During World War One, Totley was a township for administrative purposes within the Registration District of Ecclesall Bierlow which straddled the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border. It had no parish church and was split between two ecclesiastical parishes. The old village centre and Totley Bents were in the parish of Christ Church, Dore. Green Oak and Totley Rise were in the parish of St. John the Baptist, Abbeydale. Hence Totley soldiers appear on a number of memorials in our area.
Dore War Memorial (Total 31)
BIGGIN, R.C. Rowland [Robert Cocker Rowland Biggin]
BINNS, Clement S. (also Abbeydale St. John's) [Clement Stanley Binns]
CARTWRIGHT, Charles (also Abbeydale St. John's)
COOPER, John Stephen
FLETCHER, Sydney Stuart (added in 2013)
GILL, Glossop (also Wadshelf)
GREEN, William Ernest
HALL, Donald (also Abbeydale St. John's) [Thomas Kershaw Hall]
IBBOTSON, Cecil George (also Abbeydale St. John's)
JACKSON, Cedric Arthur
MARSDEN, William Ambrose
PARSONS, Harold Charles (also Abbeydale St. John's)
PEAT, Lewis Wilford
SEED, Harper (also Abbeydale St. John's)
TALLENT, James (also Abbeydale St. John's) [James Talent]
TAYLOR, Edwin Andrew
TAYLOR, John Thomas
TODD, Harold (also Abbeydale St. John's)
WARMSLEY, Frank Walter (also Abbeydale St. John's)
WINGFIELD, Henry Edward (also Abbeydale St. John's) [Henry Edwards Wingfield]
WOLSTENHOLME, Selby (also Abbeydale St. John's)
Dore Christ Church Memorial Brass Tablet inside the Church
BARBER H.G. Capt (Ranmoor) [Herbert Graham Barber]
BARBER M. Capt (Ranmoor) [Maurice Barber]
BELBIN C. Pte (Abbeydale St. John's and Norton) [Charles Thomas Clarence Belbin]
COATES J. Pte (Dore)
COOPER J.S. Lieut (Dore)
DAVIDSON J. Lieut (Woodseats St. Chad's) [John Whitworth Davidson]
FISHER T.B. Pte (Totley) [Tom Brown Fisher]
FROST A.D. Pte (No known War Memorial) [Arthur Douglas Frost]
GILL G. Pte (Dore and Wadshelf)
GREEN J. Pte (Dore)
GREEN J.W. Pte (Abbeydale St. John's and Totley) [James William Green]
GREEN W.E. Pte (Dore)
GUMMER S. Capt (Abbeydale St. John's) [Stanley Gummer]
HALL D. Lieut. (Abbeydale St. John's and Dore) [Thomas Kershaw Hall]
HANCOCK A. Pte (Dore)
HILL A. Sergt (Abbeydale St. John's and Totley) [Herbert Allan Hill]
IBBOTSON C. Pte (Abbeydale St. John's and Dore) [Cecil George Ibbotson]
JACKSON C.A. Lieut (Dore)
JACKSON H. Pte (Dore)
MARSDEN W.A. Pte (Dore)
MARTIN R. Pte (Abbeydale St. John's and Totley) [Robert Hugh Martin]
MILNER R.D.P. Lieut (Totley) [Roy Denzil Pashley Milner]
NEWNES C. Pte (Curbar) [Charles Newns 37135]
PANTON A. Lieut (Dore)
PARKER J. Pte (Totley) [James Parker]
PARSONS H.C. Warr O (Abbeydale St. John's and Dore) [Harold Charles Parsons]
PATTEN G. Pte (Dore)
PEAT L.W. Pte (Dore)
PINDER A. Pte (Abbeydale St. John's and Totley) [Albert Pinder]
PYBUS F. Pte (Dore)
PYBUS H. Pte (Dore)
SEED H. Lieut (Abbeydale St. John's and Dore) [Harper Seed]
SYKES S. Corpl (Dore)
TALLENT J. Pte (Abbeydale St. John's and Dore) [James Talent]
TAYLOR E. Pte (Dore)
TAYLOR J.T. Pte (Dore)
TAYLOR W.P. Lieut (Ranmoor) [William Pike Taylor]
