Burngreave Wood boxing

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With all the recent correspondence regarding the protection of trees, I was consequently reminded of the following tale related by one John Salt in a pamphlet entitled Chartism in South Yorkshire (1967) in which he relates that: “In the 1830s there were many really vicious sports.

“People would walk miles to see dog-fights, cock-fighting, and those terrible bare fist fights in which up to a hundred rounds were fought and men sometimes died.

“In fact, there were so many fights in Burngreave Wood that young trees were being trampled down altogether.

“It was said that a Barnsley policeman organised a bare-knuckle fight and fetched another constable to stop it only when his own was losing!”

However, it is not recorded what the reaction of the crowd to such a tactic was!

It makes one wonder what other questionable uses the local woods were put to in days gone by.

Has anyone any similar tales to share via The Star?

Michael Parker

Robertshaw Crescent, Deepcar, Sheffield S36