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Railway viaduct builders always managed to stick to schedule
THE NAYLOR family includes generations of brick makers, railway contractors and drainage clay pipe specialists who have played an important role not only locally in the Penistone, Denby Dale and Cawthorne area, but worldwide.
The long established pipe making business Naylor’s was founded by Wilfred Naylor, the eldest of the sixth generation of brick makers and still operates from the successful Cawthorne site among other bases.
He was born the eldest of the sixth generation...
1982: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from this month in 1982.
A BARNSLEY lad has found fame and fortune as a rock star in Japan.
On his recent visit, Paul Hampshire, 19, was mobbed by fans after appearing on television and radio. Pull-out posters were given away in magazines, featuring him in full colour.
Things have happened very quickly for Paul, who left The Danse Society, with whom he played synthesiser, and headed for...
1964: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton takes a look back at the Barnsley Chronicle from this week 56 years ago.
BRITISH policemen are acknowledged to be wonderful and one particular policeman has made a lasting impression on one visitor and can be regularly seen on traffic control duties in the centre of Barnsley.
He is PC William Harber, a 32-years-old member of the Borough Force whose main claim to fame - apart from the efficient way in which he...
2006: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives fro this week in 2006.
A STATUE to mark the role played by women during the miners’ strike and pit closures has been erected in a Barnsley church.
The figurine of St Barbara, the patron saint of mineworkers, will be dedicated at a service at St Luke’s Church, Grimethorpe and is in tribute to the village’s Women Against Pit Closures group.
It has been commissioned and produced in...
1995: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton takes a look back at the Barnsley Chronicle from this week 25 years ago.
A WILD animal, believed to be a puma, has been spotted prowling the isolated moors above Penistone.
It was seen by barrister Christopher Mills who says it came within a few feet of the door of his Dunford Bridge home.
Christopher, 46, had gone out to scrape ice from his car when the security lights flashed on, revealing the...
2000: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton takes a look back in the Barnsley Chrionicle archives from the dawn of the millenium.
SPECTACULAR fireworks lit up the skies of Barnsley as people went party crazy to welcome in the millennium.
Eye-catching displays across the borough could be seen for miles around as most folk chose to celebrate from the comfort of their own homes.
Willowgarth High School at Grimethorpe was the centre of celebrations in the east of the town,...
Nigel’s exhibition will be a load of old rope...
A RETIRED ship rigger and wire splicer is appealing to former rope men in Barnsley to get in touch with him for a museum exhibition.
Nigel Gray, of Northumberland, spoke to the Chronicle about wanting to find ex-rope men / ropesmiths who worked in pits across the borough and who are willing to share their experiences or may still have the specialist tools.
“After visiting a mining museum at Wakefield I have realised that there...
Miners, familiy and friends invited to share their memories
CAMPAIGNERS are inviting former miners, as well as their families and friends, to speak on camera as part of an ongoing investigation into the miners’ strike of 1984.
Representatives of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign will set up in the NUM Hall, on Huddersfield Road, tomorrow.
They are encouraging anyone with stories to tell - from happy memories to inspiring tales of heroism to more upsetting truths - to join them in the hall,...
1974: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton takes a look at the Barnsley Chronicle archives from this week in 1974.
EIGHTY-TWO years old John Barnett known as ‘Grandad’ to most of the children in Priory Road, Lundwood, was among neighbours who rescued five youngsters from a blazing council house.
Mr Barnett was celebrating his 11th wedding anniversary and had gone out to the bread van when he heard the windows of the nearby house being rattled.
“We looked up and...
1989: Glancing Back
Josh Timlin explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1989.
CAMPAIGNERS battling to save the site said to be next on British Coal’s opencast list this week pledged to fight harder in the wake of the government’s go-ahead for a scheme at Rockingham.
Jean Miller, who is the coordinator of the group which formed three years ago to prevent opencast proposals for Willowbank and Gawber, said: “We must now fight all the harder because we have...
2003: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 2003.
BARNSLEY Hospital was named one of the best in the country this week after it was awarded full marks in the annual NHS ratings.
It was given the maximum three stars for the first time meaning it moves into the prestigious ranks of trusts which got top scores in performance indicators.
The rating is decided by a number of factors including how each department performs and...
1994: Glancing Back
AN ELDERLY man has had his spirit of Christmas rekindled by a thoughtful teenage girl.
Philip Hawley, 77, caught the Barnsley bus from Darton to do a little shopping.
