Totley History Group
Totley History Group

Gazetteer of Totley and Totley Rise

In the past most dwellings were identified only by a name.  In small towns and villages this would not have presented a great problem for the local residents in locating dwellings as they probably knew the majority of the other locals anyway.


As populations increased in size, however, it became obvious that a controlled system of street naming and numbering was needed. Street naming and numbering became the responsibility of local authorities and they were given the relevant powers by two pieces of legislation, firstly Sections 64 and 65 of the Towns Improvement Clauses Act 1847 and secondly Sections 17, 18 and 19 of the Public Health Act of 1925. This legislation requires the Local Authority to prepare street naming and numbering schemes and to maintain a good standard of street nameplates.


In this alphabetical listing of streets in Totley and adjacent areas, the current house number is shown in bold type. House names in bold type still exist in the official postal address where there is no house number. Numbers in parentheses are provisionally matched usually by interpolation. Unless otherwise stated, dates refer to the first mention of the house name in our records.

Abbeydale Road South

  Abbeydale House 1911

  Beech Villas 1911

  Brookside 1911

  Cedar Villas 1901

  Dilwyn 321

  Elm Villas 1901

  Glen View 1911

  Ivy House 1911

  Oak Villas 1901

  Stanley Villa 1901

  The Corner House 1925

  The Glen 224 1925

  The Poplars 1911

  The Yews 1901

  Westra 319

  Wood Bank 228 1925

  Woodlands 232 1925 

  Woodside 1901



Back Lane, Totley

  Barn Cottage

  Barn Wood House
  Glen Rose 1907
  Glenbourne 1909
  Woodside 1901


Back Lane, Bradway
  Brook Cottage

  Brookvale 1911
  Brookvale Cottages
  Claybrook Croft
  Ford Cottage

  Northwest Cottages (demolished)
  Sheaf Cottage (=north end of Ford Cottage)
  Stoney Brook

  Tranmere Cottage (=middle section of Ford Cottage)



Baslow Road
  Abbeydale Club 85-87 1898-1904

  Avondale (216)

  Berkeley (196)

  Birkdale 182

  Cartreff (214)

  Claughton (190)
  Coachman's House
  Cross Scythes Hotel

  Dale Bank 180
  Fern Mount 353-355 (dated 1901)

  Field Head 188

  Glenville (218)
  Grange Terrace (313-329) (dated 1889) 

  Greenoak Hall 193 (=Heatherfield Club) (built 1925)
  Greenoak House 164-168 (built 1812)
  Greenoak Lodge (built 1812)

  Halfway House (=Cross Scythes Hotel)

  Hazeldene (208)

  Heatherfield Club 193 (built 1925)

  Hilary (184) 

  Hill Crest 361-363 (dated 1906)

  Inglewood (220)
  Little Haven 85 (built 1879)

  Lulworth 194 1926

  Marstone Garage  (built after numbers 73-77 were demolished,


  Moorland 357-359 (dated 1906)
  Moorside 87 (built 1879)

  Moor View (186)

  Oakleigh 1911
  Police Station 331
  Queen's Club 85-87 1901
  Queen's Temperance Hotel 85-87

  Rookwood 79 (built 1879)
  Roseneath (81) (built in 1879)

  Stanmore (206)
  Sunny Bank (83) (built in 1879)
  The Birches 81-83 (built 1879)

  Totley Grange (built in 1875, demolished in 1964)

  Totley Grange Lodge (built in 1875, demolished in 1964)
  Totley Post Office 337 (dated 1882)

  Victoria Villas (73-77) 1904 (demolished circa 1930)
  Wetherby 1916

  Windyridge (192)


Brinkburn Vale Road, Dore

   Barna 2 1923

   Brentwood 1 1912

   Briar Bank 1908

   Fern Bank 1914

   Holm Lea  6 1911

   Lyndhurst (212)

   Lynwood  4 1911

   Pattysbrooke 3 1901

   The Cote (210)

   The Neuk 8 1923


Busheywood Road, Dore (houses on Devonshire Road are sometimes refered to as Bushey Wood, Dore)

