at our January and February meetings attracted ‘full houses’
of members and some visitors who were treated to an impressive
display of expertise from our speakers. Archaeologist Peter
Robinson updated us on pre-Roman and Roman finds in our area.
See below for how Tickhill pupils once learned about Roman
times. Maureen Hambrecht explained the different tiers
of the judicial system, in particular showing the extensive
scope of the Quarter Sessions. Records of these Sessions are
clearly worth exploring for our locality.
Learning about the Romans
was taught to children in the school beside the churchyard and
recounted by William Colbeck when he was 88. (He died in 1949
aged 91.) William had been a grocer in Castlegate, where KSM
is now. The poem was recorded by his granddaughter Jessie
In ’43 the
Roman host In 211
assailed out southern coast Corotius* and
in nine years more From 288 to 300
left his native shore To set the
Roman power at nought
from loss in strife St Alban
suffered in 303
destroyed her life And
Britain in 410 was free
* Either William misremembered these
names or Jessie misheard them when writing down the poem. The
two men concerned were Carausius, who proclaimed himself
emperor and moved to Britain c286, and Allectus, who
assassinated Carausius in 293. Thanks to Frank Newborn for
allowing the Society to reproduce material from Jessie’s
Request for film material
Society has had a tremendous response to previous requests for
copies of photographs and documents to add to our Archive and
Website. We should now like to make copies of any cine or
video films you may have which illustrate life in Tickhill.
Please contact Steve Payne if you have any old films we could
Thanks for helping
Walters sends a note of thanks to all those who gave their
time helping us as follows: Carol Hill, our Research
Consultant, has already catalogued most of the older pictures
in our collection by groups, streets, types of buildings,
trades, events etc. This has highlighted a number of
photographs about which we have little information. To help
give more background to these pictures a small group of
long-standing Tickhill residents (mostly ‘lifers’!) met in the
Parish Room recently and were able to help us considerably.
Each picture produced many reminiscences, which, taken
together, will add greatly to our knowledge of old Tickhill
and make the photographs more interesting for future
generations. Unfortunately time ran out before all the
pictures could be viewed and one or two more meetings of the
group will be needed to complete the work. A photograph of
some of the members of the group is shown below.
Bradley is kindly making arrangements for the summer visits
and gave more details at the March meeting.
17 June 2009 An evening tour of Southwell Workhouse when we
will be "booked in" like the unfortunates of the past. The
cost of this special evening opening of the Workhouse and
coach hire will be in the region of £15 each. The coach will
need to leave Tickhill at 5.30 pm.
8th July 2009 An evening visit to Abbeydale Industrial
Hamlet. Departure time and cost t.b.a.
Please give your names to Dorothy Bradley