Saturday 1st January 1870 Derbyshire Times (page 8)
A public tea meeting was held on the 29th ult at Mrs. Harriet Ferneys the Fleur de Lis Inn Totley when about 30 sat down to a sumptuous tea. After tea the cloth was drawn when dancing was commenced which kept up until a late hour.
Saturday 8th January 1870 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 8)
The Annual Wesleyan tea meeting of the Sabbath School connected with this place was held on Monday 3rd inst. There were about 106 sat down for tea. After tea a public meeting was held and Mr. W. Hopkinson of Totley was elected to the chair. The meeting was addressed by Messrs. Moxon Hadfield Ward & Langley. It was well attended and all went off pleasantly.
Tuesday 10th May 1870 Sheffield Independent (page 1,2,4,5)
Totley Moor Fire Brick Works.
Geo Hodgkin (late George Hill) desires to inform his friends and the public that he had taken to the above works and is prepared to supply them with every article connected with the trade of the best quality and hopes by attention to business to secure a share of their patronage.
Saturday 29th October 1870 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 8)
A fine display of the Aurora Borealis was seen on Tuesday evening at Totley it was of a lurid red and lit up the eastern sky as though the village were in a blaze, later on it changed to a beautiful soft white.
On Sunday last the inhabitants of Totley were alarmed at the appearance of a Mad Dog. It appears that the dog came through Dore to Totley and on its passage through Dore it bit Mr. Parkin's hound and a dog belonging to Mr. Charles Coates of Totley both dogs have been destroyed since. The mad dog was killed at Totley.
On Saturday last a rabbit coursing took place on the ground adjoining the Cross Scythes Inn Totley for 10 suppers between Mr. Stone's dog and Mr. Pinder's dog the latter winning. The supper was served in good style by Mrs. Bown hostess of the Cross Scythes and seemed to give much satisfaction to all.
Saturday 12th November 1870 Derby Times & Chesterfield Herald (page 5)
The New Road.
We observe that the new road from Abbey Dale to Dore is already gripped out and a considerable length of the road is stripped of soil. There is little doubt that the Midland Railway Co. will now soon commence the station at Twenty Wellsick which they undertook to erect as soon as the road was commenced. The stations opening up for the new road will doubtless bring to the neighbourhood of Dore and Totley increased inhabitants and commercial wealth.
Saturday 12th November 1870 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 5)
Totley - Death of John Marshall.
The death of the above person took place on the 4th inst. At the age of 67 years and few villages contained a man so widely known and so much respected. His kind and straight forward manliness made him an exceptional favourite with all who had the good fortune to know him. He was a File Cutter by trade and in that capacity earned as much as enabled him to bring up respectably a large family who have treated him with every kindness during a long illness. As a sports man he was much attached to the chase of often have the Derbyshire Hills been heard to resound to his musical cry Tally Ho. His mortal remains were consigned to there last resting place on Sunday last in the Dore Churchyard and never in the memory of the oldest inhabitant has such a scene been witnessed besides relatives and friends many hundreds from surrounding neighbourhood were present who appeared anxious to pay a last tribute of respect to poor Old Filey.
Friday 5th May 1871 Sheffield Independent (page 1)
Excursions to Stoney Middleton.
Mr. Robert Stone begs to announce that he has commenced running an Omnibus between Sheffield and Stoney Middleton via Totley, Baslow and Calver. Leaving Yellow Lion, Old Haymarket, on Tuesday and Saturday at 4 p.m. calling at the Cutlers Arms, New Church Street, and at the Travellers Rest, Sheffield Moor for passengers and parcels. After Whitsuntide the above will run 3 times a week, namely Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Saturday 2nd March 1872 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Meeting at Totley. A parish meeting was held in the school room Totley on Thursday for the purpose of nominating persons qualified to serve as parish constable for the ensuing year for the parish of Totley. The following list was made out by the meeting:- Messrs Charles Howard, farmer; Charles Coates, scythe grinder; Enoch Williamson, ex policeman; and Edward Green, farmer and grinder.
Thursday 25th April 1872 Sheffield Independent (page 2)
To be let: 2 new very pleasantly situated cottages at Totley suitable for Residents at Sheffield wishing to get in the country during the summer season.
Apply Mrs. Mitchell Totley Bents.
Thursday 9th May 1872 Sheffield Independent (page 2)
To be let: Grove Cottage, Abbeydale Road. This delightfully situated dwelling house is within 8 minutes walk of the Totley & Dore Station and contains Dining and Drawing rooms, 4 good Bed Rooms, 2 Kitchens, excellent larder and cellaring and W.C. The Pleasure Grounds and Kitchen Garden are tastily laid out and well planted with Shrubs and Trees rendering the above a very desirable residence. Apply to Beckett and Hunt Sharebrokers, 18 Norfolk Row. Sheffield
Saturday 11th May 1872 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)
Wanted a Steady Man as Carter.
House and coals found, good wages given also a strong lad not under 16 to go with horses and make himself useful.
Apply Thos Kilner, Totley Chemical Works near Sheffield.
Saturday 27th July 1872 Derbyshire Times (page 8)
Narrow escape from drowning.
On Monday last as a pleasure party from Sheffield to Totley was on the road about 1 mile from Totley a little girl was gathering flowers by the road side and passed through the gate that lead to the works of Messrs. W. Tyzack and Sons known as the Rolling Mills where she got on the embankment and getting over-balanced fell into a large dam; one of the girl's companions gave an alarm and a gentleman jumped in and with great difficulty rescued her. They were removed to the Cross Scythes Inn, where Mrs. Bowns rendered every assistance and the party were able to return home the same evening.
Saturday 3rd August 1872 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 5)
On Monday last the anniversary of the Dore and Totley Sick & Funeral Society was held at the Hare and Hounds Inn Dore. In the morning the members formed into procession at the Club House and headed by the Dore & Eccllesall Brass Band marched to Totley to Totley Bents and back to Christ Church Dore when a most impressive sermon was preached by the Rev. J. T. F. Aldred vicar of Dore. After service and processions reformed and marched to the Club Room where a splendid dinner was provided by the Host & Hostess Parkin which gave every satisfaction according to the report. The Club is in a flourishing state having at the present time 171 members the last year there was paid the Sick £96. 3. 9d and Funerals £401 besides a saving £90. 3. 4d making a nett stock of £1943.11.11d.
