Newspaper Archive: 1850s

 

Saturday 15th June 1850 Sheffield Independent (page 4)
At Totley and Dore in the Parish of Dronfield.
The Shooting Lodge on Totley Moor 6 miles from Sheffield called Bole Hill Lodge with about 164 acres of land lying around it in a ring fence, 15 acres of which have been planted about nine years ago and the remainder is unreclaimed moorland which contains beds of Fire Clay and Gannister and is now with the exception of the plantation in the tenure of the Duke of Rutland and being in the centre of the Grouse Preserves of His Grace. Abound with game, about 150 acres of land near Totley in the Township of Totley and Dore, with farm houses and convenient outbuildings thereon in thorough repair, and divided into several holdings in the occupation of respectable tenants. A rent charge of £21 15s 11d per annum upon several lands in the Township of Totley aforesaid payable under the Totley Tithe Commutation, agreement in lieu of rectorial Tithes in the Township.

 

 

Saturday 6th July 1850 Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 5 )
The Norton Hall Estates (Extract)
Fourth Day's Sale

The sale was continued yesterday, (Friday) and although there was not so large an attendance as on the previous days, the biddings were very free. The estate, consisting of 315 acres in Totley and Dore, was put up first in one lot, but as no offer was made, it was put up in 17 lots, of which 9 were sold, and offers were made for the whole of the other, but being under the reserved price, the lots were withdrawn.
Lot 1. - Bole Hill Lodge, a plantatation of 15 acres and 149 acres of moorland, occupied by the Duke of Rutland. The first offer was £700, by Mr. Geo. Sampson, agent for E.V.P. Burnell, Esq, the biddings between whom and Mr. T.J. Parker continued till they reached £1700, Mr. Waller the agent of the Due of Rutland, then bid £1800. Mr. Sampson followed with £2000, at which sum it was eventually sold to him.
Lot 2. - The Hough field, at Dore, 2a 3r 24p, bought by Mr. H. Waterfall, for £82 10s.
Lot 3. - Mr. R. Pinder's farm, of 12 acres, at Totley, bought by Mr. Broomhead, for £355.
Lot 4. - Land &c. at Totley, occupied by Mr. Pinder, Mr. J. Mitchell, &c., 27 acres, rental £34. The highest bid was £750, by Mr. Broomhead. - Withdrawn
Lot 5. - Land at Dore, occupied by Mrs. Ann White, 13a 1r 13p., bought by Mr. John Dixon for £100.
Lot 7. - Two houses, gardens and 13 acres of land at Totley, occupied by Mr. J. Mitchell. The highest bid was £379, by Mr. Broomhead. - Withdrawn.
Lot 9. - Land at Totley, occupied by Mr. S. Pearson, 5a 2r 17p., bought by Mr. Thomas Gatley, for £250.
Lot 13. - Farm houses and land, at Totley, occupied by Mr. S. Pearson, Mr. Job Green, Mrs White, and containing 16a. The highest bid was £1800, by Mr. T. Gatley. - Withdrawn.
Lot 14. - Five closes of land, at Totley, occupied by Mr. S. Pearson, 12a 1r 37p. Bought by Mr. Baxby, for Coke D'Ewes, Esq, for £162.
Lot 15. - A rent charge of £21 15s., being the rectorial tithes payable to Mr. Shore, for land in the township of Totley. The highest bid was £200, by Mr. Broomhead. - Withdrawn.
Lot 6 was bought by Mr. Broomhead, for £20; Lot 10 by Mr. Baxby, for £44; Lot 12 by Mr. Jas. Newbould, for £37.

 

 

Saturday 23 November 1850 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Ploughing Match at Totley

On Monday last, a ploughing match took place on the farm of Mr. John Thorpe, of Totley, between George Wainwright and George Wombwell. The stake was two sovereigns, and was won by Wainwright.

 

 

Saturday 12 May 1855 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Attempted Robbery at Abbeydale Villa

On Monday morning, it was discovered that some person or persons had entered the back farm-yard of the residence of Mr. J. Roberts, Abbeydale, and attempted to steal the copper lining of a steaming tub, by first breaking away the tub from the machine, and afterwards, with some iron instrument, trying to force out the copper lining. The dishonest party must have been a long time on the premises, as the injury done to the copper lining and tub is considerable, and would require a great force to accomplish their evil design. Mr. Roberts has no doubt that the attempt has been made by some party well acquainted with the premises and the situation of the machine, the copper being so well and neatly fitted to the tub, that a stranger to the place would not be likely to discover it. Until within about two months, the machine was in the open field unmolested.

 

 

Saturday 4th August 1855 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Marriages
At the Parish Church... On the 30th ult., Mr. Joseph Mountain, plumber, to Miss Elizabeth Martin.

 

 

Saturday 27th December 1856 Sheffield Independent (page 4)
At Totley.
To be sold by Auction by Mr. Joseph Nicholson at his Auction Room in High Street Sheffield on Tuesday 13 day of January 1857 by order of the Trustees and Executors under the will of Mr. Joseph Barton Deceased and subject to conditions of sale :-

 

LOT 1
All that Messuage Tenement or Dwelling House with yard, garden, orchard, barn, stables and other outbuilding situate at Totley in the County of Derby as the same Messrs. Tenement and was lately in the occupation of the widow of the said Joseph Barton Deceased and the farm building are in the occupation of Samuel Howard.
And also all those two several closes pieces or parcels of land near to or adjoining the said Messuage and building called "The Croft" and The Toft and containing together 2a 1r 33p or thereabouts be the same of more or less, as the same ae in the occupation of the said Samuel Howard.

