Totley History Group
Totley History Group

The Smith, Hill and Bown Families of Totley

The Smith Family. Back left to right: Charles jnr, William and father Charles. Front: Annie, Nellie, Louie on mother Lucy's knee.(photo courtesy of Mary Robinson)

An enquiry from Sandra Woods on behalf of a friend has led to an interesting search in various records. The original enquiry stated that James Smith married Mabel Howarth on 8 December 1945 and gave his address as The Old School House, Hall Lane, Totley, and his father's name as Charles Smith. Nothing else of the Smith family prior to 1945 was known; could we help. 

 

The Smiths
We hold a copy of the Electoral Register for 1936-37 and, on checking it, there was Charles Smith at the Old School House with Lucy Isabella Smith and William Smith. A search of Christ Church, Dore parish records produced a marriage for Charles Smith, son of Thomas Smith, to Lucy Isabel Hill, daughter of Charles Hill (deceased) on 7 May 1906. The baptism registers showed five children being born to the couple: Charles in 1907, Annie in 1909, William in 1914, Louie in 1916 and James in 1922. Charles Smith's occupation in 1907 and 1909 was coachman, very probably employed by William Aldam Milner of Totley Hall. Subsequently we traced another daughter, Nellie, born in 1913 but the baptism is not in the Christ Church parish register.

 

The 1911 Census shows Charles and Lucy Smith with Charles junior and Annie living on Hall Lane, Totley and Charles's occupation is given as groom. He was not a local man being born in Fimber, Lincolnshire sometime in 1880.

 

At this point we received an email from Mary Robinson who had seen a posting about the enquiry on our website. Mary is the daughter of Louie Smith and granddaughter of Charles and Lucy. She tells us that Charles, who was known as Charlie, came to Totley in 1901 as a butcher and journeyman lodging with Charles and Hannah Hailstone at Totley Rise. After their marriage, Charlie and Lucy lived in Grange Terrace for two years and from there they moved to the Old School House.

 

Charlie Smith worked as a pit pony man at the gannister mine but he also did other part time jobs, helping with haymaking in summer and killing pigs for local butchers. On Mondays, if he was not working at the mine, he walked to Bakewell Market to drive home the cows bought there by local farmers. This was a distance of about twelve miles each way! Mary says that he was always relieved to get back over the moors before darkness fell.

 

The Smith family had moved to one of the row of cottages at Lane Head by 1914 when William was baptized and Charlie was recorded as a miner. When son James was baptized in 1922 Charlie was shown as a gannister miner. Another daughter, Jessie, was born in 1925 but her baptism is not in the Dore Parish Record transcriptions.

 

The Smith family were next door neighbours of the Salts and mentioned several times by Jo Rundle (nee Salt) in her articles for the Totley Independent and her book A Chip Off the Old Block. One snippet says that Annie Smith died of meningitis and a check in Dore Burial Registers indeed shows Annie's burial on 20 July 1920, aged 10.

 

The Smith family moved back to the Old School House in or around 1932 according to Mrs. Erica Hillman in a letter to Totley Independent in November 2011. Charlie and Lucy both died in 1943, Lucy in August and Charles in December. They are buried in the churchyard at Dore but, so far, we have been unable to find their gravestone.

 

Lucy Isobel Hill
Lucy Isabel Hill was the daughter of Charles Henry Hill and his wife Hannah Eliza Bown. She was baptized at Christ Church, Dore on 1 July 1885. Lucy's father, Charles Hill was a fruit merchant and the family lived at Holly Mount, Bradway Bank. Lucy was their third child; her brother Charles Thomas Rowland Hill was born in April 1881 but he lived for only seven months.

 

Lucy's older sister, Florence Lilian, was born in 1885 when Charles Hill was a fruiterer living at Totley Rise. The Hills moved to South Street in the Park district of Sheffield. Charles died there on 5 August 1890 and Annie was left with two small children. We have been unable to find the family in the 1891 Census but in 1901, the 17 year old Lucy Hill was living with James and Mary Ann Larder at Grange Terrace, Totley as their adopted daughter. In 1906 she married Charlie Smith at Christ Church, Dore.

 

Hannah Eliza Bown
Lucy's mother, Hannah Eliza Bown, sometimes known as Annie, was the oldest daughter of Thomas Bown and his wife Jane, nee Wood. Hannah was baptized at Christ Church, Dore on 30 November 1861. Her parents, Thomas and Jane were married in 1861 in Bawtry, which was where Jane's own parents George and Hannah Wood were living.

