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Newspaper Archive: 1887-1889

Tuesday 30 August 1887 Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 8),
Dronfield Petty Sessions

Monday. Before Mr. F.W. Bagshawe, Mr W.G. Blake, and Mr E. Hall.
Assault at Dronfield. Summonses for assault had been taken out by John Edward Greenwood Pinder, farmer, Totley, against John Aston, publican, John Green, farmer, Joseph Marshall, carter, George Green, filecutter, and Frederick Hazel, brick-maker, all of Totley, and E.H. Parkinson, baker, Beer Ashton, Devonshire. Dr. Aldred, of Dore, gave evidence showing that the prosecutor had been subject to rather rough treatment in a quarrel which took place outside the Cricket Inn, Totley Bents, on the 15th inst. Marshall and Parkinson were fined 10s. and the costs. Ashton and Green 5s. and the costs, and the cases against Hazel and Green were dismissed.



Tuesday 13th September 1887 Sheffield Independent (page 3)

False Marking.
Elizabeth Gill grocer Totley was summoned for selling what was pretended to be a ¼ lb of coffee but which upon examination was found to be only partly coffee and the rest foregn matter. Colonel Shortt Inspector under the Food and Drug Act proved the case but did not wish to press for a heavy penalty. The defendant was ordered to pay the costs.



Thursday 15th September 1887 Sheffield Daily Telegraph. (page 4)

On the minutes of the Borough Hospital Committee coming on for discussion Alderman Brooksbank moved the conformation of an agreement with the Victoria Garden Co. at Totley for the use of the land and buildings at that village for 6 months as a temporary hospital for convalescent patients from the Borough Hospital. In speaking to the resolution he referred to the epidemic of smallpox and pointed to the urgent need for increased hospital accommodation under the existing circumstances. The minutes of the committee were agreed too.



Saturday 24th September 1887 Sheffield Independent
In pursuance of a resolution passed at a meeting of the inhabitants in the neighbourhood of the Victoria Gardens, Tolley, held on Thursday night at the Licensed Victuallers' Hall, Dore, a deputation consisting of the Rev. J. T. F. Aldred (Vicar of Dore), Mr. T. B. Matthews, Mr J. Algor and Mr. J. Wolstenholme, waited upon Messrs, Wightman and Nicholson, solicitors, Change alley, yesterday morning. The Town Council propose to convert the Victoria Gardens into a convalescent home for small-pox patients from Sheffield, and the meeting was held on Thursday to protest against this. The deputation, on their behalf, gave instructions to Messrs. Wightman and Nicholson for a writ to be issued to restrain the Corporation from carrying out their proposal. The solicitors telegraphed at once to their London agents with the necessary instructions and the writ is expected to arrive in Sheffield this (Saturday) morning, when, no doubt, it will at once be served upen the Town Clerk. The terms endorsed on the writ are— "For an injunction to restrain defendants from carrying out the provisional contract entered into by them for the use of, and from using, a certain land called the. Victoria Gardens, near Totley Rise, Derbyshire, or any part thereof, or any building erected, or to be erected, as a hospital or temporary place for the reception of persons suffering or recovering from small-pox, or any other infectious or contagious disorder". We understand that separate action will also be taken against the Corporation by Mr. Thomas Andrews, of Wortley, who owns property in the neighbourhood of the Gardens.
At the meeting at Dore on Thursday night, Dr. THORNE said that the general opinion of the Town Council was that the term convalescence meant a state in which a patient was free from contagion.




Saturday 1st October 1887 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)

Totley Fire Brick Works Totley nr Sheffield.
Implement Sale of Valuable Fire Brick Works as a going concern in 1 Lot.
Messrs John Turner & Sons are honoured with instruction to sell by Auction at the Yellow Lion, Old Haymarket Sheffield on Tuesday 18th October 1887 at 3 o clock in the afternoon the Building Machinery and Fixed Plant as above viz Several Cottages Stabling for 10 horses large Cart Shed, Store Room, 2 well built workshops 40yds long by 30yds 3 Kilns Powerful Horizontal Engine, Lancashire Boiler, Pipe Making Machine, 2 large Grinding Pans, Weighing Machine, Brick Post & Moulds and other effects.

There are 4 Beds of fire clay varying from 3ft to 7ft in thickness, 2 Beds of Ganister and 1 of Coal all of very fair utility and cut through by a drift from the surface. The works are complete well laid out for producing all classes of goods cheaply and about 2 miles from the Borough of Sheffield. The lease is held from his Grace the Duke of Rutland and gives power to work the clay - under 100 acres of surface.



Friday 7th October 1887 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
In anticipation of the almost immediate removal of a number of small-pox patients from the Sheffield Fever Hospital to the pavilion of the Victoria Gardens at Totley-the injunction against the Corporation having been refused—a brief description of the accommodation to be provided for their reception may prove interesting to those who are directly or indirectly concerned. In the first place, the pavilion will be entirely isolated. All the drains connected with the place are to be cut off, and a double fence six feet high will run round the grounds at some distance from the pavilion. Earth closets will be used instead of the ordinary sewers. Strictly speaking, "dry charcoal closets" is the term which should be applied to these conveniences, and a special advantage which they possess is that the refuse can be effectually disposed of. It is intended to accommodate thirty patients-an equal number of men and women. This will reduce the number in the Borough Fever Hospital from 84 to 54. Great progress has already been made in converting the pavilion into a temporary hospital. It will be divided, the one half for men and the other for women. In the centre has been erected a room for the matron, which has a window on each side. About 20 bedsteads with bedding arrived yesterday morning. The bedsteads are of light but substantial frame, and each is fitted with the "Excelsor" spring mattress. The bedding is also of excellent quality, and everything connected with the sleeping accommodation is entirely new. Although the wooden floor will not be entirely covered, there will be placed strips of carpet at each side of the beds, which will thus relieve the otherwise somewhat bare appearance of the "wards." Each half of the building is sub-divided into sleeping rooms and bedrooms, and there will be accommodation for Dr. Pearson, who will be the resident doctor, three or four nurses, and a domestic staff. Hot water pipes are being laid round the building, and the e??re also several large coke stoves. ^ The temperature of the building will be taken when these stoves are lighted, and the result will no doubt be a surprise to those who have so far believed that cold draughts would be constantly sweeping round the patients. Yesterday, even with the stoves unlighted, the temperature of the room was found to be 52 degrees. Each of the divisions has a ventilating shaft in the roof, which is ingeniously fitted with three rows of gas jets at the inside end. Thus, in addition to ventilating, they will burn the air as it passes out. The proprietor of the Victoria Gardens is making the glass roof water-tight, and a large canvas will be stretched under it. As to the means which will be employed to take in and remove patients with a minimum of danger, a conveyance will be provided specially adapted forthwith. The conveyance which takes the patients from Sheffield will not bring them back, but a separate vehicle will be engaged. Messrs. Flockton and Gibbs are superintending the whole of the alterations on behaif of the Corporation. Water will be obtained from the Water Company's pipes. Yesterday Dr. Pearson and Dr. Willey were at Tolley arranging for the general provisioning. They would be extremely glad to receive books, periodicals, and games for the entertainment of the patients.



Tuesday 11th October 1887 page 6 Sheffield Independent
Milner. On October 9th at Totley Hall, the wife of William Aldam Milner of a Son



Saturday 15th October 1887 Derbyshire Times & Chesterfield Herald (page 4)

Mickley Colliery nr Dore & Totley Station nr Sheffield

This colliery as advertised to be sold by John Turner & Son will not be offered having been disposed of by Private Treaty



Saturday 22nd October 1887 Derby Times (page 4)
Mickley Colliery near Dore and Totley Station near Sheffield.
This colliery as advertised to be sold by John Turner & Son will not be offered having been disposed of by private treaty.



Wednesday 9th November 1887 Derby Times (page 2)
Totley Fire Brick Works Totley nr Sheffield.
Under distrait for rent and by order of Mr. E. H. Phillips, John Turner & Son will sell by Auction.

On Wednesday 16th November 1887. The whole of the Machinery fixed and loose plant viz:

25 Horse power engine by Patterson Bros. 18ins cylinder, 3 feet stroke with 16 feet fly wheel, Galloway boiler insured up to 60lbs pressure, 427 metal plates, 4ft by 2ft steam tank with piping
2 clay mills with extra set of grates complete, patent stone breaking machine, 1000yds bridge nails 18lbs to the yard, lot steam and water piping metal stove and piping, brick press 3 brick tables, bench and vice 6 wheel barrows lot firing, tools chest.



Thursday 10th November 1887 Manchester Evening News (page 4)
A Free Library closed through Small pox
The Sheffield Town Council yesterday resolved to close the lending dept. of the Free Library in consequence of the prevalence of small pox. The fever Hospital and Convalescent Home at Totley are full of patients and a new hospital is to be erected several miles from the town.



Monday 23rd January 1888 The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 2)
Local Intelligence

Mr. John Unwin Wing. - We understand that Mr. John Unwin Wing, whose name was prominently before the public a few years ago, has returned to Sheffield, and is now resident in this town. It was rumoured that Mr. Wing, who has family connections with Egypt, intended to proceed there, but nothing has been decided in this direction.



Saturday 10th March 1888 Sheffield Evening Telegraph (page 3) Excerpt only
The Epidemic of Small-pox
Dr. Willey, medical officer at Borough Hospital, reports that during February 129 cases of small-pox were admitted to the Winter street hospital, 33 of which were unvaccinated; 136 also remained in the Winter street and Totley hospitals from the previous month, making the total number treated within the month 265. There were 15 deaths; 11 of them occurred among the unvaccinated, and the remaining four amongst adults who had not been vaccinated since infancy. The average of these latter persons was 28 years. After being open for nearly five months the temporary convalescent hospital at Totley was closed on February 29. During the month before its closure 45 convalescents were sent there from the Winter street hospital and afterwards left for their own homes.



Monday 2nd April 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 2)
Good Friday and Eastertide Observances
Dore and Totley. - very few people visited this neighbourhood on Good Friday, contrary to the expectations of the inhabitants. This may be accounted for through the weather being so intensely cold, and the fact that no attraction or anything was going on at the Victoria Gardens, Totley, this holiday time. The Victoria Gardens are being thoroughly painted and repaired before they are opened to the public, after being used as a small-pox convalescent hospital during the past few months. Considerable disappointment was felt by the tradespeople at Dore and Totley, who had provided things especially to meet the requirements of the visitors on this day. No special trains are running to or from Sheffield on Easter Monday or during the Easter holidays. It is expected that this neighbourhood will be well-patronised by visitors and pleasure-seekers.



Wednesday 11 April 1888 Sheffield Evening Telegraph  (page 2)
Death of Mr. John Roberts, of Abbeydale Park

We have to record today the decease, at the ripe age of 90 years, of a gentleman well known in Sheffield, and indeed throughout the whole Hallamshire district:- Mr. John Roberts, of Abbeydale Park. Mr. Roberts was of quiet and unassuming habits, and of late years has taken very little part in social or public life. His beautiful residence of Abbeydale Park is about the best known house on our favourite highway into Derbyshire. Every traveller on the Baslow road glanced with admiration at the ivy-mantled mansion, with its beautifully kept grounds. Mr. Roberts repeatedly added to the building but always on the principle of retaining the old erection. A short distance from Abbeydale Park is St. John's Church, which was erected in 1876, at a cost of £5,000 by Mr. Roberts, for the accommodation of the people in the neighbourhood. It is an attractive building in the early English style of architecture. The endowment fund amounts to £2,000, of which £1,700 was contributed by Mr. Roberts, and £300 by the Duke of Devonshire. Soon after Mr. Roberts had intimated his intention of presenting the site and building, he further enhanced his offer by indicating his desire of completing his gift by providing an organ and all the necessary furnishings of the church. At the foundation stone laying, on the 1st September, 1873, Mr. Roberts was assured of the high appreciation in which the gift was held, and the hope was expressed, which unfortunately was not realised in the case of Mrs. Roberts, that the doner and his wife would long live to worship within the walls of the church. In the nave of the edifice is a handsome stained glass window, which Mr. Roberts dedicated as a memorial to his deceased lady. The window represents Mrs. Roberts in the act of feeding the hungry and teaching the ignorant. A vicarage house was afterwards erected at a considerable cost, and to this fund Mr. Roberts, Mr. E. Hall, and the Duke of Devonshire liberally subscribed. For some years the deceased  was a frequent visitor to Sheffield, and of a morning could be seen regularly reading the newspapers at the Athenaeum. Of late, however, he has rarely been able to come into town, and for weeks has been in a very feeble condition.

