New book explores Conisbrough's past with humor and engaging stories

A NEW book aimed at both history diehards and “people who don’t usually engage in history” aims to shed fresh light on a village’s past in a light-hearted and engaging way.

Dotted with humorous cartoons alongside tales of castle inhabitants and villagers, Conisbrough, A Journey through Time, is the work of community group leader Penny Lloyd-Rees.

Penny, who previously penned Conisbrough and Denaby: Industries through the Ages, said the new book peered a little further back in the annals.

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She said: “It is aimed at people who may not usually engage in history but are curious about the origins of the village and its importance in history.

“The book has easy to read chapters and takes the reader back to the very first inhabitants of the area, looking at how national and international matters had an impact on local people and why the village’s location was so strategic over the centuries.

“As well as looking at the colourful lives of the castle inhabitants, it also hones down to the everyday life that would have been lived by villagers, from the yearly cycle of life to the way they would have fitted in to the feudal system and coped with the changing world around them.”

Local cartoonist Mick Daines has provided illustrations with an irreverent slant.

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The book, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is available from Denaby and Conisbrough Community Libraries; Conisbrough Castle; Conisbrough Arts and Crafts; Conisbrough Post Office, Mindful Activities in Denaby, and eBay.

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