Swinton Voices Book

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Robert Craig

Swinton’s streets have been walked by an incalculable number of people, most of whom are no longer living but each with many and often whole lifetimes of experiences of Swinton. The aim of this book is to record the memories of Swinton in yesteryear by people still alive today, for the benefit of current and future generations of Swintonians.

I established the ‘Swinton Record’ project in 2008. The goal was to record all names on headstones standing in Saint Margaret’s Churchyard. Within a year, I was looking into the lives behind the names. Before long, I realised that I was researching all of Swinton’s past population. Each person in the Churchyard had a personal story to tell but often lost forever when they died.

The inspiration behind this book was, ‘Memories – Recollections of Rawmarsh people’ that was produced by the Rawmarsh Manor Farm History Group, in 2004, which I read in 2008. I announced the ‘Swinton Voices’ project in January of this year. Rather than publishing a hard copy of ‘Swinton Voices’ and incurring printing costs etc. which might not be recouped, I decided to produce a publication that would be easily accessible to people, regardless of location, free of charge.

I wholeheartedly thank each and every author for submitting an account for the inclusion of this edition; without them, it simply wouldn’t have been possible. I hope that their stories are well read, around the globe, for years to come.

It is desired that this first edition will prove to be an inspiration and catalyst for additional submissions. Accounts of memories as recent as last year would be welcome; what might be deemed as being contemporary now will be considered as being old in years to come. So if you’ve enjoyed reading this book, please submit your own account for inclusion in future editions.

The book is currently only available in PDF format. EPUB and Kindle versions may be available in the future when I have mastered how to render the book correctly in each format.

Download the ‘Swinton Voices’ 2017 edition by clicking here.

Robert Craig, Swinton, Tuesday 12th December 2017

Roman Terrace Council School, Swinton

Roman Court Residential Home, Mexborough - 05.04.17

Site of Roman Terrace Council School

This school, in the Roman Terrace (Wath Road) area of Swinton (now Mexborough), was built in 1884 and demolished in the 1990s.



A two days’ bazaar, promoted by the Roman Terrace Wesleyan Church, was opened in the Roman Terrace Council School, Swinton, on Boxing Day, by Mr. John Clayton, of Mexbro’, with a view to acquiring funds to build a new church, as the present premises are deemed inadequate for the requirements.

Church Hall, Swinton


Swinton’s Church Hall

When Saint Margaret’s Church was erected in 1816, Swinton’s Norman chapel of ease was demolished. In its place was built a Glebe House which in the early 19th century was converted into an infants’ school. A Glebe House is a church house provided for a member of the clergy.

In 1911, the above Glebe House was demolished and in 1913, Saint Margaret’s Church Hall was built in its place. Whilst preparing the land for the construction of the Church Hall, the remains of ten people were found. It is thought that they were victims of the Plague and had been buried in a mass grave. The remains were exhumed and interred in Saint Margaret’s Churchyard.

The Church Hall was, over the years, used for a number of different purposes. As well as serving the Church’s social functions, schoolchildren from the nearby Fitzwilliam School would eat their dinners and perform P.E. here. It was also used by social clubs, such as Swinton’s badminton club.

As of November 2017, the Church Hall is surplus to the requirements of Saint Margaret’s Church and is up for sale.

Swinton Bridge School

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Swinton Bridge School

This was a Board School built in 1878 and is currently occupied by a number of business units. It closed as a school in 1981 and the tower was removed in January 2017.

Teachers at this school have included (please supply service years if known):-

Mr. Boswell – 1970s
Mrs. Bouley
Mrs. Carr – 1970s
Mrs. Chappell – 1970s
Mr. Drury – 1970s
Mrs. Eady – 1970s
Mrs. Gibson (Head Teacher) – 1970s
Mrs. Horsley
Mrs. King
Mrs. Ingham (Head Teacher) – 1960s
Mr. Jones (Deputy Head Teacher)
Mrs. Lockwood – 1970s
Mrs. Loyd
Miss Pontefract – 1970s
Mr. Randerson

Other staff included (please supply service years if known):-

Mrs. Wagstaff (Dinner Lady) – 1970s

Swinton Secondary School

Swinton Comprehensive School, Swinton

Swinton Comprehensive School

This was originally a Teacher Training College and was erected in the 1950s and 1960s. It became a Comprehensive School in the 1960s. In the 2000s, its name changed to Swinton Community School and in October 2016 became Swinton Academy.