Mr. Roberts, who was the son of Sheffield parents, was born on the 17th March, 1798 (St. Patrick's Day), and was therefore at the time of his death just over 90 years old. He was apprenticed in Sheffield to a gunsmith, and it is believed that for some years after the expiration of his indentures he followed this business. His introduction to the silver trade was in some degree connected with his marriage. For his partner in life he selected the daughter of Mr. Henry Wilkinson, silver-smith, of Sheffield, and this pioneer in one of Sheffield's principal industries was really the founder of the present firm of Martin Hall and Company. In course of time Mr. Roberts became a partner with his father-in-law, and the works were carried on under the style of Wilkinson and Roberts. Afterwards Mr. Roberts had the business entirely in his own hands, and it was during this period (1836) that a young man - the present Mr. Ebenezer Hall - from Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Derbyshire came to Sheffield and was apprenticed to Mr. Roberts. Mr. Hall had thrown so much energy and resource into his services that in 1847 Mr. Roberts took him into partnership, and the business was then conducted under the title of Roberts and Hall. In the year 1852, the partners amalgamated with the firm of Martin and Naylor, Fargate, and also about the year 1839 Mr. Joshua Hall, a brother of Mr. E. Hall, was admitted into the concern, which until the end of the year 1885 was known as Martin Hall and Co. On the 1st January, 1886, the present limited liability company was floated, Mr. Roberts being one of the promoters. Gradually, however, he ceased to take an active interest in commercial pursuits, and eventually sought that rest to which he was fairly entitled. For a great number of years he lived in Shrewsbury road, and while there he was a prominent worker in connection with St. John's Church, Park. He is stated to have been churchwarden, overseer, and guardian of the poor. Public positions might have been his, but his retiring disposition caused him to prefer to leave them to others. He was a very generous man, and no deserving applicant for help ever appealed to him in vain.  A gentleman whose acquaintance with him has been more than 40 years' duration speaks of him "as one of the kindest-hearted men it was ever his privilege to know." In his early years Mr. Roberts was a regular attendant at the Nether Chapel, and though for the greater part of his life he has been a churchman, he continued to subscribe to the various institutions connected with the place of worship named.

Since the first plate works in the town, many firms have risen and fallen, but none have made a more substantial name for first-class quality than Messrs. Martin, Hall, and Co. (Limited), of Shrewsbury Works, a firm which, as before stated, derives its origin from the amalgamation of two firms. Of the former Aaron and John Hatfield were the founders, and the process known as close plating was first practiced in Sheffield by them, the principle being applied to dessert knives and forks. When the concern became a limited liability company, Mr. B. Wake was appointed chairman of the board, Mr. John Hall managing director, and Mr. P. Wragg as secretary.



Thursday 12th April 1888 The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 5) [Extract]
...A purchaser could not be found for plot No. 92, on the Totley Brook Land Society's Estate; but a close of land near the Cross Scythes Hotel, Totley, containing 2a. 30p., was bought by Mr. William Dalton, of Totley, for £85. A piece of land known as "The Orchard", opposite the Green Oak House, Totley, and which contains 2r. 24p. was secured for £200 by Mr. Ebenezer Hall; and the following lot, comprising four closes of land, containing 10a. 37p., was knocked down to Mr. Joseph Rawlinson, of Totley, for £450. A grass field abutting on Moss road, Totley, containing 3r. 39p., was also bought be Mr. Rawlinson, the price being £60. The Duke of Rutland rents the shooting over the last two lots....




Thursday 12 April 1888 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Round the Town [by Rambler]

The late Mr. John Roberts, of Abbeydale Park, had no ambition to bulk in the public life of the large town where he made his fortune. He spent the evening of his days, quietly and happily, in the beautiful district where he had his home. He built St. John's Church for the benefit of the people there. It is said his idea was to build a chapel, but finding there were too few dissenters to fill the place he altered his mind and erected a church. Another story is that he was impressed by the argument that once a church was consecrated it remained a church; but there was no security that a chapel would always remain a place of worship.


A correspondent informs me that many years ago, when Mr. Roberts was in a small way, as manufacturer of electro-plate and similar goods, he wanted a boy, and went to a remote village in Derbyshire, where he knew the schoolmaster. That worthy dominie saying he had a boy who would just suit him, called out "Ebenezer," and introduced the lad to Mr. Roberts, who took him away. That lad was Ebenezer Hall, who rose from an apprentice to become a partner, and is now a leading manufacturer and county magistrate, residing in the charming house which Mr. Roberts selected for himself on the Baslow road.



Saturday 14 April 1888 Sheffield Evening Telegraph
Accident at Totley Rise

On Thursday, Ernest Thorpe, son of Mrs. Thorpe, Totley Rise, was engaged in cutting some chaff, when a lad named William Chapman, employed by Mr. Wint, cab proprietor, went into the stable. Chapman at once commenced to turn the wheel of the machine, and Thorpe, by some means or other, got his left hand into the cog-wheels, injuring it seriously. His cries caused Chapman to cease turning the machine. Thorpe's hand was drawn out, and after it had been bandaged, he was taken to Dr. Thorpe's surgery, where the wounds were dressed and bandaged up. 




Monday 16 April 1888 Sheffield and Rotherham Independent
Funeral of Mr. J. Roberts

The funeral of Mr. J. Roberts, of Abbeydale, whose death we recorded on Thursday last, took place on Saturday, at the General Cemetery. Leaving the deceased's residence shortly after one o'clock, the funeral cortege first proceeded to St. John's Church, Abbeydale, which, it will be remembered, was built by the munificence of the deceased. Here the first portion of the funeral service was read by the vicar, the Rev. T. Spratt, assisted by the Rev. J.T.F. Aldred, vicar of Dore. There were a large number of friends and relatives present. Afterwards the funeral cortege moved slowly to the General Cemetery, where a large number of people had assembled, to pay their tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased. Amongst them were Mrs. J. W. Wilson, Mr. Hanbury Thomas, Mr. T.G. Shuttleworth, and many members of the Nether Chapel and congregation. Following the hearse was the private carriage of the deceased, containing Mr. Edwin Roberts, Mr. E. Hall, Mr. J. Hall and the Rev. C.H.B. Wilkinson (Sharsbrook, Beds). Next came the carriage of Mr. Ebenezer Hall, containing Miss Hendy and Mrs E. Hall. In the mourning coaches were (1st carriage) Mrs. Henry Roberts, Mrs. Charles Stuart, Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Wells; (2nd carriage) Mr. Job Hall, Mr. B. Hall, the Rev. J.T.F. Aldred, and the Rev. T. Spratt; (3rd carriage), Mr. E. Hall, Mr. J. Smith, Mr. P. Wragg, and Mr. Sampson; (4th carriage) Mr Houseley, Dr. Buncle, Mr. D. Hall, and Mr. M. Houseley. Following the mourning coaches were the private carriages of Mr. J. Wycliffe Wilson containing Mr. Wilson, the Rev. James Haigh, Mr. J. Bedsall, Mr. S. Hoyland, representatives of Nether Chapel (with which place of worship the deceased had been connected), of Mr. G. Sampson (Beauchieff), Mr. E.B. Matthews (Brinkburn Grange), Mr. J.W. Harrison (Tapton Park), Mr. William Tyzack, Mr. J. Tyzack, Mr. Ormrod, Mrs. Charles Doncaster, Mr. Jarvis Barber, Mr. H. Atkinson (Totley Brook), Mrs. Howson (Tapton), Mr. F.E. Smith, &c. The cemetery was reached about two o'clock, and the coffin, which was of polished oak, with silver mountings, and covered with wreaths of beautiful flowers, was borne to the family vault, where the late Mrs. Roberts is buried. A wreath and a cross, sent by Mrs. Hall and Miss Hendy, were interred with the body. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. T. Spratt and the Rev. J.T.F. Aldred. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. A. Firth, joiner and undertaker, Bradway.



Saturday 21st April 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 3)

Berry. April 29th at Grove Villa Totley, the wife of John Charles Berry of a Daughter.



Tuesday 7th August 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 2)
Victoria Gardens, Totley
The Victoria Gardens were open to the public free of charge yesterday [August Bank Holiday], except to the pavilion, which was reserved for dancing. There were shooting galleries, swingboats, and other attractions for visitors. The people flocked into the gardens in large numbers during the afternoon. Towards night rain set in, and drove the visitors into the pavilion. The shopkeepers and licensed victuallers in Totley and Dore were well patronised, and provisions were eagerly sought after. A large number of conveyances passed over the moors, conveying pleasure seekers to Baslow, Bakewell, Monsal dale, and other places. About 3000 persons booked from Dore and Totley Station during the day.




Monday 13th August 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 6)
Dore an Chinley Railway
Our readers will be pleased to learn that preparations are being made for the construction of the long talked of Dore and Chinley Railway at the Dore end of the route. The assistant of Mr. Parry, chief engineer of the line, has taken up his residence at Dore, and will remain during the construction of the line. He will be assisted by Mr. Parry himself occasionally. Messrs. Oliver and Sons, of Horsham, Sussex, have taken No. 1 contract of the line, which embraces one-half from the Dore end. They are making arrangements to take up their residence at Dore. The contact of Messrs. Oliver and Sons includes the tunnel under the Longshawe moors, which is upwards of four miles in length. Notices have been served by the solicitors acting for the Midland Company for the purchase of the land required by them for the construction of the line within 21 days from the date of notices. A 10ft. shaft, 80 yards deep, will be commenced-first, in the land of Mr. John Stones, adjoining the Totley Moor. When at the level of the line, a 10ft. heading will be driven under the moors to Padley Wood, on purpose to get the correct level of the line. The Rock Mining Company, Limited, London, have sunk a 6ft. shaft in a field at Totley Bents, which is in the centre of the tunnel of the Dore and Chinley line. This shaft, which is 20 yards deep, is on the level of the line. A 24ft. heading, extending from east to west, has been driven to admit some newly invented rock boring machinery for a series of experiments in rock boring. The machine is constructed to work by compressed air, but on account of the short time the Rock Mining Company had to test the machine in they were unable to put down the air compressing machine, consequently they have had to test the working of the machine by steam. Two large 25-horse power boilers are fixed near the mouth of the shaft which are connected together. The steam is conveyed down the shaft in a 6-in. pipe to work the boring machine., which is calculated to bore the holes farther and in less time than any other machine invented. The drills are 20ft. long, and 3½ in. in diameter. When in motion three holes, 3½ in. in diameter, are bored at one time. The drills strike the rock at a velocity of 350 blows per minute. The force of the blow on the rock from each drill is over four tons. A highly satisfactory trial has been made by the machine. Each drill penetrates the solid rock at the rate of 1ft. per minute. It is the intention of the Rock Mining Co. to send in the holes to the extent of the drills, that is 20 feet, and they will then place in explosives, and try to blow out the rock. Messrs Oliver and Sons have inspected the machine, which meets with their approval, and will no doubt be used in making the tunnel.



Tuesday 20th August 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 6)
The Totley Victoria Gardens
Application for a beer and wine licence.
At the annual brewster sessions, held in Eckington yesterday, before Mr. F. W. Bagshaw, Mr. J. F. Swallow, Mr. E. Hall, and Mr. L. B. Bowdon, Mr. j. Binney, on behalf of Mr. J. S. Mountain, applied for a beer and wine licence for the Victoria Gardens, Totley. Mr. J. C. Clegg. Mr. Chambers and Mr. W. Dransfied opposed on behalf of Mr. Bown, Mr. J. Green. Mr. T. Andrews, and others.
Mr Binney, in making the application, said it would be within the knowledge of the Bench that applications had been made on former occasions in respect of the gardens. The last application was made in 1885, when Mr. Joseph Mountain, father of the present applicant, who was then the owner of the gardens, applied for a full licence, and in addition to that for the provisional removal of a licence, it being the intention of Mr. Mountain to purchase an existing licence and transfer it. The application was then refused, and it would be now for the Bench to consider what alteration of circumstances there was to induce them to grant the present application. The premises were now vested in a limited company, and Mr. J. S. Mountain, who resided there, acted as manager. On the present occasion they were not asking for a spirit licence, as there were houses within a short distance where spirits could be obtained, they simply applied for a wine and beer licence, as the house was mainly used as a place for refreshments, not only by ordinary customers, but by the large number of visitors who came from Sheffield and the surrounding districts. During the last three years the gardens had been much improved, and he believed between £400 and £500 had been spent upon them. Allusion would no doubt be made to the use to which the place had been put during the recent epidemic of small-pox. The company, he was glad to say, had been superior to what he might call ordinary prejudices, and had, on an occasion of great and urgent public necessity, helped the Corporation of Sheffield by lending the pavilion for use as a small-pox hospital.
Mr. Chambers: Lent it?
Mr. Binney: For a consideration, of course, but I think very great credit is due to them for what they did. Proceeding, he said that he had not heard of any bad results from that use, for great care had been taken to properly disinfect the premises, which had since been painted, cleaned, and decorated. He ventured to think no person would have the slightest hesitation in going to the gardens on account of any use to which they had been put.
Mr. Bagshawe: I think there is no increase in the population?
Mr. Binney: No, sir.
Mr. Chambers: Rather the other way.
Mr. Binney said many of the people who had gone away during the small-pox epidemic had now returned. He asked for the licence not only for the convenience of the people in the immediate vicinity, but also for the accommodation of people from a distance who came to visit the gardens. He had a memorial from a number of the residents at Totley Rise asking that the licence should be granted, and he would hand it in.
Mr. Swallow: This memorial goes for nothing at all. People sign anything.
Mr. Binney then called Mr. Mountain, but
Mr. Bagshawe, interposing, said nothing, so far as he could see, would induce the magistrates to provide an additional place for drinking when it was practically admitted that all the local requirements were met by the existing licences. The ground of the application was to supply those visitors who came from time with beer and wine. He thought they were already sufficiently provided for, and it was not advisable to establish a permanent drinking place for occasional visitors.
Mr. Chambers said that an occasional licence had never been refused by the magistrates.
Mr. Binney said that after the observations of the Bench, his client, Mr. Mountain, wished to withdraw the application.