  Airlie (22) 1922

  Ardfern 1931

  Atherley 1931

  Ayton Villa (Aytonville) 14 1911

  Briar Dene 54 1933

  Burngill/Bushgill 40? 1931

  Chez Nous 60 1931

  Claymer 12 1911

  Clovelly 1928

  Danby 6 1922

  Edensor (8) 1923

  Ellersley (16) 1911

  Goathland 42 1923

  Inglade 1931

  Inglehurst (18) 1911

  Ingoldmills 1931

  Lealholm 4

  Lea Royd 1931

  Lingrow 2

  Lincolme 72 1931

  Lyngrove 1923

  Maxstoke (20) 1911

  Meryl 1931


  Monash 1931

  Moorfield 1931

  Morehayes (24) 1912

  Moss Lea 1931

  Oakdene (16) 1922

  Oakley 1931

  Randabel (10) 1911

  Sherwood (10) 1931

  Sherbourne 1923

  Sunnings 1931

  The Bushes 1923

  Vingonia 1912


Butts Hill
  Ash Cottage (built in mid 18th century)
  Back Moor View
  Butshill Terrace (demol.)

  Cannon Hall (built in late 16th century)
  Doris Cottage (built circa 1899)
  Greens Cottage (rebuilt in 1987-89)
  Moor View
  Moorview House
  Shrewsbury Terrace 1-6 (built circa 1875)
  Vera Cottage (built circa 1899)


Canteen Lane (=Moss Road)


Cavendish Avenue, Dore
  Alden 12 1939
  Ashfurlong House 23
  Ashwood 1939
  Bengairn 8 1938
  Cavendish Grange 15
  Cavendish House 9
  Fircroft 1935
  Four Winds (16) 1928 
  Glencroft 1939 
  Greenclose 3
  Holly Tree House 7
  Ken-Bryn 1939

  Laneside 1939
  Limewood 14 1939

  Llyswen 1939 
  Low Pastures 1939

  Moorgate 1939
  Nevill Holt 1939

  Newlands 27

  Norton Lee 1939
  Oakdene 6 1939
  Ristmore 1939
  Rosley 17 1935
  Sherwood 4 1939
  Stainton 22
  Sunningdale 19 1939
  The Croft 18 1929
  The House 2
  Wensley Green 8
  Xericum 1939



Chapel Walk (=Chapel Lane)

  Primitive Methodist Chapel (=Chapel House) (built 1849)


Chatsworth Road, Dore

  Aysgarth 1932

  Coniston 1923

  Edwiser Villa 1911

  Endsleigh 24 1911

  Edensor Villas 25 1922

  Moorland 1 1911

  Moorland View 3 1911

  Newlands 22 1911

  Oakleigh (Oaklea) 26 1911

  Rose Villa 1911

  Roslyn 17 1925

  Shandon 15 1923

  South Dene 20 1911

  Vernon Lodge 12 (dated 1910)

Devonshire Road, Dore (houses on Brinkburn Vale Road are sometimes

  shown as Devonshire Road)

  Allerton 1923

  Ashbourne (12)  1911

  Aviemore  3 1911

  Ballymull (5)

