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Newspaper Archive: 1870s


Saturday 1st January 1870 Derbyshire Times (page 8)
A public tea meeting was held on the 29th ult at Mrs. Harriet Ferneys the Fleur de Lis Inn Totley when about 30 sat down to a sumptuous tea. After tea the cloth was drawn when dancing was commenced which kept up until a late hour.



Saturday 8th January 1870 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 8)
The Annual Wesleyan tea meeting of the Sabbath School connected with this place was held on Monday 3rd inst. There were about 106 sat down for tea. After tea a public meeting was held and Mr. W. Hopkinson of Totley was elected to the chair. The meeting was addressed by Messrs. Moxon Hadfield Ward & Langley. It was well attended and all went off pleasantly. 



Tuesday 10th May 1870 Sheffield Independent (page 1,2,4,5)

Totley Moor Fire Brick Works.
Geo Hodgkin (late George Hill) desires to inform his friends and the public that he had taken to the above works and is prepared to supply them with every article connected with the trade of the best quality and hopes by attention to business to secure a share of their patronage.



Saturday 29th October 1870 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 8)
A fine display of the Aurora Borealis was seen on Tuesday evening at Totley it was of a lurid red and lit up the eastern sky as though the village were in a blaze, later on it changed to a beautiful soft white.


Mad Dog.
On Sunday last the inhabitants of Totley were alarmed at the appearance of a Mad Dog. It appears that the dog came through Dore to Totley and on its passage through Dore it bit Mr. Parkin's hound and a dog belonging to Mr. Charles Coates of Totley both dogs have been destroyed since. The mad dog was killed at Totley.


Rabbit Coursing.
On Saturday last a rabbit coursing took place on the ground adjoining the Cross Scythes Inn Totley for 10 suppers between Mr. Stone's dog and Mr. Pinder's dog the latter winning. The supper was served in good style by Mrs. Bown hostess of the Cross Scythes and seemed to give much satisfaction to all.



Saturday 12th November 1870 Derby Times & Chesterfield Herald (page 5)
The New Road.
We observe that the new road from Abbey Dale to Dore is already gripped out and a considerable length of the road is stripped of soil. There is little doubt that the Midland Railway Co. will now soon commence the station at Twenty Wellsick which they undertook to erect as soon as the road was commenced. The stations opening up for the new road will doubtless bring to the neighbourhood of Dore and Totley increased inhabitants and commercial wealth.



Saturday 12th November 1870 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 5)
Totley - Death of John Marshall.
The death of the above person took place on the 4th inst. At the age of 67 years and few villages contained a man so widely known and so much respected. His kind and straight forward manliness made him an exceptional favourite with all who had the good fortune to know him. He was a File Cutter by trade and in that capacity earned as much as enabled him to bring up respectably a large family who have treated him with every kindness during a long illness. As a sports man he was much attached to the chase of often have the Derbyshire Hills been heard to resound to his musical cry Tally Ho. His mortal remains were consigned to there last resting place on Sunday last in the Dore Churchyard and never in the memory of the oldest inhabitant has such a scene been witnessed besides relatives and friends many hundreds from surrounding neighbourhood were present who appeared anxious to pay a last tribute of respect to poor Old Filey.



Friday 5th May 1871 Sheffield Independent (page 1)
Excursions to Stoney Middleton.
Mr. Robert Stone begs to announce that he has commenced running an Omnibus between Sheffield and Stoney Middleton via Totley, Baslow and Calver. Leaving Yellow Lion, Old Haymarket, on Tuesday and Saturday at 4 p.m. calling at the Cutlers Arms, New Church Street, and at the Travellers Rest, Sheffield Moor for passengers and parcels. After Whitsuntide the above will run 3 times a week, namely Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.



Saturday 2nd March 1872 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Meeting at Totley. A parish meeting was held in the school room Totley on Thursday for the purpose of nominating persons qualified to serve as parish constable for the ensuing year for the parish of Totley. The following list was made out by the meeting:- Messrs Charles Howard, farmer; Charles Coates, scythe grinder; Enoch Williamson, ex policeman; and Edward Green, farmer and grinder.



Tuesday 19th March 1872 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Sales By Tender

To be Sold by Tender, a Water Wheel, 19ft. 4in. diameter by 6ft. 7in. wide, with Metal Shrouding and Iron Buckets; also Spur Wheel, Drums and Shafting. To be seen at Bradway Mill, Abbeydale. - Tenders to be forwarded to John Roberts Esq., Abbeydale Park, before the 19th of March, 1872.



Thursday 25th April 1872 Sheffield Independent (page 2)
To be let: 2 new very pleasantly situated cottages at Totley suitable for Residents at Sheffield wishing to get in the country during the summer season.
Apply Mrs. Mitchell Totley Bents.



Thursday 9th May 1872 Sheffield Independent (page 2)

To be let: Grove Cottage, Abbeydale Road. This delightfully situated dwelling house is within 8 minutes walk of the Totley & Dore Station and contains Dining and Drawing rooms, 4 good Bed Rooms, 2 Kitchens, excellent larder and cellaring and W.C. The Pleasure Grounds and Kitchen Garden are tastily laid out and well planted with Shrubs and Trees rendering the above a very desirable residence. Apply to Beckett and Hunt Sharebrokers, 18 Norfolk Row. Sheffield



Saturday 11th May 1872 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)

Wanted a Steady Man as Carter.
House and coals found, good wages given also a strong lad not under 16 to go with horses and make himself useful.
Apply Thos Kilner, Totley Chemical Works near Sheffield.




Saturday 27th July 1872 Derbyshire Times (page 8)
Narrow escape from drowning.
On Monday last as a pleasure party from Sheffield to Totley was on the road about 1 mile from Totley a little girl was gathering flowers by the road side and passed through the gate that lead to the works of Messrs. W. Tyzack and Sons known as the Rolling Mills where she got on the embankment and getting over-balanced fell into a large dam; one of the girl's companions gave an alarm and a gentleman jumped in and with great difficulty rescued her. They were removed to the Cross Scythes Inn, where Mrs. Bowns rendered every assistance and the party were able to return home the same evening.



Saturday 3rd August 1872 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 5)

On Monday last the anniversary of the Dore and Totley Sick & Funeral Society was held at the Hare and Hounds Inn Dore. In the morning the members formed into procession at the Club House and headed by the Dore & Eccllesall Brass Band marched to Totley to Totley Bents and back to Christ Church Dore when a most impressive sermon was preached by the Rev. J. T. F. Aldred vicar of Dore. After service and processions reformed and marched to the Club Room where a splendid dinner was provided by the Host & Hostess Parkin which gave every satisfaction according to the report. The Club is in a flourishing state having at the present time 171 members the last year there was paid the Sick £96. 3. 9d and Funerals £401 besides a saving £90. 3. 4d making a nett stock of £1943.11.11d.



Saturday 17th August 1872 Derby Times (page 6)
Serious Gig Accident near Totley.
An alarming accident occurred on Saturday evening to Mr. Taylor of Stoke Hall Calver, and Mr. Brown of Sheffield. At 8 o'clock these gentlemen set off from Sheffield in a gig to Stoke Hall. Shortly after they had passed the residence of Mrs. Roberts on the Abbeydale Road their conveyance was run into by a waggon coming in the opposite direction. Both gents were pitched out of the gig and lay insensible on the road for some time. On recovering consciousness they found that the horse had bolted and that the occupants of the waggon had not stopped to render them any assistance. Fortunately Mr. Needham farmer of Totley came by in a light vehicle and conveyed the injured gentlemen to his house Mr. Brown escaped with light bruises but Mr. Taylor is now laying at Stoke Hall in a very precarious condition. The gig was damaged and horse which was found at Totley much injured. Mr. Taylor had with him a new gun which he had just purchased for £25 he and Mr. Brown having arranged to commence grouse shooting on Monday morning. Search for this gun was afterwards made at the scene of the accident but it has not been found.



Saturday 5 October 1872 Sheffield Independent (page 7) [Extract]
A few yards from "Red hill" , down Broad lane, there is a blank space enclosed with a high and substantial wall. Few persons of the present generation will be aware of that spot having been a "Cemetery." At the commencement of this century it was the only Quakers' burial ground in the town; though they had several places in the country. I myself have seen two persons interred in this plot, both of them adult females. The next building below was a large and respectable house, with a "clock" in the front of it. This was the residence of Mr. Samuel Hill, who was much celebrated in his day for his proficiency in clock making and repairing. Many of his clocks may still be seen in the town, but more especially in the neighbouring villages, with his name on the face. He was a tall man, wearing a broad-brimmed hat, long coat, with breeches and leggings. He kept a stout pony on which he took his rounds in the country, with his case of tools; and at their own houses cleaned and repaired the clocks of the farmers and villagers. He was a respectable man, and very widely and generally esteemed.



