Doncaster: 01302 969049
Sheffield: 0114 419 2049
Credit cards logo

Doncaster Pest Control

As one of the leading pest control companies in Doncaster, we have visited many places to take control of people’s “pest” problems. We have worked in Doncaster for many years and often get asked about the history of Doncaster and pest control.

Please take a look below at some of the histories of Doncaster through the years and some of the historic places that it has had in the past and currently.

The history of Doncaster

Roman Forts in Doncaster

Dating back to AD71, Doncaster has a rich and fascinating history. Built on a Roman fort and with a bustling market dating back to the 12th century, it has an intriguing past. Keep reading to find out more about this much-loved Yorkshire city.

Doncaster Roman fort

The history of Doncaster begins with the Romans building a fort here in AD71. They called the fort Danum. The Roman civilisation declined in the 4th century, with the last Roman soldiers leaving Britain in 407 AD. After the Romans left, the village by the fort became Don Ceaster, with the name eventually changing to Doncaster.

Doncaster in the Middle Ages

In the 12th century, Doncaster became a very busy town, and in 1194, King Richard I granted its charter. This was a document that gave it certain rights. It was a bustling market town, although it would probably seem quite small to us today.

Roman Fort ruins Doncaster

In 1204, a terrible fire occurred in Doncaster, made worse by the fact that most buildings were made from wood at this time. Although their wooden construction meant that fire was an ongoing hazard, it did mean that rebuilding buildings was easier.

In the 14th century, friars started to reside in Doncaster. Whilst they were in many ways similar to monks, the friars went out into the town to preach rather than withdraw from the world. In 1307, the Franciscan friars arrived. They were known as the ‘grey friars’ due to the colour of their clothing. The ‘Carmelites’ which were also known as ‘white friars’ arrived in the town in the mid-14th century.

Doncaster during 1500-1800


During this period, this small and bustling market town grew even further. This was despite a number of outbreaks of plague in 1562, 1582, 1583, 1604, and 1606. Even though the plague took large parts of Doncaster’s population every time it hit, it managed to recover each time. A grammar school opened in 1575, followed by a major typhoid outbreak in 1700.

Doncaster became a major coaching town in the 18th century, which mean that lots of stagecoaches travelled through the town. This resulted in many inns which served the needs of travellers, providing food, drink, and rest.

Another key event from this period was the construction of the Mansion House between 1744-1750. Doncaster’s elegant Grade 1 listed Mansion House has dominated the High Street for over 250 years and is one of four surviving civic Mansion Houses nationwide.

The Mansion House was a place for corporate entertaining rather than a residence for the mayor in his year of office. Although, a few mayors did make use of the rooms for this purpose.

Doncaster’s first theatre, the Theatre Royal opened in 1776, the same year as the renowned St Ledger for horse racing. In 1792, a dispensary opened in the town, allowing the poorest people to obtain medicine free of charge.

Doncaster in the 19th century

Doncaster Wheatley Hall

By 1831, the town’s population hit 10,000. This would be considered quite large at the time. However, similar to many other towns during this period, it was unsanitary and many residents lived in squalid conditions. There was some improvement in the late 1800s thanks to the construction of sewers and the development of a piped water supply. The town’s first infirmary opened its doors in 1853, followed by a free public library in 1869.

A new Guildhall was built in 1847, followed by the Corn Exchange in 1873. Railways started to run through the town in 1849. Although this resulted in the end of the stagecoaches, they brought new prosperity to the area.

In 1853, the Great Northern Railway moved the engine-building works to the town, becoming the area’s main employer. In the late 19th and 20th centuries, engineering became Doncaster’s leading industry.

The growth of the Doncaster market

There are few better places to start looking into the history of Doncaster than with its market. First chartered in 1248, it was held around the church of St. Mary Magdalene, eventually expanding north of the church. The church was deconsecrated back in 1548, and buildings slowly encroached on its churchyard. A Butchers’ Shambles and a butter cross were built to the west of the church, with a New Shambles following in 1778. Later on in the 1780s, cattle sales started to take place in the market, and it became one of the biggest in the country for wool sales.

Doncaster in the 20th and 21st centuries

Various key events took place during this period, including electric trams running through the town’s streets from 1902 onwards. Trams were Doncaster-minster-Church


 replaced by trolleybuses in 1928, although they started to be phased out in 1961.

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery opened in 1909, and in 1923, Elmfield Park opened. In 1964, a brand-new purpose-built museum welcomed people through its doors.

By 1914, the Doncaster Borough expanded to include other areas, including Balby, Wheatley, and Hexthorpe. The town’s population had grown dramatically to 83,000 in 1951.

Doncaster suffered a heavy attack in 1941 during World War II, with two parachute mines dropped on it. Despite this, the town got off fairly lightly compared to other areas in terms of damage and causalities.

The Frenchgate Centre (previously the Arndale Centre), opened to shoppers in 1968, followed by the Waterfield Centre in 1969. Robin Hood Airport opened just outside Doncaster in 2005, followed by the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in 2021.

