Conisborough Notes – British Columbia – Viaduct Bridge

July 1907

Mexborough and Swinton Times July 27, 1907

Conisborough Notes.

Conisborough Man in British Columbia

Whatever Englishmen wander they always retain that love of sport which is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the race.

At Fernie (British Columbia), the miners celebrated Dominion Day by holding an athletic Festival, at which Mr J. T. Clayton, a son-in-law of Mr T. Senior, of Park Road, and late of the Swinton Harriers, proved that the old country is not yet played out. In the open mile race, out of 10 starters, Mr Clayton came in first, and he also took premier position in the obstacle race, and in the 3 miles “Go as you please.”

Viaduct Bridge

The “ Blondin” which has been such an attraction to spectators during the building of the fine bridge across the Don Valley, has been removed, as the viaduct is about completed. This viaduct is the second longest in Yorkshire, being beaten only by the viaduct at Denby Dale.

It is estimated that 11 million bricks were needed in the construction and no less than 2000 tons of cement. The line will be laid 70 feet below the surface of the Conisbrough and Doncaster highway, so that very extensive excavation is being carried out at that point.