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July Meeting: The Curiosities of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire

The Church of St. Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield The Crooked Spire, The Church of St. Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield

The speaker on Wednesday 20th July was John B. Taylor who talked to us about the Curiosities of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. John told us about many interesting people and places in our local area. Here is a selection.

 
Sir Francis Chantry grew up on a farm at Jordanthorpe, he was a sculptor and produced work for Queen Victoria, George III and George Washington and many other dignitaries.

 

John showed us a picture of the lovely buildings at Oakes Park which date back to the 1400s where the Bagshawes and Wigfields once lived, famous local families. Sir John Nash designed the garden and had a lake created, it was the Napoleonic prisoners of war who dug this lake out for him. 

 

The Lucas Arch on Sheffield Road, Dronfield, depicts where many cannon balls were made.  

Former Falcon Inn, 13 Low Pavement, Chesterfield Former Falcon Inn, 13 Low Pavement, Chesterfield

A building on Lower Pavement, Chesterfield which is now occupied by the Yorkshire Building Society was a coaching inn where French officers were 
stationed on parole, the curfew bell was sounded for their time to return 
in the evening.  


The Crooked Spire, Chesterfield, this has the Pancake bell which was the 
curfew bell.   There is a grave at the rear of the church which has details 
of an officer captured on the coast of Sardinia who was put on a floating 
prisoner boat and then in 1807 offered parole to Chesterfield.  

North Midland House, Corporation Street, Chesterfield North Midland House, Corporation Street, Chesterfield.

Near the Chesterfield train station is a building that is the only remaining part of the first train station. It was designed by Francis Thompson and built in 1840. 

 

George Stevenson lived in Chesterfield for the last of 10 years of his life. Tapton House is a lovely building and gardens, it is now part of the University of Derby, Chesterfield College. George Stevenson lived here until his death. It later became a school. There is a statue of George Stevenson outside the entrance to Chesterfield station. He is buried at the church on Newbold Road.

Statue of George Stephenson, Chesterfield Station Statue of George Stephenson, Chesterfield Station

The Crispin pub at Ashover dates back to 1415 and is where Sir Thomas Babbington had a drink before setting off for the Battle of Agincourt. The church at Ashover has an effigy inside of Sir Thomas Babbington. The font is made from lead and was made at the time of King Stephen, around 1150. There is a Butts Road at Ashover and this is a reference to archery; it was mandatory for men of certain ages to go for archery practice after church. 

 

At the top of Matlock Bank stands the old tram depot building, this opened in 1893 and was the first single tram system in Europe, it had many famous visitors including Queen Victoria and Noel Coward,  In 1927 it went out of business in the same year as Glossop and Chesterfield trams. The Rockside Hydro at Matlock was used as an RAF hospital during WW2.

 

Violet Carson played piano at th Winter Gardens, Matlock and it was here that the School of Military Intelligence was located during WW2.  Dirk Bogart and Evelyn Waugh trained here. The ticket office is now in the park.

 

St Helen's Church, Darley Dale has one of the oldest yew trees in the world.

 

Joseph Paxton, who built the Crystal Palace, also built the station at Rowsley. This was the Duke of Devonshire’s own station and the last train was run  in 1969. The Peacock Inn at Rowsley was built in 1652, a large building. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Keira Knightley have all stayed here.

 

Sir Joseph Paxton came to Chatsworth House in 1826 to be the Head Gardener. He designed Edensor village which was moved across the road so that it did not spoil the Duke’s view. He also designed the Emperor fountain. He is buried at Edensor with his wife and three of his children.

 

Rutland House, Bakewell, was built in 1804 and is where Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice.

Church of St. Anne, Baslow (photo: Steve Fedun) Church of St. Anne, Baslow (photo: Steve Fedun)

Baslow Church has the name of Victoria on its clock face instead of numerals to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. The bridge by the Rutland was built in the 1500s.

 

The river at Stoney Middleton runs crystal clear after the water has flowed through the limestone. At St Martin’s Church the nave burnt down and was replaced with an octagonal building; there are only two in Britain. The fish and chip shop was a tollhouse.

 

Dore Christ Churchyard has graves for the navvies who were building the Totley tunnel, many of whom died of cholera and small pox or accidents during its construction.

 

Sheffield Tramways Company Tramshed, Heeley, dated 1878 Sheffield Tramways Company tram shed, Heeley, dated 1878

Sheffield’s last horse drawn tram shed was situated on Valley Road, Heeley; this has now unfortunately been demolished.

 

The Botanical Gardens were opened to the public in 1835; it was  aimed for the upper class with a token or voucher required for entry; this was relaxed in 1898. Heritage lottery funds have been used to refurbish the gardens.

 

The Wicker Arches were designed by the architects Weightman and Hadfield and built by the engineer John Fowler in 1848. There are 40 arches, the one spanning the road is 72 feet wide.

Plaque commemorating the visit of John Wesley on 15 July 1779, Paradise Square, Sheffield Plaque commemorating the visit of John Wesley on 15 July 1779, Paradise Square, Sheffield

John Wesley preached in Paradise Square at the bottom of the square. Charlie Peace was taught here and lived on Orchard Lane. At the bottom of the square is the house of David Daniel Davis who presided over the birth of Queen Victoria.

 

John was thanked for a very interesting and entertaining talk.

John Unwin Wing

It is remarkable that a man who lived in two of the most prestigious homes in our area, Brinkburn Grange and Totley Hall; who was a churchwarden at Dore Christ Church; who was a well-known and well-respected businessman in Sheffield, Derbyshire and London; who was one of the founders of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and who wrote a classic text on double-entry book-keeping which is still on sale at Amazon today, has been completely ignored by local historians.

 

John Unwin Wing was born in Greetham, Rutland in the third quarter of 1840, the eldest child of Samuel and Ann Wing (nee Unwin). His father was born in Greetham in 1809. His mother was born in Barlborough, Derbyshire in 1812. John's parents were married at Sheffield Parish Church (later Sheffield Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul) on 2 October 1839.

 

By the time of the 1841 Census, the family were living with Samuel's father, John Wing, aged 70 at the Vicarage, Greetham. Samuel's occupation was recorded as a shoemaker, the same as his father. Four more children were to follow in the next few years: Ann Curtis in 1843, Eliza in 1845, Samuel junior in 1847 and Amelia in 1850. The four older children were shown as scholars and it seems likely that John would have been schooled from an early age.

Black Horse Inn, Greetham Black Horse Inn, Greetham

By 1851, the Wing family were living at the Black Horse Inn, Greetham and Samuel's occupation had become a farmer of 7 acres. A fifth child, William, was born in Sheffield in 1854 so it is probable that the family had moved to Yorkshire in the early 1850s.

 

In June 1859 John Wing, aged 18, articled clerk to Mr. J. G. Schofield, sat the examinations of the Society of Arts at the Sheffield People's College, Orchard Street, and obtained the following certificates: 2nd book-keeping and 3rd Arithmetic.

 

In the 1861 Census, the Wing family were living at 12 Watery Street in the Upperthorpe district of Sheffield. Samuel's occupation had changed yet again to that of a coal merchant whilst John, aged 21, had already begun on his chosen career as an accountant. By 1862 John was advertising his services as a public accountant, auditor and collector of rents and debts, operating from offices at 18 Church Street. He appears to have been particularly busy in collecting debts and acting in bankruptcy cases.

Thursday 23rd October 1862, The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, (page 1) Thursday 23rd October 1862, The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, (page 1)

John Wing became well known in legal circles too and in the County Court case of Hadfield v Naylor was disparagingly referred to as a "quasi-lawyer" by the counsel for the defendant.

 

On 3 July 1862, at St. George's Parish Church, Doncaster, John Wing married Jemima Jane, the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Robert Wilson, a farmer and vetinary surgeon of Barmby, near Howden, East Riding.

