FA cup paraded through village and other tales

Local historian and parish councillor Keith Wainwright is launching his latest book about Crigglestone.
Local historian and parish councillor Keith Wainwright is launching his latest book about Crigglestone.
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A local historian has released his latest book which charts the arrival of gas, the parade of the 1912 FA cup and the industrial revolution in the parish of Crigglestone.

Keith Wainwright spent more than three-and-a-half-years researching and writing Crigglestone Backtrack 5 - Past Reflections on a Rural Parish.

It is a treasure trove of historical maps, photographs and information about how the parish has been transformed since the 19th century.

The Crigglestone parish councillor said: “Crigglestone is unique in the district - there is no where else that has 10 villages in its parish.

“And the book covers more or less all of them. It contains ten chapters on items of historical village interest.

“These include the story of Crigglestone’s hidden tunnels; the use of child labour in the Painthorpe and Hollingthorpe collieries; the history of the hall at Chapelthorpe and the story of Henry Worrill’s almshouses at Newmillerdam.”

The book charts major events which had a huge impart on life in the parish including the construction of Denby Dale turnpike road in the 1830s which led to the opening of a paper mill and two breweries.

In 1912 King George V and Queen Mary visited Newmillerdam, a month after another visitor which caused a wave of excitement through the village.

Coun Wainwright, 70, said: “The FA cup came to Newmillerdam on carnival day in June 1912 which had been won by Barnsley FC.

“I don’t think we will ever get it in Crigglestone again - it must have been a unique occurrence.”

The book is dedicated to the memory of Frank Blakey, who died in 2013, and Donald Froggett who died in 2010.

Coun Wainwright, who has been a parish councillor for the past 20 years, said: “They were both born and bred in the parish and they were great sons of Crigglestone.”

To buy a copy of Crigglestone Backtrack 5, which costs £7.95, call Coun Wainwright on 01924 240776.

Alternatively e-mail keith.wainwright1@virgin.net