Totley Shops

In answer to your request for memories of the shops on Baslow Road in the late 60s I offer the following comments, one from a Totley Church leaflet dated 1937 that shows W.T.Hutchings at 185 Baslow Road, not 187 as in your article.


My memories, however, go back to the late 20s & early thirties when the new Labour Hall was built with the two shops at the entrance.The Co-op, lower down Baslow Road, had a steep flight of steps up to the door with a rail to help the less able. Dick Wragg, a boy from Dore, worked at the Co-op in the butchery dept after leaving school age 14. Mr. Hutchings was a young man when he opened his chemist shop in one of the newly built shops between the Co-op, and the new Labour Hall. He had trained as a Doctor and was a great source of information on medicines and drugs, saving many a visit to the doctor, and giving sound advice when a visit was deemed necessary.


Stan Wesley's father was the first Newsagent in the shop next door to the Chemist at no. 187 when my youngest brother Jeffs Saturday job at the age of twelve was delivering newspapers and other purchases for him around Totley on his newly acquired 'bike. Stan Wesley married Kathleen , Grand- daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Kenworthy who lived in one of the cottages at the entrance to Summer Lane, with whom she spent long holidays in the summer, sometimes attending Totley school, as deemed necessary to please the school inspector. Lawrence Tym a butcher at Carver, son of Mr. Tym of Totley Hall Farm, opened his new shop at the entrance to the Labour Hall in about 1930 and in November 1933 married my cousin May Ibbotson, a school teacher, at Totley Church when they took up residence at no. 19, one of the three newly built newly built semi-detached houses down the left side of Main Avenue. After leaving school at Easter 1934 Jeff. started work as a trainee butcher with Mr. Tym, which, with night-school tuition, would lead to his becoming an Inspector of meat.


Although there were two grocery shops in Totley, Mr Jackson on the comer of Grange Terrace, where housewives could take their bread for baking at a cost of 1d a loaf after his day's baking was done, and Mr Evans in Hillfoot Road neither of them sold meat, so, in 1922 when I was 7 years old, on arriving home from school one Friday about 4.15pm I was initiated into the art of shopping by my Mother who gave to me a penny, a note for the few items she needed for the weekend, and a message for Mr. Colin Thompson the butcher that she wanted a piece of beef about six shillings (Top-lift, Underlift, Corner-Cut Rib, and other of the best roasting joints, were 1s 6d a pound. Ladder-staves were much cheaper). With a carpet-bag, the note and my penny, I set off walking the mile to Totley Rise. The journey was easy, all downhill, past the site being prepared for the new memorial, the Cross Scythes Hotel, and the Grange, the big house where the Eamshaws lived, from which Grange Terrace was named, either by the Eamshaws or, more likely, by the previous owner Thomas Edward Ellison. Then the long walk under the canopy of the huge horse-chestnut trees that housed the schools of rooks, who left every morning with their young, returning in the evening at 6pm with the teachers flying round backwards and forwards to encourage the slow ones and to draw in the wanderers, and of course there were hundreds of conkers to keep the village lads happy for many a day. The last of the houses was the Lodge to Totley Grange the home of Mr. Weston and his daughter Muriel. This was considered to be the end of the village with fields on the left all the way to Green Oak. A few yards from the Lodge on the right was Main Avenue, New Totley which boasted a row of houses on its right side, and two at the top on the left, one of which was the home of Dr.Gregg, father of Olive a Totley School pupil. Mr. Walter Evans built the grocery shop at the top of Main Avenue and the two blocks of semi-detached houses on the main road about this time moving into the shop from Hillfoot Road when Mr.Frank Evans, his brother, moved in.


Heatherfield Estate was a few years away, but, passing Pearson's Nurseries on the right, I soon reached the four bungalows on the left recently built by Earnest Elliot, the last one on the comer of the Crescent that led to the Quadrant and the recently built first house on the Grove the home of the Suggs the Sheffield sports shop owners. The last house before reaching Totley Rise was Green Oak House, whose long front boundary wall, topped with wide, flat coping stones, was very tempting to walk on and stretched for a number of yards down the road to the high wall and fence bordering the field where the butcher Colin Thompson's cattle were held ready for his shop. The right side of Baslow Road from Mickley lane to houses shown in the Independent picture, was dominated by the high wooden fence of the Victoria Gardens, where my Mother remembered Blonden, the tight-rope walker, performing his act during her childhood. When the Victoria gardens closed the area was known as the Monkey Gardens, a reference to it's previous use, at this time it was used for growing Rhubarb by Mr. Gledhill, later to be the Chairman of Totley Parish Council, who lived in the Matchbox house on Glover Rd. at the comer with Mickley Lane moving later into one of the houses shown in the Independent photograph. He used the wooden shed with the corrugated roof for housing tools and other gardening equipment, as well as a sorting and packing-shed for rhubarb. I have no recollection of a Hotel there and always understood that Mr Gledhill lived next door to the shed. Perhaps the Census records of 1931 will reveal the answer!