 

In February 1865 John Wing was to earn a certain notoriety by suing the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company for the sum of £1 for wasting his time. He had boarded a train at Barnsley at precisely the time the only train in the station was scheduled to depart for Sheffield, but in fact it was the service to Wakefield. John contended that the railway company's servants should take proper precautions to ensure that passengers boarded the correct train, but the judge found that the railway company had no such duty and he lost the case.

 

The couple were living at Carlton Villa, Upperthorpe when a daughter, Louisa Ann, was born on 27 September 1865. Proof of a longstanding family connection with Sheffield, perhaps, is that when John Unwin Wing was Company Secretary of the Sheffield Carriage Company, its manager was John Wing Unwin! The two men even lived in the same area of the city: John Unwin Wing in Upperthorpe and John Wing Unwin in Shalesmoor.

 

In December 1865 John Wing's book "Wing's Mercantile Book-keeping" was published. Remarkably, a facsimile copy of the original edition of the book is still sold today.

John Unwin Wing's text book on Mercantile Book-keeping John Unwin Wing's text book on Mercantile Book-keeping is still being sold more than 150 years after it was first published.

As a result of his growing reputation, John became more involved in work for corporates. The election of Auditors and Assessors for the Borough of Sheffield saw John Wing elected in several successive years. He became Auditor to the Fifth Borough Benefit Building Society, (Joseph Mountain was one of its Directors), and when the Sheffield Waggon Company Limited was formed in 1867, John Wing became its Company Secretary, with offices at Prideaux Chambers, Change Alley. Over the next few years, John also became an Auditor to the Sheffield Music Hall Company Limited, to The Sheffield Turkish and Public Baths Company Limited and to The Sheffield Steel and Manufacturing Company Limited. Further lucrative work came from acting as Receiver or Trustee in Liquidation in cases of company failures. 

 

Three more children were born to John and Jemima in quick succession: Ada Elizabeth in 1868, John Wilson in 1869 and Lillian May in 1870. In the 1871 Census, the Wing family were living at Hunter House, Ecclesall Road, and they employed four servants: a nurse, housemaid, cook and groom. They had moved there in March 1870 having sold their substantial stone-built villa in Montgomery Road, Sharrow for £805. 

 

In 1871 an extraordinary charge was brought against John Wing for stealing a quantity of boots and shoes belonging to James Sheldon, a shoemaker of West Bar. Sheldon had been adjudged bankrupt, and as Trustee, John Wing had seized all his stock-in-trade and the charge was brought against him. The County Court judge ruled that it was not a matter for a criminal court and that the case had been brought in error and there the case ended.

 

At the half-yearly shareholders meeting of the Sheffield Waggon Company Limited, in February 1872, considerable satisfaction was expressed at the continued success of the company; a dividend at the rate of 9% p.a. was payable on Ordinary Shares and 6% p.a. on Preference Shares.

 

Brinkburn Grange was first offered to let in March 1873 but it appears to have remained unoccupied until John Wing and his family moved there in the following year.

 

Brinkburn Grange and Lodge, Abbeydale Road side Brinkburn Grange and Lodge, Abbeydale Road side

By 1875 a company styled Wing, Wing & Co. had been formed between brothers John Unwin and William Wing, and by 1877 London offices opened at 1 Princes Street, Bank. John Hunt Lilly, a chartered accountant of Havelock Street became a partner in 1880 and the firm renamed Wing, Wing, Lilly & Co.

 

On 24 March 1880 the draft of the charter for the incorporation of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales was submitted to and approved by Queen Victoria. The charter provided for the creation of two classes of membership (fellows and associates), rules for admission, a code of conduct, membership fees etc. Fellows would be entitled to use the letters F.C.A. after their name, associates A.C.A. similarly. The petition to Her Majesty was on behalf of seven prominant accountants including John Wing, the President of The Society of Accountants in England. 

 

In September 1881 the Wing Family moved to Totley Hall, striking a very favourable deal. The property was obtained on a sixteen year's lease at £150 per annum and included not only the old hall but 150 acres of land. John let out 143 acres and so had the hall and remainder of the land for just £10 a year. However, the hall was in a poor state of repair and John began to alter and build a billiard room and balconies with access from the bedrooms.

Totley Hall after 1883 extension but before the Milners built the East Wing in 1892-94 Totley Hall after the 1883 extension attributed to W.K. Marples but before the Milners built the East Wing in 1892-94

Then, without warning, on 12 May 1882, John Wing was arrested by Sergeant Thompson on two warrants issued by the Stipendary Magistrate and removed to the Town Hall.  Shortly after he was brought up in the First Court before the Stipendary for a formal remand, which was granted. No application for bail being made, he was held in Wakefield prison. The partnership was formally dissolved the next day.

 

On 22 July 1882 at Leeds Assizes John Wing pleaded guilty to four indictments of illegally obtaining money from the Sheffield Waggon Company Limited, for whom he was company secretary. Two charges involved the forgery of a receipt for £7,000 and an altered cheque for £8,000. The other two charges related to the forgery of an agreement to lease 150 railways waggons, and, in a separate case, 160 railway waggons. In all, by forgery and fraud, he obtained the sum of £50,500 between June 1880 and April 1882. He was sentenced to seven years penal servitude and transferred to Pentonville prison in London. Further details of the court case, including John Wing's explanation for his behaviour, may be found in our Newspaper Archive.

 

In October 1882, petitions were filed against him in both the Sheffield and the London Bankruptcy Courts - he had claimed his residence to be in London but the judge held that "Her Majesty's Prison is no place of residence for nay of Her Majesty's subjects" - and he was adjudicated a bankrupt. His personal and business accounts with the Sheffield Union Banking Company were both overdrawn and to pay off the debit balances the bank sold the lease to Totley Hall that John had deposited as security.

 

It would appear that John Wing did not serve the full seven years imprisonment because he returned to Sheffield in January 1888 to assist with the liquidation of The Sheffield Waggon Company Limited which, perhaps unsurprisingly, had become insolvent. In March he applied to be discharged from his bankruptcy. This was eventually refused by the London Bankruptcy Court in June. 

 

On 20 October 1888 Jemima, John's wife, died at Hanover Square, Sheffield at the age of 50.  

 

John then set up home at Hockenden, St. Mary Cray, Kent. In August 1890 he married Miss Janet Ashwell Tabor, the fourth daughter of the late James Ashwell Tabor, J.P., of Colchester.  In the Census of the following year, also living with the married couple, were John's three daughters, Louisa, Lillian and Ethel. Lillian had married and her children Osman and Marguerita were with her. The family employed three servants.

 

On 1 January 1893 John's youngest daughter Ethel died suddenly. She had been well since her return from Egypt two years earlier and had been skating the previous day with her brother and sister Edith. She had suffered no injury and had gone to bed as usual that evening but had died early the next morning, apparently from a blood clot on the heart.  She was 17. 

 

On 15 July 1900 John Unwin Wing died, aged 61. His widow was left the sum of £62 10s. Sheffield and North Derbyshire newspapers, which had been full of stories of his rise and fall in earlier times, didn't even carry a notice of his death. He was a forgotten man.

John Unwin Wing in Public Records

Births, Marriages and Deaths

Name  Event  Place  Date  Age
Wing, John Unwin Birth

Rutland, Greetham

Jul-Sep 1839  
Wilson, Jemima Jane (1st wife) Birth

Yorkshire, 

Howden

2 Apr 1837  

Wing, John Unwin and Wilson, Jemima Jane

 

Marriage

 

 

Yorkshire, 

Doncaster,

St. George

7 Jul 1862 22

Wing, Louisa Annie (daug.)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire, 

Sheffield

27 Sep 1865

 

 

Wing, Ada Elizabeth (daug.)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

c. 1868

 

 

Wing, John Wilson (son)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

c. 1869

 

 

Wing, Lillian May (daug.)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

c. 1870

 

 

Wing, Ethel Unwin (daug.)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

Dec 1875

 

Wing, Jemima Jane (1st wife)

 

Death

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

20 Oct 1888

 

51

Tabor, Janet Ashwell (2nd wife)

 

Birth

 

Essex,

Colchester

c. 1840

 

 

Wing, John Unwin and

Tabor, Janet Ashwell

 

Marriage

 

 

Middlesex, Bloomsbury,

St. George

Aug 1890

 

50

 

 

Wing, Ethel Unwin (daug.)

 

Death

 

Kent, St. Mary Cray 1 Jan 1893

17

 

Wing, John Unwin

 

Death

 

Kent, Bromley

 

15 Jul 1900

61

 

1841 Census, Vicarage, Greetham, Oakham Union, Rutland

Name Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Wing,

John

70

c. 1771

Shoe maker

 

Rutland County

 

Wing,

Samuel

30

c. 1811

Shoe maker

 

Rutland County

 

Wing,

Ann

25

c. 1816

 

 

Outside

Rutland County

Wing,

John

10 mths

1840

 

 

Rutland County

 

Revill,

Priscilla

12

c. 1828

Female Servant

 

Rutland County

 

1851 Census, Black Horse, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Wing, Samuel

Head

 

Married

 

41

c.1810

Farmer of 7 acres

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Ann

Wife

 

Married

 

37

c. 1814

 

Derbyshire, Barlbro

Wing, John N.

Son

 

 

 

10

c. 1841

Scholar

 

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Ann C.

Daug.

 

 

 

8

c. 1843

Scholar

 

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Eliza

Daug.

 

 

 

6

c. 1845

Scholar

 

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Samuel

Son

 

 

 

4

c. 1847

Scholar

 

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Amelia

Daug.

 

 

 

6 mths

1850

 

 

Rutland,

Greetham

1861 Census, 12 Watery Street, Sheffield

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Wing, Samuel

Head

 

Married

 

52

c.1809

Coal Merchant

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Ann

Wife

 

Married

 

48

c. 1813

 

Derbyshire, Barlborough

Wing, John Unwin

Son

 

Unmarried

 

21

c. 1840

Accountant

 

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Ann Curtis

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

18

c. 1843

 

 

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Eliza

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

16

c. 1845

 

 

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Samuel

Son

 

 

 

14

c. 1847

 

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

Amelia

Daug.

 

 

 

10

c. 1851

 

 

Rutland,

Greetham

Wing,

William

Son

 

 

 

7

c. 1854

 

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

1871 Census, Hunter House, Ecclesall Road, Ecclesall

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Wing, John

Unwin

Head

 

Married  

 

30

c.1841

Accountant

 

Lincolnshire,

Greetham

Wing, Jemima

Jane

Wife 

 

 

Married 

 

 

33

c. 1838

 

 

Yorkshire,

Howden

 

Wing,

Louisa Annie

Daug.

 

 

5

c. 1866

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

Wing, Ada Elizabeth

Daug.

 

 

3

c. 1868

 

Yorkshire.

Sheffield

Wing, John Wilson

Son

 

 

 

2

c. 1869

 

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield 

Wing, Lilly May

Daug.

 

 

 

1

c. 1870

 

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

Turner, Millicent

Servant

 

Unmarried

 

23

c.1848

Nurse

 

Yorkshire,

Wales

Eatling,

Eliza

Servant

 

Unmarried

 

16

c. 1855

Housemaid

 

Yorkshire

Sheffield

Batley, Mary Ann

Servant

 

Unmarried

 

27

c. 1844

Cook

 

Lancashire, Manchester

Roose,

William

Servant Unmarried

18

c. 1853

Groom Yorkshire, Sheffield

1881 Census, Brinkburn Grange, Abbey Dale Road, Dore

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Wing, John

Unwin

Head

 

Married

 

40

c.1841

Chartered Accountant

Rutland,

Grantham

Wing, Jemima

Jane

Wife 

 

 

Married 

 

 

42

c. 1839

 

Chartered Accountant's

Wife

Yorkshire, Barmby on the Marsh

Wing, John Wilson

Son

 

 

 

12

c. 1869

Scholar

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield 

Wing, Lillie May

Daug.

 

 

 

10

c. 1871

Scholar

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

Wing, Ethel Unwin

Daug.

 

 

 

5

c. 1876

Scholar

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

Delaney, Emily

Cousin

 

Unmarried

 

24

c.1857

 

Yorkshire, Doncaster

Wing, Edith Unwin

Niece

 

Unmarried

 

5

c. 1876

Visitor

 

Yorkshire

Sheffield

Batley, Mary Ann

Servant

 

Unmarried

 

35

c. 18

Nurse

 

Lancashire, Newton Heath
Sharman, Ann Servant Unmarried

31

c. 1850

Housemaid Yorkshire, Sheffield
Pearson, Hannah Agnes

Servant

 

 

Unmarried

 

 

30

c. 1851

 

Cook

 

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

 

1891 Census, Hockenden, St Mary Cray, Bromley, Kent

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Wing,

John U

 

Head

 

 

Married  

 

 

50

c.1841

 

Retired

Chartered

Accountant

Rutland,

Greatham

 

Wing,

Janet A.

Wife 

 

Married 

 

50

c. 1841

 

Essex, Colchester

Wing,

Lillian M.

Daug.

 

Single

 

20

c. 1871

 

 

Yorkshire,

Ecclesall

Wing,

Ethel U.

Daug.

 

 

 

15

c. 1876

Scholar

 

Derbyshire, Abbeydale

Sidky, Louisa A.

Daug.

 

Married

 

24

c. 1867

 

Yorkshire, Sharrow

Sidky, Osman

Grandson

 

 

 

4

c. 1887

 

 

Egypt, British Citizen

Sidky, Marguerita

Grand daughter

 

 

1

c. 1890

 

 

Egypt, British Citizen

Purbrick, Cecelia Servant Single

29

c. 1862

Domestic Servant Berkshire, Appleton
Knight, Helen

Servant

 

Single

 

19

c. 1872

Domestic Servant

Not Known

 

Tozer,

Alice

Servant

 

Single

 

17

c. 1874

Domestic Servant Kent, Bromley

Wills and Probate

Wing John Unwin of Hockenden St. Mary Cray Kent died 15 July 1900 Adminstration London 18 August to Janet Ashwell Wing widow Effects £62. 10s.

Your Correspondence

We would like to thank our many readers for their correspondence in recent times.

Totley County School, June 1956 Totley County School, June 1956

Eric Renshaw has been able to identify the teacher in this photograph of Totley County School in June 1956, sent to us by Clive and Sue Bellamy (nee Beatson). Her maiden name at the time the photo was taken was Miss Sheila Brown. She was at the County school for about four years before going to Hong Kong around 1959 to take up a position teaching the children of members of HM forces stationed there. After her tour of duty, Sheila came back to the UK and then went abroad again taking up a similar position as before in Malaya, as it was then called. 

 

We have been surprised and delighted to receive correspondence from members of the family of Dr. Rice K. Evans, the American Vice and Deputy Consul in Sheffield, who lived in Totley from 1909 to 1928. Our article on the Evans Family was one of the earliest to appear on our website in the spring of 2013. Brian Duckworth, from West Roxbury, Massachusetts, wrote to say how much he enjoyed reading the article. Brian married Rice's great granddaughter Katherine Evans Eskin. Katherine's sister, Cornelia (Neal), who lives in Munich, had come across the article and mentioned it to other members of the family. Brian's email was followed shortly afterwards by one from the sisters' father, Otho Evans Eskin. Otho has sent us extracts from his memoirs and given us permission to publish them together with several family photographs.