  Bircholme  38 1904

  Brook Dene  6 1902

  Brooklyn 16 1917

  Brookfield 18 1911

  Bushgarth 34 1912

  Bushy Mount 32 1912

  Cavendish Villas (11-13) 1911

  Claremont 31 1912

  Danby 1912

  Devonshire House (22?) 1905

  Devonshire Villas  19-21 1911

  Drayton House 23 1911

  Edgecombe 28 1925

  Fairfield (1) 1911

  Greyfriars (10) 1911

  Hartington Villas 15-17 1911

  Heatherleigh 36 1904

  Langleigh (24?) 1908

  Maisonette (5) 1911

  Moorlands 25 1922

  Oakhurst (20?) 1902 

  Reneville 1912

  Resthaven (30?) 1911

  Roseneath/Rosemeath (8) 1904

  South Field (14) 1917

  The Grove 1923

  The Laurels (7) 1911

  The Poplars  9 1911

  Westthorpe (26) 1911

  Widdecombe 1 1922

  Winthorpe 30 1922

  Woodville 29 1912



Dore (New) Road, Dore

  Apsley House 1886

  Ardendale 18 1892

  Audrey Cottage 118 1925

  Ashmount House 71

  Brentnor 37 1911

  Brinkley (4) 1896

  Brooklands 1911

  Cambria 184

  Cranesby/Cranesbie 6 1902 

  Cresta 125

  Croft House 42

  Elm Lea 1892

  Glenbourne 1886

  Glenwood 14 1885

  Heath Court 74a

  Highlands 101

  Hillside 1901

  Ivy Cottage 1925

  Ladyspring 64

  Lilburn 28 1888

  Limbrook (Lymbrook) 53 1901

  Milton House 22 1881

  Moorwinstow 99  built in 1912 

  Newstead House 1911

  Norwood 1897

  Oak Villa 1881

  One Ash 84 1900

  Passaford 26 1925

  Pendennis 1911

  Prospect Villa 1899

  Redlands 45 1935

  Ringstead 20 1899

  Rose Lea 12 1881

  Ryecroft 42 1899 

  Ryecroft Lodge 103

  Silverdale 2 1877 

  South Lawn 121 dated 1902

  Summerville 1901

  The Beeches 1901

  The Corner House 1

  The Firs 66 1901

  The Grove (Grove Villa) 8 1901

  The Laurels 1901

  Thornbridge 30 1911 

  Thornsett 39? 1899

  Throstle Nest 1925

  Tilburn 1911

  Tower House 16 1896

  Wood Lea 10 1890



Furniss Avenue

  Birch Close 1932

  Corbiere 38 1932

  Goffs Oak 1932

  Greenlands 1932

  Littleover 1932

  Mooredge 1932

  Shirley 1932

  Spelderbanks 1932 

  The Hawthorns 1932

  Wendover 1932

  Wyngarth 1932


Glover Road
  Albert Villa 1904


  Fairfield Villa (5) 1904
  Fern Dene (7) 1908
  Norwood House  (9-11) 1888

  Oakleigh 1-3
  Penrhyn 1925
  Sudbury 1912
  The Mount 1916


  Victoria Cottage 
  Woodview 1-3 1911 (demolished) between Oakleigh and Fairfield


Grove Avenue
  Windy Ridge


Grove Road, Dore

   Bridge House 1877 (6 Baslow Road)
   *Brook House (19-21) 1881, but dated 1885 (demol. 1978)
   *Brook Lynne 17 1911 (demol. 1978)

   Brookside 1881
   *Dalston Villas 13-15 1911 (demol. 1978)
   Glenroyd (5) 1898

   Grove Cottage (=Bridge House)

   Grove Lodge built 1836 (=Totley Brook Cottage?)
   Grove Villa 1877 (=Grove Cottage, =Bridge House)
   Holly Bank 11 1891
   Horton Villa (3) 1898
   *Marlborough Villas (25-27) 1906 (demol. 1978)
   Sunny Vale 1898 (=Westgrove?)

   Totley Brook Cottage (=Grove Lodge?)
   Westgrove 6 1939 (=Sunny Vale?)

   *Woodleigh House 23 1881 (demol. 1978)

   Numbers 7-9 were built in 1925

   * formerly occupied by the Dore & Totley High School


Hillfoot Road
  Bryn Cottage 5 (dated 1704)
  Cross Grove Cottage
  Cross Grove House (built 1884)
  Crown Inn

  Crown Inn Cottage (demol.)
  Elder Cottage
  Forge House

  Grove House 
  Holly Tree Cottage (=1 Summer Lane) (Evans's Shop)
  Juniper Lodge, Totley Grove
  Mill House, Totley Grove
  Moor Cottage
  Moss Grove
  Old Orchard
  Rose Cottage 1901
  School House
  The Cottage
  The Stables, Totley Grove

  Totley Dale (=Grove House)
  Totley Grove (=Grove House)
  Totley Vale (=Grove House)
  West View


King Ecgbert Road, Dore

  Applecross 10 1913

  Beckhythe 1923

  Blythwood 1921

  Brentford 1923

  Brentwood 1916

  Claremont 14 1915

  Glendene 1926

  Grassmere 1928

  Greystones 1922

  Highcliff 1923

  Hogarth 13

  Kenmore 12 1919

  Langwith 6 1915

  Mon Repos 1928

  Moor View 46 1931

  Netherfield 8 1913 

  Sunnycroft 2 1915

  The Gables 4 1922

  Uplands 18 1923


Lemont Road
  Hawthorn Cottages  2-6 (dated 1876)
  Lemont House 34 1901
  Mona Villas  37-39 1909
  Moorland View 19-25 (dated 1908)


Main Avenue
  Avondale 36 1916
  Belmont (8) 1911
  Belvoir House 1925
  Brenchley (18) 1910

  Bronkley 1913
  Brooklands 61
  Byron House 32 1911

  Croft View 1931
  Dyffryn 1912
  Eggerslack 4 1911
  Ellerslie  6 1910
  Elmstead 33
  Ferndene 1911
  Glenwood (42) 1925

