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Aspects of Barnsley 5 (Paperback)

Local History Yorkshire and Humberside Barnsley

By Brian Elliott
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
Series: Aspects of...
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781871647457
Published: 1st October 1998
Last Released: 1st August 2007

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This, the fifth volume in the Aspects of Barnsley series is a remarkable achievement for a town and district having "little history" as Barnsley has been described. In this volume there are fifteen contributions and their nature has changed somewhat from that of its predecessors.

In Aspects of Barnsley 5, there are a greater number of contributions which fall within the category of living memories and as such are more autobiographical in nature.

In this volume, we travel from the Town Hall in wartime, to a history of the tramways of Barnsley. Then we read the early life of the Barnsley Cheese Factory, hotly pursued by memories of the Theatre Royal and rounding off with the disclosure of scandalous behaviour in Royston and the fate of the perpetrators before the "Bawdy Courts".

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 Brian Elliott

About Brian Elliott

Brian Elliott was born in the village of Royston near Barnsley and spent his childhood in neighbouring pit village Carlton where his father worked as a miner. Leaving school early, Brian's first job was in professional football, then in local government before starting a career in teaching and Further Education. It was whilst at teacher-training college that he developed a passionate interest on local history, inspired by one of his tutors, who subsequently became a great friend, David Hey. Brian's B.Ed dissertation was on the Oaks Colliery, particularly the great disaster of 1866.

A freelance writer and editor for many years, Brian has published many books and articles on local and regional history, as well as initiating and developing series such as Aspects of Local History and Mining Heritage for the well-known Barnsley-based publisher Pen and Sword Books. He has also appeared on BBC Radio Sheffield on many occasions and has made contributions to BBC Radio 4, BBC and ITV local news programmes. He is a founder volunteer member and trustee of the recently opened Experience Barnsley people's museum and Discovery Centre.

Though now retired, Brian continues to research and write articles and books, for Pen and Sword and Script Media especially relating to coalmining history and has recently developed an interest in the remarkable contribution of miners during the Great War.

Before Brian's father died he recorded an interview with him as part of the research for the book Yorkshire Mining Veterans. This and many other interviews with former miners are deposited in the National Mining Museum for England's oral history archive.

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