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Celebrating Principal Buildings

Ebeneezer Church, Milton Street – Working with the developer the Church’s war memorial was preserved, restored and placed on display in Swinton Library. The buildings date stone was retained on site following demolition and incorporated into the boundary wall.

Hattersley Building, Queens Foundry, Whitelea Road – Working with the developer a descriptive board has been placed at the entrance to this historic building detailing it’s past. The Hattersley Building has been refurbished and converted to office accommodation and secure storage.

Greno House, Fitzwilliam Street – Working with the developer an interpretive board is fitted on site recording the fine property which has been demolished and replaced with modern flats.

Our Achievements

Commemorative plaques have been provided for the following former residents:

James William Iron Hague former British Heavyweight Boxing Champion – Plaque Location – Montagu Arms, Mexborough.

Herbert Crossley – British Novice Heavyweight

Harry Crossley – British Cruiser Weight (Champions) – Plaque Location – Queen Street, Swinton.

Harry’s boxing gloves are on display in a specially made display cabinet in Swinton Library as are the brothers’ framed fight records.

William Arthur Morris, Pitman’s Poet and Grandfather of Hollywood Mega-star Julie Andrews – Plaque Location –Corner of  Temperance Street, Swinton.

Alfred Liversidge – Britain’s Fastest Man and trainer of Jem Mace – Plaque Location – Station Hotel, Station Street.

Tony Capstick – Singer, Songwriter, Actor & Broadcaster – Plaque Location – “Cappos Corner” Rowms Lane, Swinton.


Swinton Town Cross – Restoration and re-siting to original location of Swinton Medieval Market, Town or Butter Cross which was at risk.

Location – Chapel Hill Green, Swinton

Funding – Grant from Swinton Community Partnership


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Noteable Individuals

Douglas Liversidge, Author and Polar Explorer – Photograph and text in Swinton Library celebrating the life of this former resident. Douglas Liversidge Collection presented to Library (collected works of the author).

James Randerson, National Union of Mineworkers Official & Councillor – Photograph and text in Swinton Library celebrating the life of this former resident. Memorial tablet from former Manvers Main Colliery Canteen relocated and displayed.

Simon Licence, World War 1 Casualty – Soldiers memorial (death penny) purchased and placed on public display with photograph and text in Kilnhurst Community Centre.

Memorial to James William (Iron) Hague – Funded to mark his grave site in Mexborough Cemetery (in collaboration with Mexborough Heritage and Mr G Schofield).

Churchyard/Cemetery Tours

Evening conducted tours at Swinton Churchyard -Funds raised for St Margarets Parish Church.

Kilnhurst Churchyard – Funds raised for St Thomas’

Mexborough Churchyard – Funds raised for St Johns

Mexborough Cemetery – Funds raised for Mexborough Heritage

Guided Walk History and Archaeology of Wath Wood with Swinton Heritage Guides and Professional Archaeologist Victoria Brown.

Local History & Heritage Fairs

Project advice and support given to Potters Corner Heritage lottery project Swinton Churchyard including restoration of significant memorials, Norman Stonework, mounting of interpretive plaques, guide book, guided tours for Schools and Scout Groups and general public, celebration evening at the end of the project.

Numerous presentations offered to a range of organisations e.g. Rotary Clubs, Scout Organisations, local history groups on a range of subjects.

Frequent work with Schools, visits etc.

Production of Swinton Then & Now Calender in 2004, old photos with modern shots.

Advice given on Street naming to retain local pride and interest in area e.g. Horsefair Close, Hartley Close, Twigg Court, Kew Close.

Many enquiries dealt with for family and local historians, researchers, individual tours given, consultancy services. T.V. & Radio broadcasts.

Free Public Film Show of The Black Diamonds South Yorkshire’s Mining History.

Purchased hand made Oak Cabinet for display of local pottery in Swinton Library, certain pieces purchased and donations sought out.(Funds raised at a gala dinner).

Sponsors of Children’s reading schemes at Swinton Library.(Funds provided from sale of goods).

Facilitated National Council for Metal Detecting sweep of public land, permissions, residents leaflet etc.

