St Mary’s @
autumn the Society was involved in celebrations for the 900th
anniversary at St Mary’s in several ways. Our exhibition in St
Helen’s Chapel during the Festival Weekend attracted many
visitors; we welcomed The Revd Canon Gordon Taylor as our
September speaker and enjoyed his commentary on the detailed
illustrations of the Church building; we took part in the
Christmas Tree Festival with a beautifully decorated tree (there
are photographs of the Society’s tree and many others in the
Gallery Section of this website) and published an Occasional
Paper about stories behind selected gravestones, which has so
far raised £100 for the maintenance of the churchyard.
As well as
St Mary’s we are fortunate to have a wealth of historic sites in
our area and these feature in our latest, well-illustrated,
publication. Thanks to local people for allowing the Society to
include many of their old photographs in Treasures of
Tickhill. Copies of the booklet have been given to both
local primary schools. This publication is part of our programme
of work funded by the HLF. An electronic version of the booklet
has been produced by Carol Hill for the use of younger pupils.
large, appreciative, audiences for the October and November
talks. Replica Elizabethan costumes were ably modelled in
October by two committee members and our speaker, who explained
the intricacies of dressing in those days. After the November
meeting we now know more about the origins of local place names
as ‘incomers’ over the centuries used their various languages to
identify settlements. The Society’s autumn programme finished
with a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas social. event at The
Millstone with Sue Allen’s excellent performance as Lady Rose
rounding off an evening of good company and appetising food.
Our website update
Some most interesting emails have been
sent by people living far away from Tickhill who have seen our
website. Eric Sorensen, originally from Hertfordshire, now
living in Minneapolis, has written about his four months
stationed in Tickhill during the Second World War. His memories,
with photographs, have been uploaded to the Living Memories
section of the website. Another example of an email describing
family memories can be found below.
Not only has our website shared many
photographs, living memories and articles about Tickhill’s past
with our own community and the rest of the world, it has also
enabled people living away from Tickhill to send in information
and queries. Often these items, dealt with initially by Steve
Payne, are related to family history and add to our
understanding, for example, of the occupants of buildings shown
in the Gallery section of the website. We do not offer a family
history research service of course, but sometimes it is possible
to help with queries. Here is an example of a particularly
interesting email, published in case anyone can help with Beryl Attaway’s requests.
Genealogy sometimes throws up
pleasant surprises and last night was no exception.
A Google search for Stud Farm,
Tickhill, put Tickhill & District Local History Society at the
top of the returns. Although I have never lived in Tickhill I
do have strong links there and wanted to know exactly where
Stud Farm was.
It wasn’t long before I found
the memories of Mrs Betty Hill in relation to the Misses
Goodwin’s school and so got sidetracked from my original
research. I had met the Misses Goodwin on several occasions
after their retirement. My mother was a pupil at the school
from c1910 and she had very fond memories of her time there
before moving to Doncaster High School. But, as part of the
article, to find a photograph of her in the Christmas
production of 1913 was totally unexpected. There are very few
photographs of her in her younger days and this is probably
the earliest I have seen. Her name was Nellie Gleadle (Nellie
was her pet name, her actual name was Ellen) and she lived at
Stancil Farm with George and Mara Gleadle. My mother died in
1990 just short of her 90th birthday.
I notice the name Hancock
appears in the list of performers. My mother often talked
about her friend Marjorie Hancock and I wonder if the Gladys
Hancock on the photograph is related? Also if records exist,
it would be interesting to know the exact dates my mother
attended the school.
The interest in the Stud Farm
was because my father lived at Stud Farm Cottage with his
parents and sisters. His name was James Edward (Ted) Cawser.
He too had many fond memories of his childhood in Tickhill and
some of the surnames in the various articles are familiar
through the stories he used to tell. One of his particular
friends was Arthur Whinfrey.
I was told that on one occasion
my father fell into the Mill Dam and was lucky to survive. I
believe the incident was reported in the press. Do you know if
this article still exists as I have never read it? The
earliest date would be 1907, but is more likely to be c1910.
My father was a choirboy at St
Mary’s and in his teens took up bellringing, quickly becoming
a very proficient bellringer and for a time was the ringing
captain at St Mary’s. After leaving Tickhill he continued
bellringing becoming Secretary of the Yorkshire Association of
Change Ringers and his name became very well known and
respected in ringing circles nationally. I certainly
discovered what it was like to follow in the footsteps of a
Reading about the organ at St
Mary’s reminded me of a story he liked to tell. One of his
young friends – it’s perhaps as well I can’t remember his name
– operated the blower in the days when it was hand blown. On
this particular Sunday there was a more pressing (or perhaps
interesting) event, so he speeded up the rate and hoped that
the organ would survive until the end of the last hymn as he
made a quick getaway!
My parents were married at St
Mary’s Church and my father’s parents are buried there. In the
ringing room at St Mary’s there is a peal board in memory of
my grandmother who died in 1928.
My thanks to all your members
for the wealth of information they have collected and shared
through the internet. An especial thank you to the person or
family who offered the Christmas 1913 photograph.
Pamela Lindley, editor of Parish Register of Tickhill
1538-1674, for renaming her Pauline in the Autumn
Newsletter’s review of her book.
Endnote : A wintry record
Miller’s 1804 The History and Antiquities of
includes the following weather details:
great frost: it began in December and continued till April
great frost which lasted five months from December to April
severe frost, which continued 13 weeks
1739 &1740 A
severe frost, commonly called the hard or great frost
January. On this night there was a terrible hurricane, many
houses were unroofed; several barns and chimneys blown down
Tickhill Local History Day
Saturday 30 January 2010 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
holding another of our Local History Days this January. Do
call in and see our exhibitions featuring photographs,
documents, activities with schools and Living Memories, along
with demonstrations of how we can restore old photographs.
Your old photographs can be scanned while you wait. Relax with
refreshments in the Parish Room and have a go at a Prize Quiz.