Conisbrough & Denaby Main
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CONISBROUGH

1st January 1896
The adjourned meeting was held on 8th January 1896 the Councillors present were Senior, Jones, Norwood, Gillatt, Robinson and the Chairman.  It was proposed by Councillor Norwood seconded by Councillor Senior that the Clerk apply to Mrs Bradley for one pound for the use of the Fire Engine.

5th February 1896
Proposed by Councillor Casey seconded by Councillor Milner that the Clerk ask Mr Smith to send in the clothes which belong to the Fire Brigade.
Carried

Proposed by Councillor Booth seconded by Councillor Ogley that Messrs W Jones, T W Downing, Thomas Senior, George Shaw, George FitzGeorge, R J Clarkson, Wm Heslam, A Cusworth, George Ellis, Jas. Illlingworth be elected members of the Fire Brigade.
Carried Unanimously

Proposed by Councillor Norwood seconded boy Councillor Gillott that for the present Councillor Jones take the Charge of the Fire Engine and at once call a meeting of the newly elected Brigade and ask them to suggest one of their members to the council for appointment as Captain.
Carried Unanimously

Proposed by Councillor Norwood seconded by Councillor Marsh that the question relating to the old Fire Engine and fitting of the Fire Bell and ordering clothes for the new firemen be left to the Fire Brigade Committee.
Carried

Proposed by Councillor Holmes seconded by Councillor Taylor that the Clerk call upon Mr Wigfall to ascertain the particulars of the Day Lands for allotments. Samuel Whitfield  Chairman
Carried

Parish Council of Conisbrough   In the Board School 4th March 1896

Present Councillors:  Jones, Ogley, Norwood, Gillott, Holmes, Marsh, Casey, Robinson, Milner & the Chairman.
Proposed by Councillor Holmes seconded by Councillor Marsh that the part of the minutes relating to the Trustees Appointed to act with Churchwardens in distributing the Doles be rescinded.

Carried Unanimously

Proposed by Councillor Marsh seconded by Councillor Casey that the following cheques for payment be allowed and signed.
Messrs Rose & Co for the Fire Bell  £5    5s.  0d.
Messrs Earnshaw Bros account  £9  18s.  0d.
Mr Hy. Saville account £1     7s.  5d.
Total                   £16   10s.  5d.
Carried Unanimously

Proposed by Councillor Milner seconded by Councillor Casey that William Jones be elected Captain of the Fire Brigade.
Carried Unanimously

Proposed by Councillor Milner seconded by Councillor Casey that Thomas Wilson Downing be Chief Fireman.
Carried Unanimously

Proposed by Councillor Holmes seconded by Councillor Robinson that the members of the Fire Brigade be insured wilth the West Yorkshire Fire Brigade Friendly Society at the rate of 4s. 8d. per man.
Carried Unanimously

6th May 1896
Proposed by Councillor Holmes seconded by Councillor Hirst that a cheque be drawn for £2 16s.  8d. for the Captain of the Fire Brigade in payment of the members of the Brigade Insurance.
Carried Unanimously

A meeting of the Council for Conisbrough held in the Board School
3rd June 1896
Councillors present:  Robinson, Lee, Martin, Raynor, Lowe, Mosby, Butcher, Norwood and the Chairman.

Proposed by Councillor Robinson seconded by Councillor Martin that the minutes of the last meeting be confirmed.
Carried

Proposed by Councillor Mosby seconded by Councillor Lee that the Minutes of the Burial Committee be confirmed..
Carried
Proposed by Councillor Butcher seconded by Councillor Martin that the Conisbro Cricket Club have the use of the old hose piping for the purpose of watering the Cricket Ground during the present season.
Carried

Proposed by Councillor Raynor that Mr Brocklesby's application for erecting a bridge over the Brook near to his premises be referred to the General Purposes Committee.
Carried

Proposed by Councillor Mosby seconded by Councillor Raynor that the Highway Committee attention be drawn to the bad state of the roads and footpaths in Castle Street and Church Street.
Carried