Heritage items purchased or received as donations including Swinton Iron, 1860 Auction poster, minute books, Hattersley Archive, ephemera.

Re-launched with Swinton Comprehensive School Swinton Town Crest as a presentation item for international visitors and for public sale.

A History of Sprotbrough Hall

In collaboration with Bridge Street Productions we completed the filming, editing and proofing of our DVD “A History of Sprotbrough Hall”.  This film explores the history of one of South Yorkshire’s lost country houses.  The magnificent Sprotbrough Hall was demolished in the late 1920’s and the site was sold off for building plots.  Mrs Sabina Pepper (nee Stirland) aged 101 was employed at the Hall in 1920 as a 15 year old under-parlour maid.  She was skilfully interviewed on film during 2006 and her memories help to bring the stories of the hall back to life to be enjoyed by a modern audience. Sabina, who sadly passed away shortly before the film’s completion, shares her vivid memories of the hall, it’s last owners, social life and the working lives of the servants.  The film was given the personal support of the 5th Baron Cromwell, Godfrey Bewick-Copley who today holds the title.  Baron Cromwell provides the introduction to the film and made available family archives, photographs and memorabilia that has enabled the producers to lavishly illustrate the film.  This material has never been in the public domain previously and provides an image of a long lost world in the heart of South Yorkshire.  Re-enactors add a further dimention.

On Thursday 21st November a launch night was held in Sprotbrough Church Hall which was packed with local residents interested to learn more and see Sprotbrough as never before.  Door to door leafleting, posters, press coverage and local radio features ensured a capacity audience.

The DVD is available to order on-line or from local outlets including Spar Stores Sprotbrough, Swinton Library, Potters and Newstyme Mexborough and hopefully soon Doncaster Museum, Priced £10.00.

A History of Swinton Hall and Swinton House

A further project which reached completion was the launch of Giles Brearley’s latest book “A History of Swinton Hall and Swinton House”.  This was a very difficult project which required a great deal of research and detective work by the team.

The story of these two magnificent Swinton properties and their residents has, at last, been brought together and makes a fascinating read.  Well illustrated, the book is available on limited release priced £8.00 and available on line or from the usual outlets.

News Update

We continue to deliver talks and interviews when asked.  Recent engagements have included BBC Radio Sheffield, Mexborough and District Heritage Society, Radio Nightingale for Rotherham Hospitals and the Rotherham Branch University of the Third Age.

A further royalties cheque was presented to St Margaret’s Church proceeds from the sale of “Potters Corner”.

Mike Hawthorn Plaque

Mike Hawthorn and Stirling Moss

Mike Hawthorn and Stirling Moss

Visitors to our web-site and those who take an interest in our activities will be aware of the series of commemorative plaques that we have provided in recognition of local people and their achievements. Our latest plaque has been erected in honour of Britain’s first Formula One world champion Mike Hawthorn who was born and raised in Mexborough. Funding for the plaque came in a large part from the sale proceeds of the DVD “A Mexborough Time Machine”. Additional donations enabled a fine granite plaque in our green colour scheme, with an iconic photograph of Mike affixed as a ceramic tile.

The unveiling event was an outstanding success, with a display of classic Jaguar cars provided by the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club and Ferrari cars displayed by their local owners.  We received considerable support from Hatfields Jaguar Ltd, of Sheffield and worked with public relations consultants Harrison Cowley.  The stars of the show were the D type Jaguar car, driven by Mike Hawthorn to victory in the 1955 Le Mann and a 1934 Riley car also owned and raced by Mike.  The cars were kindly allowed to be displayed by their current owners and the D type went on to be exhibited in the Hatfields Showroom.  Mike’s fiancée Jean Ireland (nee Howarth) unveiled the plaque in perfect weather before several hundred local people and enthusiasts.  An exhibition about Mike’s life and impressive sporting achievements was put together by Mexborough Heritage member Julia Ashby, this was displayed in the town’s library.  The location of the plaque is on the wall of the Intersport Shop at the junction of High Street and Hope Street.  Further information about this project can be viewed on a magnificent web-site operated by Nigel Webb, simply type in Mikes name and it will show up.