S18 Area Guide

When people move to Dronfield to live, they are unlikely to want to leave…

Dronfield is one of the 10 most desirable places in the UK in which to live and work, according to a study carried out by the Centre for Economic and Business Research with the Royal Mail in 2017.

Dronfield is a town in the North East Derbyshire district of the county of Derbyshire in the East Midlands region of England. It comprises the three communities of Dronfield, Dronfield Woodhouse and Coal Aston. It is sited in the valley of the small River Drone, and lies between the town of Chesterfield and the city of Sheffield. The Peak District National Park lies three miles (4.8 km) to the west. The town's name means open land infested with drones (male bees).

Pricewise, it costs less to live in Dronfield than Totley, but its amenities are better.

With its easy access to the motorway network, Sheffield, Chesterfield and the Peak District, a thriving railway station and extensive leisure facilities, plus a strong community spirit and choice of pubs and restaurants, there seems little not to like about Dronfield.

Within both Dronfield town and the surrounding rural villages that make up S18 there are a number of great pubs, which as well as offering good beer are very much a part of the local community, supporting local organisations such as the Friends of Dronfield Station, the local cricket club and a variety of good causes.

Travellers Rest
Minors Arms
3 Tuns Dronfield
J D Lounge and music bar
Smiffy’s Bar

The football ground to the north of the town is currently the home of Sheffield F.C., the world's oldest football club.

Situated close to the Pennines and many of the beauty spots of Derbyshire, Dronfield also has easy access to the Peak District National Park just 3 miles (4.8 km) away. There are four conservation areas either wholly or partly within Dronfield's parish area: Dronfield (adopted 1971), Coal Aston (1983), Dronfield Woodhouse (1990) and Moss Valley (1990); the first three cover the respective old village centres and are wholly within the parish, whereas Moss Valley covers a mixed landscape and is mostly outside the parish, to the northeast.

The town has a range of businesses, mainly located on the Callywhite Lane Industrial Estate at the eastern end of the town, and along Wreakes Lane and Stubley Lane northwest of the town centre.

Major companies with works in Dronfield include Henry Boot PLC, a property development and construction company (the divisions Henry Boot Construction Ltd and Banner Plant Ltd have regional offices in the town), Padley & Venables Ltd, manufacturers of tools for use in drilling, tunnelling, mining, quarrying and construction/demolition, Land Instruments International, international designer and manufacturer of industrial and environmental monitoring instruments (in 2006 this was acquired by AMETEK Inc), and Gunstones Bakery, which was founded in Sheffield in 1862, moved to Dronfield in 1950, taken over by Northern Foods in 1971 and acquired by 2 Sisters in 2011; in 2013 it employed more than 1,400 people.

Various smaller companies occupy units on the Callywhite Lane estate. Some modern high-tech businesses have premises in the town.

Dronfield has a library, sports centre, health centre and community centre. There are three parks (Cliffe Park, Sindelfingen Park and Jubilee Park) and several play areas. Cliffe Park has three tennis courts, a basketball court, a children's play area, a bowling green, a meeting room with kitchen, and a multi-use games area with changing rooms. Sindelfingen Park has play areas and basketball courts.

In January 2010 a new £2.5 million sports complex opened at Gosforth Fields, on the old Gosforth School site. Run by three local teams, AFC Dronfield, Dronfield Town & Dronfield RFU, the complex includes a state-of-the-art 3G pitch, 10 full-size pitches, changing facilities and a social area.

Dronfield also has several social clubs: The Contact Club, Dronfield Woodhouse Sports & Social Club, Hill Top Sports & Social Club and the Pioneer Club.

Infant Schools and Nurseries
Lenthall Infant & Nursery School
Holmsdale Infant School
Gosforth Pre-School
Dronfield Nursery Ltd
St Andrews Pre-School
The Avenue Nursery

Primary Schools
Dronfield County Junior School
Gorseybrigg Primary School & Nursery
Stonelow Junior School
St Andrew's Primary School
Penny Acres Primary School
William Levick Primary School
Northfield Junior School

Secondary Schools
The Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School