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History of Newspapers in Sheffield

Our speaker on Wednesday 26th July 2017 was Alan Powell who gave a well-attended meeting a most interesting talk about The History of Newspapers in Sheffield. Alan is the former editor of the Sheffield Telegraph and The Star.

 

The Sheffield Telegraph was founded in 1855 as the Sheffield Daily Telegraph. It was the city’s first daily newspaper and was published at 8 a.m. every day and cost one penny. The premises were sited on York Street, by the offices of James Montgomery (1771-1854) who was a poet and journalist and father figure of Sheffield journalism having launched the Sheffield Iris in 1794. His statue stands in front of the Cathedral and The Montgomery Hall on Surrey Street is named in his honour. 

James Montgomery Statue, East Parade James Montgomery Statue, East Parade, Sheffield

Other papers that were produced were the Sheffield Weekly RegisterDoncaster Flying PostSheffield ChronicleSheffield TimesSheffield Free PressSheffield Examiner and the Sheffield Mercury which was distributed through the Working Men’s Clubs was founded in 1807 and is still going today. 

 

The Sheffield Telegraph was founded in 1853 by a Scot named G Benson; his first name is unknown and historians can find little trace of him. Joseph Pearce, a bookseller in Hartshead, tbought the publication from Benson soon after its launch.

 

In 1864 William Leng, who was helping to edit a paper in Dundee, joined with Frederick Clifford, a London solicitor, in the purchase of the Sheffield Daily Telegraph and moved the business to the nearby Aldine Court. Leng was the Editor during the Sheffield Flood that killed more than 200 people as the water moved down the Loxley and Don valleys. Leng took charge of reporting and sent reports to all the national newspapers. This had not happened before and so the floods became national news. After this a number of the provincial newspapers got together to decide how they could distribute news stories between them. This is how the Press Association began. 

Under Leng the leading article or opinion column was a regular feature. Leng also started a campaign against the Sheffield Outrages (a series of explosions and murders by a small group of trade unionist militants) during which he was often under police protection. Leng was active in local politics becoming chairman of the Sheffield Conservative and Constitutional Association. He was knighted on the recommendation of Lord Salisbury in 1887.

 

The move into evening journalism began in 1887 with the first appearance of the Sheffield Evening Telegraph which eventually became The Star. The Weekly Telegraph lasted until 1951, its speciality being serial fiction. In 1907 there was the appearance of a 6 page special which was printed on green paper and called The Sports Special. However, everyone asked for the Green 'Un which became its name.

Aldine Court, High Street, Sheffield Aldine Court, High Street, Sheffield (Photo; Wikipedia)

Sheffield Newspapers were the first to use gas powered vans. Their offices had booths in them where reporters would call in with their stories. The basement of York Street was the foundry where the castplates were in the composing room or case room where the type was done by hand. There are tunnels under York Street which are man made. It is unsure what they were built for, could there have been a route to Sheffield Castle? There is a rock fall so no further investigation has been done. 

 

Just before World War I the newspapers came into the hands of Lord Kelmsley and the names shortened to the Sheffield Telegraph and The Star. The Kelmsley publishing group was bought by the Thomson Organisation in 1959. Ownership changed hands again in 1964 when the newspapers were bought by United Newspapers and in 1965 the Sheffield Telegraph was renamed the Morning Telegraph. The Property Guide kept it going for a number of years. However, when the Sheffield estate agents decided to produce their own paper, the Morning Telegraph ceased publication in February 1986. It was reborn in October 1989 and called the Sheffield Telegraph, a weekly paper which continued to be written at York Street but is printed now on the old site of Dinnington Colliery where other local newspapers are also printed. The York Street site now produces The Star, the Sheffield Telegraph and the Sheffield Weekly Gazette.

The Marrisons

Walter Waller Marrison was baptized at All Saint's Church, Harworth, Nottinghamshire on 25 December 1864. He was the fourth of six children born to John Marrison and his wife Ann Highfield. His father was born in 1833 in Sheffield and his mother was born in 1835 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of Sarah and George Highfield, a labourer. John and Ann had been married at St. Mary's Parish Church, Sheffield, on 25 May 1857. Walter's middle name came from his paternal grandmother, Thirza Waller (1808-1890) who had married George Marrison (1800-1858) around 1830. Walter became a bricklayer by trade like his older brother George and their father and grandfather before them.

Thirza Waller (1808-1890), Walter Waller Marrison's grandmother Thirza Waller (1808-1890), Walter Waller Marrison's grandmother

Kate Bingham was born in Sheffield on 8 August 1865 and baptised at Sheffield Cathedral on 17 September later the same year. She was the younger of two daughters born to John Bingham, a commercial traveller from Tickhill, Yorkshire and his wife Mary Ann Thickett from Carlton, Nottinghamshire. Kate's parents had been married at St. George's Church, Sheffield on 6 August 1863 but were to die young at their home at 1 Hillsborough Villas, Hillsborough, Mary Ann on 30 November 1872, aged 32, and John on 31 August 1873 aged 36.