Saturday 21 December 1872 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Abbeydale Land Society

An Estate is now being Surveyed and Plotted Out for Building Purposes. Plans will shortly be ready. In the meantime further Particulars can be had by applying to Mr William Fox, 56, Snig-hill; or to Mr. Henry Matthews, Architect, &c., Cheney-row, Sheffield.




Saturday 15th February 1873

On Saturday morning between 4 & 5 o'clock a fire occurred at the Totley

Orphanage of such a character that but for its timely discovery and the energetic means so promptly taken to extinguish it would in all probability have destroyed the greater part, if not the entire building. It appears that at the time named the matron and some of the inmates were aroused by smoke which was fast filling the sleeping and other apartments. An alarm was at once given and for a time the greatest excitement and confusion existed. The orphans, upwards of 40 in number, screaming and crying were as speedily as possible some dressed and some partially so got out of the Orphanage.


Mr. Poole builder and contractor, Mr. Kilner Totley Chemical Works and Mr. Barker all residing near were immediately at the place and the most energetic means were at once taken, not only to discover the part where the fire had commenced but also to put it out. On opening the dinning room door it was found that that floor near to the fire place was for several yards in a blaze and that the fire had ignited several of the tables and also extended to one of the windows. In the course of an hour the fire had began to yield to the efforts made and had been so far subdued as to remove all fear of the safety of the building. The amount of the whole damage may be from £20 to £30.


The building is insured in the Queen Office.



Monday 3rd March 1873 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Serious Assault on the Police at Totley.
About 10 o'clock on Friday morning last Police Constable Parrock met 4 men on the Sheffield Road above Dore Moor Inn, they appeared to be workmen and one of them was dressed in the garb of a grinder. They asked Parrock the way to Dronfield stating that they were going to Messrs. Wilson & Cammells works, Parrock showed them the road but observing that one of the men had a bag he inquired what it was and asked to be allowed to see what it contained where upon he was at once thrown down on the road by 2 of the men who threw quick lime into his eyes at the same time putting there hands over his face.

He was left by them on the road in a state of blindness and suffering the most excruciating pain. He is now suffering from acute inflammation of both eyes, one of which it is feared he will lose the sight of. He stated that the men who attacked him took the lime from there pockets and there can be little doubt that they had been out poaching and the lime was carried with them as a ready means of preventing the police searching them in the case of meeting with them on a road. None of them are known but it is supposed that they are Sheffielders.



10th March 1873 Sheffield Telegraph (page 4)
Sudden death at Totley.
Yesterday morning Mr. John Hall foreman of the Totley Forge died suddenly, Mrs. Hall hearing him breath heavily and thinking that something unusual was the matter went to fetch a neighbour. On returning she found that he was dead. He had been ill several weeks and under the care of Dr Booker who had ceased to attend him as he was much better.



Tuesday 29th April 1873 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Drinking on Good Friday.
Edward Brown, a brick merchant of Holmesfield, was summoned for drinking in a beerhouse during prohibited hours. Police constable Hswkins said that on Good Friday morning at a quarter past 10 he visited Mrs Fearnehough's beerhouse at Totley and found the defendant drinking in the taproom, fined 10/6d including costs. Mr. Robinson and Mr. Robinson and Mr. Thomas Mitchell labourer of Totley were summonsed for a similar offence committed on the same day at Clement Needham's beerhouse of Totley and were muleted in a like penalty as also was Joseph Coates, farmer at Dore, for drinking in the Dore Moor Inn on the same morning Police Constable Hawkins proved the case.



Saturday 7th June 1873 The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 1)
Abbeydale Freehold Land Society Abridged Prospectus.

Arrangements have been made for the purchase of 21 acres of Land, for the formation of a Land Society, in the picturesque neighbourhood of Abbeydale. The Estate being within a short distance of Dore and Totley Railway Station, and not more than half-an-hour's drive from the centre of the town, make it specially convenient for business men, which, combined with the well-known healthfulness of the locality, the commanding position of the site, and the extensive views of unsurpassed loveliness, render it one of the most desirable situations around Sheffield for the erection of suburban residences. The Estate lying just beyond the boundary of the Borough of Sheffield, the Members of this Society, whilst enjoying the advantages of a country residence, combined with the facilities for easy, frequent, and expeditious access to the town, will escape the ever increasing burden of Parochial and other Rates, which are so serious a tax upon property in Sheffield. It is proposed to lay out the Estate in Lots of from 900 to 1500 yards each, to be paid for by fortnightly contributions, extending over a period of ten years. Arrangements will however be made by which members serious of doing so may pay off the balance of purchase money, and have their Lots conveyed to them, subject to the Rules of the Society. A number of Shares are already taken, and intending Shareholders should make early application for Shares, as it is intended to appoint a Committee and Officers to allot the Estate as at as early a date as practicable. The contributions will be 6s. per Share per fortnight until the allotment is made, and afterwards in proportion to the value of the Lots. Shares may be secured by the payment of a deposit of 10s. each. Plans of the Estate may b sen, and further information obtained on application to Messrs. Nicholson, Saunders, and Nicholson, Solicitors, Wath; Mr. Geo. Siddall, Auctioneer and Valuer, Dronfield; Mr. W.M. Fox, Snig hill, Sheffield; Mr. Henry Matthews, Architect and Surveyor, Cheney row, Sheffield; or Messrs. Josh. Pearson and Son, Accountants and Estate Agents, Hartshead, Sheffield. Joseph Pearson, Sec., pro tem.



Saturday 6th July 1873 Sheffield Independent (page 10)
Fatal Accident in a Hay Field.
At Totley Moor on Wednesday a fatal accident occurred at Totley Moor about 10 o'clock a boy named Wm. Hodkin 10yrs of age son of Geo. Hodkin farmer of Totley Moor, the lad was driving a horse attached to haymaking machine technically called a "Tippler" when from some cause the horse became restive while struggling to control the animal the deceased stumbled over some hap and fell onto the ground and the machine entered his back above the shoulder injuring the spinal cord and a second passed between his ribs penetrating his left lung. Death resulted in a few minutes. The accident was witnessed by the deceased's father.



Monday 28 July 1873 Sheffield Independent (page 3)
Band of Hope Union Demonstration
On Saturday afternoon a pic-nic gathering of nearly 1000 persons, took place on grounds kindly lent by Joseph Mountain and D. Wilkins, Esqrs.,at Abbeydale. The committee had prepared for the amusement of all visitors, archery, rotary velocipedes, football, coloured diagrams, and scientic instrucments from the show rooms of Messrs. Cutts, Sutton, and Co. The British Workman's brass band attended. A meeting was addressed by Messrs. John Unwin, S. Hoyland, J. Binney, T. Hobson, J. Milne, W. Bull, of Rotherham, and others. W. S. Brittain, Esq., presided. All enjoyed themselves well, and returned by the special excursion train at none o'clock from Totley.



Thursday 3 September 1873  Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Ecclesall and Dore Flower Show.

The thirteenth annual exhibition in connection with the Ecclesall and Dore Horticultural and Floral Society was held yesterday in a marquee in the park of Mr. John Roberts, Abbeydale. The show, in point of exhibitors, may he considered very successful. and the attendance was about double that of any previous year, which latter fact was owing in no small degree to the beautiful grounds of Mr. Roberts being thrown open to the public. Prizes to the amount of about £25 were offered. To decorate the tables, flowers were kindly lent by Mrs. John Firth, Abbeydale, and Messrs. T. R. Gainsford, J. B, Mitchell-Withers, and Henry Vickers, Home Wood. During the day the Ecclesall band played several airs.



Saturday 23rd August 1873 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)

Contractors willing to Tender for the Construction of a Reservoir for the Totley Brook Estate, Abbeydale, can inspect the Plans at my Offices, from Monday, the 25th of August, to Monday, the 1st of September, on which latter day Tenders must be delivered to me not later than One o'clock. J.B. Mitchell-Withers, Architect, St. James'-street, Sheffield.



Saturday 13th September 1873 Sheffield Independent (page 1)
Totley Brook Estate, Abbeydale

The Members are respectfully informed that the Allotment Sale will take place on Tuesday, 16th September, at Royal Hotel. corner of Abbeydale road, Highfield, at 6 p.m. Edmund Sanderson



Saturday 15th November 1873 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)
The bequest left by the late H. Williamson Esq. for the benefit of a school for poor children in Sheffield or neighbourhood has been bestowed on the Totley Orphanage.



