A Happy New Year to all Nether Edge Historians!


Here are the notes on the open Nether Edge History meeting which took place on Tuesday evening.

If you weren't able to make it (or even if you were), you may be interested in three issues that came up:

First, as its next publishing project the History Group is proposing to investigate Nether Edge in World War II. We're forming a working group to progress this project.  If you're interested, would like to do some research on one angle or another, or would just like to contribute your ideas or help without necessarily committing to writing a book chapter, we'd really like to have you on the working group.  Just reply to this email and I'll put you in touch with John Austin, who is leading the project.

Second, it's gratifying to see how much interest there is in the history of our suburb, as reflected in the size of this mailing list, our book sales, and attendances at events such as history walks and the talk we held last summer.  But all these things take organising, and the burden of this tends to fall on the small number of people who constitute the Admin group.  We'd love to have more active members on the Admin Group to share the load.  The group meets about every month or two, according to need, usually during the day, as all the present members are retired.  If you might be interested in joining, just reply to this email and we'll get in touch.

Third, at Tuesday's meeting we sought people's views on the History Group's activities and how they might develop - especially these regular bi-monthly meetings.  The written comments are still being analysed and we'll say something about them in due course.  But if you have any thoughts about what we might do in future, or how we should change what we do now, do get back to me - we would love to hear from you.

Next meeting - Wednesday 8 January, 6-8pm Union Hotel.  But look out for us at the Farmers Market on Sunday 1 December.

Nether Edge History Group : Open Meeting Notes January 3rd 2018. The Union Hotel.


The first meeting of the New Year and an opportunity to reflect on the successes of 2017 and consider the priorities for 2018, an opportunity enthusiastically taken up by the 20 + people who were in attendance.

There were three main aspects to the meeting

                  Review of interests

                  Review of 2017

                  Priorities for 2018.


Review of interests

Each person was invited to outline their particular interests. What was encouraging was the range and commitment of virtually everyone present. People are working on a wide range and type of historical topic. Some generic ( architecture, landscape ), some focused ( production of a follow up to They Lived in Sharrow and Nether Edge, the development of the Cherry Tree Drive estate ), some specific ( Sheffield Parks, the Spring trade in Sheffield).

The review generated a discussion as to how we continue to develop the Group as a support resource for all the excellent work underway. This then fed into the discussion on 2018.

Review of 2017.

The general opinion was that 2017 had been an excellent year and one which continued the steady development of the Group as an active and flourishing enterprise.

Of particular note :

                  The series of walks which continued to attract people

                  The Festival / Heritage talks which have become a popular feature of the calendar.

The publication of ‘Aspects of Nether Edge’ which has sold well and which has elicited very favourable reviews.

The continuing exercise in collecting memories of those living in Nether Edge, with a reviews of 2017 contributions due out soon.

Ambitions for 2018.

It was agreed that we should be building on the rude health of the Group by continuing the successful activities of 2017 listed above, and considering possible new initiatives for the coming year.

A brainstorming session threw up a number of  ideas :

Organising a process whereby photographs are taken of threatened buildings in NE so that a historical record exists in the event of them disappearing.

The organisation of our fledgeling archives into a structured and categorised record which could then be developed further

A programme of talks either general, or specific.

A series of instructional sessions on ‘How to do Local History’

The placement of Historical Plaques in the area.

A project on ‘The Women of NE’ given the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK

Establishing contact with local historians in Sharrow.

The key question here of course is how to find people who are able to help with these .

The good news is that we already have some volunteers for these new projects :

                  Roy Pilkington has agreed to lead the Archives Project.

                  Richard Taylor the organisation of a Local History Symposium

                  Kay Phillips and John Austin Historical Plaques.

In addition Richard has volunteered to organise a session to further explore other Project ideas and identify people who might want to get involved. Arrangements will be circulated when decided.


One of the functions of the Group is to put people in touch with others who might be able help with research interests.

We have 2 requests this time :

  • John Austin is looking for information on the Sheffield Spring trade
  • Nick Waite is looking for information on Mary Wally Tyzack, spinster, who lived at 7, Williamson Road before and after the war, and who was active in Girl Guides and St Andrews Church. Anyone remember her ?

Next Meeting

Thursday March 1st 6.00 The Union Hotel




NENG History Group news

2017 Activity


Click here for minutes of our May 2017 Open Meeting

Next meeting: Wednesday July 5th 2017 6.00 p.m. at the Union : New members welcome.

