New Books

       Welcome to the Swinton Heritage store.  You can buy books, D.V.D’s and other items relating to the rich history and social heritage of the town as well as other neighbouring areas .

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NEW BOOKS 

 

ADWICK upon DEARNE In the News

by Giles H Brearley

IMG_0241A book that charts events of this ancient village over a thousand years. Compiled from some 70 newspapers, Manorial Rolls and deeds.

The book highlights the achievers and major events as well as the darker side of village life. This includes a resident hung at York, guns, poaching, gambling and explosives.

some 144 pages are illustrated with photoraphs.

 

Price £10 plus £1.65 postage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Iron” Man James William Hague 

 by G H Brearley    (LAST FEW REMAINING)

Iron Hague was the English Heavyweight Champion from 1909 to 1911
Iron Hague was the English Heavyweight Champion from 1909 to 1911

Price £14.95. plus postage and packing £2

Iron Hague was the English Heavyweight Champion from 1909 to 1911.  Although he hailed from Mexborough, South Yorkshire, little detail was known about this erstwhile champion that is, until now.  Well known author, Giles Brearley, has just had his biographical book entitled “The Iron Man” published.  The book packs some 290 pages and includes 200 pictures depicting the man himself, his family, his managers, his trainers, his opponents, various events, first world war experiences and his life thereafter.

Giles said that his research for this book was gained over many years. In addition to locally stored information and assistance by Mexborough Heritage Society, his research took him to London to the National Archive, The Grenadier Guards Museum, various libraries and record offices as well as to the Colindale newspaper, archive. Boxing historian, Harold Alderman, also passed on his overwhelming knowledge about Iron’s career.  Harold, who is a foremost authority on boxing, has also written the foreword to the book.

Expertly put together, the book charts Iron’s father’s arrival in Mexborough, Iron’s birth and school days.  The story confirms his love of fighting from an early age, his fairground boxing booth days and follows his career up the championship ladder.  There were some good fighters around in the Edwardian times and his road to champion was no picnic.  It follows him into the First World War and thereafter.  Written in novel style, it makes a cracking read.

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St Thomas Church a timeline history  

by G H Brearley and K J Wyatt

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price £6.00 plus postage and packing £2.00

Written for the 150th anniversary of the building of the church the book timelines its history and events whilst comparing the time to what was happening in the big world.  Proceeds are to St Thomas church.

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A Yorkshire Undertaking

By K J Wyatt

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Price £5.99 plus £2 post and packing

Tells the story of one of Northern Englands oldest established family funeral directors.  CT Butterfields and Sons.  They were established in 1874 and remains today in the capable hands of the 6th generation of the family.  The book also reveals old burial practices and Yorkshire traditions with the bereaved.

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Alfred Liversidge -Swintons Sporting Hero.

by G H Brearley

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Alfred Liversidge – England’s Fastest Man and the Boxing Trainer of the last of the bare knuckle heavyweight champions, Gem Mace.  This book charts Swinton resident Alfred’s life as a professional sportsman, boxing trainer and gambler.  It follows a lot of the fights had by Gem Mace whilst under Alfred’s control.  Such characters as Posh Bill, Ned Obaldwin (the Irish Giant) all fought Mace and Alfred was there.

Well illustrated it is a nice little book for anyone interested in boxing or local history.

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Swinton Pictoral

By G H Brearley and K J Wyatt

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Price £10.00 plus post and packing.

Published in December 2012 is 0ur latest old Swinton in pictures book.  Containing over 200 not previously seen photographs.  They vary from victorian times to  within memory.  We illustrate the world of work, church life, people and characters, old buildings and past events.

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Civic Lives

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By Ken Wyatt

Price £7.99. plus £2 post and packing

The story of leading lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and long serving town clerk, Frederick Lee Harrop, takes the reader on a fascinating journey through late Victorian and Edwardian English life.  These were times of great invention and rapid technological progress against a backdrop of creaking civil administration which belonged to the middle ages.  Harrop helped to lay the foundations of modern local government and his story is in many ways the story of municipal progress.  Along the way we shall meet all aspects of human activity, the admirable and the mean; humour and tragedy; scandals and skulduggery which makes today’s political landscape seem tame.  We shall not see the like of Harrop family again as their era has past.  The story of their lives and enduring legacy will entertain and enlighten anyone with an interest in social, political, family and community history or the Victorian and Edwardian periods.  South Yorkshire History at it’s Best.  Anyone involved in local government or civic affairs will find it irresistible.

(As an appendix, Miss E. K. L. Harrops’ four churches of Swinton, published in 1913 is reprinted for the first time.) Published September/October 2007.

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Kilnhurst Through the Ages in Pictures

By  G H Brearley and K J Wyatt

 

Kilnhurst Through the ages in Pictures           
 Last Few in stock
 
Kilnhurst Through the ages in Pictures

 

Price £10.00 plus £2 post and packing.

Using more than 200 images, many never previously seen in public. This book takes the reader on a fascinating journey down memory lane.  Detailed captions and extensive research present many aspects of industrial village life and the exploits of its residents.

Chapters look at;

Industry and commerce Faith and worship Transport and travel Sport and leisure People and places.

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Potters Corner- A Guide to St Margaret’s church yard.

by K J Wyatt.

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Price £6.99 plus £1.50 post and packing.

