TOTLEY is a township and scattered village, and with Dore forms an ecclesiastical district, pleasantly situated on the Bakewell road, six miles S.S.W. of Sheffield. The township is in Dronfield parish, Ecclesall Bierlow union, Sheffield county court district, Scarsdale hundred of East Derbyshire, Totley polling district of the North-eastern (Eckington) division of Derbyshire, and in the rural deanery of Dronfield, archdeaconry of Derby, and the diocese of Southwell. Divine service is held in the Voluntary School every fourth Sunday. THE WESLEYAN CHAPEL here is a small building, erected in 1848. THE CHERRY TREE ORPHANAGE, founded in Sheffield about 1863, by E. P. Taylor, Esq., was removed to Brook Hall in 1866; and on August 21st, 1867, the foundation stone of the present building was laid by John Webster, Esq., then Mayor of Sheffield. The total cost including furnishing amounted to £4,000, and considerable improvements have since been made. In 1868 Mr. Taylor transferred the property to trustees. The institution, which is supported by voluntary subscriptions and a Government grant, has for its objects the boarding, clothing, and education of poor children who have been deprived of both their parents, irrespective of religious belief or nationality. The area is 4,852 acres, including 4 acres of water, and a large tract of moorland; rateable value £4,800; it had 912 inhabitants in 1901. The soil belongs to various owners.
Police Station; Arthur Burchby, sergeant
POST, MONEY ORDER & TELEGRAPH OFFICE at Mr. Arthur Bradley's. Letters arrive via Sheffield at 8 a.m. and are despatched at 6.20 p.m. ; Sunday, 6.30 p.m. There is also a POST OFFICE at Miss Fanny Booker's, Totley rise. Letters arrive at 6.45 a.m. & 4.35 p.m. & Sundays 8.55 a.m., and are despatched at 11.10 a.m. and 6.35 and 7.45 p.m. ; Sundays, 7.15 p.m.
There are mixed schools, erected in 1876, and Infants' Schools, built in 1880, and a new Infants' School, built in 1898, which together hold over 200 children. The old school, erected in 1827 by the late D'Ewes Coke, of Totley Hall, is now used as a teacher's residence. There is an endowment of £6 a year, arising from land at Totley.
RAILWAY. - Midland at Dore for Totley
CARRIERS pass through to Sheffield & Bakewell on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.
Allsop Samuel, clerk, Chesnut villas, Victoria road
Andrew Robert, joiner & wheelwright, Totley rise
Andrew Robt. Hy. (j) scythe smith
Andrew Thomas, farmer
Armstead Henry William, Holly mt
Badger John Jackson, Victoria rd, Totley rise
Bagshaw John (& Son), Woodland villa, Victoria road, Totley rise
Bailey Thomas Edward, signalman, Totley rise
Barber Harvey, beerhouse, Bents
Bennett Thomas, Victoria villas
Bennett Wm. bootma. Totley rise
Betts George, farmer, Totley Bents
Blackshaw Rev. William M.A., B.D. Croft House settlement, The Dingle, Woodland place, Totley rise. T.N. 94 Beauchief
Booker Miss Fanny, confectioner & post office, Totley rise
Booker James, Totley rise
Bowley Thomas, jobbing gardener, Rose cottage
Bradbury William, (j) blacksmith, Totley rise
Bradley Arthur, sub-postmaster
Bradley Jn. traveller, Sunny vale, Totley rise
Bray Edward, gardener to Mr T. E. Ellison, The Grove
Brown John, Moorland view, Victoria road, Totley rise
Burchby Arthur, police sergeant
Capron Arthur John, engineer, Sheffield; h Green Oak
Challinger Henry, traveller, Sunnyside, Totley Bents
Cherry Tree Orphanage, Miss Stronach, matron
Christopher Miss, The Mount, Totley rise
Clarke William, fishmonger, Green Oak, Totley rise
Close John B. merchant; h Oakleigh, Totley rise
Creswick George, farmer, Cannon hall & vict. Fleur de Lis, Totley
Crookes Thos. joiner & wheelwright
Crossland Misses, private school, Norwood house, Totley rise
Dale Mrs. Mary, schoolmistress
Dawson Mrs. Frances Blanche, 4 Stanley villas, Victoria road, Totley rise
