Totley History Group
Totley History Group

The Marrisons

Walter Waller Marrison was baptized at All Saint's Church, Harworth, Nottinghamshire on 25 December 1864. He was the fourth of six children born to John Marrison and his wife Ann Highfield. His father was born in 1833 in Sheffield and his mother was born in 1835 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of Sarah and George Highfield, a labourer. John and Ann had been married at St. Mary's Parish Church, Sheffield, on 25 May 1857. Walter's middle name came from his paternal grandmother, Thirza Waller (1808-1890) who had married George Marrison (1800-1858) around 1830. Walter became a bricklayer by trade like his older brother George and their father and grandfather before them.

Thirza Waller (1808-1890), Walter Waller Marrison's grandmother Thirza Waller (1808-1890), Walter Waller Marrison's grandmother

Kate Bingham was born in Sheffield on 8 August 1865 and baptised at Sheffield Cathedral on 17 September later the same year. She was the younger of two daughters born to John Bingham, a commercial traveller from Tickhill, Yorkshire and his wife Mary Ann Thickett from Carlton, Nottinghamshire. Kate's parents had been married at St. George's Church, Sheffield on 6 August 1863 but were to die young at their home at 1 Hillsborough Villas, Hillsborough, Mary Ann on 30 November 1872, aged 32, and John on 31 August 1873 aged 36.

 

Kate Bingham went to live with her paternal grandparents in East Drayton where she was recorded as being an unemployed nursery governess in the 1881 census. Her sister, Annie, went to live with her aunt and uncle, Emma and John Stevenson, and became a junior drapers assistant by the time of the 1881 census.

Walter Waller Marrison (1864-1908) and his wife Kate, nee Bingham (1865-1959) Walter Waller Marrison (1864-1908) and his wife Kate, nee Bingham (1865-1959)

It was at the Church of St. Peter, East Drayton, that Kate Bingham married Walter Waller Marrison on 20 August 1889. The couple made their home at Low Road, Scrooby, where their first child, John Waller Marrison (known as Jack) was born on 14 June 1890. In the census taken the following year both of Jack's parents were working; his father was a bricklayer's labourer and his mother was a dressmaker. Living with them was Elizabeth Bingham, Kate's maiden aunt, who had been a housekeeper for various farming families in the East Drayton area before coming to support the Marrisons. A second child, Charles Wilfred Marrison (known as Wilfred), was born on 16 November 1892 in Bawtry, Nottinghamshire.

 

The Marrisons must have moved to Totley Rise a few years later because Jack and Wilfred were both admitted to All Saint's School on 26 April 1897; Jack had been previously attended a school in the Retford area but Wilfred had no previously schooling. A third son, Walter Lewis Marrison (known as Lewis) was born in Totley on 10 June 1898.

Inspection Cover, Lemont Road Inspection Cover, Lemont Road

Perhaps the Marrison family moved to our area to take advantage of the opportunities that would have arisen from the surge in house building around the turn of the century through the development of the Totley Brook Estate, the adjacent Bushywood area (briefly known as Totley Bottom) and also at Green Oak. In the 1901 Census, Walter Waller gives his occupation as house builder, and he is known from newspaper advertisements to have built houses on Chatsworth Road and Vernon Road in the early 1900s. The lower part of Lemont Road was built around this time too and an inspection cover survives which bears the inscription "W. W. Marrison, Builder, Totley".

 

By 1903 Walter Waller's health was deteriorating and evidently he decided to sell the tools and materials of his trade and move away from Totley, as this sales notice testifies.

Builder' Plant Sale Notice, June 1903 Builder' Plant Sale Notice, June 1903

Why he changed his mind we do not know but the following year Walter Waller moved into a second, less physically demanding trade. When Leonard Thompson's application for a beer house license for the top shop on Totley Rise (number 71) was refused he moved on to take a pub in Heeley, and the tenancy of the building which was owned by Mappins Masbro' Old Brewery Limited was taken over by Walter Waller Marrison in March 1904.

 

We are very grateful to the Marrison family for allowing us access to a number of documents that survive from this time including the notice reproduced below announcing the change of proprietorship and a fascinating inventory and valuation of the stock in trade at the time of the change which you are welcome to download and study.

Notice of new management, March 1904 Notice of new management, March 1904
Leonard Thompson to Walter Waller Marrison, Shop Inventory and Valuation 29 Mar 1904
Inventory and Valuation 1904.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.6 MB]
Walter Waller Marrison's shop, 71 Baslow Road, circa 1906. Walter Waller Marrison's shop, 71 Baslow Road, circa 1906. The Marrisons three sons are pictured: Jack in the doorway, Wilfred sitting on boxes in front of the white awning and Lewis in the sailor suit.

