Totley History Group
Totley History Group

Whites 1919-20 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 Ecclesall Bierlow union, Sheffield county court district, Scarsdale hundred of East Derbyshire, North-eastern 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. In 1868 Mr. Taylor transferred the property to trustees. The area of the township is 1,852 acres, including 4 acres of water, and a large tract of moorland; rateable value £5,297 18s; it had 964 inhabitants in 1911. The soil belongs to various owners. 


Police Station, Frederick Hall, sergeant 


POST, M. O. and T. and TELEPHONIC EXPRESS DELIVERY OFFICE at Arthur Bradley's. Letters arrive via Sheffield.  POST, M.O. and T. and TELEPHONIC EXPRESS DELIVERY OFFICE at Miss Fanny Booker's, Totley rise.


LETTER BOX at New Totley.


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. 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.

Adams Ernest, Green Oak house, Totley rise

Allsop Samuel Croft, clerk, Woodland vils. Victoria road, Totley rise

Andrew Robert, wheelwright, Victoria villas, Totley rise

Andrew Thomas Smith, farmer, Hall farm

Armstead Henry Wm. Homedale, New Totley

Badger Miss Ruth Osborne, Green Oak, Totley rise

Bagshaw William, police constable, Grange terrace

Bailey Thomas Edward, signalman, Brook terrace, Totley rise

Bainbridge Benjamin, jobbing gardener, Totley rise

Banks John T. Riseholme, Victoria road, Totley rise

Beard Edward James, Moorland view, Victoria road, Totley rise

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

Belbin Charles Albert, Moorhill, Prospect road, Totley rise

Belshaw Charles William, railway porter, Grange terrace

Bennett Thomas, Victoria villas, Totley rise

Beresford Geo. Geen Oak, Totley rise

Bestwick Bernard Cuthbert, Woodview, Glover road, Totley rise


Betts George, farm bailiff to Mr. Joshua Tyzack, Totley Bents

Bishop Colin, gardener to Mrs Hall, Totley rise

Booker Miss Fanny, stationer, & post office, Totley rise

Booker James, Totley rise

Booth Benj. B. builder, Toff ho

Booth William Henry, Green Oak, Totley rise

Bradbury Wm. blacksmith, Cliff cots. Victoria road, Totley rise

Brown John, Moorland view, Victoria road, Totley rise

Burridge Stephen, iron merchant, The Bungalow, Victoria road, Totley rise. T.N. 123 Beauchief

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

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

Carr Mrs. Martha Ann, Green Oak, Totley rise

Cartledge Frank, butchr. Totley rise

Cavill Arthur Stephen, The Poplars, Prospect Road, Totley rise

Chapman Samuel, Green Oak, Totley rise

Cherry Tree Orphanage (Mrs. Rebecca Haigh, matron) T.N. 13 Beauchief

Clarke Thomas Wilfred, storekeeper, Green Oak, Totley rise


Coates Mrs Elizabeth, Houlder

Cole Charles, St Hilda, Main avenue, New Totley

Collett Mrs. Edith, fried fish dealer, Totley rise

Cook William Henry, Green Oak, Totley rise

Coulson John F. jobbing gardener, Totley rise

Coupland Fred, Green Oak, Totley rise

Covan Joseph, The Hollies, New Totley

Creswick Frederick, farmer

Creswick Geo.  farmer, Cannon hall

Creswick Mrs. Margaret, vict. Cricket inn

Crookes Thomas, shopkeeper, Green Oak

Crossland Misses, private school; h Norwood house, Totley rise

Crowther Herbert, Brenchley, Main avenue, New Totley

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

Earnshaw Mrs. Hannah, Totley grange

Eaton William Arnold, Whitecroft, Main avenue, New Totley

Elliott Ernest, Green Oak, Totley rise


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

Evans George Thornton, cashier, Totley rise

Evans Rice K. Hillcrest

Evans Walt. shpkpr. Summer lane

Fearnehough Walter, Prospect rd, Totley rise

Fearney Arthur A. Green Oak, Totley rise

Fidler Frederick, general engraver, Hill crest

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

Fletcher Leonard John, Prospect rd, Totley rise

Foulstone Arthur James, engineering agent, Maycroft, Main aven. New Totley

Fox Albert, farmer, Totley Bents

Fox Fred, West view

Fox Harry, (j) stone mason

Fox Thomas, schoolmaster, Belmont, Main avenue, New Totley

Fox Tom

Gill Mrs. Caroline, Rosedene, Main avenue, New Totley

Gill John, Green Oak, Totley rise

Gledhill James, market gardener, Victoria gardens, Totley rise

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

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

Gomm Henry C. Hill top, Prospect road, Totley rise

Goodrich Sydney, Green Oak, Totley rise

Goold George S. Alma villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Graham George Marlow, Lathkil, Victoria road, Totley rise