Saturday 29th November 1873 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)
To be Let, Brinkburn Grange, a Villa Residence, situate in Abbeydale-road, about five minutes from the Totley and Dore Station. The House contains Dining, Drawing, and Breakfast Rooms, two Kitchens, Wash-house, Butler's Pantry, seven Bedrooms, Bathroom, Water and other Closets, &c. The Outbuildings consist of Two-stalled Stables, Loose Box, Harness-room, Carriage-house, and four-roomed Lodge, The Pleasure and Kitchen Gardens occupy about an acre of Ground, and more Land might be included in the letting if required. A constant and unlimited supply of Water is provided and laid on in different parts of the House and Premises. - For further Particlulars, and Cards to View, apply to: Flockton and Abbott, 7, St. James'-street, Sheffield.



Tuesday 27th January 1874 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Damaging a wall at Totley.
Peter Pinder labourer Totley was charged with this offence by Mr. T. Bown Innkeeper on 9th inst. The case was fully proved by prosecutor and Police constable Parrot fined £2 and costs and also ordered to pay £2 damages done to the wall or 2 months imprisonment. 



Wednesday lst April 1874 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Sudden Death of a Child at Totley.
An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at Mr. Clement Needham's the Grouse Inn, Totley Bents, by C.S.B. Busby Esq, on the body of Ellen Elizabeth Pinder who died suddenly on Sunday morning. The child which was five months old was daughter of a general domestic servant named Elizabeth Pinder. The evidence pointed to the death of the child having been caused by convulsions and a verdict to that effect was accordingly returned.



Saturday 16th May 1874 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)
To Be Sold, several Plots on the Totley Brook Estate, Abbeydale. Apply Edmund Sanderson, Estate Agent, 8 Cambridge-street.




Wednesday 8th July 1874 Sheffield Independent (Page 1)
Borough Benefit Building Soc. (sec. 8)
Monthly Contributions 10s per share, bonus £5 per share.
Joshua Bromley, Kenwood Road, Chairman
Joseph Mountain Mountville, Beauchief
George Ormrod, Montgomery Road
Robert C Shirtcliffe Cemetery Road



Tuesday 14 July 1874 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)

To Road Contractors - Tenders are required for the Construction of Roads, Sewers, &c., on the Estate of the Abbeydale Land Society. Plans, Sections, and Specifications may be seen, and Bills of Quantities obtained, at my Offices, up to Tuesday, the 14th of July, on which day Sealed Tenders must be delivered at the Offices of the Secretary, Mr. Joseph Pearson, No.3, Hartshead, Sheffield, not later that Four o'Clock p.m. The Committee do not bind themselves to accept the Lowest or any Tender. Henry Matthews, Surveyor. 13, Cheney-row, Sheffield.




Tuesday 1st September 1874  Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Garden Robbery at Dronfield.
Geo. Charlesworth and W. Anthony of Totley Bents, John Scott shear grinder Sheffield were charged with stealing at Dronfield on the 9th of August half a peck of apples the property of W. Robinson. Fined 6s each and costs.



Saturday 31st October 1874 The Derbyshire Times (page 2)
Sheffield Borough Benefit Building Society (Section 8)
Shares £120 Each. Monthly Contribution 10s. per share. Bonus £5 per share.


Directors: -
Mr. Jph. Bromley, Kenwood Bank rd. (Chairman),
Mr. Joseph Mountain, Mountville, Beauchieff,
Mr. John Hunsley, Broomhill,
Mr. George Ormrod, Montgomery-road,
Mr Robt. Chas. Shirtcliffe, Cemetery road.


Messrs. Rodgers, Thomas, and Swift

Manager and Secretary,
Mr Amos Moss, 30 Bank-street.


The Fifth Meeting for Enrolment of Members and Payment of Contributions will be held at the Old Queen's Head Inn, Castle-street, on the Second Wednesday Evening in each month from Eight to Nine o'clock.

More than £350,000 have been Lent Out on Mortgage by the Seven previous Borough Building Societies.

Apllications for Advances to be made to the Secretary.



Tuesday 10 November 1874 Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 2)

Roberts. Nov. 9, Sarah, wife of John Roberts, of Abbeydale Park, Abbeydale, in her 71st year.




Tuesday 9th March 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)

Wanted a good Fire Brick Maker one who had been thoroughly accustomed to the game. :--Apply Totley Moor Fire Brick Works. 



Monday 15th March 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)

Wanted a good fire brick Maker :- Apply Totley Fire Brick Works.



Wednesday 31 March 1875 Sheffield Independent
A match was played at the Cricketer's Inn, Totley Bents (Married v Single), the married winning. Both sides showed capital play. The opening match was celebrated by a supper, provided by Mr. Barker, the host.



Thursday 27 May 1875 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Totley Hall.
The following notes on Totley Hall were read yesterday on the visit of the Sheffield Architectural and Archaeological Society to that old mansion, by the kind permission of F. Hunt Esq., the tenant of the property:- Totley Hall is not a widely known mansion, nor is the corner of Derbyshire in which it is situate a place that has attracted the attention of the topographer or antiquary. Indeed so little of its ancient history has come down to modern times, that we may safely class Totley among those happy lands where history is not made. Standing on the confines of cultivation, with a vast tract of moorland at its back, it has long been better known for its pure air than for its gaiety; for its rum and milk, than for the dryness of its antiquarian detail. The manor was called Totingelee in the Domesday survey, and was said to be held by the King's Thanes, but though we are obliged for this information, we should have preferred to know more. Totingelee was, as people say, a little out of the world, and perhaps for that very reason it acquired a sort of ecclesiastical tinge, and formed a connection with the pious fraternity at Beauchief. Totley forms part of the ancient parish of Dronfield, the rectory of which was conferred on the Abbots of Beauchief by Henry De Braylesford in the 14th century. The tithe of Totley therefore became the property of the Abbey, and the chief man of the village made himself very useful to his ecclesiastical neighbours. He bore the very ordinary name of Barker, but this Barker was a squire of ancient line. We find him in 1382 under the name of Radulpho de Dore, acting as trustee under a deed conveying the avowson of the church of Dronfield; and a little later he is called Ralph Barker of Dore. This Ralph was invaluable to the convert, and prospered as so loyal a son of the church ought. In the reign to Henry VI., his descendants figured in a list of the Derbyshire gentry; and in the 29th year of Henry VIII., one John Barker held the tithe of Dore at a rent of £2 6s. 8d. In the 31st Henry VIII., it was held by Roger Barker on the same terms. An Edward Barker was living 1646, and a John Barker 1654. The Barkers also acquired property at Norton Lees, by a marriage with the heiress of Parker of that place and Dronfield Woodhouse, and the direct line ended in Sir Robert Barker, who married an heiress of Brabazon Hallowes, of Glapwell, and died in 1789. To these Barkers we must ascribe th erection of Totley Hall, for their arms still figure over the mantel piece, and are thus described - per chevron engrailed or and sable, a lion rampant counter changed, a canton azure charged with a fleur de lis or. But over the front door carved on the lintel, are the initials and date, "G. N. 1623. W. M." We do not attempt to reconcile these letters with the presence of the Barker arms within the house, but merely chronicle their existence, trusting the clue to the problem may yet be found.

In the latter part of the last century the Totley estate was held by Andrew Gallimore, Esq., who by his will dated 14th April, 1791, proved at Lichfield August 24th of the same year, gave and devised to his niece Hannah, wife of the Rev. D'Ewes Coke, of Brookwell Hall, in the county of Notts, her heirs and assigns, all his messuages, farm lands, &c. Mrs Coke was before her marriage, Miss Heywood, of Brimington. Under this will the property passed into the family of Coke, where it has since remained. The Rev. D'Ewes Coke, who died in 1811, was a talented and what is better, a very good man and a very clever artist. He was extremely fond of engraving on copper, an occupation by which he injured his sight, and finally became blind, but even under this affliction he continued for many years to exercise his sacred calling, knowing the service off by heart.


The issue of Mr. Coke's marriage with Hannah was three sons and one daughter-D'Ewes Coke, who succeeded to the Totley and other estates, and died in 1856; Sir William Coke, puisne justice of Ceylon, who died without issue in 1818; John Coke, of Dibdale, Justice of the Peace and Sheriff of Notts; and a daughter, Hannah, who married the Rev. Ellis Wilbrams, and died without issue. D'Ewes Coke, the eldest son, was a magistrate for Derby and Notts, Deputy Lieutenant of the former, and at one time Recorder of Norwich and deputy-Recorder of Grantham. The present owner of Totley Hall is William Sacheverell Coke, Esq., of Brookhill Hall, formerly an officer in the 39th regiment, and a magistrate for his county. In 1836 this gentleman took out a small yacht under 50 tons, old measurement, in face of the autumnal equinoctial gales, to the Cape of Good Hope, without touching anywhere, a feat then accomplished for the first time.


