Rotherham District Civic Society
Protecting and preserving all that is best in the heritage of Rotherham
A new book about Thrybergh
February the 5th, 2017


Our history of Triderga


A RETIRED couple's university course work formed the foundation of a book charting the history of Thrybergh.


Terry and Alicia Barber decided the vil­lage had enough points of interest to be a case study during their archaeology studies.  But the project — for a part-time University of Sheffield course — grew into a book, which has now been published by Rotherham District Civic Society.


Former steelworker Terry (78) said: "Once that archaeology bug gets you, it has you and you will enjoy it.

"You just can't help it. It's had us now for 18 or 20 years and we still love it.


"We picked Thrybergh because we wanted to do something in Rotherham but felt there wasn't much in the town itself that we could get our teeth into, which hadn't been done before.”


"As a boy, I lived not very far from Thrybergh and knew it had a lot of old places."


The couple, of Laughton Road, Thurcroft, began with a wander around^ Thrybergh and came across a cottage from 1695.


Retired RCAT teacher Alicia (74) said: "We chatted to the owners and they were thrilled to bits about what we were doing. They didn't know much about the history of the house.”


"Originally it had been an inn, but now it's been turned into two semi-detached homes. "It had a bowling green out the back, a cock-fight­ing pit and, in the front garden, a well.  "It was used by one of the Reresby family when people came to stay, before he gambled everything away and lost the whole estate."


Thrybergh existed three or four centuries be­fore the Norman Conquest and was named Triberga — meaning "three hills" in the Domes­day Book.


Terry and Alicia's book provides an overview of the village's agricultural and industrial past.  It includes diagrams of how St Leonards Church developed from 900 AD and information on the more modern St Peter's, built in 1909 after Silverwood Colliery was sunk.


Terry, who has three children and two grand­children with Alicia, said: "In medieval times, Thrybergh village would have been largely self-supporting, and agricultural surplus being sold in the nearby market towns of Rotherham, Don-caster and Braithwell.


"One of the main sources of information for us was an unpublished piece by Canon Dixon and A.F.Oakley.

"We were thrilled to bits to have the book pub­lished by the civic society."


The book, A Brief History of the Village of Thrybergh, is available from Rotherham Visitor Centre, priced at £10 in colour and £5 black and white.

By Gareth Dennison, Rotherham Advertiser.