Tuesday 21st August 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 3)
Pugilism on the Highway

John Edward Greenwood Pinder, a farmer, Totley Bents, was summoned for assaulting Joseph Henry Beldon, Granville street, Sheffield, on the 28th ult., at Totley. Beldon was also summoned for assaulting Pinder at the same time and place. Wile Pinder was driving along the road at Totley, Beldon criticised his manner of driving. This led to a quarrel, during which blows were struck on each side. The case against Pinder was dismissed, and Beldon was fined 25s., including costs.



Saturday 25th August 1888 Derbyshire Courier (page 8)
Pugilism on the Highway

John Edward Greenwood Pinder, farmer, Totley Bents, was summoned for assaulting Joseph Henry Beldon, Granville Street, Sheffield, on the 28th ult., at Totley. Beldon was also summoned for assaulting Pinder at the same time and place. While Pinder was driving along the road at Totley, Beldon criticised his manner of driving. This led to a quarrel, during which blows were struck on each side. - The case against Beldon was dismissed, and Pinder was fined 25s. including costs.



Thursday 6th September 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 6)
Accident at Totley
On Tuesday forenoon Samuel Weir engineer of Totley was engaged removing the machinery out of the shaft at Totley Bents for the Rock Mining Company when having fixed a large chain to remove the steam pump from the bottom of the shaft the tub which was being drawn up with some small casting in caught the large chain and took it up the shaft a distance of several feet, when it fell and severely injured Weir, and rended him unconscious. One of his fellow workmen immediately descended the shaft and after putting the sufferer in the tub he was drawn to the surface.



Thursday 6 September 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 6)
Dore and Chinley Railway

Yesterday a number of men were employed in a field adjoining Dore and Totley station is getting out the foundations for the erection of stabling and workshops which will be required by the contractors for the use of the workmen during the time the Dore and Chinley railway is in course of construction. A large quantity of bricks are deposited in the field for building purposes. Mr. J. Tinker, of Twentywell brickyard, has received an order for 3,000,000 red bricks. Large numbers of navvies' huts are in course of erection on Mr. Burgess' land at Totley Bents. 



Saturday 8th September 1888 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 6)
Dore and Chinley Railway
Preparations are still being made for the commencement of the Dore and Chinley Railway at the Dore end of the line. The start has been delayed through one of the landowners at the Dore end not coming to amicable terms with the Midland Railway Company. A temporary line will be required by the contractors, Messrs. Oliver and Sons, to convey their minerals from the store yard, which will adjoin Dore and Totley Station up to the Junction of the new line which will be opposite so [to] Abbeydale Park. The temporary line is strenuously opposed on account of the large amount of shunting operations that will take place. If an arrangement is not made within the next few days the Midland Railway Company will enforce the powers given them by the Act of Parliament and proceed forthwith with the making of the line. The Rock Mining Company, London, which at considerable expense sank a shaft in the line of tunnel in a field at Totley Bents for the purpose of testing a newly invented rock boring machine, has not at present been able to make arrangements with Messrs. Oliver and Sons for the sub-contract of the tunnelling operations, and they are moving their machinery.



Thursday 13th September 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 2)
Dore & Chinley Railway.
A meeting of the Ecclesall Sanitary Authorities was held yesterday under the precedence of Mr. Milner when it was unanimously resolved on the motion of Mr. Hancock and seconded by Mr. Sampson to draw the attention of the Midland Railway Company to the fact that the cottages at Dore & Totley would be inadequate to supply homes for navvies employed during the construction of the new line and strongly urging that company to run workmen's train from Dronfield, Sheepbridge and Unstone to the Dore & Totley Station which would therefore do away with the necessity of erecting temporary houses in Dore & Totley and also help the owners of many houses at present empty in the district.



Thursday 13 September 1888, Sheffield Independent (page 7)
Local Wills
The Late Mr. John Roberts of Abbeydale

Probate of the will of the late Mr. John Roberts, of Abbeydale Park, Dore, Derbyshire, who died on 11th April last, has been granted to the executors, Mr. Ebenezer Hall, Jun., and Mr. Peter Wigg, to each of whom the testator bequeaths £50, and in trust for the enlargement and improvement of the church of St. John the Evangelist, in acordance with the wish of his late wife, £5OO; to his brother, Mr. Henry Roberts, an annuity of £105 for his life, and after his death an annuity of £52 to his widow for her life; to the testator's half-sister, Mrs. Julia Hendy, a life annuity of £100; to the widow of his half-brother, Mr. Edwin Roberts, an annuity of £75; to Mary Hendy. a legacy of £500; to Sarah Hall, £300; to Sarah Sands, £200; to Edith Adeline Wharton, £200; and to Lucy Barker, £100. All the residue of his property, real and personal, the testator devised and bequeathed in trust as to two-thirds thereof for his nephews and nieces, including the children of his half-sister, Mrs. Hendy, and his half-brother, Mr. Edwin Roberts, and as to the other third, for the children of George Wilkinson, of Covent Garden, and Henry Dawson Wilkinson, the value of the personalty being declared at £19,877 10s. 5d.



Saturday 15th September 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 6)
Dore & Chinley Railway.
Messrs. Oliver & Son, the contractors for the No. 1 section of the above line, which embraces one half from Dore end to Hathersage, and the sub contractors Messrs. Williams and Young have this week entered a field at Totley Bents and commenced a shaft 12ft in diameter. The contractors then proceeded in the direction of the moors, and set out 3 other shafts. The shafts at Totley Bents will be about 25 yds deep to the level of the line and will be used for drawing the refuse out of the tunnel. The building of the stables and workshops adjoining Dore and Totley Station is being pushed forward, Messrs. Oliver's horses occupying stables at Twentywell Brickworks till they are completed. At the tunnel mouth, Padley Wood, operations for driving a level of the line under the moors have commenced. Several ton of rails and sleepers have been carted there from Hassop Station during the present work.





Wednesday 19th September 1888 Derby Mercury (page 8)
The Dore and Chinley Railway
The Dore and Chinley Railway is now actually in course of construction, the contractors for the Dore end (Messrs. Oliver and Sons) having commenced operations. Navvies are sinking a shaft into the tunnel. Messrs. Williams and Young are the sub-contractors for the sinking of the shafts, four in number, and also the tunnelling. These operations will be under the supervision of Mr. Young, who has taken up residence at Totley Bent. His partner (Mr. Williams) will remain in Scotland, where they have a large tunnelling contract i the making of a new railway. The building of the stables and workshops, in a field adjoining Dore and Totley Station, is being eagerly pushed forward. At the Padley Wood end of the tunnel a commencement has been made.



Thursday 20th September 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 4)
House to be let at Totley Rise Estate, suitable for a Medical Man also 2 small villas.
Apply John Howey Totley. 



Thursday 20th September 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 4)
A youth names Rigglesworth lies in a critical condition at Totley, whilst at work yesterday he fell into a Vat of Boiling Lime and was severely scalded that his recovery is doubtful.



Saturday 22nd September 1888 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 6)
Dore and Chinley Railway
Up to the present few men have been employed upon the work of the construction of this railway. What was in the first place believed to be No. 1 shaft of the four to be sunk on the line of the tunnel was but a trial shaft, and was not on the line of the tunnel, and has now been abandoned. Within the last few days, however, the first of the shafts, the diameter of which is about 12 ft., and which when sunk to the level of the proposed tunnel will have a depth of 32 yards, has been commenced, and active operations are now going on. A number of tunnel miners are employed by Mr. Young, who has the supervision of the work. A portable engine and other material necessary for the work have been brought to the place by Messrs. Oliver and Sons for employment in connection with that part of the work. About 300 yards beyond No. 1 shaft No.2 has been marked out for commencement, and that ground having a rising gradient, the shaft will have to be sunk deeper than that of No. 1. At the Padley Wood end of the tunnel the cutting has been commenced, and is in active progress. Taking into account the nearness of winter and the nature of the work to be done, it will be impossible to give employment to a great number of men, say before next Spring, by which time possession of necessary land for the works will have been secured, and the work to be done so laid out as to enable the contractors in the several departments of it to take on the hands required for its expeditious execution. Where are the workers to take up their lodgings? This matter has had attention given to it by a number of persons. The Dronfield Local Board has asked Messrs. Oliver to send them to Dronfield. On the other hand, the Totley Garden Company have made an offer to Messrs. Oliver to utilise their range of buildings, for that purpose, but no decision has yet been given on the matter. Numbers of old hands at railway construction are daily visiting the locality in search of employment.



Saturday 29th September 1888 Derbyshire Courier (page 8)
Totley: The Fatal Accident at the Chemical Works

An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon, at the Victoria Gardens, Totley, by Mr. C.G. Busby, coroner of the Liberty of the Hundred of Scarsdale, touching the death of Walter Bradshaw, aged 15, of the Chemical Works yard, Totley, who met his death by falling into some boiling liquid. George Wrigglesworth stated that the deceased was his stepson. He was employed at Mr. Thos. Kilner's chemical works, Totley as a labourer. On Wednesday morning last the deceased was engaged in emptying a tub in the limehouse, which contained a chemical substance. Witness went into the limehouse bout 20 minutes to twelve in the forenoon on Wednesday morning to mend the fire under the lime-pot or vat, and on leaving he saw the deceased standing against the lime vat, the composition in which was then boiling. He cautioned the deceased to be careful, and left the place to go to his work about 20 yards away. In a few minutes he heard a scream, and ran into the limehouse, where he found that the deceased had fallen into the vat containing the boiling liquid. Witness just reached him in time to prevent him from falling into the vat again. A man named Turner came to his assistance, and the took him down to the brook close by and threw some water on him. He refused to be carried, and walked up home a distance of about 80 yards. Deceased died the following day. Deceased told him on Thursday morning that he got on the kiln to wash his shovel, and fell into the vat. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased accidentally fell into a vat containing liquid, from the effects of which he died.  





Saturday 29th September 1888 Derbyshire Courier (page 7)
The Dore and Chinley Railway
The work in connection with the construction of the Dore and Chinley Railway is being vigorously pushed forward. No. 1 shaft, which is sunk to a depth of about 10 yards, is now at a standstill, owing to the weight of water which the sinkers had to contend with. A headgear is in course of erection, to which, when completed, a portable engine will be attached, and the pumping of the water and the draining of the refuse of the shaft will henceforth be done by steam. The sinkers are expected to recommence work at this shaft in the course of a day or two. No. 2 shaft, which is a short distance from No. 1, has been sunk rapidly. Since its commencement a week ago, the sinkers have gone down about six yards. No. 3 shaft is on the hill side, in a very conspicuous position - in fact the working at this shaft can be seen for miles away. It has only been commenced this week. No. 4 shaft has been sunk to a depth of about seven yards, and is near the edge of Totley Moor. A large portion of the land has here been secured, so that it may be used as a tip or spoil bank to deposit the refuse out of the shafts and tunnel. The latter shaft when sunk to the level of the line in the tunnel will be 80 yards from the surface. An arrangement has been made by the Duke of Rutland and the Midland Railway Company whereby no shaft shall be sunk on Longshawe Moors, and consequently there will be no shaft from No. 4 until the mouth of the tunnel is reached at the Padley Wood end, a distance of considerably over two miles. A shaft has been commenced in a field of Mr Waterfall's at Totley Brook. This shaft is at the tunnel mouth, and has only been sunk so as to enable the miners and tunnelers to get to the level of the line in order to drive a heading from the tunnel mouth to No. 1 shaft. A 10-foot heading will be driven from the tunnel mouth under the moor to the tunnel mouth at Padley Wood end. The erection of workshops in a field adjoining Dore Station is being vigorously pushed forward, and the stables and blacksmiths shops are now completed. Other workshops, &c., are in course of erection. A quantity of machinery, plant and wood, and other materials is daily deposited in the fields adjoining Dore Station, which is used as a store yard. Messrs Batley and Company, of Totley Moor Brickyard, have received an order for bricks from the contractors, Messrs Oliver and Son. The order received is for several millions, and will take over three years to complete. They have decided to erect four new kilns, to hold 50,000 bricks each. 



Thursday 4th October 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 7)

Dronfield Local Board
A meeting of the above board was held in the Town Hall, under the presidency of Dr. Fletcher, the other members present being Messrs. W. Lucas and James Milnes. - A letter from Messrs. Oliver, contractors of No. 1 section of the Dore and Chinley Railway, was read in answer to a letter from the Clerk. Messrs. Oliver regretted that Dronfield was too far distant from the works for them to avail themselves of the houses mentioned in the Clerk's communication, and they further thought there would be a difficulty in arranging a workmen's train. - A letter was also read from Mr. John Noble, traffic manager of the Midland Railway, stating that the subject of the workmen's train should be considered.



