Totley History Group
Totley History Group

White's 1912 Directory

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 Mission Room every Sunday at 6.30 p.m. 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. 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 £4,710 18s; it had 997 inhabitants in 1911. The soil belongs to various owners. 


Police Station; Arthur Burchby, sergeant 


POST, M. O. and T. OFFICE at Mr. Arthur Bradley's. Letters arrive via Sheffield at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and are dispatched at 9.35 a.m. and 6.20 p.m. ; Sunday, 6.55 p.m. There is also a POST  and M.O. OFFICE at Miss Fanny Booker's, Totley rise. Letters arrive at 6.45 a.m. & 4.5 p.m. & Sundays 8.55 a.m., and are dispatched at 11.10 a.m. and 6.45 and 7.40 p.m. ; Sundays, 7.25 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 212 children. The old school was erected in 1827 by the late D'Ewes Coke, of Totley Hall. 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 Croft, clerk, Chesnut villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Algor Mrs. Grace Ann, vict. Cricket inn

Andrew Robert, wheelwright, Totley rise

Andrew Robert Henry, (j) scythe smith, The Mount, Totley rise

Andrews Thomas, farmer

Armstead Henry Wm. Homedale, New Totley

Atkinson Albert Edward, Moorland view, Victoria road, Totley rise

Atkinson Mrs. Elizabeth, Green Oak, Totley rise

Badger William John Wrigglesworth, traveller

Badger John Jackson, Green Oak, Totley rise

Bagshaw John (& Son), Woodland villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Bailey Thomas Edward, signalman, Brook terrace, Totley rise

Bamford Claude William, clerk, Green Oak, Totley rise

Banks John T. Riseholme, Victoria road, Totley rise

Barber Harvey, beerhouse, Bents

Beard Bernard, engineer, Maycroft, Main avenue, New Totley

Beeley, George, knife forger; h Woodview, Totley rise

Belbin Charles Albert, Moorhill, Prospect road, Totley rise

Belshaw Charles William, porter, Grange terrace

Bennett Thomas, Victoria villas, Totley rise

Bennett Wm. boot ma. Totley rise

Beresford George, shopkeeper, Geen Oak, Totley rise

Berridge Stepen, The Bungalow, Totley rise

Berry James, butcher, Totley rise

Betts George, farmer, Totley Bents

Bingham Thomas Ernest, police constable, Grange terrace

Biggin John, Rushgarth, Devonshire road, Totley rise

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

Booth Frank C. boot repairer

Booth William Henry, platelayer, Green Oak, Totley rise

Bowley Thomas, jobbing gardener, Rose cottage

Bradbury William, (j) blacksmith, Green Oak, Totley rise

Bradley Arthur, sub-postmaster

Bradshaw John Arthur, butcher

Brown John, Moorland view, Victoria road, Totley rise

Bruce Robert, signalman, Green Oak, Totley rise

Bruce Stuart, commercial traveller, Ellerslie, Main aven. New Totley

Burchby Arthur, police sergeant

Burnand William Ernest, Dale view, Prospect road, Totley rise

Cameron Charles Fraser, journalist, Dyffryn, Main av. New Totley

Carr Mrs. Martha Ann, Green Oak, Totley rise

Carr John Thomas, Mona villas, Green Oak, Totley rise

Cawton Arth. traveller, Glenaire, New Totley

Chapman Mrs Emily, New Haven, Main avenue, New Totley

Cherry Tree Orphanage (Miss Stronach, matron) T.N. 13 Beauchief

Childe William, Merriefields, Victoria road, Totley rise

Clark Harry, Brenchley, Main avenue, New Totley

Clarke Thomas Wilfred, storekeeper, Green Oak, Totley rise

Coates Fred, grinder, Moorview

Cole Charles, St Hilda, Main avenue, New Totley

Collett Mrs. Edith, fried fish dealer, Totley rise

Cook William Henry, porter, Green Oak, Totley rise

Corbett Bernard, gardener to Mr. T. E. Ellison, The Cottage, Totley grove

Cornthwaite William, manager, Totley Bents

Covan Joseph, The Hollies, New Totley


Creswick George,  farmer, Cannon hall & vict. Fleur de Lis, Totley

Crookes Thomas, wheelwright

Crossland Misses, private school, Norwood house, Totley rise

Crossley Thomas, clerk, Green Oak, Totley rise

Dawson Mrs. Frances Blanch, 4 Stanley villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Dickinson Charles, butcher, Hill foot;  & Norton Woodseats