When he arrived he found that he no longer had the shopping bag which contained his pension book, around £20 in cash and a few groceries.
That night two policemen went to his Darton home to hand over the bag and its contents.
They told him...
2004: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton takes a look through the Barnsley Chronicle archives from November 2004.
A BARNSLEY violin-maker thought he was subject of a hoax when world-famous violinist Vanessa Mae said she wanted one of his instruments.
The classical musician had tried all over to find a see-through acrylic violin for her album, ‘Subject to Change’, but struck lucky when she discovered Ted Brewer.
Ted has now supplied Vanessa with three custom-made violins.
“I get a lot...
Glancing Back 1965
Charlotte Hutton explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from September 1965.
A BARNSLEY firm which specialises in handmade blazer badges has landed a contract to make all the badges for players and officials for next year’s world cup football tournament.
The firm, the Crested Tie and Badge Company, Sheffield Road, has been in existence only 18 months but already their work is known throughout the country. The Barnsley firm was chosen from a number of firms...
No TV but life was sweet on our old estate
To mark 100 years of council housing, local historian and comedy songwriter Dave Cherry reflects on his days growing up on a council estate.
DID you know we have had council houses for 100 years?
The Housing, Town Planning Act of 1919 at the end of the First World War aimed to solve the huge demand for working-class housing in cities and towns throughout Britain.
I wonder how many of you were brought up on...
1995: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1995.
LITTLE Elinor Bailey’s written words hit the right note with her teachers.
They were so impressed with her story, they decided to transform it into a musical.
Elinor, nine, of Kingstone, pictured with teacher Andy Platt, is a pupil at Ward Green Primary School, where she wrote about working children in the Victorian era.
And ever since fellow pupils have been auditioning and rehearsing a musical...
2002: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 2002.
FORMER government minister Mo Mowlam was in Barnsley to sign copies of her new book, Momentum as well as see old friends.
Mo renewed acquaintances with several friends and colleagues in the Labour Party who were among the fans who queued for the book signing at the Barnsley Bookworm.
The former Northern Ireland Secretary was a lecturer and administrator at the Northern College in the 1980s...
1969: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1969.
A JOHN J Kennedy Scholarship - one of only 12 available to students in Britain - has been awarded to Miss Jane Bennett, daughter of Mrs M Platt.
The scholarship is tenable at Harvard University, starting in September until August, and covers travel to America, the costs of study in linguistics, and a grant of £4,000.
Miss Bennett attended Agnes Road Junior School, and from 1959...
Silkstone mining disaster changed history
ON JULY 4 1838, what was described as ‘an awful visitation’ occurred at Silkstone Common.
The Huskar mining disaster changed the course of history.
A torrential downpour during a thunderstorm caused the stream running through Nabs Wood to turn into a raging torrent, which poured into the bottom of the ‘dayhole’ pit at House Carr Lane (hence the name Huskar), trapping and drowning 26 children aged between seven and seventeen.
There were several such ‘dayholes’...
2000: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from this week in 2000.
KIMBERLEY Elliot cantered to success on a horse descended from Grand National legend Red Rum.
She won a place in the Pony Association major championship in Peterborough after winning a tournament in London.
Kimberley, 16, of Doncaster Road, Ardsley, did it on Charlie Chaplin - the great nephew of Red Rum.
Proud mum, Mary, explained: “She trained Charlie herself and has now achieved...
Rare piece of treasure is unearthed at Brierley Spring Fete
A RARE china mug which is thought to be more than 100 years old surfaced at a village Spring fair.
Jennifer Collishaw took the item to the Brierley Spring Fete to show to long-standing residents of the village who may be interested in it.
It is thought to be a peace mug commemorating the end of the First World War.
Jennifer said she had got the piece from her mum, who got it from her...
JUNE 14 Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from the year 2000.
A BOTTLE containing a message written by little Jessica Major has turned up more than 600 miles away.
It was thrown into the sea off Northumberland while the family were on holiday last August.
Jessica, seven, got the shock of her life when she discovered it had been found by a boy in Denmark.
Mikkel Nissen, 11, who lives in Skagen on the northern...
1983: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1983.
BARNSLEY pits made a substantial profit during the first three months of the year - and there’s more good news on the way.
The £420m coalfield made a remarkable recovery after losing 360,000 tonnes of coal through industrial disputes in the last financial year - the equivalent of £16m in revenue.
John Keirs, the NCB’s Barnsley area director, said in January, February and March the coalfield...