Walter Waller Marrison made an application to the Eckington Petty Sessional Division for a publican's licence on 13 February 1905 but just like his predecessor he was unsuccessful.  The Chairman, Mr. J. F. Swallow said that there were already too many licences in Totley and that to have any hope of success an applicant must be prepared to offer the surrender of other licences.

 

On 12 March 1907 Walter Waller Marrison was selected to fill one of seven vacancies on the Totley Parish Council.

W.W. Marrison here has two trades, shop-keeper and builder, with separate entrances. W.W. Marrison here has two trades, shop-keeper and builder, with separate entrances.

The front entrance of number 71 was to the grocery and provisions shop whilst the side entrance, at the top of Back Lane, led to an office where Walter Waller ran his builders business.

 

However, Walter Waller was not a well man and after a long and painful illness, through which he was attended by Dr. Thorne, he died on 15 August 1908 and was buried at Dore Christ Church four days later. Rev. J. A. Kerfoot, Vicar of St. John's Abbeydale, conducted the service. On 16 September 1908 furniture and effects belonging to Walter Waller were offered for sale together with his horse Charlie and dray. The following April, the tools and materials from Walter Waller's business trade were offered for sale as the family became fully focussed on running the grocery business. As sole executor of her husband's will, Kate Marrison took over the licence to trade in alcoholic drinks and tobacco.

Insert an image caption here. Walter Waller Marrison Dealer's Licence 6 Jul 1908 endorsed by his widow Walter Waller Marrison Dealer's Licence 6 Jul 1908 endorsed by his widow

 

The picture postcard below, circa 1914, shows the grocery shop after its refurbishment by Mappins Brewery.

 

Marrisons Shop, Aug, 1914, after Mappin's fascia paint (Kate) Marrison's Shop, Aug, 1914, after Mappin's fascia paint

 

This postcard advertising Mappin's products and a double sided price list from 1916 survive. Kate Marrison continued to run the shop throughout the war years, handing over to son Jack following his demobilization from the army.

 

Kate Marrison, agent for Mappin's Beers, Spirits and Cigars Kate Marrison, agent for Mappin's Beers, Spirits and Cigars
Kate Marrison Price List 1 Jul 1916 page 1 Kate Marrison Wines & Spirits Price List 1 Jul 1916 page 1
Kate Marrison Price List 1 Jul 1916 page 2 Kate Marrison Wines & Spirits Price List 1 Jul 1916 page 2

 

Jack Marrison continued to run the Totley Rise grocer's shop until 1934 when it was sold to James Taylor, who had earlier had a grocery shop at Green Oak. 

 

Billy Mather who worked for John Waller Marrison in the 1920s. Billy Mather who worked for John Waller (Jack) Marrison in the 1920s.

 

In her later years Kate Marrison lived in a house on Chatsworth Road. She died on 27 July 1959 at the age of 93 and was buried at Dore Christ Church alongside her late husband.

 

Marrison Family gravestone, Dore Christ Church Marrison Family gravestone, Dore Christ Church

The Marrison Family in Public Records

Births, Marriages and Deaths

Name  Event  Place  Date  Age

Marrison, John (father)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

1 Feb 1833  

Marrison, John (father)

 

Baptised

 

Yorkshire, 

Sheffield

20 Oct 1833  

Highfield, Ann (mother)

 

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

25 Jun 1835  

Highfield, Ann (mother)

 

 

Baptism

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

St Wilfred's

28 Jun 1835

 

 

Bingham, John (father)

 

Baptism

 

Yorkshire,

Tickhill

10 Sep 1837

 

Thickett, Mary Ann (mother)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield Q1 1838  

Marrison, John and Highfield, Ann (parents)

 

Marriage

 

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

St. Mary's

25 May 1857

 

24 and 21

Marrison, Emily Ann (sister)

 

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

c. 1858

 

 

Marrison, George Frederick

(brother)

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

c. 1860

 

 

Marrison, Charles Henry

(brother)

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

c. 1862

 

 

Bingham, John and Thickett, Mary Ann (parents)

 

Marriage

 

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield,

St. George's

6 Aug 1863

 

25 and

25

Marrison, Walter Waller

 

 

Baptism

 

 

Nottinghamshire. Harworth,

All Saints' Church

25 Dec 1864

 