 

More children were born to Thomas and Jane Bown. George Henry was baptized at Christ Church on 10 January 1864 and Mary Elizabeth on 6 Mar 1870. Another son, John Charles, does not appear in the baptism transcriptions but his burial is recorded, aged 6 weeks, on 17 August 1874.

 

Another son was born who also died in early infancy: Tom Edward was baptized on 21 December 1875 and buried on 11 July 1876. Tom William was born next being baptized on 21 October 1877. Then after a gap of several years, Emily Ethel Bown was baptized in 1882 but she too survived for only a short time; her burial was on 5 August 1882 aged 5 weeks.

 

Hannah Bown grew up at the Cross Scythes where her father Thomas was a publican, farmer and blacksmith. In the 1871 Census, she is listed as a scholar so may possibly have attended Totley School when it was still in the Old School House in Hall Lane. On 6 October 1880, when aged 19, she married Charles Henry Hill, a 20 year old fruit and potato merchant and by the time of the census the following year, the couple were living at 185 South Street, Park, Sheffield with their two month old son Charles Thomas Rowland Hill and a young servant called Mary Eaton. Sadly their baby son died and was buried at Christ Church, Dore on 7 September 1881 aged only 7 months.

 

By the time their daughter Florence Lilian was baptized at Christ Church on 22 June 1883, the family were living at Totley Rise. When Lucy Isabel was baptized on 1 July 1885 the Hill family were shown as living at Holly Mount, Bradway Bank, on what later became Queen Victoria Road. Between 1885 and 1890 they moved back to Sheffield again and on 5 August 1890 Charles died at 64 South Street. He left a will with an estate of £132 8s. 10d. so Hannah was not left destitute.

 

There is no sign, so far, of Hannah Hill and her two daughters in the 1891 Census. We next hear of her on 27 April 1892 when she married William Smedley, a 41 year old widower, at Christ Church Dore. William was a farm bailiff and the couple set up home at Totley Hall Farm. A daughter, Dorothy Jane, was baptized on 21 Feb 1894 and in late 1895 a second daughter Mary Louisa was born. The year 1898 brought more tragedy for Hannah when her husband William died at the age of 48. He is buried at Dore churchyard in the same grave as his first wife, Mary Jane.

 

In 1901 Hannah Smedley was a servant to Fanny Spooner on Bolehill Road in Crookes, Sheffield and her daughter Hannah, known as Jennie, is with her. Daughter Florence Hill was a servant to Harry Wilson in William Street, Sheffield. Lucy Hill and Mary Louisa Smedley are both living with James and Mary Ann Larder in Totley. Sisters Mary Louisa and Jennie Smedley were pupils together at Totley School in the early 1900s, Jennie having previously been at Walkley School Board.

 

So far we haven't been able to find either Hannah Smedley or her daughter Florence Hill in the 1911 Census but Jennie Smedley was working as a servant for William Ogden in Darnall and Lucy of course was married to Charles Smith by this time. Between 1911 and 1919 Jennie moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne where she married Martin H. Ashbourne. They went to live in Rotherham and had two sons: Dennis, who died as a baby, and Arthur. Mary Louisa Smedley also married and emigrated to Canada.

 

Early in 1925, Hannah Smedley married, for a third time, to William J. Jarvis. They lived in Oxfordshire and were married for twenty years before they both died in 1945, William in the first quarter aged 86 and Hannah in the third quarter aged 85.

 

Thomas and Jane Bown family gravestone, Dore churchyard

Thomas Bown

Thomas Bown was the second of eleven children born to Henry Bown, a labourer, and his wife Eliza nee Coxon, who had married on 19 October 1835 at St. Oswald Church, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Their first child, Sarah, was baptised in Hognaston, Derbyshire on 28 February 1836 and the the Bown Family must have moved to Totley soon after because Thomas was baptized at Christ Church, Dore on 6 May 1838. 

 

By the time of the 1851 Census Henry had become a banksman in a coal mine. Sarah and Thomas had left home. Thomas, aged 12, was living with the family of Joseph Hancock in Causeway Head and was working as a farm labourer. His parents went on to have seven further children born in Totley: Elizabeth (1840), Charles (1842), William (1845), Henry (1847), George (1850), Mary (1852) and Edward (1854) but they later moved to Abbey Houses, Beauchief, where a fourth daughter Frances was born in 1858 and a seventh son, John, in 1860. 