  Greenwood 1916
  Heatherdene (2) 1910
  Inglewood 40 1912
  Ivy Dene 16 1911
  Marina House 67
  Marlbrook 69

  Marson House (71)
  Maycroft 22 1911
  New Haven 1913
  Osborne House (12) 1910
  Rookwood 65
  Rose Dene 1911
  Rose Hill 38 1911
  Ruskin Villa 34 1912
  Ryburn 44 1916
  Somerford 7 1925
  St Hilda (24) 1912
  Suncliff 63
  Sunny Bank  (14) 1911
  The Gables 45
  Trelwydon (20) 1911
  Waverley (26) 1912
  Whitecroft  (10) 1911


Marstone Crescent

  Moss View 13
  Red Ridges 25-27

  St Helens 24


Meadow Grove and Meadow Grove Road (=Princess Street)
  Fairhaven 1925
  Glenaire 1912

  Homedale 1911
  Silsoe 35 1925

  The Bungalow 1911
  The Newlands 5 1925


Mickley Lane
  Brook Hall (built circa 1850)
  Brook Hall Lodge (built circa 1850)
  Brook Terrace  79-85 (built circa 1888, demolished circa 1956)
  Cherry Tree Orphanage (=Mickley Hall) (built 1867-68)
  Glover House (demol.)

  Grindle Nook 1931

  Shepley Spitfire (built 1979) 


Mill Lane

  Ivy Cottage (=Mill Cottage)

  Mill Cottage

  Poynton Water

  Rolling Mill Cottages 1-4

  The Cottage


Monybrooks Lane
   Hop Cottage


New Row (=Summer Lane)


Old Hay Lane, Totley

  Holder (=Old Hay)

  Old Hay

  Old Hay Cottage

  Oldway (=Old Hay)

  Oldway Forge (demol.)

  Totley Forge (demol.)


Park Lane (=Sunnyvale Avenue)


Prospect Place, Bradway
  Braeside (1) 1923
  Casanova (7) 1912
  Holmfield  (3) 1911

  The Poplars 9 1916

  Winderton (5) 1931


Prospect Road, Totley Rise (Bradway)
  Dale View 1911
  Derwent House 1916
  Derwent Lodge 1922
  Hill Crest 131 1911
  Hill House 1909
  Hill Top 10 1919
  Moorhill 1912
  Mount Pleasant House 133 1907

  Overdale 129 1908

  The Dingle 172 1904

  The Mount 1911
  Winderton 1912


Quarry Road

  Moss Lea Cottage 3

  Quarry Cottage 1


Station Road (=Dore New Road = Dore Road), Dore


Strawberry Lee Lane
  Hallfield Farm
  Hollin House
  Turner's Croft


Sunnyvale Road

  The Hollies 33 1912

  The Orchard 36

  Udale Cottage 4 1912


The Crescent  

  Holly Cottage 4


The Grove

  Hadleigh 35

  Holly Bush House 38

  Kendell 31

  The Crag 4


The Quadrant

  Alderly (16)




  Bra Mora 40

  Bron-Ow-Wil? 28



  Burnside 5

  Chez Nous 8


  Craig-Na-Baa 26



  Enya 3

  Glenbrook 44

  Glenwood 34


  Hazeldene 1924

  Haylebra? 36


  Hollycroft (24)

  Hollywood 14 

  Inglenook 7




  Redcote 10


  Rysdale 1

  Sand Beck

  Summerville 21

  The Bungalow (22)

  The Nookin (20)


  Tregotham 18

  Trenance/Trarance 11 (1929)


  Windyridge 9


Totley Bents Road
  Bank View Farm

  Monnybrook Cottages (rebuilt 1985)
  Sunnybank 1911
  The Grouse 
  The Poplars


Totley Brook Road, Dore
  Agardsley (142) 1911

  Arrandale (134) 1923
  Ashleigh (92) 1911
  Avondale (86) 1911
  Belmont (108)  1910
  Blythwood (102) 1902
  Bonnyrigg (136) 1911

  Brook House 98 1890
  Brook Leigh 126 1911
  Brookside (144) 1911

  Brookwood 1901

  Cotsford 42 1923

  Cotswood 42 1922
  Daleside 22 1903
  Dovedale (2) 1911
  Dunedin (138) 1911
  Eastbourne 36 1911
  Fernleigh 114 1904
  Greenlawn (20) 1911
  Grendon (96) 1911
  Hamilton House (140) 1911

  Hazelbadge 1923
  Holly Dene (104) 1911
  Homefield (122) 1911
  Ingledew House 1900
  Inglewood 24 1911
  Kengarth (Kingarth) 90 1911
  Kilmington (110) 1911
  Kirkleigh (16) 1911
  Lyndhurst (14) 1911

  Meadow View 1923
  Melrose (106) 1911

  Moor Cottage 18 

  Moor View 146 1912

  Moorlands 132 1911

  Mostyn (98) 1911

  Norbury 1912
  Oakdene 94 1911

  Oakleigh 26 1912
  Oakhurst (4) 1911
  Prospect House (10) 1911
  Rookwood (6) 1902
  Rose Bank (80) 1880

  Rose Villa (82)

  Rose Lea (142) 1927  

  Runswick (134) 1911

  Sherwood 1922

  Silverdale 1923

  Skeltonthorpe (18) 1931
  South View (120) 1911
  Springfield 8 1911
  Sunnyside (122) 1911
  Thornfield 1896
  Thornleigh (100) 1911

  Trevarrian 124 1923

  Waverton 40 1912

  Werneth 44 1912

  Westbourne 38 1911

  Westminster 86 1925
  Wingrove 112 1911
  Woodview (12) 1911

  Wyvenhoe 1923


Totley Grove Road (=Grove Road)


Totley Hall Lane

  Elder Cottage (demolished in 1932 for the new Fleur)

  Fleur de Lys Hotel (rebuilt 1933)

  Hall Lane Barn

  Hall Lane Farm 

  Lowfield Hall (demolished in 1999)
  School House (dated 1827)
  South Cottage (modern, formerly 3 cottages)
  The Lodge (dated 1887) 
  Toft House (built circa 1813)
  Toft House Cottage (built 1813)
  Totley Hall (dated 1623 and 1883)
  Totley Hall Lane Farm


Turnpike Road (=Baslow Road)



Vernon Road (Dore)

 Arrandale 32 1931



Victoria Road, Bradway (=Queen Victoria Road)
  Alma Villas  44-46 1907
  Ashcroft 70 1925
  Balaclava House 62 1900 (demol. and rebuilt)

  Bella Vista 1919

  Brentwood  10 1911
  Chestnut Villas 1905
  Cliff Cottages 1911 27-29 

  Cyprus Mount 1881

  Cyprus House 1889

  Ellaville 66? 1931

  Fern Ghyll 117

  Garfield Villa 125 (dated  1936)
  Hillside 98 1911

  High Croft 1916
  Holly Mount 1911

  Keppel Gate 30-32

  Lathkil 1919
  Lynton 1912
  Machin Croft 1919

  Marne Villas 1919 
  Merryfields 26 1911
  Middlewood 1911
  Moorland View (52-54) 1893
  Nestleton 1916
  Oakdene 139 1916
  Oakview 1911
  Oakwood 60 1895

  Overdale 1931
  Riseholm 1911
  Somerleigh House 1911
  St Ives 1908
  Stanley Villas 1-4 1891

  Steep Bank 1923

  Sunnybank 1922
  The Bungalow

  The Moorings 52 1925 

  Willow Cottage 34

  Woodbank 96 1895 (rebuilt)
  Woodbine Cottage 39 1901

  Woodbine House 39 

  Woodland House 64 (demolished and rebuilt)
  Woodland Villas 48-50 (dated 1873)

  Woodlands 131? 1936
  Yewcroft 1912


Well Bents Lane( =Penny Lane)



Latest News

Monthly Meetings

All 2020 Meetings Cancelled


Because of the coronavirus, the monthly meetings of Totley History Group have been postponed until next year.



On Wednesday, 23 January 2021 you are invited to join former British Rail employee Stephen Gay on a railway journey from Sheffield's abandoned Victoria Station via the towns of Rotherham, Worksop, Retford, Gainsborough and Grimsby to the east coast holiday resort of Cleethorpes during which you will pass through the 1,334 yard Kirton Tunnel whose castellated western portal was completed in 1849 for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. Not just for railway enthusiasts, this well illustrated talk will be in Totley Library beginning at 7.30pm.


On Wednesday 24 February we welcome back Penny Rea who will talk to us about The History and Residents of Zion Graveyard, Attercliffe. The graveyards is the final resting place of pioneering anti-slavery campaigner Mary Anne Rawson (1801-1887), as well as a number of the City's early industrialists and influential non-conformist Christian radicals. The meeting will be in Totley Library, beginning as at 7.30pm.


On Wednesday 24 March Ann Beedham will present The History of Stained Glass. Coloured glass has been made since the time of the Egyptians and the Romans but it gained widespread recognition with the spread of  Christian churches. In England, many of these early works were destroyed in the 17th century by order of King Henry VIII after his break with the Catholic Church. During the movement of the Gothic revival many new styles were developed and the Victorians popularised the use of decorative stained glass windows and entrances in their homes. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm in Totley Library.

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

A recently discovered box of WWII correspondence reveals the story of how a small group of ladies from Dore and Totley recruited knitters from the west of Sheffield and how their efforts made them the country's greatest provider of Comforts for the Minesweeping crews of the Royal Navy. The story is told in Knit For Victory, a new book from Totley History Group. Written by Pauline Burnett, it has 82 pages and many illustrations. It is on sale in local shops and via our website.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pat Skidmore (née Sampy) lived on Totley Brook Road from 1932 to 1948 before her family moved to Main Avenue. In this short article she remembers her time at Totley All Saints School where she was a contemporary of Eric Renshaw and Bob Carr.

As we have nowhere to exhibit memorabilia and artifacts, we have created a Virtual Museum instead. The latest addition to our collection is this double-sided Totley Rise Post Office oval illuminated sign which was on the wall of 67 Baslow Road before the Post Office business transferred to number 71. Please contact us by email if you have things that you own and would like to see added to the virtual museum.

Conway Plumbe was a man of many talents who came to live in Totley Rise around 1912. As a young man he had poems published by Punch magazine and is remembered in modern collections of WW1 poetry. A number of his paintings were accepted by the Royal Academy. An engineering graduate of London University, he joined the Civil Service where he rose to a high level as a factory inspector, publishing two books on the subject and giving a series of talks on workplace health and safety on BBC radio during WW2. In retirement he wrote a philosophical-spiritual work called Release From Time.

Inside Totley Rise Methodist Church there is a Roll of Honour commemorating the soldiers from its congregation who served their king and country during the Great War. For all but one of the 28 names the soldier's regiment is recorded in the next column. The exception is David Cockshott for whom 'killed in action' is written alongside yet he appears on no war memorial in our area and no record of a mortally wounded soldier of that name is to be found. We think we have solved the mystery.

Mrs. Kate Plumbe moved from Mansfield to Totley Rise with a number of her family in 1913 and became closely involved with the Totley Union Church. Her daughter Winifred became a missionary and headmistress in Calcutta for over 38 years following which she returned home to live with her sister Hilda on Furniss Avenue. Hilda had also been a teacher, missionary and, like her mother, a volunteer at St. John's VAD during WW1.

Thomas Glossop was a cutler and razor manufacturer who was well known amongst cricketing and gardening circles. Despite going blind, he was able to continue his hobbies with remarkable success

The Totley Union Cycling Society Prize Giving and Fete was held on the fields near Abbeydale Hall on 18 July 1914. Anne Rafferty and Gordon Wainwright have named some of the people in two wonderful photographs of the event. Can you identify any more for us? 

The Tyzack family are well known in our area for owning iron and steel trades at Walk Mill, Abbeydale Works, Totley Rolling Mill and Totley Forge. This article covers the history of the family from the late 18th century when William Tyzack the founder of the company was born until the early 20th century when Joshua Tyzack farmed at Avenue Farm, Dore.  

Walter Waller Marrison moved to Totley around 1897 with his wife and their two young sons. He was a house builder who constructed properties around Totley Brook and Greenoak before ill health forced him to take up less physically demanding work. In 1904 he took over the tenancy of the grocers and off licence at number 71 Baslow Road. After his death in 1908, his widow Kate and later their eldest son Jack continued to run the business until it was sold in 1934.   

Ron Wijk of Nieuw-Vennep in the Netherlands has sent us two scanned images of drawings of old cottages made by the celebrated Dutch painter, Anton Pieck (1895-1987) simply annotated "Totley", and wondered whether we could identify their locations.

We would like to thank Christopher Rodgers for bringing to our attention this fascinating log of the 85th Sheffield (St. John's and Totley Orphanage) Wolf Cub Pack for 1927-45. The log is published jointly by Sheffield Scout Archives and Totley History Group as a free PDF download. It is illustrated by no fewer than 92 photographs and is supported by a comprehensive index and biographies of some of the main participants.

