Blue Plaque

Donald Watson – Blue Plaque Unveiling

A blue plaque is to be unveiled at the New Pastures Primary School (Formerly Pit Street School) on Saturday November 9th at 12.00, in honour of Donald Watson, the Mexborough Man who was instrumental in the development of veganism and a founder member of The Vegan Society. The unveiling has been timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the founding of The Vegan Society in November 1944.

Watson Attended Pitt Street school and Mexborough Grammar School (Now the Business Centre) in his childhood. He was born in 1910 and became a vegetarian at the age of 14 after witnessing the slaughter of a pig at his Uncle George’s farm. He gave up dairy produce some 18 years later after having decided that milk production was also unethical.

All are welcome to come along and witness the unveiling, which will be carried out by current members of The Vegan Society , and to join us for a vegan buffet at the Business Centre afterwards.

The plaque is one of several unveiled recently, and it is envisaged that there are more to come, the aim being to have a Mexborough Heritage Trail encompassing all the plaques and other points of interest in a walk around the area on which people can enjoy the rich history of the area and contribution its people have made to national life.

Forthcoming Events, Lectures

The History of Manvers Complex

Less than 40 years ago, the biggest industrial operation in Europe stood right on our doorstep. Join us for a talk from local historian Giles Brearley on the company and its operating history from the land being first acquired to the eventual fateful closure nearly 140 years later. With details on the social history of the miners themselves and the comradeship between the men manifested right from the start and how it grew in importance over the decades, the talk includes previously unseen photographs of the mining operations and its vast expansion.

At the Rowms Lane Social Club Club, Swinton, S64 0AE (opposite Screwfix)

Wednesday September 25th 2019 7:30pm

Blue Plaque, Forthcoming Events

Albert Fox Plaque to be Unveiled

We are proud to announce the unveiling of a new Plaque in Mexborough. This time it is the turn of Albert Fox, a former Mexborough Loco-man who eventually became ASLEF General Secretary between 1901 and1914.  The unveiling will take place in Mexborough station waiting room on Wednesday 4th September at 2.00pm. Mick Whelan the current General Secretary of ASLEF will be present. All are very welcome to attend.

The Mexborough Heritage Society Blue Plaque committee is working hard to have a number of plaques installed in the area with the eventual aim of having a “Blue Plaques Trail” which people can follow, combining a good walk with a celebration of the area and its people.

Blue Plaque

Sapper Hackett Blue Plaque to be Unveiled

The Mexborough Heritage Blue Plaque Society are proud to announce that a plaque commemorating Mexborough’s Victoria Cross Recipient, Sapper William Hackett will be unveiled his former Home at 43 Crossgate, Mexborough on Sunday June 23rd 2019 at 11.00 am.

Hackett, who had settled in Mexborough as a miner, signed up for the Royal Engineers and became tunneller in 1915.

In June 1916 the tunnel he was working on with four other men collapsed after enemy shelling. The London Gazette from that August reported on his bravery, during the subsequent rescue attempt.

“After working for 20 hours, a hole was made through fallen earth and broken timber, and the outside party was met. Sapper Hackett helped three of the men through the hole and could easily have followed, but refused to leave the fourth, who had been seriously injured, saying,” I am a tunneller, I must look after the others first.” Meantime, the hole was getting smaller, yet he still refused to leave his injured comrade. Finally, the gallery collapsed, and though the rescue party worked desperately for four days, the attempt to reach the two men failed. Sapper Hackett well knowing the nature of sliding earth, the chances against him, deliberately gave his life for his comrade”

All are welcome to attend the unveiling.