1st July 1896
Proposed by Councillor Raynor seconded by Councillor Robinson that the Clerk ask a Police Constable to accompany him to Mr William Smith's house to ask him to deliver up the Fireman's clothing now in his possession and if he declines to give them up legal proceedings shall at once be taken to recover the same.
Carried

Proposed by Councillor Mosby that the Gas Account for the Fire Engine House be paid.
Carried

15th July 1896
Proposed by Councillor Butcher seconded by Councillor Robinson that the District Council be asked to name streets in Conisbrough and put name plates up.
Carried

5th August 1896
Proposed by Councillor Norwood seconded by Councillor Butcher that the Clerk draw up an agreement for signature of each Fireman's acceptance of office for the uniform and other equipment that was handed over to them.
Carried

7th October 1896
Proposed by Councillor Robinson seconded by Councillor Martin that the council grant permission for the Fire Engine to be taken to Doncaster on Saturday 12th October to join the Life Boat Demonstration at the Firemen's own expense.
Carried

4th November 1896
Proposed by Councillor Norwood seconded by Councillor Mosby that the following be the names of Streets and Roads in the Parish of Conisbrough.


Station Road from Station Hotel to Vicarage Corner
Dale Road from Dale to Corkers
Castle Hill from Blakley to Low Road
Castle Street from Castle Gates to Appleyards
Church Street from Appleyards to George Haighs
Northcliffe Road off Old Road
Elm Green Lane from Smiths Corner to Station Road
March Street from Price Corner to Chapel Hill
Beech Hill stay the same
High Street from Wards Corner to Castle Street
Wellgate off Church Street
West Street from Warburtons Corner to Eagle and Child
New Hill from Wards Corner to Gronbach
Old Hill from Sargentson to Brook Side
Chapel Lane from Old Hill to March Cottage
Holywell Lane from March Cottage to Brewery
Marchgate off Holywell Lane
Low Road from Gronbach to Corkers
Burdcroft Hill ends Gas Works
Brook Square at Marshalls Corner
Park Road off March Street
Ellershaw Road off Sheffield Road
Castle Avenue from Pagdin Corner to Castle Hill
Spring Bank off Sheffield Road
Kearsley Lane off Sheffield Road
Clifton Road off Sheffield Road
Highfield Road off Doncaster Road
Sheffield Road from Pagdins to Hill Top
Doncaster Road from Bamfords to Don View
John Pagdin Chairman

Parish Council of Conisborough at a meeting of the above Council held at the Board School

Wednesday 6th January 1897
Present Councillors Ogley, Raynor, Hirst, Robinson, Holmes, Lee, Mosby, Norwood and the Chairman.


Proposed by Councillor Holmes seconded by Coundillor Raynor that the minutes of the last meeting be confirmed.
Carried Unanimously

Proposed by Councillor Holmes seconded by Councillor Norwood that this Council earnestly supports the application of Mr R H Sharp Memorialists under the date of 26th December 1896 for an extension of Postal facilities up to 9.00pm daily as a necessary requirement for the convenience for the requirements of the inhabitants generally and especially for the increasing commercial demands of the district.  We also beg to draw your attention to the smallness and inconvenience of your present Post Office at Conisboro for the public in their application for postal requirements and respectfully solicit your consideration for the provision of larger premises more in accordance with the increasing demands of the district.
Carried

Proposed by Councillor Robinson seconded by Councillor Lee that the report from the Captain of the Fire Brigade be accepted and that a cheque be drawn for required payments of the Brigade £16  13s.  6d.  Councillor Norwood voted against this proposition.

5th September 1898
Proposed by Councillor Robinson seconded by Councillor Smithson that the Clerk write to Mr Mosey asking him if he will be good enough to state the reason why the Lord of the Manor object the Conisbrough Parish

Council making the appointment of Pinder and also to ask him if he will kindly state what is their position with respect of the Pinders House.

7th November 1898
Proposed and seconded that Mr William Jones account for expenses of the Fire Brigade attending at Mr Henry Tonkinson fire at Clifton £27.  7s. 0d.