Saturday 17th August 1872 Derby Times (page 6)
Serious Gig Accident near Totley.
An alarming accident occurred on Saturday evening to Mr. Taylor of Stoke Hall Calver, and Mr. Brown of Sheffield. At 8 o'clock these gentlemen set off from Sheffield in a gig to Stoke Hall. Shortly after they had passed the residence of Mrs. Roberts on the Abbeydale Road their conveyance was run into by a waggon coming in the opposite direction. Both gents were pitched out of the gig and lay insensible on the road for some time. On recovering consciousness they found that the horse had bolted and that the occupants of the waggon had not stopped to render them any assistance. Fortunately Mr. Needham farmer of Totley came by in a light vehicle and conveyed the injured gentlemen to his house Mr. Brown escaped with light bruises but Mr. Taylor is now laying at Stoke Hall in a very precarious condition. The gig was damaged and horse which was found at Totley much injured. Mr. Taylor had with him a new gun which he had just purchased for £25 he and Mr. Brown having arranged to commence grouse shooting on Monday morning. Search for this gun was afterwards made at the scene of the accident but it has not been found.
Saturday 15th February 1873
On Saturday morning between 4 & 5 o'clock a fire occurred at the Totley Orphanage of such a character that but for its timely discovery and the energetic means so promptly taken to extinguish it would in all probability have destroyed the greater part, if not the entire building. It appears that at the time named the matron and some of the inmates were aroused by smoke which was fast filling the sleeping and other apartments. An alarm was at once given and for a time the greatest excitement and confusion existed. The orphans, upwards of 40 in number, screaming and crying were as speedily as possible some dressed and some partially so got out of the Orphanage.
Mr. Poole builder and contractor, Mr. Kilner Totley Chemical Works and Mr. Barker all residing near were immediately at the place and the most energetic means were at once taken, not only to discover the part where the fire had commenced but also to put it out. On opening the dinning room door it was found that that floor near to the fire place was for several yards in a blaze and that the fire had ignited several of the tables and also extended to one of the windows. In the course of an hour the fire had began to yield to the efforts made and had been so far subdued as to remove all fear of the safety of the building. The amount of the whole damage may be from £20 to £30.
The building is insured in the Queen Office.
Monday 3rd March 1873 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Serious Assault on the Police at Totley.
About 10 o'clock on Friday morning last Police Constable Parrock met 4 men on the Sheffield Road above Dore Moor Inn, they appeared to be workmen and one of them was dressed in the garb of a grinder. They asked Parrock the way to Dronfield stating that they were going to Messrs. Wilson & Cammells works, Parrock showed them the road but observing that one of the men had a bag he inquired what it was and asked to be allowed to see what it contained where upon he was at once thrown down on the road by 2 of the men who threw quick lime into his eyes at the same time putting there hands over his face.
He was left by them on the road in a state of blindness and suffering the most excruciating pain. He is now suffering from acute inflammation of both eyes, one of which it is feared he will lose the sight of. He stated that the men who attacked him took the lime from there pockets and there can be little doubt that they had been out poaching and the lime was carried with them as a ready means of preventing the police searching them in the case of meeting with them on a road. None of them are known but it is supposed that they are Sheffielders.
10th March 1873 Sheffield Telegraph (page 4)
Sudden death at Totley.
Yesterday morning Mr. John Hall foreman of the Totley Forge died suddenly, Mrs. Hall hearing him breath heavily and thinking that something unusual was the matter went to fetch a neighbour. On returning she found that he was dead. He had been ill several weeks and under the care of Dr Booker who had ceased to attend him as he was much better.
Tuesday 29th April 1873 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Drinking on Good Friday.
Edward Brown, a brick merchant of Holmesfield, was summoned for drinking in a beerhouse during prohibited hours. Police constable Hswkins said that on Good Friday morning at a quarter past 10 he visited Mrs Fearnehough's beerhouse at Totley and found the defendant drinking in the taproom, fined 10/6d including costs. Mr. Robinson and Mr. Robinson and Mr. Thomas Mitchell labourer of Totley were summonsed for a similar offence committed on the same day at Clement Needham's beerhouse of Totley and were muleted in a like penalty as also was Joseph Coates, farmer at Dore, for drinking in the Dore Moor Inn on the same morning Police Constable Hawkins proved the case.
Saturday 6th July 1873 Sheffield Independent (page 10)
Fatal Accident in a Hay Field.
At Totley Moor on Wednesday a fatal accident occurred at Totley Moor about 10 o'clock a boy named Wm. Hodkin 10yrs of age son of Geo. Hodkin farmer of Totley Moor, the lad was driving a horse attached to haymaking machine technically called a "Tippler" when from some cause the horse became restive while struggling to control the animal the deceased stumbled over some hap and fell onto the ground and the machine entered his back above the shoulder injuring the spinal cord and a second passed between his ribs penetrating his left lung. Death resulted in a few minutes. The accident was witnessed by the deceased's father.
Monday 28 July 1873 Sheffield Independent (page 3)
Band of Hope Union Demonstration
On Saturday afternoon a pic-nic gathering of nearly 1000 persons, took place on grounds kindly lent by Joseph Mountain and D. Wilkins, Esqrs.,at Abbeydale. The committee had prepared for the amusement of all visitors, archery, rotary velocipedes, football, coloured diagrams, and scientic instrucments from the show rooms of Messrs. Cutts, Sutton, and Co. The British Workman's brass band attended. A meeting was addressed by Messrs. John Unwin, S. Hoyland, J. Binney, T. Hobson, J. Milne, W. Bull, of Rotherham, and others. W. S. Brittain, Esq., presided. All enjoyed themselves well, and returned by the special excursion train at none o'clock from Totley.
Saturday 15th November 1873 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)
The bequest left by the late H. Williamson Esq. for the benefit of a school for poor children in Sheffield or neighbourhood has been bestowed on the Totley Orphanage.
Tuesday 27th January 1874 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Damaging a wall at Totley.
Peter Pinder labourer Totley was charged with this offence by Mr. T. Bown Innkeeper on 9th inst. The case was fully proved by prosecutor and Police constable Parrot fined £2 and costs and also ordered to pay £2 damages done to the wall or 2 months imprisonment.