TODD H. Pte (Abbeydale St. John's and Dore) [Harold Todd]
WINGFIELD W.H. Pte (H.E. ? Abbeydale St. John's and Dore)
WOLSTENHOLME S. Pte (Abbeydale St. John's and Dore) [Selby Wolstenholme]
WRIGHT S. Sergt. (Auckland, New Zealand) [Samuel Wright]
Totley War Memorial (Total 10)
BISHOP, Colin Hedley (also Abbeydale St. John's)
FISHER, Tom Brown
HILL, Herbert Allan (also Abbeydale St. John's)
GREEN, James William (also Abbeydale St. John's)
MARTIN, Robert Hugh (also Abbeydale St. John's)
MILNER, Roy Denzil Pashley
PINDER, Albert (also Abbeydale St. John's)
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TALENT, James (also Dore)
TODD, Harold (also Dore)
Abbeydale St. John's Roll of Honour (including survivors)
ADAMS, C.B. [Cyril Bernard Adams]
ADAMSON, C H. [Cecil Harrald Adamson]
ALLSOPP, G. [George Allsop]
ASHWORTH, R. [Reginald Walter Rowden Ashworth]
ATHERTON, G. [Geoffrey Atherton]
BAGSHAW, J.A. [John Ainley Bagshaw]
BAINBRIDGE, T. [Tom Bainbridge]
BARDSLEY, D.C.G. [David Crawford Gordon Bardsley]
BARDSLEY, J.C.G. [John Cameron Gordon Bardsley]
BARNES A. [Albert Barnes]
BARNES, C.R. [Charles Reginald Barnes]
BATTY, J.W. not traced
BELBIN, C. (deceased) [Charles Thomas Clarence Belbin]
BELBIN, E. [Eric Belbin]
BELBIN, E.D [Ernest Douglas Belbin]
BENNETT, E. [Ernest Bennett]
BEST, A. [Frederick Arnold Best]
BESTWICK, B.C. [Bernard Cuthbert Bestwick]
BINDLEY, L. [Lawrence Ernald Bindley]
BINNS, C.S. (deceased) [Clement Stanley Binns]
CHAPMAN, G. [George Chapman]
CHAPMAN, J. [Jack Chapman]
CHAPMAN, J. [Joe Chapman]
COOK, T.E. [Thomas Edward Cook]
COX, R.D. [Reginald David Cox]
CROOKS, S. [Samuel Crookes]
DAVIS, H.H. (deceased) [Harold Davis]
DENSON, N. [Norman Arthur Denson]
DRAPER, J.R. [John Renwick Draper]
FAUVEL, L.G. [Lionel Georges Fauvel]
FLETCHER, L.S. [Leonard Shelley Fletcher]
FOX, J.H. [John Hubert Fox]
GARDINER, C. [Cyril Ewen Gardiner]
GLIDDEN, F.K. [Frank Gliddon]
GOULD, A.H.S. not traced
GRAYSON, C.K. [Cranmer Kay Grayson]
GRAYSON, R.B. [Robert Benjamin Grayson]
GREEN, J.W. (deceased) [James William Green]
GUMMER, S. (deceased) [Stanley Gummer]
HALL, T.K.D. (deceased) [Thomas Kershaw Hall]
HANDS, S. [Sidney John William Hands]
HEWKIN, L. [Leonard Hewkin]
HIBBARD, E.E. [Ernest Hibbard]
HIBBARD, S.R. [Sidney Revitt Hibbard]
HILL, H.A. (deceased) [Herbert Allan Hill]
HODGKINSON, P. [Percy Hodgkinson]
HUSSEY, G.S. [George Sherriff Hussey]
IBBOTSON, C.G. (deceased) [Cecil George Ibbotson]
KING, D.H. not traced
KIRKBY, N. [Norman Kirkby]
LEES, W.T. [William Thomas Lees]
MARTIN, R.H. (deceased) [Robert Hugh Martin]
MARVIN, E.M. [Edward Montague Marvin]
MASSER, T.W. (deceased) [Thomas William Masser]
MATHER, S. [Samuel Mather]
McARTHY, C.L. Charles Lloyd MacCarthy?
METHLEY, A. [Arnold Methley]
MIFFLIN, J. [John Mifflin]
MURDOCK, H.L. [Harry Lamont Murdoch]
MURDOCK, J.L. [John Lamont Murdoch]
MURDOCK, J.M. [James Mackie Lamont Murdoch]
MURDOCK, W.K. [William Kirkwood Murdoch]
MYCOCK, A. [Arthur Mycock]
NEEDHAM, G.H. [George Harold Needham]
NEWSHAM, F. [Frank Newsham]
NEWSOME, F. Frank Newsome of Meersbrook?