Earnshaw Mrs. Hannah, Totley grange

Elliott Mrs. F. M. Ruskin villa, Main avenue, New Totley

Ellison Thomas Edward, barrister-at-law, Sheffield; h The Grove

England Rev. William (United Methodist), Woodland place, Totley rise

Evans Rice K. Hillcrest

Fisher Frank, Samuel & William, farmers, Hall Field farm

Fisher Joseph, Sudbury, Glover road, Totley rise

Fletcher Leonard John, Prospect rd, Totley rise

Foster Allan G. Winderton, Totley rise

Fox Albert, farmer, Totley Bents

Fox Fred, West view

Fox Harry, (j) stone mason

Fox Tom

Gardiner Samuel, signalman, Green Oak, Totley rise

Gibbins John E. Hill Crest, Prospect road, Totley rise

Gibson Henry, draper, Osborne house, Main avenue, New Totley

Gilbert Charles, phonograph dealr. Fairfield, Totley rise

Gillott Mrs. Elizabeth, Green Oak, Totley rise

Gledhill James, market gardener, Victoria gardens

Gliddon Frank, railway canvasser, Woodland villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Goldthorpe Cecil, manager, Twelwydon, Main avenue, New Totly

Gomm Mrs Hill house, Prospect road, Totley rise


Green Harry, upholsterer, Woodview, Totley rise

Green James, (j) engineer, Green Oak, Totley rise

Green Samuel, fancy draper, Summer lane

Gummer William G. Brentwood, Brinkburn Vale road, Totley rise

Hague Albert Edward, (j) electro plater, Fern Dene, Totley rise

Hall Mrs Frances, Fern mount

Hall Frank, engineer, Little Haven, Totley rise

Harnan, Misses, Rosehill, Main avenue, New Totley

Harrison Edwin Ranson, accountant; h Alma villas, Victoria rd. Totley rise

Hassell Frederick, Green Oak, Totley rise

Hatfield Joe, manager, Mount Pleasant house, Prospect road, Totley rise

Hawes Edgar C. Glenrose, Totley rise

Haynes Thos. Humphrey, 1 Stanley villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Heathcote Albert Reaney, Balaclava ho. Victoria rd. Totley rise

Heeley Harry Herbert, coal merchant, Overdale, Propect road, Totley rise

Hibbert William Arthur, Oakwood, Victoria road, Totley rise

Hill Misses A. E. & M. Ferndene, Main avenue, New Totley

Hill Cecil Graham, jobbing gardener, Brook terrace, Totley rise

Hill Sam, farmer, Totley Bents

Hill William Colin, jobbing gardener, Green Oak, Totley rise

Hodgson Henry James, commission agent, Hill side, Victoria road, Totley rise

Holding Charles, jobbing gardener, Ash cottage

Holding Jn. jun. chauffeur to Wm. A. Milner esq. J.P. Totley hall

Holding John, farmer, Totley Bents

Holmes Major, clerk, Moorside, Totley rise

Hugh Percy, Woodside, Totley rise

Hunt John William, clerk, Alma villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Jackson Charles Thomas, grocer

Jackson Smith, Rosedene, Main avenue, New Totley

Jefferson Rev. John (Congregational), Glenbourne, Totley rise

Jenkins John, silversmith (Sheffield); h Woodbine cottage, Victoria road, Totley rise