 

Bingham, Annie E, (sister)

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

10 Jun 1864

 

Bingham, Annie E. (sister)

 

 

Baptism

 

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield,

St. George's

12 May 1864

 

 

Bingham, Kate

 

Birth

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

19 Aug 1865

 

Bingham, Kate

 

 

 

Baptism

 

 

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield,

St. Peter & St. Paul (Cathedral)

17 Sep 1865

 

 

 

Marrison, Thomas Henry

(brother)

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire,

Harworth

c. 1870  

Bingham, Mary Ann (mother)

 

Death

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

30 Nov

1872

 

Bingham, John (father)

 

Death

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

31 Aug

1873

 

Marrison, John Wilfred

(brother)

Birth

Nottinghamshire,

Harworth

c. 1873  

Marrison, Walter Waller and Bingham, Kate

 

Marriage

 

 

Nottinghamshire,

East Drayton,

St. Peter's

20 Aug 1889

 

24 and 24

Marrison, John Waller

(son)

Birth

 

Nottinghamshire,

Scrooby

14 Jun 1890

 

Marrison, Charles Wilfred

(son)

Birth

 

Yorkshire, Bawtry

 

16 Nov 1892  

Marrison, Walter Lewis

(son)

Birth

 

Derbyshire, Totley

 

10 Jun 1898  

Marrison, John

(father)

 

Burial

 

 

Nottinghamshire. Harworth,

All Saints' Church

19 Nov 1898

 

65

 

 

Marrison, Walter Waller

 

Death

 

Derbyshire, Totley

 

15 Aug 1908

43

 

Marrison, Walter Waller

 

Burial

 

Derbyshire, Dore

Christ Church

19 Aug 1908  

Marrison, Kate

 

Death

 

  27 Jul 1959

93

 

Marrison, Kate

 

Burial

 

Derbyshire, Dore

Christ Church

30 Jul 1959  

Marrison, John Waller

(son)

Death

 

Surrey

 

Q1 1960

69

 

Marrison, Charles Wilfred

(son)

Death

 

Yorkshire, Scarborough Q2 1971

78

 

Marrison, Walter Lewis

(son)

Death

 

Derbyshire, Bakewell 2 May 1981

82

 

1871 Census Harworth, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison, John

Head

 

Married

 

38

c.1833

Bricklayer

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison,

Ann

Wife

 

Married

 

35

c. 1836

Wife

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, George F.

Son

 

Unmarried

 

11

c. 1860

Scholar

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison, Emily A.

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

13

c. 1858

Scholar

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Charles H.

Son

 

Unmarried

 

9

c. 1862

Scholar

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Walter W.

Son

 

 

 

6

c. 1865

Scholar

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Thomas H.

Son

 

 

 

1

c. 1870

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

1871 Census 247 St. Phillip's Road, Sheffield

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Bingham, John

Head

 

Married

 

33

c.1838

Commercial Traveller

Yorkshire,

Tickhill

Bingham, Mary A.

Wife

 

Married

 

31

c. 1840

Wife

 

Nottinghamshire, Carlton

Bingham, Annie E.

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

6

c. 1865

Scholar

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Bingham, Kate

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

5

c. 1866

Scholar

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

Brindley, Emma

Servant

 

Unmarried

 

13

c. 1858

Domestic Servant

Derbyshire, Ripley

1881 Census South Hiendley, Yorkshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison, John

Lodger

 

Married

 

48

c.1833

Bricklayer

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison, Walter W.

Lodger

 

Unmarried

 

16

c. 1865

Bricklayer's Apprentice

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

1881 Census Harworth, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison,

Ann

Wife

 

Married

 

45

c.1836

Bricklayer's Wife

Nottinghamshire,

Scrooby

Marrison, George

Frederick

Son

 

 

Unmarried

 

 

21

c. 1860

 

Bricklayer

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

 

Marrison,

Thomas

Henry

Son

 

 

Unmarried

 

 

11

c. 1870

 

Scholar

 

 

Nottinghamshire,

Harworth

 

Marrison,

John

Wilfred

Son

 

 

Unmarried

 

 

8

c. 1873

 

Scholar

 

 

Nottinghamshire,

Harworth

 

1881 Census South Parade, Bawtrey, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Gunn, Thomas

Head

 

Married

 

44

c.1837

Plumber &

Glacier

Yorkshire,

Tickhill

Marrison, Charles H.

