Totley History Group
Totley History Group

Kelly's 1925 Directory*

* recorded as 1923 in the Brian Edwards Collection

TOTLEY township is 1 mile south-west from the church at Dore; it was constituted as an ecclesiastical parish in 1924. The church of All Saints is a building of stone, and has 250 sittings. The living is a perpetual curacy, net yearly value £300, in the gift of the Bishop of Derby, and held since 1924 by the Rev. Robert Jermyn Hutton M.A. of St. John's College, Cambridge. There is also a Wesleyan chapel. Totley Hall is the residence of William Aldam Milner esq. M.A., D.L., J.P. The area is 1,812 acres ; the population of the township in 1921 was 1,341.


Post, M. O. T. & T. E. D. Office, Totley. Letters through Sheffield


Post, M. O. T. & T. E. D. Office, Totley Rise. Letters through Sheffield



Cherry Tree Orphanage, first located at Cherry Tree Hill, Sheffield, now occupies eligible premises on about 7 acres of freehold land at Totley, erected at a cost of £2,300, for 56 children of all denominations & from all parts of the British Empire, who are admitted at from 3 to 10 years of age, the boys remaining until they are 14 & the girls till 16 years of age, when they are placed in suitable situations; a certificated teacher superintends the educational training & a matron is employed to prepare the girls for domestic service; in 1886 a new wing was added at the south side, consisting of convalescant room or class room & a kitchen on the ground floor & two rooms on the first floor, the cost being defrayed by Sir John E. Bingham bart. of Sheffield; the Orphanage property, vested in trustees, is managed by a committee of Sheffield gentlemen, the household arrangements being conducted by a committee of ladies; the institution is chiefly dependent on voluntary contributions; there are now 29 children; A. W. Chadburn, president & chairman; E. W. Wilkinson, hon. sec.; T. G. Sorby, hon. treasurer; Mrs. Rebecca Haigh, matron.


Railway Station. Dore & Totley, (L. M. & S.)





(For T N's see general list of Private Residents at end of book.)

Blake Stephen John, The Grove

Bowley Mrs. Kate, Rose cottage, Hillfoot

Coates Mrs. Elizabeth, Old Hay

Earnshaw, Mrs H. Totley grange, Baslow road

Evans Rice K. Hillcrest, Baslow road

Fox Fred, West view

Fox Tom, Vera cottage

Green Herbert, Grange terrace

Hutton Rev. Robert Jermyn M.A. (perpetual curate of All Saints, Totley), The Parsonage

Linfoot Arthur E. Wetherby, Baslow rd

Milne Bernard, Cross Grove house

Milner William Aldam, M.A., D.L., J.P. Totley hall

Parker Miss W. J. The Moorlands, Baslow road

Robinson Alfred, Cross Grove house, Baslow road

Smith Charles, Lane head

Wilson Harry, Roseneath, Baslow road



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

Cherry Tree Orphanage (Mrs. Rebecca Haigh, matron), Mickley la. T N Beauchief 71013

Coates Samuel, farmer, Totley Bents

Creswick Oscar, Cricket inn

Dawson A. & H. decrtrs, Green Oak hall. T N Beauchief 70158

Dungworth Bernard, Crown P.H. Hillfoot

Evans Walter, shopkeeper, Summer lane

Fisher Samuel & William, farmers, Hallfield farm

Fox Albert, farmer, Totley Bents

Gascoigne Albert, haulage contractor, Totley Bents

Gill Edwd. confctnr. The Cabin

Gill John, grocer, Baslow road

Green Emily (Mrs.), draper, Summer la

Hill-Pickford Herbert, farmer, Totley Bents

Holding Chas. jobbing gardnr. Ash co

Jones Geo. Edmnd. confctnr. The Nook

Kirby Tom Edwin Fearney, Fleur-de-Lis P.H. Hall la

Marshall Frank, boot repr

Melling Herbt. bldr. Cannon Hall farm

Pearson J. T. haulage contrctr. Shrewsbury ter. T N Beauchief 71092


Pickford, Holland & Co. Ltd. fire brick mfrs. Moore Edge mine & fire brick works, Baslow rd. T N Beauchief 70789

Rodgers Edna (Miss), confctnr. The Kiosk, Green Oak

Scott Chas. Fredk. Old Cross Scythes P.H. T N Beauchief 70342 

Siddall Geo. shepherd to G. H. Froggatt esq

Slater Walter, farmer, Totley Bents

Totley Rifle Range (W. Johnson, range warden), T N Beauchief 70138

Tym Wm. farmer

Tyzack Joshua, farmer, Avenue farm. T N Beauchief 70809

Wakefield Wm. farmer, Hall Lane farm

Whitehouse Harry, motor engnr. T N Beauchief 70195

Wright Tom, beer retlr. Totley Bents




(For T N's see general list of Private Residents at end of book.)

