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Children of Cherrytree: Horace Ford

Horace Ford was born in Sheffield on 22 April 1880. His mother was Elizabeth Furniss, the daughter of John Furniss, a brace bit manufacturer from Ecclesall. His father was John Herbert Ford, the eldest son of Joseph Ford who for many years had a printers, booksellers and newsagents business at 70 Pinstone Street, Sheffield before taking over the licence to run the Roebuck Tavern, 8 Charles Street, in February 1870.

 

Horace's parents had married on 12 June 1864 at the Sheffield Parish Church (later the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul). John Ford had worked an apprenticeship as a grinder before his marriage but he later became a beerhouse keeper at the Star & Garter in Winter Street, Crookesmoor. After John's father died in 1873 his mother Sarah Ford, nee Wolstenholme, inherited the family printing business and John became a manager in the firm whilst living at the Roebuck, which was presumably being run by Horace's mother. 

The modern Roebuck Tavern, Charles Street The modern Roebuck Tavern, Charles Street

John and Elizabeth Ford had at least seven children and possibly more as the first child we have found, Elizabeth, was born in 1872 eight years after their marriage. Four more children followed in quick succession: Joseph (1875), John Herbert junior (1876), Alice Ada (1878) and Horace (1880). Sadly, both John junior and Alice Ada died in infancy even before Horace was born. Twin daughters Dorothy and Catharine were born in late 1883 shortly before their father died on 13 December. Dorothy died aged 3 months on 9 February 1884; we don't know what happened to Catherine.

 

The surviving children became orphaned when their mother died on 24 May 1884. Joseph had been living with his widowed grandmother in Wolstenholm Road, Sharrow and later in lodgings in Heeley having become a steel hardener. On 17 October 1894 he enlisted in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. His service was intended to last six years but on 6 May 1896 Joseph purchased his discharge and continued with his occupation in steel making. Horace attended Cecil Road School in Sharrow until he was aged 8 when he was sent to Cherrytree Orphanage, Mickley Lane. The Ford family made a significant financial contribution towards his stay there so perhaps his grandmother simply couldn't manage to look after him.

Cherrytree Orphanage, Mickley Lane Cherrytree Orphanage, Mickley Lane

Horace entered the Orphanage on 26 October 1888 and left aged 14 on 8 October 1894 to work as an apprentice to Messrs. G. & F.B. Howard, blacksmiths and shoeing smiths of 65 Penistone Road. The placement appears to have been found by Mr. G. Jackson Smith, a member of the Orphanage Executive Committee, who furnished regular reports on Horace's development e.g. "His conduct and progress are highly satisfactory and his employers think that with good management he will do well." Mr. Smith's last report was sent on 26 April 1898, soon after Horace's 18th birthday.

 

At Doncaster on 9 February 1900, Horace enlisted as a Private in the 66th (Yorkshire) Company of the Imperial Yeomanry to serve his country in the war in South Africa. Service was to be for a period of one year or until the end of the war if it lasted longer. By 13 March 1900 he had arrived in South Africa. This item appeared in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph on 25 July 1900.

A Former Cherrytree Orphanage Pupil at the Front.
Mr. G. Jackson Smith, of Hazlewood, Ranmoor, Sheffield, favours us with a copy of a letter he has received from a former pupil in the Cherrytree Orphanage, who is now serving in the 66th Company of the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa. The letter which with have special interest for the friends of the Orphanage is as follows:-


Winburg, June 24th 1900.
Dear Mr. Smith - No doubt you will be surprised at not hearing from me before now, but I was determined I would not write to you until I could tell you the news that I have been in action, but I expect you will have read about it in the papers long before you receive this letter.

 

We started from Winburg on the 21st along with another company of yeomanry (Wilts.), and a number of mounted infantry to escort a large convoy to Senekal, a distance of about forty miles, but on the morning of the 22nd we met General Clements' force with an empty convoy coming back from Senekal, who ordered us back, as a large body of Boers was in the surrounding hills with several guns, and our escort was not large enough to tackle them. On the 23rd both convoys were to proceed to Winburg, so we got from beneath our frost-covered blankets at 4 a.m., had breakfast at 5 a.m., and set off to see if was safe for the convoy to move. Well, we hadn't got above half a mile from camp when we saw a large shell burst just over it and after that about a dozen more bursts right into it, killing several horses, one man and injuring nine more. Then the Boers must have seen us, for a shell just missed my company by a few yards, which made us move a lot quicker to reach a little less elevated ground about a mile away. It was the hottest mile I ever travelled; bullets were whistling around us like hail, and when we dismounted we were only about five or six hundred yards from the enemy. I will own that I felt a bit shaky at first, but when the order came to blaze away at them, all fear went. My only thought was to give it them as hot as we got it, which, I think, we did, for we made their position a bit too hot and they retreated to the hills after about two hours' fighting.

 

The Yorkshires had four men wounded and several horses. I found a bullet hole through my great coat this morning, rather a near shave. We have now got the convoys safe, and with a larger force and a few guns we are setting off to give them a d----d good hiding, so I shall have more news to tell you next time I write. So now I shall have to finish off, as I have some work to do - Believe me to remain, yours truly. 

Horace Ford.

Orange River Colony in the Boer War Orange River Colony in the Boer War [ click on map to expand]

Even though he had signed up for a year or the duration of the war, Horace's service record shows that he applied for voluntary discharge having served 255 days, 233 of which were in South Africa. He was formally discharged at Johannesburg on 21 October 1900. He was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with three clasps: Wittenbergen, Cape Colony and Transvaal. His conduct and character whilst serving with the Colours were described as being 'very good' and it was noted that he intended to follow the trade of blacksmith at Sydney Road, Durban.

 

When General Roberts left South Africa in December 1900 he pressed for a return of the volunteer infantry companies and the original contingent of the Imperial Yeomanry or risk the consequences for recruiting future volunteer forces. The men had done enough. Recruitment began immediately for a second and larger contingent of Imperial Yeomanry.

 

If one of our readers knows what happened to Horace Ford after he left the Yeomanry, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact us on our usual email address: enquiries@totleyhistorygroup.org.uk.

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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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