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Aspects of Barnsley 6 (Paperback)

Local History Yorkshire and Humberside Barnsley England

By Brian Elliott
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
Series: Aspects of...
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781871647808
Published: 1st September 2000
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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Aspects of Barnsley 6 is the latest in the Aspects series to feature the town. Once again, Brian Elliott has drawn together unique views of the history of Barnsley and District, which shed light on the town and its people.
In Aspects of Barnsley 6, we revisit the "Be Bop" craze of the late '40s and early '50s, take a look at McLintocks, the down quilt makers and recall the Barnsley Literary Society, which in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, played host to the leading literary lights of the day. We meet Migrant Irish Linen Weavers who settled in the town and the boat builders working alongside the River Dearne and Barnsley Canal, which also attracted numerous suicides and where many fatal accidents occurred. We are treated to the story of unsung hero Richard Bayldon, road surveyor extraordinaire and John Spark, the South Yorkshire Chapman, who sold his wares all over the region. Rowland Wilkinson's Cawthorne, is based on his fascinating 19th century photos.
These and the many other contributions by local authors will make this yet another fascinating view of Barnsley's past.

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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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