NUNN, B. [Charles Herbert Nunn]
PARSONS, H.C. (deceased) [Harold Charles Parsons]
PEACE, N. [Norman Kirkby Peace]
PERCIVAL, J.L. [John Lakeman Percival]
PERKINS, C. [Cecil Perkins]
PHILLIPS, J.D.R. James David Rumming Phillips of Moorgate, Rotherham?
PINDAR, A. (deceased) [Albert Pinder]
POULTER, H. not traced
PROSSER, D.H. (deceased) [David Harry Prosser]
RADLEY, W.J. not traced
RANNS, H.B. [Hedley Britton Ranns]
RANNS, R.H. [Reginald Howgate Ranns]
ROBINSON, I.B. not traced
ROCKLEY, A.E. Arthur Edwin Rockley ?
ROLLY, N. [Alfred Norman Rolley]
RUDD, G. [George Rudd]
RUDD, J. [John Rudd]
SEED, F. [Francis James Seed]
SEED, H. (deceased) [Harper Seed]
SINCLAIR, W. not traced
SMITH, J.W [John William Howlett Smith]
STANIFORTH, A.W. Adrian Wheatley Staniforth?
STEER, E.N. not traced
STUBBS, W.R. [Walter Rippon Stubbs]
SYLVESTER, B.S. [Bertie Shaw Sylvester]
TALENT, H. [Harry Talent]
TALENT, J. [Jack Talent]
TALENT, Jas. (deceased) [James Talent]
TALENT, W. [Walter Talent]
TASKER, C.B. [Charles Brinton Tasker]
TAYLOR, A.S. [Arthur Stanley Taylor]
TAYLOR, F.H. Frederick Harry Taylor?
THORNE, L.T. [Aubrey Lionel Tyzack Thorne]
TODD, H. (deceased) [Harold Todd]
TRICKETT, D. [David William Trickett]
TRUSWELL, A. [Albert Truswell]
WARMSLEY, F.H.W. (deceased) [Frank Walter Warmsley]
WINGFIELD, H. (deceased) [Henry Edwards Wingfield]
Dore & Totley United Reformed Church Roll of Honour (including survivors)
BAGSHAW, John A. [John Ainley Bagshaw]
COX, George P. [George Percy Cox]
COX, Reginald [Reginald David Cox]
FREWING, J. Keith [Jasper Keith Frewing]
FREWING, Jasper J. [Jasper John Frewing]
GLEDHILL, J. Eric
GLOSSOP, William W. [William Walton Glossop]
SEED, Harper (deceased) (Dore)
MARTIN, Robert Hugh (deceased) (Abbeydale St. John's and Totley)
MILLER, William O. [William Ongley Miller]
NICHOLLS, Edmund D. [Edmund Draper Nicholls]
NORRIS, C.E. Liddell [Charles Edward Liddell Norris]
PARKER, Ernest W. [Ernest Wynne Parker]
SEED, Francis J. [Francis James Seed]
SIBLEY, H.E. Victor [Herbert Edward Victor Sibley]
THOMSON, Norman K. [Norman Kenneth Thomson]
TODD, Harold (deceased) (Dore)
UNWIN, Ronald S.B. [Ronald Sydney Barton Unwin]
Totley Rise Methodist Church Roll of Honour including survivors
BAGSHAW, J. Ainley [John Ainley Bagshaw]
BARDSLEY, D.C.G. [David Crawford Gordon Bardsley]
BARDSLEY, J.C.G. [John Cameron Gordon Bardsley]
BROOK, Alec E. [Alec Edward Brook]
COCKSHOTT, David (deceased) (Eaglescliffe and Preston-on-Tees, County Durham) [James Percy Cockshott]
COX, George P. [George Percy Cox]
COX, Reginald D. [Reginald David Cox]
DALE, George P. not traced
FISHER, Thomas (deceased) (Totley) [Tom Brown Fisher]
HIBBARD, Sydney [Sidney Revitt Hibbard]
HILL, Allen (deceased) (Abbeydale St. John's and Totley) [Herbert Allan Hill]
HILL, Roland (deceased) (North Wingfield, Derbyshire)
KELLY, W. Norman [William Norman Kelly]
MARRISON, John W.
