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Photos and Thoughts of (not so) Old Dinnington

Saw this thought provoking piece by a Dinnington-born photographer Stuart Bingham and thought I would share.


“Seeing one of the most important places of your childhood in a complete state of dereliction is a saddening thing.”

“The destruction of the ‘welfare’ is not, as some would have it, a comment of modern youth.  It is a sad indictment of modern adulthood.”

“That modern men and families have allowed the building to descend in to its current state is the really shame and stands as a testament to what has been lost, not just in Dinnington, but in working class communities across the north of England.”

More History of Dinnington

Still enjoying this history of Dinnington, an extract:

“By the time Barnsiey Seam was reached in 1904 the
seventeen dwelling houses seen by the visitor to Dinnington in
1902 had increased to one hundred, and all were occupied by the
sinkers and their families. Because of their corrugated iron
coverings this cluster of dwellings became known as “Tin Town”.
The houses were laid out in streets and squares, although since
they were obviously temporary structures there were no street
names. Three of the houses were used as lodgings for the
single men.

Many of the first families to live in “Tin Town” were Irish,
bringing with them the need for a place of Roman Catholic worship.
The first Roman Catholic Church was a building which had originally
been in “Tin Town”. Mr. Turner, born in 1890, remembers a
canteen and grocery store in “Tin Town”. One day on his way
home from the colliery he saw this building on fire. Somehow
the main structure was saved and later bought by his mother, who
had it removed to Monksbridge Road on the common, intending to
repair it and put it to use as a grocery store. This was not
a successful venture, and later the building was used as a chapel
by the Roman Catholic community before St. Joseph’s church was
built in 1916.”

Dinnington History

There’s nothing like a spot of local history and I’m really enjoying making my way through this on-line book “The Changing Village.”

A small extract:


by David Makinson September 3rd 1846

There is a village scene
Beneath the dome of heaven
‘Tis Dinnington I mean
That name this place had given

Here nature as she will
Scatters her gifts around
While verdure clothes each hill
And fields with flowers abound

The woods and plains are seen
Attractive to the eye
Arrayed in varied green
Contrasting with the sky

The rural sights appear
Abundant in the vale
And sounds salute the ear
Full rustic in the gale

Or o’er those fertile meads
Which stately trees adorn
And where the by-path leads
Through fields of golden corn

Such then the poet’s spell
To Dinnington hath given
Most hamlets to surpass
Beneath the dome of heaven