 

Kate Bingham went to live with her paternal grandparents in East Drayton where she was recorded as being an unemployed nursery governess in the 1881 census. Her sister, Annie, went to live with her aunt and uncle, Emma and John Stevenson, and became a junior drapers assistant by the time of the 1881 census.

Walter Waller Marrison (1864-1908) and his wife Kate, nee Bingham (1865-1959) Walter Waller Marrison (1864-1908) and his wife Kate, nee Bingham (1865-1959)

It was at the Church of St. Peter, East Drayton, that Kate Bingham married Walter Waller Marrison on 20 August 1889. The couple made their home at Low Road, Scrooby, where their first child, John Waller Marrison (known as Jack) was born on 14 June 1890. In the census taken the following year both of Jack's parents were working; his father was a bricklayer's labourer and his mother was a dressmaker. Living with them was Elizabeth Bingham, Kate's maiden aunt, who had been a housekeeper for various farming families in the East Drayton area before coming to support the Marrisons. A second child, Charles Wilfred Marrison (known as Wilfred), was born on 16 November 1892 in Bawtry, Nottinghamshire.

 

The Marrisons must have moved to Totley Rise a few years later because Jack and Wilfred were both admitted to All Saints School on 26 April 1897; Jack had been previously attended a school in the Retford area but Wilfred had no previously schooling. A third son, Walter Lewis Marrison (known as Lewis) was born in Totley on 10 June 1898.

Inspection Cover, Lemont Road Inspection Cover, Lemont Road

Perhaps the Marrison family moved to our area to take advantage of the opportunities that would have arisen from the surge in house building around the turn of the century through the development of the Totley Brook Estate, the adjacent Bushywood area (briefly known as Totley Bottom) and also at Green Oak. In the 1901 Census, Walter Waller gives his occupation as house builder, and he is known from newspaper advertisements to have built houses on Chatsworth Road and Vernon Road in the early 1900s. The lower part of Lemont Road was built around this time too and an inspection cover survives which bears the inscription "W. W. Marrison, Builder, Totley".

 

By 1903 Walter Waller's health was deteriorating and evidently he decided to sell the tools and materials of his trade and move away from Totley, as this sales notice testifies.

Builder' Plant Sale Notice, June 1903 Builder' Plant Sale Notice, June 1903

Why he changed his mind we do not know but the following year Walter Waller moved into a second, less physically demanding trade. When Leonard Thompson's application for a beer house license for the top shop on Totley Rise (number 71) was refused he moved on to take a pub in Heeley, and the tenancy of the building which was owned by Mappins Masbro' Old Brewery Limited was taken over by Walter Waller Marrison in March 1904.

 

We are very grateful to the Marrison family for allowing us access to a number of documents that survive from this time including the notice reproduced below announcing the change of proprietorship and a fascinating inventory and valuation of the stock in trade at the time of the change which you are welcome to download and study.

Notice of new management, March 1904 Notice of new management, March 1904
Leonard Thompson to Walter Waller Marrison, Shop Inventory and Valuation 29 Mar 1904
Inventory and Valuation 1904.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.6 MB]
Walter Waller Marrison's shop, 71 Baslow Road, circa 1906. Walter Waller Marrison's shop, 71 Baslow Road, circa 1906. The Marrisons three sons are pictured: Jack in the doorway, Wilfred sitting on boxes in front of the white awning and Lewis in the sailor suit.

Walter Waller Marrison made an application to the Eckington Petty Sessional Division for a publican's licence on 13 February 1905 but just like his predecessor he was unsuccessful.  The Chairman, Mr. J. F. Swallow said that there were already too many licences in Totley and that to have any hope of success an applicant must be prepared to offer the surrender of other licences.

 

On 12 March 1907 Walter Waller Marrison was selected to fill one of seven vacancies on the Totley Parish Council.

W.W. Marrison here has two trades, shop-keeper and builder, with separate entrances. W.W. Marrison here has two trades, shop-keeper and builder, with separate entrances.

The front entrance of number 71 was to the grocery and provisions shop whilst the side entrance, at the top of Back Lane, led to an office where Walter Waller ran his builders business.

 

However, Walter Waller was not a well man and after a long and painful illness, through which he was attended by Dr. Thorne, he died on 15 August 1908 and was buried at Dore Christ Church four days later. Rev. J. A. Kerfoot, Vicar of St. John's Abbeydale, conducted the service. On 16 September 1908 furniture and effects belonging to Walter Waller were offered for sale together with his horse Charlie and dray. The following April, the tools and materials from Walter Waller's business trade were offered for sale as the family became fully focussed on running the grocery business. As sole executor of her husband's will, Kate Marrison took over the licence to trade in alcoholic drinks and tobacco.