MARTIN, Robert H. (deceased) (Abbeydale St. John's and Totley) [Robert Hugh Martin]
MAWSON, Harold [Harold Hobson Mawson]
MUXLOW, J. Wharton [Joseph Wharton Muxlow]
RANNS, Hedley B. [Hedley Britton Ranns]
RANNS, Reginald H. [Reginald Howgate Ranns]
WINT, John W. [John William Wint]
Norton War Memorial
ADLINGTON, Harry, Pte.
ALLEN, Albert, L/Cpl.
BARSTOW, Michael, Cpt.
BELBIN, Clarence, Cpl. also Abbeydale St. John's) [Charles Thomas Clarence Belbin]
BILLAM, Edgar, Pte.
BIRTLES, Wilfred, Pte
DOWNES, Walter Leslie, Pte.
ELLIS, Vincent, Pte.
GODBEHERE, Herbert, Gunner
LOWE, James Harling, Sgt.
MILNER, Horace, Pte.
PERKINS, Oliver, Pte.
PROSSER, David Harry, Sec Lieut. (also Abbeydale St. John's)
REANEY, Joseph, Pte.
ROADHOUSE, Arthur, Gunner
ROWBOTTOM, William, Pte.
SHAW, Arthur, Pte.
SHAW, Harold, Pte.
TAYLOR, James, Gunner
WELBY, Glynne Everard Earle, Major
WINGFIELD, Arnold, Gunner
WRAGG, Thomas William, Rifleman
Holmesfield War Memorial
BOOKER E.T. Pte
BOOKER P.E. Pte
CROFTS F. Pte
CROOKES F. Pte
GREGORY J.W. Pte
HIGGINBOTTOM W. L/Cpl.
JAGGER S. Pte
KNIGHT F.J. Pte
WARD C.H. Pte
WOODWARD V. Pte
Dronfield War Memorial
BAGGALEY, John A.
BENNETT, Albert E.
BIGGIN, James L.
BOOKER, Frederick M.
BROOKS, John E.
CHADWICK, Haydn C.
DRAYCOTT, John G.
GOLDTHORPE, Albert E.
GREAVES, Montague A.L.
HARRISON, Clarence J.
HIGSON, Herbert F.
LAWLEY, Leonard G.
LEE, Thomas W.
LOMAS, Thomas W.
LUCAS, William H.
RODGERS, Charles H.
SHELDON, George H.
SHUFFLEBOTTOM, George W.
SMALLBONES, Russell W. L.
STATON, Vaughan S.
TAYLOR, John T.
WHITWORTH, Thomas E.
WORNES, John E.
Dronfield Church of St. John the Baptist wall plaque
Other Totley Soldiers who died in WW1
ALDERSON, Ernest, Pte.
COLLETT, Herbert, Pte. (All Saints' Church, Ecclesall)
COLLIER, Charles William, Pte (Bolton upon Dearne)
GREEN, William Henry (Dore Christ Church graveyard)
HARTLEY, Reginald, Lieut. (Bromsgrove School; St. Stephen's Church, Worcester; and Highfield, Southampton)
JONES, Sydney James (Ilkeston)
MARSDEN, Edwin, Sec Cpl. (Hathersage Memorial Hall, Worksop College)
MARTIN, George, Pte. (Todmorden)
MCPHEE, James, Pte.
NORMAN, Ralph, Pte. (Barnburgh)
STONE, John William, Pte.
VINE, Robert Saxelby, Sec Lieut. (Judd School Tonbridge, Cemetery Road Baptist Church, Sheffield)
WRIGHT, Samuel (Auckland, New Zealand)
Other Totley Soldiers who served in WW1 but are not commemorated
AXE H. Pte, Hillfoot
BARBER, Harry, Grouse Inn
CRESWICK, Oscar, Cricket Inn
EVANS, Walter, L/Cpl, Hillfoot
STARKE Harold Henry, Pte.
WOLSTENHOLME, Selby senior
Dore War Memorial
HOPPERTON, Sydney (also Totley)
NEWSHAM, Douglas [Douglas Frank Newsham]
Dore Christ Church brass plaque inside the church
HOPPERTON, Sydney (also Totley)
NEWSHAM, Douglas [Douglas Frank Newsham]
Totley War Memorial
ATKIN, Stephen P/O
DAVIDSON Malcolm W/O
FOULSTON, William Sgt
GARNETT, J.D. W/O
GLOSSOP, Victor P/O
HOPPERTON, Sidney AB (also Dore)
JACQUES, Ernest Sgt
JOHNSON, Fred Sgt
SEALS, Kenneth Sgt
SHARP, S.P. Sgt
WEBSTER, Kenneth W/O
WEBSTER, Vincent Sgt
WILKIN, Edna Mary L/Cpl
Holmesfield War Memorial
BEECROFT, R.G. Sgt Flt/Eng, R.A.F.
