NENG History Group news

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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
  • 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 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 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: if you can help.

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