Walkley History

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


Welcome to the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history website.

We are a community history project investigating the history of Walkley, a suburb in the west of Sheffield. Walkley Community Centre is managing a three-year history project called Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars, which started in October 2012.

We are beginning with three themes relating to the history of the Walkley Community Centre:

1) Fir Street in 1908, the year the Walkley Liberal Reform Club was founded. The building became the Walkley Community Centre in 1974.

2) World War 1. To celebrate the centenary of the start of the First World War, we will research the lives and military careers of the Reform Club members who fought in the war.

3) Walkley life in the 1960s and 1970s, and the council plans to first demolish the suburb as slum clearance then the improvements scheme which protected what remained.

We hope to establish a Walkley History Society, based in the Community Centre, which will become a forum for learning and researching about our local history.

If you have memories, photographs or documents of Walkley we would love to hear from you – please contact us.

If you would like to take part in oral and local history research please get in touch too. There are lots of opportunities to be involved, and we can offer training.

A steering group comprising Rick Allen and Nicole Houghton (WCC), Rev Melanie FitzGerald, Veronica Hardstaff, Hugh Waterhouse and Bill Bevan will oversee the project on behalf of WCC.

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.