 

Mark Day wrote to us to see whether it was still possible to purchase a copy of Edward Mayor's fine historical map of Totley. We have none left ourselves but we were able to put Mark in touch with Edward who was able to send him a copy. Subsequently arrangements have been made with Edward to undertake a small reprint and offer the maps for sale through the Totley History Group website price £5.

 

Over the years there has been a good deal of debate in the pages of Totley Independent about the origins and history of Scouting in our area. Andrew Jones has pointed out an error in the article A Little Scouting History which we have now amended. Andrew also told us about the excellent website at www.sheffieldscoutarchives.org.uk which tells the history of Scouting in the City of Sheffield from 1909 until the mid-1990s when the City Association was discontinued and Sheffield Districts were absorbed into the County. 

 

Wylma Stevenson has read the first instalment of Anne White's article in issue 379 of Totley Independent and asks where the Chemical Yard was located. We have been able to send her a map of the Totley Rise area in 1898 with Totley Chemical Works clearly marked between the Totley Brook and Queen Victoria Road. The yard was where Tinker & Siddall first manufactured chemicals in the 1840s. By 1857 Tinker & Co. had extensive chemical works there and, by 1889, Thomas Kilner was manufacturing pyroliginous acid, naptha and charcoal. The area was later used for various purposes including a blacksmiths, the Brookvale Laundry and C. J. Marcroft's builders yard. The structures that remain from those early days are Back Lane, Brookvale Cottage, Ford Cottage and the cobbles from the old ford across the brook that was later replaced by a footbridge. We have also provided Wylma with links to Anne's earlier articles and the Oral History she kindly recorded for us.

The Chemical Yard in 1972 The Chemical Yard in 1972

 

We had two enquires from New Zealand within 24 hours of each other. Jenny Roberts is putting together a family history and is interested in finding out more about her husband's second great uncle, John Roberts, the silversmith and benefactor who lived at Abbeydale Hall from 1851 until his death in 1888 and who paid for the building of St. John's Church. In particular, Jenny would love to find a portrait or photograph of her ancestor. So far we have been unable to help so if you know of one we would be delighted to hear from you. Murray Bardsley, who lives in Hamilton, will be visiting our area and hopes to find the grave of Robert Bardsley, his grandfather's brother, who died in infancy and was buried at Christ Church, Dore in 1902. It seems probable that there is no gravestone. We have contacted the Parish Office who inform us that there is a plan to the location of burials but, as the graveyard is full, responsibility now rests with Sheffield City Council and they have kindly agreed to pursue the enquiry on our behalf.

 

John Johnson has sent us two more photographs of his father Maurice Johnson. One photograph shows Maurice in his WW1 uniform and we have added it to the short biography that we compiled after our exhibition at the United Reformed Church. The other photograph shows Maurice together with other members of the Cross Scythes Bowling Club, and is the second of such photographs that John has sent us. We would like to know when these two photographs were taken and the names of other people in them.

Jerry Wilkes wrote in appreciation of Ted Hancock's latest talk and of our website as an information source for the family history that he and his cousin Brian Ward are undertaking. Jerry was born in Totley, the son of Bertha and Ted Wilkes who had a painter and decorator's business at 329 Baslow Road. For a few years after leaving school, Jerry worked on Totley Hall and Moneybrook Farms before a career change in 1959 took him into Sheffield City Police. For a time he worked on the Dore and Totley motorcycle beats where his local knowledge was put to good use. In 1965 he transferred to the police force in Somerset, where he now lives.

 

Paul Hibberd was a schoolmate of Clive Bellamy between 1953 and 1959 and was delighted to see the Totley County School class photographs that Clive and wife Sue have sent in. Paul reckons that between them they could probably name around 90 per cent of the children.

 

Jonathan Nicholas has read Christine Weaving's article on our website about George Edward Hukin, a Totley razor grinder and friend of Edward Carpenter, the academic, poet, writer and free-thinker. Jonathan has traced The Hukin Family history back to the early 1800s when the family first arrived in England.

 

Clive and Sue Bellamy sent us two wonderful pictures of a May Queen ceremony and a puzzle. The event took place around 1953 and Sue knew the identity of three of the five girls in the pictures but couldn't name the other two. With the help of Peter Swift we now think we have found the answer to this particular puzzle. Clive went on to tell us that his father was Harry Bellamy who was park keeper in Greenoak Park for several years until he died in 1970 at the early age of 51. Clive would love to have a picture of his dad in his uniform, but unfortunately he hasn't been able to find one. Can anyone help please?

 

Annie Bradford has been looking for images of Totley Grange, the big house that she lived in as child from around 1954 to 1960. Annie remembers an elderly lady called Mrs Flowerday who was a trustee of the Earnshaw Trust which owned the property. The house had been divided into flats and Annie remembers the grounds included a sunken garden, a semi-circular paddock, woods which were home to a large rookery, and a huge monkey puzzle tree. She also remembers the long sweeping drive with a lodge house at the entrance on Baslow Road. Picture Sheffield has a photo of this lodge house (ref S05413) but we have never seen a photo of the Grange itself other than in the background of a photograph that appeared in Totley Independent Issue 352, when it was being used by J G Graves Ltd. as a wireless depot. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who has, or who knows of, any photos of Totley Grange which was demolished in 1964-65 to make way for the Wimpey estate.

 

Phil Kelly has seen our article on the Evans Family of Ohio. Dr. Rice Kemper Evans, the American Vice and Deputy Consul in Sheffield, who lived in Totley from 1909 until 1928 when he returned to the United States. He was an acclaimed rock climber and Phil has located several photographs of Evans, three of which are included in the book Peak Rock which Phil co-authored.

 

Robert Lunn, from Melton Mowbray, was one of many railway enthusiasts who came to listen to Ted Hancock's excellent talk about the Dore and Chinley Railway. Both of Robert's maternal great grandfathers worked on this railway line; one was a stone mason who lived in Hathersage and the other, Duncan Macfarlane, who lived on Totley Rise, was the cashier for Thomas Oliver & Sons, the contractors who built the section of line between Dore & Totley and Hope stations. 

 

Brinkburn Grange Brinkburn Grange

Kevin Randell has recently moved into a house on Abbeydale Road South and is interested in learning more about the history of the area, being fascinated by the old carved gateposts that stand close to his house. These belonged to Brinkburn Grange which was demolished around 1938. The history of the Grange has appeared in several of the books written by Brian Edwards and in articles he wrote for Totley Independent and Dore to Door. At first Brian believed that the Grange had been built in the late 1880s but he later revised this date to 1882-83, saying that it had been built by Thomas B. Matthews, head of Turton Brothers and Matthews, the Sheffield steel, file and spring manufacturers, who lived there until 1892. On looking at newspaper articles and advertisements, however, we now believe that Brinkburn Grange was built in 1873, around the same time as St. John's Church, Abbeydale, and probably by the same person, John Roberts of Abbeydale Hall. The crenellated styles of the two buildings are similar and it was John Roberts who in March 1872 sold off the fixtures and fittings of the old Bradway Mill which stood nearby. When Roberts sold the Abbeydale Park estate to Ebenezer Hall in 1880 it would have included Brinkburn Grange and West View Cottage. Certainly by March 1884, Hall owned the whole of this estate as witnessed by his protracted dispute with the promoters of the Dore and Chinley Railway. Brinkburn Grange was offered to let in September 1873. The first occupant appears to have been John Unwin Wing, a chartered accountant, who lived there from 1874 until he moved to Totley Hall in 1881. After Thomas Matthews, Brinkburn Grange was occupied by Douglas Vickers, director of Vickers, Sons & Co., engineers, until 1897, then James William Elliot, a cutlery manufacturer, until 1904. By the  time of the 1911 Census, Dr. John Henry Wales Laverick, the managing directory of Tinsley Park Colliery Co. Ltd, was living at Brinkburn Grange, and the Lavericks were still living there after the war. Our research continues.

