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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.