Current Newsletter | April 2014 | Feb 2014 | Sept 2013 | July 2013 | April 2013 | Feb 2013 | Older Newsletters...


Newsletter: July, 2014

Jul2014 Newsletter
Jul2014 Newsletter
Jul2014 Newsletter
Jul2014 Newsletter

Newsletter: April, 2014

Our second meeting of 2014 is Thursday 1st May, at St. Joseph’s Hall, Carr Road, Wath, S63 7AA, at 7.00 pm. There will be a slide show looking at Wath Enclosure 1814 & Wath Wood. Reorganising farm land changed our landscape dramatically and the maps drawn then influence our lives two hundred years later! One place remained unchanged, Wath Wood, and we will examine its history, archaeology and natural history – a visual treat.

Wath Wood Cottage

 Owned by the Otter family of Wath, this was their summer house. During the 1837 coronation celebrations for Queen Victoria, Miss Otter’s servants were treated at the cottage.


Our previous meeting, 20 October, Wath At War Pre-1914 looked at the involvement of local folk in domestic and foreign wars:

War of the Roses
1460 Lord of the manor John Fleming killed at the battle of Wakefield.

Civil War
1647 Captain Adam Eyre enforced £50 fine on royalist Wath Church.
1648 William Smith buried at Wath, wounded at Siege of Pontefract.

Jacobite Rebellion
1745 Jonathan Gawtress of Wath a juror at the trial of rebels at York.

American Revolution
1775, John Payne of Newhill thanked for supporting the rebels.

French Revolution & Napoleonic Wars
1789, John Payne keen supporter of the ideas of liberty & equality
1803 Wath Wood Volunteers led by Captain William Tofield of Wath.
1808 Wath Wood Volunteers ‘mutiny’ at Pontefract manoeuvres.

Indian Mutiny 1857
1868 Peter Husband buried at Wath, Sergeant Major Wath Troop.
1877 Charles Carter buried at West Melton, Wath Troop Drill Sergeant. Both were veterans of India.

Crimean War 1854-56
1898 veteran Arthur Mooney buried at Wath.

Boer War 1900

Private Arthur Burton of West Melton, Yorks Light Infantry, wounded at battle of Graspan.
1902 Peace celebrations, Church St, Church Lane & Well Lane decorated with bunting.


WATH – ARTISTIC VIEWS is excellent value at £9
On sale at:
Wath Community Library.
Old Barnsley, Upper Market Hall, Barnsley
Rotherham Visitor Centre
Or you can order online through our Contact Us page.



My Place

Pottery Yard Newhill - William Uttley (1892 - 1992)

 Pottery Yard Newhill

I was born in Pottery Yard in 1892, 7th December, the yard was just by Taylor Row (2014 Taylor Row still exists). Our house had four rooms, a nice little cottage, comfortable and all the rest of it. It was nothing elaborate, in those days they weren't, but it was a nice comfortable cottage. The worst thing about it was that there was no water laid on. If we wanted water we had to go to a tap that supplied all the yard and we used to take our turn and take two buckets. Especially the night before wash day we filled two tubs with water for mother. We made peg rugs and mother was careful to keep us in everything that we needed, she was very industrious. She did her own decorations and of course she would help anyone else with them. From the front door you went straight into the living room and we had a kitchen. There were two bedrooms upstairs, both quite large, two full size beds in one and one in the other. I had six sisters Susan was the eldest, then Maria, Sarah, Martha, Elsie and Daisy. When I was very tiny my elder sisters were away. Father’s name was William and mother’s was Martha.

Father was a coal miner and we always had a nice fire. He worked at a little old colliery of Lord Fitzwilliam's at Stubbin and was there most of his working life, but I believe he began at Newhill colliery. That colliery fell in one time after it was closed. It was a Saturday when the children were watching them building the platform for the Chapel Anniversary. They always said it was a miracle no one was harmed. When you're sinking a pit you brick it round like a circle and evidently the foundations flopped down just like the walls of Jericho. When it had done, it was just a little cavity at the top. The Newhill Anniversary was the second Sunday in July, we used to practice in the morning then hold the usual service in the afternoon and evening. There was a band, with a lot of instrumentalists who came from all over. It was quite a time. I used to watch my grandfather cobble shoes, not that it was his trade but in those days there was no relief in anyway for anything, if you didn't earn a living you had to go without. When he finished coal mining he got too old and started repairing shoes, the village used to bring him plenty of work and of course he existed.