 

Fred Row has written to us to see whether we know anything about the old stone ruins by the side of the railway line at the foot of Poynton Wood, where Fred played as a youth in the 1950s. We strongly suspect that Fred is referring to the remains of the grotto (or folly) belonging to Ebenezer Hall of Abbeydale Hall whose grounds were cut in two by the building of the railway line in the latter part of the 19th century. The grotto was built against a spring at the foot of the wooded Bradway Bank and Ebenezer would take his guests across a now lost footbridge over the River Sheaf to have afternoon tea in this shady spot. The remains including two large stone pillars can still be found amongst the undergrowth.

Paul Gardner has alerted us to the death in Totley of his great grandmother's brother, Frederick Charles Bell, a 24 year old engine tenter who died on 17 July 1891. The death certificate shows the place of death as "Totley Bents" and the cause of death as "accidentally crushed between the cogwheels of a winding engine". Paul had assumed that Frederick was working on the construction of Totley Tunnel and he wanted to know more about the accident. We have been able to trace a newspaper account (now added to our Newspaper Archive) which says that Frederick was employed by the Totley Moor Fire Brick Company to operate a stationary engine used to haul heavy waggons up a steep slope out of the brickyard. We know that in response to numerous fines for conveying heavily laded waggons along the public highway, a light tramway had been built from the brickyard running about half a mile over Totley Moor to number 4 airshaft where the bricks could be lowered down the shaft. It would appear that Frederick died when he was attempting to lift the engine and his clothes became trapped in the machinery. His body was taken to the Cricket Inn which in those days was used both as a temporary mortuary and as a place for holding inquests.

 

Vicky Marsh has written to us about her grandmother, Mary Shaw, who was brought up in Cherrytree Orphanage between 1919 and 1930 and who went on to marry a bank manager, settle in the south-east and retire to a lovely thatched farmhouse cottage in Cornwall. With three children and five grandchildren of her own, Mary gave the appearance of having a completely conventional background, only revealing her upbringing in an orphanage later in her life. We were delighted to be able to give Vicky copies of the Cherrytree records that we hold and identify her grandmother in a 1927 All Saints' School photograph. It was the first time the family had seen a photo of Mary as a child.

 

Richard Verrill has told us the story of how, in 1940, his father came to buy and rebuild a wrecked MG P-type car, registration MG 3880, that previously belonged to Pilot Officer Douglas Shepley of Woodthorpe Hall. The car had been borrowed by another RAF pilot who had unfortunately driven it into the back of a tramcar during the blackout. Richard hopes to trace any early photographs or recollections of the vehicle, and also to find out what became of the car after it was sold by his father. We have been able to put him in touch with Dick Shepley, himself an MG enthusiast, who has old photographs of the car and the log book dating from when it belonged to his uncle.

 

David Bindley tells us that his father Lawrence Ernald Bindley was born in 1899 and lived at Rose Villa, Totley Brook Road. He was called up to serve in WW1 and was listed as a schoolboy; subsquently he was called up again in 1939 for WW2 and was sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force, lucky to return to Britain through Dunkirk. David has more family history information which he has kindly offered to send us.

 

Madame Ruth Theaker, Ethelbert's Mother, in 1904 Madame Ruth Theaker, Ethelbert's Mother, in 1904

Ted Jones has been in touch with us regarding the family of Ethelbert Theaker who, with his wife Helena, ran a newsagent and tobacconist shop at the bottom of Totley Rise in the early part of the 20th century. Ted is the great grandson of Ethelbert's sister, Harriet Maud TheakerWe are very grateful to Ted for the information he has supplied including a family tree and this delightful photo card of Ethelbert's mother, Ruth, which dates from 1904 when she ran the Britannia Acadamy at Old Havelock House, 2 Myrtle Street, Heeley. She styled herself Mme. Theaker M.B.A.T.D., (Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing) and later U.K.A (United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance). She advertised her Adult Learners' and Improvers Classes regularly in the Sheffield newspapers teaching "Waltz, Schottische, Lancers and Veleta" in one term.

Chris Hobbs has sent us a cutting from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of Monday, 23rd February 1920 which we have transcribed and added to our Newspaper Archive. The cutting relates to the death and funeral of Jack Slack, a well-known and much loved local man who received a very favourable mention in part five of the memoirs of Dan Reynolds. Dore Christ Church parish records show the burial of John Hollely Slack, aged 58, of Croft House Farm on 21st February 1920.

 

Eric Renshaw has been in touch with us from South Staffordshire. Eric grew up and lived in Totley from 1932 to 1960 and he remembers many of the people and places mentioned in articles that feature on our website. Eric has very kindly written down his memories, many of which are of a sporting nature, and supplied us with a lot of photographs.

 

The photograph below is of Dore and Totley High School in May 1933. It was given to us by Gordon Grayson of Brook Hall. Gordon, who is in his nineties, cannot now remember any of the names of the students other than his own. Perhaps there is someone on the photograph that you can recognize?

Dore and Totley High School, May 1933 Dore and Totley High School, May 1933

When our website was created in September 2012, one of the first items it carried was a request for information about Eileen Keatley from her daughter Vita (or Vida?) Anderson. Whilst our own research uncovered a few facts about Eileen's family links in Totley, that's as far as it went. Recently, however, Chris Foster and Gladys Smith have separately been in touch with us to say they think they may be able to help. Unfortunately with the passing of time and changes in our administration, we have lost the enquirer's address. If you are out there Mrs Anderson, can you please get it touch with us? 

 

Linda Roberts contacted us asking for help in tracing her great grandfather, James Hunter Smith. who had married Maria Sutherland at Dore, Christ Church in 1886. We were able to tell Linda that James came to Totley as head gardener to William Aldam Milner of Totley Hall, probably in 1884. James and Maria Smith had two sons. William James was baptized in March 1889 and Albert in July 1890, both at Dore, Christ Church but by 1891 the family had moved to Attercliffe, where James and Maria remained for the rest of their lives.

 

Mark Richards spotted on Facebook a Memorial in Crookes Cemetery "to commemorate the unknown Irish navvies who died building the Totley Tunnel circa 1880 R.I.P." and wanted to know who placed it there and why. The question of whether significant numbers of Irish navvies were involved in building the Totley Tunnel has long been debated. Official records say not but stories passed down through generations say that scores of Irish navvies may have died from accidents and disease but, being immigrants, their deaths were never recorded.

Margaret Bailey has written to us from New Zealand enquiring about her mother's cousin, Samuel Wright. Cpl. Samuel Wright, 26/950, served with 4th Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade during WW1 and died on the Somme on 15 September 1916. He is buried at Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers in France and is commemorated on the Auckland Museum Memorial. Margaret would like to know more about Samuel, especially when and why he went to live in New Zealand and whether he is  commemorated on any war memorial in our area (no, he isn't).  Samuel was born in Dore in 1883, the son of Levi Wright and Ann Elizabeth Pickering, who lived at Oldhay Forge for most of their married lives. Samuel is shown as living there in the 1891 and 1901 censuses but we are unable to trace him in the 1911 census which suggests he may well have emigrated by then. Are there any descendants of the large Wright family who can add to what we have discovered? 
 
Martin Dykes, the Vice Captain of Abbeydale Golf Club has written to us recently. Martin is trying to locate photographs of several past Captains for inclusion in club archives and wonders whether anyone has a photograph of Maurice Henry Grayson who was Club Captain in 1917. The Grayson family were solicitors and it is thought that there was a connection with All Saints' Church. If you can help, please contact us through our usual email address at the top of this page.

