Thornhill residents can help research history book

Issue 608

CURRENT and former Thornhill residents are being asked to share their stories for a proposed new book by an amateur historian.

David Dunning, who grew up in Thornhill, is keen to hear from people who have lived there or in Thornhill Lees and Savile Town as he prepares a new history of the area.

David now lives in Hornsea and has already written six books, including a history of the coastal town.

“The history of any town or village is a collection of the histories of the people who lived there,” he said. “Some old friends from Thornhill had read the Hornsea book and encouraged me to do a similar book about Thornhill.

“I started by acquiring as many previous publications as possible, only wanting to contribute if I felt I could do more.

“I feel the existing books are very much ‘local history society’ fare – superbly detailed and researched but not really telling the story of how Thornhill started, how and why it developed, and what has led to it being the place it is today.

“I have started researching and feel there is a fascinating story to be told, not about buildings or economic figures, or celebrities, but about local people.

“That is why I want to encourage the local community to submit their histories – let them write the book.”

David added: “Do people have a story to tell? Were members of your family involved in the colliery, the mills, the glassworks, the railway?

“Do you know someone who played a prominent role in the shaping of the community?

“Do you have old photographs of places and characters from the area?”

People can contact David on daviddunning@btinternet.com with their recollections.

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