Insert an image caption here. Walter Waller Marrison Dealer's Licence 6 Jul 1908 endorsed by his widow Walter Waller Marrison Dealer's Licence 6 Jul 1908 endorsed by his widow

 

The picture postcard below, circa 1914, shows the grocery shop after its refurbishment by Mappins Brewery.

 

Marrisons Shop, Aug, 1914, after Mappin's fascia paint (Kate) Marrison's Shop, Aug, 1914, after Mappin's fascia paint

 

This postcard advertising Mappin's products and a double sided price list from 1916 survive. Kate Marrison continued to run the shop throughout the war years, handing over to son Jack following his demobilization from the army.

 

Kate Marrison, agent for Mappin's Beers, Spirits and Cigars Kate Marrison, agent for Mappin's Beers, Spirits and Cigars
Kate Marrison Price List 1 Jul 1916 page 1 Kate Marrison Wines & Spirits Price List 1 Jul 1916 page 1
Kate Marrison Price List 1 Jul 1916 page 2 Kate Marrison Wines & Spirits Price List 1 Jul 1916 page 2

 

Jack Marrison continued to run the Totley Rise grocers shop until 1934 when it was sold to James Taylor, who earlier had a grocery shop at Green Oak. 

 

Billy Mather who worked for John Waller Marrison in the 1920s. Billy Mather who worked for John Waller (Jack) Marrison in the 1920s.

 

In her later years Kate Marrison lived in a house on Chatsworth Road. She died on 27 July 1959 at the age of 93 and was buried at Dore Christ Church alongside her late husband.

 

Marrison Family gravestone, Dore Christ Church Marrison Family gravestone, Dore Christ Church

The Marrison Family in Public Records

Births, Marriages and Deaths

Name  Event  Place  Date  Age

Marrison, John (father)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

1 Feb 1833  

Marrison, John (father)

 

Baptised

 

Yorkshire, 

Sheffield

20 Oct 1833  

Highfield, Ann (mother)

 

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

25 Jun 1835  

Highfield, Ann (mother)

 

 

Baptism

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

St Wilfred's

28 Jun 1835

 

 

Bingham, John (father)

 

Baptism

 

Yorkshire,

Tickhill

10 Sep 1837

 

Thickett, Mary Ann (mother)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield Q1 1838  

Marrison, John and Highfield, Ann (parents)

 

Marriage

 

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

St. Mary's

25 May 1857

 

24 and 21

Marrison, Emily Ann (sister)

 

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

c. 1858

 

 

Marrison, George Frederick

(brother)

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

c. 1860

 

 

Marrison, Charles Henry

(brother)

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

c. 1862

 

 

Bingham, John and Thickett, Mary Ann (parents)

 

Marriage

 

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield,

St. George's

6 Aug 1863

 

25 and

25

Marrison, Walter Waller

 

 

Baptism

 

 

Nottinghamshire. Harworth,

All Saints' Church

25 Dec 1864

 

 

Bingham, Annie E, (sister)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

10 Jun 1864

 

Bingham, Annie E. (sister)

 

 

Baptism

 

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield,

St. George's

12 May 1864

 

 

Bingham, Kate

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

19 Aug 1865

 

Bingham, Kate

 

 

 

Baptism

 

 

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield,

St. Peter & St. Paul (Cathedral)

17 Sep 1865

 

 

 

Marrison, Thomas Henry

(brother)

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire,

Harworth

c. 1870  

Bingham, Mary Ann (mother)

 

Death

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

30 Nov

1872

 

Bingham, John (father)

 

Death

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

31 Aug

1873

 

Marrison, John Wilfred

(brother)

Birth

Nottinghamshire,

Harworth

c. 1873  

Marrison, Walter Waller and Bingham, Kate

 

Marriage

 

 

Nottinghamshire,

East Drayton,

St. Peter's

20 Aug 1889

 

24 and 24

Marrison, John Waller

(son)

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire,

Scrooby

14 Jun 1890

 

Marrison, Charles Wilfred

(son)

Birth

 

Yorkshire, Bawtry

 

16 Nov 1892  

Marrison, Walter Lewis

(son)

Birth

 

Derbyshire, Totley

 

10 Jun 1898  

Marrison, John

(father)

 

Burial

 

 

Nottinghamshire. Harworth,

All Saints' Church

19 Nov 1898

 

65

 

 

Marrison, Walter Waller

 

Death

 

Derbyshire, Totley

 

15 Aug 1908

43

 

Marrison, Walter Waller

 

Burial

 

Derbyshire, Dore

Christ Church

19 Aug 1908  

Marrison, Kate

 

Death

 

  27 Jul 1959

93

 

Marrison, Kate

 

Burial

 

Derbyshire, Dore

Christ Church

30 Jul 1959  

Marrison, John Waller

(son)

Death

 

Surrey

 

Q1 1960

69

 

Marrison, Charles Wilfred

(son)

Death

 

Yorkshire, Scarborough Q2 1971

78

 

Marrison, Walter Lewis

(son)

Death

 

Derbyshire, Bakewell 2 May 1981

82

 

1871 Census Harworth, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison, John

Head

 

Married

 

38

c.1833

Bricklayer

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison,

Ann

Wife

 

Married

 

35

c. 1836

Wife

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, George F.