Abdy Mrs. Whitecroft, Main avenue

Bramley Samuel Edward, Waverley, Main avenue

Bryan Frank, Dyffryn, Main avenue

Cole Misses, St. Hilda, Main avenue

Covan Joseph, The Hollies, Sunnyvale rd

Crowther Herbert T. Brenchley, Main av

Foulstone Arthur J. Maycroft, Main av

Gascoigne Mrs. Rosehill, Main avenue

Giddings Percy, Silsoe, Meadow grove

Gill Mrs. Caroline, Rosedene, Main aven

Grayson Carnmer Kay, Byron house, Main avenue

Gregg Percival B. Greenwood, Main aven

Howison Mrs. Heather dene, Main aven

Hudson John Edwd. Ellerslie, Main av

Ibbotson George, Ryburn, Main avenue

Jackson Sidney, Belmont, Main avenue

Knowles Albt. Ernest, Avondale, Main av

Lake Ernest, Ivydene, Main avenue

Longley Albert Ernest, Udale cottage, Sunnyvale road

Mapplebeck Mrs. Fairhaven. Meadow gro

Marples Haydn, Fingest house

Mortimer Mrs. A. E. Eggerslack, Main av

Newbould Mrs. The Newlands, Meadow grove

Scott Francis, New Haven, Main avenue

Vickers-Edwards Jack, Fern dene, Main av

Vine George Robert, Inglewood, Main av

Walter Stephen W. Trelwydon, Main av

Watkin Ernest C. Somerford, Main av

Whitehead Burton, Sunny bank, Main av



Dore & Totley Lawn Tennis Club (C. K. Grayson, hon. sec.) Byron ho. Main av

Harris Dorothy (Miss) A.R.C.M. teacher of music, Belvoir ho. Main av

Sheard Rowland Edwd. grocer, Main av. T N Beauchief 70614




(For T N's see general list of Private Residents at end of book.)