Wednesday lst April 1874 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Sudden Death of a Child at Totley.
An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at Mr. Clement Needham's the Grouse Inn, Totley Bents, by C.S.B. Busby Esq, on the body of Ellen Elizabeth Pinder who died suddenly on Sunday morning. The child which was five months old was daughter of a general domestic servant named Elizabeth Pinder. The evidence pointed to the death of the child having been caused by convulsions and a verdict to that effect was accordingly returned.
Wednesday 8th July 1874 Sheffield Independent (Page 1)
Borough Benefit Building Soc. (sec. 8)
Monthly Contributions 10s per share, bonus £5 per share.
Joshua Bromley, Kenwood Road, Chairman
Joseph Mountain Mountville, Beauchief
George Ormrod, Montgomery Road
Robert C Shirtcliffe Cemetery Road
Tuesday 1st September 1874 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Garden Robbery at Dronfield.
Geo. Charlesworth and W. Anthony of Totley Bents, John Scott shear grinder Sheffield were charged with stealing at Dronfield on the 9th of August half a peck of apples the property of W. Robinson. Fined 6s each and costs.
Saturday 31st October 1874 The Derbyshire Times (page 2)
Sheffield Borough Benefit Building Society (Section 8)
Shares £120 Each. Monthly Contribution 10s. per share. Bonus £5 per share.
Mr. Jph. Bromley, Kenwood Bank rd. (Chairman),
Mr. Joseph Mountain, Mountville, Beauchieff,
Mr. John Hunsley, Broomhill,
Mr. George Ormrod, Montgomery-road,
Mr Robt. Chas. Shirtcliffe, Cemetery road.
Messrs. Rodgers, Thomas, and Swift
Manager and Secretary,
Mr Amos Moss, 30 Bank-street.
The Fifth Meeting for Enrolment of Members and Payment of Contributions will be held at the Old Queen's Head Inn, Castle-street, on the Second Wednesday Evening in each month from Eight to Nine o'clock.
More than £350,000 have been Lent Out on Mortgage by the Seven previous Borough Building Societies.
Apllications for Advances to be made to the Secretary.
Tuesday 9th March 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)
Wanted a good Fire Brick Maker one who had been thoroughly accustomed to the game. :--Apply Totley Moor Fire Brick Works.
Monday 15th March 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)
Wanted a good fire brick Maker :- Apply Totley Fire Brick Works.
Thursday 27the May 1875 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
The following notes on Totley Hall were read yesterday on the visit of the Sheffield Architectural and Archaeological Society to that old mansion, by the kind permission of F. Hunt Esq., the tenant of the property:- Totley Hall is not a widely known mansion, nor is the corner of Derbyshire in which it is situate a place that has attracted the attention of the topographer or antiquary. Indeed so little of its ancient history has come down to modern times, that we may safely class Totley among those happy lands where history is not made. Standing on the confines of cultivation, with a vast tract of moorland at its back, it has long been better known for its pure air than for its gaiety; for its rum and milk, than for the dryness of its antiquarian detail. The manor was called Totingelee in the Domesday survey, and was said to be held by the King's Thanes, but though we are obliged for this information, we should have preferred to know more. Totingelee was, as people say, a little out of the world, and perhaps for that very reason it acquired a sort of ecclesiastical tinge, and formed a connection with the pious fraternity at Beauchief. Totley forms part of the ancient parish of Dronfield, the rectory of which was conferred on the Abbots of Beauchief by Henry De Braylesford in the 14th century. The tithe of Totley therefore became the property of the Abbey, and the chief man of the village made himself very useful to his ecclesiastical neighbours. He bore the very ordinary name of Barker, but this Barker was a squire of ancient line. We find him in 1382 under the name of Radulpho de Dore, acting as trustee under a deed conveying the avowson of the church of Dronfield; and a little later he is called Ralph Barker of Dore. This Ralph was invaluable to the convert, and prospered as so loyal a son of the church ought. In the reign to Henry VI., his descendants figured in a list of the Derbyshire gentry; and in the 29th year of Henry VIII., one John Barker held the tithe of Dore at a rent of £2 6s. 8d. In the 31st Henry VIII., it was held by Roger Barker on the same terms. An Edward Barker was living 1646, and a John Barker 1654. The Barkers also acquired property at Norton Lees, by a marriage with the heiress of Parker of that place and Dronfield Woodhouse, and the direct line ended in Sir Robert Barker, who married an heiress of Brabazon Hallowes, of Glapwell, and died in 1789. To these Barkers we must ascribe th erection of Totley Hall, for their arms still figure over the mantel piece, and are thus described - per chevron engrailed or and sable, a lion rampant counter changed, a canton azure charged with a fleur de lis or. But over the front door carved on the lintel, are the initials and date, "G. N. 1623. W. M." We do not attempt to reconcile these letters with the presence of the Barker arms within the house, but merely chronicle their existence, trusting the clue to the problem may yet be found.
In the latter part of the last century the Totley estate was held by Andrew Gallimore, Esq., who by his will dated 14th April, 1791, proved at Lichfield August 24th of the same year, gave and devised to his niece Hannah, wife of the Rev. D'Ewes Coke, of Brookwell Hall, in the county of Notts, her heirs and assigns, all his messuages, farm lands, &c. Mrs Coke was before her marriage, Miss Heywood, of Brimington. Under this will the property passed into the family of Coke, where it has since remained. The Rev. D'Ewes Coke, who died in 1811, was a talented and what is better, a very good man and a very clever artist. He was extremely fond of engraving on copper, an occupation by which he injured his sight, and finally became blind, but even under this affliction he continued for many years to exercise his sacred calling, knowing the service off by heart.
The issue of Mr. Coke's marriage with Hannah was three sons and one daughter-D'Ewes Coke, who succeeded to the Totley and other estates, and died in 1856; Sir William Coke, puisne justice of Ceylon, who died without issue in 1818; John Coke, of Dibdale, Justice of the Peace and Sheriff of Notts; and a daughter, Hannah, who married the Rev. Ellis Wilbrams, and died without issue. D'Ewes Coke, the eldest son, was a magistrate for Derby and Notts, Deputy Lieutenant of the former, and at one time Recorder of Norwich and deputy-Recorder of Grantham. The present owner of Totley Hall is William Sacheverell Coke, Esq., of Brookhill Hall, formerly an officer in the 39th regiment, and a magistrate for his county. In 1836 this gentleman took out a small yacht under 50 tons, old measurement, in face of the autumnal equinoctial gales, to the Cape of Good Hope, without touching anywhere, a feat then accomplished for the first time.