Dickinson Charles, butcher, Hill foot & Norton Woodseats
Dooley Arthur, The Moorlands
Earnshaw Mrs. Hannah, Totley grange
Eaton Anthony, jobbing gardener, Totley rise
Elliott George, manager, Totley
Ellison Thomas Edward, barrister-at-law, Sheffield; h The Grove
England William, Woodland place, Totley rise
Fidler Charles, signalman, Alma villas, Victoria road
Fisher Frank, Samuel & William, farmers, Hall Field farm
Fisher James, Green Oak
Fletcher Leonard John, Prospect rd, Totley rise
Fox Albert, farmer, Totley Bents
Fox Fred. West view
Fox Harry, (j) stone mason
Frith Mrs. Alice, Woodview, Totley rise
Gascoigne Wm. carter, Green Oak
Gilbert Charles, ironmonger; h Moor view, Totley Brook rise
Gillott Chas. shopkpr. Green Oak
Gledhill James, market gardener, Victoria gardens
Gliddon Frank, railway canvasser, Woodland villas, Victoria road, Totley rise
Glossop Thomas, razor scale manufacturer. Patty's brooke, Totley rise
Godber Charles, Mt. Pleasant ho
Green Harry, (j) upholsterer, Woodview, Totley rise
Green James, shopkeeper
Green Samuel, fancy draper, Summer lane
Green Wm. Hy. vict. Crown inn
Gregory Arthur Herbert, provision merchant, Moorside, Totley rise
Hague Albert, silversmith, Sheffield & vict. Cricket inn
Hague Albert Edward, (j) electro plater, Fern Dene, Totley rise
Hall Frank, engineer, Little Haven, Totley rise
Hartland John, Woodbine cottage
Hattersley Frederick H. (F.H. & Sons), Balaclava house, Victoria road, Totley rise
Hattersley Robert, Wood bank, Totley rise
Hawes Edgar C. Glenrose, Totley rise
Haynes Thos. Humphrey, 1 Stanley villas, Victoria road, Totley rise
Heeley Harry Herbert, coal merchant, Overdale, Totley rise
Hibbert William Arthur, Oakwood, Victoria road
Hill Sam, farmer, Totley Bents
Hill Wm. Colin, gardnr. Green Oak
Hodgson Hy. provision merchant, Hill side, Totley rise
Holder William Humphrey, vict. Old Cross Scythes hotel
Holding Charles, insurance agent, Totley Bents
Holding John, coachman to Wm. A. Milner esq. J.P. Totley hall
Holding John, farmer, Totley Bents
Hopkinson Jas. fruiterer, Totley rise
Hukin George Edward, razor manufacturer, 3 Brook ter. Totley rise
Jackson Chas. Thos. grocer & draper
Lees Wm. Thos. joiner, Totley rise
Levesley Leonard, Victoria road
Lewis David, gardener to Wm. A. Milner esq. J.P. Totley hall
McKernan Thomas, secretary, Fairfield, Totley rise
Marrison William Waller, grocer, beer retailer & builder, Totley rise
Mastin John R.B.A., F.R.M.S. Woodleigh house
Mayhew Wm. Henry, The Beeches, Totley rise
Mills Charles, secretary, St. Ives, Victoria road, Totley rise
Milne Bernard, mgr. Cross Gro. ho
Milner Wm. A., J.P. Totley hall
Moulson William, Stanley villa, Totley rise
Nutt Henry S. Holly mount, Victoria road, Totley rise
Osborne Mrs. Frances, Victoria rd
Osborne Miss Frances Marie, teacher of music, Victoria rd
Parker Joseph Hedley (Bros.), The Moorlands
Parkin John Edwin, manager, Chatsworth road, Totley rise
Parkin Tom, blacksmith
Pearson George, market gardener, St. George's farm
Peet Harry, shopkeeper, Totley rise
Pickford, Holland & Co. Moor Edge Colliery & Fire Brick works; head office, Eclipse works, Attercliffe road, Sheffield
Priest Mrs. Mary Ann, Fern mount
Read Gerald J. insurance broker &c. The Birches
Revill Harry, poultry dealer, Lane head
Robinson James, 3 Stanley villas, Victoria road
Robinson Sidney Arthur, manager, Brook hall
Rodgers Ernest, fried fish dealer, Totley rise
Sanderson Mrs. Margaret Fanny, Totley rise
Scott Edward Charlton, mining engineer, Sheffield; h Woodside cottage, Totley rise
Sheffield & Ecclesall Co-operative Society Ltd. grocers, Totley rise
Seed Rev. T. A. (Wesleyan), Chatsworth road, Totley rise
Short Mrs. Totley Hall lane
Sibley Edward, assistant overseer S.; h Alma villas, Victoria rd
Siddall Thomas, gamekeeper to the Duke of Rutland K.G., G.C.B., P.C.