Abson Fredc. B. Hill crest, Prospect rd

Banks John T. Riseholm, Victoria road

Beard Edward James, Moorland view, Victoria road

Belbin Chas. Albert, Moorhill, Prospect rd

Bestwick Bernard C. Wood view, Glover road

Boot William, Steep bank 

Boyd H. Donald, Braeside, Prospect pl

Brown Mrs. Moorland view, Victoria rd

Bryson Samuel, Overdale, Prospect rd 

Bunting Lawrence L. Brook hall, Mickley lane

Carter Walter, The Dingle

Cavill Arthur S. The Poplars, Prospect pl

Daman Chas. Walt Burgess, Prospect pl

Dawson Mrs, 4 Stanley villas, Victoria rd

Fletcher Leonard John, Prospect road

Gliddon Frank, Woodland vils, Victoria rd

Glossop Thos. Albt. Penrhyn, Glover road

Glossop William, Oak Leigh, Glover road

Gomm Henry C. Hill top, Prospect road

Goold George Smeaton, Alma villas, Victoria road

Hall Alfred Thomas, Oakdene, Victoria rd

Hall John, Derwent ho. Prospect road

Hawes Edgar C. Glenrose, Back lane

Haynes Mrs. H. 1 Stanley vils, Victoria road

Heathcote Albert Reaney, Balaclava house, Victoria road

Hibbert Mrs. Kate, Oakwood, Victoria rd

Hicking Fredk. Dale view, Prospect road

Holmes Major, Moorside, Main road

Horton George Rupert, The Moorings, Victoria road

Hutton Robert, Green Oak ho. Baslow rd

Jenkins John Arthur, 2 Stanley villas, Victoria road

Jepson John, Somerleigh house, Woodland place

Kaberry William, Heatherfield estate

Kelly John George, 3 Stanley villas, Victoria road

Lakin Alfred, Ashcroft, Victoria road

Latchford, Charles Hamilton, Machin croft, Victoria road

Martin H. Glenbourne, Back lane

Mather Mrs. Mary. Green Oak

Mayhew Wm. Hy. The Birches, Main rd

Mills Charles A. St. Ives, Victoria road

Mott R. A. Middlewood, Victoria road

Osborne Mrs. Merrie fields, Victoria road


Peck Christopher Alvey, Yewcroft, Victoria road 

Peck Percy K. Overdale, Victoria road

Phipps Frederick George, Woodland villas, Victoria road

Platts Percival W. Hillside, Victoria rd

Porter Chas. A. Brentwood, Victoria rd

Radcliffe Mrs. Woodbank, Victoria road

Reed Joseph H. S. Nestleton, Victoria rd

Rigby Bernard, Hollymount, Victoria rd

Roberts Clement, Mount Pleasant house, Prospect road

Scott Edward Charlton, Woodside cot. Back lane

Shipman Miss, Casanova, Prospect place

Skelton Cecil, Ellaville, Victoria road

Slater Fredk. Jas. Rookwood, Main road

Smith Jn. Lyon, Wood gro. Victoria rd

Stanley Rowland John, Ankerdine, Heatherfield estate

Thompson William, The Cottage

Tinkler Frank Stanley, Fairfield, Glover rd

Turner Charles E. Green Oak

Underwood Henry, Holmfield, Prospect place

Wells Robert S. Prospect road

Wilson Henry, Alma villas, Victoria road

Wordsworth Henry Thomas, The Mount, Prospect road

Wortley Mrs. Green Oak



Barden Clara (Miss), confctnr

Bishop Colin, jobbing gardener

Booker Fanny (Miss) retail stationer

Bradbury Wm. blacksmith, Chemical yd

Cartledge Frank, butcher. T N Beauchief 70558

Collett Edith (Mrs.) fried fish dealer

Gledhill James, market gardener, Victoria gardens

Greaves James W. draper

Green Harry, upholsterer, Wood view

Hill Wm. Colin, jobbing gardenr, Green Oak

Keatley Cecil, painter, Brookvale cots

Lees Wm. Thos. joiner

Lewis David, gardener to William A. Milner esq. D.L., J.P.

Marcroft Chas. Lindley, bldg. contrctr. Heatherfield estate, T N Beauchief 70202 

Marrison Jn. W. grocer. T N Beauchief 71009

Mottershaw Rose (Miss), confctnr

Pearson Geo. & Sons, nurserymen, St. George's farm, Mickley la. T N Beauchief 70828

Roebuck Frederick G., M.P.S. chemist

Theaker Ethelbert, tobccnst

Thompson Colin, butcher. T N Beauchief 70997

Wint Thos. grocer. T N Beauchief 70666

Latest News

Coming Soon

The first meeting after our summer break will be on Wednesday 25th September when we welcome back Dr. Chris Corker who will be giving us the third in his series of talks on Sheffield in the Great War. The focus now turns to the final years of the conflict, the innovative ideas which emerged during the war, the supply to the US Navy of projectiles in 1917, the continuing role of women workers in the munitions factories, and an attempt to recount what Sheffield made for the war effort. The talk concludes with the effects that the Armistice had on Sheffield in November and December 1918. The meeting will be in Totley Rise Methodist Church starting at 7.30 p.m. Please note this is a change of venue.


On Wednesday, 23rd October we welcome back historical clothes expert Janet Stain with a light-hearted talk called Ration Book Fashion. Janet will be telling us what made fashion tick during and immediately after World War II when resources were scarce and creativity and improvisation the order of the day. Clothes were rationed between June 1941 and March 1949 and the Ministry of Information issued the 'Make Do and Mend' pamphlet, providing useful tips on how to be both frugal and stylish. The event begins at 7.30pm in Totley Library.


On Wednesday, 27 November we will be holding another of our popular Open Meetings when everyone is invited to share memories of Christmases Past. What are your favourite memories of Christmas? How has Christmas changed since we were children? Do we idealize those earlier Christmases or were they really different from today? The meeting will be held in Totley Library starting as ususal 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.

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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