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George Emery – the Consibrough Robin

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The Livesey Dynasty

Thomas Livesey gave up his job as a railway engineer to create a travelling theatre group.Hhe illustration below shows them on their way to the next mining town with their portable “Paragon Theatre”. In later years they would build the Prince of wales theatre in Mexborough. Thomas had formed an acting dynasty which would last until the mid 20th Century.

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Carleton Henry Allport


Carleton Henry Allport was born in Camberwell and spent all his working life in the service of the post office. he was the assistant operational supervisor of the Sheffield post office. When he retired he came to live in the Old Hall inConisborough. There he spent the rest of his days perusing antiquarian historical research, publishing numerous papers for local societies and writing his “History of Conisborough”. It was said that he could extract information from the most unpromising of sources. He died ages 62 in 1916.

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Mr Gibbs of the Drum

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Mr W.E Gibbs 1861-1925 Licensee of the Denaby Main Hotel (Known Locally as the Drum)

Mr Gibbs Served for 25 years as licensee during which time he was involved with numerous charitable organisations and was particularly helpful during the Cadeby pit disaster. He was a native of Staffordshire and served in the police force in Wolverhampton. He was also an active member of the discharged sailors and soldiers movement. All of the men he employed at the pub were ex soldiers. Mr Gibbs was said to have the courage of a lion and was a good and generous friend to all.