Conisborough Notes – New Conisborough – ‘Salty’ Thompson – Fruit Thieves – Wine

August 1896

Mexborough and Swinton Times August 28, 1896

It would be far better if that portion of the parish from the railway hotel to Denaby was known as Denaby Main, and not New Conisborough. In reading the Sheffield papers on Monday morning one sees all sorts of dreadful things taking place at Conisborough, no doubt many more think the same when they read their papers that Conisborough must be a regular bad place. Speaking for the residents on the hill around the fine old castle, this is not so, and it is hard upon them to be tarred with the same brush.

Harvest operations are nearly completed roundabout, and it will soon be time to think of the harvest Thanksgiving’s and suppers.

The houses between Sheffield and Doncaster are all getting cleaned up ready for the Doncaster races. It is not only Doncaster that cleans up and puts on its Sunday clothes, but the infection is catching on all the roads that lead to be famous butterscotch town. May everybody be well repaid for their trouble.

Two new houses and shops have been erected in Church Street, which are a credit to their architect and builder. One of the shops is occupied by Mr Ridgill, the butcher, and is fitted up with all the latest improvements.

The celebrated “Salty” Thompson is shortly to be married to some lady who resides in Marr Street, Denaby Main.

I understand that there will be a series of concerts giving during the winter months in the church schoolroom.

Mr Nicholson obtained his licence at the West Riding Brewster Sessions last Saturday, in spite of the opposition in the publicans of Conisbrough. Mr Moody did not obtain his licence to sell wine, in spite of the attendance of the secretaries from the clubs held at the Alma Inn. I don’t think that there is much wine drunk nowadays; it is generally beer and whiskey- good old Scotch.

Great complaints are being made up boys going into people’s gardens and stealing the fruit in the field early in the morning when they go to work. It is high time that some of them were caught. In some gardens a week or two since the trees were ladened and now they are stripped, not by the owners but by young thieves. Complaints are also heard at Clifton of the same sort of thing. I think there must be a diamond gang in Conisborough as well as at Mexborough. If the owners will only let the police know, perhaps some of the rising generation maybe caught and taken before the magistrates at Doncaster.

The cemetery grounds have looked very pretty this summer, and it reflects great credit upon the caretaker and Gardener.