Conisbrough & Denaby Main
Heritage Group

As in other parts of the country, early transport was by horse or donkey if they could be afforded, otherwise people walked carrying what they could in handcarts or on their backs.  Sometimes dogs were hitched to dogcarts so that they could pull things.
With the advent of the Industrial revolution, steam power brought railways and traction engines.  Canals were constructed all over the country and barges carried cargo.  Early barges were horsedrawn and or used sails before they too became mechanised.
Internal combustion engines led to more transport on the roads, people initially transported on charabanques, then buses and trams though there were some cars and motorbikes for those who could afford them.

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It would appear that in Conisbrough many families and businesses had donkeys for pulling small carts used in the carrying of small loads.

Nobby Guest is photographed many times in his donkey cart which he used for transporting coal around the district. 

In February 1880 it is recorded in the South Yorkshire Times that Mrs Wood, wife of Rev. Wood, the Vicar of Conisbrough was strapped in her donkey cart having just recovered from illness, she was taking a ride to enjoy the fresh air when her donkey was startled by the riders and horses taking part in a fox hunt, her cart was overturned but fortunately neither she nor the donkey came to any harm.

The donkey pictured outside the Fox Inn and dressed in racing trim was clearly being prepared for a Donkey Derby which was held for several years around 1908.
 The race was held in conjunction with the show and sports held in a field on Park Road during Conisbrough Feast week which was around 5th July each year.  The rules were quite simple no whips, sticks or spurs to be used by riders, sadly no names of winners are known although the smartly dressed man in the picture is Councillor Henry Baker a former policeman stationed at Wath on Dearne who in 1880 was awarded the Honorary medal of the Humane Society for rescuing a child from drowning.  (South Yorkshire Times 11th May 1880).

Newspaper Articles

Transport Accident

26th January 1839

On the 22nd January Mr Samuel Glossop, Conisbro Surgeon, died.  His death was an instance of the dreadful uncertainty of life, whilst descending from a Stage Coach on Wednesday he received a compound fracture of the bones of his left leg which terminated fatally on the 22nd January. 
He was in practice in Conisbro from upwards of thirty years and was universally esteemed for his affectionate and benevolent disposition.
He has left a widow and seven children to deplore their loss.