Thrybergh Ravenfield Dalton

South Yorkshire England

            Pronounced locally Thrybur  Old English Triberg

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16th Century Onward


Feet of Fines of the Tudor Period.

 In the Public Record Office Part I 1518 - Trinity Term, 10 Henry VIII page 32 Thomas Brettan is named as a Deforciant for 5 messuages with lands at Thrybergh. In the fine the description is; Thomas Brettan als. Thomas Glentham de Thrybergh, gent. and Margaret his wife.1518—TRINITY TERM, 10 HENRY VIII.


What we know now as Chestnut Tree Farm located just below the Church on Doncaster Road was there in the 1500's with the present dwelling being built at a later date possibly in the time of the Saville Family.

In 1578 what became known as Barracloughs Farm in the mid 1900's was built, Named The Blacking Mill. Keith Barraclough former resident of the Blacking Mill writes C.1956 Rotherham Museum dated the house where I lived (now destroyed), off Hollings lane as being 380 years old, c1578 ad. I remember the Millrace and grooves in the wall where the waterwheel had been. This was lost c1930. inside the mill were several granite millstones of approx 5' diameter. It was said that, through the 16th to 19th centuries, all of the local grown wheat was brought to the Mill for grinding.
If you look at the location where the Blacking Mill was, you will note that like most water mills the position was ideally suited for the purpose, in an enclosed Valley with a constant supply of water.  The layout of the buildings was also well planned, in the positioning of the Barn the low ground and the Cottage, ensuring that the Barn was in the dampest area. The whole layout of these Mills was designed so that with good access to the working components and storage, [again the ground levels were important] one man could run the Mill.
1583 Thomas Saville, Gent. had dealings with Robert Bretton 

 I have yet to translate this little snippet regarding a Thomas Glenthem
"dominum de Thribergh et ... duas acras terne in Thribergh, anno 1553. Et quod Thomas Glentham habuit exitum,"

By the end of the 16th century the Catholic Church was reduced to a small number of resilient lay people grouped around gentry who managed to support a "Massing Priest". Such families in the old West Riding region included the Annes of Frickley and Burghwallis, the Fitzherberts and the Eyres of Hassop, the Reresbys at Thrybergh and the Mores at Bamborough.



17th Century

Thrybergh like all England was placed in turbulent times when Charles 1 the only surviving son of James 1 was executed in 1649.
Oliver Cromwell declared himself Lord Protectorate after being placed in power by the army. Sir John Reresby who was a staunch loyalist was placed under house arrest after being taken into custody at Bramley. It was during this time that John Reresby jnr his son was in Europe and was to remark later "I left England in that unhappy time when honesty was reputed a crime, religion superstition, loyalty treason; when subjects were governors, servants masters, and no gentleman assured of anything he possessed; the least jealousy of disaffection to the late erected commonwealth being offence sufficient to endanger the forfeiture of his estate, the only laws in force being those of the sword".

With the death of Cromwell in 1658, followed by the death one year later of John Reresby snr. a young Sir John age 21 returned to take up his inheritance. It is with Sir John that Thrybergh and the estate regained its former status and once more became a flourishing Village.


1663 29th August Henry Leadbeater Clerk of Thribergh 27 May 1647.

Sir John Reresby in the 1600's was to become one of the most prominent men in England. His memoirs and Dairy are now used as a reference by historians researching that period.

Peasants playing Bowls by D Teniers 1610 - 1690Life back then in small Villages is well depicted in this Painting on the left by D. Teniers a Painter of the time. As can be seen the menfolk are playing Bowls, and the painting is aptly titled " Peasants playing Bowls" The painting also give us a fair idea of the clothing worn in this period. Thrybergh had a Village ploughing contest in the latter part of this century.

In the latter part of the 17th century was the start of a huge migration to America and Canada from England, and a large part of the migration came from Yorkshire. Sir John Reresby was greatly opposed to this and tried to prevent it. John incurred the displeasure of the King in doing so, and the migration continued for the next two centuries. Most of the people left to escape the tyrannical life and poverty they endured at the time, some to escape religious persecution. People like Thomas Wasden, and his wife Mary Coucom Wasden of Thrybergh and their children travelled on the ship William Stetson from Liverpool to New York in 1855. In the 19th century others emigrated to Australia as did Charlotte Bisby and John Wheatcroft in 1851 who were married in Thrybergh on 1st December in St Leonard's. They emigrated to South Australia in 1856. In the year 2000 a gathering of 3,000 descendants of Yorkshire people gathered in the New Brunswick Nova Scotia area to celebrate their Yorkshire heritage.
Thrybergh had an Inn in the time of William Reresby, built near the then Village Green, though this was also frequented by neighbouring Lords of the manor, it became somewhat a house of ill repute, with cockfighting and gambling, one of the causes for the Reresby downfall.
A lot of the old cottages still there in Thrybergh were built around this period.


 Elizabeth Rishworth and Thomas Garland were married at Thrybergh in 1668.

Thrybergh had a few local people accused of theft in the late 1600's.   George Roberts of Thrybergh was questioned on the 6th December 1671about his theft of two silver spoons from Sir John Reresby.

On the 11th January 1672  Thomas Hall of Thrybergh made a statement in court after apprehending Isabel Benifield stealing his master's coal.

Even the local Law was not safe from theft and on the 28th September 1675 Thomas Nicholson, the constable of Thrybergh, made a statement about the theft of two of his geese. John Wilson of Thrybergh made a statement on the 9th January 1677 about the corn missing from his barn.



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