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The Hollies

Do you remember a house called ‘The Hollies’ at 1, Heavygate Rd?

We have been contacted by Muriel Hacker, who lives in Australia. Her father, Walter Stocks, built the present house there during the late 1940s / early 1950s. Before he built the house Muriel remembers the land as a bomb site, with a large stone archway still visible. The original stone pillars of both gates were still there until recently, possibly still today. The house was just above the Hollies petrol station on Springvale Rd, which Walter ran for some years.

She’d love to know about the original house which was bombed in the Second World War.

Please comment or contact us if you know anything about the house at 1, Heavygate Rd that was bombed.

Kevin Bamford has supplied this photo, taken c.1910.

The Hollies Predecessor


About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

2 comments on “The Hollies

  1. Bill Bevan
    January 12, 2015

    Here is an update from Helen Prior Berisford, posted by Helen on the Sheffield History Facebook group:

    “Just spoken my father about Hollies. Aparently his father (my grandfather – Cyril Archibould Prior) was a special policeman in the war. The bomb that dropped on The Hollies was a landmine and was attached to a parachute. My grandfather was quite early on the scene and the land mine hadn’t yet exploded (they were on a timer) so he roped off the area and went to report it. He was gone maybe 5 minutes but when he returned some one had climbed over the ropes and stolen the silk parachute! This story is exactly as my father remembers his father telling it.”

  2. Hugh
    January 12, 2015

    Home of the ROPER family from at least the 1860’s to beyond 1911. They couldn’t settle on a fixed address. It is sometimes listed in Heavygate Road, sometimes in Springvale Road (specifcally, 218 Springvale). William Greaves ROPER (d 1891) was a druggist, his son William Edward, who was the head of household in 1911, was a bank clerk but listed as retired at the age of 43.

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