The Cokes were formerly of Trusley, in Derbyshire, a property they still hold. They are also possessors of Kirkby Hall, which came to them by marriage with the last of the Sacheverells of Kirkby. Brookhill Hall, their chief seat, was formerly the property of James I., and adjoins Fullwood Chase (which now consists of 169 acres, and contains seven inhabitants), and Sherwood Forest. Sir John Coke, for 20 years Secretary of State to Charles I., was of this family, as was also Thomas Coke, Chamberlain to Queen Anne and George I. Totley Hall was for many years the residence of the late D'Ewes Coke, who took some pride in the old place, and stored it with quaint furniture. It stands with its back to Totley Village, in a charming situation, a short distance down the lane that branches to the left from the turnpike road; and enjoys a pleasant prospect over fields and woods towards Holmesfield. As a structure, the hall is one of those rambling old houses that grew rather than were built. Without being large it is roomy, and far from being afflicted with what a facetious friend calls "beastly regularity," it is as irregular as the most erratic genius could desire. We should not like to say on how many levels the ground floor lies. Entering by the front door, you find yourself mounting by one step into an old squire's hall, hung around with "pikes and guns and bows," trophies of the chase, and the instruments of the angler. A fine old dining table crosses the upper end of the room, and there are oak chairs of as many patterns as could be found in an old curiosity shop. A top story has been added in modern times to a well carved oak cabinet, by the ingenious adaptation of old chair backs, and it is used as a rack for pewter plates, with which it is well filled. Against the side of the chimney breast hangs a clock, curiously and wonderfully made, that reminds one of Sir Thos. More's clock that graces, or did grace, the staircase at Walton Hall. An early barometer, bearing an Italian name, but a Sheffield address, hangs by the side of the window; and on a nail near the top of the room is suspended an old leather wattle, which our forefathers slung round their shoulders when filled with ale, a beverage towards which they probably felt the same sentiments as Ebenezer Elliott, though they may never have expressed them in such vigorous language. The Corn Law Rhymer says:-


Old ale and jolly, be it dark or place,

Drink like a toper, be thou green or grey!
Drink oft and long, or try to climb and fail!
If thou would'st climb Winhill, drink old and jolly ale!

But least such poetry should corrupt our sober morals, let us pass from the entrance hall and dining room of the mansion to its other apartments. Up one or two steps, the explorer proceeds to the bottom of a staircase leading to the chamber floor, and right and left lie the drawing room and one of the several kitchens the house contains. The drawing room is a charming apartment with old cane chairs and couch, a curiously-constructed table, and a whatnot in oak, at once massive and effective. In one corner of the room is a narrow loop-hole window, that suggests the time when the Lord of Totley could protect himself from freebooters, or even stand a small siege. The bed rooms are as quaint as the reception rooms, and as full of old furniture, in the form of carved beds, dressing glasses, and rare oak chests of different dates and designs. The builders of Totley Hall were anything but particular to a staircase, more or less. We have explored two leading to entirely different sets of apartments, and there are probably others, for the bed rooms we have seen certainly fall short of covering the whole area of the house. The ground on which the Hall is built slopes towards the east, and the house has been made in steps to fit the ground, instead of the ground made to fit the house. The result is a place very picturesque, and possibly comfortable; not at all in the style of the suburban villa residence, nor owing allegiance to any particular style of architecture. The furniture collected so industriously from all the neighbourhood by the late Mr. Coke, looks appropriate enough in this rambling mansion. Like the house it fills, it is the child of many brains and many hands. Not often in this changeful world do we see old things kept together as this house and furniture have been, or so well and intelligently cared for.- J. D. Leader.




Saturday 29th May 1875 Supplement to The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 12)

Totley Hall, the property of William Sacheverell Coke, Esq., of Brookhill Hall, Nottinghamshire, was for many years the residence of the late D'Ewes Coke, who took some pride in the old place, and stored it with quaint furniture. It stands with its back to Totley Village, in a charming situation, a short distance down the lane that branches to the left from the turnpike road; and enjoys a pleasant prospect over fields and woods towards Holmesfield. As a structure, the hall is one of those rambling old houses that grew rather than were built. Without being large it is roomy, and far from being afflicted with what a facetious friend calls "beastly regularity," it is as irregular as the most erratic genius could desire. We should not like to say on how many levels the ground floor lies. Entering by the front door, you find yourself mounting by one step into an old squire's hall, hung around with "pikes and guns and bows," trophies of the chase, and the instruments of the angler. A fine old dining table crosses the upper end of the room, and there are oak chairs of as many patterns as could be found in an old curiosity shop. A top story has been added in modern times to a well carved oak cabinet, by the ingenious adaptation of old chair backs, and it is used as a rack for pewter plates, with which it is well filled. Against the side of the chimney breast hangs a clock, curiously and wonderfully made, that reminds one of Sir Thos. More's clock that graces, or did grace, the staircase at Walton Hall. An early barometer, bearing an Italian name, but a Sheffield address, hangs by the side of the window; and on a nail near the top of the room is suspended an old leather wattle, which our forefathers slung round their shoulders when filled with ale. Up one or two steps, the explorer proceeds to the bottom of a staircase leading to the chamber floor, and right and left lie the drawing room and one of the several kitchens the house contains. The drawing room is a charming apartment with old cane chairs and couch, a curiously-constructed table, and a whatnot in oak, at once massive and effective. in one corner of the room is a narrow loop-hole window, that suggests the time when the Lord of Totley could protect himself from freebooters, or even stand a small siege. The bed rooms are as quaint as the reception rooms, and as full of old furniture, in the form of carved beds, dressing glasses, and rare oak chests of different dates and designs. The builders of Totley Hall were anything but particular to a staircase, more or less. We have explored two leading to entirely different sets of apartments, and there are probably others, for the bed rooms we have seen certainly fall short of covering the whole area of the house. The ground on which the Hall is built slopes towards the east, and the house has been made in steps to fit the ground, instead of the ground made to fit the house. The result is a place very picturesque, and possibly comfortable; not at all in the style of the suburban villa residence, nor owing allegiance to any particular style of architecture. The furniture collected so industriously from all the neighbourhood by the late Mr. Coke, looks appropriate enough in this rambling mansion. Like the house it fills, it is the child of many brains and many hands. Not often in this changeful world do we see old things kept together as this house and furniture have been, or so well and intelligently cared for.- J. D. Leader.



Saturday 12th June 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)
Totley. To be Sold, two Plots of Land, lying together, forming part of the Totley Brook Estate, running from the newly-formed road to the Brook side. Water pipes have recently been laid down, by which water from the Estate's Reservoir is conveyed to each plot, and a good supply of water will thus be obtained free of cost. - Apply Elias Needham, Accountant, Norfolk-street.



Wednesday 30th June 1875 Sheffield Independent (page 1).
Mowing Grass At Holmesfield and Totley Bents.
Mr. Robert Lowe will sell by Auction on Friday next July 2nd 6¼ acres of mowing grass at Holmesfield and 4½ acres at Totley Bents both on land belonging to Thos. Youdan Esq.



Friday 2 July 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Sale by Mr. R. Lowe
This Day
Mowing Grass at Holmesfield and Totley Bents

Mr. Robert Lowe will Sell by Auction on Friday, July 2nd, 6¼ Acres of Moving Grass, at Holmesfield, and 4½ Acres at Totley Bents, both on land belonging to Thomas Youdan Esq. Sale at Four o'Clock at Holmesfield, and Five o'Clock at Totley Bents.  