Son

 

Unmarried

 

11

c. 1860

Scholar

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison, Emily A.

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

13

c. 1858

Scholar

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Charles H.

Son

 

Unmarried

 

9

c. 1862

Scholar

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Walter W.

Son

 

 

 

6

c. 1865

Scholar

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Thomas H.

Son

 

 

 

1

c. 1870

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

1871 Census 247 St. Phillip's Road, Sheffield

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Bingham, John

Head

 

Married

 

33

c.1838

Commercial Traveller

Yorkshire,

Tickhill

Bingham, Mary A.

Wife

 

Married

 

31

c. 1840

Wife

 

Nottinghamshire, Carlton

Bingham, Annie E.

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

6

c. 1865

Scholar

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Bingham, Kate

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

5

c. 1866

Scholar

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

Brindley, Emma

Servant

 

Unmarried

 

13

c. 1858

Domestic Servant

Derbyshire, Ripley

1881 Census South Hiendley, Yorkshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison, John

Lodger

 

Married

 

48

c.1833

Bricklayer

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison, Walter W.

Lodger

 

Unmarried

 

16

c. 1865

Bricklayer's Apprentice

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

1881 Census Harworth, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison,

Ann

Wife

 

Married

 

45

c.1836

Bricklayer's Wife

Nottinghamshire,

Scrooby

Marrison, George

Frederick

Son

 

 

Unmarried

 

 

21

c. 1860

 

Bricklayer

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

 

Marrison,

Thomas

Henry

Son

 

 

Unmarried

 

 

11

c. 1870

 

Scholar

 

 

Nottinghamshire,

Harworth

 

Marrison,

John

Wilfred

Son

 

 

Unmarried

 

 

8

c. 1873

 

Scholar

 

 

Nottinghamshire,

Harworth

 

1881 Census 2 Church Street, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Bingham, William

Head

 

Married

 

72

c. 1809

Retired Farmer

Nottinghamshire, Sutton

Bingham Charlotte

Wife

 

Married

 

76

c. 1805

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Bingham, Charlotte

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

35

c. 1846

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Styrrup

Bingham, Kate

 

Grand-daug.

 

Unmarried

 

 

15

c. 1866

 

Nursery Governess Unemployed

Yorkshire, Sheffield

 

1881 Census South Parade, Bawtrey, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Gunn, Thomas

Head

 

Married

 

44

c.1837

Plumber &

Glacier

Yorkshire,

Tickhill

Marrison, Charles H.

Apprentice

 

Unmarried

 

19

c. 1862

Plumber &

Glacier

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

1891 Census Shepherd's House, Bawtry Road, Styrrup, Harworth, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace
Marrison, John

Head

 

Married

 

59

c.1832

Bricklayer

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

Marrison,

Ann

Wife

 

Married

 

55

c. 1836

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

Marrison, Thomas H.

Son

 

Single

 

21

c. 1870

Bricklayer

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

1891 Census Low Road, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison, Walter W.

Head

 

Married

 

26

c. 1865

Bricklayer's Labourer

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Kate

Wife

 

Married

 

25

c.1866

Dressmaker

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison,

John

Waller

Son

 

 

 

9 mo.

1890

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

 

Bingham, Elizabeth

Aunt

 

Single

 

50

c. 1841

Retired Housekeeper

Nottinghjamshire, Styrrup

1901 Census Totley Brook Road, Dore, Derbyshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison, Walter W.

Head

 

Married

 

36

c. 1865

House Builder

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Kate

Wife

 

Married

 

35

c.1866

 

 

Nottinghamshire, East Drayton
Marrison, John W.

Son

 

Single

 

10

c. 1891

  Yorkshire, Scrooby

Marrison, Charles W.

Son

 

Single

 

8

c. 1893

 

Yorkshire,

Bawtry

Marrison, Walter L.

