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Diary of the Year – Leading Local Events in 1921 – Quarter 1

December 1921

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 31 December 1921

Diary of the Year

Leading Local Events in 1921

Quarter 1


1 – Robert Ernest Mason, of Jump, Wombwell, killed in a motor accident, while returning from his wedding.

9 – Collapse of a house at Hemingfield. Inmates miraculously escaped injury

12 – Mexborough Urban Council “censured” by Mexborough Trades Council for failing to provide an adequate water supply.

19 – Mexborough Urban Council, as a result of a special inquiry, resolve to reorganise the Fire Brigade.

22 – The Reverend A.E. Sorby, Rector of Darfield, appointed an honorary Canon of Sheffield Cathedral

Resignation of Canon A.E. Sorby from the office of rural Dean of Wath.

Mr H.C. Harrison succeeds Mr W.H.Chambers as president of the Denaby Main Institute.

30 – Retirement of Alderman J.H. Dobson, of Tottenham, for many years resident in Mexborough, after over 30 years in the organising service of the National Union of railwaymen.


7 – Institution of Reverend F. Briggs, DD., Vicar of Mexborough

The Reverend C Steele, M.A., Vicar of Swinton, commissioned Rural Dean of Wath.

9 – Thurnscoe ratepayers approve of the Thurnscoe Council’s cemetery extension scheme.

Residents of Thurnscoe, at a ratepayers meeting, protest against the inefficient and inadequate supply of gas.

Resignation of Mr William Wilde, vice-chairman of the Thurnscoe Council, and managing director of the Hickleton Main Colliery, on his retirement and departure from the district.

Presentations to Assistant Commissioner, W.H. Chambers, on his retirement from the command of the Denaby Main Ambulance Corps; and to Superintendent H.C. Harrison, his successor.

16 – Mr Frank Harrison appointed superintendent of the Mexborough Fire Brigade.

Meeting of the Denaby War Memorial Committee. Scheme for a public park discussed.

21 – Commencement of sinking of two shafts of the Parkgate seam at Hickleton Main Colliery.


1 – The Reverend Charles Steele, M.A., vicar of Swinton and Rural Dean of Wath, appointed Vicar of Scunthorpe and Frodingham.

Ministry of Health confirm the order constituting portions of Conisborough, Cadeby and Denaby Main an Urban District.

2 – Presentations Mr H Watson Smith, retiring manager of the Denaby Main Colliery, upon leaving to become Agent of the Castleford and Glass Houghton Collieries.

3 – Wombwell Chamber of commerce inaugurated

4 – Greek Tragedies , “Media” and “Iphigenia in Tauris” performed at the Mexborough Secondary School by Miss Penelope Wheeler’s company.

6 – Swinton Parish Church war memorial chapel dedicated.

7 – Mexborough Council Administration attacked at a meeting of ratepayers .

14 – A Mexborough girl, Annie Neath, sentenced to death at Leeds for the murder of her illegitimate child at Halifax in January. Sentence commuted.

16 – Illuminated address presented to Alderman J.H. Watson by the Mexborough Liberal Association in recognition of his long and distinguished service to local liberalism.

17 – Performance of “The Deacon’s masterpiece” by the Wombwell Choral Society.

18 – Reported to the Darfield Urban Council that many houses in Darfield are unfit for habitation.

23 – Ministry of transport enquiry into the Dearne Valley Light Railway Scheme Order confirmed.

27 – Unveiling of the Conisborough War Memorial.

29 – Last meeting of the Conisborough Parish Council.

31 – Government control of coal mining industry ceases.

Performance by Wath Amateur Operatic Society of “Les Cloches de Corneville.”