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  1. Talk: The History of English Law (Worksop) Priories Historical Society's own Mike Langley gives a whirlwind tour of the evolution of the English legal system from pre-Anglo-Saxon times to the present day.With some curious and interesting facts along the way -such as what did the term to be "hung, drawn and quartered" really mean, the true story of "Sweet Fanny Adams" and the man who beat the hangman's rope- "three times Lucky Lee". The talk starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 6th November at the Innings public house, Prospect, Worksop S81 0RS. Entry is only £3 and there will be a bar on. plenty of parking outside.
  2. Hi Bimblebee, Looks like he was caught up in the East Retford & Bassetlaw Election riots on 25th February - it was mostly miners from Shireoaks colliery that were involved. Do you have any further details?
  3. Hi everyone, Been working on a bit of a big project for last couple of months setting a website in memorial to RAF Worksop. It initially started off as an article for Worksop Life magazine but with all the extra bits of information I decided not to keep them to myself and build a website. The airbase was used by the RAF between 1942 and 1960 as a training base for many pilots from all over the world. If anyone has any stories about the base or if they served at the base and would like to contribute their own personal story I'd be most grateful. I'm after information such as why they joined the RAF, what they thought of the airbase, what they did at Worksop, what was training/flying/living there like, photos, log book details and anything else they'd like to put. The website is located at and the e-mail is
  4. Yeah - sorry about that - Its taken from my new website which comes out in February. the text isn't finished yet and it took me until yesterday to find out his name.
  5. On this day in 1957 Vampires FB.5 (VZ860) crashed into a house in Harby after presumed hypoxia of Pilot Officer Stanley Monro (caused by lack of oxygen at high altitude). The Vampire was flying at 18,000 feet with other sqaudron aircraft when it went out of control and crashed into a house. The pilot was killed (no name as yet) as well as a Lois Towning, an elderly lady who was ironing when the aircraft crashed straight into her cottage. The surrounding cottages were also badly damaged injuring two other women who had to be dug out of their homes. Now the site of Harby Village Hall.
  6. Please take part in the 2011 'Southumbria' Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire Archaeology and History Survey at My link the more results we get the better
  7. Last year the Priories Historical Society launched a blog to publicise the history and archaeology news for Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, the blog has been a real success with over 650 people visiting the site last month alone. We now want to expand the blog by helping all the local museums, history societies, metal detectorists and archaeology groups spread the news of their events, meetings and news. This will help gain as much attendance to your events as possible. All the postings are free as the sole aim of the blog is to be a publicity campaign for Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire's proud heritage. We are in no way in competition with any other society, blog or website and will quite happily publicise these as well. We see all societies as equal regardless of size or location. To send us any information or news please e-mail us at: priorieshistoricalsociety at rocketmail dot com The blog site is located at: My link I hope to hear from you soon David Cook Publicity Officer Priories Historical Society
  8. Are there any plans to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Luddites in our county? The uprising began During February 1811, when jackwires were stolen from frames and put into local churches as 'hostages' but rather than giving into their demands the owners replaced them. This was the start of action caused by the government ignoring petitions from stockingers asking for relief due to high unemployment and the hosiery owners profiteering from their employees.
  9. Hi, One of the tunnels comes out at SK568754 which leads towards the lake. There were originally glass domes used as skylights but these have been concreted over. The entrance is still in excellent condition though and is used as a workshop. I've always doubted the tunnel to Worksop railway station due to length needed and logistics (crossing the Ryton and Chesterfield Canal for starters) I think if he had a link to the railway it would have been somewhere on the Nottingham line near Creswell.
