual towns. Please be aware that this article can only provide an approximate guide. Don't forget to do your own thorough checks before entering into a property transaction.
This article was updated in January 2022.
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Remember, these prices represent the cheapest basic three-bedroom houses in any given location. Property prices change on a regular basis so this can only ever be a general guide. When buying property, as with most things in life, it's important to do your own research. Happy house-hunting!
Cheapest Towns to Buy a Three-Bedroom House in South Yorkshire
|Up to £140,000||£140,001 to £190,001||£190,000 plus|
Brierley & Grimethorpe
North and South Anston are separated by the Anston Brook, the A57 road and a freight railway line, however, they have come to be known collectively as 'Anston'.
North Anston forms a connurbation with the town of Dinnington, and is largely a commuter base for Sheffield and other large towns nearby. It is mainly comprised of suburban housing estates; however, the quaint "old village" still retains its green and the village wells. North Anston is home to a popular tourist attraction; a Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, and is also adjoined by the limestone gorge of Anston Stones Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
South Anston is more rural than its neighbour and has several working quarries at its heart. The blocks used in the re-building of the Houses of Parliament in the 1830s were mined here and initially transported via the nearby Chesterfield Canal.
Modern-day Anston has a primary school, and a choice of secondary schools at nearby Dinnington, or alternately at Kiveton Park. Kiveton Park is also the location of the nearest railway station. Three-bedroom houses in Anston start at a little under £170,000.
Askern, a small farming village, became renowned for its waters in the 19th century. They were said to have healing properties. Local landowners soon saw a potential for profit, and a number of bathhouses were built. It wasn't long before the village had gained a reputation as a Spa, and the newly developed rail network enabled people from across the Pennines to come and sample the waters. Before long hotels and guesthouses lined Station Road and Moss Road, and Askern began to prosper as never before. The town's burgeoning popularity continued into the early 20th century, but the advent of war in Europe coupled with a rise in industrialisation in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire presaged a change in direction for Askern.
The discovery of a rich seam of coal nearby led the good people of Askern to turn their attention to coal-mining, and their pit became a successful new source of income. The coal mine continued in production until the pit closures of the 1990s. Today Askern is best known for its local greyhound stadium.
Modern-day Askern has three-bedroom houses from less than £115,000 (January 2022)
The large metropolitan town of Barnsley lies on the River Dearne, in what is traditionally known as the West Riding of Yorkshire. Barnsley's fortunes were once founded on coal mining and glassmaking, and although both these industries have declined, Barnsley's culture is still rooted firmly in its industrial heritage.
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The town is easily accessed from the M1 motorway and has a railway station with direct routes to other major Northern towns and cities. Local employment opportunities are reasonably sound, with a number of big-name companies manufacturing their goods locally. The town has a wide choice of educational establishments and many and varied sports and leisure facilities. Barnsley F.C. is a professional association football club based in the town and has an ardent and loyal following.
Small, three-bedroom houses start at around £80,000 in Barnsley. You might find the occasional 'project' house at an even lower price if you are interested in renovating a run-down property.
The small market town of Bawtry was originally a Roman settlement on the old Roman road known as Ermine Street. It lies on the route between Doncaster and Lincoln. Moden-day Bawtry is close to the borders of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire and is a pretty little town with bags of Yorkshire charm and a bustling town centre lined with boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
Popular with out-of-town visitors, Bawtry is far enough away from nearby larger towns to attract day-trippers, but close enough to them to enjoy the benefit of their facilities, including secondary schools, the nearest being in Doncaster, Bawtry is located just south of Robin Hood Airport and is thereby conveniently placed for air travellers. However, it has no railway station at present.
Bawtry is relatively expensive for South Yorkshire, and although you might find an occasional 3 bedroom property a little under £200,000, it is wise to allow that amount as a baseline budget and be prepared to pay quite a lot more.
Brierley & Grimethorpe
The former mining town of Brierley lies close to the border with West Yorkshire, just south of the A628 road, and is six miles to the east of Barnsley. The town incorporates the large pit village of Grimethorpe. Although a pleasant enough location, with a choice of supermarkets and a primary school, there are few everyday facilities close at hand. An ideal place, perhaps, for someone who likes a peaceful existence but doesn't mind hopping in the car occasionally.
There are not too many three-bedroom houses available in Brierley & Grimethorpe at present, in part, at least, because it is a genuinely small place. A three-bedroom house is likely to cost at least £200,000, barring the odd teeny weeny terrace property . A new development of premium houses has recently been built locally, but these are considerably dearer than the basic houses elsewhere in the village.
Conisbrough was an important place in medieval South Yorkshire. The name 'Conisbrough' indicates that the location was a king's stronghold, and the town still retains the remains of Conisbrough Castle. Hamelin Plantagenet, the illegitimate son of Henry ll, acquired the castle in the late 12th century, and he soon commenced the work of rebuilding the structure in stone, including the impressive 28m keep.
The Plantagets were to hold the castle until 1461, when it once again returned to the Crown. Gradually, due to a long period of neglect, the castle fell into serious disrepair. However, even in its current ruinous state, it attracts many visitors and is now managed by English Heritage. Necessary repairs to the structure were made possible in the 1990s thanks to funding from the European Union.
The modern-day town of Conisbrough has schools through to sixth form, a range of everyday shops in the town centre, and good rail and road links. Three-bedroom houses in this historic town are available from a little under £120,000. (January 2022).
The South Yorkshire town of Dinnington is thought to have been inhabited since at least Neolithic times, and archeaological evidence supports this. However, despite its head start as a population centre, the settlement at Dinnington remained little more than an isolated farming and quarrying community, based around what is now the New Road area of the modern town, for many centuries.
The sinking of the Dinnington Main Colliery in 1905 provided the catalyst for a rapid expansion in the local population as more and more people came looking for work. Dinnington's newfound prosperity and burgeoning population led to a steady building programme that continued throughout most of the 20th century.
As the housing estates spread, Dinnington gradually merged into the neighbouring villages of Throapham and North Anston. The resulting connurbation today, acts as a commuter base for Sheffield, Rotherham and Worksop. The closure of both coal and steel industries in the late 1980s and early 1990s caused a long period of high unemployment in the area, and this continues to affect house prices, which remain modest.
A three-bedroom house in Dinnington can be bought from as little as £110,000 for a tiny Victorian or Edwardian terrace house on one of the older streets through to around £150,000 for a basic mid-20th-century house on one of the more modern developments.
Dinnington has schools through to sixth form plus a Further Education College and a wide range of local shops, including both chain stores and independent traders. The nearest mainline railway station is at nearby Kiveton Park.
The large, market town of Doncaster has its earliest roots in the Roman invasion of Britain. Although possibly inhabited by earlier people, Doncaster developed at the site of the 1st century Roman fort built to guard a crossing of the River Don. This fort was known as Danum, and the Romans considered it to be an important staging post on the route from York to London. Archaeological excavations have identified numerous remains of Roman buildings in the town, although, for the most part, these remain hidden under more recent structures.
Modern-day Doncaster is well known for its horse racing course, and there are a number of training stables locally. Doncaster has an historic town centre and is blessed with many ancient and interesting buildings. Once renowned for its coal mines, Doncaster remains an important location for all manner of other industries.
Excellent road and rail links, coupled with extremely affordable property prices, make the location very attractive to the large companies based here. Doncaster has all the facilities you would expect in a large, modern town, yet it remains one of the cheapest places in the UK to buy a home. Basic three-bedroom houses can be bought from approximately £70,000 in Doncaster.
Just like its close neighbour, Doncaster, Edlington is an extremely affordable location, with three bedroom terraced house priced from around £70,000. Edlington is a much smaller, and more rural town than Doncaster, located in the midst of lovely countryside, yet all the benefits afforded by a larger town are close at hand. Edlington has schools through to sixth form. There is no longer a railway station, but Doncaster with its excellent rail links, is not too far away.