Proposed by Councillor Norwood seconded by Councillor Mosby that the Clerk write for Price List and Samples for fifty badges to be won by the Fire Brigade and helpers when on duty at a fire.

2nd January 1899
Proposed by Councillor Robinson seconded by Councillor Harrison that Mr Pettit tender for sixty firemens' badges at nine pence each be accepted.

7th May 1900
Proposed by Councillor Smithson seconded by Councillor Ravenscroft that Fireman Senior be promoted to the position of Sergeant on the Fire Brigade and the Captain be empowered to get the epaulets and stripes required for the uniform.

8th August 1900
Proposed by Councillor Robinson seconded by Councillor Holmes that the Clerk write to the District Council calling their attention to a great nuisance caused by the stoppage of the water with the shuttle in the Brook near the Three Horse Shoes Beer House.

3rd September 1900
Proposed by Councillor Robinson seconded by Ravenscroft that the Sanitary Committee of the Rural District Council be asked to have the Shuttle pulled up and taken away from the Brook at Conisbrough.
Amendment carried to defer to next meeting.

Definition of 'Shuttle' - a floodgate which opens to allow the flow and regulate the supply of water in a mill stream, drain or other small water course.

Meeting held in the School Board Room

20th January 1902
To consider the question of Grave spaces in section H.
Present Councillors Wilson, Walker, Robinson, Brookes, Brocklesby, Smithson, Revill and the Chairman.


It was moved by  Councillor Wilson seconded by Councillor Walker that the caretaker be supplied with blasting powder, drills and any of the necessary appliances to enable him to excavate the rocky graves, the resolution was put to the vote and carried.  Councillors Revill, Robinson and Brocklesby voted against.
Charles Holmes Chairman.

14th July 1902
Conisbrough Parish Council held at the School Board Room
Councillors present:  Singleton, Wilson, Walker, Smithson, Robinson and the Chairman Charles Holmes.

Proposed by Councillor Wilson seconded by Councillor Walker that the minutes of the last meeting as recored and now read over be confirmed.
Carried

Proposed by Councillor Wilson seconded by Councillor Singleton that the Clerk be instructed to write the County Council calling their attention to the dangerous state of the Doncaster Road.  Caused by the absence of fencing at the place known as the Cliffs and that they be requested to fence the same for the protection of the public and in the event of their declining to do so they be asked to inform the Parish Council what in their opinion is the proper course to pursue in order to get the place made safe.
Carried

Proposed by Councillor Smithson seconded by Councillor Singleton and unanimously carried that a cheque be signed for £127  15s. 4d. to Mr Wm Smith Secretary of the Coronation Committee for payments in connection with the Coronation Festivities as follows:

Messrs Farrell & Watson £73 16s.  3d. Confectionery Feast  
Messrs Drabble & Maxfield £28  16s. 1d. Confectionery Feast
Expenses of Secretary                     4s.  7d.        Postage Stationery
Mexbro & Swinton Times                            10S. 6d. Adverts
Messrs Brock    £2  13s.  0d. Fireworks
Mr J Norwood                                7s.  7d. ?
Caretaker of Schools              14s. 11d. Schools
Mr A Lowe             8s.  9d. Conveyance
Clifton Bonfire & Catering    £7. 15s.  5d. Clifton Teas
Drum & Fife Band                             15s. 3d. Music
Conisbro Bonfires     £7. 10s.  0d.
Mr Wray                 6s.  10d.   Badges

Total                           £127 15s.  4d.  

COUNCIL MEETINGS
22nd April 1903
The tender of Mr Bell Curtis for the scavenging of New Conisbrough for twelve months for £300 was accepted and that of Mr Thomas Stacey for the scavenging of Old Conisbrough for £225 was also accepted.
Scavanging - a job description used at the turn of the last century for a person nominated to clean the streets and remove refuse.   It was a paid job possibly organised by the Local Health Department.

