Allport's Eye

The Earl and the Gas Fitter

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Billy Fitzwilliam, The 7th Earl, born in 1872

Catherine bailey, in her Book “Black Diamonds” gives an account of the notorious Denaby strike in 1903 when 3000 families were evicted from their homes, most of them with nowhere to go and no shelter provided except for a few tents in a nearby field. In this case the owner of the mine was a ruthless and oppressive company, allowing its workers no strike pay, no sick pay and very often not a penny in compensation for accidental death down the pit. the Fitzwilliam by contrast were exemplary employers and much loved by their workers both in the mines and on their vast estate.

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Thomas Henry Sykes 1851-1941

Thomas was a plumber, glazier and gas fitter, who resided at 21 Wentworth Road. He installed gas lighting at St Thomas Church, Kilnhurst, and went on to build one of the first bungalows seen in the area, for his own occupation.

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