  10. Didn't they try this stupid idea in the 1970's?
  11. The ancient forest of Sherwood could be doomed to logging and development it has been leaked in the press. Despite prices for British wood being far less competitive than that of the Scandinavian countries the government has decided as part of its austerity plans that it may sell thousands of acres of Forestry Commission land. This change will also change the protection rights of this world famous woodland habitat protected since the Magna Carta. This sale could possibly destroy hundreds of important sites with untapped archaeological interest as well as destroying the ancient characteristic of the Bassetlaw area. It would also remove vast swathes of the roughly 1,000 hectares of important natural history of the county which would be irreplaceable. So if you’re interested in saving rainforests you may need to look closer to home and quickly to protect the few remaining areas of large woodland in the UK. DEFRA have so far refused to comment but it is likely to in the next few days. I've also posted the rest of the talks for the society on . I'll add them on here when I get time
  12. As some of you may already be aware the 550th anniversary of this battle is coming up. In order to celebrate this precursor to the Battle of Wakefield below is a piece of research I did for our magazine in January 2010: One of the least talked about battles of the 'Wars of the Roses' but possibly one of the most important early battles as it could have altered the whole of English history took place near Worksop around December 16th 1460. In October 1460 Richard of York had declared the Act of Accord which parliament passed on 25th. This sealed him and his sons as the future Kings of England after Henry VI's death, which was unacceptable to Henry's son and caused the Lancastrian forces in the north to gather an army together. Richard marched out of London on December 9th with Lord Salisbury and the Earl of Rutland and a supposed 6,000 strong force to muster an opposing army to destroy the northern uprising. There is only one contemporary account of the battle written by William Worcester, a chronicler in his book 'Annales rerum Anglicarum': “The Duke of York, with the Earl of Salisbury and many thousand armed men, were going from London to York, in December 1460, when a portion of his men, the van, as is supposed, or perhaps the scouts… were cut off by the people of the Duke of Somerset, Edmund Beaufort at Worksop” It is important to know which portion of the Duke of Somerset's army they faced; Unfortunately Williams account fails to mention this. Somerset's army started out at Corfe Castle, in Dorset, his cavalry and footmen then split into two groups at Exeter allowing the horses to get up north quicker. They were to rendezvous with Queen Margaret at Hull although other accounts have the main army at York at this time after the Lancastrians had seized the town. The most likely route to the north would have been on the Fosse Way diverting north on the Great North Road at Newark – this would be the quickest way and probably the best maintained (Newark had a new bridge built over the Trent in the late 1450s). Worksop Manor was on the Lancastrians side owned by the Talbot Family (Earls of Shrewsbury), John Talbot was slain at the Battle of Northampton a few months earlier and had only recently been buried in the Priory. He was quite a prominent member of Parliament before the Yorkists had taken over and removed any Lancastrian members from power. Worksop was a Market town and as the saying goes 'an army marches on its stomach'. Food would be scarce at this time of year which is why warfare at this period of history was normally confined between Easter and September. Were Richards’s men in the area searching for food or revenge? Perhaps they were just unlucky and Beaufort was staying at the Manor just before heading north? Williams text refers to Richard travelling to York but he have had to travel from Worksop to York and back across to Sandal in 5 days! Keith Dockray and Richard Knowles report on the 'Battle of Wakefield' describe widespread flooding at this time; this would make the progress slow, cumbersome and miserable. This 90 mile distance seems just about plausible on well maintained roads but with the weather conditions and a large army 18 miles a day must have been nigh on impossible. But by then York was a captured city in control of forces loyal to Henry. Why then did Richard go so far north - had his scouts failed him again? This seems the only plausible reason this small castle was chosen for an army which was way too big to be supported by it. If I were Richard I would have waited at either Doncaster or Nottingham or maybe Conisbrough (assuming this was still under his control) and waited for reinforcements rather than march all the way up to Sandal (Although the defences at Sandal are larger than Conisbrough). The only other castle in this area which was large enough to take an army was Sheffield, but this was under Lancastrian control under the Talbot family. For some reason Richard didn't gather the rest of his forces together to destroy Somerset's army which would have changed the balance at the forthcoming Battle of Wakefield. Maybe he was desperate to get north or maybe the Duke of Somerset's contingent fled before a proper confrontation ensued? Whatever the reason he was killed on December 30th in battle and the 'Wars of the Roses' raged on for another 27 years.