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They called it slum clearance in those days, and it's true that Council action was often needed to remove the blight of badly-maintained, unsanitary or dangerous properties in the town.
But the people actually living in those doomed homes in the mid-60s must have had a different view. In just 50 years swathes of properties have disappeared, and this  collection of photos captures life on a small row of six stone-built houses, called Rawlinson Terrace, which was razed around 1966.
Situated just off Dolclffe Road, and now used as a car park, houses on the site were thought to have been built originally for nearby pottery workers. They were two-up, two-downs with outside toilets and coal sheds, and running along their backs was  a cobbled access lane to a coal yard. Outside their front doors were the backs of commercial properties on Bank Street, including Whittaker's (which owned three of the houses and let them to staff).
Not the best housing, it has to be said, but home for a while to Heritage member Graham Oliver as a youngster; he has kindly loaned these snaps which as well as capturing a happy family life, also give us a glimpse of an old part of Mexborough which has disappeared.

If you have any photos of the area, or of vanished Mexborough, please email us.


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BELOW: Google Streets view of the Terrace site now

Bank Street sweet shop

Joan, who can be seen in the slideshow of Rawlinson Terrace, is also pictured here with her brother-in-law, the late Joe Steel. The family-run sweet shop was a few steps away from the Terrace, on Bank Street opposite the Majestic. And they did a roaring trade when the cinema was active, especially when blockbuster movies saw queues stretching past the library.


The following photo was sent in by Andrew Bartram, showing another couple on Rawlinson Terrace.
You asked for any pictures of old Mexborough and having read about Rawlinson Terrace, I thought you might like to see this picture outside 2 Rawlinson Terrace which was the home of my uncle and aunt, Leonard Mawson and his wife Vera.
Len was a member of staff at Whittakers, (the shop below the houses) and he rented the house from them.They vacated the house in December 1963.