CROOKES F, L/Sgt, R.A.
SHEPLEY, Douglas Clayton P/O, R.A.F.
SHEPLEY George Rex Flt/Lt, R.A.F.
SHEPLEY Jean, F.A.N.Y.
WILSON W. Flt/Lt, R.A.F.
Dronfield War Memorial (and Church of St. John the Baptist plaque)
BENFORD, William T.
BENNETT, Alec F.
DAINS, J. Kenneth
GAMBLEN, Douglas R.
GODFREY, William D.
GOLDTHORPE, Thomas J.
GRANGER, Peter C.
GREGORY, Muriel E.
HANDLEY, John W.
LOWCOCK, C. Harry
MARGERISSON, George R.
MORRIS, Edward E.
ROE, J. Cecil
SHARPE, William E.
SLACK, Newman A.
STENTON, Charles R.
WATSON, J. Cyril
WOOD, W. Leslie
PO Stephen Atkin (29 Aldam Road)
WO Malcolm Davidson (Marstone Crescent)
Sgt William Foulston (Main Avenue)
WO J.D. Garnett (Bank View Farm, Totley Bents)
PO Victor Thomas Glossop (13 Grove Road)
AB Sidney Hopperton (359 Baslow Road)
Sgt Earnest Jacques (48 Glover Road)
Sgt Fred Johnson (12 Laverdene Avenue)
Sgt Kenneth Seals (21 Mickley Lane)
Sgt S.P. Sharp (12 Laverdene Road)
WO Kenneth Webster (54 The Grove)
Sgt Vincent Webster (54 The Grove)
L/Cpl Edna Mary Wilkin (Baslow Road)
Returning to Totley on a nostalgic visit, I stopped off at the War Memorial to pay my respects to my childhood friends who never returned. The name of a particular very dear friend was there, Steve Atkin, but alas no indication of his service branch. He was a Pilot Officer, flying a Lancaster bomber and brought down over Le Havre in May 1944. It set me wondering if anything could be done to rectify this matter.
Looking at the aerial photograph on the front of the November  issue of Totley Independent brought back fond memories of when we first arrived in Totley in 1933, we being my parents and my brother and sister. Our house was 44 Aldam Road and it stood at the cross road of Aldam Road and Greenoak Road, which is not yet completed in the photograph.
As I recall only four more houses were built either side and Greenoak Road was a footpath through fields, leading to the bottom of Main Avenue, where Mr & Mrs, Parker's dairy was the last house in the avenue. Mr. Parker was our milkman and used to deliver the milk with his horse and buggy. At some time he had lost one of his hands replaced by a hook, with which he deftly used to handle the cans and churns, no bottles in those days. I often wondered how he coped, when I served milk the same way when in the Land Army.
I too went to Totley C of E school, which in my day was a small village school ruled by a real Victorian headmaster called Johnny Wood, who terrified us all, I remember we used to watch for him marching down the school yard on a Friday morning and if the Gladstone bag he always carried was missing, we knew we had Friday afternoon holiday, this happened quite frequently.
Since losing my two dearest friends Raymond and Joan Peace, I have little cause to visit Totley and read the Independent which they used to pass to me, so it gave me great pleasure to pick up the latest issue from Avenue Stores and read it eagerly, especially the letter from 'Bobbie' Carr, an old friend of my brother, it brought back many happy memories. Keep up-the good work, and good luck with the Community Centre.
Elsie Winstanley (nee Abbott)
In the light of the ongoing situation with Covid-19 we are continuing to hold our monthly meetings by Zoom following a successful trial. If you are interested in joining the meeting please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and access details will be sent to you.
On Wednesday 28 April Pauline Burnett will be speaking to us about The History of Holidays - tracing how people from the middle ages celebrated the seasons, to the holiday entitlements and changing opportunities of 19th-21st centuries. The meeting will be via Zoom, beginning at 7.15pm.
