The Linen of Barnsley & Rotherham

The Linen of Barnsley & Rotherham

By historian Joshua Daniels It’s well-known that the coal, iron, steel and glass industries dominated the economies of Rotherham and Barnsley. There was, however, another very prominent industry: linen. Whilst textiles are more associated with what is now West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire was also a leading contributor to the industry....

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You helped save the Yorkshire Trench

You helped save the Yorkshire Trench

You may recall that back in the summer of 2021 we covered the story of the Yorkshire Trench, one of a very few WWI trenches that still exist in its original location. Over 100 years after it was built, it had started to disintegrate due to changing water levels around...

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Heritage Open Days 2023 in South Yorkshire

Heritage Open Days 2023 in South Yorkshire

This September, explore some of the region’s most historically interesting places with Heritage Open Days. Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture which sees places across the country throw open their doors to give people the chance to visit them for FREE! This year’s theme is...

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The Wharncliffe Carlton Colliery Explosion – 140 Years Later

The Wharncliffe Carlton Colliery Explosion – 140 Years Later

By Joshua Daniels Just after midnight on 18th October 1883, Wharncliffe Carlton Colliery suffered a disaster that saw the death of 20 men and boys. Based in the Smithies area of Barnsley, close to the border between Monk Bretton and Carlton, Wharncliffe Carlton Colliery had been operating for around five...

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Hapy by name, happy by nature

Hapy by name, happy by nature

The West has enjoyed a lengthy fascination with ancient Egypt, from its contributions to architecture and science to the mystery of its tombs and treasures. But if you would like to expand your knowledge then why not join the Hapy Egyptology Society. The only society in Yorkshire dedicated to Egyptology,...

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John Carr’s legacy carries on 300 years later

John Carr’s legacy carries on 300 years later

This year marks 300 years since the birth of John Carr of York, one of the north’s finest architects from the 18th century.  Three centuries on, his legacy remains in the extensive portfolio of public and private buildings he designed that have shaped the architectural heritage of the north of...

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Totty Cup school football competition celebrates 100th anniversary

Totty Cup school football competition celebrates 100th anniversary

As the region’s oldest primary school football competition, the Totty Cup celebrates its centenary this year.   Over the last 100 years, thousands of schoolboys from across the Don and Dearne region have laced up their boost to play for the coveted schools’ trophy – or one of them, at least;...

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Home on the Grange

Home on the Grange

Thundercliffe Grange in Rotherham is privately owned by a group of residents. But it has previously been an Earl’s family seat, a private asylum for wealthy ladies, and a hospital for disabled children.

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Who were the Earls of Effingham?

Who were the Earls of Effingham?

The Earls of Effingham were a junior branch of the House of Howard whose head was the Duke of Norfolk. They were descendants of Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham who was an English commander who defeated the Spanish Armada. The Effingham family seat was in Surrey, but they became...

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Memories of Wentworth Woodhouse pool come flooding in

Memories of Wentworth Woodhouse pool come flooding in

Do you have any memories of the pool at Wentworth Woodhouse? Following its demolition, we look back at the 1970s pool and the people who used it.

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