 

LOT 2
All that allotment close or parcel of land situate at Millstone Carver under Bole Hill containing 4a 1r 29p or thereabouts as the same in the occupation of the said Samuel Howard.

 

 

7 August 1857 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 1) One of many similar advertisements
The Fire At Abbeydale Road. If John Roberts, Esq, Abbeydale Villa, had had one of Tasker's Pumps, no doubt his House might have been saved.

 

 

Saturday 8 August 1857 Derbyshire Times
Fire at Abbeydale. 

On Saturday afternoon about two o'clock. a fire was discovered in the residence of Mr. John Roberts, on the Abbeydale road, near Dronfield. The mansion is a stone building. and remarkable to passers-by for the beautiful trellis work of wood which ornaments its front. The fire was discovered by Mr. Godber, a farmer, who was at work in his fields. Alarm was instantly given, and all the neighbouring farmers with their servants got together and removed the whole of the costly furniture from the dining, drawing, breakfast, and other rooms, valued at about £2000, before the engines from Sheffield arrived. There being a good stream of water adjacent, the fire was confined to the spot where it originated, yet the whole of the roof upon that part of the building was destroyed, and a great portion of the furniture in the upper bedrooms perished in the flames. That end of the mansion where the fire took place, had been erected within the last eighteen months. It originated it is supposed, in the garret, but how, remains a mystery, as no fire had been in that part of the building for several days. The damage is estimated at about £1600.

 

 

Sunday 3 January 1858 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Totley. On Monday, about 80 widows and females were entertained with tea in the Infant-school, Totley, provided by John Roberts, Esq., of Abbeydale Villa.

 

 

Saturday 6th July 1859 Sheffield Independent (page 4)

Upwards of 250 acres of Moorland on Totley Moor; Grouse Shooting, Public House, 4 Messuages and 200 acres of arable grass and woodland at Totley in the county of Derby. To be sold by Auctioneer Mr. Nicholson at his Auction Mart, High Street, Sheffield on Tuesday 26th July 1859 subject to conditions of sale to be produced.


LOT 1
Totley Moor in the County of Derby, moorland in the occupation and in the midst of the Preserves of his Grace Duke of Rutland containing. 139. 1. 36.

 

LOT 2
Dwelling house and premises at Totley Brick Yard and commonable land must of which is cultivated at Totley Moor in the occupation of John Barton. 15. 1. 28.

 

LOT 3
Moorland on Brown Edge adjoining Lot 1 in the occupation of Chas. Howard
77. 2. 16.

 

LOT 4
Commonable land nearly all of which is cultivated and of a high productive character in the occupation of John Redfern 20. 3. 34.

 

LOT 5
Commonable land mostly cultivated in the occupation of Messrs. George Hill and John Howard. This lot contains a valuable bed of fire clay worked by Mr. Geo Hill.
32. 0. 32.


LOT 6
The well known Public House The Cross Scythes with all necessary out offices and building and sundry, closes of land in the occupation of Job Green and Messrs Radfern & Howard. 33. 1. 23

 

The Cross Scythes is the only Public House on the Sheffield & Bakewell Turnpike Road at Totley and together with several pieces of land in this lot and in lots 8 - 9 is subject to a lease to Messrs Hunt and Co of which about 3 yrs are unexpired.

 

 

Saturday 16th April 1859 Sheffield Independent.
The Forge Tilt and works at Totley and Dore now in the occupation of Mr. Geo Mountford and known as Totley ~Scythe Forge Wheel and between 30 and 40 acres of adjoining land are now on Sale by Private Contract. 

 

 

Latest News

In lieu of our monthly library meeting in December, Totley History Group will be supporting the popular annual Spitewinter Concert at Ecclesall Parish Church. The Sheffield Folk Chorale will perform winter songs from across the centuries. With special guests Sarentino Strings. All profits to local charities. The concert will be on Wednesday 13th December beginning at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are priced at £8.25 and are expected to be in great demand. Anyone wishing to go to the concert should contact Pauline Burnett a.s.a.p at:

paulineburnett17@gmail.com.

 

Our first meeting in the new year will be on Wednesday 24th January when we welcome back Chris Corker whose talk is called The Shell, Armaments and Munitions Production Crisis, 1915-1916. The wartime demand for armaments lead to the Shell Crisis of May 1915. Chris examines the effect that the formation of the Ministry of Munitions, under the guidance of David Lloyd-George, had on Sheffield's armament companies and its industry as a whole.

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.

The Tyzack family are well known in our area for owning iron and steel trades at Walk Mill, Abbeydale Works, Totley Rolling Mill and Totley Forge. This article covers the history of the family from the late 18th century when William Tyzack the founder of the company was born until the early 20th century when Joshua Tyzack farmed at Avenue Farm, Dore.  

Walter Waller Marrison moved to Totley around 1897 with his wife and their two young sons. He was a house builder who constructed properties around Totley Brook and Greenoak before ill health forced him to take up less physically demanding work. In 1904 he took over the tenancy of the grocers and off licence at number 71 Baslow Road. After his death in 1908, his widow Kate and later their eldest son Jack continued to run the business until it was sold in 1934.   

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 in 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, Norton, Holmesfield and Dronfield.

 

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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