The South Yorkshire town of Barnsley is in the Dearne Valley, a few miles to the east of the Peak District National Park.
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Home to more than 90,000 people, Barnsley is a large town in South Yorkshire. It lies midway between Sheffield and Leeds. Barnsley was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, but its development accelerated during 17th century, when it became an important transit point on the road route from London to Leeds.
Barnsley's development took another step forward during the Industrial Revolution, when mills, factories and coal mines were all developed in the area. Today the town's economy is more heavily oriented towards consumer goods and the service sector. Several food manufacturers and retailers have large bases in the area.
The town's location alongside the M1 motorway and in central England means that large parts of the country are accessible in less than four hours, making it a good base for distribution.
A notable attraction for food lovers is that Barnsley is the home of the Barnsley Chop, a double loin chop that's cut from a saddle of lamb. This tasty cut includes fat, bone, loin and fillet meat, making it tender and flavoursome. Traditionally served to farmers on market day, it remains a popular cut today.
Luckily vans are available to hire every day of the week in Barnsley, not just on market day. A full range of van types are usually available from local hire firms in the town: