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.
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.
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.
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.