29th March 1900
Doncaster Urban Council and Mexborough Council to borrow £387.10s and £1000 for sites for hospitals for persons suffering from Smallpox and Infectious Diseases, belonging to the joint district.  Both sites are situated in Conisbrough the first containing about three acres where it is proposed to have the Smallpox Hospital, near the Doncaster Road and the other seven and one quarter acres where it is proposed to put the hospital for Infectious Diseases, near the Common Road.  Both situations were considered favourable as to levels of isolation, there being only one house within a quarter of a mile of the smaller site and twenty four within a quarter of a mile of the larger.  The conditions for drainage were favourable and before the scheme was carried out Conisbrough would have secured a good water supply.
It was mentioned, as to the Smallpox Hospital, that a well should be sunk if that was not done there was another source.  

9th August 1899
Mr Chadwick said that the Joint Hospital Committee proposed to re erect the corrugated iron building on the new site at Conisbrough.  It was agreed to purchase three acres of land at Conisbrough at £100 per acre as a site for a hospital for the treatment of smallpox cases.  

4th October 1889
Mr Godfrey Walker submitted to the meeting the scheme for the lighting of the village by gas, which had been drawn up by the committee appointed by the Parish.  That scheme he had forwarded to the directors of the Gas Company and it was proposed that 42 lamps be lighted five hours at night for the seven winter months the cost to be defrayed by a compulsory rate - the meeting discussed the scheme and generally pronounced it to be acceptable.

22nd December 1903
Last night there was a discreditable scene at the monthly meeting of the Conisbrough School Board.  It arose over a report of a recent inquiry concerning the alleged friction between the headmaster and the teaching staff at Station Road Mixed Schools.  As a result of the inquiry it was recorded:  That the Board expresses its entire confidence in Mr Sellars and his management of the Station Road School and that this resolution be conveyed to him verbally but that in future he posts rules affecting teachers in the teachers room.   Mr Baker who opposed this resolution contended that it was not in accordance with the evidence and that Mr Sellars, the headmaster in question had exercised tyranny towards a fatherless assistant mistress.  The discussion that followed was heated in the extreme.  The Chairman drew attention to the fact that of the eight teachers who had given evidence, six of them were in favour of Mr Sellars.

22nd March 1904
Mr Brocklesby resided over a meeting of the Conisbrough School Board last night. It having been decided at a recent meeting that the salary of Mr Sellars, headmaster at Station Road Mixed Schools,  should be increased to £200 per annum.   However, the Master concerned had only started two years ago at a salary of £110 per annum.  After one years service the Master got a £35 increase and after three months had applied for another increase.  Mr Sellars had claimed that he was a Trade Unionist and a Radical.  Mr Smith said the the other Headmaster under the Board had only reached £200 per annum after twelve year service.  A motion was passed that agreed that it was unfair to give Mr Sellars such a large second  increase in less than one year.  After a lengthy excited discussion Mr Caleb Kilner said that he thought the 'rise' exorbitant.  Mr Robinson said that he had been a Trade Unionist for over forty years but that he had never , in all of his experience never heard of a pay increase of 90%.  He was not against giving Mr Sellars a pay rise but for goodness sake, let it be reasonable.

MODERNISING CONISBROUGH
4th October 1889
Gas Lighting for Conisbrough
Mr Godfrey Walker submitted to the meeting the scheme for the lighting of the village by gas, which had been drawn up by the committee appointed by the Parish.  That scheme he had forwarded to the directors of the Gas Company and it was proposed that 42 lamps be lighted five hours at night for the seven winter months the cost to be defrayed by a compulsory rate - the meeting discussed the scheme and generally pronounced it to be acceptable.

13th March 1891
The extension of Conisbrough
The neighbourhood of Denaby and Conisbrough is just now badly off for houses there being more applicants for empties than there are residences for them.  The principal demand is for workmen's  cottages  and the Denaby and Cadeby Colliery are advertising for tenders for the erection of over one hundred new houses to be built on the Conisbrough side of the main village.    If much further progress is made the two places, Denaby Main and Conisbrough will become united.  Mr Kilner of the Glassworks has also decided to erect a large number of houses.