 

In the next Census on 7 April 1861, Henry Bown was said to be an overlooker in a brick yard. His son Thomas was living in Totley Hall Road and was working as a blacksmith. On 11 July that year Thomas married Jane Wood, the daughter of George Wood, a hostler and his wife Hannah, at St. Nicholas Church, in Bawtry. The couple may have met when Jane was living at the Parsonage in the household of Rev. John Aldred, the Perpetual Curate of Dore. Jane was employed as a Ladies Maid possibly by Mrs. Aldred. 

 

In 1866 Thomas was sworn in as one of Totley's two constables and by 1867 Thomas and had become the publican at the Cross Scythes, an occupation he initially combined with those of farmer and blacksmith. The couple had seven children in all of which five lived into adulthood, Hannah Elizabeth (1861), George Henry (1864), Mary Elizabeth (1865), Margaret Jane, (1870), John Charles (1874), Tom William (1878) whilst two others died in infancy, Tom Edward (1875-1876) and Emily Ethel (1882-1882). The children were all baptised at Christ Church, Dore and records have survived showing that George, Margaret and Thomas attended Totley Church School; perhaps the others did too. Thomas became an Overseer to the Poor around 1884, and in 1886 he gave up farming, selling off all his stock and equipment. 

 

In the 1891 Census, Thomas and Jane were being helped at the Cross Scythes by four of their children: George, Polly (Mary Elizabeth), Maggie and John. Hannah had married Charles Henry Hill, a fruit and vegetable merchant, on 6 October 1880 at Dore Christ Church and the couple had made their home in Sheffield.

 

Eventually Thomas and Jane left Totley and also moved to Sheffield and in 1901 they were running the Hallamshire Hotel on West Street. In September 1903 they sold Cross Grove House, a property adjoining the Cross Scythes which they had built for their own family use. 

 

Jane Bown died on 27 August 1905 and was buried in Dore churchyard two days later. She was aged 65. Perhaps it was at this time that Thomas decided to retire as in 1911 he was living at 46 Hands Road in Sheffield with his daughter Polly who had married Hugh Clynes, a letter cutter and engraver, in Sheffield in 1904. Thomas Bown died on 29 July 1914, aged 77, and was buried with his wife Jane on 4 August.

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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.

 

On Tuesday 17 December, Totley History Group will be supporting the annual Spitewinter Concert of winter songs from across the centuries and continents, arranged in glorious four part harmonies by Graham Pratt. Performed by Sheffield Folk Chorale with special guests Michael Walsh (flute), Liz Hanks (cello) and
Ciarán Boyle (bodhrán). Concert starts at 7.30 pm, admission £10 with all profits to local charities. For tickets and further information, please contract Pauline Burnett, Tel: 0114 235 2344, or by email to: paulineburnett17@gmail.com

 

Our first meeting in the New Year will be on Wednesday, 22nd January when we are very pleased to welcome Dick Shepley who will give us an illustrated talk about The Shepleys of Woodthorpe Hall. Dick's grandparents Jack and Emily came to Woodthorpe Hall in 1926 with their daughter Jeanne and four sons Seymour, Rex, Frank and Douglas. Tragedy struck the family during World War Two when Jeanne, Rex and Douglas were all killed. Dick will tell us how the devastated family responded to these losses and how our local pub proudly bears the name The Shepley Spitfire. The meeting is in Totley Library, starting at 7.30 p.m.

 

On Wednesday, 26th February we welcome back Valerie Bayliss who will tell us about The Old Town Hall: Past, Present and Future. Sheffield’s Old Town Hall, the neglected building on the corner of Waingate and Castle Street has been empty since 1996 and has been allowed to get into a very poor state. Opened in 1808, this important building had a big part to play in Sheffield’s history and has lots of potential for new use. A campaign group, The Friends of the Old Town Hall, was formed in 2014 to save the building and to give it a commercial and community future. Valerie's talk begins at 7.30 p.m. in Totley Library.

 

On Wednesday, 25th March we are pleased to welcome back Penny Rea who will talk to us about The History and Residents of Zion Graveyard, Attercliffe. The graveyard is the final resting place of pioneering anti-slavery campaigner Mary Anne Rawson as well as a number of the City's early industrialists and influential non-conformist Christian radicals. The graveyard became engulfed by vegetation during many years of neglect following the demolition of  the Zion Congregational Church in 1987. When it came up for sale recently, it was bought by The Friends of Zion Graveyard Attercliffe who hope to preserve it as both a monument to the area's lost heritage and as a mini-wildlife oasis in the most unlikely of settings. Penny's talk begins at 7.30 p.m. in Totley Library.

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.

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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