Conisbrough & Denaby Main
Heritage Group

South Yorkshire Times
March 1926

Notices to the effect that Chicken Pox is a compulsory notifiable disease were distributed last week.  These should be carefully perused.  How important this is will be observed when one notices that Dr Weatherbe, Rotherhams Medical Officer, has reported that he discovered a 'nest' of smallpox when investigating what was reported as chickenpox.  Safety first should apply here.

March 1926
There has been much activity on the Pygotts where the various grounds have been prepared for cricket, tennis and bowls.  The Pavilion enclosure has been re railed and all is in order for the opening.  It is hoped the season will get an enthusiastic send off.


23rd January 1873
Valuable Copyhold Houses and Freehold Building Land
To be sold by auction by Mr J P Makin at the Red Lion Inn Conisbrough on Thursday 23rd January 1873 at six o clock in the evening in two or more lots subject to conditions of Sale.  All those sixteen copyhold cottages situate in Burcroft now or late in the occupations of Joseph Whattam, Samuel Boden, Robert Cooper, George Carson, William Wardell, Charles Carr, Benjamin Barber, John Midgley and others.  (Duftons Row).
And also all that Copyhold plot of land adjoining thereto and suitable for building, now used as a garden and in the occupation of the said Joseph Whattam and others as tenants.
The above cottages are situate near the Sickle Works of Messrs Booth Brothers, Messrs Hudsons Corn Mill and Conisbrough Gas Works and can always command tenants.
And also all that plot of Freehold Building Land part of the How Robin Close situate in Conisbrough fronting the Doncaster and Tinsley Turnpike Road (now Sheffield Road) and containing 3364 square yards or thereabouts.  The plot is well adapted for building and there is a demand for houses in the neighbourhood.

14th April 1883
Lately the residence of Thomas Henry Simpson deceased, with stables, coach house, saddle room, coachmans cottage and the Rookery, pleasure grounds, gardens and Vinery, Peach houses and land surrounding the house.   Also four cottages adjoining or near to.
The house is in first rate condition and contains Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Study or Breakfast Room, Servants Hall, Butlers Pantry, Kitchen, Laundry, Capital Cellars, Four best bedrooms, two dressing rooms,  Bathroom, three WCs., and three servants bedrooms.  
The Grounds are well laid out with a good selection of ornamental timber .  The Priory is in the midst of a hunting district and is within easy distance of three packs of hounds.  There  is stabling accommodation for eight horses.   

8th April 1854   EAGLE and CHILD
All that said old established and well accustomed Inn called The Eagle and Child situate in the centre of the thriving, healthy and pleasant village of Conisbrough. Together with the extensive Fold Yard, Orchard, Garden Ground, Barn, Stables, Corn Chamber, large Club Room, Skittle Ground, Outbuildings, Conveniences and appurtenances to the same adjoining and belonging the site contains 3800 square yards or thereabouts.  On this lot is a well and pump with an inexhaustible supply of the purest spring water .  A common right over the extensive commons of Conisbrough is also attached.
Lot 2
All those four cottages, Shoemakers Shop, Outbuildings, Conveniences and appurtenances to the same belonging situate near to the said Inn and premises as the same are now in the several occupations of Emma Ogley, Sarah Ogley, Chas Lewis and James Gregory the site thereof contains 230 square yards or thereabouts.  A common right over the extensive commons of Conisbrough is also attached.
Lot 3
All those three cottages, tenements or dwelling houses, cow house, outbuildings and conveniences to the same adjoining and belonging situate near to the said last mentioned premises now in the several occupations of Richard Lawton, Betty Watts and John Brammah.  The site of the lot containing 391 square yards.
The above described Inn owing to its immediate proximity to the ancient and far famed castle and to the beautiful scenery of which numerous visitors, tourists and strangers are continually attracted and the railway station being a few minutes of the Inn renders a great accommodation to the parties drawn to this delightful rural locality.   

25th January 1882
Residence, nearly new with Vinery, Cucumber House etc.  All the most substantially built and well finished detached residence known as Rock House, Conisbrough, standing in its own grounds of nearly one acre.   The house contains spacious and lofty Drawing, Dining and Morning Rooms.  Large entrance hall with Minton Tile floor five excellent bedrooms, Dressing room with fixed lavatory and bath.  Numerous Box and Store rooms, and closets and WC. The domestic offices are replete with every modern appliance and the out offices include Boot House, Wash House, Coal House etc.
The Grounds contain large Vinery and Cucumber House, and comprise both ornamental and kitchen garden.  
The house was built for the present owner and occupier who is leaving the country  and no expense was spared in the decorations and fittings.   It stands back from the Doncaster to Rotherham Road and in a dry and healthy situation. Only twelve minutes walk from Conisbrough Railway Station and is supplied with hard and soft water and gas etc.
The premises are situate in a good hunting district.