Son

 

Single

 

2

c. 1899

 

Derbyshire,

Totley

Fox,

Harry

Boarder

 

Married

 

26

c. 1875

Stone Mason

Derbyshire,

Totley

Fox,

Edith

Boarder

 

Married

 

21

c. 1880

  Yorkshire, Sykehouse

1911 Census Totley Rise, Totley, Derbyshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace
Marrison, Kate

Head

 

Widow

 

45

c.1866

Grocer Shopkeeper

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison,

John

Waller

Son

 

 

Single

 

 

20

c. 1891

 

Grocer's Assistant

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

 

Marrison, Charles Wilfred

Son

 

 

Single

 

 

18

c. 1893

 

Clerk in Steelworks Office

Yorkshire,

Bawtry

 

Marrison, Walter

Lewis

Son

 

 

Single

 

 

12

c. 1899

 

School

 

 

Derbyshire,

Totley

 

Hamilton, Jessie

 

Servant

 

 

Single

 

 

20

c. 1891

 

General Servant Domestic

Derbyshire,

Eckington

 

1939 Register Risboro, Clement Avenue, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire

Name Condition Age/Born Occupation
Marrison, Kate

Widow

 

16 Aug 1865

 

Housewife

 

1939 Register 41 Highgate Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire

Name Condition Age/Born Occupation
Marrison, John W.

Married

 

14 June 1890

 

Sales Manager (Motors)

 

1939 Register 39 Bents Drive, Sheffield

Name Condition Age/Born Occupation
Marrison, Charles W.

Married

 

16 November 1892

Steelworks and Forge Director Manager

Wills and Adminstration

Marrison Walter Waller of Totley Rise Derbyshire died 15 August 1908 Probate London 3 October to Kate Marrison widow. Effects £962 19s.

 

Marrison Kate of 13 Chatsworth Road Sheffield widow died 27 July 1959 Probate Wakefield 26 October to John Waller Marrison sales representative and Charles Wilfred Marrison and Walter Lewis Marrison company directors. Effects £10917 13s. 5d.

 

 

Dronfield Hall Barn Local History Fair

Totley History Group was one of a number of local organisations that had stands at the Dronfield Hall Barn Local History Fair held on Saturday 3rd June 2017. This new event in our local calendar is in only its second year and it benefited enormously from being held in the restored and refurbished Dronfield Hall Barn, attracting significantly more visitors than in its inaugural year. Also exhibiting were The Old Dronfield Society, Chesterfield Canal Trust, Friends of Bishops House, U3A Family History Group, and the Dronfield Hall Barn Research Group.

Totley's Dronfield Connections display Totley's Dronfield Connections display

Our team presented a display produced especially for the event based around the theme of Totley's connections with its neighbours in Dronfield and Holmesfield. It will be remembered that until the early part of the 19th century, Totley was a hamlet and then township in Dronfield ecclesiastical parish. Totley baptisms, marriages and burials were conducted at Dronfield's Parish Church of St. John the Baptist.

14th century stone font 14th century stone font

There are a number of relics of these times still evident in the Church today including the stone font. Whilst the base is a modern restoration dating from 1916, the plain octagonal bowl is thought to be original dating from the fourteenth century.

Church safe, dating from 1638 Church safe, dating from 1638

The parish chest, at the rear of the nave below the tower arch, dates from 1638. It was given under the terms of the will of Henry Fanshawe, who founded the local grammar school in 1579, and was formerly used as the church safe. It has seven iron hasps and locks and against five of the hasps are crude carvings of the initials of the officers who held the keys, the fifth being an initial "T" for the Totley Churchwarden. All of these men would have to be present before the chest could be unlocked and opened.

Memorial stone to Anthony Woodhous and daughter Grace Memorial stone to Anthony Woodhous and daughter Grace

Set in the floor close to the alabaster tomb of Sir Richard Barley is a memorial stone to "Anthony Woodhous of Totly" and his eldest daughter Grace, both buried hereabouts in the 1670s. Brian Edwards stated that the initials "AW" alongside the date of 1704 above the doorway of Bryn Cottage referred to Anthony Woodhouse whose family had rented cottages on Hillfoot Road (or Town Street as it was then known) for many years but perhaps this Anthony was a namesake and descendant. Outside in the churchyard are two other memorial stones with Totley connections, one for the family of George Greaves, dating from 1701 and the other for Keturah, wife of Samuel Dalton, dated 1788.

Foundation stone laid by Mrs Milner, 1898 Foundation stone laid by Mrs Milner, 1898

Like Totley, Holmesfield was a outlying settlement within Dronfield parish. The original Church of St. Swithin dates from 1727 but the foundation stone of the current chancel was laid by Mrs Sarah Milner of Totley Hall on 11 April 1898. In the churchyard can be found the memorial stone to Mrs Milner (1857-1944) and her husband William Aldam Milner (1854-1931). Also in St. Swithin's churchyard are a number of other graves with strong Totley connections including Jessie Matilda Fisher (1893-1969), of Avenue Farm, wife of Joshua Tyzack; Rev. John Arnold Kerfoot (1860-1935), vicar of St. John's, Abbeydale; and Isiah Salt (1887-1947) and his daughter Josephine (1915-2013), better known to us as Jo Rundle. 

