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Main Street Ravenfield Oak House on left


Most of the houses on Ravenfield Common were built in the last century, the only building visible around Ravenfield crossroads pre 1850 being Wilson's Farm. Down in the Village at old Ravenfield at the turn of the century Oak House one of the many Farms was sold by the Bosvile estate, on the gable was a lead figure of a Roman Soldier [ seen above] which disappeared shortly after the sale of the Farm.
In 1901 Matthew Wilson age 60 who was born in Ravenfield was living at Brightside Bierlow and was the Publican of the Buckenham Hotel
In 1901 George Stacey age 6 born in and living at Ravenfield, as were George Stacey age 19 born at Rotherham listed as a Stone Quarry Man. John Stacey age 13 born at Ravenfield. John Stacey age 25 born at Herringthorpe listed as a Carter For Father. John Stacey age 61 born at Thorpe Hesley Yorkshire listed as a Woodman. Kelita Stacey age 39 born at Ecclesfield also listed as a Woodman. William Stacey age 11 born at Ravenfield Yorkshire Ravenfield. Annie Stacey age 42 born at Norton Derbyshire. Mary Stacey age 3 born at Ravenfield. Mary Stacey age 63 born at Messingham Lincolnshire. The Butler family in 1901 were, Ernest Butler age 13 born and living at Ravenfield as were Frank Butler age 26 born at Ravenfield listed as a Stone Quarry Labourer. William Butler age 59 born at Ravenfield listed as a Grindstone Quarry Man. Annie Butler age 50 born at Ravenfield. Edith Butler age 9 Months born at Ravenfield. Emma Butler age 21 born at Ravenfield. Fanny Butler age 33 born at Ravenfield. Lillie Butler age 10 born at Dirtcar Yorkshire.
Tradesman Herbert Oldfield age 30 born at Ranskill Nottinghamshire listed as a Joiner Wheelwright John Oldfield age 37 born at Ranskill Nottinghamshire. Robert Oldfield age 83 born at Everton Nottinghamshire also listed as a Joiner Wheelwright. Elizabeth Oldfield age 70 born at Wadworth Yorkshire.
Arthur Baker age 27 born in Ravenfield. The Frost menfolk were found working in Rotherham and Sheffield. Thomas Frost age 20 born at Ravenfield was found in Tinsley Yorkshire as a Bricklayer. Thomas Frost age 53 born in Ravenfield was found in Sheffield working as a Edge Tool Grinder. Thomas Frost age 60 born in Ravenfield was found a little closer to his birthplace, he was working in Rotherham as a Blacksmith Striker On Ironworks
Godfrey Bosvile age 37 born in Ravenfield was found down in Ightham Kent and had become an Author


Spring Cottage




In 1907 What was named Spring Cottage was demolished so that the new railway line from Silverwood to Haxey and to Dinnington  with connections at Bawtry. could run through the Village. The House was named after the spring which ran close by , which was once the main supply of water to the Village.

In the early part of the century Kilnhurst Collieries had a lease from Thomas Bole Bosvile, of Leyburn Hall, co. Yorkshire and his mortgagees, to access the Barnsley seam which was under land at Ravenfield, This lease was for a term of sixty years at a rent of 80 per. annum. plus royalties. The Earl Fitzwilliam, who also owned land at Ravenfield had a similar lease with Kilnhurst Collieries to access the Barnsley Bed which was also under his land in Hooton Roberts, Ravenfield and Thrybergh

In the1920's Phoenix Sports and Social Club bought the estate and used it as a fishing venue for members.


During World War 2 Roy Nixon remembers A German bomber returning from a raid over Sheffield dropped a stick of bombs across the Hellaby View estate (quite accidental Im sure!)   Fortunately, none of the bombs exploded and it was said that they had been made and sabotaged in a Czech munitions factory!! On another occasion An R.A.F. Handley Page Hampden bomber crashed in fields alongside the road leading from Bramley bottom across to Ravenfield Common and, because of the heat of the blaze and the exploding ammunition, rescuers could not get near the burning wreckage. During the second World War Ravenfield hosted P.O.W. Camp 296 at Ravenfield Park. Often during the war German prisoners were invited into the homes of local people for Christmas, this probably occurred also in Ravenfield. The prisoners selected for this treat were not hard bitten Nazi's of course. Unknown at the time but it is a fact the prisoners of war who agreed to work received better rations than the British people. [ Remember the ration books still in existence after the War] The ration being issued was the same as the ration received by British soldiers which comprised of 8ozs of bacon,  including vegetables,42ozs of meat,& 5 lbs of bread, 10 ozs of margarine, extras were Cake jam, cheese and not forgetting Tea. The Prisoners were escorted down to Thrybergh to attend Church.
Roy Nixon recalls
As far as I can remember, the occupants at Ravenfield Hall left at the beginning of the war, and the first wartime inhabitants were troops returning after the evacuation from Dunkirk and being temporarily billeted there. Later we had Italian prisoners of war (in their brown uniform with a yellow circle on their backs.)   They were not popular as they were said to have killed the deer which roamed in the park and also to have destroyed the fish in the three lakes!   After they departed, and towards the end of the war, German prisoners of war were billeted in the old hall.   When the war ended, and before they were repatriated, the prisoners were allowed out of the camp and could be employed by local families to help with gardening etc for which the local people were allowed to pay them about one shilling (5p) per day, or 5 cigarettes a day if they were smokers!!    Several prisoners worked for families in Silvermoor Dr.

Stuart Mason writes:
During the last war there was a prisoner of war camp in Ravenfield Park. Some of the prisoners used to visit my wife's father at home just for a chat.
They walked from the camp to his house unescorted.
There used to be an anti-aircraft gun off Thrybergh Lane, which runs between Doncaster Road and Ravenfield. It was known locally as "Big Bertha". The entrance was through the gate just below Thrybergh cemetery. My wife's father was in the Home Guard and used to visit the soldiers manning the gun. I suppose this is how he came to hear of the prisoner of war camp.

There was a Pub of sorts in old Ravenfield it was called the Longbar by locals and also known as Ravenfield Jacks. situated on the left hand side of the road heading towards Hooton Roberts.  There was a path leading to old Ravenfield from Silverwood and came out just at the side of Ravenfield Jacks. some things develop a life of their own and Ravo Jack's has fired the interest of quite a few of my father's friends. John Waller writes  When Jack Sanderson owned the long Bar it was also the post office. When he moved to the site at Ravenfield Cross Roads he took the Post office with him. The only trace remaining of this is the post code! The modern day post office has a post code that is out of sequence with the surrounding area. One can only assume that when post codes were introduced the Post Office's records were a little incorrect so the post office was duly logged as being in the old village.
The Ravenfield Youth Club in the early 1960's was in the wooden Church Hall in Old Ravenfield run by Mr and Mrs Harold Wood of Ravenfield.

The Bells of St. James are no longer heard in the Village as they are unringable.


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