Historian Jane is flagging up more about miners’ war effort
HISTORIAN and author Jane Ainsworth has delved into the links between Barnsley’s miners and First World War soldiers after the NUM made a donation to the project to honour the colours of the Barnsley Pals.
Jane is co-ordinator of the project to provide a proper display for the colours of the Barnsley Pals at St Mary’s Church and create faithful replicas for ceremonial occasions.
Working with Rev Canon Stephen Race at St Mary’s Parochial Church...
2000: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from the year 2000.
THE Barkin Brothers could be top dogs in this weekend’s music chart.
Their debut single ‘Gonna Catch You’ entered the midweek top 40 at number 17 - and record industry pundits are expecting sales to rocket before the week’s final chart is announced on Sunday night.
In real life, the brothers aren’t brothers at all - they are student and part-time comedian Danny Oaks...
1993: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1993.
A BARNSLEY couple have sunk their savings, and those of their families, into a business venture which they hope will put the town on the kit car manufacturing map.
Thirty-year-old David Evans, who formerly worked for T and J Sports Cars of Doncaster, and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Rachel Hunter, have purchased the mouldings, jigs and rights to build the ‘Maelstrom’, a revolutionary car which earned glowing...
Museum’s tale of hot metal
AN UPCOMING exhibition at Experience Barnsley promises to lift the lid on one of the town’s most important global exports.
The Barnsley Canister Company was, for the best part of a century, one of the most renowned international producers of metal tins for use by companies to transport and display their tea, biscuits and all manner of other items.
Curator Alison Cooper and her team have delved into the history of the company unearthing tins...
Looking back as Danny turns 103
ASTONISHING recollections of the Second World War and the evacuation of Dunkirk have been shared with the Chronicle by veteran Danny Smith who remembers ‘blowing up’ his vehicle to ensure the enemy could not make use of it.
Danny Smith, born Edwin Verdun Smith, featured in the Chronicle last week as he celebrated his 103rd birthday, and the veteran of Dunkirk shared some of his experiences.
Born in 1916 in Leicester, Danny was 23 when...
A home is found for the King’s Colours at St Mary’s
WHILE many people are this year focusing on the 75th anniversary of D-Day in the Second World War - there are still important milestones to be marked for the first global conflict.
And two of them involve the presentation of the first King’s Colours and their siting in St Mary’s Church in Barnsley.
It is 100 years since this momentous occasion and work is now going on to return them to their original chapel home,...
1991: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1991.
SIBERIAN weather conditions in Barnsley have resulted in the council needing extra cash after spending all of its £700,000 winter budget.
Howard Newton, director of the council’s public services department, admitted all the winter budget had been spent gritting roads and is now looking to other sources for funds.
“The current snowfall and that in December and the particularly frosty weather since the new year has...
Man would have been proud to kick off junior football legacy
AN APPEAL in the Barnsley Chronicle has paid off with the family history of the man behind the historic Totty Cup football competition finally tracked down.
The cup was donated by Goldthorpe cinema owner Russell Totty ahead of the 1922-23 season and has been competed for ever since.
The competition’s historian Chris Brook sought to find out more about the founder and reader Bryn Jones was on hand to help.
Bryn discovered that Hoyland-born Russell...
1997: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1997.
A NETWORK of volunteers who act as friends to some of Barnsley’s loneliest people is to expand.
About nine people visit the old and housebound at least once a week, often just for a chat and a cuppa.
The scheme they take part in is known as Lundwood PALS, which stands for Personal Assistance and Loans Scheme.
PALS was set up last June and has operated...
1986: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives - 1986.
THE familiar click of the bus ticket machine and the cries of “fares please” will be lost from Barnsley buses forever.
Because today the last 17 conductors employed by Yorkshire Traction swap their badges for redundancy payments.
And two of the longest-serving members of the Yorkshire Traction team are Anne Whitehead and Jean Allen, both from Kingstone, who have clipped thousands of tickets and met hundreds...
2000: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from the year 2000.
A BARNSLEY man last night jetted off to flood-devastated Mozambique to help rescue survivors.
David Egan is a member of the voluntary International Rescue Corps - a group of people ready to go on mercy missions anywhere in the world. The IRC - set up in 1981 - will also be helping establish camps for the thousands of people whose homes have been destroyed...
1989: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives - 1989.
BARNSLEY will be the centre of FA Cup interest tomorrow when the fifth round’s biggest crowd of the day will converge on Oakwell in anticipation of a possible shock result.
It is estimated that the tie with First Division Everton will attract an all-ticket gate of about 33,000 - the biggest at the ground since the Reds beat another First Division side, Manchester City, 1-0 in...
