Thrybergh Ravenfield Dalton

South Yorkshire England

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The role of pioneer women was a major factor in the success of America and Australia. One of these Women was  Mary Coucom who was born in our little Village of Thrybergh South Yorkshire in 1816 on the 25th of April. Mary married a Thomas Wasden at Thrybergh and they emigrated and settled in Utah U.S.A.. Mary's Shawl is in the chapel of the Mormons in Utah on display.
To learn more about Mary's Family go to the link below, which will take you to a well documented site relating to Mary, and the hardships the family endured making a new life there. Go to the homepage on the site to read some very interesting records.

[ Links and information kindly supplied by Dave Carlsen. Many Thanks Dave from John ]

 The family and history of Mary Coucom



Martin Kinsey photo courtesy of Paul KinseyMartin Kinsey [ See photo right ] was born on the 20th June 1857, the son of Noah and Mary [ nee Hammonds ] Kinsey at Wrockwardine, Shropshire. Martin followed his father into mining and the family moved from Shropshire to Yorkshire sometime before 1881. Martin married Sarah Eliza Bailey at the Baptist Chapel, High Street, Normanton, Yorkshire in 1884. He was a Sunday School Teacher for 55 years, starting in Normanton, Yorkshire, then Wombwell, before moving to the Thrybergh area around 1888. He was the Preacher at Dalton for 47 years and President of the Dalton Chapel for 21 years. He was also involved in the founding of the Chapel in about 1888.he died in 1934 at Thrybergh, near Rotherham, Yorkshire.
Link, photo, and information kindly supplied by Paul Kinsey [ Many thanks Paul ]
To learn more about Martin and the Kinsey Family visit a terrific site run by webmaster Paul Kinsey







 Joe Steeples from a photo submitted by Peter LaweryJames Henry Steeples,  Joe Steeples and Catherine Arundel were the licensee’s of the Grapes Hotel, Dalton Brook during the years 1905 to1926. The Steeples family were well known in the Rotherham area. Their son Laurie became a legend of Snooker
I am informed that the Steeples built the Rotherham Empire.

Apparently the money taken at the bar of the Grapes Hotel was thrown into a bathtub which was placed behind the bar. Two men were hired to remove the money several times throughout the day and take it to a strong room. Local legend has it that when one of the Steeples children was very ill the roadway was lined with bark to deaden the sound of passing vehicles. [ Contributor Mr. Danny Cassidy ] Terry Steeples was the manager of the Rotherham Empire in the 1950's and 60's and was responsible for bringing some of the rock n roll singers of the day like Craig Douglas to Town.

One of the many legends surrounding the Grapes was sent in by Raye Kelly  concerning the day his Grandad Kelly had a fight outside the Grapes Hotel with Ian ( iron ) Hague from Mexbro, it was just before Haigh was due to fight Sam Langford for the title  I don't quite know which title, anyway the tale goes that due to his poor performance outside the Grapes, all the betting went off him and sure enough he lost.






Charles Henry Ball was the first first occupier of the Managers House. The Pit managers house is on the intersection of Hollings Lane and Vale Road. Although Hollings Lane continued upwards to the Pit as Hollings Lane, it was known to the locals as " The Pit Hill " and the corner where the house stands became known in Mr. Balls time as " Balls Corner " 
[ Contributor Mr. Danny Cassidy ]




Born approx 1766 - Died: 18 Aug 1836 JAMES ROSS  was known as the" Bard of Thrybergh " who was the village schoolmaster for 25 years. Ross was educated at Hollis Hill School Rotherham where Ebenezer Elliott, five years his junior also attended. The poets father was a mason who lived in Quarry Hill Rotherham, and James was the second son of a family of fourteen children.
[ contributor Heather Palmer ]



Born, 10 November 1923 Albert Nightingale became a sporting hero, now residing in Huddersfield Albert has fond memories of Thrybergh, and remembers handing out awards in a local Pub [ possibly The Fullerton Hotel. ]
[ contributor Mark Polson ]


JAMES H.[ Jimmie ] TOWNEND J. P. C. C.


Born in 1886 at Dodworth Yorkshire James was found in Rotherham in 1901 as an Apprentice Boot Maker . Better remembered in our time as old Mr. Townend the Village Cobbler a well respected man. He was at one time a member of Thrybergh and Districts Co-operative Guild and was responsible for the James Ross centenary celebration in 1936. A very religious man seldom seen without his Bible tucked under his arm. Legend has it that when locals would go to collect their repaired items of footware and asked what the cost was. J. H. Townend would say How much do you have? and that would be the cost. My own memory of Mr. Townend is very vague but I remember my Mother describing him as a very nice man.
[ contributors Heather Palmer Danny Cassidy John Doxey ]




Was the Doctor at Thrybergh pre 1960, and the Surgery was on Doncaster Road next to St. Gerard's Church. My memory of Dr. Sedgewick was the little trilby hat, the long black overcoat, and his little black bag. In later years when he made his house calls he would have to be helped from his car to the house.



The Thrybergh in the 1950's and 60's his father was William Dibb, GP based in nearby Bramley. Dr Michael Dibb was a quietly spoken man, with a very pleasant manner, a true gentleman. His wife  Sheila Dibb, was a school doctor in Rotherham and is now  retired, still living there in Rotherham.

Michaels son William [ who furnished the above information ] carried on the family tradition of being involved in Medicine and has become an expert in the field of epidemics, pestilence etc, and is now based in  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A lot of people  referred to the family has ‘Dibs or Dibbs’ even though the real name is Dibb.