A guide to St Margarets Churchyard.  St Margarets is the resting place of many leading potters and artists who helped build up the reputation of the world famous Rockingham & Don Potteries.  Other individuals such as Victims of War, Crime, Industrial Accidents, Leaders of Commerce and Civic Life; Sporting Personalities and Miscellaneous others who have their final resting place are included in this detailed guide book.

Produced with the assistance of a National Lottery Heritage Grant, all proceeds are donated to Church funds.

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The Life and Times of Arthur Morris – The Pitmans Poet

By G H Brearley with a foreword by Julie Andrews.

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Price £7.00 plus £1.50 post and packing.

A fascinating story about the Pitman’s Poet who was also  Julie Andrews’ (international star) grandfather.  Follow his meteoric rise from barber, to the Army, to the coal mines and finally, to becoming an entertainer.  His journey along life’s path includes a term in prison and other notoriety.  The foreword of the book is by Julie Andrews herself.

Arthur was the Black sheep of Julies family but here his story is well told.

A fascinating book which has sold well in America where Julie Andrews fans crave to know anything new about her.

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The Lusitania’s Musician.

By K J Wyatt.

price £6.99 plus £1.50 post and packing

The dramatic story of Cunard Bandsman Ernest Dixon Drakeford who survived the sinking of the Liner RMS Lusitania, by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland in 1915.  The story details Drakeford’s early life, his work on the Trans-atlantic Liner Trade, the terrible events of the sinking and his fortunes thereafter.  This book is a must for anyone with an interest in local history, World War 1, music or the sea.

 

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The History of Swinton Hall and Swinton House  –   LAST ONE

By G H Brearley

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Last two remaining.  price £10.00 plus £1.50 post and packing

The book covers the  History of Swinton Hall from its first early construction by the Otter family.  It Includes many illustrations and over 80 photos, many not having been seen before.

The occupants lives from the outset are followed, along with events, generation after generation, with quite a few suprises.

The story follows the growth of the village into the town of today as many of the occupants were so closely entwined with its development.

An excellent book solving what has for a long time been a mystery…..

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The History of St Thomas Parish Church and the village of Kilnhurst .

By G H Brearley

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Excellent book that gives a detailed history of the village of Kilnhurst and its church. Includes over 100 photos.

Price £7 plus postage of £1.50.

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Safecracker.

By G H Brearley and Michael Fowler

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Price £10.00 plus £1.50 post and packing

Written by retired Detective Inspector Mike Fowler and Giles Brearley. The explosive story of the U.Ks most notorious safe blower. South Yorkshires top villain, Albert Hattersley, tells his story for the first time.  He worked on some of the most daring robberies of the day, both for the London gangs and for himself.  He was the only man to go over the top at Leicester Jail and the only man to break into Wakefield Jail to deliver a packet.  Department stores, Banks, Tube stations, trains all fell victim to Alberts villainy.  He was right at the top of the tree.

Underneath it all though he had a heart which he proved on many occasions.  The crime gave him unbelievable adrenalin rushes which drove him on.  He served some 21 years in jail including Dartmoor.

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Industrial Doncaster

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By G H Brearley

A great  book of illustrative pictures of 1950 and 1960’s of Doncaster. The pictures are taken from the ‘Walters Archive’ . This will bring back many memories as to

how the town was in its industrial heyday.

Priced at £6.00 plus post and package of £1.50

 

Industrial Rotherham

By G H Brearley

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Further photographs from the ‘Walters ‘archive are illustrated showing Rotherhams industrial and commercial life in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Priced at £6.00 plus post and package of £1.50

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Mexborough A Railway Junction to anywhere and its steam locomotive Depot.

by Michael Brearley

A superb book of 257 pages with many photographs of the era. The book covers the origin to the demise of the marshalling yards which were one of the areas largest employers. The hey day of steam is lovingly created by the author. The book was compiled after talking to many former employees and scouring the archives.

priced at £14.99 plus post and packing of £1.50.

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No more Kit  Can and Cobbles ( 1 only)

By Michael Fowler

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Author Michael Fowler transports us back to Mexborough life in the 1960’s and 1970’s with his ersonal account of growing up in the town.

Very nostalgic.

priced at £6 plus post and package of £1.50.

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Don Quixote- The Bramelds’ Adventure   1 only

by Ian Fraser Milne

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Written by Ian Fraser Milne, the  book recounts the interlinking of Rockingham Pottery with its famed dinner service based on the adventures of Don Quixote.

Contains history of the pottery and 65 photos and plates. A very personable book.

Although originally priced at £24.95 we have one copy for sale at £15 plus £1.50 post and package.

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The Business of trying to keep Rotherham United.

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By G H Brearley and Gavin J Mackinder.

Written by Giles Brearley and Gavin Mackinder the book recounts the business side of running a football league club. Giles was a club Director from 2007 to 2009. He was brought on board to help save the club until it could be passed on to an afflential owner. The book recalls unbelievable events, funny and sad. 319 pages long with over a hundred photographs.

priced at £10 plus post and packing of £1.50

 

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A Guide to The Church of St.Mary The Virgin Sprotbrough- cum-Cadeby 

 

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A 14 Page booklet written by Gerald and Joyce Davies, with an introduction by Stuart Matthews Rector. It gives a good description of the Church features and contains several photographs.

priced £1 plus post and packing £0.80