Conisbrough & Denaby Main
Heritage Group
John Blythe, was 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 1851 as according to the census of that year John and Ann Blythe are living on Crummack Lane (Station Road) with their daughter Elizabeth who is 6 years old by this time.  Johns wife Ann 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 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 children 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 mainly due to the large number of breakages, at least twenty people handled every item of pottery and 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 be more careful.  This was the first co-operative pottery in the country.  However, it seems that this did not work as in 1869 the whole of the contents of the pottery were up for auction.                                  
For most of his life John was a practising Wesleyan and helped with the raising of money and donating his own to build the Wesleyan Chapel on Chapel Lane which opened in 1876, unfortunately it is 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) and 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.  For his funeral the Wesleyan Chapel was full of people, family, friends and work associates. 

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