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Surrounded by stunning, unspoilt countryside and situated on the banks of the River Deame, not far from the twin urban centres of Sheffield and Leeds, lies the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley.

Home to nearly a quarter of a million people, the town, much like the rest of Yorkshire, has a long history of coal-mining and, to a lesser extent, glassmaking. This history of heavy industry has in many ways defined the town's character in the past, but in more recent times Barnsley has reinvented itself as a major local retail centre popular with visitors from near and far, whilst still proudly retaining much of its appealing heritage.

In fact, much of the town centre is undergoing massive regeneration at present in the form of a number of flagship projects, with major high-street names well represented throughout the area.

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