Conisbrough & Denaby Main
Heritage Group
Researched by John Gwatkin

Denaby Main was almost entirely made up of colliery owned cottages.  The company also built the local shools, Parish Church, shops, a public house called the Denaby Main Hotel (but known as The Drum) and all were controlled by the company.  The colliery employees were payed each week in The  Drum.  In effect Denaby Main was a 'Company Town', and the company profited by the same businesses they controlled.
The colliery was the hub of all local activity in the lives of the community, whether connected with work or leisure.  The closely packed rows of terraced pit houses radiated outward from the colliery, with the odd road criss-crossing the others.  Only a narrow space separated them at the rear, the front of one row faced the front of the other.  Two houses shared a small yard, a toilet and an open midden.

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DENABY MAIN INDUSTRIAL HISTORY
Events recorded in the Sheffield Local Register 1866-1892

1866
24th December
Messrs John Wardle & Co., Denaby Pottery intimate to their workmen their intention of introducing the principle of co-operation into their business and forming a partnership of industry.

1869
11th April
Riotous proceedings of union miners locked out at Denaby Main.
14th May
The coal owners of South Yorkshire decline the suggestion of thirty two members of Parliament to establish a Court of Conciliation.
22nd May
Thirteen colliers convicted at the Sessions of rioting at Mexborough and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment.
11th September
Dispute at Denaby Main Colliery settled by the Company agreeing to employ union men.

1872
28th September
Mr Burman, Surgeon, calls the attention of the Doncaster Guardians to the filthy and disgraceful state of Mexborough.

1875
5th April
Ninety three colliers fined at Rotherham for absentin themselves from work at Denaby Main

1877
19th February
The South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire miners agree to a reduction of wages by 61/2%.  Strikes occur at Denaby Main, Darfield Main, Slimeoaks and other Collieries.
7th April
Denaby Main Colliery, large number of men and women summoned to Rotherham for interfering with workmen.

1880
25th November
Denaby Main Colliery Company V M, S & L Railway Company:  in Queens Bench Division, application for a prohibition against the Railway Commissioners to compel them to state a case.  
Rule refused.  2nd December in Supreme Court of Judicature; rule refused on appeal.

1884
31st December
Strike against revision of prices commenced at Denaby Main Colliery (only strike of the year in South and West Yorkshire Mines).

1885
8th April
Denaby Main Colliery Company evict late workmen from cottages.
9th June
Evicted miners from Denaby Main bound over to keep the peace.
11th July
Disturbances amongst Denaby Main miners.
7th August
Several Denaby Main miners charged at Leeds with rioting and assault; sentenced to short terms of imprisonment or bound over to keep the peace.
17th December
Denaby Main Colliery Company V M, S & L Railway Company – House of Lords give judgement on appeal.
1886
9th January
Co-operative Conference at Denaby.
4th November
Iron Ore found at Conisbrough.
23rd December
Large numbers of glass blowers in South Yorkshire receive notice with a view to a reduction in wages.

1887
15th January
Mexbrough Glass Trade dispute settled.

25th December
Engine House at Denaby Main burnt down.  1,500 men thrown idle.

1888
13th February
Lindley V Mexborough Times.  Action for slander.  Twenty shillings damages and costs.


1889
21st September
M A Montagu presents a cottage hospital to Mexborough.

1892
7th April
Miners Federation of Great Britain recommend that Saturday be the miners ‘Play Day’.
30th December
Strike in the Yorkshire Glass Bottle trade against a reduction in wages
31st December
Yorkshire Miners Association has 59,000 members with £159,000 in cash and £10,000 in property.