With the population of Doncaster reaching 158,000 this year and gaining city status in November 2022, it’s clear that it has become a sought-after place to live and work.

As you can imagine such a big city there with lots of issues with vermin.  That’s why Doncaster pest control is a full-time job!

5.0 Based on 62 reviews from review us onPaul Foster ★★★★★ Were with me within 90 mins for a wasp nest. Knowledgeable, professional service. Perfect.Response from the ownerHi Paul thanks for your review of our services. We always try to be professional and we are glad to have assisted you.The Topline Pest ControlTeam Mark Cox ★★★★★ Very professional and excellent service. Contacted Topline Pest Control on Monday about issues with pigeons under the solar panels, the work was completed on the Thursday and to an exceptionally high standard. Would 100% recommend Topline Pest control to carry out any work.Response from the ownerHi Mark, thank you for your review. Glad we were able to help with your issue.The Topline Team Scott Jones ★★★★★ Fantastic service ,Staff when they come out to our premises are always polite always have a chat I couldn’t recommend these guys enough such professional service throughout.Response from the ownerHi Scott, thank you for the 5 star review. Our dedicated team appreciate your comments.The Topline Team Rob Watts ★★★★★ Excellent company and service.... rang them on the Thursday and they came and pigeon proofed my solar panels on the Tuesday, so didn't have to wait long at all.Their quote and price was far far more reasonable than a lot of companies too,, just goes to show ya that so many companies out there just like to rob ya,, but not these lads,, very very fair price.The work carried out has been done to an excellent standard too,,, I really am over the moon with it,,, its spot on.STRONGLY recommend 👌Response from the ownerHi Rob, so glad our team was able to help you. Thank you for using us!The Topline Team KC Fragrances ★★★★★ Total professional service highly recommended.Response from the ownerHi, thank you for your 5 star review. The Topline Team Kidd Wong ★★★★★ Quick and professional service. Took care of a wasp nest in the roof in less than half an hour on a rainy weekend morning. Would happily recommend to friends and family.Response from the ownerHi Kidd, thank you for your review. Our team appreciate your comments.The Topline Team Sue Bellerby ★★★★★ Such a great company to deal with! I had a wasp nest that needed dealing with and Mark came out first thing the next day to deal with it. Fast, professional and competitively priced. I’ll definitely call them again if I have any pest issues. Thank you!Response from the ownerHi Sue! I'm so glad we were able to help and solve the issue.The Topline Team Tony Basile ★★★★★ We had a bees nest in our chimney. We contacted several companies before contacting Topline Pest Control. Mark was the only person that fully explained the process involved in the removal of the nest. Mark and his team were very professional from start to finish, liaised with scaffolders and even worked a Sunday to ensure the job was completed for us. We can’t thank them enough for everything and would highly recommend them to anyone. Thanks again!Response from the ownerHi Tony! Thank you for your review. I'm happy to hear our team was able to help you. The Topline Team S B ★★★★★ Fantastic job by Mark (and Phil), who was extremely knowledgable about bees. They removed a bee nest that was in my house walls, the bees having entered through an airbrick, very high up. They arranged the scaffolding, removed the bees, and resealed so the bees could not return. Nothing was too much trouble. Helped me out with some other few jobs and gave sound advice. Would heartily recommend, and wouldn't hesitate to use again should the need arise.Response from the ownerHi S B! Thank you for the lovely review. We're so glad to hear our team was able to help you. Thank you for using us!The Topline Team Denise Holmes ★★★★★ This company gave excellent service. Very professional, polite, and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend them.Response from the ownerHi Denise, thank you for the 5 stars and lovely review! Our team appreciates your comments.The Topline Team Margaret Townsend ★★★★★ We had problems with pigeons under our solar panels and they were very efficient in the work they carried out. There was no mess at all, would recommend them to anyone having a similar problem.Response from the ownerHi Margaret! I'm so glad our team was able to help you. Thank you for using us!The Topline Team Phil Clay ★★★★★ Great service for bee relocation, very transparent, plenty of useful information, immediately felt we were in good hands. Would highly recommend.Response from the ownerHi Phil, thank you for the 5 stars and review. We really appreciate it! The Topline Team jeanne holmes ★★★★★ Mark and his team have done an excellent job in pigeon proofing our solar panels. Within 7 days of first contacting them the job was done. A very professional service. Highly recommended.Response from the ownerHi Jeanne, thank you for your lovely review. We are happy we were able to resolve the issue for you!The Topline Team Sharon ★★★★★ Very responsive, professional and demonstrated exceptional customer service. Can’t praise you enough for everything you’ve done in resolving the problem!Response from the ownerHi Sharon, we appreciate your kind words. You are more than welcome, thank you for using ur services!The Topline Team Paul Cheater ★★★★★ We had roosting pigeons under our solar panels and it wasn’t just the disturbance early in a