When I was ten years old we moved from Newhill and went to live in Park Road.

William Uttley
Newhill Chapel Anniversary c1910

Sheffield Telegraph
Sheffield Daily Telegraph Saturday 1st March 1873


Newsletter: February, 2014

The first meeting of 2014 is Thursday 20th February, at St. Joseph’s Hall, Carr Road, Wath, S63 7AA, at 7.00 pm. There will be a slide show featuring Wath At War Before 1914. This will include material relating to the Civil War, Napoleonic wars and the Wath Wood Volunteers, the Crimean and Boer wars.

Yeomanry Cavalry
A Wath Member Of The Yeomanry Cavalry

Our previous meeting, 10 October, People Did Sing celebrated Wath’s rich musical heritage; the large turnout snug in the Dunholme Club. Slides and music illustrated the following:

1724 - Wath choir given 1s.6d. for a 10th anniversary service for George I.
1832 - Wath Village Magazine described a Paganini concert at Sheffield.
1849 - Jenny Lind singing at Sheffield was seen by William Carr of Wath.
1857 - Wath Volunteers fife and drum band.
1869 - Wath Brass Band.
1879 - Wath New Brass Band.
1890 - Wath Choral Society led by George M. Coates, church organist.
1892 - Hospital Sunday concert at town hall grounds – Handel’s Messiah.
1890s - Sylvia Wardell distinguished soprano graduated from RAM.
1912-1930s - Wath Amateur Operatic Society.

Other musical groups illustrated were:
Wath Pierrot Troupe, the photo’ in September’s newsletter showed W Jewsbury, C Smith, GB Hollings, D Humphreys, B Baker. Henry Hallatt’s West Melton Orchestral Band, Wath & West Melton Comic Band, West Melton Male Voice Choir, Wath Parish Church Choir, Wath Co-Op Girls’ Choir, Newhill Choir, The Nautical Noises, J. Norris Harmonica Band, Wath Colliery brass band, Wath town brass band, Boys’ Life Brigade Band, and Salvation Army bands. Wath School choir led by the late Barbara Senior is a recent memory and there was an enthusiastic a cappella performance by a number of Old Wathonians of the Wath Grammar School song! We concluded with images of Wath Morris Men and noting that Lesley Garrett’s maternal grandfather was a musician in Wath, a pianist.


WATH – ARTISTIC VIEWS is excellent value at £9
On sale at:
Wath Community Library.
Old Barnsley, Upper Market Hall, Barnsley
Rotherham Visitor Centre
Or you can order online through our Contact Us page.



My Place

Sandygate Bottom by Dave Carney

Sanygate Bottom Sandygate Bottom

I was born in Doncaster Road in 1934 and we moved to Sandygate in 1936 when father became chauffer and maintenance engineer to Thomas Wade & Sons. The house was No.8 (now 30) at the bottom of Sandygate, opposite Wade’s house and builders yard. The house came with the job and was next to the home of the blacksmith, which stood behind the forge F on Sandygate. Our half of the semi-detached had 6 rooms, because after building in the early 19C an extra room downstairs and an extra bedroom upstairs were added. Both new rooms were larger than the others and a bathroom was portioned off from the extra bedroom and the one downstairs created a very large kitchen. In addition to the main rooms were two box rooms, one halfway up the stairs and the other reached by an arch over the stairwell. This was the highest room in the house and became my bedroom where I imagined I slept in the ‘North Tower’.

In front of the house was a large square yard with a wash area for cars and in the top right-hand corner was a manual petrol pump. To the left were three buildings, the one nearest the house was the garage for the limousine father drove. Opposite our house on the other side of Sandygate was the Central Club and I remember old blacksmith Jim Trickett making an unsteady return from there back home on Christmas Day lunchtime. Clad in leather apron old Jim operated the forge with his son Edgar and it was fascinating to see him shoeing, his back to the horse a hoof resting on his knee, wreathed in acrid smoke as the hot shoe was pressed against the hoof. Jim had a bald head, a large white moustache and a pipe clenched between his teeth. On the top of the pipe bowl was stuck a Whitworth’s bottle top with holes punched in it.

 Further up Sandygate was a row of old cottages (now demolished), they were not quite one up and one down because as well as the main room downstairs (always referred to as the ‘house’) there was also a tiny scullery complete with stone sink. Upstairs was a small bedroom above the scullery and a larger one above the main room. A good friend of mine lived in the row and as his father worked at Wath Main and had home coal their house was never cold no matter how bitter the winter.



