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 Dyke, Swinton

Roman Dyke in Chain Bar Plantation, Swinton

Roman Dyke in Chain Bar Plantation, Swinton

Although originally believed to be of Roman origin, it is now thought that this earthwork which runs from near Wincobank, via Swinton, to Mexborough was either built by the Brigantian tribes in the 1st Century A.D. against the Roman invasion or after the 5th Century to defend the kingdom of Elmet from the Angles. Although this rig/ridge/dyke runs through the whole of Swinton, perhaps the best example of it can be viewed in the Chain Bar Plantation in Creighton Wood. Another good visible example of it is at the Churchyard boundary, next to the housing estate on Golden Smithies Road. It forks into two lines, one going across Thomas Street and another which hugs the Cresswell estate/Hatherley Road, down from the aforementioned section at Saint Margaret’s Churchyard.

War Memorial, Swinton

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Swinton’s War Memorial

Swinton’s war memorial was constructed in 1921 and was designed by Sir Reginald Bloomfield.