Apprentice

 

Unmarried

 

19

c. 1862

Plumber &

Glacier

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

1881 Census 2 Church Street, East Drayton, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Bingham, William

Head

 

Married

 

72

c. 1809

Retired Farmer

Nottinghamshire, Sutton

Bingham Charlotte

Wife

 

Married

 

76

c. 1805

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Bingham, Charlotte

Daug.

 

Unmarried

 

35

c. 1846

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Styrrup

Bingham, Kate

 

Grand-daug.

 

Unmarried

 

 

15

c. 1866

 

Nursery Governess Unemployed

Yorkshire, Sheffield

 

1891 Census Shepherd's House, Bawtry Road, Styrrup, Harworth, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace
Marrison, John

Head

 

Married

 

59

c.1832

Bricklayer

 

Yorkshire,

Sheffield

Marrison,

Ann

Wife

 

Married

 

55

c. 1836

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

Marrison, Thomas H.

Son

 

Single

 

21

c. 1870

Bricklayer

 

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

1891 Census Low Road, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison, Walter W.

Head

 

Married

 

26

c. 1865

Bricklayer's Labourer

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Kate

Wife

 

Married

 

25

c.1866

Dressmaker

 

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison,

John

Waller

Son

 

 

 

9 mo.

1890

 

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

 

Bingham, Elizabeth

Aunt

 

Single

 

50

c. 1841

Retired Housekeeper

Nottinghjamshire, Styrrup

1901 Census Totley Brook Road, Dore, Derbyshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace

Marrison, Walter W.

Head

 

Married

 

36

c. 1865

House Builder

Nottinghamshire, Harworth

Marrison, Kate

Wife

 

Married

 

35

c.1866

 

 

Nottinghamshire, East Drayton
Marrison, John W.

Son

 

Single

 

10

c. 1891

  Yorkshire, Scrooby

Marrison, Charles W.

Son

 

Single

 

8

c. 1893

 

Yorkshire,

Bawtry

Marrison, Walter L.

Son

 

Single

 

2

c. 1899

 

Derbyshire,

Totley

Fox,

Harry

Boarder

 

Married

 

26

c. 1875

Stone Mason

Derbyshire,

Totley

Fox,

Edith

Boarder

 

Married

 

21

c. 1880

  Yorkshire, Sykehouse

1911 Census Totley Rise, Totley, Derbyshire

Name Relation Condition Age/Born Occupation Birthplace
Marrison, Kate

Head

 

Widow

 

45

c.1866

Grocer Shopkeeper

Yorkshire, Sheffield

Marrison,

John

Waller

Son

 

 

Single

 

 

20

c. 1891

 

Grocer's Assistant

 

Nottinghamshire, Scrooby

 

Marrison, Charles Wilfred

Son

 

 

Single

 

 

18

c. 1893

 

Clerk in Steelworks Office

Yorkshire,

Bawtry

 

Marrison, Walter

Lewis

Son

 

 

Single

 

 

12

c. 1899

 

School

 

 

Derbyshire,

Totley

 

Hamilton, Jessie

 

Servant

 

 

Single

 

 

20

c. 1891

 

General Servant Domestic

Derbyshire,

Eckington

 

1939 Register Risboro, Clement Avenue, Llandudno, Caernarvonshire

Name Condition Age/Born Occupation
Marrison, Kate

Widow

 

16 Aug 1865

 

Housewife

 

1939 Register 41 Highgate Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire

Name Condition Age/Born Occupation
Marrison, John W.

Married

 

14 June 1890

 

Sales Manager (Motors)

 

1939 Register 39 Bents Drive, Sheffield

Name Condition Age/Born Occupation
Marrison, Charles W.

Married

 

16 November 1892

Steelworks and Forge Director Manager

Wills and Adminstration

Marrison Walter Waller of Totley Rise Derbyshire died 15 August 1908 Probate London 3 October to Kate Marrison widow. Effects £962 19s.

 

Marrison Kate of 13 Chatsworth Road Sheffield widow died 27 July 1959 Probate Wakefield 26 October to John Waller Marrison sales representative and Charles Wilfred Marrison and Walter Lewis Marrison company directors. Effects £10917 13s. 5d.

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On Wednesday 26th July Alan Powell will tells us about The History of Newspapers in Sheffield. Alan is a former Editor of the Sheffield Telegraph and The Star newspapers and had a career of more than 44 years in journalism in Sheffield. The meeting as usual is in Totley Library beginning at 7.30 p.m. Non-members are welcome.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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 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 and Norton.

 

 

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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