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"The History & Antiquities of Thorne"
by J. Mason

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"The History and Antiquitites of Thorne, with some account of the drainage of Hatfield chase " was published by J. Mason of Thorne in 1874.and was published circa 1900. The book contains a total of nearly 200 pages and 5 illustrations. Bound with this valuable book (over £350) were an additional 11 pages named "Legends and Sketches" which are two short articles titled "William of Lindholme", and "The Hermits Revenge" published in 1893 by W. Wrigley (price one penny!). These are included on the CD rom.

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A transcription of the Preface of the book:

IN compiling this little work, endeavours have been used to collect all the interesting particulars extant relating to Thorne, from the works of others, from the few manuscript documents that exist, as well as from the kind communications of those friends who have been disposed to assist in the design. And, as it is expected that the history of this town and neighbourhood will principally come into the hands of those whose connexion with and local knowledge of the district may be supposed to give them an interest in whatever relates to it, further preface or apology for the introduction of matter which, in the cool judgment of a stranger might appear unimportant, will be unnecessary. A short sketch of the Drainage of the Level of Hatfield Chase has been introduced ; and, should the reader be desirous of obtaining more information relative to that important undertaking, Hunter 's " History and Topography of the Deanery of Doncaster " will furnish many further and highly interesting particulars. In issuing a third edition of the History of Thorne, further endeavours have been used to make it as correct as possible, so far as means have been obtainable ; fresh matter has been added, and it is hoped that this attempt to record as much of by-gone events of the town and neighbourhood as is practicable will meet the approval of those interested in the locality .

A transcription of the Contents of the book:


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