Monday 22nd October 1888 The Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 8)

Wing. October 20, at 15, Hanover square, Jemima Jane, the beloved wife of John Unwin Wing, aged 50.



Tuesday 27th November 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Theft at Totley.
Benjamin Thorpe charged Edward Harris tunnel miner of Totley with stealing a basket of eggs on the 19th inst. Police constable Burford deposed to finding the basket of eggs at prisoner's lodgings. He charged him with stealing the eggs and took him into custody. Prisoner pleaded guilty and was committed to prison for 6 weeks with hard labour for which prisoner returned thanks to the bench.



Wednesday 28 November 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 6)
Fracas With Navvies At Totley

On Monday a free fight took place amongst the navvies at Totley. A large number of navvies had met at a public house, when a dispute arose amongst them as to whose turn it was to pay for some beer. Being unable to settle the matter in the inn the whole of them turned into the road, and a couple of them fought for up to half an hour. The local constable was away on duty, and the combatants were thus enabled to finish out the fracas without being disturbed.



Saturday 1st December 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 3)

Accident at Totley Moor Brick Works.
On Thursday Charles Hill a brick burner at Totley Moor Brick Works was seriously injured about the head by a fall of bricks.



Wednesday 5th December 1888 Derby Mercury (page 3)

Gales: a Mail Cart blown over in Derbyshire
During Friday night & Saturday morning a violent gale of wind prevailed, which had the effect of blowing down a portion of a large chimney at the Totley Moor Brick Works. At an early hour on Saturday morning the wind got under the roof of the building used in connection with the construction of the Dore & Chinley Railways and completely lifted it off carrying it a considerable distance.



Wednesday 12th December 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
The Dore and Chinley Railway Works

Yesterday our representative in the Castleton and Chapel-en-le-Frith district was on the Dore and Chinley Railway works at the Chinley end of the route, and gained additional information to what has already been published. There are no great number of men presently employed, but material and plant to be used in the construction of the line continues to arrive daily at the Chinley Station, from whence it is conveyed to the scene of operations. A heading is being driven near the tunnel mouth at the Chinley end of Cowburn Moors, under which there will be a tunnel, which at first was intended to be 3652 yards in length, but which it has been decided to extend to the length of 3700 yards. The workmen at the Edale end of the tunnel will have to go through black shale, but at the Chinley end it is compact gritstone. The Cowburn Moors are 1688 feet above sea level. In this long tunnel there will be only one shaft, which will be at the Edale end, and which has already been sunk to a depth of 83 feet. As a good deal of water has been found, the work is temporarily suspended until a pumping engine has been laid down, so as to cope with the water. This will be done shortly. The tunnel will have to be driven a mile and a half until the shaft is reached, so that the work is to be done by compressed air machinery. The gradients for this portion of the line from Chinley to a point close by the river Noe, at Brough Lane Head,about a mile eastward of Hope, for which Mr. J. P. Edwards is contractor, vary from 1 in 100 to 1 in 300. Sufficient land has been purchased to construct a passenger station on the land belonging to Mrs. Champion, at Barber Booth, near the head of the Edale Valley, where the gradient is 1 in 100. The alterations which it is proposed to make at Chapel Milton, near Chapel-en-le-Frith, are such that an extensive viaduct will be constructed at that place, nearly as large as the viaduct at that place on the main line from Derby to Manchester. There will be a viaduct of 80 feet spanning the river Noe near Hope, and it is expected that in the neighbourhood there will be a great deal of complicated work, owing to the diversion of the river, streams and roads. Until next summer the number of men employed will be limited, as the work to be done during the next few months will be driving the heading at Chinley, sinking the shaft at the Edale end of Cowburn, the construction of culverts, and the building of bridges over streams. The contract of Messrs. Oliver joins that of Mr. Edwards near Brough Lane Head. The engineers for Mr. Edwards' portion of the line are the county surveyor of Derbyshire (Mr. J. S. Story, C.E.), and the county surveyor of Nottinghamshire (Mr. Edward Parry, C.E.). Mr. T. Hodgson, of Town Hall Buildings, Chapel-en-le-Frith, is the resident engineer in charge.



Monday 17th December 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 5)
The Fatal Blasting Accident At Totley
The inquest on the body of George Griffiths, sinker, late of Whittington Moor, near Chesterfield, was opened at the Cricketers' Inn, Totley Bents, on Saturday afternoon, before Mr. G. C. Busby, coroner for the Hundred of Scarsdale. The deceased was killed on Thursday last by an explosion which occurred in the No. 3 shaft, which is being sunk in the tunnel on the Dore and Chinley Railway. The deceased and a man named James Bembridge, of Woodhouse hill, were charging some holes which had been drilled in the rock, the explosive used being gelignite. It was stated the deceased was pressing down the gelignite with a stick when the explosion occurred. He was struck on the forehead by a quantity of rock, and died shortly afterwards, the other man escaping with only slight injuries. At the opening of the inquest, on Saturday, Mr, F. Cappin, engineer of the works, and Mr. G. Young, one of the sub-contractors, were present. The Coroner informed the jury that he only proposed to take evidence of identification that day, as it was necessary that the Secretary of State for the Home Department should be communicated with, so that an inspector from the Board of Trade might attend the enquiry. James Griffiths, of Woodhouse Mill, coal miner, brother of the deceased, identified the body. He (witness) was in charge of the shaft being sunk by Messrs. Young and Williams, sub-contractors under the Midland Railway Co., Mr Thos. Oliver being the contractor. The deceased was killed by an explosion of gelignite, used for blasting the rock in the shaft. He was 35 years of age. The inquest were then adjourned to Thursday next at 12.30.



Friday 21 December 1888 Sheffield Independent
The Fatal Blasting Accident at Totley
The Qualities of Gelignite

The inquiry into the cause of the accident which led to the death of George Griffiths, miner, 35 years of age, who lived at Whittington Moor, near Chesterfield, was resumed at the Crown Inn, Totley Bents, yesterday. The deceased was employed in one of the shafts which are being sunk in connection with the construction of a tunnel for the Dore and Chinley Railway, and during blasting operations of 13the inst. he was killed by an explosion which occurred while he was in the shaft. The inquiry was opened on Saturday at the Cricketers Inn, Totley Bents, by Mr. C.G. Busby, coroner for the Hundred of Scarsdale, when evidence of identification was taken and the inquiry adjourned until yesterday, at the Crown Inn. Major Cundall, R.A., her Majesty's Inspector of Explosives, Mr. F. Caffin, the engineer of the works, and Mr. G. Young, one of the sub-contractors, were present, and the inquiry was again conducted by Mr. Busby.


James Griffiths, miner, Woodhouse Mill, brother of the deceased, said he was in charge of the shaft, known as No. 3 shaft, which was being sunk at Totley Bents. Several men were working under him, and on the day the accident occurred the deceased was one of them. At that time the shaft was between 40 and 50 feet deep, and it was necessary to blast away some rock and shale to make it deeper. During the morning blasting had been going on, but there was more to be done. The material used was gelignite, a nitro-glycerine compound which was placed in a series of holes previously bored in the rock. A detonator was placed in the gelignite and the detonator attached to a fuse, which was fired by means of a candle. The gelignite was generally spoken of as a cartridge, and the detonator and fuse the "primer." When everything was ready or firing, the tools and the men, with the exception of two, were drawn up the shaft. The two remaining then lit the candles, signalled to the banksman, were drawn up, and got to a place of safety before the explosion occurred. On the day of the accident the deceased and James Bembridge were the two men left in the shaft, and he (witness) prepared everything for the blast, and sent all that was required down the shaft. In consequence of some of the pieces of gelignite being white and hard, he knew they were frost-bitten, and put them aside. He was listening for the signal to draw up, when he was started by hearing an explosion and as quickly as possible three men were sent down to the assistance of those in the shaft. The deceased was brought up alive, but he was not able to speak, and he died in about half an hour afterwards. His arm was broken and pieces of rock struck him on the forehead. The deceased was an experienced miner and had been used to similar explosives for 12 years, and had never met with an accident before. It was a customary thing, when the gelignite did not fall to the bottom of the hole bored for it, to press it into place with a stick.


James Bembridge, miner, Totley, said six holes were bored round the shaft. The holes were about 2ft. 6in. deep, and 1½in. in diameter. He was preparing the candles whilst the deceased was putting the gelignite into the holes. When he came to the third hole he said, "There, I have got it fast in the hole," and taking up the stick (produced) the deceased began to squeeze the explosive into its proper position when an explosion occurred. Both were knocked down, and although he was not hurt very much the deceased was so badly injured that he died soon afterwards. -By a juror: the deceased broke a stick of the gelignite in two, and was trying to ram the two halves side by side into the hole when the accident occurred; there was already some of the explosive in the hole. -He (witness) was sure the gelignite was frozen because it was hard. -By Major Cundall: He knew dynamite was less explosive when frozen, but he never knew that gelignite was more explosive under similar conditions.


Major Cundall remarked that perhaps the witness exaggerated the degree of frost when speaking of the gelignite, because he had been used to gelatine, and that was softer than gelignite.


In answer to further questions by the Coroner, the witness said he was the man who, at Eckington, four years ago, was in the same room as a miner who was blown to pieces with dynamite. The man had been drying the dynamite in front of the fire.


The Coroner told the witness that he must remember in future not to use gelignite in the same manner as dynamite.


Charles Saunders, miner, Green Oak, Totley, said he was the first to go down the shaft after the relief party had taken the deceased and the last witness away. He believed all the holes were charged, and in one the charge had been partially exploded, but had not gone down to the bottom. All were afterwards successfully blasted.


Major Cundall said that unlike dynamite, gelignite became more explosive when influenced by frost. Two sticks of gelignite would have a diameter of about 2½ inches, and when they were rammed into a hole with a diameter of 1¼ inches, something was almost bound to go. The explosion was probably caused by ramming the material into the hole. If it were e with a sledge hammerit might not exoplode, but if it were beaten into a thin film it probably would, and it would be still more likley to explode if it was struck sharply sideways, so as to produce a similar movement to that of striking a match, for it would then getb hoth friction and percussion. It was very probable the deceased rammed the gelignite in this manner, and this, coupled with the frost, most likely casued the accident.


The Coronoer said it was clear that all who had to do with geligniteto be instructed with reference to its qualities and in what particulars it differed from other explosives.


The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."



Friday 28th December 1888 Sheffield Independent (page 3)
Disgraceful Melee Among Navvies of Totley
Men and Women in a rough and tumble. The navies who are employed on the Dore & Totley Chinley Railways at Totley kept up Boxing Day at Totley. About 5 o'clock a great number of navvies and their wives had met together at Totley Bents when an altercation took place between two of the men respecting a journey from Sheffield when they got towards and went into the Cricket Ground to fight and settle a dispute. The women interfered and two of them turned up there dress sleeves and fought.

The spectators first one then another commenced to fight and there was a general fracas amongst the men and women. One woman bit a man through the chin, another had her forehead cut open. Several of the men showed signs of rough usage.

After this had been settled the parties dispersed they afterwards met in Totley village where another fracas occurred amongst them both men and women fighting, one woman had two teeth knocked out, a man had his head cut open and another were roughly used.

It is worthy of remark that these navvies do not interfere with the residents in the neighbourhood. One of the navvies who had been fighting went to his home in Totley Bents and after ill using his wife who is in a delicate state.



Friday 15th February 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Victoria Gardens, Totley
To the editor of the Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Sir.- Your contributor, "Rambler," usually so well informed, has been misled by some person a to the intentions of the company with regard to the use to which part of the grounds of the above-named institution is to be devoted. Allow me to inform you that there is no intention whatever to divert them from their original purposes, namely, the health and recreation of the people. It is quite true that an offer has been made to me to rent a portion of land near to the gardens for the erection of temporary dwellings; and as to any difficulty respecting drainage that is all nonsense. It is surely somewhat inconsistent with the professed philanthropic intentions of the age to attempt to thwart a scheme for housing working men in a manner that will best secure their health and moral condition. This is one of the first objects of the undertaking. Joseph Mountain, Totley




Tuesday 15th January 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Police Alterations.
Police Constable Smith who has been stationed at Ashborne for a number of years has been removed to Totley and will be the constable for the contractors of the Dore and Chinley Railway on there work at Dore and Totley. Police Constable Walker and Police Constable Maltby have been removed from Chesterfield district to Totley where they have taken up there residence. It had become necessary for additional police protection in the neighbourhood of Dore and Totley on account of the disturbance made at various times by the navvies who are employed on the new line.



Tuesday 5th February 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 4) Extract only
The Severe Gale
Considerable damage has been done to the fencing around the Victoria Gardens, Totley....


