Greater – Conisboro’ or Mexboro’ ?

January 1922

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 28 January 1922

Greater – Conisboro’ or Mexboro’ ?

Many people were surprised when the figures revealed by the census last year showed that the population of Conisbro’ was greater than that of Mexboro’. But from statistics which have been placed in my hands I learn that such a condition of affairs is by no means novel.

In 1801 the population of the parish of Conisboro’ was 843 while the parish of Mexboro’ could boast of only 545, of whom 417 resided in the township of Mexboro’ and 128 in the township of Denaby. which we now know as Old Denaby: the modern Denaby did not exist at that date.

By 1831 Conisboro’s population had increased to 1,347, and the number of people in the two townships which constituted the parish of Mexboro’ had increased to 1,270. Denaby had remained practically stationary, for its figures for 1831 were 130, whereas the township of Mexboro’ had advanced from 417 to 1,140