South Yorkshire Times 25th november 1905

An arrangement has been agreed with Conisbrough Gas Co., for the duration of street lighting to be extended to 11.00 o'clock each evening except for saturdays when they will be extinguished at midnight.

South Yorkshire Times 22nd july 1944
Child burned at the communal billet at the priory

June Anne Woodley aged 2 years was playing with matches while her mother was getting ready to go out.
The little girls clothing caught fire and she was badly burned.  She was rushed to Montagu Hospital in a critical condition.

South Yorkshire Times March 1926
Notices to the effect that Chicken Pox is a compulsory notifiable disease were distributed last week.  These should be carefully perused.  How important this is will be observed when one notices that Dr Weatherby, Rotherhams Medical Officer, has reported that he discovered a 'nest' of smallpox when investigating what was reported as chickenpox.  Safety first should apply here.

South Yorkshire Times 2nd November 1918

Influenza epidemic
All council schools are closed for an indefinite period.

South Yorkshire Times 29th July 1905
Conisbrough Notes
We get our roads watered now fairly regularly but how often do we have our sewers flushed?
At this time the roads were muddy in winter and dry and dusty in summer, no tarmac surfaces.

Items referring to Denaby

19th December 1829
On Monday last an inquest was held on view of the body of Mr Thomas Jackson of Denaby who was accompanying his two brothers to Mexborough to see a sister there and had arrived at the riverside and called out to the Ferryman to bring over the boat and immediately expired.  Verdict: Died in a fit of apoplexy.

15th August 1840
On Tuesday Mr George Piper of Conisbro to Miss Elizabeth Earnshaw of Denaby.

11th September 1841
On Wednesday last as labourers were engaged in digging near Mr Fullertons Park Denaby Lane End near Thrybergh for the purpose of widening the Coach Road they found the bones of a human being.  The skeleton was laid with the face downward and the right arm doubled under him.  They appeared to have been the bones of an athletic young man.  All the teeth were perfect in the jaws but one.  It was found about two feet from the surface of the ground which was formerly enclosed forming a small wood.  

11th March 1843
On Thursday evening 1st September a person of the name Bolton was proceeding from a place called Hill Top to his home in Denaby and in doing so he had occasion to cross some fields in the possession of the prosecutor.   In crossing one of these fields called Hay Stack Close he observed in one corner five sheep laid with their legs tied.

27th December 1823
On Wednesday night week 53 Ewes in lamb the property of Mr Marsh of Denaby were drowned in the overflowing of the river.  A greater flood has not been known for a number of years nor more sudden in its rise.

Brought in by Mr Alf Hare and typed up by Carol Narey for Conisbrough & Denaby Main Heritage Group
Cutting from South Yorkshire Times 3rd August 1957 1908 Bottle Note Found at Conisbrough


A bottle containing a note built into a factory chimney nearly 50 years ago was found on Friday when workmen were demolishing the chimney at Conisbrough.
In September 1908 when the chimney was built at the Eltsac toffee works in Low Road, Conisbrough, the owner, Mr Harry Saville put a note in a sweet bottle and built the bottle into the brick work together with a bottle of beer.
The note stated ‘This chimney was built in September, 1908, by H Saville’. The names of the bricklayer, Jack Saville and the labourer, Frank Shaw, are also on the note.
The property has now been bought and the chimney demolished. The bottle of beer has not, however, been found.
Mr Harry Peet, of 14 New Hill, Conisbrough, grandson of Mr Saville, told a reporter that he had often heard his grandfather talk of the bottled note and the beer. But I never thought I would see the note or the beer, he said.
Mr Peet, a collector for the Yorkshire Electricity Board at Mexborough, said that the note had been found among the rubble of the chimney by Mr William Hare, a Conisbrough butcher whose son had bought the property. The bottle with the note was built into the top of the chimney but Mr Peet did not remember where his grandfather had built in the bottle of beer. He said he was afraid the bottle of beer would have been broken when the chimney was demolished.
Mr Harry Saville the builder lived at 12 Newhill, Conisbrough and was well known in the district many years ago. He died in 1924. His son, Jack who is mentioned on the note (the bricklayer) is however still alive and lives in Blackpool. Mr Peet who is his nephew said he was going to send the note to his uncle. 