 

John Skelton wonders whether anyone can shed any light on the origin of Sarah Booker, who was born in Totley around 1783. Sarah married John's great great grandfather, James Skelton, at Handsworth in September 1811 and was a farmer and widow by the time of the 1851 census when she was living at Hollins End, Handsworth with her four children, John (bc. 1815), Elizabeth (bc. 1823) James (bc 1828) and Sophia (bc. 1831). She died in 1867 aged 84 and is buried at Christ Church, Gleadless. At the time of Sarah's birth, Totley was part of Dronfield Parish, of course, and many baptisms would have taken place there or at Holmesfield. The Derbyshire Baptism Index 1538-1910 Transcription indeed shows a baptism at Holmesfield on 19 July 1782 of a Sarah Booker, daughter of Rebeckah Booker; the father's name is not recorded. Could this be John's great great grandmother?  

 

Although no longer living in our area, Marlene Marshall continues to follow the progress of the history group and to send us items from time to time, the latest being a photograph of the grave of David Stanley, who fought with the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava and who later lived at the top of Queen Victoria Road where the block of flats named Balaclava House now stands.

 

David Baldwin is helping to set up an archive of items of historical interest relating to the former Sheffield Hospitals including a collection of brass and stainless steel plaques which were once affixed to the walls of wards at the former Royal Hospital and Royal Infirmary to commemorate the generosity of donors in giving funds for the endowment of beds. David recently came across a plaque saying "This Cot was Endowed by the "Dots and Tots" Concert Party from the Proceeds of Concerts Given Between the Years 1922-1929" and believes this could refer to the Totley Rise Dots and Tots group of Pierrots which, according to a brief report in the Sheffield Telegraph, comprised Miss Muriel Gummer, Miss Lorna Skill, Miss Muriel Dyson together with Messrs Gilbert Smith, F. Chambers and J. Kay plus accompanist. David would like to know more about the troupe. Lorna Skill is mentioned as a soprano in the All Saints' Parish Magazine in 1923 and again in 1924. She also performed with the Croft House Settlement Operatic Society. She was "Susan" in their 1927 production of The Toreador. The Sheffield Star of 21 February 1928 reports their production of The Arcadians at the Lyseum and mentions "Lorna Skill has some difficulty with the Irish brogue, but otherwise on the whole is satisfactory as Eileen Cavanagh." 

 

Heather Rotherham has written to us concerning her great grandfather, John Thomas Osborne, who was a general labourer and who came to live in Totley around the time of the building of the Totley tunnel and remained until his death in 1936. He married twice, firstly to Ada Eliza Dalton in 1893, and then to Mary Jackson in 1903, both times at Christ Church, Dore. Follow the link to an inside page for more information on the children of the two marriages and a connection with the family of Albert Green. Heather believes that she has traced John's birth in Downham Market, on 29 March 1871 but she would love to know more about his earlier life and would also like to contact any of his descendants. 

 

Anthony Cosgrove has written to us asking about a property in our area known as The Dingle, Totley Bank, designed by the arts and crafts movement architect Edgar Wood. Anthony had spotted a newspaper advertisement for the auction of the property in the 1920s. The first appearance in our records of The Dingle, 172 Prospect Road, is in White's Trade Directory for 1904 when the property was inhabited by Rev. William Blackshaw, a Congregational Minister for the Croft House Settlement. In 1922 it was bought at auction by Bill Carter's father, Walter Carter, a steel worker with Armstrong Whitworth.

Sheffield Harriers outside The Stanhope Arms at Dunford, c.1900–1910 Sheffield Harriers outside The Stanhope Arms at Dunford, c.1900–1910
Michael Hardy of Dronfield has sent us a number of stories about hunting in in our area. One of them refers to the discovery of a naked Totley man, Edward Vaughan on the Moors; the others you can read by following this link to the Sheffield Harriers Hunt page. Michael has also sent us the background to a newpaper report on the death of Thomas Chapman who was killed by an express train in Totley Tunnel in 1906. 
 

Val Brodie has sent us memories of Cherry Tree where her mother Barbara Spring worked from about 1935 until she left to marry in June 1940, when she was termed assistant matron. Val's letter and a lovely photograph of her mum are reproduced in full in this inside page about Cherry Tree Orphanage in the 1930s.

 

Stephen Acaster, a local military historian, has responded to our request for help in identifying two unknown WW1 soldiers from our area. From elements of their uniforms, Stephen has been able to positively identify their regiments. 

 

We are delighted to hear again from Stella McGuire who has sent us a copy of the January 2015 edition of ACID (Archaeology and Conservation in Derbyshire). The magazine contains a fascinating article which Stella has written with colleague Stuart Nunn of the Eastern Moors Partnership on The Search for the Totley Towers: the missing sighting towers used in connection with the construction of the Totley Tunnel. The article includes a spectacular photograph of a similar surving observation tower at Carlesmoor, North Yorkshire. 

 

The Old School House, Totley Hall Lane The Old School House, Totley Hall Lane, built in 1827

Sandra Woods is helping a friend to research the family of Charles Smith, who lived at the Old School House in Totley Hall Lane. Although there were several similarly named men in Totley in the early part of the 20th century, we have been able to confirm we have the correct one from the 1936-37 Register of Electors. We have then been able to trace his wife, Lucy Isabella Hill, and their children and several of Lucy's ancestors from transcriptions of Dore Christ Church Parish Registers. Before moving to the Old School House, the Smiths were neighbours of Jo Rundle at Lane Head and she mentions them several times in her autobiography and in the articles she wrote for Totley Independent.

 

Jacqueline A. Gibbons has written to us from Toronto, Canada about her father, John Humphrey Gibbons, who went into WW1 as a Royal Naval mechanic, then a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps and later RAF. John had two brothers, Tom and George. The family lived at Inglewood, Totley Brook Road in 1916. She would like more information about her family and the house they lived in. After some investigation, we believe the house to be number 24, one of the pair of Victorian semis next to the new URC church hall. We have been able to trace Jacqueline's father in census and military records, of which more later. Jacqueline's email has stimulated us into making faster progress with a gazetteer of street and house names which we hope will be useful; a first step has been to catalogue all of the 1900 or so current Totley addresses and postcodes.

 

Andrew Russell, who now lives in Hertfordshire, has told us about an article he is writing on the way the railway coming to Totley from Sheffield had an impact on the village and over time changed the area. Part of the article looks at John Ruskin's St. George's Farm. Andrew's article is to be published in The Companion, the journal of the Guild of St. George.

 

We have exchanged several emails with John Johnson, the youngest of Maurice and Annie Johnson's six sons, about his parents who lived at Lane Head, Baslow Road. Maurice was another of Totley's young men who fought in and survived the First World War and later played an active role in the community.

 

Paul Wise has written to us to clarify some of the detail in Bill Glossop's article about Harry Brearley. Paul's mother was Barbara Brearley Wise, the daughter of George Henry (Harry) and Nellie Bull who are mentioned in the article. We have appended Paul's letter in full at the foot of Bill's article for you to read.

 

We have heard from Reg Stones who was an under gardener at Beauchief Hall in the early 1950s, although for the last fifty years has lived in Dorset. Reg has been recounting his memories of the house and work at that time. There are connections with the Milner and Wilson families of course.

 

Chris Fletcher has written to us about a possible family history connection with Samuel Hopkinson, the local farmer and scythe maker who in or around 1818 opened the Cross Scythes Inn.

 

Howard Clay is another correspondent with an interest in family history. Howard noticed an article on our website about Charles and Elsie Coates, who were children of Charles and Elizabeth Coates, living at Oldway (Oldhay) Forge at the time of the 1901 census. Elsie Coates was Howard's grandmother.