Greaves James Willie, draper, Totley rise

Green Albt. file marker, Grange terrace

Green Harry, upholsterer, Woodview, Totley rise

Green Herbert, Grange terrace

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

Green Samuel, fancy draper, Summer lane

Gregg Percival B. draughtsman, Greenwood, Main av. New Totley

Gummer William G.  Fernbank, Totley rise

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

Haigh Mrs. Rebecca. matron, Cherry Tree orphanage

Hall Alfred Thomas, Oakdene, Victoria road, Totley rise

Hall Mrs. Frances R., Fern mount

Hall Frederick, police sergeant

Hall John, Derwent lodge, Prospect road, Totley rise

Harnan, Misses, Rosehill, Main avenue, New Totley

Harrison Edwin Ranson, accountant; h Dale view, Prospect rd. Totley rise

Harrison Mrs. Sarah T. Chestnut villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Hawes Edgar C. Glenrose, Totley rise

Haycock John Thomas, Sunnybank, Victoria road, Totley rise

Haynes Mrs. Mary, 1 Stanley villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

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

Heaton Charles, Grange terrace

Henderson James Lewis, warehouseman, Green oak, Totley rise

Hibbard Frederick, Green Oak, Totley rise


Hibbert William Arthur, Oakwood, Victoria road, Totley rise

Hill Mrs. Mary Jane, Brook Vale cottage, Totley rise

Hill Sam, farmer, Totley Bents

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

Hill William Turner, Machin Croft, Victoria road, Totley rise

Hobday William Henry, school teacher, 3 Stanley villas, 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

Hudson Edward, Ellerslie, Main avenue, New Totley. T.N. 4Y5 Beauchief

Hudson Mrs. Eliza Ann, Waverley, Main avenue, New Totley

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

Huntley Louis, Avondale, Main av

Ibbotson Geo. Ryburn, Main aven

Ibbotson Joseph William, Moorlands, Main road

Jackson Charles Thomas, grocer

Jackson Smith, Osborne house, Main avenue, New Totley

Jarvis Thomas Harding, Mount Pleasant house, Prospect road, Totley rise

Jenkins Mrs. Mary, Stanley villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Jepson John, Somerleigh house, Woodland place, Totley rise

Kaberry William, manager, Middlewood, Victoria road, Totley rise

Keatley Cecil, painter, Brookvale cottages, Totley rise

King Leonard, Grange terrace

King Oliver Henry, manager, Green Oak, Totley rise

Kirby Tom, vict. Fleur-de-Lis

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

Larder James, Grange terrace

Laverton John, Casanova, Bradway bank, Totley rise

Lee Mrs. Anna M. Grange terrace

Lees William Thomas, joiner, Totley rise

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

Linfoot Arthur Ernest, schoolmstr. Ruskin villa, Main av. New Totley

London Joint City & Midland Bank Limited (open fri 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.) Totley rise

