History – A Holiday Resort

July 1937

South Yorkshire Time, July 23, 1937

To celebrate their 60th Anniversary the “Times” did potted histories of the Dearne Valley Village. These are extracts from the Conisborough and Denaby ones.

A Holiday Resort

It may raise a smile, but it is backed, 60 years ago Conisborough was regarded as a holiday resort, and an appreciable number of summer visitors booked rooms in the village holiday visits.

This is rather surprising, for at the time sanitary agreements were of a very primitive type.

There was no water laid on to the houses then. Some of the larger house had had their own wells, but the majority of the inhabitants had to fetch water from the Wellgate spring, or Holywell spring, or one or two other springs.

These were all liable to contamination, as typhoid was a far from uncommon occurrence.