Saturday 31st July 1875 The Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
The Abbeydale Freehold Land Society
A very eligible Freehold Estate, recently belonging to his Grace the Duke of Devonshire, comprising 10 Acres, situate at Abbeydale, adjoining the beautiful Mansion and Grounds of John Roberts, Esq., is about to be Purchased on advantageous terms for the erection of a limited number of Villa or other suitable Residences. The situation is one that cannot be surpassed in the neighbourhood of Sheffield, affording as it does pure country air, convenient access from the Town either by rail or road, being only seven minutes' walk from the Dore and Totley Station on the Midland Line, and on the most picturesque road out of Sheffield. Prospectuses and Plans of the Estate (showing its proximity to the Station, the Church of St. John, recently erected by Mr. Roberts, Abbeydale Park, Brinkburn Grange, and other attractions), can be had on application. The Estate is free from Tithe and Land Tax, and the Title to it is unimpeachable. The Shares will be limited to Sixty. Applications for Shares made (may) be made to either (any) of the following:- Messrs. Smith and Hinde, Solicitors, Bank-street, Sheffield; Mr. J. R. Mitchell Withers, Surveyor, St James;-street, Sheffield; Mr. J. H. Wilkinson, Estate Agent, 40 and 42, Norfolk street, Sheffield.



Saturday 28th August 1875 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 6)
Death of a cow from Hydrophobia.
A cow belonging to Mr John Coates farmer of Totley Bents was bitten by a dog in a rabid state seven weeks since but nothing appeared unusual until Sunday, when appearance of Hydrophobia manifested themselves. The cow foamed at the mouth and ran at everything that came in its way. After suffering Monday it was destroyed. The same dog bit many other dogs which have not been destroyed.



Tuesday 31st August 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Cautions to Smokers in Railway Carriages
Sampson Green, Totley was fined 40s and costs for smoking in a carriage not appointed for the purpose on the railway between Beauchief and Sheffield on the 31st July.



Tuesday 28 September 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
The Abbeydale Rise Land Society.

A Meeting for the Election of Officers, the Disposal of the Remaining Shares, and other Business, will be held at the Cutlers' Hall, Church-street, Sheffield, on Tuesday, September 28th, 1875, at Eight o'Clock in the Evening. The attendance of Persons desirous of joining the Society is particularly requested. J.H. Wilkinson, Secretary pro tem. September 20th, 1875.



Thursday 21 October 1875 Buxton Herald and Gazette of Fashion (page 3)

The Balaclava Banquet

Story of another Sheffield man who was in the Charge

David Stanley, of 43 Wellington street, says: - I was in the charge of the Light Brigade, and Lord Cardigan was in the front of our regiment when Captain Nolan brought the order. He told Cardigan he was to charge and take the guns. He was asked "What guns." He says, "There's the guns, my lord, and here's the order. You're to charge and take them." Cardigan threw his sword in the air, and said, "Here goes the last of the Cardigans." Nolan said he would go with him. We were all very much excited, but started without delay. The first order was, as I understood it, after we started in the charge, "Three's right," which was taken to mean that we must take the guns on the right. In a moment afterwards we were ordered to "Front and forward," and that moment Captain Nolan was shot dead.


I rode right to the Russian cavalry. Sergeant Talbot rode next to me in the front rank. When we were half way down he had his head blown off, and he rode sixty yards in the saddle before he fell. Corporal Hall, who rode on my other side, had his leg blown off and his horse was shot. He fell and was taken prisoner, and died a prisoner. I was left alone once because of all the men being blown to death around me and I had some difficulty in regaining my regiment. I rode right up to the Russian cavalry, and assisted in driving them back until we got into the centre of them. They tried to surround us. We went threes about, came back, met the second line, fronted, and drove them again. Then we left the battery that played upon us in our front. We shot one of the horses in the shaft of the front gun. we beheaded some of the men of the battery, and ran others through with our lances, and dismounted every one of them. It was a cold-blooded affair, and that's certain; but we were forced to do it, or they would have blown every man of us to pieces. After that we retreated. We didn't spike the guns; because we hadn't any, and if we had had spikes we couldn't have used them, because we had not time. It took us all our time to look after ourselves.


I was wounded at the guns - a lance in my right side; it was only a flesh wound. On returning I had my horse shot from under me. The Russian Lancers were forming line in front of us as we were retreating, and we cut our way through them the best way we could. Their own infantry and artillery opened a volley of fire upon us all, Russians and English, and shot at any of us. As far as thins goes, it was just the same as shooting dogs. There were four of us together, who had our horses shot under us - one got on the ground, and could not get up. Three Russian cavalry rode down to him, took his carbine from his side, and put it to his hair,and of course I thought he was going to blow his head off, but he lay down on the ground and they left him. He was severely wounded. I stood there and saw the sight. They left him and rode down to me, and they muttered something to me, but I could not tell what it was. I whipped my sword belts undone, took hold of by scabbard, in self-defence. All three of the swords came clash on to me at once - one of them cut through my epaulette, shoulder knot and jacket, and another cut three-eighths of an inch into my sword scabbard, and I thought that if one of them offered to make a point at me as the others were cutting at me, I should be a done man, so I fell on my back on the ground, and they went away and left me for dead. As soon as they rode away I was on my feet again.


I felt I was all right when they went away. In about a minute afterwards there were five horses came galloping up all in a line. I stopped one of those, the nearest to me, and mounted it, and the saddler-sergeant of the regiment, named Scarf, tried to do the same, but his hands were scored the same as you would score a piece of pork, and they were useless, and he couldn't stop the horse, and his head was cut to a mummy nearly. A moment afterwards the remains of the 11th Hussars came riding up and they had a few spare horses with them, and they said "What's those in front of you, my lads; are they the 17th, or are they the enemy?" I said, "They are the enemy." They mounted Sergeant Scarf. I don't know whether he died or not. We got in front of these two regiments, 11th Lancers and 12th Hussars, and we broke them the best way we could. Then we rode back again to our lines, and had to keep turning out of our way for the dead and the wounded, and when we got back we were cheered by the remains of our comrades. When we got back Lord Cardigan, who looked as if he was nearly dead, poor fellow, raised his sword, and said, "O my poor Light Brigade, they're all murdered."


I was sent with the wounded to Scutari. Captain Webb died there of his wounds, and I helped to bury him in Scutari. We were sent back to the regiment the day after Inkerman was fought. That candlestick on my table I took from Count Worresoff sixteen miles from Balaclava. He made his escape and each man was allowed to take a trophy. We enjoyed ourselves in his house very well, and brought some champagne home at night. I am going to send the candlestick to Alexandra museum. They say they'll be very glad to have it. One of our chaps, named Andrew Styne, had seventeen lance wounds in him after he lost his horse. The Cossacks kept pricking at him with their lances as they rode past. He survived all his wounds. I have not met any of my comrades except Dickenson since I left my regiment, so you may well suppose I shall be glad to meet them at the banquet on Monday. The night before the charge there were fourteen and fifteen men in a tent; but the next night there only two and three in a rent and in some tents only one.



Friday 19th November, 1875 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Totley Agricultural Society
An agricultural society has been formed at Totley and the inaugural festivity in connection with it took place yesterday, when an all-England ploughing match was held. The ploughing was divided into three classes, and the aggregate value of the prizes offered was £11. 13s including a silver cup. The various farm servants of the district eagerly entered, but the day was so wet that four competitors only turned up and they were all men who had to compete in the second class. The match took place on land kindly lent for the purpose by F. Hunt Esq. of Totley Hall. The prizes were awarded as follow: Wm. Shepherd, employed by Mr. W. R. Pool of Mickley Farm £2; Jos Wass employed by Mr. F. Hunt, Totley Hal,l £1; and Walter Hattersley, employed by Mr. Green of Totley Bents Farm 10s. The ploughing was far above the average, and notwithstanding the heavy condition of the land, with highly commended. A prize was also awarded to the best span of horses engaged in the work, and a chestnut horse and black mare the property of Messrs. Green and Son, were easily first. The action of the animals and their superior breed were subjects of universal comments, indeed so much was the action of the chestnut horse admired, that he was bought on the spot by a Sheffield firm of brewers. The other horses, although not equal in point of breed and beauty to the successful animals, did no disgrace to their owners. The judges were Mr. Henry Ibbotson, farmer Stubbin, nr. Loxley; Mr. J Woodcock, farmer, Oughtibridge; and Mr. Joel Temple farmer, late of Loxley. In the evening the judges, competitors and friends dined together at the Crown Inn, Totley, when the host, Mr. Drabble, catered to the general satisfaction. Mr. W. F. Badger occupied the chair and Mr. Pool the vice-chair and a convivial evening was spent. The success of the society, the objects of which are so good that it meets with the general support of the farmers of the neighbourhood.




Tuesday 1st February 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Excise Offences
Harriet Fearnley, Innkeeper, Totley nr. Sheffield was summoned for having her house open during prohibited hours on the 24th inst. Mr. Binney defended and Police Constable Parrock proved the case. A fine of 20s and costs were imposed, John Brown landlord of the Devonshire Arms Dore nr. Sheffield was summoned for a similar offence. It was proved by Police Constable Parrock that the house was open at 11am on the 24th and there were 6 people in the house. In defence it was stated that the landlord had experienced some difficulty in ejecting a drunken man a fine of 20s and costs was inflicted.



