The Thompson Family

Mr and Mrs Colin Thompson

For many years the Thompson Family ran butcher’s shops at Totley Rise and Dore. On 10th December 1984, I visited Frank W. Thompson at his farmhouse on Northern Common, Dronfield Woodhouse. He showed me photographs of Colin Thompson, his father, with horses, cows, etc, several of Totley Rise in the past, Farming scenes, highland cattle etc. He said I could borrow them sometime for copying but at that time I had not got good copying facilities. 

 

Frank Thompson

Frank was in his 70s and told me that his family had been butchers for six generations. His grandfather Jonathan (John) came from Swallownest where he had a butchery and farming business. Later,went bust when his cattle contracted anthrax and in those days that meant destroying the beasts without having recourse to compensation. He came to Dore to stay with his wife’s family (she was from the Crapper family). He started up butchering there about 1876 (although he is not mentioned in the directory for that year, so may have been under another name) About 1888 he opened the shop on Totley Rise. It seems that John died about 1898/9 as directory for 1900 gives Mrs Keziah Thompson, butcher, Totley Rise. In 1901, it gives Colin Thompson.

According to Frank, Colin had a bit of a row with his mother about who should run the business. She left and bought a shop in Psalter Lane. Apparently her brother had got into some commotion in Swallownest and, after a fistfight, another man had fallen down hitting his head and dying. Thus Frank’s great uncle was one of the last to be transported to Tasmania. When he finished his term, he went to Australia and started up a business making surgical instruments with several items that his sister had sent him to get him started. He apparently made a success of the business for when he died at the beginning of the 1900s he left his sister £35000.

Colin Thompson taken in Back Lane with the old slaughterhouse on the left and dam wall on the right.

Anyway Colin took over the butchery and his brother took the corner shop next door as Leonard Thompson, grocer and wine & spirit merchants. Apparently there were plans to turn this into a pub. There are some fine shops of Colin and various others in the 1900s with horses and cattle. 

Colin Thompson, left, and Selby Wolstenhome, right. Taken in Back Lane with the old slaughterhouse on the right. The notice warns of danger from the Mill Dam.

In the 1920s Colin was Master of the Hounds and a parish councillor etc., there are some photos of him with Selby Wostenholme, the draper and sub-postmaster next door. Leonard, meanwhile, married the daughter of Tom Reeves of the Cross Scythes.

Charlie Thompson in the Dam Field by Totley Brook

Another brother Charlie had the Rising Sun on Abbey Lane for a time. Colin farmed land where Marstone Crescent was formed, the Rolling Mill dam field behind Totley Rise and also fields where the Aldam Estate stands today. He lost the latter through compulsory purchase, to make way for prefab houses, and bought a farm and land at Lydgate, Holmesfield with the tax-free compensation. He also farmed land off Mickley Lane.

Many years ago, the Thompson’s married into the Lane (?) family who were drovers who brought cattle from Fife in Scotland down to Lincolnshire. Two Thompson brothers were driving cattle on this route one time when they saw a farm for sale at Brightside in Sheffield. They bought it and settled in the area.

From the directories within my files, I have the following entries for the family: 1888,90,91,93,95,96,98,99 Jonathan Thompson butcher, Totley Rise 1895/6 Mrs. K. Thompson, draper (Totley Rise not mentioned) 1901,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 and so on Colin Thompson butcher, Totley Rise 1901,2,3,4 Leonard Thompson grocer and wine & spirit merchant, Totley Rise Frank Thompson ran the shop until it closed in the 1980s(?) 

Peter Thompson with a champion baby shorthorn, 25 December 1962

Peter Thompson, son of Frank, and I had two meetings in July 2001, one at his place at Dronfield Woodhouse and the other at our home, The Coach House, in Great Longstone (when he turned up unexpectedly but welcome just before 11 pm). He talked about Totley Rise and in particular the slaughterhouse on the Rolling Mill dam field, and produced some photos of the interior (B.E.copy). Mentioned that one beast escaped and was hit by a car on Baslow Road and they had to have it certified dead by the RSPCA before they could hall it away and hang it from a long wooden ‘Campbell’ - a sort of beam. There was also a space with curved steel runways suspended from the roof to ease the movement of the carcasses and a large wooden wheel system for hauling up the heavy carcasses The slaughter house was used up until about 1905 and after a fire the buildings were destroyed in the 1970s. At one time they had a small herd of Highland Cattle but, after they ran off and were discovered as far away as Barlow, decided to do away with them. 

Long horn cattle on Totley Rise

One photograph in existence shows these shaggy beasts with long horns grazing opposite Totley Rise shops. Peter also lent me for copying: aerial view of Totley Rise in the 1940s (?), bus passing Milldale Road in the 1950s(?) and a shot of the shop in c1914 with Kath Thompson outside and many carcasses hanging outside on rails. Peter had, but did not leave, other photos and four copies of St Johns parish magazine from 1905 - 1925, which included some announcements, fascinating adverts including Thompson’s and the Mickley Colliery, there was also a photo of Mr Burnand who for a period up to the 1970s/80s stored old cars in the garden of the first house in Glover Road and later outside a wooden hut on Queen Victoria Road. The cars were used for spare parts but the pile grew and grew until he was forced to remove the. Burnand was well known for repairing the cars of local residents

Kath Thompson outside the Totley Rise shop

In return I gave Peter about 20 odd colour prints from originals or prints I have. He is a great collector of stamps and early postmarks from the 1850/60 period including some issued as larger temporary stamps from Totley Rise. 

 

Brian Edwards July 2001 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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