The Cokes were formerly of Trusley, in Derbyshire, a property they still hold. They are also possessors of Kirkby Hall, which came to them by marriage with the last of the Sacheverells of Kirkby. Brookhill Hall, their chief seat, was formerly the property of James I., and adjoins Fullwood Chase (which now consists of 169 acres, and contains seven inhabitants), and Sherwood Forest. Sir John Coke, for 20 years Secretary of State to Charles I., was of this family, as was also Thomas Coke, Chamberlain to Queen Anne and George I. Totley Hall was for many years the residence of the late D'Ewes Coke, who took some pride in the old place, and stored it with quaint furniture. It stands with its back to Totley Village, in a charming situation, a short distance down the lane that branches to the left from the turnpike road; and enjoys a pleasant prospect over fields and woods towards Holmesfield. As a structure, the hall is one of those rambling old houses that grew rather than were built. Without being large it is roomy, and far from being afflicted with what a facetious friend calls "beastly regularity," it is as irregular as the most erratic genius could desire. We should not like to say on how many levels the ground floor lies. Entering by the front door, you find yourself mounting by one step into an old squire's hall, hung around with "pikes and guns and bows," trophies of the chase, and the instruments of the angler. A fine old dining table crosses the upper end of the room, and there are oak chairs of as many patterns as could be found in an old curiosity shop. A top story has been added in modern times to a well carved oak cabinet, by the ingenious adaptation of old chair backs, and it is used as a rack for pewter plates, with which it is well filled. Against the side of the chimney breast hangs a clock, curiously and wonderfully made, that reminds one of Sir Thos. More's clock that graces, or did grace, the staircase at Walton Hall. An early barometer, bearing an Italian name, but a Sheffield address, hangs by the side of the window; and on a nail near the top of the room is suspended an old leather wattle, which our forefathers slung round their shoulders when filled with ale, a beverage towards which they probably felt the same sentiments as Ebenezer Elliott, though they may never have expressed them in such vigorous language. The Corn Law Rhymer says:-
Old ale and jolly, be it dark or place,
Drink like a toper, be thou green or grey!
Drink oft and long, or try to climb and fail!
If thou would'st climb Winhill, drink old and jolly ale!
But least such poetry should corrupt our sober morals, let us pass from the entrance hall and dining room of the mansion to its other apartments. Up one or two steps, the explorer proceeds to the bottom of a staircase leading to the chamber floor, and right and left lie the drawing room and one of the several kitchens the house contains. The drawing room is a charming apartment with old cane chairs and couch, a curiously-constructed table, and a whatnot in oak, at once massive and effective. In one corner of the room is a narrow loop-hole window, that suggests the time when the Lord of Totley could protect himself from freebooters, or even stand a small siege. The bed rooms are as quaint as the reception rooms, and as full of old furniture, in the form of carved beds, dressing glasses, and rare oak chests of different dates and designs. The builders of Totley Hall were anything but particular to a staircase, more or less. We have explored two leading to entirely different sets of apartments, and there are probably others, for the bed rooms we have seen certainly fall short of covering the whole area of the house. The ground on which the Hall is built slopes towards the east, and the house has been made in steps to fit the ground, instead of the ground made to fit the house. The result is a place very picturesque, and possibly comfortable; not at all in the style of the suburban villa residence, nor owing allegiance to any particular style of architecture. The furniture collected so industriously from all the neighbourhood by the late Mr. Coke, looks appropriate enough in this rambling mansion. Like the house it fills, it is the child of many brains and many hands. Not often in this changeful world do we see old things kept together as this house and furniture have been, or so well and intelligently cared for.- J. D. Leader.
Saturday 29th May 1875 Supplement to The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 12)
Totley Hall, the property of William Sacheverell Coke, Esq., of Brookhill Hall, Nottinghamshire, was for many years the residence of the late D'Ewes Coke, who took some pride in the old place, and stored it with quaint furniture. It stands with its back to Totley Village, in a charming situation, a short distance down the lane that branches to the left from the turnpike road; and enjoys a pleasant prospect over fields and woods towards Holmesfield. As a structure, the hall is one of those rambling old houses that grew rather than were built. Without being large it is roomy, and far from being afflicted with what a facetious friend calls "beastly regularity," it is as irregular as the most erratic genius could desire. We should not like to say on how many levels the ground floor lies. Entering by the front door, you find yourself mounting by one step into an old squire's hall, hung around with "pikes and guns and bows," trophies of the chase, and the instruments of the angler. A fine old dining table crosses the upper end of the room, and there are oak chairs of as many patterns as could be found in an old curiosity shop. A top story has been added in modern times to a well carved oak cabinet, by the ingenious adaptation of old chair backs, and it is used as a rack for pewter plates, with which it is well filled. Against the side of the chimney breast hangs a clock, curiously and wonderfully made, that reminds one of Sir Thos. More's clock that graces, or did grace, the staircase at Walton Hall. An early barometer, bearing an Italian name, but a Sheffield address, hangs by the side of the window; and on a nail near the top of the room is suspended an old leather wattle, which our forefathers slung round their shoulders when filled with ale. Up one or two steps, the explorer proceeds to the bottom of a staircase leading to the chamber floor, and right and left lie the drawing room and one of the several kitchens the house contains. The drawing room is a charming apartment with old cane chairs and couch, a curiously-constructed table, and a whatnot in oak, at once massive and effective. in one corner of the room is a narrow loop-hole window, that suggests the time when the Lord of Totley could protect himself from freebooters, or even stand a small siege. The bed rooms are as quaint as the reception rooms, and as full of old furniture, in the form of carved beds, dressing glasses, and rare oak chests of different dates and designs. The builders of Totley Hall were anything but particular to a staircase, more or less. We have explored two leading to entirely different sets of apartments, and there are probably others, for the bed rooms we have seen certainly fall short of covering the whole area of the house. The ground on which the Hall is built slopes towards the east, and the house has been made in steps to fit the ground, instead of the ground made to fit the house. The result is a place very picturesque, and possibly comfortable; not at all in the style of the suburban villa residence, nor owing allegiance to any particular style of architecture. The furniture collected so industriously from all the neighbourhood by the late Mr. Coke, looks appropriate enough in this rambling mansion. Like the house it fills, it is the child of many brains and many hands. Not often in this changeful world do we see old things kept together as this house and furniture have been, or so well and intelligently cared for.- J. D. Leader.
