Thrybergh Ravenfield Dalton

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            Pronounced locally Thrybur  Old English Triberg

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Photo courtesy Jonathan DabsTo try and ascertain the History of Thrybergh as to when it was first settled will not be an easy task, in fact almost impossible.  We can look at the early history of the region and try to surmise our own conclusion. However in his book "The Making of the English Landscape" Professor W. G. Hoskins believes that many of the thriving Villages of today stand on sites first chosen by Bronze Age or Neolithic Farmers.


 These Villages stand on hilltops, which is exactly what the Village of Thrybergh does. Also it is important to know that most of the Villages mentioned in the doomsday book were already several hundred years old, and Thrybergh is entered there in the doomsday book.

Most of the historic evidence of these settlements found in England have been found where Villages have failed. The Villages that exist today have over the centuries buried or destroyed the evidence of earlier dwellings.

Foundations of post medieval buildings were found at St. Leonard's rectory, Hunter in 1831 recorded a  possible rectangular earthwork situated between Thrybergh and Dalton but the exact location is not recorded and local experts suggest Whinney Hill or Odd Hill as the location, this earthwork is thought to be from Roman times. 

Nearby in Wickersley which has been a notable source of stone through the centuries a Neolithic polished stone axe  was discovered, which is evidence that the area was habituated since the Neolithic age, which further strengthens Professor W. G. Hoskins theory.

There is no doubt that Yorkshire was the location of many a major historical event in the history of England. If ever a Ruler had 'Trouble at Mill" that trouble was often found around Yorkshire. If old King Harold had not been sorting out the city of York in 1066 due to some Yorkshire folk inviting the Danes in for a challenge match, he would have been better prepared and located for the invasion of William the Conqueror , England would have never possibly fell to The Normans, and we never would have had the saying "That's one in the eye".

Yorkshire had many rulers but the Romans, Normans, many a King and Queen, and Prime Minister never fully dominated the Yorkshire Tykes, and the people of the North.

A major problem when reading history is establishing the true facts, as the writings of the time can be often either inaccurate, somewhat misleading, conflicting, or biased, all of which can leave history to individual interpretation. At the moment Historians are debating the location of what was the most important civil battle in English History which placed the victor Athelstan as the first real ruler of all England. In 926 Athelstan was already accepted as King of all England even by the Welsh. However  Constantine II of the Scots, Olaf  a Viking from Dublin and  other dissenters raised an army to overthrow Althelstan.  The two opposing forces met at the battle of Brunanburgh in 937. The reason I use this as an example is because the location of the battle of Brunanburgh now strongly in contention is Brinsworth near Rotherham.


As for Thrybergh well a lot of the Thrybergh history is very confusing at times in particular the identity of a certain Norman { Northman }who is supposed to have held Thrybergh before the Norman conquest!

The name Norman is the general term for the Vikings and Danes as it means simply Northman, There is  Northmann  who appears in the Doomsday Book, but there seems to be a few named Northmann of different parentage.


Where I discover a discrepancy regarding the history of Thrybergh, then I will rectify that discrepancy.

The noble names that once owned Thrybergh of Neville, Heton, De Perci, Normanville, Reresby, and Fullerton names were without doubt amongst the high ranking families in the history of not only Yorkshire and Derbyshire, but also the whole British Isles.


The Reresby family of Thrybergh are represented on the civic heraldry of Rotherham
ARMS: Vert a Stag trippant Or on a Chief Sable two Swords in saltire proper hilted and pommelled Gold between as many Roses Argent barbed and seeded also proper.
CREST: On a Wreath of the Colours a demi Griffin Argent gorged with a Collar lozengy Argent and Gules pendent there from an Escutcheon Sable charged with a Chevron between three Leopards' Faces Or and holding between the claws a Cross patonce also Sable.

Motto 'INTENTO ANIMO' - With earnest mind.
Granted 20th June 1955.
 The green background represents the ancient forest and the modern agricultural activities. The golden stag is an emblem of the forest and is also a link with the arms of the Rotherham CBC, which has two stags as supporters. The black chief with white roses suggests the South Yorkshire coalfield. The crossed swords are an emblem of the steel industry. They also appear in the arms of the Cutlers of Sheffield, for whom grindstones were provided from many of the local quarries. Thus the local coal, steel, quarrying and agriculture are all represented.
The gold and green colour of the mantling and wreath are those of the Sitwell family, which is connected with Whiston. The griffin is from the arms of the Marquesses and Earls of Rockingham and the Wentworths (of Hooton Roberts and Wentworth Woodhouse) whose shield hangs from a red and white patterned collar derived from the Fitzwilliam shield. The black cross is that of the Reresbys of Thrybergh.
The motto is derived from that of the Bosviles of Ravenfleld.


Thrybergh though classified as waste land in the Doomsday Book throughout its History was viewed as a much prized possession and this can be attributed to its beauty of old and its position.
As you read through the following history pages you will come across terms used in legal documents, and also written in Latin below are two links to help you which can be found at the foot of each history page.


Helpful pages regarding old terms and Latin


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