A Wath man was important at the court of King Charles II ?

DERBY MERCURY Friday 27 March 1747

Derby Mercury

Derby Mercury

Details of his role at court are unclear, though Wath parish register records his burial: 1746 March 19, Humphrey Jackson late of Wath but died in the parish of Rotherham. (at Barbot Hall?) Keble Martin’s history of Wath notes the Jacksons were a large farming family and much of their property passed to the Otters by marriage, 25th July 1756 Ann Jackson of Wath to John Otter of Clayworth (north of Retford) in Nottinghamshire. Ann was buried in Wath churchyard 1815, aged 86, and her gravestone now rests at the foot of the Wath war memorial. In Wath the Otter family had a fine Georgian mansion where Wharncliffe Crescent now stands.


Newsletter: September, 2013

Our fourth meeting of 2013 was Thursday 10th October, at Dunholme Social Club, Carr Road, Wath.

A slide show People Did Sing celebrated Wath’s musical heritage through the centuries.

Wath Pierrots
Wath Pierrots

At our previous meeting, 18 July, attendance was excellent again for the slide show Georgian Wath. Do you recognise these?

The building/improvement boom in the Georgian period of 1714-1830 (George I to George IV) was born out of the wealth generated by the agricultural and industrial revolutions. Wath was a prosperous farming community with a fair number of independent landowners, tradesmen and professional gentlemen (Carr, Campsall, Fenton, Gawtress, Johnson, Kay, Nicholson, Otter, Payne, Tuke). Consequently, their money stayed in Wath and their social aspirations were reflected in fashionable architectural styles. The slide show concentrated on the many Georgian buildings existing in Wath and West Melton, with reminders of what has been lost (Wharncliffe House 1902, Newhill Hall 1953). As well as substantial Georgian buildings several examples of ordinary domestic dwellings from the period were shown.

WATH – ARTISTIC VIEWS is excellent value at £9
On sale at:
Wath Community Library.
Old Barnsley, Upper Market Hall, Barnsley
Rotherham Visitor Centre
Or you can order online through our Contact Us page.


Book Review

It was a delight to read a totally positive review of our Artistic Views book in the August edition of THE LOCAL HISTORIAN, Journal of the British Association for Local History. This is part of the review:

Wath Upon Dearne – Artistic Views Landscape & History

This publication is most unusual. It is innovative both conceptually and in its layout. A historical tour around the town, it is a community history in the true sense of the word in that besides Alex Fleming, who wrote the text, there are ten other contributors, all local artists. These include living artists together with three who painted in the nineteenth century, one of whom, James Scott, was born in 1798.

The format and layout of the book are quite simple and appropriate for the contents. It is A4 which means that the paintings (all in full colour) and drawings are reproduced at a good size. Below each illustration there is an informative text together with photographs and the occasional map or diagram. The subject matter includes historical notes on local farms, a notable country house, the parish church, a dovecote, a blacksmith’s forge and even the village lock-up. Some of the most evocative paintings are of Wath’s industrial past, including Manvers Main and Wath Main… colliery headgear, coke ovens and their clouds of smoke, a fitters’ cabin and a group of colliers having their ‘snap’…

The author and Wath Community History Group are to be congratulated on taking a singular and probably unique approach to producing a community history. The result is informative, accessible and attractive.

Melvyn Jones
Visiting Professor in Landscape History, Sheffield Hallam University



Wath Park Road School began producing a school magazine in 1933?

The Roadster

Easter 1933 edition (Vol. 1 No.2) 46 pages

Headmaster: I Walton
Editors: M Hammond, A Musgrove
Managers: H Clarke, H Winch
Committee: K Darmanin, E Mawson, D Wilkinson, FW Buckley
Senior Prefect: S Butterfield
Red House: H Hoyle & M Beresford
Green House: D Ellis & C Dawson
Blue House: R Ward & I Roberts
Yellow House: D Snowden & E Booth


Netball: D Evans, M Trickett, M Beresford, S Butterfield, D Gardner, M Garfitt.

Cross-country: first 5 Sam Reynolds, Harrison, Ward, Cadman, R Bettney.

Football: Owing to the ‘Flu’ epidemic and bad weather many matches were postponed and it was February before anything was done. Won 2, drew 3, lost 4. Goal Cook, backs Harrison, J Bettney, half-backs Cadman, Winder, R Bettney, forwards Bamforth, J Cooke, Jackson.

Totty Cup first played 1922-23 season and Park Road lost to Victoria in the final.

