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Following the publication by Mexborough & District Heritage Society’s first publication ‘The Village of Mexborough’ in 2005, we were pleased to present our second book, ‘The People of Mexborough’. The photographs are taken from the archives of the Society, some of which are from the Leonard Harrop Collection, added to and preserved by our late President, Norman Watson, a well-known Mexborough teacher.
Other illustrations come from postcards and purchases at antique fairs and the internet; others have been donated by local businesses, individuals and families. This is a ‘snapshot’ of what is available in the archives and it was a difficult choice selecting pictures which justified their inclusion to the exclusion of others.
It proved impossible to organise the photographs in chronological order, therefore, for easy reference, alphabetical order according to names and surnames has been used throughout.
By and large we have used mainly old photographs but felt it important to include people alive today who will recognise themselves and be identified by friends and family members.



Mexborough Heritage Society set out to tell you everything about the Great War and the effect it had on Mexborough, in our publication called "From Pit Town To Battlefields" Bill Lawrence takes you through what it was like before WW1, how life was for the men and women of Mexborough then moves on to stories about the soldiers who fought the fights and the many brave men who never came home. This over 400 page book covers upto 1916 with our second publication next year to cover the remaining aspects of the war. Also listed is to our knowledge all the soldiers of Mexborough who died and where possible what address in Mexborough they lived. The price of the book is only 12 from us or 15 to include Postage and packaging.







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An everyday story of Mexborough folk
Introduction by author J R Ashby, Archivist
The more I learn about the people of Mexborough and its area, the more endeared I become to them. The normal everyday people you meet in the street when shopping, or see in the supermarket all have a surprise somewhere in their past, like the man many of us used to see walking down Mexborough High Street nearly every day of the week in his navy blue overalls, coat and woolly hat, who turned out to be an ex-guardsman who guarded the King in the Second World War, and was one of the creators of Denaby Ings Nature Reserve.

Then there is the man who drives a beautiful Morris Cowley car around the streets who is our last horse marine.

Included in this booklet is the story of Thomas Barron who started as a glass blower and went on to own one of the largest glassworks in the country.

Just normal, everyday Mexborough folk who turn out to be not so everyday after all!

A short history of Mexborough
From the book, by  J R Ashby
Mexborough goes back to some unrecorded point in time when the population of the town lived in huts close to what became known as Mexborough Ferry which was, until 1963, at the end of Ferry Boat Lane.

The earliest inhabitants must have found this an idyllic spot in which to live. There was a 200 ft south-facing cliff which sheltered them from the cold northern winds of winter, an abundance of clean drinking water, good grazing for their animals, stone to build substantial houses and clay to make pots. The river was teeming with fish and it was not uncommon to catch sturgeon.

The river did not flood at this point even at the worst of times but, most important of all, it was the only place for miles around where the River Don was fordable. So travellers would have had to pass through here carrying goods and news. They would have needed somewhere safe to stay for the night as well as food for themselves and their animals.

It is known that, when the Romans came here, there was an Iron Age settlement in the area and they found a well-worn road crossing the River Don at two points.

Trams, tracklesses and buses
From the book, by  J R Ashby

Its great body emerged from the winter’s smog like a huge green insect, its eyes blazing and antennae swaying. As it negotiated the corner, and hummed to a halt, dark shapes were seen to alight, their faces swathed mummy-like as protection from the polluted air as they walked over to the light of the YEB showroom windows.

This workaday scene as a ‘trackless’ (trolley bus) stopped to allow its passengers to disembark at the bottom of Adwick Road was seen almost every morning as I walked to school, but little did I realise that smoggy morning almost thirty years ago that this would be one of the last times I ever saw a trackless at work in my town, as the last of these friendly green giants of the road were to be taken out of service.

Just a few months later on 26th April 1961 the last trackless, with children and adults lining the main roads to say goodbye (I was one of them), passed through our town.


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