Longley Albert Ernest, Udale, New Totley

Loukes Douglas Henry, Inglewood, Main avenue, New Totley

McKenzie William, Nestleton, Victoria road, Totley rise

Marples Haydn, schoolmaster, Fingest house, New Totley

Marrison Mrs. K. grocer, Totley rise. T.N. 109 Beauchief

Martin Harry, Glenbourne, Totley rise

Mather Mrs. Mary, Green oak, Totley rise

Mayhew William Henry, The Birches, Totley rise

Melling Herbert, Byron, Main avenue, New Totley

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

Milne Bernard, director, Hadfields Limited, Cross Grove house

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


Moorhouse Arthur, railway clerk, Monnybrook villas

Mosley Brook, The Bungalow

Mottershaw Miss Bertha, confectioner, Totley rise

Mottram Joseph, Heatherdene, Main avenue, New Totley

Newbould Benjamin, traveller, The Newlands, New Totley

Nicholson Tom, Mona villas, Green Oak, Totley rise

Nunn Hrbt. Green Oak, Totley rise

Osborne Mrs. Frances, Brook hall

Osborne Percival Frank, Little Haven, Totley rise

Pagan John Archibald, Marne vils. Victoria road, Totley rise

Parker Ernest W. printer; h The Moorlands

Parker Joseph Hedley, printer; h The Moorlands

Partington Enoch, The Mount, Glover road, Totley rise

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

Peck Alvey, Yewcroft, Victoria rd. Totley rise

Peck Percy K. printer, Overdale, Victoria road, Totley rise

Perrot Louis B. Winderton, Prospect road, Totley rise

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

Pinder Mrs. Ellen, Green Oak, Totley rise

Platts Percival Wright, Hill side, Victoria road, Totley rise

Poole William George, Overdale, prospect road, Totley rise

Porter Charles Albert, manager, Brentwood, Victoria rd. Totley rise 

Prince Colin, platelayer, Green Oak, Totley rise

Prosser Charles Albert, Woodbine cot. Victoria road, Totley rise

Radcliffe Mrs Geo. Barker, Woodbank, Victoria road, Totley rise

Roe Edward, platelayer, Green Oak, Totley rise

Roebuck Frederick Goddard M.P.S. chemist, Totley rise

Rogers Mrs. Mary, Green oak, Totley rise

Salt Mrs. Alice, Grange terrace

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

Scott Francis, New Haven, Main avenue, New Totley

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

Siddall Thomas, gamekeeper to the Duke of Rutland

Simpson George S. clerk, Brook terrace, Totley rise

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

Skill Ernest Claude, architect & surveyor, Victoria road, Totley rise

Slater Frederick James, Rookwood, Totley rise

Slater Walter, farmer, Totley Bents

Smith Charles, Lane head

Smith Joseph, The Dingle, Prospect road, Totley rise

Sowden Mrs. Sarah Ann, vict. Crown inn

Starke Henry Thompson, manager, The Poplars, Totley Bents

Steer Ernest Victor, Green oak, Totley rise

Stokes Joseph, Sunny bank, Totley Bents


Street, Charles Wesley, Enys, Heatherfield

Sugg Hubert Henri Bell, Fern Dene, Main avenue, New Totley

Swallow Mrs. Gertrude, vict. Old Cross Scythes

Tate Charles Edward, Brook terrace, Totley rise

Taylor Jas. Green Oak, Totley rise

Taylor Shirley, scythe smith, Green Oak, Totley rise

Theaker Ethelbert, tobacconist, Totley rise

Thompson Colin, butcher, Totley rise. T.N. 97 Beauchief

Thompson William, The Cottage, Totley rise

Thornber Lucas, foreman, Chestnut villas, Victoria road, Totley rise

Tinker Frank, Fairfield, Totley rise

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

Turner Mrs. Elizabeth

Tyzack Joshua, Avenue farm


Underwood Henry, Holmfield, Bradway bank, Totley rise

Unwin Heald, Fernmount

Unwin Wm. Heald, frmr. Hall lane

Vernon Mrs. Ada Gertrude, Inglenook, Heatherfield

Wallis William Henry, Glenaire, New Totley

Walter Stephen, Trelevydon, Main avenue, New Totley

Ward Mrs. Harriet, Grange terrace

Webster John Wm. sub-postmaster

Wells Robert S. Prospect road, Totley rise

Western Charles, lodge keeper at Totley Grange

Whitehead Burton, Sunny bank, Main avenue, New Totley

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

Widdowson William J. Oak Leigh, Totley rise

Wild Horace, The Birches, Totley rise


Wild William Horton, Moss cottage, Lane head

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

Williams Isaac Henry, signalman, Green Oak, Totley rise

Wilson Mrs. Rosa, Dethick, Victoria road, Totley rise

Wint Joseph, grocer, Totley rise

Wood Frank, clerk, Hollymount, Victoria road, Totley rise 

Woodworth Herbert, (j) organ builder, Woodview, Totley rise

Wordsworth Henry Thos. cashier, The Mount, Prospect road, Totley rise. T.N. 213 Beauchief

Wortley Mrs. Emma, Green Oak, Totley rise

Wright Mrs. Florence, confectioner, Totley rise

Wright Levi, Houlder

Wright Thomas, beer retailer, Totley bents 

Latest News


Because of the continuing need for measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, the monthly meetings of Totley History Group have been suspended until further notice. 


Please continue to support your history group by sending us your questions, comments and contributions.

We are fast running out of stocks of Pauline Burnett's history of Totley Rise. The last few copies are available only from Totley Rise Post Office, price £5. 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. "Chronologically and in fascinating detail, Pauline Burnett's book tells the story of this small piece of land through Victorian and Edwardian times, two World Wars and up to the present day. I found the book to be an absolute delight..." Dore to Door.