Wednesday 30th June 1875 Sheffield Independent (page 1).
Mowing Grass At Holmesfield and Totley Bents.
Mr. Robert Lowe will sell by Auction on Friday next July 2nd 6¼ acres of mowing grass at Holmesfield and 4½ acres at Totley Bents both on land belonging to Thos. Youdan Esq.
Saturday 28th August 1875 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 6)
Death of a cow from Hydrophobia.
A cow belonging to Mr John Coates farmer of Totley Bents was bitten by a dog in a rabid state seven weeks since but nothing appeared unusual until Sunday, when appearance of Hydrophobia manifested themselves. The cow foamed at the mouth and ran at everything that came in its way. After suffering Monday it was destroyed. The same dog bit many other dogs which have not been destroyed.
Tuesday 31st August 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Cautions to Smokers in Railway Carriages
Sampson Green, Totley was fined 40s and costs for smoking in a carriage not appointed for the purpose on the railway between Beauchief and Sheffield on the 31st July.
Friday 19th November, 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Totley Agricultural Society
An agricultural society has been formed at Totley and the inaugural festivity in connection with it took place yesterday, when an all-England ploughing match was held. The ploughing was divided into three classes, and the aggregate value of the prizes offered was £11. 13s including a silver cup. The various farm servants of the district eagerly entered, but the day was so wet that four competitors only turned up and they were all men who had to compete in the second class. The match took place on land kindly lent for the purpose by F. Hunt Esq. of Totley Hall. The prizes were awarded as follow: Wm. Shepherd, employed by Mr. W. R. Pool of Mickley Farm £2; Jos Wass employed by Mr. F. Hunt, Totley Hal,l £1; and Walter Hattersley, employed by Mr. Green of Totley Bents Farm 10s. The ploughing was far above the average, and notwithstanding the heavy condition of the land, with highly commended. A prize was also awarded to the best span of horses engaged in the work, and a chestnut horse and black mare the property of Messrs. Green and Son, were easily first. The action of the animals and their superior breed were subjects of universal comments, indeed so much was the action of the chestnut horse admired, that he was bought on the spot by a Sheffield firm of brewers. The other horses, although not equal in point of breed and beauty to the successful animals, did no disgrace to their owners. The judges were Mr. Henry Ibbotson, farmer Stubbin, nr. Loxley; Mr. J Woodcock, farmer, Oughtibridge; and Mr. Joel Temple farmer, late of Loxley. In the evening the judges, competitors and friends dined together at the Crown Inn, Totley, when the host, Mr. Drabble, catered to the general satisfaction. Mr. W. F. Badger occupied the chair and Mr. Pool the vice-chair and a convivial evening was spent. The success of the society, the objects of which are so good that it meets with the general support of the farmers of the neighbourhood.
Tuesday 1st February 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Harriet Fearnley, Innkeeper, Totley nr. Sheffield was summoned for having her house open during prohibited hours on the 24th inst. Mr. Binney defended and Police Constable Parrock proved the case. A fine of 20s and costs were imposed, John Brown landlord of the Devonshire Arms Dore nr. Sheffield was summoned for a similar offence. It was proved by Police Constable Parrock that the house was open at 11am on the 24th and there were 6 people in the house. In defence it was stated that the landlord had experienced some difficulty in ejecting a drunken man a fine of 20s and costs was inflicted.
Tuesday 8th February 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
To Builders Parties desirous of tendering for the various required in the erection of new buildings for the Sheffield and Rotherham Licence Victuallers Institute nr. Dore and Totley Station on the Midland Railway may inspect the plans and obtain bills of quantities at my office from Wednesday 2nd February to Wednesday 16th on which latter day tenders must be delivered before 5 o'clock. The committee do not pledge themselves to accept the lowest or any tender. J.B. Mitchell, Withers, St. James Street Sheffield.
Tuesday 8th February 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Public House Offences
The following persons were summoned by Superintendent Cruitt for being on licensed premises during prohibited hours on the 24th January. Geo. Green jnr. Innkeeper did not appear and a warrant was issued for his apprehension.
Samuel Binns, Totley, ordered to pay costs 6s 6d. John Wragg. Totley. fined 5s and costs or 14 days. Wallace Hodson, Totley, ordered to pay costs. Wm Farnsworth, Dore, to pay costs. Wm. Sykes, Dore, to pay costs. Wm. Sykes the elder, Dore, to pay costs. Benjamin Biggin, Dore, to pay costs.
Wednesday 29th March 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 1)
A grand Football March will be played at Bramall Lane on Thursday 30th March 1876 in aid of the Funds of the above institute. Thursday Wanderers v H.M. 19th Regiment (PWO) by the kind permission of Colonel Deane and Officers. The band of the regiment will attend and play selections during the afternoon. Tickets 6d each may be had at the Sheffield Daily Telegraph and Independent Office. Kick off at 3pm J. Wild Hon. Sec.
Tuesday 16th May 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
To Coal Clay & Ganister Merchants investors and Others.
To be sold by Auction by Mr Nickolson at his Auction Mart, High Street Sheffield on Tuesday 30th day of May 1876 at 4 o'clock in the afternoon subject to conditions.
All that close or piece of land situate on Totley Common containing including the thriving plantation 10a 0r 37p more or less now or late in the occupation of Wm. Green. The land contains beds of Gannister from 4ft to 5ft thick, White clay (suitable for fire bricks or pots) from 4ft to 6ft thick and Black Clay 3ft thick. There is also coal which would be available for burning Bricks, and there is also a bed of Cannel Coal about 12yds below the bottom of the pit. A pit has been sunk in the land 32yds deep and levels have been driven therein and it is now in good working conditions. A stone building has been erected for the purpose of the Pit which will be included in the sale. There is also a large wooden shed on the ground which with the working plant must be paid for by the purchaser at a valuation which has been made by the Auctioneer. A portion of the land is planted with Fir and other Trees valuable for working the pit. This lot is nearly surrounded by preserves of his Grace of Rutland and abundance of shooting can always be had.