morning, it was the mess caused by their excrement in the gutters and on the patio. We contacted Topline and they were very responsive, carried out a site visit, explained everything they could do, what method and materials they would use (shown samples) and how they would do the job. Nice people to deal with and they also organised scaffolding that would be required. Again, the scaffolding firm they use from Retford we’re extremely professional and friendly. Despite weather issues, the job went really smoothly and the results were excellent - no more roosting pigeons and associated mess. Great teams, great job and value for money too.Response from the ownerHi Paul, thank you for the 5 stars and lovely review. I'm glad we were able to help!The Topline Team Anita Benson ★★★★★ Highly recommended.Great communication. Prompt, efficient service, arrived on time, and the guys also cleared up after themselves, despite cold wintry weather conditions. Very impressed.Response from the ownerHi Anita! I'm glad we were able to help you.The Topline Team Sandra Briggs ★★★★★ These guys did a Brilliant job very quickly.Never been in this position before and they certainly put me at ease.Soon found out entry point and tackled it immediately.Very professional great after care just to make sure all gone would highly recommend this company prices very reasonable and can now sleep soundly so big thankyou.👍👍👌👌Response from the ownerHi Sandra, thank you for the lovely comments we were happy to assist you.The Topline Pest Control team Lynne Napier ★★★★★ Response from the ownerHi Lynne, thank you for taking the time to leave 5 stars for us we appreciate it.The Topline Pest Control Team. Mal N ★★★★★ A great service professionally conductedResponse from the ownerHi Mal, thank you for the 5 stars!The Topline Team Robyn Jones ★★★★★ Everyone was extremely professional, I rang up and got booked extremely quickly, there was a slight delay with my appointment on the day which was no fault of the teams, and I was told well before my allocated slot so it was no problem, guys who came to my home were extremely polite and professional. They explained exactly everything that they had done and also gave further advice which was good. Overall fantastic service, 10/10 and will be recommending to all my friends and family! Thank you so much!Response from the ownerHi Robyn, thank you for the 5 stars and lovely review! We really appreciate it.The Topline Team ian hill ★★★★★ Responded to request to do a survey the same day. Came back to do the work 7 days later. All work was explained and done to a high standard,all nesting material removed and the site left clean and tidy. A very reliable company.Response from the ownerHi Ian, thank you for your comments!The Topline Team Craig Wright ★★★★★ Mark, responded to my request over the weekend really quickly and booked in for the Monday. Turned up, really friendly, explained all I needed to know. Removed bird next from under eaves, sealed opening thoroughly. Would certainly recommend. Great job. Many thanksResponse from the ownerHi Craig, thank you for the 5 stars and lovely review!The Topline Team Gail Roebuck ★★★★★ Mark and his team came to help get rid of some squirrels in my loft and the team were courteous, punctual and friendly throughout. Nothing was too much trouble and they were incredibly reassuring. They also came back later to help with some rats outside. As someone who hates dealing with any kind of rodent, I was very reassured by their professionalism and expertise. I would thoroughly recommend them to help with anything you need.Response from the ownerHi Gail, we're happy we were able to help! Thank you for the 5 stars.The Topline Team Sarah Nicholson ★★★★★ Mark and his team have been incredibly friendly and professional throughout. He came to get rid of some mice in our garage and did a wonderful job, fitting a brush strip to our garage door to stop them coming back (and even fixing our garage door while he was at it!)I cannot recommend Mark and his team highly enough. Hopefully I won't have call to need them again, but if ever any mice come back, they will be the first people we call. 😊Response from the ownerHi Sarah, we're happy to hear you were happy with our services! Thank you for using us.The Topline Team Deej AK ★★★★★ Topline responded to my early morning call immediately and were at my property by 10 am at the agreed time.Mark is extremely professional and knowledgeable, and has put in place the measures to solve my problem at a fair cost.Highly recommend Topline to anyone needing pest control - do not delay !Response from the ownerHi Deej, thank you for the review! I'm glad we were able to help.The Topline Team js_loader
Think Wildlife
Constriction Line
Acclaim Logo
Social Value Logo
Ipaf Logo


For Doncaster pest Control, contact Topline. Telephone 01302 969049 to talk to one of our team, or, alternatively, send a message via the website. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Also, we provide a 24/7 service for emergencies, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re dealing with a problem that needs immediate attention.

Book Now

For a no-obligation estimate:

What do you need help with?
Lower Pasture, Blaxton, Doncaster, DN9 3RF, Aizlewoods Mill Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG
Email: info@toplinepestcontrolltd.co.uk Office: Doncaster: 01302 969049 Sheffield: 0114 419 2049
24 Hr callout
  • Mon 06:00 – 20:00
  • Tue 06:00 – 20:00
  • Wed 06:00 – 20:00
  • Thu 06:00 – 20:00
  • Fri 09:00 – 19:00
  • Sat 06:00 – 20:00
  • Sun 06:00 – 20:00
Google Rating
Based on 62 reviews