Following our Open Meeting event on School Days, Roger Hart, Howard Adams and John Timperley have each written to us with their memories of Norwood School, which was located in the rooms attached to the Dore & Totley United Reformed Church on Totley Brook Road. 

On 22nd July 1909 the children of Dore and Totley Schools celebrated by a pageant the union of England under King Ecgbert which took place at Dore in AD 827. The pageant was devised and written by Mrs Sarah Milner and her daughter Marjorie and performed in a field close to Avenue Farm in front of a large audience. Photographs of the event survive together with a fragment of the script.

John Edward Greenwood Pinder had lived all 46 years of his life in Totley but on census night, Sunday 2 April 1911, he was not at home; he was in Derby Gaol serving a sentence of three months hard labour. From the age of 20, John had been in and out of local courts for a series of minor offences including drunkenness, assault, wilful damage and night poaching. Finally he was sent to gaol for cutting down and stealing 86 small trees which he sold in Sheffield market for Christmas.

We have already transcribed the census returns for Totley, Totley Rise and Dore. Now we have transcribed Census Strays. These are people who were born in Totley but are missing from our earlier transcriptions. They may have been living, working or studying elsewhere or just away from home on the night the census was taken. Two people were in prison. Others were in Union Workhouses, hospitals and asylums. Fully indexed strays from the 1851, 1861, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses are available now. 

We wish to thank Gillian Walker for allowing us to digitize an archive of material about the 1st Totley Scout Group. Most of the material was collected by Arthur Percival Birley in the period 1949-51 and there are many interesting documents pertaining to the building of the scout hut on Totley Hall Lane. In addition four Newsletters survive, two from the 1940s and two from 1971.

We are grateful to Angela Waite and All Saints' Parish Church for giving us access to baptismal and kindergarten birthday rolls dating from 1926 to 1941. We have transcribed the names, addresses, birthdates and baptismal dates and created an alphabetical index of entries for you to search. 

Edmund Sanderson, a Sheffield estate agent, aquired the land on either side of the old drive to Totley Grove in 1874 and divided it into plots for development. He called it the Totley Brook Estate. But before many houses were built, the estate road was severed in two by the building of the Dore & Chinley Railway line. The eastern end of the road became the cul-de-sac we now call Grove Road

John Roberts was born in Sheffield in 1798. He became a partner in one of the leading silversmiths firms in the city before moving to Abbeydale Park in 1851 and extending the house in Victorian gothic style. He paid for the building of St. John's Church and was believed to dispense more in charity than any other person in the neighbourhood including his protege Ebenezer Hall.

The Coke Family owned the Totley Hall Estate from 1791 to 1881. With the aid of a family tree to guide us, Josie Dunsmore takes us through the story of their tenure. 

When the Rev. D'Ewes Coke inherited the Totley Hall Estate in 1791 it had two farms. Josie Dunsmore tells the story of how the two farms were combined under the tenancy of Peter Flint with the aid of field maps drawn by Flint himself and later by the Fairbanks family.

Do you think you recognize this face? More than sixty photographs of the girls and teachers at Hurlfield Grammar School for Girls in the 1940s were given to Totley History Group by Avril Critchley, who was herself a student at the school. The collection includes fifteen form photographs from June 1949. There would have been a number of girls from the Totley area attending the school in those days.

Christine Weaving tells the story of her 2 x great uncle George Edward Hukin, a Totley razor-grinder, and his life-long friendship with the academic, poet, writer, and free-thinker Edward Carpenter.

Eric Renshaw (pictured here on the right with Bob Carr) grew up and lived in Totley from 1932 to 1960. Many of his memories are of a sporting nature.

We are very grateful to Gordon Grayson for giving us this splendid sale document for the Norton Hall Estates, following the death in 1850 of Samuel Shore. The estates included a large part of Totley and the document has maps and illustrations, plus schedules of land and property with the names of tenants. We have also added a transcription of the entries for Totley and Dore. 

Watch this Youtube video of the talk given by Dr. Mark Frost and Sally Goldsmith on Ruskin, Totley and St. George's Farm. The talk was hosted by Totley History Group on 20th May 2015 as part of the Ruskin in Sheffield programme. Also enjoy a video of the outdoor performance Boots, Fresh Air & Ginger Beer written by Sally.

When Jacqueline A. Gibbons became interested in what made her father tick, it began a journey through WW1 archive records and led to her flying from Toronto to visit the house and village where he lived and the countryside that he so much enjoyed. Jacqueline reminds us that in the early 20th century Sheffield was a driving force of industry and that Totley was the place where many of its remarkable people lived and where they formulated their ideas.

