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Email your history questions about Brierley and the surrounding area to

Richard Watson a local historian and co author of "Brereley a history of Brierley" 

 

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Question from Mike in Cudworth Barnsley November 2006  

 

Hello Richard

Reflecting on my early days in Cudworth a question popped into my head the other day: Why was that space in the centre of the village referred to as the "pond" is it a corruption of pound (of the livestock-containing sort) or was there a pond there? Something else that I need to look into, for purposes of thoroughness, is the origins of the village. Whereas many of the villages round about seem to have arisen due to the discovery of coal, Cudworth, I suspect, had a longer (if undistinguished) history? But even that is a questionable statement. Did Grimethorpe exist before the pit-head? Come to think of it, it probably did. The coal owners would develop their pits around a source of labour an existing village - and if the coal is down there anyway, it did not matter where the shaft was dug, did it? Then, as the need for labour grew, the so the village expanded. Am I correct?

Mike. London

 

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Hello Mike

Cudworth takes its name from an Anglo-Saxon settler 'Cuda 's enclosure' it was in Anglian Northumbria (Yorkshire & Northumberland) close to Saxon Mercia (midland counties), worth is a Saxon place ending. The river Don was the accepted boundary. Grimethorpe was a Viking/Norse setlement or Grimr's Thorpe on the edge of  Anglo-Saxon Brierley, it never grew to more than a few farms  as the area became part of Brierley Manor deer park . So both have a long history. Following the opening of deep coal mines in the area Cudworth became a dormitory village for the incoming work force. In 1891 the population was only 1,607, by 1911 it was 6,824. That was the period when most of the terrace houses were built. There was a second phase of building c1930 when Newtown Avenue , Birkwood Avenue , The secondary Modern School, and most of the Barnsley Road shops were developed.
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Richard
 

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