August Walter
25 Church Street Conisbrough

In 1901 number 25 Church Street was a Pork Butchers shop owned by Mr August Walter, he was 37 years of age and German, running the shop with his wife Sophia and their son Ernest, who was the errand boy and 14 years old.  There was another son Fred aged 8 and a daughter Lina aged 6.  Also in the house were Maggy and Lina, sisters of Sophia both German.  The children Ernest, Fred and Lina had been born in Conisbro so they would be growing up with Yorkshire accents.  We can picture Ernest cycling around Conisbro with his errand boy bicycle, standing on the pedals for the uphill climb and sitting with legs outstretched for the downhill.  There was also a second butchers shop at the bottom of New Hill, maybe operated by one of the sisters in law but we do not know.  It did have the name Walters above the window.  Everything was going well it would seem but then there were rumours of war, rumours turned to fact and war with Germany was declared in July 1914.  Possibly the Walters family were interviewed but thought to be safe as they had been here in Yorkshire for such a long time.  Then disaster struck on 7th May 1915, almost one year into the war, RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine just a few miles off the Irish coast.  Over one thousand people were killed.  The news was plastered over the front page of every daily newspaper.  Next day a mob of up to a thousand people came up the hill from Denaby and smashed not only the window of Mr Walters butchers shop but they also went into his home and smashed the furniture, a piano, mirrors and photographs, upstairs items were thrown through the windows out onto the street below, everything was broken.  What happened to Mr and Mrs Walter after this we do not know, did they pick themselves up and carry on with the business.  Their children were grown up by this time, Ernest now being 28 years old and possibly married in the village somewhere.  He could even have been in the army, as could Fred, now 21 years old.  More information is needed and if you know what happened to the Walter family could you please let me know.  Did they feel that after being here for all those years they had never really been accepted and decided to leave and go to pastures new?  Please, if you have any idea let me know, it would be interesting to find out if we still have Walter descendants in Conisbrough or Denaby.  August had the twelve houses of Willow Dene built and after smashing up his butchers shop in Church Street the mob went down to Willow Street to smash up the houses.  However, the housewives of the street were fore-warned and had time to fill their apron pockets with stones ready to fight back.  Maybe some of the women were known to those in the mob, after all there were more women than men involved.                                                                            Willow Street escaped un unscathed. Mr August Walter was issued with a Certificate of Naturalisation in 1905 long before WW1 began.

                                                                                                                           JOHN BLYTHE
John Blythe, a well-known Conisbro resident for more than forty years who was born around 1815 in Snaith, when he came to Conisbro we do not know but he was certainly here in 1845 when a daughter was born to he and his wife Ann.  According to the census of 1851 John and Ann Blythe are living on Crummack Lane (Station Road) with their daughter Elizabeth who is 6 years old by this time.  Ann Blythe was born at Ferry Farm in Conisbro, daughter of     Thomas and Elizabeth Booth.   
Thomas Booth was operating (Conisbro Mills), Sickle Works but in 1855 he died leaving his wife Elizabeth living at Ferry Farm.  By the 1861 census John Blythe and Ann his wife are now living at Conisbro Railway Station, he is described as a farmer of 200 acres and also a Railway Agent.  Their son George is living at Ferry Farm with his Grandmother Elizabeth Booth, he is 19 years old.  Living with John and Ann Blythe are daughter Elizabeth aged 16 and another daughter Sarah Maria aged 8 years.  Sadly neither of the girls lived to a ripe old age, with Elizabeth dying when she was 29 years old and Sarah Maria when she was 32 years old.  In the 1861 census the Blythes had a visitor staying at the Station House it was Joshua Priestley a            well-known Wesleyan Minister.
 At some point in the 1860s John Blythe became a partner of Denaby Pottery.  The pottery was struggling due to too many breakages in the manufacturing process, at least twenty people handled every item of pottery, as many as forty for the more exclusive items, but not carefully.  In 1866 John Blythe turned the pottery into a co-operative hoping that if the workers had a share of the profits they would have more respect for what they were handling.  However, it seems that this idea did not work as in 1869 the whole of the contents of the pottery were up for auction. This was the first co-operative pottery in the country (according to this report). 
 For most of his life John was a practising Wesleyan and helped with the raising of money, plus donating his own, to build the Wesleyan Chapel on Chapel Lane that opened in 1876, sadly now closed.       
In the census of 1881 John is living at Brook Villa with one of his daughters, Sarah Maria and a servant Margaret Earnshaw.  In 1891 John was still living at Brook Villa but now with his daughter in law Annis (already a widow) plus a servant - Martha Earnshaw.                                                                                                                     
John died at his home in Conisbro in June 1894 after only a short illness of three weeks, he was 79 years old and was the Manager of Wombwell Main Colliery which he had been for thirty years.
A marble plaque that was in the Wesleyan Chapel for many years was removed when the Chapel was closed and is now upstairs on the Heritage Landing of Conisbrough Library.