Tuesday 8th February 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
To Builders Parties desirous of tendering for the various required in the erection of new buildings for the Sheffield and Rotherham Licence Victuallers Institute nr. Dore and Totley Station on the Midland Railway may inspect the plans and obtain bills of quantities at my office from Wednesday 2nd February to Wednesday 16th on which latter day tenders must be delivered before 5 o'clock. The committee do not pledge themselves to accept the lowest or any tender. J.B. Mitchell, Withers, St. James Street Sheffield.



Tuesday 8th February 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Public House Offences
The following persons were summoned by Superintendent Cruitt for being on licensed premises during prohibited hours on the 24th January. Geo. Green jnr. Innkeeper did not appear and a warrant was issued for his apprehension.
Samuel Binns, Totley, ordered to pay costs 6s 6d. John Wragg. Totley. fined 5s and costs or 14 days. Wallace Hodson, Totley, ordered to pay costs. Wm Farnsworth, Dore, to pay costs. Wm. Sykes, Dore, to pay costs. Wm. Sykes the elder, Dore, to pay costs. Benjamin Biggin, Dore, to pay costs.



Friday 25th February 1876 Pall Pall Gazette (page 5)

Hall - Wilkinson. At St. Paul, Covent-garden, Mr. Ebenezer Hall, of Abbeydale, Park, Sheffield, to Sarah, daughter of the late Mr. George Wilkinson, of St. Paul's, Covent-garden, Feb. 17.



Wednesday 29th March 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 1)
Totley Orphanage.
A grand Football March will be played at Bramall Lane on Thursday 30th March 1876 in aid of the Funds of the above institute. Thursday Wanderers v H.M. 19th Regiment (PWO) by the kind permission of Colonel Deane and Officers. The band of the regiment will attend and play selections during the afternoon. Tickets 6d each may be had at the Sheffield Daily Telegraph and Independent Office. Kick off at 3pm J. Wild Hon. Sec.



Tuesday 16th May 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)

To Coal Clay & Ganister Merchants investors and Others.
To be sold by Auction by Mr Nickolson at his Auction Mart, High Street Sheffield on Tuesday 30th day of May 1876 at 4 o'clock in the afternoon subject to conditions.


All that close or piece of land situate on Totley Common containing including the thriving plantation 10a 0r 37p more or less now or late in the occupation of Wm. Green. The land contains beds of Gannister from 4ft to 5ft thick, White clay (suitable for fire bricks or pots) from 4ft to 6ft thick and Black Clay 3ft thick. There is also coal which would be available for burning Bricks, and there is also a bed of Cannel Coal about 12yds below the bottom of the pit. A pit has been sunk in the land 32yds deep and levels have been driven therein and it is now in good working conditions. A stone building has been erected for the purpose of the Pit which will be included in the sale. There is also a large wooden shed on the ground which with the working plant must be paid for by the purchaser at a valuation which has been made by the Auctioneer. A portion of the land is planted with Fir and other Trees valuable for working the pit. This lot is nearly surrounded by preserves of his Grace of Rutland and abundance of shooting can always be had.



Tuesday 20th June 1876 Sheffield Independent (page 5)
To Be Let, Grove Cottage, Totley Brook, Abbeydale, containing Drawing Room and Dining Room, Kitchen, Scullery, &c., four good Bed Rooms; large Kitchen and Flower Garden. Good supply of Water. Apply Edmund Sanderson and Son, Estate Agents, 8, Cambridge street.



Saturday 26th August 1876 Sheffield Independent (page 10)
Totley Orphanage and Bridlington Quay.
On Saturday through the kindness of a few friends the children of the Totley Orphanage had a delightful trip to this beautiful and increasingly popular watering place.



Tuesday 21st November 1876 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)
The following is the copy of a reply received by Mr. Mountain, one of the Churchwardens of St. John's, Abbeydale, to a memorial forwarded by him to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners from the inhabitants of Mountville, Abbeydale, in which they pray the Commissioners to include them within the limits of the new parish about to be attached to St. John's Church:-

Ecclesiastical Commission, 10 Whitehall-place,London S.W., 17th November, 1876.
Dear Sir,-The Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England have had under their consideration the memorial recently forwarded by you which was addressed to this board by certain inhabitants of the new parish of Ecclesall Bierlow, who are desirous of being included within the limits of any district which may be assigned to the Church of St. John the Evangelist, at Abbeydale, and the Commissioners have at the same time had before them fresh proposals for such a district comprising portions of the cures of Dore and Norton only. After conferring with the Bishop of Lichfield upon the matter, the board has arrived at the conclusion that it would not be expedient to include any portion of the cure of Ecclesall Bierlow within the district to be assigned to the Church of Abbeydale. - I am, dear sir, yours faithfully. (Signed) George Pringle.
Joseph Mountain, Esq., Mountville, Abbeydale, near Sheffield.



Monday 15th January 1877 The Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
The School of Art

Mr Ebenezer Hall, of Martin, Hall & Co., Limited, has, at the unanimous request of the Council of the School of Art, accepted the seat vacant by the resignation of Fredk. Thorpe Mappin, Esq. Mr Hall's well-known taste in art and practical knowledge in the manufactures will make him a valuable member of the council. It is expected that Dr. Lyon Playfair will deliver the annual address to the students and friends of the school.



Tuesday 13th February 1877 Sheffield Independent (page 7) 

The Sheffield Hunt.
The members of the Sheffield Hunt met yesterday morning at Owler Bar and soon found a hare, but in consequence of the bad state of the ground she did not offord much sport and was soon caught. Another was found between Owler Bar and Wooden Pole and a gallant run was made puss crossing and marshy ground in the direction of Totley and then turning on the left of Blacka Plantation, Strawberry Lee, thence to Stoney Middleton and back to Owler Bar and then passing Brown Edge on the left returned to Strawberry Lee. Puss was not caught as after crossing Sheffield Plantation to Longhurst the hounds were taken off. In the evening an excellent dinner was provided by Mr. George Augus, at his house the Feathers, Bard Street Park and 50 members of the hunt did ample justice to it. The occasion was taken advantage of to celebrate the birthday of Mr. Joseph Pearson son of the landlady of the Barrel Inn Pyebank a respected member of the hunt, songs, toasts and speeches enlivened the meeting and altogether a pleasant evening was spent, Mr. David Sellars the huntsman responded to the toast of the Sheffield Hunt.



Thursday 8th March 1877 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Ancient Mills - Fulling Mill at Totley.
Ralph de Ecclesall, amongst other gifts, gave to the Canons of Beauchief "a spot of ground near the river of Schefeld, for the erection of a fulling mill, with leave to turn the river if necessary; he to have one-third of the profits, and to bear one-third of the expenses." (Pegge, 150.) This, as nearly as I can ascertain, happened bout A.D. 1300, rather before the time when Edward III. invited over skilled weavers from the Netherlands. (Fuller's Church History.) The woollen manufacture, nevertheless, was yearly becoming of greater importance, and the monks, ever amongst the foremost improvers of the mechanical arts, were always ready to embark in a remunerative business. A fulling mill, as everybody knows, is used in the woollen manufacturer. At a certain stage of the process the cloth, folded into many plies, is put into the mill, where it is exposed to the long-continued action of two heavy wooden mallets or stocks, a thick solution of soap or fuller's earth being spread between each layer of cloth. There may now be seen at Totley on the Sheaf a mill (formerly a paper mill) in which are two heavy oaken mallets, of very ancient appearance. I believe paper-making and cloth-making both require the process of fulling, and this may, therefore, be the very mill which Robert de Ecclesall gave to the canons.

