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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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The Mexborough Royal Visit 1912

King George V and Queen Mary Visited Mexborough in July 1912. That morning, the royal couple had heard news of the disaster at Cadeby Colliery, where they had visited the previous day. The good people of Mexborough still turned out in their finery to doff their caps, wave their hats and dandle their children before royalty. 

Undeterred by that morning’s bad news, later that day George descended into Elsecar colliery, becoming the first British Monarch ever to go down a mine. 

Forthcoming Events, Lectures

Archaeological Excavation of the First World War

The Heritage Society talk for November will feature battlefield archaeologist Alex Sotheran, who will give a talk on his experiences working on the Western Front. Alex will give a general introduction to the work he has been involved in over the last 15 years on battlefield sites in France and Belgium. He will look at the general material that you would expect to find on a First World War site and examine three particular sites showing what can be learnt from the archaeology of the world’s most bloody and brutal war.

Join us at 7.30 on Wednesday November 28th at The Concertina Club, Dolcliffe Road, for what will doubtlessly prove to be an interesting and informative evening.

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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.

 

Lectures

The King Of Denaby

The first talk of the new season at the Concertina club will be on the Topic of WH Chambers who was once known as the King of Denaby.

Chambers was the Managing Director of the Denaby and Cadeby Collieries Ltd from the beginning of the 20thCentury until just after the First World War. A period which included technological development, hardship, bitter strikes and a terrible pit disaster.

Some saw him as a philanthropist who did his best to look after the interests of those who worked for him. Others saw him as a pitiless employer interested only in maximising profit at any cost.

Join us for a talk and discussion led by ex Cadeby miner Alan Dowling at the Concertina Club, Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough on Wednesday October 31st 2018 at 7:30pm. 

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Events

Eric Brook Plaque Unveiling

The plaque commemorating Eric Brook, Mexborough’s most successful Footballer, was unveiled on Friday May 25th at the Mexborough Athletic Sports ground. Can You spot Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee in the photograph below?

Summerbee and Brook family

He is the silver haired chap in the white shirt, with his arm around Eric’s Grandson and another member of the Brook family.

After the unveiling all repaired to the bar for a buffet and celebration.

Eric Brook event Heritage group