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Diary of Local History in 1929 – Quarter 1 – January to March

January 1930

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 03 January 1930

Local History in 1929.

A Diary of Outstanding Events – the Year Reviewed.

Gains and Losses.

Diary of the Year.


1—Sale of Mr. J. H. Fullerton’s Thrybergh estate to Mr. Hay of Harrogate. Thrybergh Hall and Park subsequently re-sold to the Rotherham Golf Club.

Appointment of Canon H. D. Morgan M.A., LL.D., vicar of St. Syprian’s, Edgehill, Liverpool as vicar of Rotherham.

Manvers Main preference dividend for the first time.

Mexborough Labour Club opened by Mr. T. Williams, M.P.

Funeral of Mr. F. C. Wilson, a warden of the Wombwell Parish Church.

2—Mexborough and Swinton Tramway Company’s Bill for trackless extension and conversion and for financial reconstruction, deposited.

4—England won the Test Match rubber in Australia.

10 —Wath Hospital Board: Intimation that Wombwell and Hoyland would be welcome as constituent authorities.

Dearne District Light Railway Committee ratified arrangement with the Yorkshire Electric Traction Company for Fooling traffic receipts throughout Light Railway area.

11—Sketch-plan published in this paper of two alms houses in Cemetery Road. Wath-on-Dearne to be built under the terms of the will of the late Mr. W. Hoyland Gawtress, of Wath-on-Dearne

12—Lord Halifax laid foundation stone of a new school at Brampton Bierlow erected by the Ellis Educational Trust.

General Committee of the Montagu Hospital reported that two new medical wards had been offered to the W.H.C.C. for use as a maternity hospital.

United Methodist Church, Wombwell, jubilee.

14—Swinton Common Pit permanently closed.

Majestic Cinema, Mexborough opened

15 (to 17)—Nativity play performed at St. James’s Church, Wath.

16—Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Act adopted by W.R.C.C.

17—New organ at Swinton Wesleyan Church dedicated.

19- Publication of Electricity Commissioners’ scheme for generation and distribution of electricity in Mid-east England, including the greater part of Yorkshire.

21—Presentation to the Rev. J. Pierce Price, curate-in-charge of St. George’s, Mexborough, on leaving to become vicar of Arksey.

24—First annual dinner of Mexborough Chamber of Trade.

25—Publication in this paper of scheme for joint operation, with pooling of traffic receipts, of the Deana” Valley services of the Yorkshire Traction Company and the Dearne District Light Railway.

New headquarters of Wath Boys’ brigade officially opened.

29—Installation of Mr. Alfred E. Storey, of Mexborough, as Worshipful Master of Rockingham (4282) Lodge of Freemasons.

Mr. Herbert Crowther, headmaster of Morley Place Boys’ School, Conisborough appointed headmaster of Armthorpe Senior Mixed School.

30—Mexborough Women’s Unionist Association first annual dinner.

Test cases heard by county magistrates at Doncaster against eleven Denaby and Cadeby miners summoned by the Doncaster Guardians for non-payment of relief obtained on loan during 1926 coal dispute (total some of £40,000 i involved); the magistrates instructed Denaby and Cadeby Colliery Company to deduct from wages at the rate of 1s. 6d. a week, and repay to Guardians.

31—The Rev. J. Pierce Price, curate in charge of St. George’s, Mexborough, inducted vicar of Arksey, Doncaster.



1—Appointment of Area Distress Committees to administer relief from the Lord Mayor’s Fund.

Appointment of Mr. David Cook as manager of Wombwell Main Colliery, in succession to the late Mr. W. Thompson.

Appointment at Mr. Fred Smalley chairman of Yorkshire Federation of Commercial Travellers’ Associations.

Appointment of Mr. Robert Watkin, of Darfield, general manager of the Dearne Valley colliery, as officer to the grand Priory of Richard realm of venerable order St John of Jerusalem.

2—New premises and headquarters of Mexborough Concertina Band Club opened

Visit of Mr. A. J. Cook, secretary of Miners’ Federation, to Mexborough, to address Trades Council Conference.

3–Services in many churches in commemoration of first anniversary of death of Earl Haigh.

4 to 9— Wath Amateur Operatic Society performance of “Florodora.”

5—Annual dinner of Mexborough Rotary Club.

Wath U.D.C.: Serious leakage of water reported, due to fracture by subsidence of water mains and reservoir.

