We continue to receive enquiries to our web-site from people near and far. Numbers of enquiries have come from North America and recently we have been in correspondence with someone in Kabul,Afghanistan making enquiries about Swinton’s rich heritage. Feedback is always appreciated and we will do our best to respond to enquiries.
Looking to our future work programme. A local resident has recently identified to us what we believe to be a tooled stone block which has the original Mason’s mark of Swinton’s 12th Century Normanchapel. Stone from the chapel has been reused a number of times and this precious historical artefact currently forms part of a wall. We intend to recover this and place the stone in safe keeping. A further book “Civic Lives” the story of the Harrop family of Swinton. Is nearing completion and it is hoped this will be ready for Easter 2007. The Harrop family were intertwined with the civic, legal and charitable aspects of Swinton life for more than a century. The book will reveal much previously unpublished detail of the history of the district and the major contribution that Harrop family members made to the advancement of the township.
Longer term a further picture and captions book is planned to be published on Old Swinton, Kilnhurst and possibly Mexborough.
Thanks to the generosity of local people and our own research we have available many previously unpublished photographs showing aspects of life, work, play, transportation, worship and infrastructure in this part of Yorkshire.
As our bank balance is virtually empty following the payments we have had to make for our recent events, fundraising will need to be addressed in the near future. Heritage plaques and publisher costs do not come cheap, we will, however, maintain our commitment to celebrating and sharing the heritage of our locality and its’ people.