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!
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.
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
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.