Tuesday 12th February 1889 Sheffield Independent. (page 6) 

Monday before Mr. J.F.Swallow & Major L.B.Bowden.
The Totley robber Geo Thynne, navvie was charged with stealing from a tailor at Dore named John Royles on Saturday evening last 2 waistcoats. The evidence went to show that the complainant was robbed at Totley bents about quarter to six and that one waistcoat had been found in possession of prisoner. Remanded for 1 week.



Thursday 14th February 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 6)
Victoria Gardens, Totley.
On Monday night a ball was held in the large Pavilion at the Victoria Gardens, Totley, in connection with the Bradway Brass Band. Upwards of 80 persons attended.



Thursday 14 February 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Around the Town, by "Rambler"
Dore has an institution known as the "Victoria Gardens." Originally built for the recreation of the people, it became a convalescent home for small-pox patients. much to the tribulation of the natives, not a few of whom exiled themselves. Now it is said that the Victoria Gardens are to be the site of several hundred huts for the navvies employed on the Dore and Chinley Railway. The people there dread this excavators' colony. Our friend the navvy, accustomed to cutting his way through rocks and under hills, takes no note of the beaten track in going to and from his labour. Fields, gardens, and highways are alike to him. Some of the inhabitants contend that it is impossible to build the huts in the position intended and provide proper drainage. Is not Dore in the charge of the Ecclesall Board of Guardians as Urban Sanitary Authority?




Friday 15th February 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Victoria Gardens, Totley
Letter to the Editor of the Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Sir, - Your contributor, "Rambler," usually so well informed, has been misled by some person as to the intentions of the company with regard to the uses to which part of the grounds of the above-named institution is to be devoted. Allow me to inform you that there is no intention whatever to divert them from their original purposes, namely, the health and recreation of the people.


It is quite true that an offer has been made to me to rent a portion of the land near to the gardens for the erection of temporary dwellings; and as to any difficulty respecting drainage that is all nonsense. It is surely somewhat inconsistent with the professed philanthropic intentions of the age to attempt to thwart a scheme for housing working men in a manner that will best secure their health and moral condition. This is one of the first objects of the undertaking. Joseph Mountain, Totley




Wednesday 20th February 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Entertainment at Totley.
On Monday evening an entertainment was given in the National School Room Totley under the patronage of Mr. W. A. Milner of Totley Hall and Joshua Tyzack of Beauchief in aid of the widow and children of the late George Griffiths, a miner who was killed while following his employment on the Dore & Chinley Railway on the 13th day of last December, there were upwards of 200 persons present who came from the surrounding districts of Dore, Beauchief, Norton and Holmesfield. Rev. J.T.F. Aldred vicar of Dore was chairman. At the close of the program Mr. W. A. Milner said he had a pleasing duty to perform and that was to propose a vote of thanks to Mrs. Barber and all those kind friends who had assisted in making the entertainment a success, Mr. Thomas Oxenham seconded on behalf of the navvies who were employed on the Dore & Chinley Railway and a similar compliment was given to the chairman.



Friday 22nd February 1889 Sheffield Independent

A navvy apprehended at Totley for Bigamy.
On Wednesday Police Constable Burford apprehended a navvy named Smith who was wanted by the London police on a charge of bigamy. The accused had only recently come into the neighbourhood and had commenced to work on the Dore & Chinley Railway Totley. The officer met him in the village and stopped him and on being interrogated he admitted that he was the man who was wanted. He was taken to the police station and was afterwards handed over to the London Police.



Saturday 23 February 1889 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald

On Monday evening an entertainment was given in the National School Room, Totley, under the patronage of Mr. W.A. Milner, of Totley Hall, and Mr. Joshua Tyzack, of Beauchief, in aid of the widow and children of the late George Griffiths of Whittington Moor, a miner who was killed whilst following his employment on the Dore and Chinley Railway, on the 13th of December, 1888. There was nearly 300 persons who paid for admission to the School Room, a large number of those were navvies and their wives and others who had come from Dore, Beauchieff, Norton, Bradway, and Holmesfield. Rev. J.T.F. Aldred, vicar of Dore, was chairman, and at the opening of the entertainment spoke of the large number of persons who was present to support the entertainment and make it successful, and alluded to the kindness of so many friends who had come forward with a helping hand to assist in the carrying out of the programme. It had been talked of for a considerable length of time about the navvies coming amongst them at Totley; now they would come they would try and make them welcome amongst them during the time they stayed. The use of the School Room would be at their disposal at any time they would like to get up an entertainment. The programme commenced with a magic lantern, the various views were explained by Rev. J.T.F. Aldred and Mrs. Parbury; Italian song with guitar by Miss Tyzack and Mrs. Parbury; "Boulanger March" on English concertina and "Harmonica" by Messrs. C. Borbean and C. Brown; song, "Mistletoe Bough" with guitar by Mrs. Barber; "Volunteer March" with mandolins and guitar, by Messrs. Borbean and Mordaunt; the Dore and Totley Christy Minstrels medley of popular airs on two guitars by Messrs. Borbean and Mordaunt; "Enniscorthy Banjo Song", by Mr. C. Borbean; recitation, "The Death of his Fellow Workman" Mr Thomas Oxenham; duet. "Soldiers Farewell", Misses Oxenham; "Should Auld Acquaintance be forgot" by all the navvies; God Save the Queen. At the close of the programme. Mr. W.A. Milner said he had a pleasing duty to perform that night which was to propose a very hearty vote of thanks to Mrs. Barber and all those kind friends who had come forward to assist in carrying out this entertainment so successfully. Mr. Thomas Oxenham seconded the vote of thanks on behalf of the navvies on the Dore and Chinley Railway. A vote of thanks to the chairman brought the meeting to a close.




Tuesday 26th February 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 5)
Navvy Wedding at Totley.
Yesterday the first wedding amongst the navvies employed on the Dore & Chinley Railway took place at the Parish Church at Dore the contracting parties being Thomas Colther navvy and Ellen Jane Oxenham daughter of a navvy and hut keeper of Totley. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. T. F. Aldred vicar of Dore. A number of presents were sent by inhabitants in the neighbourhood. The local butcher sent a large piece of meat the baker made a cake.



Tuesday 26th February 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 8)
Accident at Totley.
On Saturday afternoon, between three and four o'clock, James Larder, a labourer, of Totley, was leading a horse on the road near to the Victoria Gardens, which belonged to Mr. Thomas Earnshaw, of Totley Grange, when a pair of horses and 'bus which runs from Cross Scythes Hotel to Dore and Totley Station, passed him. Immediately the 'bus had got past the horse became very restive, and completely overpowered the man Larder. The animal dashed down the road, and came into contact with the 'bus, smashing the glass and otherwise damaging it. Fortunately, the horse was brought to a standstill without further damage. The horse was found to be severely cut with the broken glass.




Monday 4th March 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 8)
Bigamy by a Totley Miner.
Richard Smith, a miner of Greenoak, Totley, Derbyshire, was charged at Worship Street Police Station on remand with having feloniously intermarried with Ellen Charlotte Reed, his wife being then and now alive.- A witness named Howkey from Cwn Clynowb, near Tonypandy, identified the prisoner as having married his sister in law at the parish church of Llantriamnt, Glamorgan in August 1881. She was still alive. Mrs. Charlotte Harriet Bishop of Mansford Street, Bethnal Green, proved the second marriage which took place between the prisoner and her daughter on the 7th April, 1887 at Mark Beech, Kent. The prisoner in answer to the charge said that his first wife had run away and left him, and he had not heard of her for six years. He heard that she was living with another man, and then that she was dead. Mr. Bushy committed him for trial at the Central Criminal Court.



Friday 8th March 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7) 

Dore & Totley Ploughing Society.
On Wednesday evening the members of the above society held their general meeting at Mr. W. Thorps Devonshire Arms Dore for the purpose of electing a secretary and who was fixing a date for the ploughing competition. There was a good attendance Mr. W. Frith was unanimously appointed secretary. It was decided that the competition should take place on the 13th inst in a field at Dore and two classes should be provided :-
Class 1 open to farmers sons in the township of Dore & Totley.
Class 2 open to agricultural labourers in the township of Dore & Totley.



Wednesday 13 March 1889 Derby Mercury (page 2)
A Night in the Snow on Derbyshire Moors.

Early on Friday, Mr. J.E. Needham, of Totley Bents and Mr. James Pinder, of Totley, went from Totley to Mr. John Cooke's, Spring House, Castleton, with two drays for loads of hay. On their return journey they were urged to let the hay stay at Hathersage, and try to get through the snow with the horses alone. Mr. Needham thought they would be able to take one of the loads home, and the three horses were attached to the day [dray]. Spades were borrowed for use in the vent of getting into s snow drift. At Millstone Edge the spades had to be used. On getting near to the Toad's Mouth, just below Fox House, the men had a tough job. Further work exhausted them, and they therefore left the load of hay in the snow, and proceeded with the horses for their home in Totley. After leaving Fox House, by the Wooden Pole, the poor fellows were again in the drifts, and thought they would never see home again. One of the horses walked through a drift near Owler Bar which reached up to his back. They did not reach home at Totley Bents until five o'clock on Saturday morning, having been in the snow nine hours altogether.



Tuesday 19 March 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph
Dronfield Petty Sessions

Monday. - Before Messrs F.W. Bagshawe and Wilson Mappin.
Unstamped Measures at Totley. - Clement Needham, landlord of the Grouse Inn, Totley Bents, was summoned by Colonel Shortt, inspector, for having four quart and eight pint measures in his possession unstamped. - Fined 20s., including costs.
Selling Weak Gin at Totley - John Eaton, Crown Inn, Totley, appeared in answer to a summons charging him with selling gin 40 degrees under proof, - Fined 10s. and costs. - John Ashton, Cricketers' Inn, Totley, was fined 10s. and costs for a similar offence.
Selling Adulterated Coffee at Totley - Chas. Magners, shopkeeper, Totley, was then charged with selling for coffee, a mixture of coffee, adulterated with 67 per cent of chicory, on the 15th February. - Fined 10s and costs.



Saturday 23rd March 1889 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 2)
Accident - On Saturday morning a sad accident befell a miner who is known as Devon Jack at No. 4 shaft of the Dore and Chinley Railway. This man who is over 50 yrs of age and others had commenced work at six o'clock and shortly afterwards a large piece of shale fell down the shaft and struck the unfortunate man upon the head, cutting it across the scalp and rendering him unconscious. Little hopes are entertained for his recovery.



Tuesday 7 May 1889 Sheffield Independent
High Rents at Totley

George Young, railway contractor, was summoned for having committed a breach of contract with James Griffiths, miner, Totley. The plaintiff claimed from the defendant £1 15s. for five days' wages, due on the 26th ult. The claim was admitted, but the defendant said the plaintiff owned 14s. for rent of a hut. The plaintiff admitted owing the rent, and complained of having to pay 7s. per week for a hut which was not fit to be used as a stable. - An order was made for the defendant to pay the amount claimed, less the 14s. due as rent.




Tuesday 9th April 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
New Post Office at Totley Rise.
During the past 6 months a large number of influential business men have come to reside at Totley Rise owing to the new Railway which is in progress and with the letters not being delivered till nearly 10 o'clock it has caused considerable inconvenience. It was decided to appeal to the Post Master General for better facilities with the result that Mr. Gill at Totley Rise is appointed the new Post Master. The Post Office was opened yesterday for business. The delivery of letters now commences at 7am and the hour of despatch is at 6.15pm.



Saturday 13th April 1889 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 8)

Appointment of a Mole Catcher.
On Friday evening a meeting was held in the Schoolroom at Totley by the owners and occupiers of land in the parish of Totley for the purpose of taking into consideration the appointment of a suitable person to catch Moles. Mr. Gormrod stated that on account of the large increase of Moles in the parish he had written to all the owners and occupiers of land in the parish to attend this meeting with a view to appointing a suitable person to catch the Moles, which had become numerous and were still on the increase. He had also been in communication with Mr. G. Gregory of Curber who was a practical man and held an appointment for the parish of Dore. He was present at the meeting and prepared to undertake the duties.



Monday 15th April 1889 Sheffield Evening Telegraph (page 4)
A Furious Navvy.
William Jones, navvy Totley, was summoned for doing damage to a window frame fan light to the extent of 5s. at the house of John Coates farmer of Totley on April 7th about 2 o'clock on the day in question, the defendant went up to an unfinished house belonging to Mr. Coates. He was the worse for drink and not finding the complainant there assaulted two of his servants and did the damage named. He was fined £l . 5s including damages and costs or 14 days imprisonment and on a further charge of assaulting one of the servants named John Burkinshaw he was ordered to pay £1 or go to prison for 14 days.