Saturday 26th August 1876 Sheffield Independent (page 10)
Totley Orphanage and Bridlington Quay.
On Saturday through the kindness of a few friends the children of the Totley Orphanage had a delightful trip to this beautiful and increasingly popular watering place.
Tuesday 21st November 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)
The following is the copy of a reply received by Mr. Mountain, one of the Churchwardens of St. John's, Abbeydale, to a memorial forwarded by him to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners from the inhabitants of Mountville, Abbeydale, in which they pray the Commissioners to include them within the limits of the new parish about to be attached to St. John's Church:-
Ecclesiastical Commission, 10 Whitehall-place,London S.W., 17th November, 1876.
Dear Sir,-The Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England have had under their consideration the memorial recently forwarded by you which was addressed to this board by certain inhabitants of the new parish of Ecclesall Bierlow, who are desirous of being included within the limits of any district which may be assigned to the Church of St. John the Evangelist, at Abbeydale, and the Commissioners have at the same time had before them fresh proposals for such a district comprising portions of the cures of Dore and Norton only. After conferring with the Bishop of Lichfield upon the matter, the board has arrived at the conclusion that it would not be expedient to include any portion of the cure of Ecclesall Bierlow within the district to be assigned to the Church of Abbeydale. - I am, dear sir, yours faithfully. (Signed) George Pringle.
Joseph Mountain, Esq., Mountville, Abbeydale, near Sheffield.
Tuesday 13th February 1877 Sheffield Independent (page 7)
The Sheffield Hunt.
The members of the Sheffield Hunt met yesterday morning at Owler Bar and soon found a hare, but in consequence of the bad state of the ground she did not offord much sport and was soon caught. Another was found between Owler Bar and Wooden Pole and a gallant run was made puss crossing and marshy ground in the direction of Totley and then turning on the left of Blacka Plantation, Strawberry Lee, thence to Stoney Middleton and back to Owler Bar and then passing Brown Edge on the left returned to Strawberry Lee. Puss was not caught as after crossing Sheffield Plantation to Longhurst the hounds were taken off. In the evening an excellent dinner was provided by Mr. George Augus, at his house the Feathers, Bard Street Park and 50 members of the hunt did ample justice to it. The occasion was taken advantage of to celebrate the birthday of Mr. Joseph Pearson son of the landlady of the Barrel Inn Pyebank a respected member of the hunt, songs, toasts and speeches enlivened the meeting and altogether a pleasant evening was spent, Mr. David Sellars the huntsman responded to the toast of the Sheffield Hunt.
Thursday 8th March 1877 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Ancient Mills - Fulling Mill at Totley.
Ralph de Ecclesall, amongst other gifts, gave to the Canons of Beauchief "a spot of ground near the river of Schefeld, for the erection of a fulling mill, with leave to turn the river if necessary; he to have one-third of the profits, and to bear one-third of the expenses." (Pegge, 150.) This, as nearly as I can ascertain, happened bout A.D. 1300, rather before the time when Edward III. invited over skilled weavers from the Netherlands. (Fuller's Church History.) The woollen manufacture, nevertheless, was yearly becoming of greater importance, and the monks, ever amongst the foremost improvers of the mechanical arts, were always ready to embark in a remunerative business. A fulling mill, as everybody knows, is used in the woollen manufacturer. At a certain stage of the process the cloth, folded into many plies, is put into the mill, where it is exposed to the long-continued action of two heavy wooden mallets or stocks, a thick solution of soap or fuller's earth being spread between each layer of cloth. There may now be seen at Totley on the Sheaf a mill (formerly a paper mill) in which are two heavy oaken mallets, of very ancient appearance. I believe paper-making and cloth-making both require the process of fulling, and this may, therefore, be the very mill which Robert de Ecclesall gave to the canons.
There is a reason why a fulling mill would be useful to the canons, which is this. Their walking-habit was white, and was made probably of somewhat heavy material. Now fullers not only scoured cloth which came from the loom, but also washed and cleansed garments which had already been worn. In the days of the Romans this was done by putting them into tubs or vats, where they were trodden upon and stamped by the feet of the fullers, whence Seneca speaks of saltus fullonicus, or a fuller's dance (Dr. Wm. Smith, Dict. of Antiq.) What was done by the feet of the fullers would here be done by wooden mallets worked by water-power, and as soap was yet unknown, the improvement would be a very beneficial one. In St. Mark's account of the transfiguration of Our Lord we read "that his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them." (ix., 3.) S.O. Addy
Saturday 14th April 1877 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Sale At Totley.
Mr. Robert Lowe will hold his ninth periodical sale at the Cross Scythes Hotel Totley on Wednesday next April 18th 1877 to commence at one o'clock
The following entries are already made viz:-
Six useful Draught and Nag Horses, three Cows in calf, two newly calved cows, six Stirks, two Bullocks, one Bull, two Barren Cows, two Fat Beasts 36 long-woollen hoggets, 10 Ewes and ther Lambs, eight Fat Sheep, two Fat Pigs, two light Traps, three good Sets of Harness, three Straw Cutters, Water Barrel &c.
Further entries may be made to Mr. Bowns, Cross Scythes Hotel, or Mr. Wainwright, Totley, Shiregreen April 18th 1877
Wednesday 9th May 1877 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 1)
Mountville Freehold Land Society, Abbeydale
Solicitors: Messrs. Rodgers, Thomas, Swift and Ashington, Bank-street. Surveyor: Mr. J. B. Mitchell-Withers, Saint James'-street. Secretary (pro.tem.): Josh. Pearson, Estate Agent, 11 Paradise-square.
