RETRO: Jail dubbed ‘Doncatraz’ admits first prisoners

It is 24 years since a new prison opened in Doncaster on Marshgate, as a local Category B remand facility on the site of a former power station.

STAR: Epworth actress Sheridan Smith who is performing in the West End Smash Legally Blond.

RETRO: Star Sheridan makes her entrance 37 years ago

The immensely versatile actress Sheridan Caroline Smith OBE was born 37 years ago this month, in Epworth.

Barnburgh Main Colliery c1982

Closing date, after 78 years, for Doncaster pit

A South Yorkshire pit, sunk in 1911, was finally closed 29 years ago, on June 16, 1989.

Handkerchief Vase

Antiques Column: Taking a Chance on historic vase

The Chance brothers, Lucas and William, had been working together as ‘Chance Brothers and Company’ at the Smethwick glassworks in the West Midlands since 1832 when William bought into Lucas’ business to save it from bankrupty.

Freddie Trueman. CRICKET 73

Those were the days: Cricketing legend born in Doncaster makes England debut at Headingley

Yorkshire cricketing legend Freddie Trueman made his England debut 66 years ago,.

WBA Bantamweight Championship'Jamie McDonnell v Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat - pic by Lawrence Lustig

Retro: Doncaster’s beaten Jamie McDonnell can look back on his Wembley win for solace

Jamie McDonnell is licking his wounds after losing his world title to a first round knockout in Japan, last week.

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The opening of Montagu Hospital, Mexborough

Retro: Opening of Mexborough’s ‘people’s’ hospital

Thriving Mexborough Montagu Hospital was opened officially on May 18, 113 years ago by James Montagu.


Focus on the region’s retro past

We are always on the lookout for pictures from bygone days that can be featured in our nostalgia and retro sections.

Cusworth Hall

Retro: Fascinating look into town history

For anyone interested in tracing the heritage of Doncaster, an exciting history event is returning to the borough.

Celebrated Mayflower historian Sue Allan

Mayflower Pilgrims book launch at Doncaster Mansion House

Celebrated Mayflower historian Sue Allan takes residents on a voyage of discovery at the launch of her new book on Friday 27th April as part of the national countdown to the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower in 2020.


Doncaster Heritage Festival: packed programme of events to be launched across borough

For anyone interested in tracing the heritage of Doncaster and exciting history event returns to the borough.

Doncaster's former Victorian marvel the Sand House

Sand House charity brings Doncaster heritage into focus

A Doncaster-based charity has revealed exciting plans for activities in the town after receiving £3,900 from the Heritage lottery Fund.

Dave Adgar together with the painting by Luis Soares which is on display at the Brazilian Embassy

Stunning paintings donated from Doncaster Heritage Services to Brazilian Embassy

A handful of very important paintings from Doncaster Heritage Services collection have made their way down to London for display.

Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons between 1914 to 18

HERITAGE: Tracing the history of Doncaster heroes

This week’s article traces the history of the Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons from 1914 to 1918.


Wheely good progress on Doncaster locomotive project

Wheels for the famous Gressley class P2 locomotive, that will forever be associated with Doncaster, have been delivered to South Devon Railway Engineering Limited for assembly.

Doncaster. Beechfield House.

Doncaster’s first museum at Beechfield House opens its doors to local public

Doncaster has had its own museum since 1910, with its collections stored in Beechfield House that was opened to the public on March 23 that year.

Tony Christie performing at Dronfields Party in the Park

RETRO: Doncaster crooner tops the charts

Way back in the seventies, Conisbrough crooner Tony Christie had a string of hits, not least of which was the catchy is This the Way to Amarillo?

left to right: Doncaster Home Guard re-enactment group Mick Brand, 55, Chris Shaw, 62, Steve Green, 62, and Paul Grimley, 61

Don’t panic! Doncaster’s Home Guard is on hand...

Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring! A group of enthusiasts from Doncaster has brought in the Home Guard to help people remember the 1940s.

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