Harworth blacksmith on green

The Green looking west along Main Street in Harworth.  Picture was taken about 1880.
The Green looking west along Main Street in Harworth. Picture was taken about 1880.

THIS week’s Archive Corner picture shows The Green at Harworth in about 1880.

The photo was taken looking west along Main Street.

It is likely that the man was the village blacksmith and his young assistant, who are demonstrating an agricultural implement which they have made.

The row of houses on the left in the distance no longer exist.

Harworth was a small agricultural village until coal was exploited at the beginning of the 20th century.

A Leeds University mining professor bought some land at Bircotes and decided to sink a pit, but couldn’t raise enough money from British funds.

He turned to German financiers and a team of German miners came over and started the first shafts in 1914.

At the start of the First World War that same year, the Germans were interned and the mine confiscated.

Do you have any pictures from 1952 you would like to share with us for a special supplement we are planning to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?

We would like to feature pictures from 60 years to see what Worksop and its residents looked like back then, and what they were doing.

Perhaps you have a picture of a street party or event celebrating the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952?

Call in to see us or email the details.