Arrangements have been made for the purchase of a most eligible Estate in the district of "The Beautiful Abbeydale," upon terms which must commend themselves to subscribers. The Estate, containing about 19 Acres, is situate on the Sheffield and Owler Bar Turnpike-road, and extends from Messrs. Tyzack's Dams to Mickley-lane, within 15 minutes' walk of the Dore and Totley Station, and being just beyond the Borough boundary, offers to members the advantages of a country residence combined with facilities for easy and expeditious access to the town by road or rail, together with relief from the increasing burden of parochial and other rates. The Estate having such extensive frontages to the Turnpike-road and to Mickley-lane, will be relieved from a great portion of the outlay usually incurred in the formation of roads. The Estate is specially adapted for the erection of Dwellings of different classes without deteriorating the value of the better class of Property, thus supplying a want that has long been felt in the neighbourhood, viz., facilities for the erection of the better class of working men's dwellings. It is proposed to lay out the Estate in lots varying from 600 to 1,200 yards each, the prce, the low one of 2s 4d. per yard, to be paid for by Monthly Contributions extending over a period of ten years. A number of Shares are already taken, and intending Shareholders should make early application for Shares, as it is intended to appoint the Committee and Officers, and to allott the Estate at as early a date as practicable. The Contributions will be 12s. per Share per Month until allotment is made, and afterwards in proportion to the value of the lots. A Plan of the Estate may be seen, and further information obtained on application to the Solicitors, Surveyor, Secretary (pro tem.), or Mr Clayton, Beauchieff Hotel. Shares may be secured by the payment of a deposit of £1 per Share, upon application to Mr Clayton, Beauchieff hotel; or Joseph Pearson, 11 Paradise Square, Sheffield.
Saturday 23rd June 1877 The Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 1)
Mountville Freehold Land Society, Abbeydale
Solicitors: Messrs. Rodgers, Thomas, Swift & Ashington, Bank Street, Sheffield. Surveyor: Mr. J. B. Mitchell-Withers, St. James' Street, Sheffield. Secretary (pro.tem.): Josh. Pearson, Estate Agent, 11 Paradise Square Sheffield.
Arrangements have been made for the purchase of a most eligible Estate in the district of "The Beautiful Abbeydale," upon terms which must commend themselves to subscribers. The Estate, containing about 19 Acres, is situate on the Sheffield and Owler Bar Turnpike-road, and extends from Messrs. Tyzack's Dams to Mickley Lane, within 15 minutes walk of the Dore and Totley Station. It is proposed to lay out the Estate in lots varying from 600 to 1,200 yards each, to be paid for by Monthly Contributions extending over a period of Ten Years. Intending Shareholders should make early application for Shares, as it is intended to appoint the Committee and Officers, and to allott the Estate at as early a date as practicable. The Contributions will be 12s. per Share per Month until allotment is made, and afterwards in proportion to the value of the lots. A Plan of the Estate may be seen, and further information obtained on application to the Solicitors, Surveyor, Secretary (pro tem.), or Mr Clayton, Beauchieff Hotel. Shares may be secured by the payment of a deposit of £1 per Share, upon application to Mr Clayton, Beauchieff hotel; or Joseph Pearson, 11 Paradise Square, Sheffield.
Saturday 29th September 1877 Sheffield Independent (page 3)
Green - Fearney. September, 26th at Dronfield church by Rev. J. T. F. Aldred, vicar of Dore, William Green contractor, Silver terrace Totley to Mrs. Harriet Fearney Fleur-de-lis Inn Totley.
Tuesday 16th October 1877 Sheffield Independent (page 4)
Valuable Freehold Land at Totley part of the Estate of Thos. Youden Decd.
To be sold by Auction by Mr. W.H. Harvey at his Auction Rooms Bank Street Sheffield on Tuesday 23rd October 1877 the following lots and subject to conditions of sale.
A close of land called Bents Croft situate at Totley in the Parish of Dronfield and County of Derby of that part of Totley commonly called Bents containing 1a 2r 2p or thereabouts bounded on the east by the Bents Road and on the South by Moss Road.
A close of land called the Gt. Green situate at Totley aforesaid and adjoining Lot l on the east and containing 2a 1r 21p or thereabouts.
For further particulars apply to the Auctioneer or to Broomhead Wightman and Moor Solicitors.
Saturday 20th October 1877 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Valuable Freehold Land at Totley.
A close of land called Bents Croft situate at Totley in the parish of Dronfield & County of Derby on that part of Totley Common called Bents containing 1a 3r 2p or thereabouts bounded on the east by the Bents Road on the north by Strawberry Lee or Hall Field Road and on the south by Moss Road.
A close of land called the Gt Green situated at Totley aforesaid and adjacent to Lot 1 on the east and containing 2a 1r 21p or thereabouts
For further particulars apply to the Auctioneers or Broomhead Wightman & Moore, Solicitors George Street Sheffield. Part of the estate of Mr. Thos Youden Decd.
Saturday 1st December 1877 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 6)
At the Dronfield Petty session, on Monday before Mr. T.W. Rodgers and Mr. J. F. Swallow, William Hill collier Totley was fined 5/- and costs for allowing a horse to stray upon the highways on the 14th November at Totley. A number of property owners were summoned by Mr. Birch sanitary inspector of the Rural Sanitary Authority of the Chesterfield Union for allowing nuisance to exist on there property at Unston and neighbourhood. The defendants were ordered to abate the same in 28 days.
Tuesday 26th February, 1878 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
School Attendance at Dore & Totley
At the Dronfield Petty Sessions yesterday before Mr. W. G. Blake Mr W.P. Milner and Mr. J. F. Swallow, Charles Cooper and Elizabeth Glossop of Dore and Thomas Eaton & John Coates of Totley were summoned under the Elementary Education Act 1876 by the School Attendance Committee of the Ecclesall Bierlow Union for the attendance of their children at school Mr. T. W. Smith the clerk appeared on behalf of the committee. In the case of Cooper and Gregory against whom attendance orders had previously been obtained a fine of 5/- each was imposed and school attendance orders were made upon Eaton and Coates.
Saturday 27th April 1878 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Easter Vestry Meetings. Sheffield
St. John's Church, Abbeydale.- At the annual meeting, held on Thursday evening, the Rev. T. Spratt presiding, Mr Ebenezer Hall and Mr. Joseph Mountain were re-elected churchwardens.
Tuesday 21 May 1878 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)
To be let at Green Oak Terrace Totley superior fitted up double house with bay windows garden pigsty hard and soft water palisade fronts rent £12. 19s per annum
Apply W.R.Poole Totley.