Saturday 20th April 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 3)
Good Friday in Sheffield
Though the air was cold and the wind too strong to be altogether pleasant, the weather yesterday was favourable for pleasure seekers. There was, however, nothing like a general holiday. The principal shops, the banks, and many other places of business were, of course, closed; but at the big works and factories the men were busily at work. The fineness of the morning induced considerable numbers to spend the day in the country; and Baslow, Matlock, and other popular places in Derbyshire were literally besieged. The railway traffic was not unusually large. In [It] never is though on Good Fridays. Easter is the time for holiday making, and comparatively few can begin their holidays till Easter has really commenced. From the Midland Station excursion trains ran yesterday to Morecambe, Leeds and Bradford, Matlock, Buxton, and Birmingham. The band contest at Totley Gardens caused about 500 additional bookings to Dore. The special excursion to Scotland on Thursday night took about 120 passengers from Sheffield. From the Victoria Station a large number of excursionists were taken to Manchester, and there were good trains to Liverpool and Southport. A heavily-laden train ran to Cleethorpes, and large numbers of people were conveyed to Conisbro'. The through excursion trains from Manchester and Liverpool to the East Coast were so largely patronised that they had to be run in duplicate. Several sacred concerts were given last night, and Mr. Hamilton opened his panorama at the Albert Hall.



Monday 22nd April 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Dore and Totley.- The day was observed in the usual way at Dore and Totley. In the early part of the day the weather was somewhat cold and dull, which no doubt had a tendency to prevent visitors coming out early. Towards the afternoon it was brighter, and at times the roads were lined with visitors wending their way to the Victoria Gardens, Totley. The chief attraction was a brass band contest. The competition was arranged by Mr. C. Harvey, and Mr. J. M. Fordie acted as judge. The prizes, which amounted to £24, were awarded: -1st prize, £12, Wharncliffe Silkstone band; 2nd, £7, Gainsborough Volunteer Band; 3rd, £5, Dannemora Band. Everything passed off orderly and successfully. the vehicular traffic was not so large as in previous years, and very few casualties occurred. One young gentleman from Sheffield was returning on his safety bicycle, and when near to Green Oak he came into collision with a horse and trap, the force of which threw him off the machine, but luckily he escaped unhurt. A waggonette load of people who had spent the day over the moors was returning between Wooden Pole and Owler Bar, about 9 p.m., when it ran into the bank side, but nothing serious occurred.




Wednesday 24th April 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Dore and Totley. - On Easter Monday, a general holiday was observed in the neighbourhood of Dore and Totley, and during the afternoon all kinds of conveyances passed through the district over the moors for Baslow, Froggatt Edge, Bakewell, Rowlsey, Monsal Dale &c. The weather, though slightly cold, was everything that could be desired for a pleasure day. Crowds of people made their way to the Victoria Gardens, Totley, the chief attraction there being some sports and dancing in the pavilion. Upwards of 2,000 persons were admitted to the grounds.



May 6th 1889, Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Dore and Chinley Railway: Progress at the Dore End
The making of a new railway is not a lovable operation, as anyone may discover for himself who visits the works now in progress for a mile or a mile and a half from Dore Station to the hamlet of Totley Bents. To the sedate dwellers at Dore, who have sought fresh air and repose away from the smoky surroundings of Sheffield, the presence of an army of navvies, the rush of engines, and the roar of machinery, are inflictions which can only be tolerated in the present for the promise of benefits in the future. It is to the credit of the Midland Railway Company that they are pushing forward operations as fast as practicable. The work of constructing the new line has been let in two contracts - the first commencing at Dore Station, and extending a distance of ten miles; and the second beginning at Chinley and joining the other portion at a point some three miles beyond Hathersage. The present article deals only with the Dore end of the work, which includes difficult tunnelling for a length of nearly four miles.


Starting then at Dore Station, the new line branches off through the embankment to the right of the down platform, and, crossing the Sheaf, it skirts along the hill in the direction of Totley Brook. The first obstruction met with is the Abbeydale road. The line will pass underneath, but as the cutting is not deep it will be necessary to raise the roadway for a considerable distance on each side of the bridge. This elevation of the roadway is now in progress, there being a slight deviation to prevent any interference with traffic. The line then passes through an ever-deepening cutting through the Totley Brook estate, and enters the tunnel close to Totley Grove. At this point the depth of the cutting will be 54 feet. Half an hour can be very advantageously spent (supposing you are not "warned off" by an officious gentleman in blue) in watching the "steam navvy" at work. The machine is "Whitaker's Patent," often called "the Jubilee Navvy," from its first appearance in that auspicious year. It is capable of excavating 600 to 700 yards per day. It has been in operation nearly seven weeks, and has travelled a distance of 400 yards. The "bucket" is provided with teeth, and tears its way into the shale, the earth and material falling into the bucket as it forces its upward way through the ever-yielding mass. The capacity of the bucket is 1½ yards, or to put it more intelligibly, the bucket, when used to the best advantage, will fill a railway waggon in two scoops. The present excavation does not show the actual depth of the cutting, as the "steam navvy" will have to go over the ground again. The surplus material, of which there is a vast quantity, is carried by means of engines and trucks to a piece of land above the tunnel. ten acres have been purchased as a tip" for this material. The tunnel will be nearly four miles long, its precise length being 6,171 yards. It commences, as been said, close to Totley Grove, and comes out at Padley Wood, near the Saw Mills. Then the line skirts the valley of the Derwent towards Hattersage, crossing the river, and joins the other section, as already stated, three miles beyond.


The tunnel is being worked from six shafts, which are all within the first thousand yards. When the land was purchased from the late Duke of Rutland his grace stipulated that there should be no above-ground interference beyond this point. The effect, therefore, is that for a distance of 5,000 yards all the excavated material has to be taken to the nearer of the two ends. At the present moment five of the shafts are bored to their full depth, and a heading has been driven from the east or Dore entrance for a distance of 900 yards, or nearly as far as the fifth shaft. The sixth (really the fourth, for two of the smaller ones near the tunnel entrance are merely temporary) is the chief shaft. It is 18ft. diameter, and, when completed, the depth will be close on 100 yards. As will have already have been gathered, it is the entrance to the long heading of 5,000 yards. At the three nearest shafts the brick lining of the tunnel is completed for a total but not continuous length of 100 yards The lining is of five or six rings of brickwork, according to the nature of the ground, and faced with Staffordshire brindled bricks. At the last or chief shaft preparations are being made to put down powerful winding engines and two large boilers, besides boilers for pumping and boilers for compressed air machinery. Rock-drilling machinery worked by compressed air is being used for tunnelling. The amount of water encountered during the operations has been a considerable hindrance and expense, something like two million gallons a day having been pumped from the works. The expense has been reduced since the headings have been joined, the water now running to one end, where it is dealt with by a centrifugal pump working night and day. The chief shaft, it should be added, will be provided with up and down cages, each capable of bringing up four yards of material and of carrying 16 or 20 men. Ventilation is obtained by means of powerful fans. At the Padley Wood end of the tunnel a heading has already made to the length of 400 yards. Ventilation is here provided by means of a powerful fan worked by a turbine, water being taken from the Burbage Brook. Beyond Padley Wood three of the cuttings are now in progress, and stone is being quarried ready for bridge building. At the eastern entrance to the tunnel the ground is mostly shale, but further on a considerable amount of hard and tough rock has been encountered.


There are from 400 to 500 men engaged upon the contract. Though at first sight the accommodation provided for them is not of the amplest kind, it is, when looked into, of a fairly satisfactory character. Wooden huts, with coverings of tarpaulin, have been erected at Totley Bents, where they contrast oddly with the stone-built cottages of that scattered hamlet. Navvies do not belong to the most civilised class of the community, and probably they would feel ill-at-ease in more substantial dwellings. There are a good many women and children, and strangers would be surprised to find how comfortable they make their temporary homes. Fowls are kept by a good many of the men, and pigs are not unknown animals in the new village of Totley Bents. Mr. Oliver, the contractor, has enlarged the village schoolroom for the accommodation of the children, and has also provided a mission hall under the auspices of a local committee, which is acting jointly with Miss Garnett's Navvy Mission.


Mr. Thomas Oliver, of Horsham, is the contractor for the whole of the work described in this article, the control of the works being in the hands of his son, Mr. T. W. N. Oliver. The engineers for the Midland Company are Messrs. Parry and Story, of Nottingham and Derby. Mr. Caffin is the engineer acting on Mr. Oliver's behalf.


It is said that the line will be ready for traffic during the summer of 1891.


A New Mills correspondent says: - With the advent of longer days and favourable weather operations on the portion of the Dore and Chinley Railway comprising Mr. J. P. Edwards' contract are being vigorously pushed forward, and for several miles the route of the new line presents quite a scene of activity. At the Chinley Station machinery and plant of all descriptions continues to arrive daily, even faster than they can be removed to the scene of operations a mile distant. Commencing close by the side of the Midland main line, near the great viaduct at Chapel Milton, the level of the new line has been got for the whole distance to the Wash, where the entrance is to the tunnel at the foot of Cowburn hills. As there are several water-courses and public roads in this locality, a great deal of work has been done in the erection of bridges, &c. It has been found necessary to send two police constables in the Edale Valley, and large accessions will be made to the number of workmen during the coming summer. At the Hathersage end of Messrs. Oliver's portion of the line a large number of men are employed. At Chinley and Chapel-en-le-Frith there is considerable activity in the erection of cottage property. 


Wednesday 15th May 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Accident at Totley Moor Brickworks.
Yesterday an accident happened to a youth named Joseph Clark of Green Oak Totley at the Totley Moor Brickworks, Clark was engaged to remove bricks from the brick pressing machine as they were made , when the second finger of his right hand was cut clean off. He was taken to a Medical Man at Sheffield and his injuries attended to and afterwards removed home.



Saturday 18 May 1889 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 2)
Totley - An occasional licence refused for the gardens.
Mr. Mountain, chairman of the Totley Gardens Company applied on behalf of the company for a licence to sell intoxicants at that place in Whit week on the occasion of a fete and gala &c. He drew the Bench's attention to the fact there was not a full licenced house within a mile and as a very large number of people visited the gardens in Whit week, he thought it necessary that they should provide proper refreshments for them. It had been granted in other years and no complaint had been made. It was not for the purpose of making it a drinking place, but to provide for those who were not teetotal. Mr. Swallow was of opinion that it was for the purpose of making the gardens into a drinking place. -The Bench remarked that they were of the opinion that a licence was not required and refused the application.



Wednesday 22nd May 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 5)
Strike of Navvies at Dore.
On Monday upwards of 80 navvies who were employed in making the cutting on the Dore and Chinley Railway near Dore and Totley Station struck for an increase of wages. The men working in this section of the cutting were employed by Mr. Hughes a sub-contractor for the Dore end of the line, and were paid at a rate of 3s 2d per day.

This scale of pay for the work they were doing was freely discussed amongst themselves at the end of last week, and on meeting on the job to resume work on Monday it was decided not to start unless there was an advance to 3s 6d per day.
This application was not entertained and the whole of the men left the work. Several fresh hands were engaged yesterday.



Saturday 25th May 1889 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 6)
Accidents on the Dore and Chinley Railway.

On Wednesday forenoon, a youth named George Pethers, age 17, of Green Oak, Totley, met with a rather serious accident. It appears that Pethers was engaged to grease the tip wagons at Totley, and to do this it is necessary for him to go underneath the wagon. Pethers went under a wagon to grease it, when a horse was attached to the wagons to remove them, the result was that Pethers by some means or other, accidentally got his right knee under the wheel of the wagon, which seriously injured it. - On Wednesday afternoon, a miner who is known as Devon Jack, was standing on some scaffolding at the Totley tunnel mouth to reach the heading in the tunnel, when he accidentally fell, and was seriously injured by coming into contact with the loose bind and shale.



Saturday 1st June 1889 Sheffield Evening Telegraph (page 3)
Whitsuntide Holidays.
Visitors to Dore & Totley supplied with hot water, ham or plain teas at moderate charges - The New Wooden Tea Room Glover Road Totley Rise - Open all Season



Saturday 1st June 1889 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 8)
Accident to a miner.
On Wednesday morning James Thorpe a miner met with a rather serious accident while following his employment in the tunnel of the Dore and Chinley Railways at Totley. Thorpe was engaged on some scaffolding when he accidentally slipped and fell. He was taken to the surface when it was discovered he had a broken leg. Thorpe had been previously working in a tunnel at Halifax where he had the misfortune to break the same leg.



Friday 7th June 1889 Derbyshire Courier (page 8)
Accident on the Dore and Chinley Line.

On Wednesday, John Parry, miner, had his right arm severely crushed while working at No. 2 shaft of the new tunnel at Totley Bents. He was conveyed to the surgery of the doctor for the works, who attended to the injured limb.




