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 .

POSTAGE- The prices shown for postage are based on first class delivery in the U.K. For Overseas please contact us with your details and we will confirm the postage cost applicable from the U.K

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

 

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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     LAST ONE

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       LAST ONE REMAINING

By  G H Brearley and K J Wyatt

 

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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 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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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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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