Monday 31st March 1879 Sheffield Telegraph Derbyshire News (page 4)
Ratepayers Meeting at Totley on Friday evening a meeting of Ratepayers was held at the Schoolroom Totley to make out a list of persons qualified to serve the office of overseers for the township of Totley and to appoint surveyors of the highways. Mr. John Green, was in the chair the following persons were nominated to serve as overseers Geo. Wolstenholme, Joseph Rollinson, James Green, Henry Howard, William Green and Henry C. Smedley. John Green was appointed surveyor of highways and Joseph Baxby and Wm Green were also appointed auditors for the ensuing year.
Saturday 12th July 1879 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)
To be Let, Apartments, pleasant and comfortable. - Apply Mrs. Whittaker, Fern Cottage, Totley Rise, near Dore Station.
Friday 1st August 1879 Sheffield Independent (page 2)
House to be let at Totley Rise Estate, suitable for a Medical Man also 2 small villas.
Apply John Howey Totley.
Tuesday 12th August 1879 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
This Day to Capitalists and Others.
To be sold by Auction by Mr., Isaac Ellis at the Borough Sale Rooms in George Street Sheffield on Tuesday 12th August 1879 at 4 o'clock subject to conditions of sale to be then produced. All those 2 Villa Residences situate at Totley fronting to the Turnpike Road from Sheffield to Baslow and one of which is in the occupation of Mr. James Chesterman Jnr. The ground plot is held under lease for 800 years from 13th August 1878 at an annual rent £5 7s 11d. For further particulars apply Dossey Wightman Esq. Solicitors, Change Alley Sheffield. Geo Franklin Accountant and Estate Agent, 187 Norfolk Street or to Nathanial Creswick, Solicitors 9, East Parade Sheffield.
Monday 8th September 1879 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)
Plot of eligible building land nr Green Oak Bar Totley Particulars apply C.J Hinchcliffe collector 9 St. James Row.
Monday 15th September 1879 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)
To Be Sold
200 yards of Freehold Land Plot 30 one of the best on Totley Brook Estate Abbeydale with Cottage, Tool House & Garden well stocked with vegetables. Fruit and other Trees all in good condition. For price and particulars apply Stevenson 313 Alfred Road Brightside Lane.
Our next event will be on Wednesday 24 June when there will be a visit to Haddon Hall, 2 miles south of Bakewell on the A6 towards Rowsley. We will have a private guided tour when the Hall is closed to the general public. The tour will last a little over an hour, after which we will be free to re-enter the house and to visit the lovely gardens. Refreshments are available in the café. The Hall has asked us to remind visitors that there are steps and uneven surfaces in many areas. The visit is open to both members and non-members at the special price of £14 payable on entry. Car parking, price £2, is available across the busy road. Please meet at the entrance no later than 10.45 a.m. for the tour which will begin at 11 o'clock. Anyone wanting a lift should contact Pauline Burnett, telephone 0114 235 2344.
Please note that the dates for Boots, Fresh Air & Ginger Beer, Sally Goldsmith's show to rediscover John Ruskin's venture at St. George's Farm have been altered to fit in with other bookings at Woodthorpe Hall. The new dates are Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June. There will be one performance on Saturday afternoon and two on Sunday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited. Please click/tap on the picture above for more details.
New Book from THG
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 new 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 book is on sale now in Totley Library, Totley Rise Post Office, Dore Post Office and local shops and establishments price £5. Also available directly from our website.
When Jacqueline A. Gibbons became interested in what made her father tick, it began a journey through WW1 archive records and led to her flying from Toronto to visit the house and village where he lived and the countryside that he so much enjoyed. Jacqueline reminds us that in the early 20th century Sheffield was a driving force of industry and that Totley was the place where many of its remarkable people lived and where they formulated their ideas.
Edgar Wood was the designer of The Dingle, 172 Prospect Road, built around 1904 for Rev. William Blackshaw, the founder of the Croft House Settlement. Perhaps you can you help us discover more about this property which is currently the subject of a strongly contested planning application. Perhaps you know of other buildings in our area designed by this leading arts and crafts movement architect?
What was probably "the most perfect little garden railway in existence" in 1910 was to be found in the grounds of Brook House, Grove Road, the home of its designer and constructor, Guy Mitchell. Look at some wonderful photographs and read reports in newspapers and a full appreciation in Model Railways magazine.
We are very grateful to the Ellison Family for allowing us to publish these letters from Cymbert Ellison to his mother and siblings. They date from the early years of WW1 and tell of his experiences in the merchant navy in the North Atlantic and later his time aboard a Royal Navy minesweeper.
Heather Rotherham is asking for our help to research 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.
Val Brodie has sent us her memories of Cherrytree Orphanage in the 1930s where her mum, Barbara Spring was the assistant matron.
We have extended our coverage of Totley School's Admission Records to take in the period from 1877 to 1910. The remaining years up to the start of WW1 have now been transcribed and we will be adding these records to the website shortly.
On 8, 9 and 11 November 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.
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.
The Libraries, Archives and Information function within Sheffield City Council has recently published a free 13 page guide called Sources for the History of Totley. You can download the guide in PDF format by tapping/clicking on the picture link above.
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"
We have put together some newly discovered photographs with Anna Baldry's history of Totley Hall Training College, first published in Totley Independent in 1997. If you were a student in 1953 you may be in one of our photos or may be able to identify those who are.
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.
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 include 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. Also from 1895 are two interesting pieces about the history of Gillfield Wood and from the early 1900s there are several articles on Frank Mottershaw's demonstrations to the Sheffield and Hallam Photographic Society.
Totley Church of England Parish Magazines for the years 1922-1939 and 1948-1967 with notices of births, marriages and deaths and accounts of spiritual, educational, charitable and social matters in the village.
Around 90 photographs taken by Stuart Greenhoff for his thesis A Geographical Study of Dore and Totley including several of Totley Moor Brickworks. Superb!
Chronologically ordered snippets of information recorded by Brian Edwards during his many years of research into our local history.
Read the inscriptions on more than 600 gravestones in the churchyard.
Find your ancestors in our transcription of the 1911 Census which has been extended to cover the whole of Dore and Totley.
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