There is a reason why a fulling mill would be useful to the canons, which is this. Their walking-habit was white, and was made probably of somewhat heavy material. Now fullers not only scoured cloth which came from the loom, but also washed and cleansed garments which had already been worn. In the days of the Romans this was done by putting them into tubs or vats, where they were trodden upon and stamped by the feet of the fullers, whence Seneca speaks of saltus fullonicus, or a fuller's dance (Dr. Wm. Smith, Dict. of Antiq.) What was done by the feet of the fullers would here be done by wooden mallets worked by water-power, and as soap was yet unknown, the improvement would be a very beneficial one. In St. Mark's account of the transfiguration of Our Lord we read "that his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them." (ix., 3.) S.O. Addy



Saturday 14th April 1877 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Sale At Totley.
Mr. Robert Lowe will hold his ninth periodical sale at the Cross Scythes Hotel Totley on Wednesday next April 18th 1877 to commence at one o'clock
The following entries are already made viz:-
Six useful Draught and Nag Horses, three Cows in calf, two newly calved cows, six Stirks, two Bullocks, one Bull, two Barren Cows, two Fat Beasts 36 long-woollen hoggets, 10 Ewes and ther Lambs, eight Fat Sheep, two Fat Pigs, two light Traps, three good Sets of Harness, three Straw Cutters, Water Barrel &c.
Further entries may be made to Mr. Bowns, Cross Scythes Hotel, or Mr. Wainwright, Totley, Shiregreen April 18th 1877



Wednesday 9th May 1877 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 1)
Mountville Freehold Land Society, Abbeydale
Solicitors: Messrs. Rodgers, Thomas, Swift and Ashington, Bank-street. Surveyor: Mr. J. B. Mitchell-Withers, Saint James'-street. Secretary (pro.tem.): Josh. Pearson, Estate Agent, 11 Paradise-square.
Arrangements have been made for the purchase of a most eligible Estate in the district of "The Beautiful Abbeydale," upon terms which must commend themselves to subscribers. The Estate, containing about 19 Acres, is situate on the Sheffield and Owler Bar Turnpike-road, and extends from Messrs. Tyzack's Dams to Mickley-lane, within 15 minutes' walk of the Dore and Totley Station, and being just beyond the Borough boundary, offers to members the advantages of a country residence combined with facilities for easy and expeditious access to the town by road or rail, together with relief from the increasing burden of parochial and other rates. The Estate having such extensive frontages to the Turnpike-road and to Mickley-lane, will be relieved from a great portion of the outlay usually incurred in the formation of roads. The Estate is specially adapted for the erection of Dwellings of different classes without deteriorating the value of the better class of Property, thus supplying a want that has long been felt in the neighbourhood, viz., facilities for the erection of the better class of working men's dwellings. It is proposed to lay out the Estate in lots varying from 600 to 1,200 yards each, the prce, the low one of 2s 4d. per yard, to be paid for by Monthly Contributions extending over a period of ten years. A number of Shares are already taken, and intending Shareholders should make early application for Shares, as it is intended to appoint the Committee and Officers, and to allott the Estate at as early a date as practicable. The Contributions will be 12s. per Share per Month until allotment is made, and afterwards in proportion to the value of the lots. A Plan of the Estate may be seen, and further information obtained on application to the Solicitors, Surveyor, Secretary (pro tem.), or Mr Clayton, Beauchieff Hotel. Shares may be secured by the payment of a deposit of £1 per Share, upon application to Mr Clayton, Beauchieff hotel; or Joseph Pearson, 11 Paradise Square, Sheffield.



26th May 1877 Weekly Supplement to the Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Local Railway Traffic

On Monday, there was a great increase in the railway traffic to and from both the Midland and Victoria Stations. From the former station there went 30 passengers to Scotland, 350 to London, 170 to Birmingham, 220 to Morecambe, 180 to Nottingham, 400 to Matlock and 2,000 to Dore, Totley and Beauchief.



Saturday 23rd June 1877 The Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 1)
Mountville Freehold Land Society, Abbeydale
Solicitors: Messrs. Rodgers, Thomas, Swift & Ashington, Bank Street, Sheffield. Surveyor: Mr. J. B. Mitchell-Withers, St. James' Street, Sheffield. Secretary (pro.tem.): Josh. Pearson, Estate Agent, 11 Paradise Square Sheffield.
Arrangements have been made for the purchase of a most eligible Estate in the district of "The Beautiful Abbeydale," upon terms which must commend themselves to subscribers. The Estate, containing about 19 Acres, is situate on the Sheffield and Owler Bar Turnpike-road, and extends from Messrs. Tyzack's Dams to Mickley Lane, within 15 minutes walk of the Dore and Totley Station. It is proposed to lay out the Estate in lots varying from 600 to 1,200 yards each, to be paid for by Monthly Contributions extending over a period of Ten Years. Intending Shareholders should make early application for Shares, as it is intended to appoint the Committee and Officers, and to allott the Estate at as early a date as practicable. The Contributions will be 12s. per Share per Month until allotment is made, and afterwards in proportion to the value of the lots. A Plan of the Estate may be seen, and further information obtained on application to the Solicitors, Surveyor, Secretary (pro tem.), or Mr Clayton, Beauchieff Hotel. Shares may be secured by the payment of a deposit of £1 per Share, upon application to Mr Clayton, Beauchieff hotel; or Joseph Pearson, 11 Paradise Square, Sheffield.



Tuesday 7th August 1877 Sheffield Daily Telepgraph (page 7)
Bank Holiday in Sheffield

Yesterday, Bank Holiday in Sheffield was more generally observed than has been usual in former years. Some of the principal shops were open part of the day, but in the afternoon the establishments, with very few exceptions, were closed. The fact that the holiday being so generally observed may doubtless be accounted for by the fact that the Quinquennial Sunday School Gathering and the Gentlemen's Sports were fixed to take place yesterday. But be the cause what it may, it is certain that the town was crowded with holiday-makers, and in the evening every place of amusement was crowded to repletion. Norfolk Park was largely patronised, as also were the sports at Bramall lane. There was a singular scarcity of trips, which fact was no dount owing to the number and variety of the maens of pleasure and amusement provided in Sheffield. On the Midland Railway there was a trip to Morecambe, of which 565 persons availed themselves; 100 persons went to Nottingham, 400 to Beauchief, and 300 to Dore and Totley. There were scarcely any extra passengers by the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway. The streets were crowded until a late hour last evening with well dressed holidat-makers, and the signs of bad trade were not very perceptible.



Saturday 29th September 1877 Sheffield Independent (page 3)
Green - Fearney. September, 26th at Dronfield church by Rev. J. T. F. Aldred, vicar of Dore, William Green contractor, Silver terrace Totley to Mrs. Harriet Fearney Fleur-de-lis Inn Totley.



Saturday 20th October 1877 Sheffield Daily Telegraph 
Valuable Freehold Land at Totley.

Part of the Estate of Mr. Thomas Youdan, Deceased.
To be Sold by Auction, by Mr. William Harvey, at his Auction Rooms, Bank-street, Sheffield, On Tuesday, 23rd October 1877, at Four o'clock in the Afternoon, in the following Lots, and subject to conditions of Sale:-


A Close of Land called Bents Croft, situate at Totley, in the Parish of Dronfield, and County of Derby, on that part of Totley Common called Bents containing 1a. 3r. 2p. or thereabouts; bounded on the east by the Bents road, and on the north by Strawberry Lee or Hall Field-road, and on the south by Moss- road.


A Close of Land, called the Great Green, situate at Totley aforesaid, and adjacent Lot 1 on the east, and containing 2a. 1r. 21p. or thereabouts.
For further particulars apply to the Auctioneers or to Broomhead, Wightman and Moore, Solicitors, George-street, Sheffield. 




27th October 1877 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 10 of the Weekly Supplement)
Sale of Property

Mr. Wm. Harvey sold by auction at his Mart, Bank-street, two lots of freehold property, part of the estate of Thomas Youdan. A close of land, called Bents' Croft, at Totley, containing 1a. 3r. 2p., realised £270; and another close adjoining the first lot, and containing 2a. 1r. 21p., sold for £220. Messrs. Broomhead, Wightman and Moore were the solicitors.



Saturday 1st December 1877  Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 6)

At the Dronfield Petty session, on Monday before Mr. T.W. Rodgers and Mr. J. F. Swallow, William Hill collier Totley was fined 5/- and costs for allowing a horse to stray upon the highways on the 14th November at Totley. A number of property owners were summoned by Mr. Birch sanitary inspector of the Rural Sanitary Authority of the Chesterfield Union for allowing nuisance to exist on there property at Unston and neighbourhood. The defendants were ordered to abate the same in 28 days.



Tuesday 26th February, 1878 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
School Attendance at Dore & Totley

At the Dronfield Petty Sessions yesterday before Mr. W. G. Blake Mr W.P. Milner and Mr. J. F. Swallow, Charles Cooper and Elizabeth Glossop of Dore and Thomas Eaton & John Coates of Totley were summoned under the Elementary Education Act 1876 by the School Attendance Committee of the Ecclesall Bierlow Union for the attendance of their children at school Mr. T. W. Smith the clerk appeared on behalf of the committee. In the case of Cooper and Gregory against whom attendance orders had previously been obtained a fine of 5/- each was imposed and school attendance orders were made upon Eaton and Coates.