The team then: Goal J Law, full-backs J Blackman, G Mansbridge,
Half-backs: F Bedford, L Ball, G Monagon,
Forwards: J Ellis, C Smith, F Vollans, G Broomhead, F Cook.



Come sing to our school, hoist up the brown
And make it a colour of fame & renown.
There’s none that shall shame us in work or play
We’ll aim at the highest in both every day.

Three cheers for Park Road now
With voice loud & clear.
Come sing of the place we all hold so dear.
For our school we’ll play a straight game
From the start.
And juniors & seniors we’ll all do our part.

And when we are come to the parting of ways
We’ll ever remember our happy schooldays.
Though at work we are scattered to left and right
In praise of Park Road we’ll always unite.

 Park Road


Newsletter: July, 20133

Our third meeting of 2013 was Thursday 18th July, at St. Joseph’s Hall, Carr Road, Wath, S63 7AA, at 7.00 pm. A slide show Georgian Wath celebrated our architectural heritage from a vital period in Wath’s history.

Wath Hall
Wath Hall

Our next meeting in 2013: Thursday 10 October The People Sing

At our previous meeting, 18 April, attendance was excellent again for the slide show Sporting Life in Wath. There was also the election of officers. Existing holders were happy to continue and as there were no other nominations the following were re-elected unanimously: President Mrs Dorothy Logan, Vice President Mrs Sheila Thompson, Treasurer Mrs Anne Taylor, Secretary Mr Alexander Fleming.

There was great development in sporting activity in the second half of the 19C, not least because a much larger population benefitted from industrialisation and regulation of working time. Also, government was anxious that the nation be fit as Britain’s economic and political dominance in the world was challenged by the USA and Germany. The final straw, Australia won the Ashes Test in England in 1909!

Wath and West Melton were home to many different sports teams, with much encouragement from Wath Athletic Club from 1879. Photographs and memorabilia of Wath Children’s Sports Day, cricket, football, rugby, golf and swimming were viewed. Today, Manvers Waterfront Boat Club continues the multi-sport approach of the past.

Wath Bowling Club

WATH – ARTISTIC VIEWS is excellent value at £9
On sale at:
Wath Community Library.
Old Barnsley, Upper Market Hall, Barnsley
Rotherham Visitor Centre
Or you can order online through our Contact Us page.


 Wath Pavillion
Wath Pavillion & Jack Fearn

My Place

Wath Athletic Ground - Jack Edwards

I was born in 1922 at 37 Doncaster Road, moving to Sycamore Crescent when I was 7. My school was Wath Victoria where sport captured my imagination and our games afternoon was played on Swift’s field. The slope of the field was poor for cricket, so inter-school games were held on part of Wath Athletic.

My memory of Wath Athletic is of a beautifully kept sports facility. The groundsman, Jack Fearn, did a remarkable job. The bowling green was always well manicured and dominated by Wilson Hardy, headmaster of Victoria School. The main field catered for cricket in summer, and in winter soccer (railway end) and hockey (town end). The cricket pitch in the centre was one of the best in the Yorkshire Council League. A track for bicycle racing surrounded the main field and a wooden football stand was at the railway end. Tennis courts, grass and red clay, were on the opposite side of the field from the pavilion. For years another Victoria teacher, Amos Ibbotson, was local tennis champion. The old cricket scoreboard would click merrily as Wath’s star batsman, Jerry Auty, carved his way to another of his many citations on the cricket Honour Roll. Wath’s team in the 1930s was a good average Yorkshire Council side, but it could have been better. Charlie Heaton, a Wath man was an excellent opening bat, but played for Swinton. Ironically, George Fearn (Jack’s son) was a fine pace bowler who was enticed to Rawmarsh in a recruiting drive and helped them become perennial winners of the Yorkshire Council! Another Wath player, Tommy Hargreaves, was a local legend.



That Bonnie Prince, Charlie Stuart,
[Sum seh touch’d, o plain doolalli]
Orl t do wi Scotch Culloden,
But nivver wit Dearne Valley?
Ow can the bier link wit Prince?
Or enni soort er friction?
But tek thi sen t Hoober Stand,
An study its inscription!
Built int yeer seventeen fotty eight,
T commemorate grim Culloden,
A terrible place two yeers bifoor,
Woh grievously blud sodden.
Very last battle on British soil,
Foh this t’brave Scots consign’d,
Egg’d on bi madcap Charlie Stuart,
Agen Cumberland’s bloodlust mind;
‘Butcher’ Cumberland istri sez,
Aftert sloorter red ‘n’ gory,
If the must bi battles, then amen,
But Culloden’s er ghastly story!