Your Correspondence

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

Sue Orme asked us who built the houses on Meadow Grove, one of the smaller roads on the New Totley estate which was originally conceived around 1908 by the Sheffield restaurateur, John Richard Hudson (known as "J.R."). The first property on Meadow Grove (or Princess Street as it was originally called) appears to have been "The Bungalow" which was advertised for sale in 1913. Building of the estate was curtailed by the war but by 1925 Meadow Grove had at least five properties: The Bungalow, Glenaire, Fairhaven, Silsoe, and The Newlands. Unfortunately we have not yet been able to match up these names with current house numbers. Most of the remainder of the New Totley estate was built in the 1930s by local builder Charles Linley Marcroft. However, at least some of the older houses on Meadow Grove were built by Rowland Edward Sheard (1900-1991) who was J. R. Hudson's grandson, his father Rowland Adamson Sheard having married J. R.'s daughter Nellie in 1899. In the mid-1930s when the Meadow Grove houses were being constructed, Rowland Edward and Nellie Sheard were living with J.R.'s widow, Eliza Ann Hudson (nee Barker) at 9 Main Avenue. The distinction between Meadow Grove and Meadow Grove Road appears to have been made in modern times, the house numbers being continuous. 

 

We have had a very interesting enquiry from Ron Wijk of Nieuw-Vennep in the Netherlands. Ron sent us images of two drawings made by the celebrated Dutch painter, Anton Pieck, simply annotated "Totley", and wondered whether we could identify their locations. Ron is an admirer and collector of the artist's work and he has followed his journeys and photographed the places he pictured. One of the drawings is of "The Cottage" which is now part of a larger house know as Old Orchard, Hillfoot Road. The second drawing is of Green's Draper's Shop and attached house, which used to stand next to the Old Post Office at the top of Hillfoot Road, opposite Cross Grove House. We think we have found out why Anton Pieck visited our village. His eldest daughter, Elsa, married an Englishman named Charles Bambery and from Sheffield telephone directories we can see that the Bambery family were living at 20 Main Avenue in the early 1960s.

 

John Timperley is the latest person to write to us with memories of Norwood School, which was located in the rooms attached to the Dore & Totley United Reformed Church on Totley Brook Road. John attended the school from 1945 until 1949 when he went up into King Edward's'. As an unaccompanied seven year old, John had a ¾ mile walk from home to the bottom of Bocking Lane to catch a tram to Beauchief corner and then a bus to school. John remembers among his teachers. Miss Ford, Mrs. Atkinson and Miss Duckworth, and a number of the pupils from his final year: David Crawley, Peter Morton, Dorothy Sawyer, Toni Pollard, Rachel Leah, and Brenda Bennett. If there is anyone amongst our readers who was at Norwood School at the same time as John, he would very much like to hear from you. We can put you in touch if you write to: enquiries@totleyhistorygroup.org.uk. 

 

The Marstone Grange Estate from Bradway Bank , early 1940s The Marstone Grange Estate from Bradway Bank , early 1940s

Stretton Smith, who moved to Totley a few years ago, asked us about the history of Marstone Crescent as there was nothing about it on our website. The estate was originally called Marstone Grange Estate and was built by Charles Lindley "Len" Marcroft between 1936 and 1945. Len Marcroft was a well known local builder who had earlier built The Quadrant and who had a builder's yard in the old Chemical Yard. After The Quadrant was built he moved into number 14. The land that the Marstone Grange Estate is built on belonged to butcher and farmer Colin Thompson. Local legend has it that Len Marcroft went into partnership with a certain Mr. Stone to build the new estate, hence the portmanteau names given to the two new roads: Marstone Crescent and Stonecroft Avenue. This may well be true but we have no knowledge of Mr. Stone and only in 1936 Len had set up a Private Limited Company with his son Donald. Aerial photographs from the early 1930s show fields where the Marstone Grange was later to be built but the OS map, surveyed in 1935-36, shows that building had commenced at the out-of-town end of Marstone Crescent. By May of 1937, Len Marcroft was beginning to advertise his houses in the Sheffield press, eliciting the help of bandleader Roy Fox to publicize them. The Electoral Register for 1936-37 appears to show four families living on Marstone Crescent but none yet on Stonecroft Avenue. The photograph above is the only one we have seen showing the estate during its construction and was taken from high up on Bradway Bank. Most of Marstone Crescent has been built and a start has been made to building the high levels shops on Totley Rise but there is no sign yet of building on Stonecroft Avenue which we think was only completed around 1945. The photograph, therefore, probably dates from the early 1940s.

