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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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I have 2 x advertisements for the Red Bear Inn dated January 1844 and August 1850 in my possession, plus the 1st and 2nd issues of Darley's Brewery magazine,
'Darley's Diaries' dated 1978 and 1979. I would like to donate these to the Thorne Historical Society so please advise the name and address of someone I can post them to. Alternatively I will be in Thorne on Saturday May 7th 2016, when I would be able to hand them to a person of your naming. Please advise.
I look forward to your reply
Thanks
Michael


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Further to my earlier post, the portrait of William Battie Wrightson MP was a gift to him from the citizens of Thorne in appreciation for his work. It is quite a large oil painting. In it William is holding a quill pen and on a desk is an envelope with " William Wrightson, May 1841, Thorne" .

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My husband has an oil painting of William Battie Wrightson MP (1789-1879). For many years this painting hung in the office of William Wrightson, proprietor of the Murrumbidgee Irrigator newspaper in Leeton, NSW. He claimed the painting was his grandfather. His grandfather was William Wrightson, b Thorne 1794/5, d1863. He married Hannah Hall. One of their chn William ( b1822), married Mary Walsh.They lived at "Catgill", Bolton Abbey. Some years after William's death, Mary came to New Zealand with some of the children, including William( Leeton) . He had no children. The painting went to his nephew William who left it his grandson, William Walsh Wrightson, my husband.
William Battie Wrightson did not have chn. We have not been able to find the link to our family. Can anyone help?
Patricia Wrightsoon


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I well remember my holidays in Thorne as a child and a young woman, arriving by steam train at Thorne North station and walking to Field Road where the smell of Darley's brewery greeted us, along with my grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousin. My Mother was a Steers and her Mothers Mother was an Isle so I was interested to read articles by a John Isle. My son is researching our family trees and my husband and I have visited a 2nd cousin in Thorne several times in recent years. It was interesting to read The History of Thorne as we have connections with Waterside which has changed enormously since the first time I went there in the late 1940s!

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Hello.. I am coming up to Thorne this weekend (13th feb) as i am tracing my family history. I believe many of my ancestors were born and lived in Thorne and im hoping to find some more information out. My family were Cobbs and Stanilands and are in the area mid 1700s-1800s. Im wondering if anyone can tell me i can find records or where they are held? Also.. Does anyone know why Staniland marina has this name? I know my family of Cobbs and Staniland were mainly master mariners. Thanks for any help.

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Does anyone have any info about a place or a farmhouse called Double-Bridges?

I know that the Whitaker family (specifically John Whitaker (1752-1822) and his son John Whitaker the younger (1786-1848) lived there and both were farmers. John Whitaker Jnr married Hannah Harnew and I think they both lived there until his death in 1848.

I can see there is a Double Bridges Road on the outskirts of Thorne so I assume it was somewhere on the Levels?

All I can find online is a very old bulletin board message from the year 2000 which suggests it might have been a moated farmhouse? I've copied the link below.

Any info at all would be much appreciated

Thank you

Maggie

https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=local-histo ry;dd6d1d3d.0006

Admin reply: Copy the link and paste in browser but remove the space in 'history' to make it load.


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Just looking at the staff photo of West red scool recognised every one on there, I believe Mrs Crut had an electrical shop in Horsefair Green.

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Excellent site. Have recently discovered one branch of my family hails from Thorne. This site goes a long way to helping me discover their lifestyle etc. Great photographs too.

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