Walkley History

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

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 11th August 1915

A key Officer of the Club has submitted a formal letter of resignation from the Committee, but the meeting quickly turns to another matter – the many wounded soldiers in Sheffield … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Poem in response to Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War

Siobhan Hoyes writes… After seeing the moving display in Beeches I have written a reflection dedicated to the nine men whose names are remembered on the memorial windows.  War a glorious … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Awards Shortlisting

Great news – we have been shortlisted for an international award for our Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War part of Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars. Walkley Community Centre has … Continue reading

July 16, 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

Sweet shop on Bole Hill Road?

Does anyone remember the sweet shop in the garden of Ruskin House? This was the Girls’ Training College located near Walkley Cottage, where Rivelin St meets Bole Hill Road. We … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 2nd June 1915

A routine meeting of the Executive Committee; the Club continues to recruit new members. [2 June 1915] Minutes of Executive Committee meeting, held June 2nd 1915 Mr Wragg presiding The … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reform Club First World War Members

Here are the biographies of the nine men of Walkley Reform Club who fought and died in the First World War.

June 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Looking after your family papers workshop

DONCASTER HERITAGE FESTIVAL ‘Looking after your family papers’ workshop by Sheffield Archives’ Conservator, Antony Oliver. Thursday 21st May 2015, 10.30am-12.30pm. Doncaster Central Library Tickets £3 Refreshments Practical tips from the … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 5th May 1915

As the new Club year gets underway, Committees are elected to run each of the many activities available to members.  Billiards, bowling and whist drives will take place on Club … Continue reading

May 5, 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

Ruskin in Walkley

History IS Here and Ruskin-in-Sheffield talk by Dr Marcus Waithe about John Ruskin’s St George’s Museum in Walkley. Founded in 1875, the museum was in a Freehold Land Society house … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stories from Nine Men

The first thirty minutes of Simon Heywood’s telling of the nine men of Walkley Reform Club who died fighting during the First World War.

April 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 19th April 1915

The AGM elects Officers for the coming year and receives the financial report for 1914-15.   Special mention is made of the Stewardess, Mrs Wolstenholme, whose work for the Club is … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club’s Origins

Friday night’s History IS Here talk is a very special one. Three Walkley Historians will present the results of their research on the early history of Walkley Reform Club and … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

The Club continues to attract new members, but some of the existing members have not yet paid their subscriptions and will be sent reminders.  A date for the annual General … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

The Roll of Honour, a tribute to Club members serving in the Forces, has been established and the Committee notes that there are three new names to be added.  The … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walkley History 2014

Here is a report on the activities and events of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars project in 2014. First World War The Walkley Community Centre project remembered the centenary of … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

Ruskin in Sheffield launch

Ruskin in Sheffield The Guild of St George are delighted that we will be announcing the details of an exciting community heritage programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Year Events

History IS Here The next History IS Here talk this coming Friday – 9th January. Dr Jenny Stephenson will talk about the history of Walkley House medical practice, based on … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club -on this day 100 years ago – 5th January 1915

As the New Year opens, with no end of the War in sight, the Club steadfastly continues normal business and welcomes new members.   Club members serving in the Forces have … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 16th December 1914

As the first Christmas of the War approaches, the Club prepares to send gifts of cigarettes to Club members serving in the Forces, and sets a date for the annual … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 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

Walkley House History

A Sheffield GP, Jenny Stephenson, has traced the history of her Medical Centre, Walkley House and its branch, Stannington Medical Centre, and collected together the memories and fascinating stories of … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Creevela Work Photo Meeting on Saturday 20th December

New Photo Date Neale Gibson is arranging for a photographer to visit Creevela Works, Parsonage at 10.30am on Saturday 20th December to take a photo ready to put in the … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 4th November 1914

A Club official wins a prestigious local trophy. Social events are planned in aid of Belgian Relief, an international organisation that arranged for the supply of food to German-occupied Belgium and northern … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Stories of Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War

Follow the lives of 9 men of Walkley who fought and died during the First World War. We are holding two special storytelling events based on the lives of the … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 7th October 1914

Routine business of the Walkley Reform Club goes on as usual during the early months of the Great War. [7 October 1914] Minutes of General Committee held Oct 7 1914 … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

First World War Windows Rededication Ceremony

Walkley Community Centre’s First World War Memorial windows have been restored. They were unveiled as part of a rededication ceremony on Sunday 3rd August. This was the culmination of 18 … Continue reading

October 3, 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

Slum Britain in the 1960s

Photographer Nick Hedges travelled from Birmingham slums to Glasgow tenements in the 1960s and 70s to document poverty-stricken Britain. He found families who slept with the lights blazing to keep … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

First World War Exhibition at Gerry’s

The Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War exhibition is now on display in Gerry’s Bakery and Coffee House, South Rd, Walkley. You can enjoy the exhibition over a coffee … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

History IS Here Talks Return

The second season of History IS Here talks begin in October. Held at Walkley Community Centre, each talk is a stimulating and exciting delve into Walkley’s past by the people … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 1st September 1914

By September 1914, the first mention of the First World War enters the Walkley Reform Club minutes. [1 September 1914] Minutes of general Committee held Sept 1.14 Mr David Smith … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 12th August 1914

Britain has been at war for eight days, but billiard tables, accounts, the Floral Society’s annual show and an open night are on the minds of Walkley Reform Club’s committee. [12 … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Walkley Reform Club – on this day 100 years ago – 8th July 1914

This month and the summer brings the lawnmower to the fore. [8 July 1914] Minutes of General Committee held Wednes July 8 1914 Mr David Smith presiding That the minutes … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Somme 98 Years On

“Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying. That was our history.” John Harris This morning is the 98 years on since the Sheffield Pals first major engagement … Continue reading

July 1, 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

Howard Hotel

Walkley residents recount the Howard Hotel, a tiny pub on the site of the bus stop on Howard Road close to Fulton Road. Do you have any photographs of the … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 5 Comments

Walkley First World War memorial windows to be unveiled

Walkley Community Centre will unveil the newly restored memorial windows to the nine men of Walkley Reform Club who died during the First World War on Sunday 3rd August, 3 … Continue reading

June 25, 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