Vivienne Graham has written to us from Devon about her three great-great-great-great-great uncles, William, John and Charles Jones, master-cutlers of Bradway, who were leasing a converted lead smelting mill at "Hay House" on the Sheaf in 1751. Vivienne would like to visit Totley and see where her ancestors were working. With the help of Brian Edwards's Totley Transcripts and Margaret Oversby's paper "The Water Mills of Dore & Totley", published in 1977, we have been able to confirm that the Jones brothers were renting part of the smelting mill at what later became Totley Rolling Mill, located at the confluence of the Oldhay and the Totley Brooks. The Rolling Mill mill manager's and labourers' cottages still stand, of course, even though the dam, mill pond and high weir on Oldhay Brook have long since disappeared.

 

John Andrews is researching the history of tennis in Sheffield and is interested in knowing more about the tennis courts that used to exist at The Grove end of The Green. From old estate plans it would appear that these courts were on land purchased by Herbert Melling in 1924 and built three or four years later. How long they survived is not known. We would like to hear from anyone who has more information about these courts and also the tennis courts that used to exist at the Mickley Lane end of Queen Victoria Road around 1920. 

 

Kim Lindsay wrote to us from Germany having found a brief reference on our website to Norman Arthur Denson. Norman Denson was born in London in 1894 and baptized later that year in Crich, Derbyshire. He came to live with his uncle, Arthur Leonard, at Brinkley, 4 Dore Road, sometime before the 1911 census and attended King Edward VII School in Sheffield. He served in the Great War (A/Capt) and afterwards became a partner in the accountancy firm of Poppleton & Appleby, moving to Harbourne near Birmingham in the early 1920s. He was a keen cricketer and Territorial (Lt-Col) but died young at age 41 on Las Palmas where he had gone shortly before his death. We have been able to provide Kim with a few snippets of extra information about Norman Denson but what he wants most, and what we don't have, is a photograph. Can you help, please?

 

Howard Adams has been in touch with us having read Roger Hart's account of Norwood School in the early 1950s. Howard has remembered many of the people and found a couple of photographs from those days, one a class photograph taken around 1959 and the other a photograph of himself with two other boys dressed in football kit which included boots with nailed-on studs that proved to be very painful on the long walk to and from the playing field at Greenoak Park. Christopher Rodgers has sent us two more photographs from his days at Totley County School but is unable to give precise dates or name all but a few of the people pictured. One is a photograph of Mr Courage's class and the other a photograph of a music lesson where the children are playing instruments including triangles, cymbals, tambourines, drums, and rhythm sticks. 

Smith and Rose Jackson, in the early years of their marriage and in later life. Smith and Rose Jackson, in the early years of their marriage and in later life.

Jo Baker has written to us from the Midlands to see whether we knew of two properties on Main Avenue that were lived in by her grandparents in the 1910s. Jo's grandfather, Smith Jackson, was a wholesale draper who had a business at 61 Norfolk Street, Sheffield. The family had moved to our area from Oldham, Lancashire. We can see that by the time of the 1911 Census, Smith Jackson, his wife Rose (nee Chadwick), and three children were living at "Rosedene". They must have been one of the earliest families to live in the New Totley estate that had been conceived in 1908 on garden city lines by John Richard Hudson, a well known Sheffield restauranteur. From Kelly's directories we can see that the Jackson family were still living at Rosedene in 1912 but by 1917 they had moved into the larger, detached "Osborne House" and remained there at least until 1922. The two properties were designed and built by Sydney Lawson Chipling, the architect, surveyor and contractor for the estate who lived at Moorhayes, Bushey Wood Road. The houses still stand and appear to have altered little since the days when the Jackson family lived there.

 

Our open meeting on School Days has led to a number of interesting contributions. David Hope and Nicholas Botterill remember their time at Totley County School. David attended the school between 1952 and 1958 and then moved on to King Edward VII School. As well as his memories, he has provided us with a number of photographs and done really well to remember most of the names of his classmates but there are some faces that we would like your help with to identify. Nicholas was at the County School between 1967 and 1974 and the two articles when taken together make interesting reading about what had, and what hadn't changed over the years. Roger Hart's school days were at the time when the County School was being built and All Saints School was almost full and so he went to Norwood School which was located in the church hall and rooms at Dore & Totley United Reformed Church on Totley Brook Road. Again there is a photograph with faces you may well remember. Finally, we are very grateful to Karole Sargent, the headteacher at Totley All Saints School, for allowing us access to an archive of school material including the 1909 School Pageant.

We are grateful to Angela Waite and All Saints' Parish Church for giving us access to Baptismal and Kindergarten Birthday Rolls dating from 1926 to 1941. We have transcribed the names, addresses, birthdates and baptismal dates and created an alphabetical index of entries for you to search. We have also been given a large number of parish magazines dating from the 1980s which we will be scanning in due course.

