Thrybergh Ravenfield Dalton

South Yorkshire England

            Pronounced locally Thrybur  Old English Triberg

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The area known as dahn't backs became the subject of a controversy in the 1970's, the house's were in a great need of repair, to the extent the residents believed they should be demolished. The late Lol Foster took the photos below during this period of  Thrybergh's History.  The family of Lol Foster have donated them to this site, as they may actually be some of the last photo's of this small area as it was from the beginning of the 20th century. They are presented here as a visual reflection which is part of Thrybergh's History.


Many people will remember the time when Lol alongside others campaigned to the local M. P Peter Hardy about the living conditions. This occurred when Rotherham Council decided to modernize the houses darn't backs, as work commenced the area became overrun with rats, they were everywhere. The  people really thought that the council were throwing good money after bad, and in their opinion the houses should have really been demolished and new homes re-built.

Thanks to the efforts of the people including Lol a lot of media interest from the press and television news was gained . Peter Hardy the local M. P.  came to see for himself the conditions that these people were living in, and investigate of course the Rats. Eventually thankfully the houses were demolished.




Big Yard Cross Street, photo taken from steps, the wall was damaged by a car. On the left you can see the street gas light, one of only two on the street

The back of Silver Street, note the several sources of leaking water pipes


The big yard Cross Street, yes the washing was hung out across the yard despite it having vehicle access.

The houses on Cross Street from the front elevation


Work begins


 2 Oldgate Lane Whinney Hill



Public Toilets on Oldgate Lane


A view of the modernized homes beyond the rubble of an old toilet and coal place. No awards for guessing which half of the wall was the coal place.


















Lol Foster on the left posing for the media holding a dead Rat, on the right Mrs. Flo. Evans is pictured by the media at the time also holding a dead rat aloft.



Please note that the photo's above have been sent in courtesy of Lol Fosters family, and I believe are copyright. So please only download them for personal use only. They are not to be sent to other sites for inclusion nor reproduced in any format for any media type.
Many thanks to the family of the late Lol Foster for the photo's above


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