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  1. This starts on Wednesday. It's free! You don't have to come to every session. "Are you interested in local history, family history, wildlife and creativity? Then join us for an exploration of Wardsend Cemetery. We'd love to hear about your memories of Wardsend, or you can come along and create new stories, poems and art work inspired by this intriguing location." More details here: Wardsend Words and Pictures
  2. When Joseph Percival married shortly after the 1851 census, Henry and Ann were witnesses. They both signed with a mark, but their names were listed by the clerk as Henry and Ann WILLEY. ---------- Post added 02-02-2018 at 14:14 ---------- Speculation: A Henry WILLEY married an Ann JOHNSON on 3 Feb 1840 at Sheffield Parish Church (now the Cathedral). Henry was 21 and Ann 19 I am wondering if there is some subterfuge going on due to Ann being a minor. Henry is listed as a tanner, which doesn't fit but his father is a razorsmith named George (your Henry had a brother called George who was a razor grinder). Ann's father is listed as Joseph JOHNSON, brickmaker. Your Ann's father was a maltster, but at least two of her brothers were brickmakers. Are they re-arranging some facts to fool the church? ---------- Post added 02-02-2018 at 14:36 ---------- I think George WILLEY the brother married Ann CLARKE in 1838. In the 1841 census they have a son George aged 1. The birth of Mary Ann WILLEY, mother's maiden name CLARKE, was registered in Sheffield in SEP Quarter 1845. Mary Ann WILLEY appears to have married in December 1861 Jonathan NICHOLSON. She said she was 18 but she must have been younger. This could be the burial of her mother at St George's: WILLEY Anne 27 Apr 1848 Hammond St 26 wi George
  3. The only Ann WILLIS who died in Sheffield in 1854 was 55 and a widow The only Henry WILLIS who died in Sheffield in 1863 was an infant. I can't find these people in the 1851 census or Henry in 1861, and I can't see a birth for Mary Ann, assuming she was born in Sheffield. There are only 2 people called WILLIS buried at St George's. One was an infant called Henry who died in 1837, the other was a Susanna who died in 1835. Things are not adding up at the moment. Do you have more information? Have you found this family in a census? Hugh
  4. Many years ago I was crossing Ecclesall Road at a pedestrian crossing, my light being green, when a runner moving at some speed in the road had to take evasive action to avoid me. That silly beggar is now a peer of the realm. If he had run into me and injured himself his tally of olympic medals might be less impressive. If he had injured me I would have had to allow longer to get to the Manzil next time we went for a curry.
  5. A live link to the inscribed book mentioned above: http://imgur.com/a/6jXoq A fascinating thread! Hugh
  6. From the Walkley History website: Ruskin Park's Lost Streets Reappear After 40 years Hugh
  7. Another Picture Sheffield image of Hattersley Street: Hattersley Street There is a recent Facebook thread about Hattersley Street and this image including former residents listing names they remember. I am not sure if the following link will work (it is a closed group but easy and quick to join) Hattersley Street discussion and photo The FB group is 'Walkley History' and the poster is Carole Haslam. Hugh
  8. I spent an enjoyable hour this afternoon exposing the remains of the white bridge. There are some photos in a (new) thread on the Wardsend Cemetery Facebook page... The White Bridge
  9. The image from Britain from Above shows two footbridges across the river near the power station. I think one at least may still be there as it was temporarily used by the public after the Wardsend bridge was swept away by the 2007 floods.
  10. Thanks. Of course I never saw it but from the map that path doesn't seem to be inside the cemetery at all. Here's a detail of a 1947 image from Britain from Above (posted in the Wardsend FaceBook group) showing the two bridges. Britain from Above ---------- Post added 21-12-2016 at 00:00 ---------- Can you tell me the date of the map? I am comparing it with this 1905 map (from the same FaceBook thread): 1905 Map ---------- Post added 21-12-2016 at 00:03 ---------- My memory is obviously going because I find I have asked these questions before and you have answered them for which multiple thanks!
  11. hillsbro - your planned walk reminds me of a question I was thinking of adding to a similar thread - Which bridge was the 'white' bridge, and which was the 'black' bridge? Hugh
  12. Can someone satisfy my curiousity (as a late-comer who is trying to imagine this lost landscape), which was the "white bridge" and which was the "black bridge"? Was the white bridge the very white-looking footbridge over the railway that can be seen on some old photos? Hugh
  13. Robert LEE (mother's maiden name MARRIOTT). birth registered in Wortley JUN Qtr 1953. There is also a Janet LEE registered in Wortley in MAR Qtr 1958, with mmn MARRIOTT. Hugh
  14. Two marriages, from FindMyPast: marriage 6 Jul 1912 St Mary’s Ecclesfield after Banns Fannie LEE 26 Spinst 20 Nether Terrace Ecclesfield father John LEE, foreman William Hilton BAILEY 31 Bach colliery deputy Thorpe Hesley father Edward BAILEY (deceased) school master witnesses Arthur LEE, Florrie SHAW marriage 25 Aug 1917 St Mary’s Ecclesfield by licence Frank LEE 27 Bach 2nd Corporal R.E. on leave from France father John LEE foreman Kathleen STANLEY 21 Spinst 20 Nether Terrace Ecclesfield father [blank] witnesses Harry LEE, Gladys LEE
  15. Did anyone here live in or do you remember the houses at the bottom of Greaves Street between the road and the Drill factory? Odd numbers 1-51 and Court 1. This might seem an odd question (and a long shot) but I am interested in the boundary between the gardens and the factory. Was it a wall or a fence, old or new? Was there a step down to the works? Did anyone comment on the fact that it was far from a straight line? I am trying to learn all I can about the lost Rawson Spring Wood. I believe that the boundary between the houses and the factory preserved the boundary between the wood and the surrounding fields, the factory being "outside" and the houses being "inside". Take a look at the maps in this blog post. The last is a detail from from the 1951 ordnance survey Walkley History: Rawson Spring Wood Thanks in advance for any comments!
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