Thrybergh Ravenfield Dalton

South Yorkshire England

            Pronounced locally Thrybur  Old English Triberg

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1939 Onward


View of Thrybergh Reservoir taken from St Leonard's church belfry by the late Lol Foster


Stewart Mason writes
Richard "Dick" Davis was the "chucker out" at the Grapes public house
George Henry Roberts Worked at Silverwood Pit from 1922 (approx) to 1967. In 1962 (approx) was told he could no longer work at the coal face and was given a very light job on the surface. I believe he was one of the first miners in this area to obtain compensation for an industrial disease, his was a test case.


Lloyd Briscoe writes

"My mother Mary Briscoe (nee Oliver) was born on Doncaster Road in 1925. She's still alive well today, living in Stevenage, Herts. Her memories include: George England his sister Edith had the post office at Hollings Lane (next to the Top Club). George also used to teach piano! This was in 1937. As children, used to play in the Hilly Fields at the back of Whinny Hill School. Her parents were George Dot Oliver, who ended their days in Cross Street. Mrs Watts used to make sell her own pop for half penny one penny a bottle. She lived in Wood Street. 1st girl to get married at St. Peter's was called Helliwell Headmaster at Whinney Hill school in late 1930's was Mr Armitage. The Smith sisters owned a sweet and ciggy shop at the top of Chesterhill Avenue (known as Chinatown). During Doncaster race week, at the end of Cross Street, calling out at the buses coming back, shouting throw us your winnings, and passengers would throw wrapped pieces of butterscotch. The night that the Catholic Club burnt down next to St. Gerrard's School, and there was a constant popping sound as the pop bottles exploded ! Saturday afternoon dancing lessons at St. Gerrard's. Tutor was Joe Hills.


For most of his life he lived at 19, Doncaster Road, Thrybergh. On the opposite side of the road he had a smallholding where he used to keep pigs, chickens and goats. Some of the pigs were sold at Doncaster Market, some of the pigs were killed by Richard "Dick" Davis, his wife's [ Eleanor May Davis.] father. During the war, if a pig was killed, half of it had to be given to the government. One half was taken to the abattoir at Rotherham. The chickens were never killed. Even when they stopped laying they continued to be fed until they died of a ripe old age.

His daughter, Jeannette, (my wife) used to take a wheelbarrow round the neighbourhood collecting peelings to make into pig swill. When a pig was killed everybody who gave peelings was given a piece of meat in return. People were grateful for this during the war when fresh meat was practically unobtainable.
She also had a chicken called "brownie", so called because it laid brown eggs. During the war, once a week, she gave two eggs to her school teacher for her Sunday breakfast. Brownie would not go into the hen house but would sleep in the cabbage patch where she was found when she eventually died. Brownie always came to her when she called and used to follow her round the smallholding just like a dog, sometimes having a ride on her shoulder. She had the same effect on her pig who also used to follow her round. She certainly had a way with animals.

When Jeannette's father bought young pigs to rear one of them was always given to her as a present and she had the money when that particular pig was sold. That was a small fortune in those days for a young girl. This was in recognition of all the work that she did. She used to help feed the pigs and chickens, wash the pigs and "muck out" the sty, apart from collecting the peelings from the neighbours.


During the second World War the hill overlooking what is now Thrybergh Park was the site of an anti aircraft battery, it played an important roll in the defence of the local industry which was the target of German Bombers. The British traitor  known as " Lord Haw Haw " mentioned Thrybergh in one of his Broadcast. The concrete bunkers were still there in the 1950's and became a favourite spot for the local kids to play soldiers.
After the war, homes known as prefabs [ prefabricated] were erected in many parts of Rotherham, These were dwellings built in the factory transported to the site and erected in a very short time. Although the Prefabs were originally designed and erected as a short term compromise to ease the housing shortage, they remained in Thrybergh until around the late sixties early seventies if my memory serves me right. They stood on St. Leonards Ave, and also March Flatts Road. Apparently when they were sold off by the council, a few of them went missing. The buildings  were dismantled within a day and loaded onto the trucks, so a couple disappeared this way and no one was any the wiser until a couple of days later when the actual buyers turned up to remove their new acquisition. They made perfect holiday homes and were quite a bargain at the time.

1950: St Gerard's Catholic Church was completed and opened but was not dedicated until 1983 on the 15th October. There are three Churches in Thrybergh, St Leonard's Church on Doncaster Road is of local historical interest. St. Peters Church on Oldgate Lane, and St. Gerard's R.C. Church is on Park Nook Doncaster Road .

In this period the man who was responsible for the Law and Order of Thrybergh and Dalton was Policeman "Bobby " Buxton as he was known.
Raye Kelly writes
Bobby Buxton, a giant of a man with hands like coal shovels, his instant punishment was to swipe you with his wet oilskin cape and believe me that was NO fun .but as fair a man would be hard to find:

Cliff Rust writes:-
I noticed the link on 'Thrybergh Top Club'. I knew that my Grandma also was a steward there. According to my Mother, Danny Goodwin who was on the committee at the time, took over from my Grandma & Grandad. (Annie May Coulson and William Henry Coulson). Grandad had to leave the club as he contracted TB from cleaning out the 'spittoon's. Thank our lucky stars that them days are over. However, when we took over the Wheatsheaf, the old club room upstairs was full of these spittoons from the old sawdust days. They made great dog bowls. One thing I remember about the Top Club was the customers, that were 'worse for wear', often threw us thrupenny bits when we were leaving school which was the same time as closing time for them. We then used to walk home round 'the mile' breaking the odd gas lamp on the way unless they gave us any empty bottles which we used to then take to Nichols beer off to get 2d back. You couldn't let your kids do that now-a-days, could you?