Saturday 27th April 1878 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Easter Vestry Meetings. Sheffield
St. John's Church, Abbeydale.- At the annual meeting, held on Thursday evening, the Rev. T. Spratt presiding, Mr Ebenezer Hall and Mr. Joseph Mountain were re-elected churchwardens.



Tuesday 21 May 1878 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)
To be let at Green Oak Terrace Totley superior fitted up double house with bay windows garden pigsty hard and soft water palisade fronts rent £12. 19s per annum
Apply W.R.Poole Totley.



Wednesday 26 June 1878 Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Totley Feast

Mr Green, Crown Inn, Totley, will give a Piece of Plate, value £5, to be run for in a Steeplechase, from the above house to Moss Road-end and back, on Monday, July 8th, 1878. The proceeds to be given in aid of the Totley Cricket Club. Entrance 1s. Acceptance 1s 6d. Entries close on Saturday, July 6th. To start at three o'clock. Entries to be made to Mrs Higginbottom, Rubens Head, Sheffield-moor; Mrs. Gibbons, Bridge Inn, Heeley; Mr. H. Bocking, Grapes Inn, New Church street; Mr. W. Anthony, Cricket Inn, Totley; Mr. W. Jackson, Woodseats Hotel; and Mr Green, as above.



Saturday 22 February 1879 Sheffield Independent (page 2)
Lambing Extraordinary.  

John Roberts, Esq. of Abbeydale Park, has 30 ewes which have recently given birth to the large number of 59 lambs, 56 of which are doing well. No less than 15 lambs were born of five of these ewes.



Monday 31st March 1879 Sheffield Telegraph Derbyshire News (page 4)
Ratepayers Meeting at Totley on Friday evening a meeting of Ratepayers was held at the Schoolroom Totley to make out a list of persons qualified to serve the office of overseers for the township of Totley and to appoint surveyors of the highways. Mr. John Green, was in the chair the following persons were nominated to serve as overseers Geo. Wolstenholme, Joseph Rollinson, James Green, Henry Howard, William Green and Henry C. Smedley. John Green was appointed surveyor of highways and Joseph Baxby and Wm Green were also appointed auditors for the ensuing year.  



Saturday 12th July 1879 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5)
To be Let, Apartments, pleasant and comfortable. - Apply Mrs. Whittaker, Fern Cottage, Totley Rise, near Dore Station.



Friday 1st August 1879 Sheffield Independent (page 2)
House to be let at Totley Rise Estate, suitable for a Medical Man also 2 small villas.
Apply John Howey Totley.



Tuesday 12th August 1879 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
This Day to Capitalists and Others.
To be sold by Auction by Mr., Isaac Ellis at the Borough Sale Rooms in George Street Sheffield on Tuesday 12th August 1879 at 4 o'clock subject to conditions of sale to be then produced. All those 2 Villa Residences situate at Totley fronting to the Turnpike Road from Sheffield to Baslow and one of which is in the occupation of Mr. James Chesterman Jnr. The ground plot is held under lease for 800 years from 13th August 1878 at an annual rent £5 7s 11d. For further particulars apply Dossey Wightman Esq. Solicitors, Change Alley Sheffield. Geo Franklin Accountant and Estate Agent, 187 Norfolk Street or to Nathanial Creswick, Solicitors 9, East Parade Sheffield.



Monday 8th September 1879 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)
Plot of eligible building land nr Green Oak Bar Totley Particulars apply C.J Hinchcliffe collector 9 St. James Row.



Monday 15th September 1879 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 2)
To Be Sold
200 yards of Freehold Land Plot 30 one of the best on Totley Brook Estate Abbeydale with Cottage, Tool House & Garden well stocked with vegetables. Fruit and other Trees all in good condition. For price and particulars apply Stevenson 313 Alfred Road Brightside Lane.


Saturday 25th October 1879 Sheffield Independent (page 10)
The Orphans at Totley and the Royal Visit.
About 50 of the children from the Totley Orphanage were brought to Sheffield on Saturday to witness the passage through the streets of His Royal Highness, Prince Leopold. For this purpose they were placed on a balcony over a shop on West Street. 

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Unless stated otherwise our meetings are held in Totley Library on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm.

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.  Further information about the correspondence is in this inside page of our website: Dore & Totley Minesweeping Trawlers Comforts Fund

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.

Totley All Saints' Church Parish Magazines for the years 1985-2006 with notices of baptisms, marriages and funerals and accounts of spiritual, educational, charitable and social matters in the village. Scanned in full, including advertisements from local traders.

In 1893 during the building of the Totley Tunnel there was an outbreak of smallpox amongst the navvies which spread to some of the local population. 17 people were buried in communal graves in Dore Churchyard, 6 from "Green Oak" (Lemont Road). The severity of the outbreak was principally caused by overcrowding and insanitary conditions in lodging houses .

Kathleen Grayson was a 39 year old housewife when WW2 broke out. She volunteered for the ARP and became an ambulance driver. During an air raid on Sheffield in July 1941, and despite her own injuries, she managed to get a seriously injured casualty to hospital. For this she was awarded a commendation from King George VI. Together with her friend Hilda Duffy, Kathleen also assembled a team of knitters to provide essential warm clothing for the men serving on the minesweepers patrolling the North Sea.

We have recently bought at auction the WW2 memorabilia of Douglas Platts whose family home was at Hillside, 98 Queen Victoria Road. After the war Douglas returned to his civilian occupation working in the family scissors manufacturing business. He lived in our area for the rest of his life.

We are very grateful to Mrs Valerie Taylor of Dore for lending us the title deeds to Lower Bents Farmhouse which is reputed to be the oldest surviving building in the area with a proven history back to 1621. We have now scanned and transcribed the deeds which could be particularly interesting to anyone with a connection to the local Fisher, Dalton and Marshall Families. 

Until 1844, when Dore Christ Church parish was created, Totley township was part of Dronfield parish. We have now transcribed the burial records for former Totley residents at St. John the Baptist, Dronfield for the period 1678-1870 and at St. Swithin, Holmesfield for the period 1766-1901.

Whilst researching the history of the Dalton Family we found it useful to transcribe a number of early Wills and Inventories. These and those of many other Totley, Dore and Holmesfield people dating from between 1594 and 1856 have now been added to our website.

St. Swithin's Church, Holmesfield pre-dates Dore Christ Church and was the place where many of the people from Totley worshipped and were baptised, married and buried. Read the inscriptions on more than 750 gravestones in the churchyard including those of Mr. and Mrs. William Aldam Milner of Totley Hall, Jessie Matilda Tyzack (nee Fisher) of Avenue Farm, and Rev. J. A. Kerfoot of St. John's, Abbeydale.

Thomas Youdan was a music hall proprietor and benefactor who was living at Grove House, Totley in 1867 when he sponsored the first football knockout competition in the world for The Youdan Cup.

The words Millhouses Cricket Club can be seen in the background of team photos which are likely to date from between 1905 and the early 1920s, very probably pre-war. They were lent to us by Garth Inman who can identify his great uncle, Cecil Inman, in some of the photos and would like to know when they were taken and, if possible, the names of others present. Please take a look to see whether you can put names to any of the faces. 

Josiah Hibberd was seriously injured whilst working on the construction of the Totley Tunnel in 1892. He died on 9 May 1897 at the age of 38 having apparently spent most of previous five years in hospital.

Bradway House was built around 1832 by Henry Greaves, a farmer, together with two adjacent cottages. We have traced most of the occupants of the property from these early days up to the start of World War Two.

We have transcribed the baptisms records at St. John the Evangelist, Abbeydale from when the church was consecrated in 1876 until just after the start of World War 1. The records are arranged in alphabetical order based upon the child's name and show the date of baptism, the names of the parents, their home location and occupation.

Nick Kuhn bought an original 1920s poster which had this owners' blind stamp in one corner. The stamp almost certainly refers to a house named Wigmore that was built in the late 1920s or early 1930s. The first occupiers that we can trace are John Howarth Caine, a district mineral agent for the LNER, his wife Florence Jane (nee Prince) and daughter Doris Mary. The Caine family lived at Wigmore until 1936 by which time the house would have been known simply as 12 The Quandrant.

George Griffiths died on 13 December 1888 following an explosion during the sinking of number 3 airshaft at Totley Bents. His widow Florence died shortly afterwards and his two daughters Maud and Annie were adopted separately. Whilst Annie lived the rest of her life in Yorkshire, Maud emigrated to Australia in 1923 with her husband, John Burrows, daughter Margaret and son Jack, pictured above.

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.

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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