 

Professor Martin Jones has written to us to try to obtain information about the history of his new home, Cotsford, Totley Brook Road. The house is built on the plot previously occupied by Rose Bank, which itself was the subject of a recent enquiry by Maggie O'Keefe.

 

The tower on the day before its demolition.

 

We are delighted to hear from Paul Bennett who is a new resident to Totley and who works at the Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University. Paul has sent us a video clip of the demolition of the Totley Hall College tower which took place on Thursday, 12 August 1999. Tap or click on the photograph above to see the video and read about the demolition.

 

Chris Pearson, who lives in Somerset, has written to us to see whether we can help him find out more about a railway accident in Totley Tunnel in which his wife's grandfather was killed. We have been able to trace a report of the accident in the Derbyshire Times for 18 August 1944. A Hathersage man, Oscar Andrews was a platelayer working in the tunnel when he was struck by a passing light engine. 

 

Whilst mentioning the tunnel, Ted Hancock - who gave us a fascinating and well-attended talk on the Railway Navvies - has been in touch about material he has spotted on our website. We are very grateful to Ted for his expertise in putting us right on a couple of matters and look forward to seeing his forthcoming book on the whole of the Dore & Chinley Railway.

 

Ian Denney has written to us about Tom Salt, who farmed at Woodthorpe Hall Farm. Ian had spotted the article written by Tom's daughter Carmen Salt, which was one of about fifty items from back issues of Totley Independent that we have added recently to our Life in Totley pages. Ian wonders whether anyone has footage from David Bellamy's television programme mentioned in the article or knows Carmen's email address. If you can help, please contact us through the email address at the foot of this column.
 
Maurice Ward Senior (1867-1916) taken on Penny Lane

Roy Wardwhose mother Nora Green lived on Chapel Walk, contacted us with the offer of material from the period of the Great War. Roy has now sent us a number of photographs that belonged to his parents. In some cases the subject of the photograph is known, in other cases not. The photograph above is of Roy's grandfather, Maurice Ward Senior who lived at 1 Grange Terrace. Maurice worked for the Derbyshire County Council as a road foreman.

 

Maggie O'Keefe has been in touch with us regarding her great grandfather's sister, Elizabeth Peel, who lived at Rose Bank on Totley Brook Road in the 1900s and who is buried in Dore churchyard.

 

Helen Thorne has written to us about her grandfather Frank Clarke and his sister Lucy Clarke who were at Cherrytree in the 1920s. We have been able to provide Helen with some additional information about what happened to her relatives after they left the orphanage.

Vince Bodsworth, who now lives in Wiltshire, has contacted us with the offer of a comprehensive history of the Ellison Family going back to around 1500. Vince is a grandson of Cymbert Edward Ellison, the younger son of the barrister Thomas Edward Ellison who lived at Totley Grove from the late 1890s until his death in 1920.

 

We have heard from George Howard Waterfall, great great grandson of John Waterfall, the landowner and businessman who is thought to have built Totley Grove. He has given us some further information about descendants of his great grandfather and his namesake and also pointed out an erroneous date in our article on the Waterfall Brothers which has now been corrected.

 

Totley brick by "C B & Co" being used to secure a gate on West View Close.

Frank Lawson has an interest in old South Yorkshire bricks and recently came across one with C B & Co impressed in the frog on one side of the brick and Totley impressed on the reverse side. Totley has a long history of brickmaking at Moor Edge. Around 1877 George Chadwick began brick and terra cotta manufacture there. Chadwick later entered a partnership with a Mr. Barker, and Frank's brick is likely to have been made by Chadwick, Barker & Co. which in 1881 became the Totley Terra Cotta & Fire Brick Company Limited although the old partnership name was still in use for trading purposes in 1883-84.

 

Tim Mole, The Editor of The New Mosquito, The Journal of the Salonika Campaign Society, 1915-1918, was kind enough to send us a copy of the issue containing an article by Norman Briffa on Early Heart Surgery on Salonika Casualty. The article tells the remarkable story of Robert Hugh Martin and makes use of a photograph and some material from our booklet Totley War Memorial WW1, 1914-1918.

 

Diane Neal has written to us from Leicestershire. Diane is researching the Hopkinson family in our area and believes she may be related to the farmer and scythe maker Samuel Hopkinson, who in about 1818 took the opportunity to open the Cross Scythes pub when the new turnpike road was built past his farm.

 

Peter Oates asked for our help to find the grave of Thomas Biggin of Dore Fields who died in 1861 and is buried in Christ Church graveyard. The gravestone inscription is rather memorable and it was mentioned in Dore to Door Issue 69. Although not among the photographs of gravestones that we had previously uploaded to the website, we have been able to find a copy in our image archive.  

Midland Railway Company directors train, 1893

Richard Isaac of Brisbane, Queensland, is researching the history of his great grandfather Charles Isaac and his son Arthur Isaac who worked on the Totley Tunnel and were recorded in the 1891 Census at No. 4 Shaft. Charles was an experienced tunnelling worker and had previously worked for Thomas Andrew Walker, the contractor on the Severn tunnel (constructed between 1873 and 1886) and who went with Walker to start work on the Manchester Ship Canal in 1887 before moving to Totley.

 

John Mottershaw, grandson of the local film producer Frank Mottershaw, has given us a considerable amount of information on the Mottershaw family history and the development of the Sheffield Photo Company which we shall be writing up for the website shortly. John has also very kindly given us permission to publish a photograph taken during the filming of Robbery of the Mailcoach in 1903.

 

We have also heard from Fiona Lloyd, a great granddaughter of Frank Mottershaw and the granddaughter of Mrs. Spring, who for more than 50 years ran a sweet shop at 51 Baslow Road. Fiona is helping us with her memories of Totley Rise shops and with the Mottershaw family history.

 

Finally, sisters Jane Wright and Lisa Brassey who run the Rendezvous Cafe are tracing the history of the shops at the top of Mickley Lane and Main Avenue. Any old photographs of the shops that you may have would be of particular interest. If you are able to help, please contact us at our usual email address:enquiries@totleyhistorygroup.org.uk.

Latest News

Our first meeting after the summer break will be on Wednesday, 28th September when Mike Spick will give a talk on A-Z of Sheffield. Mike presents a potted history of the city in 26 alphabetically arranged snippets that includes queens, philanthropists and railways. This event has been rearranged from February. It begins at 7.30 p.m. in Totley Library. 

For anyone who may be interested in learning more about the local history of Sheffield, Robin Fielder is offering a course to be held at St John's Church Hall on Thursday mornings (10.15 am to 12.15 pm) starting on 22nd September and lasting for 10 or 11 weeks. Further details of the course can be found at: www.wea.org.uk/courses or by contacting Robin directly at robin@lydia4711.plus.com.

A recently discovered box of WWII correspondence reveals the story of how a small group of ladies from Dore and Totley recruited knitters from the west of Sheffield and how their efforts made them the country's greatest provider of Comforts for the Minesweeping crews of the Royal Navy. The story is told in Knit For Victory, a new book from Totley History Group. Written by Pauline Burnett, it has 82 pages and many illustrations. It is on sale in Totley Rise Post Office and local shops. Also available in Dore at the Village Store or direct via our website.

Since 1875 when there was only a Rolling Mill and Chemical Yard alongside the river a mile from Totley, the area has changed beyond anyone's imagination  This book by Pauline Burnett tells the story of how it was named and grew into the community we know today. The Rise of Totley Rise has 94 pages including a useful index and is profusely illustrated throughout with many previously unpublished photographs from private collections. 

Edmund Sanderson, a Sheffield estate agent, aquired the land on either side of the old drive to Totley Grove in 1874 and divided it into plots for development. He called it the Totley Brook Estate. But before many houses were built, the estate road was severed in two by the building of the Dore & Chinley Railway line. The eastern end of the road became the cul-de-sac we now call Grove Road

John Roberts was born in Sheffield in 1798. He became a partner in one of the leading silversmiths firms in the city before moving to Abbeydale Park in 1851 and extending the house in Victorian gothic style. He paid for the building of St. John's Church and was believed to dispense more in charity than any other person in the neighbourhood including his protege Ebenezer Hall.