Arriving at my destination my first call was Marrisons, the Grocers, on the comer of the Lane leading to the Chemical yard. Handing the list of items to be delivered during the week to Mr. King the Manager, and the note for those goods I had to take that day, I made my way to the Butcher next door, where Mr. Thompson greeted me with the same words he was to repeat every week for the next few years; " Now little girl what can I do for you today?", and my reply , also the one that I would repeat, "My Mom wants a piece of beef about six shilling please", and Mr. Thompson would know exactly what that meant for when my Mother unpacked the carpet bag she was always pleased with my purchases. Back to Mr. King to pick up the items he had ready which he deftly put in my bag, always ending my shopping trip by putting in my hand a sweety from a big jar on the shelf behind him, or a biscuit from a huge tin at the end of the counter, and I went happily on my way to catch the next 'bus for Totley and hand over my penny.


Sometimes I had to wait for the 'bus, having just missed one, and that gave me time to investigate the other shops down the 'Rise. Next door to the butcher was the Post-office where Mrs.Jackson was the Post-mistress, and next below was Mr.Wints grocery store, a family business since pre 1877. His son Harold, who later took over the business, and Hetty his daughter, although much older, were both Totley School pupils. The use of the strange shop next door with its peculiar entrance up a flight of steps eludes me but, in the thirties it was Molly Crumps's hairdressing Salon, and later Jack Stacy's shoe-repairing business. Next was Mr. Cartledge the butcher, then a small shop that often used to change and was later opened about 1935 as a tea-shop by Eric Briers who lived in one of the bungalows at Green-oak. After this came Mrs. Spring's sweet shop, (she was the sister to Mr Harry Mottershaw, the famous 19 th C pioneer of photography, who owned the Norfolk Row shop, and Photo-finishers at Nether Edge, where I later worked. A cake shop came next, then Hobsons the Chemist where, a few years later my Mom gave to me a sixpence to spend on Prolactum (the first lipsyl) to put on my lips, and a jar Mercalized Wax to use on my face because they were both harmless and I wanted to be pretty (some hope!).


The last shop in the row was Wolstenholmes the haberdashers where everything was available for home dressmaking, including rows of bails of fabrics of all colours and textures displayed on a high shelf for easy choice, with gloves, socks and stockings for every age and a large selection of young children's clothes and accessories, and the biggest selection of fancy buttons displayed on cards for easy choosing. There was also a chair in front of the counter on which to rest whilst being served, a custom that later became compulsory where there was at least one assistant, now with self-service stores never provided. The row of houses came next, to the last shop at the bottom of the row, the newspaper shop owned by Mr.Ethelbert Theaker and his wife. Until Mr.Wesley opened his shop this was the only place to obtain a newspaper, magazine or comic, but as he delivered every day there was no loss, and we could always enjoy our Comic Cuts on Monday and Chips on Wednesday and the daily paper for the adults.


Mom was always on the look out for me returning and by the time I reached the three cottages above the post office she was waiting to carry the bag of my precious purchases back home. Mr.King called every Tuesday to collect the money for the last week and to take the order for the next, and a few years later he opened his own greengrocery shop at Green Oak and supplied us with the blue paper out of the banana boxes for the Conservative minded children to wave around on our holiday from school on polling day in 1926. Those who favoured the Liberal or Labour candidates were supplied with red and yellow ribbon by Emily Green from her shop at the end of Summer Lane at the cost of 1d per l/2yd. 


Jo Rundle

July 2005

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Our first meeting in the new year will be on Wednesday 24th January when we welcome back Chris Corker whose talk is called The Shell, Armaments and Munitions Production Crisis, 1915-1916. The wartime demand for armaments lead to the Shell Crisis of May 1915. Chris examines the effect that the formation of the Ministry of Munitions, under the guidance of David Lloyd-George, had on Sheffield's armament companies and its industry as a whole. Because of refurbishments to Totley Library, there has been a change to the advertised venue. The meeting will now be in Totley Rise Methodist Church starting at 7.30 p.m.

On Wednesday 28th February we will be holding another in our popular series of Open Meetings. Everyone is welcome to share photographs, memorabilia and recollections of our local Sports, Social and Community Groups and activities. The meeting is in Totley Library, beginning as usual at 7.30 p.m.

On Wednesday 28th March there will be an illustrated talk by Stephen Gay called Off The Track in Derbyshire when we shall find out what hides out of sight alongside the Dore and Chinley railway line. The meeting 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.

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"

As we have nowhere to exhibit memorabilia and artifacts, we have decided to create a Virtual Museum instead, starting with old bottles that were found under the floor of the Old Infant School. Please contact us by email if you would like to see the real thing or have things that you own and would like to see added to the virtual museum.

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 John Roberts and the building of St. John's Church. There are several about the history of Brinkburn Grange and its first occupier, John Unwin Wing, an accountant who later lived at Totley Hall before being convicted of forgery and fraud and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in Pentonville gaol. There are more than 50 articles from the 1880s and 1890s about Joseph Mountain and the Victoria Gardens, and twenty on the construction of the Totley Tunnel and the Dore and Chinley Railway.

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 600 gravestones in  the churchyard.


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