Talking about gas lamps, do you remember the chap who used to light them and replace the glass, I think his name was John!. He used to have his hut on the bend at the 'little wood' . There was always a pile of tarmac there. My end of Vale Rd, the track used to lead up to the signal box where we used to sharpen our axes on the rotating sand stone sharpener prior to chopping the trees down on Bonfire night.
You probably knew Peter Burgin (Who didn't) who also worked at Fosters.  Pete and his wife Ev' took a guest house at Bridlington many years ago.

As I stated, I left Thrybergh for Rotherham at the age of 11, however I stayed at Thrybergh Comp until aged 16 when I left for an apprenticeship with the YEB. When I was 14 my parents Madge & Les Rust opened The Davy Lamp in East Herringthorpe from new. At 16 we moved to 'The Tabard' up Herringthoprpe Valley road, then onto a pub called The Masons Arms in Crookes, Sheffield. My Dad was a 'face' worker for 16 years at Silverwood prior to moving into the pub trade. My Mother, Madge worked for Joe Foster on home deliveries. How times change!! As I said before my Mother was a Coulson from East vale Drive/Grove?, with a brother George who worked as a joiner alongside Keith Oliver. George took over the Davy Lamp after we left.They had another brother, Les who was killed down Silverwood before I was born. I'm 53, Dave my Brother will be 57 and June will be 58 (ish)
Many thanks to Cliff  who by the way has been a fireman for twenty seven years in Cleethorpes

There was also a "Bobby Mash " in the 1950's early 60's who lived at the top of Gullingwood Drive
The late 1950's saw the building of Thrybergh Secondary Modern School, the area now had its own senior School, which today has one of the finest local sport complexes. Heartbeat Health Fitness at Thrybergh Sports Centre in Rotherham. The Centre is only the 3rd accredited site in the region to achieve the award, and the first in South Yorkshire. The first Headmaster was Mr Winch an ex army sergeant who came from Wath Comprehensive

The local Doctors in this period were Dr. Sedgewick, Dr. Dibb, and sometime around 1960 a young Dr. Price arrived in Thrybergh.

Amongst the local shopkeepers in the fifties and sixties were Lacy Clarke who had a confectionary shop on St. Leonards Ave.
Mr. and Mrs. Bird, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Bunniss had the shop next door to Lacy Clark. Mr. Nichols had the off license on Park Lane. Stan Naylor had a fruit and vegetable shop on Park Lane. Albert Moran owned the paper shop on Park Lane. Mrs. Green had a fish and chip shop on Oldgate Lane. Mr. Lilly from Lillies farm on Vale road sold Fruit and Veg from the back of his lorry [ Truck ].

Peter Smith writes
In the 1950s the shop at the top of Whinney Hill (now on the corner of Townend Avenue - see below) was known as Glenn's and was owned/managed by Mr and Mrs Glenn. It was a general store and sweetshop competing with Fosters. In the 1960's Fosters took it over and it became the hardware department. On the opposite corner was a Fish and Chip shop known as Gwen's.
(At the time Townend Avenue didn't exist it was just an unmade lane leading to the allotments)
Mark Kelsall writes:-
I have very fond memories of growing up in Thrybergh and " knocking about with my cousins Martin and Peter Kelsall as a lad, riding our bikes all over the place. As a lad I can remember the first time I saw the Green on St Leonards Ave and thinking how big it seemed to a small lad . I remember playing on the park at the other side of the Fullerton when you could buy a Milky way for 2p. My Granddad was Fred Ward who was a painter by trade with the council who in his later years would look after the cricket ground near the golf club, where I work now. His daughter Sylvia Ward married Harry Kelsall, she worked as a kitchen assistant as St Gerard's in the 70s

A very interesting couple lived in the prefabs on St. Leonard's Ave during the 1960's and they were Mr. and Mrs. Bath. Mr. Bath was a cobbler and worked from Home. His wife had a very cheerful disposition and was well known in the village often seen with her walking stick on her way to the shops. Mr. and Mrs. Bath had only one leg between them, and the story is that a group of people in Dalton created a jazz band with the sole purpose of raising money to buy a wheelchair for Mr. Bath.

The old cinema in Dalton became the Catholic Club around 1970, Jim and Annie Doran of Thrybergh ran it

In the late 1960's the residents of the Gullingwood estate formed the March Flatts community, and built a centre there at the intersection of March Flatts Road and Gerard Ave. The 1970's saw the construction of the new Village Hall on the green at Park Lane and Vale Road. This green was once the site for the annual Statute Fair or as it was called ' The Stattis'.


During 1975 Queen Elizabeth visited the 2200 metre deep coalface at Silverwood Colliery. As a preparation for this visit anything at the mine that didn't move was painted green.


During the 1970's the local M.P. Peter Hardy arrived in Thrybergh with the Yorkshire Television  team of the programme Calender, they were there to inspect the housing situation Dahn't Backs and make a report of what they found.


 1984 Thrybergh was a centrepoint during the Miners strike, Silverwood colliery was closed in 1994.

The one thing you remember about Thrybergh is the beautiful surroundings of the old Village, St. Leonard's Church, and The Rotherham Golf Club. Now the Silverwood Mine exist no longer hopefully the rest of Thrybergh will regain some of that beauty of old.

What of the people of Thrybergh, Dalton, and Ravenfield? Well on the other pages on this site you can learn a little of our lives, how we speak, and how we live and lived. Also there is a growing amount of the History of The three Villages to be found as we gain the names of people who are and were Thryberghites, Daltoners, and Ravenfielders. Many of us now live in other Countries, there are many descendants of Thrybergh people worldwide who have never seen Thrybergh.


This site is aimed at making Thrybergh, Ravenfield and Dalton linked people aware of each other, and also to be aware of the wonderful heritage we share.

John Doxey




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