10th December 1902
New Working Mens Club
The newly erected Working Mens Club opposite the Great Central Railway Station at Conisbrough which also comprises a grand swimming club has recently been temporarily opened.  The formal opening ceremony is expected to take place after the termination of the strike.

4th October 1889
Mr Godfrey Walker submitted to the meeting the scheme for the lighting of the village by gas, which had been drawn up by the committee appointed by the Parish.  That scheme he had forwarded to the directors of the Gas Company and it was proposed that 42 lamps be lighted five hours at night for the seven winter months the cost to be defrayed by a compulsory rate - the meeting discussed the scheme and generally pronounced it to be acceptable.

9th August 1899
Mr Chadwick said that the Joint Hospital Committee proposed to re erect the corrugated iron building on the new site at Conisbrough. It was agreed to purchase three acres of land at Conisbrough at £100 per acre as a site for a hospital for the treatment of smallpox cases.  

29th March 1900
Doncaster Urban Council and Mexborough Council are to borrow £387.10s and £1000 for sites for hospitals for persons suffering from Smallpox and Infectious Diseases, belonging to the joint district.  Both sites are situated in Conisbrough the first containing about three acres where it is proposed to have the Smallpox Hospital, near the Doncaster Road and the other seven and one quarter acres where it is proposed to put the hospital for Infectious Diseases, near the Common Road.  Both situations were considered favourable as to levels of isolation, there being only one house within a quarter of a mile of the smaller site and twenty four within a quarter of a mile of the larger.  The conditions for drainage were favourable and before the scheme was carried out Conisbrough would have secured a good water supply.
It was mentioned, as to the Smallpox Hospital, that a well should be sunk if that was not done there was another source.

22nd December 1903
Last night there was a discreditable scene at the monthly meeting of the Conisbrough School Board.  It arose over a report of a recent inquiry concerning the alleged friction between the headmaster and the teaching staff at Station Road Mixed Schools.  As a result of the inquiry it was recorded:  That the Board expresses its entire confidence in Mr Sellars and his management of the Station Road School and that this resolution be conveyed to him verbally but that in future he posts rules affecting teachers in the teachers room.   Mr Baker who opposed this resolution contended that it was not in accordance with the evidence and that Mr Sellars, the headmaster in question had exercised tyranny towards a fatherless assistant mistress.  The discussion that followed was heated in the extreme.  The Chairman drew attention to the fact that of the eight teachers who had given evidence, six of them were in favour of Mr Sellars.

22nd March 1904
Mr Brocklesby resided over a meeting of the Conisbrough School Board last night. It having been decided at a recent meeting that the salary of Mr Sellars, headmaster at Station Road Mixed Schools,  should be increased to £200 per annum.   However, the Master concerned had only started two years ago at a salary of £110 per annum.  After one years service the Master got a £35 increase and after three months had applied for another increase.  Mr Sellars had claimed that he was a Trade Unionist and a Radical.  Mr Smith said the the other Headmaster under the Board had only reached £200 per annum after a twelve year service.  A motion was passed that agreed that it was unfair to give Mr Sellars such a large second  increase in less than one year.  After a lengthy excited discussion Mr Caleb Kilner said that he thought the 'rise' exorbitant.   
Mr Robinson said that he had been a Trade Unionist for over forty years but that he had never , in all of his experience heard of a pay increase of 90%.  He was not against giving Mr Sellars a pay rise but for goodness sake, let it be reasonable.

25th November 1905
An arrangement has been agreed with Conisbrough Gas Company for the duration of street lighting to be extended to 11 O'Clock each evening except for Saturdays when they will be extinguished at Midnight.


22nd April 1903

The tender of Mr Bell Curtis for the scavenging of New Conisbrough for twelve months for £300 was accepted and that of Mr Thomas Stacey for the scavenging of Old Conisbrough for £225 was also accepted.

Scavanging - a job description used at the turn of the last century for a person nominated to clean the streets and remove refuse.   It was a paid job possibly organised by the Local Health Department.






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