Thomas Wentworth worrint fray,
An thowt the victri grand,
So commission’d Henry Flitcroft,
T build t’tower, Hoober Stand.
Ninety eight foot er local stone,
In taperin triangular fashion,
A victri sign this belvedere,
A mark er Wentworth’s passion!
Perch’d up theer onner lofty ridge,
Toppert Stand’s six undred feet,
Orlt Dearne Valley set art below,
Like er jigsaw join’d complete.
Forrer bird’s eye view near o far,
Av a gander from Wentworth’s pickit,
Thall see orl tha wants from theer,
Forrabart three quid er tickit.

By John Davison


Newsletter: April, 2013

Our second meeting of 2013 is Thursday 18th April, at St. Joseph’s Hall, Carr Road, Wath, S63 7AA, at 7.00 pm. There will be a slide show looking at Sporting Life in Wath. This is not just about team fixtures and results, it gives us a chance to examine the social life of Wath since the early 1800s.

Moor Road, 1907
Moor Road, 1907

Our other meetings in 2013:
Thursday 18 July - Georgian Wath
Thursday 10 October - The People Sing

At our previous meeting, 21 February, there was another bumper turn-out, 64, for the slide show West Melton People & Places.
Melton was the middle settlement between Wath and Brampton, West added later to distinguish it from (High) Melton. The boundaries have shifted often and it has been part of Brampton as well as Wath. Brampton itself was once part of the parish of Wath. The west end had and has the oldest buildings (United Reform Church 1799, Old Hall Farm, Beech House, Highfield Farm and its threshing barn).
Farming, coal mining, brick works and the drapers Edward Smith & Sons were the main employers, with expansion in the late 19C. Old photographs, trade adverts and business receipts illustrated a ‘walk’ along Melton High Street from Townend, past Winterwell, United Reform chapel, Highfield Farm, Firth Road and on to the Cottage of Content. Did the number of churches/chapels indicate a very devout community, or perhaps the need for divine help?

West Melton
Almanack, 1896


WATH – ARTISTIC VIEWS is excellent value at £9 and is on sale at:
Wath Community Library,
Old Barnsley Upper Market Hall, Barnsley,
Philip Howard Books of Rotherham,
Rotherham Visitor Centre,
Elsecar Visitor Centre,
Cannon Hall Museum.

Or you can order online through our Contact Us page.

 Typical comments:

"Love the book…it brings back lots of childhood memories."

"Thank you to the Group for producing such an excellent publication."

"Since it arrived yesterday morning I find it difficult to put it down."

"It is absolutely brilliant…It brings back so many happy memories."

"The book as a whole is a fascinating impression of Wath…many thanks for stirring up so many memories for me."

Wath Brewery Wath Brewery

My Place

Wath Brewery - Margaret Clarke

In the 1950s I left school and started work at Whitworth’s Brewery, at the age of 15. For my interview I was summoned to the boardroom and was overawed by the large, wood-panelled room whose walls were adorned with portraits and pictures of horses and carts. Seated at one end of a huge table was the company secretary (Mr. Wragg) who asked me several questions before leaving me on my own for about half an hour to answer a written test paper. My emotions were a mix of amazement at the splendour of the place and absolute terror at the ordeal at hand. Despite those emotions I did get the job and never regretted it.

Each morning I began by collecting mail from the post office in a large, battered, leather satchel and took it back to the office to sort it. Next, I went to the office of the Managing Director to fill his bar fridge and then iron his newspapers so they were all straight. At any time of the day Mr. Wragg would call down and ask the name of a tenant, or ‘phone number of any of the 172 pubs, the clubs or off-licenses. Woe betide you if the answer wasn’t quick or you didn’t know! As the youngest in the office I would have to choose my holidays after all the others had picked theirs, which meant I virtually always had to take my holidays in April or October!



Wath had its own early version of the wife-sale which features in Thomas Hardy’s 1886 The Mayor of Casterbridge?
In this newspaper cutting the letter s is represented by f.

The Leeds Intelligencer: Tuesday 15 August 1775

The Leeds Intelligencer

The phrase, illicit practices betwixt his wife and William Taylor means adultery. The description of the husband bearing the words “cornuted by William Taylor”, confirms betrayal, because cornuted refers to horns and meant cuckolded.
The English custom of wife-selling largely began in the late 17th century when divorce was possible only for the very wealthy.