Hatfield is located on the border of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, about seven miles from Doncaster, and has access to the M18 motorway at Junctions 4 and 5. The town lies within the historic boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The town of Hatfield is really a sprawling collection of connected villages, with a mainline railway station lying on the boundary between Hatfield and neighbouring Stainforth.
Hatfield has a choice of private schools within its borders, as well as some state primaries. Three-bedroom houses are not as cheap in Hatfield as elsewhere in South Yorkshire, but they are still reasonably priced compared to much of the UK. Basic family homes may be bought from around £160,000 in this largely rural location..
The urban development brought about as a result of coal mining excavations at nearby Elsecar, and the successful ironworks at Milton Forge, caused the hamlets of Upper Hoyland, Hoyland, and Hoyland Common to merge together to become the town that we now know as Hoyland.
This small town near Barnsley prospered on the back of the coal and iron industries. Sadly, however, with no other major employers close at hand, the eventual failure of both pit and ironworks at the end of the 20th century, brought hard times on the community.
Modern-day Hoyland has been the recipient of urban regeneration funds in recent years, and there have been improvements to the town centre, including a library and other facilities. There is a choice of primary schools locally, and the Kirk Balk Academy offers secondary education throught to age 16. The town is served by Elsecar railway station. Three-bedroom homes in Hoyland begin at around £140,000.
Rich farming land and a wide stream running through it proved sufficient attraction to a group of Cistercian monks looking to settle in the area around what is now known as Maltby. Roche Abbey, on the outskirts of the modern town, was founded in 1147 and continued until the reign of Henry VIII. Its ruins remain for visitors to enjoy. Maltby, then a small farming community, continued to quietly go about its business, long after the monks had fled, However, everything was to change in the late 19th century; when coal was discovered in the area.
Maltby Main Colliery was established in 1910 and continued in production until its closure in March 2013. To accommodate the many incoming workers, the colliery company built a large housing estate known as the 'Model Village' to the east of what is now the town centre. Many of these houses remain today, and they continue to provide popular and affordable accommodation.
Maltby has schools through to sixth form, a busy town centre, with a good range of everyday shops, and a regular local bus service which links Maltby with other nearby towns and villages. The services include a route to Rotherham Hospital. There is no railway station at Maltby, however, it is close to junction 1 of the M18 motorway. Budget at least £90,000 to secure a basic three-bedroom home here.
The town of Mexborough lies on the north side of the River Dearne, 6 miles north-east of Rotherham. From the 18th century onwards, the town was principally involved in coal mining, quarrying, brickworks and ceramic production. It was only towards the end of the 20th century that these major employers began to disappear, and the town lost a great deal of its former economic prosperity. Mexborough does retain, however, a proud industrial heritage, and a strong local community who appreciate and value the town and its history.
Modern-day Mexborough has a mainline railway station with trains through to Sheffield and Doncaster, schools through to sixth form, and a hospital with a minor injuries unit. Simple, three-bedroom homes are available to buy from around £80,000. (January 2022)
Penistone is a small market town 8 miles west of Barnsley, 17 miles, and around 14 miles north-west of Sheffield. It lies in the foothills of the Pennines and is mostly surrounded by rural countryside and farmland, with the start of the moors to the west of the town. The local area is famous for its dry stone walls, and its rugged little hamlets and sheep farms clinging to the hillsides, Penistone is popular with walkers and other visitors who come to enjoy the Yorkshire scenery.
Quite aside from the area's natural beauty, the town itself has numerous traditional stone buildings and is an attractive place to visit. Penistone has a vibrant and active local community and hosts many events that attract visitors into the town, including an annual agricultural show, a parade day, and a folk festival.
The town has schools through to sixth form, and a mainline railway station. Three-bedroom houses are available from around £190,000, with the occasional bargain slipping in below that price.