Autumn 2016 Activity

  • Thursday 1 September, History Group open meeting, 6 pm to 8 pm, in the back bar at the Union pub.  All welcome - bring your ideas, memories, researches etc. or just listen to what others have to say.  
  • Thursday 8 September, 10.30-1.00.  As our contribution to the Sheffield Heritage Open Days there will be a historical walk around Nether Edge, focusing on historic buildings in the area.  Gather at Sainsburys car park at 10.30.  As the number of people on these walks gets larger and larger, we are looking for volunteers to help lead them.  If you might be interested, make yourself known at the September 1st meeting, or email me at john.bax@blueyonder.co.uk
  • Sunday 25 September, 6pm to 9pm at the Kenwood Hotel, Kenwood Road.  As our contribution to this year's Nether Edge Festival, we are once again offering a series of short talks on various aspects of Nether Edge history - further details closer to the time.  Tea and cakes may be purchased during the interval.
  • Also as part of the Festival, John Scholey is organising an exhibition of old photographs and documents of Nether Edge.  This will take place during the September 18th Farmers Market, at Edge Cutters hairdressers, and the Nether Edge Bowling Club.  If you have any photos or documents that you are prepared to lend for the exhibition, please contact John on jsscholey@googlemail.com before September 8th.
  • We will be setting up our usual stall at the Farmers Market on 18 September, and at the Craft Fair which is being held at St Andrews Church Psalter Lane on 24 September, 12.00-4.00 pm.  We need some volunteers to help out - any takers?
  • As last year, during the Festival we will be placing Memory Books at key locations so that people can share their experiences of living in Nether Edge over the years.  Do contribute, and encourage others to do so.


Lastly, I have to report the sad news of the death on 26 July of the pioneer Nether Edge historian Joan Flett.  Joan was one of the leading lights in the previous Nether Edge History Group, the author of  publications on Cherry Tree Hill and the Workhouse, and a key contributor to They Lived in Nether Edge and Sharrow (1988).  We owe a great deal to her work and her inspiration.

News archive

Spring 2014 update:
There will be another history walk on Tuesday 15 April, starting from Sainsbury's car park at 6pm and lasting about an hour and a half. This walk will explore the Kenwood area and the role of key figures such as George Wolstenholm, Robert Marnock and the builders Thomas Stead and Harry Brumby in developing this elegant and leafy suburb. We will take a look at some of the fine Victorian houses in the area and the life lived in an around them, including vital amenities such as shops and transport.

The folders of historical walks which made their debut at the Christmas market are proving quite a hit. They have been reprinted and are available from local outlets including Nether Edge Newsagents and the Union Hotel. Buy now to avoid disappointment !

And if you're interested in doing some historical research of your own - or if you already are and would like to meet up with others - the History Group is in the process of reforming, so contact me at john.bax@blueyonder.co.uk and we will be in touch.

John Baxendale, Nether Edge History Group.

Earlier updates:

On Wednesday 2nd October, undeterred by a little rain, a group of Nether edgers enjoyed another historical walk led by members of NENG's History Group. Amongst other places, we pointed out sites of old workhouses, corner shops, Cherry Tree Farm and St Andrew's Church (now Monarch's Gate) as well as Nether Edge's two oldest houses. We talked about Sheffield industrialists Sir John Brown, the Tyzack, Newbould and Wilson families and John Cole, all of who lived somewhat luxuriously in our beautiful houses during the 19th century.

If this has whetted your appetite, look out for the booklet of Historical walks in Nether Edge that we are hoping to launch at our Xmas Farmers' Market on Sunday 8th December. Any organisation wanting to reserve copies for their clients or members can contact Chris Venables for further information (tel 255 0805)

Over 40 people attended our historical walk around Nether Edge on 21st May. Feedback was very complementary including comments like: “Nether Edge has far too many interesting buildings”… “with so much to see and so many stories, my only recommendation would be to split yesterday’s walk into two, or three or even four separate walks”.

We’re encouraged, and are now planning some more walks to celebrate 40 years of NENG and 4 self-guided walks’ leaflets. Anyone interested in joining our planning group is welcome to attend our next meeting on 29th August at 2.30pm at 23 Alexandra Gardens. In particular we looking for a cartographer. Please contact  Chris Venables or Michael Miller email:   millers@mm1728pm.plus.com if you can help.

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