The Coke Family owned the Totley Hall Estate from 1791 to 1881. With the aid of a family tree to guide us, Josie Dunsmore takes us through the story of their tenure. 

Do you think you recognize this face? More than sixty photographs of the girls and teachers at Abbeydale Grammar School for Girls in the 1940s were given to Totley History Group by Avril Critchley, who was herself a student at the school. The collection includes fifteen form photographs from June 1949. There would have been a number of girls from the Totley area attending the school in those days. 

Like many of his family, George Edward Hukin was a razor grinder. Jonathan Nicholas traces the family history back to his great great grandmother, Jane Maria Hukin, pictured above.

Clive and Sue Bellamy gave us two marvelous pictures of a May Queen ceremony taken around 1953. They could remember some of the names but couldn't name the two elder girls holding the train. Now with the help of Peter Swift, we think we have identified everyone in the pictures.

When the Rev. D'Ewes Coke inherited the Totley Hall Estate in 1791 it had two farms. Josie Dunsmore tells the story of how the two farms were combined under the tenancy of Peter Flint with the aid of field maps drawn by Flint himself and later by the Fairbanks family.

Christine Weaving tells the story of her 2 x great uncle George Edward Hukin, a Totley razor-grinder, and his life-long friendship with the academic, poet, writer, and free-thinker Edward Carpenter.

Eric Renshaw (pictured here on the right with Bob Carr) grew up and lived in Totley from 1932 to 1960. Many of his memories are of a sporting nature.

We are very grateful to Gordon Grayson for giving us this splendid sale document for the Norton Hall Estates, following the death in 1850 of Samuel Shore. The estates included a large part of Totley and the document has maps and illustrations, plus schedules of land and property with the names of tenants. We have also added a transcription of the entries for Totley and Dore. 

Watch this Youtube video of the talk given by Dr. Mark Frost and Sally Goldsmith on Ruskin, Totley and St. George's Farm. The talk was hosted by Totley History Group on 20th May 2015 as part of the Ruskin in Sheffield programme. Also enjoy a video of the outdoor performance Boots, Fresh Air & Ginger Beer written by Sally.

When Jacqueline A. Gibbons became interested in what made her father tick, it began a journey through WW1 archive records and led to her flying from Toronto to visit the house and village where he lived and the countryside that he so much enjoyed. Jacqueline reminds us that in the early 20th century Sheffield was a driving force of industry and that Totley was the place where many of its remarkable people lived and where they formulated their ideas.

Edgar Wood was the designer of The Dingle, 172 Prospect Road, built around 1904 for Rev. William Blackshaw, the founder of the Croft House Settlement. Perhaps you can you help us discover more about this property or you know of other buildings in our area designed by this leading arts and crafts movement architect?

What was probably "the most perfect little garden railway in existence" in 1910 was to be found in the grounds of Brook House, Grove Road, the home of its designer and constructor, Guy Mitchell. Look at some wonderful photographs and read reports in newspapers and a full appreciation in Model Railways magazine. 

We have now completed our transcription of Totley School's Admission Records for the period from 1877 to 1914. There is also a useful index to the names of the scholars and to their parents or guardians. We are very grateful to Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library for allowing us to transcribe and publish these records and for permission to reproduce the photograph of a specimen page of the register.

On 8, 9 and 11 November 2014 Totley History Group held an exhibition at Dore & Totley United Reformed Church to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Below are additional links to some of the photographs we were lent and stories we researched especially for the exhibition.

 

Oscar Creswick was a local farmer who served with the Army Service Corps in Salonika and who after the war returned to Totley to become the innkeeper of the Cricket Inn and a member of the village's successful tug of war team.

 

 

Walter Evans was a market gardener who also ran a small grocery shop on Hillfoot Road when war broke out. He fought with the Machine Gun Corps at the fourth battle of Ypres. After the war, Walter ran a grocers shop at the top of Main Avenue.

 

 

 

Fred Cartwright was another Totley soldier who survived the Great War. He fought in France and Belgium and although he wasn't wounded he was gassed and was home on sick leave when his daughter was delivered by Nurse Jessop during a snowstorm in January 1917.

 

 

Maurice Johnson joined the Yorkshire Dragoons, a territorial unit, on 1 Jan 1914 and so was called up at the very start of the war. He fought throughout the war on the Somme, at Ypres and at Cambrai. After demobilization in 1919 Maurice returned to his old occupation the steel industry.

 

 

Bill Glossop lent us a letter written by his father, William Walton Glossop to his wife describing life in the army during training in the north east of England and asking her to keep him in mind with the children.

 

 

The photo above provides a link to an album of photographs taken of WW1 Hospitals at St. John's, Abbeydale and the Longshaw Estate.

 

 

Nora Green, of Chapel Lane, was only 14 when war broke out. In 1914 she was ill with diphtheria and was sent to the isolation hospital at Holmley Lane, Dronfield. Nora recovered and wrote a letter of thanks to one of the hospital staff and the reply she received survives. 

 

 

We have collected together on this page the names of local men who appear on various War Memorials and Rolls of Honour in Totley, Dore, Abbeydale and Norton.

 

 

Unfortunately we were unable to identify all the photographs we were lent of Totley Soldiers. Please take a look at this album to see if you recognize any of the missing names.

This walk visits locations that have strong associations with Totley during the First World War. It includes the homes of the ten soldiers from the village who lost their lives, the auxiliary hospitals, war memorials, and even the rifle range on which the soldiers trained. Take a look at the first draft of a new walk by the authors of "Totley War Memorial WW1 1914-1918"

As we have nowhere to exhibit memorabilia and artifacts, we have decided to create a Virtual Museum instead, starting with old bottles that were found under the floor of the Old Infant School. Please contact us by email if you would like to see the real thing or have things that you own and would like to see added to the virtual museum.

We wish to thank the Trustees of Cherrytree for giving us permission to publish transcriptions of the Cherrytree Orphanage Admissions Book entries for the years 1866-1929. There is also an alphabetical index for you to look at.

With more people having access to faster broadband and mobile networks, we have uploaded seven full and unedited oral history recordings and also added more short excerpts for you to listen to.

Our transcriptions of local trade directories have been expanded to cover the 95 years from 1837-1932 and have also been indexed. From the days when there were a handful of farmers, stone masons, saw handle makers & scythe grinders to the wonders of the Totley Bridge Garage Company, Betty's Boudoir and The Heatherfield Shopping Centre.

We continue to add to our Totley Newspaper Archive. Recent entries have included several about John Roberts and the building of St. John's Church. There are several about the history of Brinkburn Grange and its first occupier, John Unwin Wing, an accountant who later lived at Totley Hall before being convicted of forgery and fraud and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in Pentonville gaol. There are more than 50 articles from the 1880s and 1890s about Joseph Mountain and the Victoria Gardens, and twenty on the construction of the Totley Tunnel and the Dore and Chinley Railway.

Totley Church of England Parish Magazines for the years 1922-1939 and 1948-1967 with notices of births, marriages and deaths and accounts of spiritual, educational, charitable and social matters in the village. 

Around 90 photographs taken by Stuart Greenhoff for his thesis A Geographical Study of Dore and Totley including several of Totley Moor Brickworks. Superb!  

Chronologically ordered snippets of information recorded by Brian Edwards during his many years of research into our local history.

Read the inscriptions on more than 600 gravestones in  the churchyard.

Find your ancestors in our transcription of the 1911 Census which has been extended to cover the whole of Dore and Totley.

 

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