Rotherham is a large town on the banks of the River Don. It lies between Sheffield and Doncaster, and in fact, sprawls almost to the borders of Sheffield. Like so many other towns in this region, Rotherham developed through its rich mineral wealth, and for several centuries its major employers were in the coal mining, steel production, and glass fabrication industries. Modern-day Rotherham has been the subject of extensive urbanisation and has moved with the times. Newer, more technological industries are providing the jobs these days.
Rotherham has excellent educational facilities including a choice of three further education colleges, a mainline railway station, and a large and prestigious hospital with both Accident & Emergency, and Maternity services amongst many others. Budget at least £70,000 to £80,000 to buy a three-bedroom property in this busy and cosmopolitan location.
Sheffield is South Yorkshire's only city, and it is currently the third-largest English district by population, which is surprising, given that no less than 61% of Sheffield's entire area is green space, and a third of the city lies within the Peak District national park. Sheffield has plentiful parks, woodlands and gardens, and an estimated 2 million trees. All this makes for a pleasant environment despite extensive urbanisation.
In the 19th century, Sheffield gained an international reputation for steel production. Stainless steel was developed here, alongside many other innovations, and the many foundaries attracted some of the best craftsmen into the area. Iron, steel and coal provided the foundations upon which the City of Sheffield was first founded.
However, the collapse of coal mining in the late 20th century alongside stiff competition from international steel producers, effectively decimated employment prospects locally, and the legacy of mass unemployment affected the city and its inhabitants for many years. Fortunately, this trend has now reversed, and the 21st century has seen extensive redevelopment in Sheffield. Job prospects have improved dramatically, and there are now plentiful employment opportunities.
Sheffield is a thriving city with a wide choice of schools, and educational facilities through to university level. There is excellent shopping, great restaurants, night life, and a wide range of sports and leisure activities to enjoy. Transport links are first class and include the nearby Robin Hood Airport. Property prices here are wonderfully reasonable, and a three-bedroom house may be bought from approximately £80,000 to £100,000.
Until the early 18th century, what is now Stocksbridge was a tree-lined valley which ran from Deepcar to Midhopestones. A peaty-coloured river known as the Little Don ran through the valley, and there were a few traditionally built stone houses and farmsteads dotted here and there. It is believed that John Stocks, a farmer and local mill-owner, constructed the first footbridge over the river, perhaps so that his workers could come and go from their homes on the north side. Originally a wooden structure, Stocks' Bridge gave the place its name. Eventually, a stone version of the bridge was built in 1812.
The success of the original mill, and subsequent businesses built on the same site, in particular a steel foundry, led to an expansion in the local population. Modern-day Stocksbridge has schools through to age 16, a range of good local shops, and a leisure centre. Although road links are good there is no longer a railway station at Stocksbridge.
Three-bedroom houses remain affordable and can be bought from around £140,000.
The modern-day town of Swinton lies 5 miles north-northeast of Rotherham, on a point somewhere between the ancient Roman Ridge and the southwest Roman road from Doncaster. Various archaeological finds over the years suggest this was once a Roman settlement of some importance.
One such find was a coin hoard dating to the early 3rd century which was discovered during construction work on a house in 1853. Other minor discoveries followed through the years, then, in June 2014, Andrew Allen of Swinton, uncovered a large number of pottery sherds and other artefacts in his garden.
As a result of this last find, South Yorkshire's first crowd-funded archaeological project took place in October of the same year. A further dig commenced nearby in the spring of 2015. Further evidence of Roman habitation, including a possible field system, has so far been uncovered.
Long centuries after the Roman occupation ended, Swinton became known as the home of the Rockingham Pottery, a renowned manufacturer of porcelain. Although the factory closed in 1842 its products continue to be of considerable interest to collectors. Remains of an original kiln, a small part of the factory, a gatehouse,and the pottery flint millpond remain today in a park off Blackamoor Road.
Since the decline of coal mining and ceramic production in the area, and the demise of other traditional industries, local employment opportunities today are mostly found in the service industries and in light manufacturing. Fortunately, Swinton has excellent transport links, including rail, road, and the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation canal, which carries limited bulk freight via Swinton Lock. Several large distribution warehouse facilities have moved into the area, no doubt attracted by the ease of access to the transport network.