Saturday 8th June 1889, Sheffield Independent,  (page 3)
The Dore and Chinley Railway: Progress of the Works
The residents of the beautiful valley of Abbeydale, of Totley, of Totley Grove, and the district are to be commiserated with.They have erected there, in the midst of the most charming scenery, their villa residences, hoping to escape from the rush and noise and smoke and turmoil of their busy life in Sheffield; but so far their expectations have by no means been realised. They have had to carry on perpetual warfare to secure some degree of quiet and privacy; and when prospects of success were before them a whole army of "strangers and foreigners" have come down upon them, and turned their attractive surroundings into a veritable wilderness. No house subjected to the most violent attack of "spring fever" could present such a scene of confusion as the Totley Valley. Where once were tasteful gardens, where sheep and kins lazily browsed; where the air was filled with the melody of sweet songsters where the sparkling brook noisily flowed - where was all this and much more a year ago are now to be seen cuttings and embankments, are to be heard the shrill whistlings of engines, the whirr of machinery, and other signs of "modern activity." The explanation of all this is that the Midland Railway Company have commenced the construction of the new line from Dore to Chinley, thus opening up another route from Sheffield to Manchester. The line will pass through some of the most beautiful of Derbyshire scenery, and will bring into touch with great industrial centres rural districts that up to now have been to a large extent isolated. What the effect of the opening up of this line will be upon Dore and the district, residents are by no means agreed. There are those who anticipate that with increased railway facilities more strangers will be drawn there, and that a disposition will be shown by capitalists to pass through the tunnel and build their residences in the Hope valley and beyond. As many people take an interest in the new line we propose to give a brief account of the progress the work has made, particularly at


The Dore End.
Most of our readers who have travelled on the Midland system know that the main line, after passing Dore station, enters the cutting which leads up to the Bradway tunnel. The new line on the other side of Dore Station swings to the right, and runs between the hill and Abbeydale road. After crossing the Sheaf the line passes over several fields, and taking off the corner of the grounds attached to West View Cottage, belong to Mr. Joseph Hall, it strikes the turnpike road. At this point a good deal of work is being done. Instead of the footpath which leads from the turnpike up Bradway Bank a new road will be made, and from this an entrance will be gained to West View Cottage instead of, as now, from the main road. The line will here pass through a cutting, but not of a sufficient depth to avoid interference with the turnpike. The road has been diverted and men are engaged upon the tunnel which will be under the road and in raising the ground on either side of it. The gradient of the road on both sides will be one in 30. Gates have been thrown across the turnpike, which are closed on the approach of the engines employed to bring up materials or trucks of earth. After crossing the road, the line runs through the Totley Brook estate, the cutting being about midway between the foot of the hill and the Totley Grove road. Two lines of rails have been temporarily laid, one on the flat by the side of the cutting, and the other in the cutting itself. A great deal of work has been done in the way of excavating, and men are still engaged upon it. For some 700 yards before reaching the tunnel, the entrance to which is almost opposite Totley Grove Hall, the cutting gradually deepens until about 54 feet will be reached. All around here is a scene of much activity, and the whole face of the district is entirely changed. "We cannot deny" observed an official, "that we have spoiled the beauty of this Grove - at least for a while." The Totley Brook has been diverted and runs down a new cutting, much closer to the road than formerly; but when the railway is completed, it will pass along a bed, yet to be made, on the other side of the line, and nearer its former course. Two streams of water come to the surface here from the tunnel, one of which flows out at the level, and the other is pumped by a powerful engine in a shed. A great deal of the excavating in the cutting has been done by means of a "steam navvy" and thousands of people have been there to see it at work. The bucket, which will hold 1 ½ yards of earth, weighing 1½ tons, is provided with powerful steel teeth, and as the bucket is drawn up the face of the cutting, the teeth tear away at the soil, which drops into the bucket. It is then swung over a truck, the bottom opens, and the earth falls into it. Two buckets full fill a contractor's wagon. The "navy" will excavate from 600 to 700 square yards of earth per day, and it has already advanced 600 yards, or nearly up to the mouth of the tunnel. It has, however, to go back to the entrance of the cutting and carry it down to the lower depth. There is no embankment anywhere near where the earth thrown out is required, and so it is being conveyed to a tip on the other side of the road beyond Totley Grove. Ten acres have been purchased there for the purpose, and a huge hill it promises to be before the last truck load has been placed upon it. The new line runs through grounds in front of Totley Grove Hall. The house is now unoccupied, but is being done up, and it is stated that Mr. Oliver, the contractor, intends to reside there.


The Tunnel.
The most important piece of engineering work in connection with the new line is the construction of the tunnel from Totley Grove through the hill to Padley Wood, near the saw mills at Grindleford Bridge. Its exact length is 6171 yards, or nearly four miles, and when completed it will be the longest tunnel in England save that under the Severn. As this is the most difficult part of the work, so it will occupy the greatest length of time in completing. It was the first to be entered upon and it is expected to be fully four years before it is ready to be opened. Considerable delay was occasioned by the inrush of water into the workings, but by the cutting of headings to draw it off, and resorting to pumping, the difficulty has largely been overcome.


In constructing the tunnel the contractors have been somewhat hampered by the stipulations laid down by the late Duke of Rutland in parting with the land. They were that the work should be done from the Padley Wood end of the tunnel, or within a thousand yards of the entrance at Totley, and that for the other 5000 yards there should be no disturbance of the surface whatever. A good part of the distance is moorland, and his grace was apprehensive that the sinking of shafts upon it, and the throwing out of earth, would disturb the grouse, and hence the stipulation. For that distance, therefore, all the excavated earth and stone will have to be run either out of one end or the other and the material for constructing the tunnel carried in. Within 1000 yards of the Dore end six shafts have been sunk; five of them to the required depth, and the other nearly so. The excavating here has gone on rapidly, and a good deal of the brickwork has been put it. The lining is for the greater part of the way six courses thick, and faced with Staffordshire brindled bricks. The sixth or principal shaft, will be worked as a colliery shaft, with up and down cages, and will be very strongly constructed, and fitted with powerful and extensive machinery. It will be 18ft. diameter, and nearly 100 yards deep. Engines, boilers and so forth are being brought on the ground ready for erection as soon as practicable. In sinking the shafts four seams of coal have been struck. They were only 15in. thick, and not of sufficient quality to pay for working. As the hill is penetrated, the mill stone grit bed is expected to be reached, and then harder work than any yet met with will have to be encountered. From the entrance of the tunnel until under Fox House is reached, there will be a gradual ascent of one in 100; and then the line will dip the same gradient. It will be perfectly straight from the entrance at Dore until with about 160 yards of Padley Wood, where there will be a slight curve. The tunnelling is being facilitated by means of rock drilling machinery, and powerful fans furnish the needful ventilation.


Padley Wood End.
It has already been stated that for 5000 yards of the tunnel there must be no interference with the surface. In order to expedite the work the contractors commenced the tunnel at the Padley Wood end as soon as they could. The carrying forward of the heading is not unattended with difficulty, but, notwithstanding, fully a quarter of a mile has been opened and the execution of the brickwork and masonry has been commenced. The waters of the Burbage Brook have been utilised for the working of a turbine to carry ventilation into the tunnel. Operations have been commenced in the valley beyond, but neither there nor on this side of the tunnel are they being really pushed forward. The tunnel is the "key" of the whole line, and as that will take four years to make, it is thought to be useless to hurry on the other parts at an increased expense, to have them ready first and waiting. If the work is completed, and the line ready for opening by 1893, satisfaction, it is believed, will be expressed.


With The Navvies
About 600 men are engaged upon this part of the line, by far the larger proportion of whom re working in the Totley Valley. No doubt Mrs. Partington would assume that the irruption of so large a body of strangers, chiefly navvies, must have entirely upset the peace and quiet and good order of the district. Nothing of the sort has occurred. Mr. Oliver, the contractor, has provided accommodation for his men by erecting picturesque looking wooden huts at Totley Bents and elsewhere; he has enlarged the village school, so that the children might attend and be educated; and he has provided a mission hall for the adults, and contemplates further erections of the same character. Meeting in our rambles at Totley, with the Rev. J. T. F. Aldred, the kind and courteous vicar of Dore, we ventured to ask for his experience amongst the workmen on the line. "We can do," said the rev. gentleman, "with the railway men well enough; it is your Sheffield roughs we cannot tolerate. Through them Sunday has become the worst day of all the week. They come in groups. Fellows with black pipes in their mouths and curs at their heels. They describe themselves as 'travellers' and, beginning at the Bridge Inn, they go the round of all the public houses in the parish and make a day of drunkenness of it. I only wish all who visit us from Sheffield were as well conducted as the navvies." The rev. gentleman further stated that many of the men attended his evening service at the mission room and entered very heartily into the service, some of them being remarkably good singers. Amongst the children attending school are some exceedingly amusing characters, and they talk so many different dialects that there is difficulty in understanding them. They are well behaved children, and give less trouble both to get to school and to control when there than some of the village children.


The contract for the line is let in two parts. Mr. Thomas Oliver, of Horsham, has the work from Dore Station to beyond Hathersage, a distance of 10 miles, including the tunnel; and his son, Mr. T. W. N. Oliver, is representing him on the spot. Mr. Caffin is acting as his engineer. Messrs. Parry and Storey, of Derby and Nottingham, are the engineers for the Midland Railway Company, and Mr. P. Rickard is the resident engineer acting on their behalf. The contractor for the Chinley end of the line is Mr. J. P. Edwards.



Saturday 8th June 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 3)
Accident to Police Constable at Totley
On Thursday morning Police constable Smith who is stationed at Totley Rise fell down some steps in his house and broke his collar bone.


Accident to a Navvy at Totley

A navvy know by the name of Litton Charlie, employed at Totley, has sustained severe injury by a fall of soil from the bank side. His head was sent with tremendous force against the side of a wagon and a lacerated scalp wound some four inches long inflicted.

A report to the effect that Mr. J. Ashton of The Cricket Inn had fallen from the roof of a building and been fatally injured is without foundation.





Saturday 8th June 1889 Derbyshire Times (page 6)
On Saturday forenoon Frank Ball age 18 of Green Oak Totley met with a serious accident on the Dore & Chinley railway Totley. Ball was engaged with the tip wagon which remove the refuse from the steam navvy at Totley Brook to the tip at Totley Bents when by some means or other he accidentally got the elbow of his left arm between two of the wagons when it was crushed in a very bad manner.

He was taken to the Infirmary in Sheffield and his injuries attended too he was allowed to leave the institution and go home. Unfortunately for the sufferer, his father Andrew Ball died somewhat suddenly on the day after the accident.



Saturday 8th June 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Valuable Freehold Building Land, Pleasure Gardens, Dwelling-houses, and Ground Rents at Totley, on the Abbeydale Road, near Sheffield.
To be Sold by Auction, by Messrs Nicholson, Greaves, Barber, and Hastings, in the Estate Salesrooms, High street, Sheffield, on Tuesday 25th day of June, 1889, at Four o'clock in the Afternoon, subject to the conditions of Sale of the Sheffield District Incorporated Law Society, and to the Special Conditions to be then produced, and in the following or such lots as may be determined upon by the Auctioneers:-

LOT 1.
All that Valuable Plot or Parcel, of Freehold Land, with the large Concert Dining Hall, and other buildings thereon, and containing 9a. 3r. 20p., or thereabouts (including half the adjoining private road), situate at Totley, within a short distance of the Dore and Totley Railway Station, and within a few hundred yards of the new Dore and Chinley Line, and abutting upon the main road leading from Sheffield to Chatsworth, and known as The Victoria Gardens.
The Large Hall, which is capable of dining about 1,200 persons, is lofty, beautifully decorated, and entirely well arranged, and measures 190 feet long and 60 feet wide, and connected with this are ladies' Cloak-room and Lavatory, Gentlemen's Lavatory, capital Billiard-room, Private Entrance, Private Dining-room, Two Bars, with fixed Counters and Shelves, capital Cooking Kitchens with large patent Cooking Range, Pantry, storeroom, &c.
The Buildings in the grounds include Office, with Check Entrance, Carriage Entrance, General Lavatory, and Outbuildings, Large Summer Tea House, about 80 feet by 9 feet, Smaller Tea House, two Rustic Summer Houses, Range of Buildings for Stabling, Carriage House, Workshops, &c.
The Grounds are beautifully arranged and well laid out with Promenades, Cricket and tennis Ground, pond for boating, and other requirements for a place of general public amusement, several thousand having availed themselves of the advantages in one day.
Most of the fixtures will be included in the Sale, but those of the nature of tenants' fixtures can be taken by the purchaser at a valuation, to be made by the Auctioneers, on giving notice within 10 days of the date of the Sale, and possession may be had on completion.
Gas and Water are laid on over the grounds and along the roads on two sides of the property.
This property is in one of the pleasantest districts round Sheffield, within easy distance of the town, and a greater part of it is available for the erection of Residences commanding extensive views of the surrounding neighbourhood, or the whole estate could be developed to great advantage without much outlay.
In case this lot is not sold as a whole, the following portion thereof will be offered in one or in such other Lots as shall be determined by the Auctioneers.

LOT 1a.
All that Plot of Land being the western portion of Lot 1, situate at the corner of the Abbeydale road and Mickley lane, containing 4a. 2r. 3p. or thereabouts (including on-half of an intended new road marked AA on the plan to be produced at the Sale). This Plot will form very eligible sites for the erection of small Villa Residences.

LOT 2.
All that Valuable Plot of Building Land, containing about half an acre, at the corner of the Abbeydale road, and the private road at the back to both of which it has a long footage.
Gas and Water are laid past each side of the plot, and it offers an excellent site for a corner Saleshop and Dwelling-houses, or for the erection of a large public building.

