1897

January

The ‘Times’ in January 1897 takes us round the streets of Conisborough on Christmas Eve – when there was 18 butchers in the township!
And values were different when a man is fined 50 shillings for a 1p mottying offence
and a pony driver 20 shillings for wounding a pit pony
Then there’s one month’s imprisonment for pawning a coat and waistcoat and the same for non payment of maintenance to a wife.
A chip shop owner is prosecuted for running a competition guessing the number of peas in a jar – with 3 spice fishes as prizes !
The parish council debates the Postal Facilities and the fire brigade
There’s unsafe lamps and a drowned horse
While rabbit poachers catch the headlines
and another burning fatality when a young miner carries a candle

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February

In February 1897 there is a Railway fatality and a detailed inquest reveals the hazardous journey from home to work the men undertook each morning
There are severe floods affecting Denaby and Conisborough and the whole of the Dearne Valley
We have music and concerts and a Dinner and Social after the pits play each other at Football
There’s more cruelty to Pit ponies, an attempted suicide,unlawful wounding and prosecutions at the pits
And detailed Parish Council and School Board meetings

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March

In March 1897 there’s the sensational story of the man who sold his wife for a gallon of beer !
Music Hall Artistes who were regulars at the Reresby fight each other when they got home
There’s yet another Pony cruelty offence and we are told there are 142 ponies down Denaby Pit
A 15 year old, after only working few months is fatally caught in the machinery at Cadeby but the Assurance Company paid out after a few hours
There’s another fracas at the ‘Drum,’
preparation for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
and we feature Denaby Parish Church football team who are carrying all before them

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April

In April 1897, a ‘warm afternoon’ at Conisborough tells of a young man on an innocent country walk with three friends,
who was ‘soundly thrashed’ – or were they in search of conies?
The lack of a Conisborough Water supply rears it’s head again and we include an fascinating 3,500 word transcript
of the Parish Council meeting and the ‘Times’ editorial on the matter
Both reveal how Doncaster took the Thrybergh reservoir and laughed in their faces and include descriptions of the water Denaby was using
There is to be a improved billiards room at the Institute which ‘will compare favourable with any other in the district.’
there’s an Accident at Denaby Main and a Fatality at Cadeby Main,
the usual cases of damaging fences and Prohibited drinking
And a Magic Lantern evening at the Band of Hope

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May

In May 1897 the Pit Boys dispute came to a crisis and they struck bringing Denaby Main to a standstill
At meetings they berated their Union Representatives and brought in a new Champion
Then 244 are summoned to Rotherham Police court,  and march playing Tin Whistles and singing Comic Songs
Another man dies at the pit and at a Wake the corpse is set alight !
there are more assaults and a daring attempted robbery at the Hill Top where the thief goes in through the Chimney !
Another Bosdin D Clarkson fence is damaged
and we include a Concert by the Denaby Orchestral Society with videos from You Tube to capture the times !

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June

In June 1897 the townships plans for the Queens Diamond Jubilee are detailed with an appeal for a New Cottage Hospital and celebrations with Punch and Judy, Comedian and Clowns for the Children and a sumptuous tea for them and the elderly
There’s a new Catholic Church planned for Denaby Main and a New Infants School for Conisborough
The Parish Council debates street lighting especially on Park Road where there are only 11 houses
WH Chambers awards prizes for the Technical Class for their success in the Pitman Shorthand exams
There’s another fatal accident at Cadeby with a 16 year old orphan hit by falling stones
and there are assaults, abusive language and trespass cases at the courts

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July

In July 1897 the Parish Council was concerned with Ashpits, a pipe in the Holywell Spring (a main drinking supply) burials and acquiring a Conisborough registrar
whilst the Sanitary Committee was alarmed at an outbreak of enteric fever in Denaby
There’s more visitors to see Conisborough & the Castle and the Colliery Workmen’s trip is to Hull while the teachers go  Roche Abbey
The Jubilee celebrations have left a legacy; the desire and need to raise funds for a Cottage Hospital
and a Jubilee Celebration Dinner – one of the best ever set before Conisborough gentlemen -is held at the Eagle and Child

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August

There was a major courtroom battle over a boys death and whether the miners were allowed to  leave work as he didn’t die at the pit
Then we have the full debates of the Council as they discuss a possible water famine, the allotments and the pasture’s bridge
and the School Board as they review the Inspector’s visit and a deaf and dumb child
The miners take their vacation to Hull and Liverpool
The Stone is laid for a new Catholic Church – St Albans
and we include atmospheric music from the Wesleyan Anniversary and a visit by the Orchestral Society to Sprotborough Hall
There’s a Trap Accident involving the Kilner family, and a drowning fatality of a eight year old, and the usual Assaults and petty thefts of the times

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