Kaberry William, plasterer; h Middlewood, Victoria road, Totley rise

Kay Edgar John, Holly mount, Victoria road, Totley rise

King Oliver Henry, manager, Green Oak, Totley rise

Lake Ernest, steel examiner, Ivy dene, Main avenue, New Totley

Lees Wm. Thos. joiner, Totley rise

Levesley Leonard Walter, Holmfield, Totley rise

Lewis David, gardener to Wm. A. Milner esq. J.P. Totley hall

Longley Albert Ernest, Udale, New Totley


Louke Douglas Henry, Inglewood, Main avenue, New Totley

Mainprice Max R. secretary, Belmont, Totley Brook road

Marrison Mrs. Kate, grocer, Totley rise

Martin Arthur Bertram, manager, Brentwood, Victoria road, Totley rise

Maycock John, farm bailiff to Joshua Tyzack, Avenue farm

Mayhew William Henry, The Birches, Totley rise

Mellor Peter, insurance agent, Green Oak, Totley rise

Merrill Thomas, The Bungalow, New Totley

Mills Charles, under manager, St. Ives, Victoria road, Totley rise

Milne Bernard, mgr. Cross Gro. ho

Milner Wm. A., J.P. Totley hall

Moorhouse Arthur, railway clerk, Monnybrook villas

Moseley Albert, manager, Byron house, Main avenue, New Totley

Mottershaw Misses Bertha & Rose, confectioners, Totley rise

Newbould Benjamin, traveller, The Newlands, New Totley

Newton Herbert S. Waverley, Main avenue, New Totley

Noder Mrs. Emily, draper, Totley rise 

Nunn Herbert, Green Oak, Totley rise

Nuttall William Ambrey, draper; h Casanova, Totley rise

Ogden Mrs. Maria, Belmont, Main avenue, New Totley

Osborne Mrs. Frances, Brook hall

Parker Joseph Hedley, printer; h The Moorlands

Parkin Tom, blacksmith

Peace John Horner, file manufacturer; h Heatherdene, Main avenue, New Totley

Peacock George R. Cliff cottages, Victoria road, Totley rise

Pears Thomas, Bircholme, Devonshire road, Totley rise

Pearson George, market gardener, St. George's farm, Totley rise

Peck Alvey, Victoria rd. Totley rise

Pickford, Holland & Co. Moor Edge mine & fire brick works

Pittman Jn. Wm. travllr. Moorlnds

Prince Colin, platelayer, Green Oak, Totley rise

Quance Horace, manager, Victoria road, Totley rise 

Radcliffe George Barker, provision agent, Woodbank, Victoria road, Totley rise

Reeves George Thomas, vict. Old Cross Scythes hotel

Roe Edward, platelayer, Green Oak, Totley rise

Saynor Willie, Whitecroft, Main avenue, New Totley 

Scott Edward Charlton, mining engineer, Woodside cottage, Totley rise

Sheffield & Ecclesall Co-operative Society Ltd. grocers, Totley rise 

Sibley Edward, assistant overseer S.; h 3 Stanley villas, Victoria road, Totley rise


Siddall Thomas, gamekeeper to the Duke of Rutland

Singleton Frederick, pearl cutter, 40 Prospect road, Totley rise

Skill Ernest Claude, architect & surveyor, Mona villa, Green Oak, Totley rise

Slack William, Chestnut villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Slater Frederick James, Rookwood, Totley rise

Smedley Arthur,  traveller, Green Oak, Totley rise

Smith Charles, Hall lane

Sowden William, vict. Crown inn

Starke Henry Thompson, manager, The Poplars, Totley Bents

Stokes Joseph, Sunny bank, Totley Bents

Stronach Miss, matron, Cherry Tree orphanage

Stubbs George, Heatherleigh, Devonshire road, Totley rise

Swindells Wm. jobbing gardener, Brook terrace, Totley rise

Taylor Shirley, scythe smith, Green Oak, Totley rise

Taylor William, conf. Totley rise

Theaker Ethelburt, tobacconist, Totley rise

Thompson Colin, butchr. Totley rise

Thompson Harold Ernest, Green Oak, Totley rise

Thompson Peter, school attendance officer

Tofield William, The Birches, Totley rise

Turner Charles Edward, ivory fluter, Green Oak, Totley rise

Turner Mrs. Elizabeth, shopkeeper

Tyzack Joshua, farmer, Avenue farm

Unwin Heald, Fern mount

Unwin Wm. Heald, frmr. Hall lane

Walter Stephen, Sunny bank, Main avenue, New Totley

Ward Maurice, foreman, Grange ter

Watson Harris Cook, committee clerk, Monnybrook villas

Webster William, range warden, Rifle range

Wells Rt. S. Prospect rd. Totley rise

Western Charles, lodge keeper at Totley Grange

Whitehead Thomas J.P.  Eggerslack, Main aven. New Totley

Widdowson William J. Oak Leigh, Totley rise

Wilbraham Joseph, clerk, 2 Stanley villas, Victoria rd. Totley rise

Wild Horace, Avondale, Main avenue, New Totley

Wilkins Thomas Arthur Fountain, joiner, Cliff cottages, Victoria road, Totley rise

Wint Mrs. Clarice, dress maker, Totley rise

Wint Jsph. greengrocer, Totley rise

Wood Jn. schoolmaster, Hillcrest

Woodworth Herbert, (j) organ builder, Wood view, Totley rise

Wordsworth Henry Thos. cashier, The Mount, Totley rise

Wragg Frederick, grinder, Brook terrace, Totley rise

Young Mrs. Lucy, shopkeeper, Summer lane

Latest News

Coming Soon

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.

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 The Plumbe Family, Thomas Glossop and accidents during the construction of Totley Tunnel.

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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