A few copies are still available of Sally Goldsmith's book Thirteen Acres: John Ruskin and the Totley Communists. Totley was the site of a utopian scheme funded by art critic and social reformer John Ruskin. In 1877 he bought 13-acre St. George’s Farm so that nine Sheffield working men and their families could work the land and, to keep themselves busy, make boots and shoes. Sally tells an engaging story from our history with a quirky cast of characters including Ruskin himself, the poet and gay rights activist Edward Carpenter and Henry Swan, a cycling, vegetarian artist and Quaker. The book is available to order online from the The Guild of St. George by following this link.

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 local shops and via our website.

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.

A Canadian correspondent sent us photographs of a set of silver spoons that were bought in a small town in British Columbia. The case contained a note signed by Ebenezer Hall indicating that they were a wedding gift to Maurice and Fanny Housley. We think we may have traced how they got to Canada and where they might have been since.

Green Oak Park was opened on 23 March 1929 on land that had been bought by Norton District Council from John Thomas Carr, a farmer and smallholder of Mona Villas. In later years, the buildings were used by the Bowling Club (the green having been built in 1956) and by the park keeper. However, the buildings appear to have been constructed in several phases, the oldest of which predates the park to the time when the land was used for pasture.

We believe the old Totley Police Station at 331 Baslow Road was built around 1882. Two lock-up cells were excavated just below floor level in the summer of 1890. We have traced the Derbyshire Constabulary police officers who lived there from John Burford in 1886 to George Thomas Wood who was there when Totley was absorbed into Sheffield in 1934.

David Stanley lived in Totley Rise in the later years of his life. Born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, he joined the 17th Lancers when he was 19 and rode in the Charge of The Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava where he was seriously wounded. For the first reunion of veterans in 1875, he told his story to a reporter from the Buxton Herald.

This picture postcard was addressed to Miss Abell, Holly Dene, Totley Brook Road and posted in Rotherham on 10 December 1907. Edith Annie Abell was born on 4 February 1887 in Sheffield and her family came to live in our area in the 1900s, staying for the rest of their lives.

Charles Herbert Nunn enlisted in the British Army on 23 August 1915 and was sent to France on 18 December 1915 to served with the British Expeditionary Force. In March 1916 it was discovered that he was underage and he was returned home. Shortly after his 18th birthday he re-enlisted and was again posted abroad where, in addition to this trio of medals, he was awarded the Military Medal. 

This certificate was awarded jointly by the Red Cross and St. John's Ambulance to Isaac Henry Williams, of Lemont Road, for his services during WW1 as a stretcher bearer. We are seeking anyone who can help us pass it on to a living relative.

In 1832 Samuel Dean pleaded guilty to stealing a quantity of lead from the Totley Rolling Mill and was sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia. He sailed on the Mangles and upon arrival in New South Wales he was sent to work for William Cox, the famous English explorer and pioneer. After receiving his Certificate of Freedom in 1840, Samuel became a farmer and went on to have a very large family. Samuel was born in Whitechapel around 1811 to parents Samuel Dean Snr. and Susannah Duck. His descendant Sarah Dean would like help in tracing his ancestry.

Ellen Topham was born in 1889 in Nottingham. Her parents had been living together since 1862 but had never married so it was most unusual that, after their deaths, Ellen was accepted into Cherrytree Orphanage. Even more so since her father, Snowden Topham, had been acquitted somewhat unexpectedly in a widely reported manslaughter trial. Ellen remained at Cherrytree until her death from pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 15.

Mabel Wilkes was a resident in Cherrytree Orphanage between 1897 and 1905. Her granddaughter Sally Knights sent us these images of a book presented to Mabel as a prize for her writing. Sally also sent us some personal memories of her grandmother and a photograph of a locket which contains portraits of Mabel and her husband Septimus Gale.

John Henry Manby Keighley was living at Avenue Farm when he enlisted in 1916. He fought in France with the Cheshire Regiment but after home leave in early 1918 he went missing. The Army were unable to determine whether he had deserted or returned to the front and been either killed or captured by the enemy. In August 1919 he was formally presumed killed in action but it appears he did not die but returned home to his family.

Horace Ford was admitted to Cherrytree Orphanage on 26 October 1888 at the age of six. He left at the age of 14 to become an apprentice blacksmith and farrier. Soon after his 18th birthday Horace enlisted in the Imperial Yeomanry to serve his country in the war in South Africa. His letter home to his Orphanage mentor tells of the lucky escape he had in battle.

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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