Carelton Henry Allport

June 1916

Mexborough Times, June 3, 1916

Carleton Henry Allport

The death occurred on Monday evening, from pneumonia of Carleton Henry Allport of the old Hall, Conisbrough, at the age of 62, after a brief illness.

Mr Allport was a retired civil servant, and 18 years ago, at the close of his official career, he came to reside in Conisbrough. He was born in Camberwell, and was educated at Highbury house School, Hastings. All his working life he spent in the service of the Post Office, and when he retired 20 years ago, he held the position of assistant superintendent of the Sheffield post office. He was deeply attached to antiquarian historical research, and he found in Conisbrough and inexhaustively rich field for his operations.

Indeed he carried his investigations through the whole length and breadth South Yorkshire, and was a familiar with the ancientries of thePenistone moorland and other traditions of historic Danum as with those of Conisbrough itself. He prepared and read innumerable papers for the benefit of local antiquarian and literary societies, and was some time to time a welcome contributor to this journal. His chief literary effort, however, was a history of Conisbrough, which he published a few years ago. He was infinitely painstaking, and had a genius for collecting historical material from all kinds of unpromising sources. The deductions and surmises by which you breach the indefinite intervals between the data he amassed, were unfailingly intelligent and feasible; and he had the authors facility for infusing popular interest into moorland matter. He will be greatly mourned in Conisbrough, for the people of that ancient township took an uncommon pride in his labours.


Mr Allport, throughout his residence in Conisbrough, devoted himself almost completely to his antiquarian researches, I was not closely identified with any current movement save the Conisbrough literary and debating society, on which she was, naturally a leading and productive member.

Mr Allport is survived by his widow, the postmistress of Conisbrough; one son Sgt C.C.Allport (Lincolnshire Regiment), a Gallipoli campaigner; and a daughter.

The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon at the Conisbrough cemetery, amidst many manifestations of sympathy. The reverent W.A.Strawbridge conduct of the service. The coffin was of oak, with brass fittings, and the plate was inscribed: “Carleton Henry Allport, died May 30, 1916, aged 62 years.

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