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The first Hand-Pulled History event was a big success at The Florist on Tuesday night.
The Florist pub in Walkley was transported back to its Victorian roots on Tuesday night (6 November) at the first of three unique history events taking place in Walkley pubs this month.
Victorian Tales of Old Walkley Pubs, organised by Walkley Historians, saw locals taken back in time through tales told by internationally acclaimed storyteller Tim Ralphs, accompanied by Victorian music from rising folk star Roo Bramley.
Mr Ralphs said:
“I knew nothing about the way that Walkley had grown up and the whole business of coroner inquests happening in pubs before putting this show together. There is so much history to tell and it is about putting it into a way which makes it engaging for people.
“The Florist is one of the few pubs which was open in the middle Victorian era that is still open today with the same name, so it was really special to be able to perform the first night of the show here.”
The performance was put together from research collated by Walkley Historians and is part of a wider project exploring life in Walkley during the Victorian era.
Bill Bevan, event organiser, said:
“It is important that we make the heritage of Walkley as interesting and accessible to as many people as possible and what better way to do that than in their local pub.
“The event really brought Walkley’s past alive through Tim’s storytelling techniques and Roo’s music, which is the sort of music working people in northern Victorian cities would have listened to.
“It’s another example of the exciting and engaging events Walkley Historians put on to share the great research they do.”
Around 20 people gathered in The Florist on Walkley Road for the opening night to hear tales from coroner’s inquests held in Walkley’s pubs to gas explosions to the temperance movement.
Ben Lee, of Wood Spring Court, who attended the opening night, said:
“It was absolutely amazing. I saw the poster and I thought it would be alright, so we came down to have a look, but I didn’t expect it to be anywhere as interesting as it was.
“I have lived in Sheffield for two years and I have never really been interested in the history of the city, but this has definitely made me want to find out more and attend more events like that.”
Alex Piotrowska, landlady of The Florist, said:
“We are very proud of our roots and our history, so it was an absolute pleasure for The Florist to hold this history event. It really transported the audience back to what it would have been like in here during Victorian times.
“We are massively connected with our history and the local community, so we would definitely like to hold more events like this in the future.”
Two more performances are scheduled for November:
• The Blind Monkey, 279 Whitehouse Lane, Wednesday 14 November
• The Walkley Cottage, 46 Bole Hill Road, Monday 19 November
Entry is free, and both events will start at 7:30pm. More information can be found on Walkley Historians’ website.