Did You Know..?
In August 1907, Jimmy Hollingsworth rode his
donkey 17 miles from Knottingley to a sports day held by Barnsley Cricket Club and entered the
animal in a race. The animal won the qualifying heat and the final, and then
walked the 17 miles back home again.
The event was not unique, for two years earlier the
Pontefract and Castleford Express had reported that, “At Barnsley
Cricket Club Sports on Monday last, Mr. J. Hollingsworth’s donkey, ‘Michael’,
came first in the two lap donkey race.” The report contained no mention of the
34 mile round journey the creature undertook in addition to the race. What price
animal rights (or welfare) in those good old days?
From Terry Spencer's 'Fairs, Festivals and Frolics - Knottingley 1840-2003'
|As you are no doubt aware, the
Knottingley website contains an immense amount of published
material and it is clear that many people don't have the time or
inclination to read through pages and pages of information which
often contain a lot of references that are of little interest to
them. With that in mind, in this section of the
Knottingley website you will find a list of subjects from which
I have taken the most important facts and other relevant items
of interest and compiled them together in list format. It
is from lists similar to this that our online quiz has been
compiled so the articles we will be publishing here should be of
assistance to you when attempting our quiz.