Entered the practice at Thrybergh in the early 1960's, when he first arrived like most young doctors it took quite awhile for him to become established. [ The fear of the unknown ] Not to many locals were willing to see him, except my Dad Ike Doxey who realised by seeing Dr Price he could get out of the surgery a lot quicker than waiting in turn to see Dr Dibb. So he spent some time spinning the good doctor with a few of his tales of mystery and imagination which had nothing to do with his health.




Ernest arrived in Thrybergh in 1949 to run the chemist shop on Park Lane for a Johnny Mitchell who owned the business. In 1961Ernest bought the shop and  retired in the year 2002 after fifty three years. In a recent Rotherham Advertiser Article Earnest confirmed what we all suspected  and is quoted "Some of the doctors' had shocking handwriting," He was well known for his friendly, helpful, and always polite personality, A well respected member of the community  [ source John Doxey and Rotherham Advertiser article 4/12/2002 By Lisa Rookes ]




Was born 9th March 1728  in Thrybergh. The Platt family were a long established name in Thrybergh John became an architect and mason, he worked on Clifton House, Feoffees School, Aston, Thundercliffe, Ferham House, and Wentworth Castle he died in 1810



As owners of Fosters store  Fred,  George and Graham provided a great service to the community, often helping out their customers in times of need, as in the Miners strikes. The men today are remembered by the locals. Always knew their customers and treated them with respect, in return they earned the respect from their customers and left a great memory of how a business should be run.




Often referred to as old Billy or Bill. he was the village plumber for many years. Born in Penistone I believe, Bill firstly worked for the Coal Company maintaining their properties, when Rotherham Rural Council purchased the Coal Company Houses Bill was offered a position as a Plumber for the Council. Bill was a walking encyclopedia on the locals of not only Thrybergh and Dalton but every other Village in the old Rural District area.

A fine tradesman trained in the old tradition of completing every job to a high standard, and leaving the job clean, "A brush and shovel were the first tools I was taught to use" he would state. Billy was one of the most helpful people I ever met, he would often be found repairing household items for the tenants who could not afford to have them repaired or replaced. Billy's charge for this was simply a cuppa tea, and a chat of course. Bills motto was "you are never to old to learn" and would listen to any ideas even from youngsters. Bill passed away around 1965 and it was one of my proudest moments when at the age of seventeen I was asked to be a coffin bearer for this wonderful old tradesman.




One of the Rotherham Area's most popular figures in his day, Danny attended St. Gerard's R.C. School, started his soccer career at Silverwood and went on to play for Rotherham United. When he retired Danny opened up the Danny Williams Sports Shop in Rotherham. My Mother took me in there one day and introduced me to Danny, it was one of the great moments of my childhood.



John Henry Green was born in Dalton the son of Henry Green a coalminer. The family moved to Rawmarsh around 1860. John Henry was to become known as Henry in later years. After a life of involvement in the local communities he sadly passed away in his Thrybergh Home. The newspaper report of his sad passing is a really fine tribute to this remarkable man.




Graham Brown of Thrybergh became a Violinist, he went on to become leader of the orchestra at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden




Reginald Gray was perhaps the most successful leader of the Silverwood band, born in Rotherham the son of a Welsh Miner. People like Reginald were without doubt the givers in local communities, taking a great pride in what they did, giving up their time , the end result being a gift and treasured memory for the whole community.
This is Reginald's story.




  Florence Evens became interested in politics when the miners’ strike was affecting the Rotherham area in 1926, and was to serve on Thrybergh Parish Council from1941 until she resigned as secretary in 1955.
In 1954 Florence was the only women on the Sheffield, Rotherham and District Smoke Abatement Committee. was a Governor of Maltby Grammar School also one of the manager's of Thrybergh and District Primary Schools and also a member of the National Women’s Citizens Association. 
 She represented Rotherham Rural Council on the pollution committee she was also a Labour councillor in Rotherham District Council;  was a member of the Rother Valley Division Education Committee and worked with the South Yorkshire Women’s Advisory Council.
In recent years Florence was named amongst the top 100 Yorkshire Women of the century
Source Rotherham Advertiser 21.8.1954 




Stephen was born in 1951 the son of Gordon Purshouse, who was the office manager for Thrybergh’s only business, a building firm called Beedons. Stephen attended Maltby Grammar school. At the age of 15 he took on the role of organist at St. Peters Church Thrybergh, primarily, and also later  filled in at St. Leonards  prior to studying at University at the age of 18.
Obtaining four degrees Stephen  has progressively achieved in his life, and at present is the Dean of Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art,  in New York City.  The University is unique -- it is the last and only surviving tuition free school in the USA.  It has never charged, and never will.  Abraham Lincoln gave his most famous "right makes might" speech in the great hall.  The suffragette (sp?) movement started there too. The Cooper Union is one of the most selective colleges in the United States, with an acceptance rate of 10-12%. With nearly 70% of accepted students coming to attend, it is also one of the most desirable schools in the country. Stephen  also does medical research at Lenox Hill Hospital, and has his own start-up company into internet security, which all in all keeps him quite busy. 

However his love of music continues and until recently he played at two churches in Harlem, but finally got tired of getting up at 6.00a.m. on Sundays. Stephen  has his own instrument in his apartment, and informs me he can shake the building if he wants it to !!
Stephen  has kindly consented to place his memories of Thrybergh here on this site and what inspired him to become quite the remarkable achiever he undoubtedly is. The life of Stephen Purshouse




Arriving in Thrybergh just prior to 1891Tom Beeden and his family established themselves as much respected people in the Village, Tom as head gardener for the Fullerton family, and his son Walter as a successful Builder. Beeden Close is a new addition the the list of Thrybergh streets and is a tribute to the family.





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