The history of our Centre

Social eyes building5th November 2018

Our premises have seen many uses throughout the years.
Thanks to Facebook users I am receiving daily updates on those activities. As I receive more, I will update the site.

The building has had numerous extensions added over the years and now only small external parts of the original building are able to be seen.

Originally a small charity school founded in the early 1600’s by Thomas Wilson and Edward Goodwin and designated to be used only for education or community. Named the Upper Haugh School it was adjacent to All Saints Haugh which was a daughter church to St. Mary’s, Rawmarsh and affectionately nicknamed ‘The Tin Chapel’ or ‘The Tin Tabernacle’.

The Register Books commenced in 1653 and include these following mentions of the property: –
Edward Goodwin’s charity, by deed, dated 13th June 1743. Endowment, 23a. of land and £3,500 three per cent. consols. The income, which at the time of the Report was £135 per annum, was applied as follows:-To the schoolmaster of Rawmarsh, for educating twenty boys in reading, writing, and accounts, and finding them books, paper, pens, and ink, 20s. each ; to a schoolmistress, for teaching fifteen girls belonging to Rawmarsh, to read, write, and spin, 13s. 4d. each ; £15 for putting out three apprentices in Rawmarsh, at £5 each ; for teaching ten poor boys or girls at Darfield to read, 10s. each; for the like number at Burne, 10s. each; agent’s salary, £5; expenses at the annual meeting, £2. The residue, after keeping the buildings in repair, is laid out in bread-corn, and distributed to the poor of Rawmarsh. The trustees are in possession of six cottages. which they permit to be occupied by six poor widows of Rawmarsh.
School – Founded by Richard and John Oxley, 21st December, 16 Jac. I. and augmented 15th November, 19 Car. I. and 15th March 1653, and another 3rd September 1803, by Thomas Wilson the elder, for the children of poor folks inhabiting within the parish, and unable to pay for their teaching in reading, writing, and grammar; ten of the poorest sorts to be taught free, and the others as the master could agree with them. Endowment, 7a. 3r. 14p. of land, two houses, and rent-charges £4 per annum. Also £20 per annum from Goodwin’s charity, and £2 per annum from Ellis’s charity. Vide General Charities. Twenty-three free scholars, exclusive of the twenty taught under Goodwin’s charity.
The charities produced about £65 per annum, alongside 6 almshouses founded by Edward Goodwin for six aged widowed women.
These almhouses, as those from Rawmarsh will remember, were across the road from the Aged Persons Centre on Dale Road before they were demolished in 1963.
The stipulated condition to be able to apply for the almshouses was that you needed to be a poor widow who was resident in the area of Rawmarsh. The income from the properties was to be used for the benefit of elderly/old people or people with disabilities and provide buildings/facilities/open spaces.
The two charities were titled; –
Goodwin Almshouse Charity & Charity of Edward Goodwin Educational Foundation.

During the 1940s and 50’s the school was well attended. The two teachers were Miss Roper and Miss Dodson and percentage wise had the best results in the area for 11 Plus passes.
They cared deeply for their pupils and taught the 3 R’s in depth and staged concerts at the church next door. Miss Dodson walked from the Kilnhurst Road area each day, picking children up as she progressed. She was likened to the Pied Piper of Rawmarsh as she marched the children across the fields and over the style.
During the 1950’s it hosted a youth club which then moved into the church next door for the extra space.
When the Manor Farm estate was built in the 1960’s it became known as the Manor Farm & Thorogate Community Centre.

And so, to today when we hope it will be known as Social Eyes Drop In Community Centre.
If you have any memories/photos of the building, please drop us a line on our contact page,  which will allow us to keep updating the page.

This is an important historical building which deserves to have its many uses documented.

6th November 2018

Today more photos have come to light thanks to Anthony Dodsworth’s little book titled, ‘Around Rawmarsh and Parkgate’ which is available from your local library.

One of the photos shows the home of the benefactors of the building of our premises as a school, the Goodwin family who moved to the area from East Grinstead in the late 1500’s. The house, Rawmarsh Hall, stood on the corner of Haugh Road which was later occupied by the old Rawmarsh baths. Edward’s father, Anthony Goodwin, was appointed rector in 1577 and provided the investment for the first set of almhouses to be built on Dale Road opposite the Aged Persons Centre. Selling mining rights under some of the Goodwin Trust estate in Greasbrough to finance them.

These were demolished in 1892 and replaced, still on Dale Road, by an updated six properties adjacent to the old boys grammar school. These were also demolished in the 1960’s.

As can been seen from the photos the hamlet of Upper Haugh was a busy place in the 1900’s, although the conditions in some of the cottages left a lot to be desired.