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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