Queen Street School, Swinton

Queen Street School, Swinton

Queen Street School, Swinton

Queen Street Elemental School, Swinton, cost £4,829 to build and opened on Saturday 19th September 1908.

The school was built to accommodate 360 children and each classroom was designed to accommodate 60 children with the plans providing for four additional classrooms if needed. Special attention was given to the lighting, with each desk being flooded with natural light. Each classroom was separated from the main hall with glaze so as to allow easy supervision without inconveniencing the class.

Queen Street School (demolition of), Swinton

Demolition of Queen Street School, Swinton

The “Natural” system of ventilation was adopted throughout the school, with fresh air being admitted through windows, while the vitiated air was taken off at ceiling level through ceiling grids connected to ridge extracts. The ventilation was so arranged to give each classroom a flush of fresh air when required without inconveniencing the children.

The heating throughout the school was the “low pressure” hot water system with pipes and radiators in sections, each section being under control and each radiator regulated independently.

Swinton Queen Primary, Swinton

Swinton Queen Primary School

The drainage for the school had been carried out on the point-to-point system, allowing the drains to be easily inspected and cleaned out.

A portion of the land had been reserved for an infants’ school when the needs of the locality required an extension.

It was announced circa 2008 that the school would be demolished and rebuilt. Demolition took place in April 2011 and the new school (Swinton Queen Primary School) was opened in the same year following a year of construction.

Fitzwilliam School, Swinton

Fitzwilliam School, Swinton

Fitzwilliam School, Swinton

This School was built in 1860 and closed in 1952 to infants and to juniors in 1978. Pupils were transferred to a new school on Rookery Road, of the same name which was opened in 1952 and extended in 1978.

Teachers at this school have included (please supply service years if known):-

  • Mrs. Barker
  • Miss Barraclough
  • Mr. John Benbow
  • Mr. Biram
  • Mrs. Brettle (Head Teacher)
  • Mr. Byron
  • Mrs. Cameron
  • Mrs. Pauline Coates
  • Mr. Cooke
  • Mrs. Cooper
  • Mr. Crook
  • Mr. Dennis
  • Miss Downing
  • Mrs V. Drury
  • Mrs. Edwards (nee Millington)
  • Mrs. Elliott
  • Mr. Foley
  • Mrs. Gill
  • Miss Gillot
  • Mrs. Heeson
  • Mrs. Hirst
  • Mr. Holmes
  • Mrs. Horsefield (Head Teacher)
  • Mrs. Hurt
  • Mr. Jeavons (Head Teacher)
  • Mrs. Johnson
  • Mr. Laird
  • Mr. Lowe
  • Miss Lynskey
  • Miss Millican
  • Mrs. Milne
  • Mr. Parker
  • Mr. Peat
  • Mrs. Ratcliffe
  • Mrs. Roberts (Head Teacher)
  • Mrs. Pat Scherdle
  • Mrs. Shaw
  • Mrs. Shepherd
  • Mrs. Temple
  • Mrs. Uren
  • Miss Vickers
  • Mrs. Walsh
  • Mrs. Wells (nee Wwyman)
  • Mrs. Yuron

Other staff included (please supply service years if known):-

  • Mrs. Adey (Dinner Lady)
  • Mrs. Margaret Barke
  • Mrs. Beatson (Dinner Lady)
  • Mrs. Caldershaw (Dinner Lady)
  • Mrs. Eaton (Dinner Lady)
  • Mr. Durose (Caretaker)
  • Mrs Haines (Dinner Lady)
  • Mrs. Halstead – Circa 1971 to 1979
  • Mrs. Harding (Dinner Lady)
  • Mrs. Hilton (Dinner Lady)
  • Mrs. Lockwood (Dinner Lady)
  • Mr. Bill Mason (Caretaker)
  • Mrs. Moran (Dinner Lady)
  • Mrs. O’Brien (Mr. Jeavons’s Secretary)
  • Mr. Ryan (Caretaker)
  • Mrs. Townsend (Head Cook)
  • Mr. Waterfield (Lollipop Man)
  • Mr. Wild (Caretaker)

The vicarage field at at Saint Margaret’s Church was used for physical education and the Church Hall was used at dinner time.