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      Newsletter Spring 2012


Ancient and modern

Our talks in January and February focused on opposite ends of the historical spectrum with Mike Oliver going as far back in time as we have ever gone in our meetings when he told us about the Bronze Age trackway across Thorne moors. In complete contrast, the Revd Canon Gordon Taylor's welcome return was an entertaining reflection about the many characters he has encountered during his career - not including local people he knew!

Recent acquisitions

Our Archive now has all three volumes of the transcribed Tickhill Parish Registers, most useful research tools. Several people have kindly donated material to the Society. Philip Mottram has donated a photograph showing a procession through the Market Place with a splendid float consisting of a large, decorated, boat on a horse-drawn wagon. Judy Smith has given three probate copies of wills from the 19th Century and a bond from 1775 which showed that John Hall of Tickhill borrowed 200 from Edward Nettleship of Blyth. If people were unable to repay such loans, an item on page 3 of this Newsletter outlines the possible consequences. (See the Snippets section for Insolvency and bankruptcy in 18th and 19th Century Tickhill.) Among the material donated by Ken Kimberley is his ink drawing of the first purpose-built Methodist Chapel at the junction of St Mary's Road and Mangham Lane. Ken based the drawing (left) on documentary evidence about the building used for worship from 1817-1837. The building is now a private house following such modifications as blocking up the three large windows, inserting a floor to make it two storey, inserting more windows on the east-facing wall and adding fireplaces and chimneys.

Tickhill Local History Fair: advance information and a request for help

We are planning to hold a Tickhill Local History Fair in the Library on a July Saturday, date t.b.c.  One of the themes will be “Jubilee” and we would be grateful if any members or their friends have photographs or memorabilia of past Jubilee celebrations in Tickhill which we could borrow for the day. If you have anything please ring Lesley Nicholson at the Library on 742871.

The Old Water Mill at Limestone Hill Farm

The mill will be open by appointment to small groups of visitors from Saturday 14th April. Admission is free. Groups should preferably be between 6 – 8 people since the inside of the mill is quite small. If you and your friends wish to make up a group, please contact Imelda Dewar on 07956 133972. The best time to contact her is all day Monday or Tuesday afternoon.

Summer Outing

This will now be a day trip to the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds on Tuesday, 22 May. The museum depicts conditions in Victorian Leeds, how scientific discoveries helped with the                  understanding of diseases and how medicine and surgery were revolutionised. One of the displays, in the Wilkinson Gallery, has a wonderful collection of apothecaries' jars, one with a spouted jar is labelled 'Aqua di bugloss' with the date 1562, while another jar looks as though it is labelled 'Torment'.

There are restaurant facilities at the museum but people wishing to take a packed lunch may do so. The cost of admission to the museum and the coach fare will be 14. Dorothy Bradley will give further details at our meetings.

World Heritage Status

Wakefield Manor Court Rolls have attained this eminence since UNESCO placed the Court Rolls on the Memory of the World Register last year. Wakefield Manor's jurisdiction reached from Normanton in the east, to Holmfirth in the south and Todmorden in the west. What is so special is that an almost unbroken run of records of the Manor Court's activities stretches from 1274-1925. Transcriptions of the Court Rolls are steadily being published by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, the latest volume covering 1433-36. These records give fascinating glimpses of 15th Century life from mass trespass onto the Lord of the Manor's lands to find wood, to occasional poaching and violent brawls, to illegal brewing and selling of ale - a regular occurence.

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