Brian Elliott's look at Darfield and Wombwell through old photographs comprises an introduction and eight chapters. His brief introduction presents a concise history of the two communities, to which his well-captioned illustrations add detail. The area covered by this book includes Billingley, Little Houghton, and Great Houghton.
The titles of the eight chapters give some indication of the themes that they cover: 1. Knights, Farmers & Innkeepers; 2. The Changing Way (i.e. routes and transport); 3. Middlewood & Old Darfield; 4. Snape Hill & Low Valley; 5. Wombwell; 6. Mines & Quarries; 7. Schooldays; and the catch-all chapter 8., People, Places & Pastimes.
As well as photographs of people and places, the book includes a pedigree, old Ordnance Survey map extracts (especially chapter two), manuscripts, an engraving, notices, and extracts from newspapers. The photographs span the whole period from Victorian times to the modern day.
These include two double-page spreads of Wombwell High Street: one c.1905, the other from the 1920s. There are also double-page aerial shots of Billingley and of Darfield. Elliott shows us so many old and important buildings that have disappeared from the landscape, but also some that have been restored. There are also a number of `then and now' shots.
As usual with books of this nature, there is no index, and many of the photographs are not precisely dated. Nor is there much information about who took them.
This book was first published in 2001. Brian Elliott has since produced a second selection of photographs, published by the same press in 2003, which makes greater use of oral history.