February the 5th, 2017
history of Triderga
RETIRED couple's university course work formed the foundation of a book
charting the history of Thrybergh.
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.
steelworker Terry (78) said: "Once that archaeology bug gets you, it has
you and you will enjoy it.
just can't help it. It's had us now for 18 or 20 years and we still love it.
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.”
a boy, I lived not very far from Thrybergh and knew it had a lot of old
couple, of Laughton Road, Thurcroft, began with a wander around^ Thrybergh and
came across a cottage from 1695.
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.”
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."
existed three or four centuries before the Norman Conquest and was named
Triberga — meaning "three
hills" in the Domesday Book.
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.
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.
of the main sources of information for us was an unpublished piece by Canon
Dixon and A.F.Oakley.
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.
Gareth Dennison, Rotherham Advertiser.