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Sheffield Clarion Ramblers Booklet, 1931-32

More about Totley and Ringinglow. (pages 157-160)

 

The Honest Totley Tollbar Keeper—Green Oak.
Readers of the 1924 issue of this booklet will remember the article on “Totley, Totley Rise and Totley Moss” and (page 96) a reference to Green Oak House and the older cottage almost behind it which, many years ago, was the “Green Oak Inn.” Both stand opposite the present junction of Mickley Lane with the Sheffield-Baslow main road. 

 

(1). The Death of “Green Oak” Place Name.
The junction of Mickley Lane with the main road to Baslow, probably before the “catch” tollbar was thought of, was about 100 yards higher up— at the gate and end of the row of old oak trees beside the entrance to the Totley Labour Hall (“Green Oak Hall”) and lock-up shops, built in 1925. Totley villadom is not finished, but already the trees, with one exception, are gone, and a few will remember and the others forget. Three trees were executed in the fall of 1926, to make way for semi-detached breeze-block houses ; others went a little later, and, to-day (January, 1931), the builders are erecting a Co-operative Store and another private shop to keep it company. The line of the old sunken bridle way can now be imagined by taking a line from the surviving tree in front of (North side) the top house in Mickley Lane and the front of Totley Labour Hall, and the old native can say that the glory'of Green Oak place name is gone.

A few yards West of it, on the same (N.) side of the main road, and until 1928 in the S.E. corner of the one still vacant “eligible building plot” on the misnamed “Heatherfield” Estate of post-war villas, which occupies the site of six of the best tilled fields in Totley, stands a low stone building which, during the erection of these villa residences—from 1916 onwards— was used as a tool house, etc. It stood almost opposite the original end of Mickley Lane and, years ago, was a turnpike road catch-bar for traffic coming from Dronfield and Dronfield Woodhouse. This old catch-bar was pulled down when Green Oak House was transformed and “developed” into three shops and an incongruous patch of brick, wood, and stucco was added to the house—the last shop being almost on the site of the old “catch bar.”


Mr. Horatio Taylor, of Totley, tells me the story of a tollkeeper called “Owd Thompson” who,  perhaps over fifty years ago, “kept” this tollbar, and had the reputation of being an honest man. It is said that, somehow or other, he “couldn’t mak’ booath ends meet, an’ tee 'em together,” and so, in his best manner, he “axed 'is boss ter spring a bit mooar brass.”


His boss listened to the plaint and then said : “Well, you’ve all t' takkin’s of all what cums thro’ 'ere, 'av’n’t yer ?"—meaning that tin* tollbar keeper did not miss any of the tolls.

 

“Owd” Thompson duly admitted that he did not let anyone drive through without paying the legal toll.


“Then,” replied his boss, “thar’t t’ only cat 'at ivver Ah 'eeard on 'at were known ter starve i’ a full pantry.”

 

The Ringinglow Rose-Grower and the Curate.

Readers who possess a copy of the 1922 booklet will remember my story of the Ringinglow coal mines and the famous family of Trotter, and that Hiram Trotter, followed by his widow, was the last of this family of miners to reside in the facetiously-named mansion of “two storey lengthwise”—Moorcock Hall. This “Hall,” until 1911, stood a few yards West of the culvert bridge on the Ankirk road at Ringinglow, on the North bank of the streamlet, near the North end of the croft at Mr. Priest’s “Moorcot” house by the roadside.

Hiram Trotter, in addition to having as many as 100 bee hives in his care during the summer time—“at a shilling a time”—was a noted local grower of roses, every one of which, like the garden potato, must have a high-sounding name.


The following story, which happened over 40 years ago, was told to me by Mr. H. Taylor, the Totley stone mason. The Rev. J. T. F. Aldred, the well-known Victorian Vicar of Dore, had four sons, named Philip, Shirley, John and Christian, and one day the four young men paid a visit to “Moorcock Hall” and bought a score of roses. Hiram duly gave the name to each rose, and doubtless wrote it on the label, and tied the label on each shoot—“Queen Alexandra,” “Duke of York” and the rest of ’em sort of thing !


Hiram, after completing the bargain, said “Here’s one for luck,” but when tile quartette were proceeding down “The Long Line” road, towards Dore village, one of them bethought himself that the twenty-first rose had no name or label. This would never do, and so the three persuaded Christian, who was a curate, to return and ask Hiram to baptise it for them.


Christian did as he was told, and, says Hiram : “Well. It’s a bit of a ---. Ah’ve christened twenty on ’em for yer misen, an’ tha reckons ter be a parson an' can't Christen one on ’em thisen !  It s a bit off, isn't it ? "

 

The "Boss" who was “Particular ”

Another story told to me by an old Totleyite is that Hiram Trotter, while working for Mr. Sam, or Mr. Henry, Hancock, who worked the Brown Edge slate quarry (abandoned about 1892), about half-a-mile West of Ringinglow, was erecting a stone fowl house at Brown Edge Farm, near the old quarry, when Hancock came along and told him to pull down part of his work because, said he, “tha ’asn’t put t’ dooar ’oil in, an’ t’ fowls can’t ger inside it! ”


Hiram, nothing daunted, then reminded his boss that, only a short time previously, he was doing a piece of work for his employer, and that, in this job, “tha worn’t perticler to a yard or two, an’ nah thar't grumblin' abaht a bit of a fowl ’oil.”

 

Totley Cross.

In the 1924 issue I stated that well within living memory the base of Totley Cross stood a few yards down Summer Lane—on the right of the main road, a few yards beyond Cross Scythes Inn—and at the low side of the gate-entrance to Cross Grove House, in Summer Lane. It was also stated that the base of the Cross had three steps to it and was about 2' 6" square, and morticed, but shaftless, and that the stones seemed to have disappeared, about the time Mr. Bown modernised and extended Cross Grove House. Otherwise, we could probably compare it with the base of the Cross (and shaft) which now stands in the Wall corner by the road from Bradway to Holmesficld, behind Upper Bradway Farm, and assume that, like the latter, it was erected at a bridle way junction, by the Canons of Beauchief Abbey.


Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Milner, of Totley Hall, subsequently informed me that the remains of the Totley Cross were covered about 45 years ago, when Mr. W. E. Bown, a late proprietor of Cross Scythes Inn, altered the entrance to this house, and that the stones are now buried behind the boundary wall of the garden of this house.


So much for the rural publican's reverence for a mediaeval relic, and the lack of public interest in the question !

 

Trickling Hole.

In the 1924 issue, page 98, I referred to the “Tickling Hole” (a place name on the 6-inch to mile map), a trial drift hole, said to have been used chiefly to supply water for the ponds of the pre-1836 Brick Kiln, on Hollin Hill, North of the present Totley Brickyard, and situated just below the Duke’s Drive (under Brown Edge), above the Brickyard, and between the Drive and the top field wall.

 

I now learn that its proper name is Trickling Hole— from the water trickling out of the Hole. So we will correct another of the many misspelt place-names on the 6-inch to mile maps of the district.

 

G.H.B. WARD.

Latest News

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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