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Has Thorne Local History Society got an archive? I have a number of Thorne historical artifacts that may be of local value. It will take a while to unearth them all but they include a "Thorne Almanac" from 1919 which includes pen portraits of all the war dead, "A short account of the Thorne Celebration of the Royal Marriage July 6th 1893", and " A little local pictorial souvenir of the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary". Others plus photos may be unearthed over time. I am happy for these to go to a good home where they are available for perusal by the Thorne community. My grandma was a Middleton, who I understand were builders in the town. Her brother, Wilfred, was one of the FWW dead.
Please reply to email above. Mark it "Thorne" please so that I son't delete it as spam!
Steve Clamp


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Hi, we have recently purchased Wraithby House on King Edward Road and wondered how it got the name. The plaque is built into the brickwork so presumably it was there from being built. The plot of land was purchased by Henry Foster from John William Isle in 1925, the presumptive is that Henry Foster had the house built. That's all we know but would love to know the origins of the house name. Can anyone shed any more light on this. Thank you.

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Jacqueline Tulley Hawxwell could you pass my e-mail add on to this lady please my granddad lived at 2 west street thorne and I would like to get in touch with her

thank you
dawn busby


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Very interesting. The first photo on photo gallery page one is labelled Council Offices. If I am correct, and it is opposite the old Fielside Junior School, it was referred to as The Temperance Institute when I came to Thorne around 1960. I was searching for info and dates for the demolition of Thorne Town Hall, also known as the Market Hall, on the junction of Finkle Street and Horsefair Green. Still searching.

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i am looking for a photo of the former blacksmiths at white cottage, 16 hatfield road, thorne. owned by john and maryann wade. i am related to the wades via my materal grandmother Ida Cawkwell who married joseph Dunn. my mother Jennifer Dunn (now durband) is trying to obtain a copy of a photo of the blacksmiths.

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BRUCE RICHARDSON - FOR THE INFORMATION YOU SEEK FORGET HELP FROM THIS SITE AS IT HAS GONE DOWN HILL OF LATE AND AND SEEMS TOTALLY INADEAQUATE FOR PROVIDING THE KNOWLEDGE WANTED BY THOSE SEEKING DETAILS OF THE AREA :!mad:

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My parents and their families came from Thorne and I wondered if anyone can give me information on them. My mother's name was Taylor and her father was a miner, his name was William and hie wife was Mary.
My mother had a sister called Jenny who married Clifford Wilson,a plumber who also had a hardware shop. They had 2 sons who I wondered if they were still living, one was a methodist preacher the other an architect.
My father had several brothers, Eric had Thorne taxis, Frank who had a bus company and David who was a photographer. Can anyone help with any information please, would be most appreciated.
Bruce Richardson


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:!mad:I USED THINK THAT THIS WAS A TRUSTED, VALUED AND INFORMATIVE SITE, SOMETHING SEEMS TO HAVE CHANGED (FOR THE WORSE)

clue to the name "MONEY SUPERMARKET - M & M's"


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Thanks for providing such a great site, the family left in 1956.I have lived with fond memories of Waterside and Low Hill ever since.Keep up the good work!

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For more information on the history of brewing in Thorne, an excellent books is "South Yorkshire Stingo : a directory of South Yorkshire Brewers 1758-1995)written by David Lloyd Parry. On page 101, it details the history of William Whitfield, Brewer who started his brewery in Kings Street circa 1818 and his eventual partnership with Charles Darley in 1830. "The two partners then began buying tied houses as early as 1833,when the Red Bear was acquired." It then lists further pubs which they acquired over the following years. Charles Darley died in 1845 and William Whitfield in 1848. This is when William Marsden Darley took over the complete control of the brewery.

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