With local schools through to sixth form, a nearby Further Education College, and good town centre shopping, Swinton is an attractive and popular location. Three-bedroom houses may be bought in the region of £90,000 upwards. (January 2022)
The land which is now the market town of Thorne was once inhabited by Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age people. A very ancient settlement, Thorne was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and there are a number of old and historic buildings in and around the town. Thorne lies east of the River Don and is bisected by the Stainforth and Keadby Canal. As a former coal-mining town, Thorne is justifiably proud of its industrial heritage.
With schools through to sixth form, excellent rail and road links, and a good selection of day-to-day shops, Thorne is a good location to buy a family home. Three-bedroom houses start at around £100,000. (January 2022)
Around the end of the 11th century, Roger de Busli built a motte and bailey castle on the summit of a hill, known as Tica’s Hill, about half a mile south of Dadsley. Soon, a cluster of houses and their accompanying yards, grew up around the castle ditch.
The dwellings quickly became numerous enough to be thought of as a small village, and the settlement took its name from the hill and became known as 'Tickhill', and so it remains until this day. The village continued to flourish and grow throughout the medieval period, and a number of very early buildings still exist in the modern-day town.
Tickhill suffered a reversal of fortunes in later centuries. The Dissolution of the Monasteries affected the local Benedictine Community, and the castle was reduced to ruins during the 1640's Civil War. By the 18th century, the town was a poor shadow of its former self. However, modern-day Tickhill is a very attractive and popular small town with many quaint and historic features. It has two local primary schools and a good selection of everyday shops. The nearest railway station is at Doncaster. Three-bedroom houses in Tickhill start around £200,000.
Wath-Upon-Dearne was referred to in the Domesday Book as 'Wad'. For long centuries it remained a quiet rural settlement, just south of a ford on the River Dearne. Interesting developments came and went. There was a popular local racecourse that eventually fell into disuse in the mid 19th century, and a pottery that capitalised on the local clay but eventually failed. The Dearne and Dove Canal, flourished briefly, but closed in 1961 due to lack of maintenance and insufficient traffic. History passed without leaving any significant mark until the arrival of the coal mines.
The industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries generated a massive increase in the demand for coal. New pits were opened near Wath-upon-Dearne The population of the area grew and grew as more and more people arrived to work on the rich seam of coal. By the end of the 19th century, many large busy collieries were in full-scale production.
Wath Main and Manvers Main were the two pits mainly associated with Wath-upon-Dearne. The scale and scope of these mines increased well into the 20th century. Rail eventually took over from the canal as a means of transporting coal out of the area, and Wath-upon-Dearne became a railfreight centre of national importance.
The eventual collapse of the coal industry in the 1980s and 1990s hit Wath-upon-Dearne particularly hard. So many of the local inhabitants were involved in mining, that the pit closures came as a very heavy blow. Today, thanks in part, to urban regeneration funding, the town has turned a corner. Wath-Upon-Dearne now has a busy town centre with shops, a library, and a campus of the Dearne Valley College.
Recently, several very large distribution warehouses for the clothing chain Next have opened nearby. New housing has been built, and the land formerly occupied by the collieries has been cleared and is gradually being reused. There are currently six primary schools in Wath-upon-Dearne, and two secondary schools. Three-bedroom family homes can be acquired from around £125,000.
Wombwell is a small town near Barnsley. Once home to two collieries; Wombwell Main and Mitchells Main, Wombwell was yet another casualty of the pit closure scheme. Fortunately, the town has now made a good recovery from those difficult times. Today, Wombwell is close to the large shopping and leisure facilities of Cortonwood and has its own busy High Street. There are local schools through to age 16. Wombwell railway station serves the Penistone and Hallam lines.
Three-bedroom houses in this attractive location start a little under £120,000.
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© 2016 Amanda Severn