On Wednesday 23 June you are invited to take part in a new two mile history walk around Totley in the company of Pauline Burnett and other members of the Totley History Group committee. Strong shoes and suitable clothing should be worn. Dogs are welcome, on leads please. Meet at the Cross Scythes Hotel, Baslow Road for a 2 p.m. start. The walk will be repeated at the same time on Sunday 27 June. Non-members are welcome.
After Penny Rea’s talk, in February, about the Zion Graveyard in Attercliffe a number of people expressed an interest in visiting the cemetery. This visit has now been arranged for Sunday, 25 July at 2pm. The graveyard 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. If you are coming by car, there is a free car park opposite Ace Janitorial (694 Attercliffe Road, S9 3RP) which is close by. If you are travelling by public transport, use the X1 bus and alight near Staniforth Road or opposite the English Institute of Sport. Non-members are welcome.
Pauline Burnett's book The Rise of Totley Rise has been revised and updated. It tells the story of this small piece of land from 1875 when there was only a rolling mill and chemical yard alongside the river a mile from Totley, through Victorian and Edwardian times, two world wars and up to the present day. It has 94 pages including a useful index and many illustrations from private collections. The book is available now from Totley Rise Post Office priced at £5, or through our website when an additional charge will be made to cover packing and postage.
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.
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.
George Wainwright was said to have been born in Bamford, Derbyshire in 1714. He learned the trade of linen weaving and moved to Totley after his marriage on 1744. He became an ardent follower of John Wesley who paid many visits to Sheffield and who would have passed through or close to Totley. Preaching was at first conducted out of doors and when Wesley's preachers became harassed by a mob of Totley ruffians in 1760, George offered them safety of his own home. He remained a Methodist for all of his long life, dying in Dore in 1821 at the reputed age of 107.
Oakwood School was started by Mrs Phoebe Holroyd in 1925 initially as the Firth Park Kindergarten and, by 1927, as the Firth Park Preparatory School. Phoebe was still working at the school almost fifty years later when she was well into her seventies. We would like to hear from anyone with memories of the school.
James Curtis was born at sea aboard HMS Chichester in 1790. He enlisted as a Private in the 1st Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards in Sheffield in 1812 and served in Spain and Portugal during the Peninsular War. He later fought in France and Belgium taking part in the Battle of Waterloo. In later life James lived at the Cricket Inn where his son-in-law William Anthony was the licensed victualler. He died in Heeley in 1882 aged about 91.
Charles Paul lived in Totley in later life. He was a local historian and archaeologist who was an authority on the history of Sheffield, especially the two areas he knew best: Attercliffe and Ecclesall. His books and letters to local newspapers were published under the Latin form of his name Carolus Paulus.
Towards the end of the 19th century Totley Hall gardens became a well known beauty spot that attracted many hundreds of visitors from Sheffield on open days and the rock gardens became one of its most popular features. Mrs Annie Charlesworth sent us six glass transparencies of the rock gardens taken, we believe, in the early years following the Great War.
Anton Rodgers send us photographs of three water-colours that had been bought by his grandfather at a sale of the contents of Abbeydale Hall in 1919. One was of a scene said to be in York by A. Wilson. A second was of a seated child with a dog believed to be pianted by Juliana Russell (1841-1898). The third was of Lake Como, by Ainslie Hodson Bean (1851-1918) who lived for much of his life on the Riviera and in North Italy.
A Canadian correspondent sent us photographs of a set of silver spoons that were bought in a small town in British Columbia. The case contained a note signed by Ebenezer Hall indicating that they were a wedding gift to Maurice and Fanny Housley. We think we may have traced how they got to Canada and where they might have been since.
Green Oak Park was opened on 23 March 1929 on land that had been bought by Norton District Council from John Thomas Carr, a farmer and smallholder of Mona Villas. In later years, the buildings were used by the Bowling Club (the green having been built in 1956) and by the park keeper. However, the buildings appear to have been constructed in several phases, the oldest of which predates the park to the time when the land was used for pasture.
We believe the old Totley Police Station at 331 Baslow Road was built around 1882. Two lock-up cells were excavated just below floor level in the summer of 1890. We have traced the Derbyshire Constabulary police officers who lived there from John Burford in 1886 to George Thomas Wood who was there when Totley was absorbed into Sheffield in 1934.
David Stanley lived in Totley Rise in the later years of his life. Born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, he joined the 17th Lancers when he was 19 and rode in the Charge of The Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava where he was seriously wounded. For the first reunion of veterans in 1875, he told his story to a reporter from the Buxton Herald.
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.
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.
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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