Newsletter: Feb 8th, 2013

Our first meeting of 2013 is Thursday 21st February, at St. Joseph’s Hall, Carr Road, Wath, S63 7AA, at 7.00 pm. There will be a slide show featuring West Melton: People & Places.


Melton High Street
Melton High Street

At our previous meeting, 18 October, nearly 60 folk gathered to celebrate the launch of Wath Upon Dearne – Artistic Views: Landscape & History. It was a thrilling experience to see so many of you, not least because of your encouragement over the decades to delve into the history of Wath. Artistic Views is a unique way of presenting the history of a place and Wath is exceptional in having so many artists draw and paint our community over the centuries. Work by ten artists is shown in more than 60 paintings and drawings, with a historical commentary. Also, there are 80 thumbnail photographs and illustrations. The 64 glossy pages, in full colour A4, relate the history of Wath as farming and ancient crafts gave way to coal mining, canal and railways.

WATH – ARTISTIC VIEWS is excellent value at £9 and is on sale at:
Wath Community Library,
Old Barnsley Upper Market Hall, Barnsley,
Philip Howard Books of Rotherham,
Rotherham Visitor Centre,
Elsecar Visitor Centre,
Cannon Hall Museum.

Or you can order online through our Contact Us page.

Sales before Christmas were so very good that we soon covered our costs and have now a healthy reserve for future projects. It has been amazing how many people have telephoned, written or emailed (often at length) to congratulate us on Wath – Artistic Views. There have, however, been some family frustrations: Christmas dinner served late because ‘cook’ became too absorbed in reading; visitors not talking to hosts once they were shown a copy and became lost in memories; arguments over who lived where etc.

Typical comments:

"Love the book…it brings back lots of childhood memories."

"Thank you to the Group for producing such an excellent publication."

"Since it arrived yesterday morning I find it difficult to put it down."

"It is absolutely brilliant…It brings back so many happy memories."

"The book as a whole is a fascinating impression of Wath…many thanks for stirring up so many memories for me."

Biscay House Biscay House Map

My Place

Biscay House, West Street - Anne Hughes

I have fond memories of living in Biscay House with my parents. We moved there about 1957, when father was promoted to mechanic/foreman for Glyn Vaughan (coal merchant). By living in the house my father could be on call 24/7 for any breakdowns that occurred. Mr. Vaughan had moved out and had a bungalow built in Swinton.

 Being an only child I had lots of space to run around – it seemed like a mansion after living in a damp 2 up 2 down. There were 4 bedrooms and an enormous bathroom, with an extra-long bath, specially installed by Mr. Vaughan as he was over 6ft tall. There were numerous cupboards and lobbies in which to play hide-and-seek with friends, but I only climbed up to the attic once because I believed it was haunted. The house was divided into three dwellings at that time. We lived in the front part, which also had an office for business. At the back were Mr. & Mrs. Mower and their two sons. Below was Mr. Vaughan’s father, the entrance to his house was down the side of the building on a path leading to the canal.

We moved out about 4 or 5 years later as father decided to set up his own business, repairing and selling motor bikes and scooters. We rented a shop/house on Cemetery Road which had been a fish shop, next to the old White Bear. It was a very cold house without a bathroom or hot water and the outside toilet froze regularly in winter. On the plus side, it was the beginning of the ‘Swinging 60s’ and Lambretta scooters were coming into fashion – so father had quite a bit of work. 



3 local men served on the York jury which tried those who invaded England in 1745 with Bonnie Prince Charlie?
Mr. Jonathan Gawtress of Wath
Mr. Timothy Rhodes of Brampton Bierlow
Mr. Richard Bingley of Bolton on Dearne
Plus Sir William Wentworth

NEWCASTLE COURANT Sat 4 – Sat 11 October 1746 p3 York Oct 7

Newcastle Courant

The rebels were found guilty.
Charles Edward Stuart had arrived in Scotland in 1745 to start a rebellion against the House of Hanover. His army of 5,000 invaded England in November 1745; advanced through to Derby, then retreated. He was defeated at Culloden, near Inverness, in April 1746. Some 3,500 prisoners were taken south to England to be tried for high treason. The common prisoners drew lots and only 1 in 20 actually came to trial. Executions took place in Carlisle, York and London. In total, 120 common men were executed.

Hoober Stand celebrates the crushing of the ’45 Rebellion.

Website by: World/Wild/Web
©2015  Wath Community History Group