Edgar Wood was the designer of The Dingle, 172 Prospect Road, built in 1904 for Rev. William Blackshaw, the founder of the Croft House Settlement. The house, together with its western terrace and boundary walls, has now been awarded Grade II listed building status. 

What was probably "the most perfect little garden railway in existence" in 1910 was to be found in the grounds of Brook House, Grove Road, the home of its designer and constructor, Guy Mitchell. Look at some wonderful photographs and read reports in newspapers and a full appreciation in Model Railways magazine. 

We have now completed our transcription of Totley School's Admission Records for the period from 1877 to 1914. There is also a useful index to the names of the scholars and to their parents or guardians. We are very grateful to Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library for allowing us to transcribe and publish these records and for permission to reproduce the photograph of a specimen page of the register.

On 8, 9 and 11 November 2014 Totley History Group held an exhibition at Dore & Totley United Reformed Church to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Below are additional links to some of the photographs we were lent and stories we researched especially for the exhibition.


Oscar Creswick was a local farmer who served with the Army Service Corps in Salonika and who after the war returned to Totley to become the innkeeper of the Cricket Inn and a member of the village's successful tug of war team.


Walter Evans was a market gardener who also ran a small grocery shop on Hillfoot Road when war broke out. He fought with the Machine Gun Corps at the fourth battle of Ypres. After the war, Walter ran a grocers shop at the top of Main Avenue.


Fred Cartwright was another Totley soldier who survived the Great War. He fought in France and Belgium and although he wasn't wounded he was gassed and was home on sick leave when his daughter was delivered by Nurse Jessop during a snowstorm in January 1917.


Maurice Johnson joined the Yorkshire Dragoons, a territorial unit, on 1 Jan 1914 and so was called up at the very start of the war. He fought throughout the war on the Somme, at Ypres and at Cambrai. After demobilization in 1919 Maurice returned to his old occupation in the steel industry.


Bill Glossop lent us a letter written by his father, William Walton Glossop to his wife describing life in the army during training in the north east of England and asking her to keep him in mind with the children.


The photo above provides a link to an album of photographs taken of WW1 Hospitals at St. John's, Abbeydale and the Longshaw Estate.


Nora Green, of Chapel Lane, was only 14 when war broke out. In 1914 she was ill with diphtheria and was sent to the isolation hospital at Holmley Lane, Dronfield. Nora recovered and wrote a letter of thanks to one of the hospital staff and the reply she received survives. 


We have collected together on this page the names of local men who appear on various War Memorials and Rolls of Honour in Totley, Dore, Abbeydale, Norton, Holmesfield and Dronfield.


Unfortunately we were unable to identify all the photographs we were lent of Totley Soldiers. Please take a look at this album to see if you recognize any of the missing names.

This walk visits locations that have strong associations with Totley during the First World War. It includes the homes of the ten soldiers from the village who lost their lives, the auxiliary hospitals, war memorials, and even the rifle range on which the soldiers trained. Take a look at the first draft of a new walk by the authors of "Totley War Memorial WW1 1914-1918"

We wish to thank the Trustees of Cherrytree for giving us permission to publish transcriptions of the Cherrytree Orphanage Admissions Book entries for the years 1866-1929. There is also an alphabetical index for you to look at.

With more people having access to faster broadband and mobile networks, we have uploaded seven full and unedited oral history recordings and also added more short excerpts for you to listen to.

Our transcriptions of local trade directories have been expanded to cover the 95 years from 1837-1932 and have also been indexed. From the days when there were a handful of farmers, stone masons, saw handle makers & scythe grinders to the wonders of the Totley Bridge Garage Company, Betty's Boudoir and The Heatherfield Shopping Centre.

We continue to add to our Totley Newspaper Archive. Recent entries have included several about The Plumbe Family, Thomas Glossop and accidents during the construction of Totley Tunnel.

Totley Church of England Parish Magazines for the years 1922-1939 and 1948-1967 with notices of births, marriages and deaths and accounts of spiritual, educational, charitable and social matters in the village. 

Around 90 photographs taken by Stuart Greenhoff for his thesis A Geographical Study of Dore and Totley including several of Totley Moor Brickworks. Superb!  

Chronologically ordered snippets of information recorded by Brian Edwards during his many years of research into our local history.

Read the inscriptions on more than 700 gravestones in  the churchyard.


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