 

Gillian Walker brought us a document folder full of material about the 1st Totley Scout Group which we have now digitized. Most of the material was collected by Arthur Percival Birley in the period 1949-51 and the archive has many interesting documents pertaining to the building of the scout hut on Totley Hall Lane. They came into the hands of Derek Maltby, Gillian's father, following Arthur's death in 1991. The 1st Totley Scout Group was formed in 1944 and was located in Totley Hall which at the time was in private ownership. When the hall was sold to Sheffield Corporation the Scout Group had to urgently find alternative headquarters. The archive details how this was achieved. In addition four Newsletters survive, two from the 1940s and two from 1971.

 

Helen Matthews is researching the history of her house on Abbeydale Park Crescent and the people who lived in it after receiving the deeds and being fascinated by the information included in the beautifully written old legal documents. We have been able to help Helen with the early history of the Abbeydale Park Estate but seek the help of our readers for information about one of the former owners of her property. Oswald Tyler lived there between 1969 and 1977. Ozzie Tyler was, of course, the well known landlord of the Fleur de Lys during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Alan Dale wrote an appreciation of Ozzie in Totley Independent, issue 275, shortly after his death in 2004. If you have any photographs or stories about Ozzie, we would love to hear from you.

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.

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The first meeting after our summer break will be on Wednesday, 27th September when we present an illustrated talk by David Templeman called Mary, Queen of Scots: The Final Journey - From Sheffield to Fotheringhay (1584-1587). This talk relates the compelling tale of the events leading up to and including Mary’s trial and execution. Mary’s courage and conduct come to the fore as she takes her tragic story through Wingfield Manor, Tutbury Castle, Chartley Manor, Texall and culminating in the climax at Fotheringhay Castle where she is tried and executed for High Treason. But was she guilty? That is the question this talk addresses. The meeting is in Totley Library, starting at 7.30 p.m. 

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. 

The story is told in Totley War Memorial WW1 of the ten men from our village who gave their lives in the Great War. Written by Pauline Burnett, Jim Martin and Dorothy Prosser, a chapter is devoted to each of the soldiers with a family tree followed by as much information as could be discovered about the men and their families. There is also information about their military careers and the actions in which they lost their lives. The book has 64 pages and is illustrated throughout with photographs of the men, their families and the houses where they lived.

Ron Wijk of Nieuw-Vennep in the Netherlands has sent us two scanned images of drawings of old cottages made by the celebrated Dutch painter, Anton Pieck (1895-1987) simply annotated "Totley", and wondered whether we could identify their locations.

We would like to thank Christopher Rodgers for bringing to our attention this fascinating log of the 85th Sheffield (St. John's and Totley Orphanage) Wolf Cub Pack for 1927-45. The log is published jointly by Sheffield Scout Archives and Totley History Group as a free PDF download. It is illustrated by no fewer than 92 photographs and is supported by a comprehensive index and biographies of some of the main participants.

Following our Open Meeting event on School Days, Roger Hart, Howard Adams and John Timperley have each written to us with their memories of Norwood School, which was located in the rooms attached to the Dore & Totley United Reformed Church on Totley Brook Road. 

On 22nd July 1909 the children of Dore and Totley Schools celebrated by a pageant the union of England under King Ecgbert which took place at Dore in AD 827. The pageant was devised and written by Mrs Sarah Milner and her daughter Marjorie and performed in a field close to Avenue Farm in front of a large audience. Photographs of the event survive together with a fragment of the script.

John Edward Greenwood Pinder had lived all 46 years of his life in Totley but on census night, Sunday 2 April 1911, he was not at home; he was in Derby Gaol serving a sentence of three months hard labour. From the age of 20, John had been in and out of local courts for a series of minor offences including drunkenness, assault, wilful damage and night poaching. Finally he was sent to gaol for cutting down and stealing 86 small trees which he sold in Sheffield market for Christmas.

We have already transcribed the census returns for Totley, Totley Rise and Dore. Now we have transcribed Census Strays. These are people who were born in Totley but are missing from our earlier transcriptions. They may have been living, working or studying elsewhere or just away from home on the night the census was taken. Two people were in prison. Others were in Union Workhouses, hospitals and asylums. Fully indexed strays from the 1851, 1861, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses are available now. 

We wish to thank Gillian Walker for allowing us to digitize an archive of material about the 1st Totley Scout Group. Most of the material was collected by Arthur Percival Birley in the period 1949-51 and there are many interesting documents pertaining to the building of the scout hut on Totley Hall Lane. In addition four Newsletters survive, two from the 1940s and two from 1971.

We are grateful to Angela Waite and All Saints' Parish Church for giving us access to baptismal and kindergarten birthday rolls dating from 1926 to 1941. We have transcribed the names, addresses, birthdates and baptismal dates and created an alphabetical index of entries for you to search. 

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. 

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.

Do you think you recognize this face? More than sixty photographs of the girls and teachers at Hurlfield 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.

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 in 1904 for Rev. William Blackshaw, the founder of the Croft House Settlement. The house, together with its western terrace and boundary walls, has now been awarded Grade II listed building status. 

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.

 

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