6— Grant of £2000 to the Montagu Hospital from the Miners Welfare Fund,

C.L.B. Gymkhana at Wath.

Mr. P. B. Nicholson, J.P., of Rest Melton, adopted Liberal candidate for Wentworth Parliamentary Division.

11 (to 18)–Strike at Mitchell Main Colliery.

Application for variation of licensing hours for Wath, Rawmarsh and Swinton area refused.

(To 20th) Severe weather; 12 deg. of frost consistently registered, skating and tobogganing general.

11— Opening of new electricity extensions at’ Mexborough,

16—Sudden revival of coal trade caused substantial increase in the permitted quota of output in the Central Collieries Association Marketing Scheme. Output rose to 80per cent. until the end of March.

18—Wombwell Education Sub-Committee informed that the scheme for the establishment of an open-air school at Wombwell for tubercular children was to go after being held up for several years.

Local Government Bill mussed its third reading in the House of Common, by a majority of 79.

19—Bolton Urban Council’s arrears of rents and rates on Council houses reported to be £11,000.

21—Wath Secondary School Speech Day. Address by Dr. Baillie, Vice-chancellor of Leeds University.

23—Annual musical festival of Mexborough and Swinton C.E. Union, held at Swinton.

25—At the annual meeting of the Montagu Hospital, Mexborough, it decided to enlarge the constitution of the Management Committee, three seats being given to employers in the coal industry, one to employers in other industries, one to the Press, and an extra meat to Hickleton Main underground workmen.

26—Performance of “The Wishing Cap” by children of Wath Roman Catholic Church.

27—Mexborough Chamber of Trade decided to fix the date of the Town Feast in accordance with the Church Feast.

28 —New softening plant at Mexborough waterworks put into commission.

Performance by the sixth form of the Mexborough Secondary School of “Macbeth.”



1—Annual concert and social evening of the Mexborough Secondary School Old Students’ Association.

The Rev. L. J. Carter, curate-in-charge of St. George’s, Jump, appointed vicar of conventional district of St. Leonard’s, Norwood, Sheffield.

3—Inauguration of a Sunday service of steam cars on the L.N.L.R. between Doncaster and Sheffield.

4 —Mexborough Amateur Operatic Society produced “Tom Jones”.

6—Local elections. Nomination day. For the first time at Bolton-on-Dearne a contest was avoided. Mr. Robert Snow, of Adwick-on-Dearne, re-elected unopposed to the Doncaster R.D.C. and the Doncaster Board of Guardians, on which he has let without opposition for 27 years.

10–Conversion of the Mexborough and Swinton tramway into railless completed, and a through service of ‘buses between Conisborough and Rotherham inaugurated; the event being celebrated by a luncheon at Rotherham on March 12th.

13—The West Riding County Council approved a scheme for converting a medical ward at the Montagu Hospital into a county maternity hospital.

15—Mr. Norman Hulley, of Denby Main, appointed manager of Maltby Colliery.

I7—Mr. H. E. Elliott, editor of the “Mexborough and Swinton Times,” elected President of the Mexborough Rotary Club.

19-22— Mexborough Dramatic Society in “The, Rivals.”

19-21—Swinton Plovers in “The Tragedy of Nan” (Masefield).

21 and 22—Spring Fayre at Montagu Hospital Mexborough.

22—Mr. I. S. Boot, of Denaby, appointed to a post in the Cathedral College. Rangoon.

23—Wath Ruri-Decanal Conference addressed by the Rev. J. Talbot Easter, vicar of St.Paul’s, Sheffield.

Urban District Council elections.

25-Commander R. T. Coote, adviser to General Committee of Miners’ Welfare Fund, addressed a meeting at Darfield on the subject of pit-head baths.

26— Presentation by staff and pupils of Wombwell Technical School to Mr. J. Shillitoe, who retired from the position of headmaster during the last session, after 40 years educational service in the Wombwell district.

Inquests had at the Fullerton Hospital, Denaby on two victims of a motorcar smash at Conisboro’; Mr. U. H. Chattel (48) of Denaby, and his sister-in-law, Blanche Muggeridge, of Swinton.

27—Wombwell Greyhound racing track sold by auction for £1000 to a former director.

29—Good Friday: Manvers Main Collieries remained open on Good Friday for the first time in their history, in order to meet the demand for coal.

New record for schoolgirls’ skipping championship set up by Lily Whike, of Wombwell.