LOT 3.
All that excellent Freehold Brick-built Dwelling-house (with Stabling, Cart Shed, and Piggeries), fronting to the said turnpike road and Mickley lane, as the same is occupied by Mr. Eaton at an annual rent of £14 6s. The site contains 544 superficial square yards or thereabouts.

LOT 4.
All that Freehold Dwelling-house and Saleshop, and Three adjoining Dwelling-houses, situate at Totley Rise, fronting the Abbeydale road, now occupied by Mr. Child and others, at an annual rent of £41. The site contains 492 square yards or thereabouts.

LOT 5.
A Freehold Ground-rent, of £2 4s. 2d., secured upon adjoining Plot of Land containing 265 square yards or thereabouts, with four Dwelling-houses erected thereon, fronting the Abbeydale road.

LOT 6.
A Freehold Ground-rent, of £2 11s., secured upon an adjoining Plot, containing 306 superficial square yards or thereabouts, with four Dwelling-houses erected thereon.

LOT 7.
A Freehold Ground-rent, of £2 5s. 10d., secured upon an adjoining Plot, containing 220 square yards or thereabouts, with four Dwelling-houses erected thereon.

LOT 8.
A Freehold Ground-rent, of £9 15s., secured upon an adjoining Plot, containing 963 square yards or thereabouts, with 8 Dwelling-houses erected thereon.

LOT 9.
A Freehold Ground-rent, of £5 17s. 11d., secured upon an adjoining Plot, containing 566 square yards or thereabouts, with 2 Dwelling-houses and Saleshops erected thereon, fronting to the Abbeydale road.

LOT 10.
A Freehold Ground-rent, of £36 1s 4d., secured upon a Plot of Land, containing 4,103 square yards or thereabouts, with 4 pairs of semi-detached Villas erected thereon, lying between the forementioned private road and the Totley Rolling Mill Dam.

LOT 11.
A Freehold Ground-rent, of £5 12s. 6d., secured upon a Plot of Land, fronting to Mickley lane, containing 736 square yards or thereabouts, with 4 Houses erected thereon.

The whole of the above Lots lie close together, and form a good investment for a capitalist.
The Ground Rents are all well secured, and the Building Land will no doubt soon be required for the rapid extension of the town in this favourable direction.
For further particulars, apply to the Auctioneers; or to D.H. Porrett, Solicitor, Queen Street Chambers, Sheffield.



Monday 24th June 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 6)
Accident to a Miner at Totley

On Saturday night a miner named J. Richardson, but better known as "Yorkie,", met with an accident of a somewhat serious nature in the tunnel of the Dore and Chinley Railway at Totley. Richardson fell from a scaffold on to the line.




Wednesday 26th June 1889 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 3)
Dore and Totley Horticultural Agricultural and Floral Society.
On Friday evening a meeting of the committeemen in connection with the above society was held in the schoolroom, Dore, for the purpose of appointing show. Messrs Carville Swindell and Hill were appointed inspectors, Mr. J. Jefferson, gardener to Mr. Thomas Fanshaw Totley Grange and Mr. J. Smith gardener to Mr. W. A. Milner of Totley Hall were appointed judges.



Thursday 27th June 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
The annual sermons in connection with the Wesleyan Sunday School were preached in the pavilion of the Victoria Gardens Totley on Sunday by Mr. P. Wragg of Sheffield also on Monday evening by Rev. J. Gunnell of Sheffield superintendent of the circuit. There was a good attendance on both days special hymns were sung by the children a collection was made in aid of the school fund.



Saturday 6th July 1889 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald
(page 4)
An important meeting on Tuesday evening.
A meeting of ratepayers and inhabitants was held in the school room Totley to take into consideration the application of Mr. Oliver, contractor for the Dore & Chinley Railway, to lay tram rails across the corner of the recreation ground. Mr. W.A.Milner J.P. occupied the chair. He stated that the recreation ground was invested in the hands of Trustees and the Church Wardens and Overseers of Totley for the time being. When it was first mentioned to him he thought it would be advisable to appoint an agent to act in the trustees behalf, and accordingly Mr. G. Sampson was appointed. Mr. Sampson read the correspondence and also submitted a plan of the proposed route the tram way would take which would give the contractors access by the rail to No. 4 shaft. The contractors would be willing to pay an annual sum of £10 as rent and undertake to remove the tramlines and make good the ground. Ultimately Mr. Thomas Earnshaw proposed that consent be given to the contractors to lay down a tramway on condition that they make the ground good on the railway being completed, and that they pay an annual sum of £10 as rent. This was seconded by Mr. J. Eaton and carried unanimously. A vote of thanks to the chairman terminated the meeting.



Monday 1st July, 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 5)
Fracas At Totley Station.
On Saturday night a free fight occurred between a number of miners and navvies at Dore & Totley Railway Station. On the arrival of the 11.10pm train to Dore & Totley Station some 60 or 70 miners and navvies alighted on the return from Sheffield Market many of them under the influence of drink. Directly the train was put in motion again they commenced to jostle each other, this led to blows and ultimately to a free fight between some half dozen of the men. They were got off the platform and were going in the direction of home when a second fracas of considerable longer duration took place several of the men emerging therfrom with signs of rough usage.



Saturday 3rd August 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 4)
Killamarsh, Derbyshire
To Brewers, Publicans and Others.
Valuable fully-licensed hotel, dwelling houses, land, minerals, machinery etc.
To be Sold by Auction by Mr Peter John Birks, at the Navigation Hotel, Killamarsh, on Thursday, the 8th day of August, 1880, at 4 for 5p.m. in the Afternoon, in the following or such other Lots as may be agreed upon at the time of Sale to be then and there produced:
(11 Lots in Killamarsh)...
After the above lots have been offered for sale, the following lots will also be offered for sale:
1. Engine, Six-horse Power.
2. Mortar or Clay Mill. 7 feet pan.
3. Patent Brick Press.
4. Brick Kiln.
5. Engine Shed.
6. All that Compact and Movable Corrugated Iron House and Shop, recently erected on the land situate to the Cricketers' Inn, Totley Bents, near Sheffield, containing Bedroom, Sitting Room, and Butcher's Shop, recently erected by the owner for the purposes of a Butcher's Shop.





Thursday 15th August, 1889 Sheffield Evening Times 

Inquest This Day
This afternoon at The Public Hospital, West Street the coroner Mr. D. Whightman and a jury enquired into the circumstances attending the death of Frederick William Herbert aged 22 yrs. engineer, late of Nottingham, who was accidentally killed by being run over at Dore on Wednesday. There were present Mr. Henry Clarke uncle of deceased, Mr. E. Parry engineer of the Dore & Chinley Railway, Mr. Percy Rickard resident engineer, and Mr. F. Coffin who represented Mr. Oliver the contractor for that portion of the line. Mr. Percy Rickard resident engineer to the Dore & Chinley Railway said he had known deceased about 6 months, he was a pupil engineer under Mr. Parry the engineer for the new line; deceased only came to Totley on Monday last; witness who did not see the accident accompanied Mr. Herbert to Sheffield on the way deceased told him that he was attempting to mount an engine which was going in the direction he was when his foot slipped and he fell between the locomotive and the waggons. Edward Green gate keeper on the new line living at Totley Rise said that about 12 o'clock yesterday morning he opened the gate he was in charge of to allow an engine and ballast trucks to go through; he saw deceased who was carrying a plan canister put it on the foot plate and then try to get on the engine it was then going at about 5mph when witness had got on the engine step his foot slipped and he fell between the locomotive and waggon; he retained his hold of the handle and was dragged a few yards; he then fell to the ground and the fore wheel of the first truck went over his toe and right up his left leg. The driver of the engine at once stopped it, and thus prevented another waggon going over the deceased. The Coroner expressed surprise that this could have been done if the train was going at that speed mentioned by witness (5mph); witness remarked that it was going up an incline and was heavily loaded having 6 waggons of ballast behind it. Immediately the train stopped, he went up and assisted to get the deceased out of the way. Dr Thorne who happened to be in the neighbourhood was called to the spot and after bandaging the wound of the unfortunate man advised and removed to Sheffield. Coroner said that all the circumstances of the case pointed to a chapter of accident and that it was perfectly clear that it was a case of verdict of accidental death. The jury concurring with this opinion, a verdict was returned accordingly.



Thursday 29th August 1889 Sheffield Evening Telegraph (page 4)
The Totley Brook Estate

The land allotments at Totley, known as the Totley Brook Estate, since their acquisition in 1873 by Edward Sanderson, have, at length, in the main, fallen into the hands of the Midland Railway Company. The usual, or at least very common vicissitudes of most building and land societies, have troubled this one almost from the beginning, and although forfeitures, arrears, expenses, and other matters have from time to time created an amount of anxiety amongst the members, the ultimate holders have succeeded in transferring their interests to very satisfactory advantage. From the time of the Midland Railway Company bringing in their bill for the construction of a railway through the district in 1888, the gentlemen who had paid off the existing mortgages and obtained possession of a remainder of 34 plots, at a cost of about £2,500, entertained an abiding idea of lucratively disposing of their lands or such portions of them as would in all probability be required by the promoters of the Dore and Chinley Railway, which was planned to pass near and through these properties. These opinions were fully warranted, as the sequel proves, and the terms having at length been agreed to, the new owners, the Midland Railway Company, paid over the purchase moneys on the 22nd inst., and the Totley Brook Estate as an investment proprietary ceased to exist. To mark this event, the recipients of the welcome remittances decided to assemble over a social commemorative dinner, which was accordingly provided regardless of cost, and held at the Red Lion Hotel, Heeley, on Tuesday last, the menu on this occasion including the choicest of everything in season, and placed on the tables in a most tasteful manner by host and hostess Bowler. After dinner, with Mr. H. Wragg in the chair, and Mr. A. Benton, vice, a hearty toast to the Midland Railway Company, coupling therewith the prosperity of the Dore and Chinley Line in particular, was drunk, congratulations interchanged, and with excellent musical introductions, a most enjoyable evening brought the celebration to a close




Tuesday 15th October 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Teetotal Meeting for the Railway Men at Totley.
On Sunday morning upwards of 200 persons congregated on the Recreation Ground, Totley Bents to hear lectures given on the temperance question.



Thursday 17th October 1889 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 7)
Serious Accident at Totley

Yesterday morning an alarming accident occurred on the temporary line in connection with the Dore and Chinley Railway at Totley Bents, wherein a young man named John Davy sustained serious injury to both his feet by being run over by a loaded wagon. He was removed to his home at Bradway. Davy is a married man with a family.




Thursday 31st October 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 6)
Totley Brick Works.
Considerable alterations and progress has been made at the above brick works within the past few weeks with a view to meet the requirements of the contractors of the Dore and Chinley Railway. The tramway from No. 4 shaft has been extended past No. 3 and No. 2 shafts at Totley Bents; this enables the Brick Yard Co. to take bricks by the tramway to each of the shafts in the tunnel and dispenses with the horses and carts and also the traction engine. Upwards of 100 tons of coal slack per week is conveyed by this new tram route to the Brickyard besides all plant and material required at No. 2, 3, and 4 shafts by the contractor. 90,000 to 95,000 bricks leave the Totley Moor Brickyard every week. A 2 year contract has recently been entered into to deliver bricks at Padley Woods tunnel mouth.




Friday 1st November 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 5)
Dore & Totley Drum & Fife Band.
On Wednesday evening a musical entertainment was given in the Navvy Mission Room Totley Brook Road in aid of the Rail Drum & Fife Band. Mr. R. Burton presided upwards of 200 persons paid admission and many were unable to gain a seat inside Mrs. Burnes & Miss E. Taylor presided at the piano. The program was lengthy the end of which was not reached until late. The Rail Drum & Fife Band was recently organized by Mr. R. Burton & Mr E. Padley.



Saturday 16th November 1889 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 6)
Totley: Accidents

On Friday night a miner, known by the name of Yorkie, had the misfortune to have his head cut severely by the fall of some bind from the roof in the tunnel of the railway at Totley. - On Saturday a bricklayer's labourer had his head cut by a mortar board falling upon him.




Saturday 30th November 1889 Derbyshire Times  and Chesterfield Herald (page 3)
On Saturday a miner named Ratten better know as Rattening Charlie who resides at Totley met with a rather serious accident on the Dore & Chinley Railway, a quantity of loose bind fell upon Baxters head and back. He was taken to the surface and conveyed to his home.

Saturday 30th November 1889 Sheffield Independent (page 1)
Alarming Accident at Totley

Early yesterday morning an alarming accident occurred in the crane shaft of the tunnel of the Dore and Chinley Railway at Totley, where three men were more or less seriously injured. A shot had been fired, and the debris cleared away, but the shot appears to have loosened the side of the tunnel. The men were afterwards following their work, when suddenly a quantity of bind fell, and seriously injured in the thigh a man named Pittiford, of Bradway. Another man had two fingers crushed and broken, and a third escaped with slight injury to one leg.

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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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