Slack Wm. Victoria rd. Totley rise
Smedley Arth. traveller, Green Oak
Smith Chas. A. managing director (Hawksley, Wild & Co. Ltd.), Moorhill, Totley rise
Smith Wm. manager, Glenborne
Stone William Henry, coal merchant, Holly mount, Victoria road
Stronach Miss, matron, Cherry Tree orphanage
Swindells William, gardener, Brook terrace, Totley rise
Sylvester Samuel, tobocconist, Sheffield; h Llanover ho Totley rise
Tasker George Herbert, Eastbourn, Totley Brook road
Taylor Shirley, shopkeeper, Totley rise
Taylor William, scythe smith & shopkeeper, Totley rise
Theaker Ethelburt, tobacconist, Totley rise
Thompson Colin, butchr. Totley rise
Thompson Peter, school attendance officer, Grange terrace
Turner Mrs. Elizabeth, shopkeeper
Tyzack Joshua, farmer, Avenue farm
Unwin Heald, farmer
Unwin Wm. Heald, frmr. Fern mnt
Webster Joseph, farmer & dairyman, Totley Bents
Webster Sergt. William, volunteer instructor, Rifle range
Western Charles, lodge keeper at Totley Grange
Wilbraham Joseph, clerk, 2 Stanley villas, Victoria road
Wilson Ryder, Toft ho. Hall lane
Wint Jsph. greengrocr. Totley rise
Wint Wm. cab propr. Totley rise
Wolstenholme Selby, draper, Totley rise
Woodward Frank, clerk, Woodview
Our first meeting in 2019 will be on Wednesday 23rd January when Hilary Hutson with be our speaker for an illustrated talk on Family History called Dead and Buried: Dore and Totley Ancestry. The meeting will be held in Totley Library, beginning at 7.30pm.
On Wednesday 27th February we welcome back Suzanne Bingham with a new talk called The Story of an Ordinary 19th Century Sheffield Family. It is an exploration of the lives of two ordinary Victorian Sheffielders and how the social issues of the time had a major influence on all aspects of their lives. The meeting will begin at 7.30 p.m. in Totley Library.
On Wednesday 27th March, David Bell - The Plague Doctor of Eyam - will be presenting a highly original an entertaining session about the fanciful and often absurd world of 17th century healthcare. The meeting will be in Totley Library, beginning 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.
Pat Skidmore (née Sampy) lived on Totley Brook Road from 1932 to 1948 before her family moved to Main Avenue. In this short article she remembers her time at Totley All Saints School where she was a contemporary of Eric Renshaw and Bob Carr.
As we have nowhere to exhibit memorabilia and artifacts, we have created a Virtual Museum instead. The latest addition to our collection is this double-sided Totley Rise Post Office oval illuminated sign which was on the wall of 67 Baslow Road before the Post Office business transferred to number 71. Please contact us by email if you have things that you own and would like to see added to the virtual museum.
Conway Plumbe was a man of many talents who came to live in Totley Rise around 1912. As a young man he had poems published by Punch magazine and is remembered in modern collections of WW1 poetry. A number of his paintings were accepted by the Royal Academy. An engineering graduate of London University, he joined the Civil Service where he rose to a high level as a factory inspector, publishing two books on the subject and giving a series of talks on workplace health and safety on BBC radio during WW2. In retirement he wrote a philosophical-spiritual work called Release From Time.
Inside Totley Rise Methodist Church there is a Roll of Honour commemorating the soldiers from its congregation who served their king and country during the Great War. For all but one of the 28 names the soldier's regiment is recorded in the next column. The exception is David Cockshott for whom 'killed in action' is written alongside yet he appears on no war memorial in our area and no record of a mortally wounded soldier of that name is to be found. We think we have solved the mystery.
Mrs. Kate Plumbe moved from Mansfield to Totley Rise with a number of her family in 1913 and became closely involved with the Totley Union Church. Her daughter Winifred became a missionary and headmistress in Calcutta for over 38 years following which she returned home to live with her sister Hilda on Furniss Avenue. Hilda had also been a teacher, missionary and, like her mother, a volunteer at St. John's VAD during WW1.
Thomas Glossop was a cutler and razor manufacturer who was well known amongst cricketing and gardening circles. Despite going blind, he was able to continue his hobbies with remarkable success
The Totley Union Cycling Society Prize Giving and Fete was held on the fields near Abbeydale Hall on 18 July 1914. Anne Rafferty and Gordon Wainwright have named some of the people in two wonderful photographs of the event. Can you identify any more for us?
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"
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.
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 700 gravestones in the churchyard.
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