Conisbrough & Denaby Main
Heritage Group
From the book 'Photographs of Old Conisbrough' published by June and Tony Greathead in 1990.
Copied by kind permission of June Greathead.
 
Coronation Park
 
This area was formerly a paddock and opened as a Park on 22nd June 1911 to commemorate the Coronation of George V.  The main event of the day though was the unveiling of a lamp and fountain which were placed on the periphery of the park at the junction of Castle Hill and Low Road.  
The cost of the fountain as £30, made by George Wright of Rotherham, plus fixing costs. One hundred and fifty pounds was raised by public subscription, the remaining money being spend on a 'Coronation' tea for the village's children and old people.  
The unveiling was performed by Mrs Godfrey Walker who had travelled from her home in Scarborough.  She had provided, as a gift to Conisbrough, the land that had been used for the Park.  At the time the land was valued at around £540.  Mrs Walker also donated a further £150 to cover the expense of footpaths and iron railings.
 
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The War Memorial standing in Coronation Park was built several years after the First World War by sculptors Tyas and Guest of Swinton and made using Ashlar Sandstone.  A three step plinth topped by a pillar and surmounted by a life size statue of a WW1 infantryman with rifle and fixed bayonet.  Unfortunately the original bayonet was stolen some years ago and replacements have disappeared as fast as they were put in place.  For several years now there was no bayonet, but in October 2017 a new one was installed.

WW1 Memorial Names

ASHFORD  W  ATKINSON M   
BAKER G   BALMFORTH P   BARKER H
BASHFORD A   BEECHAM H   BELL W   BEMROSE T   BENNETT A
BETTS J W   BINGHAM G W   BIRCH W   BLADES J   BOWEN J I
BREEZE W   BROOKE J E   BROWN E   BROWN J   BROWN K A    BURTON H G
BUTTLE G   BUXTON W H   
CALLADINE J H   CASS T   CHADWICK J
CHAPPELL J   CHIPP H   COCKSEDGE G   COLES F   COLLIER D
COOPE C   COOPER J R   CORNEY J   COULSON W   CRABTREE W H
CROOKES F   CROSS J   CROSS W   CURTIS H   
DAVEY A   DAWSON A   DAY W T   DIMALINE H   
EDWARDS G W   ELLIOTT W   ELLIS J   ELMER R
FALKINGHAM H   FAULKNER W   FIDLER J H   FIRTH A   FITTON C
FITTON T   FOSTER G E   
GAMBLE H   GARSIDE G H   GLEADALL D
GLENN T W   GOODIER H V   GOULDING F   GRAVES J   GREEN J
GRIFFIN M   
HAGGAR W   HAGUE A   HAGUE E   HALL J   HALL P   HANLEY A
HARDACRE R   HARDY F   HARROP G   HARTLEY E   HARTLEY G H
HARTLEY H   HINCHLIFFE J   HINCHLIFFE L   HINCHLIFFE S
HODGSON J   HODGETTS W   HOLDEN A   HORNER W H   HORNSBY H
HORSMAN C   HORSMAN W H   HOWSON A   HUNT  A   HURTON A                                     
HUTCHINSON A   HUTCHINSON J   HUTCHINSON J S   
JONES R W
KEELING G   KERR J R   KINSEY N   KNIGHT C L                                                                     
LAWRENCE R    LEGGETT G   LEWIS J H   LEWIS W   LIDSTER W   LIFSEY T   LOGAN E
MARTIN J   MIDDLETON T
NEEDHAM J   NEWALL J   NICHOLSON F E   NICHOLSON E H   NICHOLSON G W
PAGE W   PALMER H   PARK G   PEACE  J C   PEARCE C   PEARCE J
PEARSON R   PECK P   PERRY S   POOLE T   PORTER E   POWER J T   PURDY J  J
RILEY T   ROBINSON A   ROWE G C   RUTTER H M
SAMPSON E   SAMPSON G   SARGON J B   SCOTT J   SEWELL T   SHACKLOCK H
SHEPHARD A   SLEAFORD F   SMITH A E   SMITH G   SMITH N   SMITH S G
SPENCER F   STACEY H   STARR H J E   STENTON O   STURGESS F
TAYLOR R   TAYLOR R   TEALE A   TEMPLETON   THOMAS J   THORNTON J
WAIN E   WAINWRIGHT G   WALL H   WATSON S   WEAVER P W   WEBSTER J
WHITE R   WHITTAKER T   WHITTAKER W   WILBURN H   WILSON A
WOOD A   WOODWARD F   WOODWARD J W   WORTH G T   WRIGHT L
YATES G


12th January 1922
A german gun presented to Conisbro as a war souvenir was the subject of an amusing discussion of the local authority last night.  Mr W W Norwood said he had heard that a public fund was being raised in the town for the removal of the gun from Coronation Park.  He had suggested that the weapon be hidden behind some shrubbery and pointed towards Germany.  Everyone laughed.  Mr Brocklesby said, ‘had it not been suggested that the gun be thrown into the river’?  Mr Norwood replied, ‘yes but I wouldn’t do that, the gun if nothing else is a memento of what we did to Germany’.  Mr H C Harrison, the Chairman replied, ‘it is a reminder that we won the war’.