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Taking Stock of Joseph Locke

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Joseph Locke had lots of brains He made a fortune from railway trains. Sheffield born and Barnsley bred Joseph Locke became, it’s said, As famous as Stephenson or Watt Or Isambard Kingdom Brunel, though not Remembered these days half so well As Barnsley yarners are quick to tell Railway lines […]

Don’t Knock Wath, Cock

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Don’t knock Wath cock, don’t knock Wath There’s always people who want to knock Wath Mardy-arsed knockers, trying to put the mockers On anything positive, progress blockers With long faces – some of them are shockers With language worse than Darfield dockers Don’t knock Wath cock, don’t knock Wath There’s […]

Guest and Chrimes, 2005

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When I was nineteen I went for a job at Guest and Chrimes. In those days it was the biggest foundry in Rotherham and had been so for more than a century. It stood on Don Street just beyond the centre of town, across from the fairground where the ‘Stattis,’ […]

Flying the flag for Rotherham

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All the old dreams and nursery rhymes of Habershons and Guest and Chrimes the old ghosts working overtime steelmen in their fettled prime colliers in their undergrime all the popular paradigms that render local song sublime the tragedies of muck and slime heroic workers, gaffers’ crimes grotesqueries and pantomimes the […]