1997: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives... 1997
HARD-UP Barnsley Council is appealing for help to save two of the town’s landmarks.
It says it cannot afford to repair the Oaks Disaster Memorial badly damaged by thieves over the weekend.
Nor can it spare the cash to halt the decline of 12th century Monk Bretton Priory.
The repair bill for the Oaks memorial is likely to be £3,000 six times the authority’s annual budget for...
Dodworth miners praised for digging up a fortune at colliery
FORTY years ago there was optimism about Barnsley’s most important industry with a productivity record broken at Dodworth Colliery.
Miners at Dodworth had been on strike in September 1978 at a time when the pit had lost £2m in the preceding six months. That was an incredible sum - equivalent to something like £10m today after adjusting for inflation.
But just a few months later, in early 1979, miners were celebrating and being congratulated by...
1984: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives - 1984.
CHAMPION driver Mike Tonra has become a real master of the wheel - by passing three tough motoring tests in just 12 months.
The 37-year-old gents’ hairdresser from Aldbury Close, Smithies, has met the high standards of the Institute of Advanced Motorists with his performances in a car, motorcycle and commercial vehicle.
And in doing so he has become the first member of the IAM’s Barnsley...
Jimmy certainly ‘packed a punch’ in his career
IT IS fair to say former boxer Jimmy Griffiths had a memorable career.
His niece Karen McIntyre has recently been in touch to fill in some more gaps about his life.
The Griffiths family were originally from the Wolverhampton area but moved to Barnsley before Jimmy was born, in Royston. A keen sportsman, he also played football for Frickley Colliery and had trials with the team he supported, Wolverhampton Wanderers, but found his way into...
What a performance 40 years ago
THIS time of year is when many of us venture to the theatre to enjoy a pantomime (oh no it’s not).
But exactly 40 years ago this week more than 40 excited theatregoers found themselves in their own drama when flooding saw them stranded in floods between Stairfoot and Cundy Cross (oh yes they did).
A party of 22 children and 21 adults set out on a coach for Barnsley’s Civic Hall to enjoy the...
Joan hopes pub gets new lease of life
IF she were just a few years younger, Joan Horne might just do the job herself.
The task in question being bringing a once-thriving village pub back to life.
And it’s a job which seems to be beyond the reach of many others saddened by the sight of the old Fountain Inn at Ingbirchworth.
Weed-strewn, surrounded by security gates, roof leaking and dilapidated, the old wool trail inn is a shadow of its former self....
How Penistone made a show of itself a century ago
Carolyn Thorpe takes a glance back at the history of Penistone Show.
THE first photograph shows Penistone Agricultural Show ground in 1906 with the giant chimneys of the massive Cammell Laird steelworks, the town’s major employer in the distance.
The show was 100 years old in 1972 although a gathering had been held alternatively between Wortley and Penistone since the beginning of the nineteenth century.
It has continued annually, apart from the war years, and...
Second world war memorabilia ‘should be kept in a museum’
A BARNSLEY woman was excited to be told that her late husband’s war memorabilia should be in a museum.
Joan Teal, of Cannons Way, Monk Bretton, was visited by a member of the RAF museum who examined all of the war relics that her husband, Albert Teal, had collected during his service in the Second World War.
Despite a number of items being stolen 30 years previously while the pair were on holiday abroad, there...
1993: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace takes a look through the Barnsley Chronicle archives: 1993.
A FIRM which has been making plenty of dough since becoming established at Wombwell six years ago is now to put the cream on the cake.
Haywood and Padgett, whose Aldham Industrial Estate production plant turns out three-and-a-half million scones each week and whose customers have included British Airways for Concorde catering - is to start a further project with a new factory unit...
1974: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1974.
THE Christmas story came early for an Alsatian on a draughty railway embankment at Pogmoor.
Five weeks ago she built her own little ‘crib’ in a hole in a railway embankment and filled it with eight puppies but she was not discovered until Saturday, when Mrs Rita Illsey, of Pogmoor Road, was out picking berries.
But there was no room in the Illsey home for the...
1979: Glancing Back
Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives... 1979
WORSBROUGH’S historic Mill Museum has won a commendation in a top national design competition, the 1979 Civic Trusts Awards.
Rob Shoreland-Ball, for two years curator of the mill and now South Yorkshire County Council’s museums officer, said they were pleased to receive the award, which was for preservation and conservation work.
“I think we have been able to present the mill as having relevance to people’s everyday...