Walkley History

News, events and discoveries of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project.

Walkley Winter Fair

Walkley Historians will be at the Walkley Community Centre Winter Fair on Saturday 25th November. Advertisements

November 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Right Up Your Street?

Talented Walkley photographer Moira Gibbons has created these wonderful montages of the old street and pub signs of Walkley. Moira took them for the Walkley Historians’ Streets of Walkley exhibition, … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Walkley History Books For Sale Today

Visit Walkley Historians today in Walkley Carnegie Library as part of the Walkley Festival. We’re here from 11am until 4pm. You can find out about our new project – Stories … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Streets of Walkley Exhibition

The new Walkley Historians exhibition has been installed in Beeches of Walkley‘s window in time for the Walkley Festival. The exhibition is all about the meanings behind the street names … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Walkley Carnegie Library

Great news from the library volunteers! PRESS RELEASE Walkley Carnegie Library is delighted to announce that grant-funding has been received, thanks to National Lottery players, to support the initial development … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lost Pubs of Walkley

One of our new research topics is the ‘Lost (and Remaining) Pubs of Walkley. Would you like to help research the history of the pubs of Walkley? Walkley Historians are forming … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 25 Comments

Inspiring Welsh Research

The First World War research of the Walkley Historians inspired a group in North Wales to look into the people remembered on their own war memorial. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/book-remembers-gallant-men-conwy-11468256

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

History IS Here – March

March’s talk is by Hugh Waterhouse about ‘The Baron of Walkley’. 7pm, Friday 11th March 2016, Walkley Community Centre. Entry is free and there will be a small cafe.

March 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

History IS Here – February

February’s talk is by Hugh Waterhouse. ‘The Baron of Walkley’ covers the mysterious fraudster and self-styled Walkley aristocrat. 7pm, Friday 12th February 2016, Walkley Community Centre. Entry is free and … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walkley History Videos

You can watch the videos made during the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars project.

January 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

History IS Here – January

January’s talk is by Bob Johnston, University of Sheffield. ‘The excavation of Holme Head Wheel, Rivelin Valley’. 7pm, Friday 15th January 2016, Walkley Community Centre. Entry is free and there will … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walkley and the home of Scottish football

One of the Freehold Land Societies which together created our urban suburb from 1848 onwards, was called the Hampden View Land Society. Almost no trace of this estate survives. The … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Film Premiere and Book Launch

Walkley Community Centre’s three-year history project, Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars, came to an exciting finale with a book launch and film premiere at the centre on Friday 11th December.

December 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sheffield Blitz 75 Years Ago

Here is a small selection of excerpts from Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars interviews which recall the night of the Sheffield Blitz, 12th December 1940.

December 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Air raid sirens signal Sheffield Blitz commemoration

World War Two air raid sirens will ring out across the city of Sheffield at 7.15pm this Saturday night (December 12th) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blitz.   … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Creevela Works Under Threat Again

There is a new application to demolish Creevela Works on Parsonage Crescent.  If you wish to object to the demolition of this historic farm building, one of the earliest and last … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tom Metcalfe, KOYLI Private

Here is a short biography of Tom Metcalfe, a Walkley resident who enlisted in the army on the outbreak of the First World War and came out the other end … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bloor St Photographer

Walkley Historians have been approached with this photograph. He bought it on ebay recently, and when taking the back of the frame, found the name of the photographer. They are G. … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

New History Project Public Meeting

You are invited to a public meeting to find out about an exciting new potential history project about Walkley. The Walkley Historians are exploring ideas for a Streets of Walkley project to … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 3rd November 1915

The War seems closer as the Minutes record the return from the Front of a member disabled whilst on active service.  His membership subscription is waived.  A successful concert has … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walkley Action Group Newsletters

These documents are taken from Geoff Green’s collection of Walkley Action Group material and are separate from other Walkley Action Group material held in this archive. WAG 1 August 1969 … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 1 Comment


This collection of documents relates to the research done by Geoff Green, the Walkley Action Group, and students of the University of Sheffield. Geoff Green was a PhD student at … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Other Areas

This collection of documents relates to community action in other areas of Sheffield. The work of the Walkley Action Group inspired activism in many other communities. Darnall replanned contribution form … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 1 Comment


These documents include letters to and from Geoff Green and generally relate to his fight against the Walkley slum clearances. 4 page letter to Mr G from Ms J Lloyd … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 1 Comment


Geoff Green Election Materials In 1970 Geoff Green stood as an independent candidate to fight the slum clearance of Walkley. He did not win the election but shortly afterwards helped … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · 1 Comment


23.6.1971 Minutes of WAG meeting 26.2.1972 re Improvement Grants Meeting May 1973 WAG handout on improvement lists WAG box at Fir Street correspondence WAG correspondence 22 May 69 to 14 … Continue reading

October 26, 2015

Pamphlets and other campaign materials

CAMPAIGN MATERIALS Walkley Action Group Handout and Responses B Hartley 391 South Rd C L Hall 356 South Rd D Glass 397 South Rd Dow Electric 378 South Rd E … Continue reading

October 26, 2015


This is the collection of letters relating to the work of the Walkley Action Group. These include letters to residents from the campaign group, and letters to the group detailing … Continue reading

October 26, 2015


On this page you can find the newsletters for the Walkley Action Group. This newsletter ran from 1969 to 1973 over 13 issues. Where possible we have provided both the … Continue reading

October 26, 2015


Geoff Green Archive These are the documents  from Geoff Green’s personal collection. Election Material Letters Other campaign areas Community Research Walkley Action Group Documents Walkley Action Group Leaflets Walkley Action … Continue reading

October 26, 2015

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 20th October 1915

The Club continues to recruit new members and decides how to use the cash left over after the entertainment of wounded soldiers. [20 October 1915] Minutes of Executive Committee, held … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 9th September 1915

A quiet meeting, with the impact of the War clearly being felt locally as the Club makes plans to entertain some of the wounded soldiers. [9 September 1915] Minutes of … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 7th July 1915

A sombre note to the meeting, with the deaths recorded of two Club members, including Private Archie Shelley, who would later be commemorated in the stained glass window in the … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Skipping, Sunshine and School

Beryl Griffin recounts her 1940’s and 50’s childhood on Harold Street. She writes about school, street games, back street betting, housework and family life. The street was demolished in the … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Raymond Swift

Raymond Swift would like to hear from people who knew him or his sister from the time they lived in Walkley. Raymond was born on Elton Street in 1936. He … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

October Talk Cancelled

Please note that October’s History IS Here talk is postponed to November 14th for personal reasons. There will be no talk on October 10th.

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Baby-farming at Walkley

Sheffield Independent 7 November 1887 “On Wednesday last, a man and his wife, who gave the address of Elton street, Walkley, visited Eckington in search of the parents of an … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Exhibition Launch and Ruskin Park Fun Day

Some photos of the Walkley Historians stall at the Ruskin Park Fun Day and the installation of the Nine Men, Nine Live, One Great War exhibition at Beeches of Walkley. … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Grammar Street (court 15)

Court 1, Grammar Street (1890 Town Plan) 1951 Ordnance Survey – from http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/ Hugh

February 16, 2014 · 2 Comments


Audrey Buxton talks about Scholey’s, a very popular shop on Burgoyne Road, then writes in more detail about this  three-part ‘department’ store at 154-158, Burgoyne Road was a haberdasherer, furniture and … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Walkley Oral History Online

Clips from oral history interviews are going online. We are using the free audio sharing service called AudioBoo, founded by two ex-BBC radio engineers. You can visit Walkley Oral History Online … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment