Friday, 10 July 2020

PC Thomas Clifford 1880-85 Sheffield

A few months ago a researcher contacted me to ask for my assistance with regard to the Masons Arms (now known as the Big Tree at Woodseats) and Sanger's circus elephants. 

I posted an article many years ago about the tragic death of the Baldwin's Pony in Sheffield.
and it was the information on this page that he wanted to clarify. Fortunately I was able to assist him in this matter.

This week I received another mail to say that his research has been published

"my biographical piece on my great-great grandfather's time as a police constable has now been published online, as a freely downloadable pdf document, by Derbyshire Family History Society (DFHS). To navigate from the DFHS homepage, select 'Data & Downloads', then 'Downloads Area', and the link 'PC Clifford' appears under 'File categories (Public)'; this opens the page on which the link to the pdf appears  

There is a DIRECT  link for the pdf itself -"

Thomas Clifford, was born in 1850 in Hugglescote, north-west Leicestershire. He grew up in Allestree and Darley Abbey, just north of Derby. Thomas spent most of his working life with the Midland Railway, based in Derby. But he also had a brief career with Derbyshire Constabulary, posted to the north of the county on the southern edge of Sheffield. His great-great grandson, John Clifford, has written a biographical piece about Thomas' time as a police constable in the early 1880s.

And what a biography it is. It is a tremendous piece of research which I found fascinating in many respects. Apart from Thomas's career it also details the social and econonic history of Sheffield in the late nineteenth century and contains photos that I have never seen before.   

Monday, 29 June 2020

"There is no place like home" 23 Orchard Road Walkley Sheffield - 1913

After the success of my previous blog (it only took 8 years!) I came across this photograph/postcard last week on an online auction site

It is a rather interesting photo of a young couple and I assume their first child - there is no information on the rear of the card. Below the image is the phrase "Yours truely C Bean" - I am not sure about that
name though

23 Orchard Road Walkey where the photo was taken is still there - it is behind the Asda store on South Road 

But like some many houses in the district it has been recently "redeveloped."  

    I wonder what the young family would have thought. If anyone can supply me with additional information on the family just mail me


    A Double Wedding in 1920 Walkley Sheffield - An Update

    On 20th March 2012 I posted a blog  - A Double Wedding in 1920 Walkley Sheffield which contained the following photo

    At the time I stated

    "I could not find any trace of "Bullors" in the 1911 UK census but enter the name "Bullers" and there are quite a few entries inj the Crookes/ Walkley area. But what I can't find are any entries for the marriages in the BMD registers. If her maiden name was Bullors/Bullers then you would expect her father and uncle to have that name but so far I have not been able to trace them "

    But today I receive an e-mail from a reader of the blog who stated that the bridegrooms at the wedding were her mothers brothers and that their surname was BULLOSS. Armed with this information it was easy to pinpoint that date of the photograph - Monday 2nd August 1920.

    Here are the details

    Surname First name(s) Spouse District Vol Page 
    Marriages Sep 1920   
    Bulloss Albert Cantrell Ecclesall B. 9c 937   
    Bulloss Herbert Harrison Ecclesall B. 9c 937    
    Cantrell Edith Bulloss Ecclesall B. 9c 937   
    Harrison Florence H Bulloss Ecclesall B. 9c 937

    BULLOSS, Albert (Bachelor, age 27, Grinder, residing at 102 Woodwiew Rd).
        Married Edith CANTRELL, on August 2, 1920, by C J Watkins (Banns) at
        St John The Baptist Church, Owlerton.  Father's name is Joseph Bulloss (Forgeman).
        Married in the presence of Arthur Regnld Hauron, Ellen Bulloss.
        Page No: 95 Reg No: 190

    BULLOSS, Herbert (Bachelor, age 21, Spring Knife Finisher, residing at 102 Woodview Rd).
        Married Florence Hannah HARRISON, on August 2, 1920, by C J Watkins (Banns) at
        St John The Baptist Church, Owlerton.  Father's name is Joseph Bulloss (Forgeman).
        Married in the presence of Ralph Krause, Louisa Bulloss.
        Page No: 95 Reg No: 189

    1911 Census

    Name: Herbert Bulloss
    Age in 1911: 11
    Estimated birth year: abt 1900
    Relation to Head: Son
    Gender: Male
    Birth Place: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
    Civil Parish: Ecclesall
    Search Photos: Search for 'Ecclesall' in the UK City, Town and Village Photos collection
    County/Island: Yorkshire-West Riding
    Country: England
    Street address: 222 Bell Hagg Rd Sheffield
    Occupation: School
    Registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow
    Registration District Number: 509
    Sub-registration district: Ecclesall North
    ED, institution, or vessel: 01
    Piece: 27701
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Joseph Bulloss 44
    Florence Bulloss 42
    William Bulloss 22
    Arthur Bulloss 19
    Albert Bulloss 17
    Louisa Bulloss 15
    Ellen Bulloss 13
    Herbert Bulloss 11
    Frank Bulloss 10
    George Bulloss 8
    Florence Bulloss 7
    Ernest Bulloss 4
    Jane Bulloss 2

    1901 Census (Note that the family surname as been transcribed as BALLAS

    Name: Joseph Ballas
    Age: 34
    Estimated birth year: abt 1867
    Relation to Head: Head
    Gender: Male
    Spouse: Florence Ballas 
    Birth Place: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England Civil Parish: Nether Hallam
    Ecclesiastical parish: Crookes St Thomas Town Sheffield Yorkshire England
    Street address: 222 Bell Hagg Road
    Registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow Sub-registration district: Hallam
    ED, institution, or vessel: 38 Piece: 4343 Folio: 54 Page Number: 6 Household schedule number: 31
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Joseph Ballas 34
    Florence Ballas 32
    William Ballas 12
    Arthur Ballas 10
    Albert Ballas 7
    Louisa Ballas 5
    Ellin Ballas 3
    Harbert Ballas 1
    Frank Ballas 6/12

    1939 Nationasl Register

    Name: Joseph Bulloss
    Gender: Male
    Marital status: Widowed
    Birth Date: 21 Oct 1866
    Residence Year: 1939
    Address: 44 Bromley Street Residence Place: Sheffield, Yorkshire (West Riding), England
    Occupation: Forgeman Retired (Heavy)
    Schedule Number: 166 Sub Schedule Number: 1
    Enumeration District: KIDU Registration district: Sheffield 510/2
    Household Members:
    Joseph Bulloss
    William Bulloss
    Jane Bunckley 

    By the time of the 1939 Register Joseph was widowed - his wife Florence died ten years earlier in 1929. Living with Joseph was one of his sons William and possibly his married daughter Jane   

    Thursday, 11 June 2020

    Ranby Road Sheffield - Then and Now

    Whist I was researching the boating lake at Endcliffe Park - see previous post, I came across this postcard of Ranby Road. The road leads off from Rustlings Road and the aforementioned Endcliffe Park

     The photograph was taken from the bottom of Ranby Road looking up towards Greystones and shows the proverbial one man and his dog on a wet day in Sheffield. No date is given on the card but I would say it was circa 1910.

    One hunderd years later and this is Ranby Road with Endcliffe Park (and the circus/fair) at the bottom of the road. Different world!

    The Brief Life of Kenneth Toulson - Sheffield 1931 - An update

    I have just posted this article to the site that appeared in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated 13th November 1931

    The previous newspaper reports of the inquest and trial were vague as to the location of Kenneth's death but this revealed the location as being the boating lake in Sheffield's Endcliffe Park.

    It surprised me because I never knew there was a boating lake in the Park but there actually was one.

    According to the University of Sheffield the boating lake used to be "the second or middle dam used to power Holmes Wheel, a grinding mill , and was used as a boating lake until at least the 1950s, according to OS National Grid Tile SK3285 from 1952." 

    Sadly it was also the site of young Kenneth's tragic death

    Mrs Ivy Gill - the first woman from Sheffield to swim the English Channel - 13th October 1927

    I was thinking of posting an article on Ivy's tremendous feat of swimming the English Chaneel in October 1927 but found that the event was amply covered on the Channel Swimming website that celebrates and records this feat. The above photograph was taken at Millhouses Park Open-Air Swimming Pool in 1929

    Sunday, 24 May 2020

    Attercliffe Old Cemetery Attercliffe Common Sheffield

    The following is a postcard that has the title "Old Cemetery Attercliffe Common Sheffield" 

    I could not place it initially but after checking on Wikipedia I found this information on Wikipedia

    Attercliffe Chapel, also known as the Hill Top Chapel, is a Gothic chapel in Attercliffe, now a suburb of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The chapel was constructed in 1629, when Attercliffe was a township separate from Sheffield, although in the same parish. Consecration took place on St. Matthias' day, 24 February 1630. By the 1840s, the chapel was used only for funeral services.

    The chapel, surrounded by its cemetery, and lying on the south bank of the River Don, was largely rebuilt in 1909, but retains its period atmosphere. It is Grade II listed.

    As of 2014, the Sheffield congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales meets at the Chapel.

    And on the Find A Grave website 1,387 memorials from the Cemetery are listed!

    The Late Mr Samuel Bennett - Burgreave Cemetery Sheffield December 1869

    I came across this cutting from the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated 27th December 1879 which announced the death and interment of the first superintendent of Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery

    By the time of his death nearly 30,000 persons had been buried there and it had only opened in 1861 (the first burial was on 23rd March 1861 - it was a five year old boy named Oscar Brooks) 

    The Cemetery was closed for new burials in the 1960's by which time over 160,000 had been buried there. Amongst this number are a few of my ancestors

    And from the burial record that appears on the Sheffield Indexers site it looks as though Samuel had to endure what no parent should have to - the death and burial of his son Thomas Laurie ten years prior in 1869

    BENNETT, Elizabeth (spinster, age 76).
    Died at 29 Upper Albert Rd; Buried on November 11, 1924 in Consecrated ground;
    Grave Number 8, Section P3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
    Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Officiating Minister, Spencer H Elliott: Removed from Sheffield Parish.

    BENNETT, Jane (Widow, age 71).
    Died at Cambridge; Buried on April 9, 1892 in Consecrated ground;
    Grave Number 8, Section P3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
    Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: 11548 / 2.
    BENNETT, Samuel (Superintendent, age 61).
    Died at Burngreave; Buried on December 24, 1879 in Consecrated ground;
    Grave Number 8, Section P3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
    Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: Reopened 11548.

    BENNETT, Thomas Laurie (Son of Samuel Bennett, age 20).
    Died at Burngreave Cemetery; Buried on November 1, 1869 in Consecrated ground;
    Grave Number 8, Section P3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.
    Parent or Next of Kin if Available: . Remarks: .
    Plot Owner: Samuel BENNETT of Burngreave Cemetery. Page No

    The Return of the Charabanc W 671 - Joseph Tomlinson & Sons Ltd. Sheffield

    Many years ago I posted an article to the site about the tragedy that occurred at Moscar near Sheffield on 25th August 1907

    But last week a descendent of Joseph Tomlinson the owner of the charabanc involved in the accident. contacted me and kindly forwarded this photograph. 

    It shows the charabanc reg no W671 on the road again - we are pretty positive that this was taken after the accident as the front mudguards are missing, and the radiator grill looks as though it has been replaced. There is no date or location given but it looks as though it is a day excursion from Sheffield into the Peak District that was during the summer months.

    I wonder if any of the passengers knew of W671's past? 

    Friday, 15 May 2020

    Fred Hunter (1887 - 1916) - Crookes (Sheffield)

    I have just received this photograph of a memorial in Crookes Cemetery (Sheffield) from a reader of my website. The grave belongs to the HUNTER family and is located in the far corner of the cemetery in section HH

    This is the grave record from the excellent Sheffield Indexers site

    HUNTER, Elizabeth (Widow, age 86).
         Died at 68 Bradley Street; Buried on January 27, 1933 in Consecrated ground;
         Grave Number 4064, Section HH of Crookes Cemetery, Sheffield.
         Plot Owner: ~ ~ of ~. Page No 239

    HUNTER, William (Labourer, age 68).
         Died at 204 Stannington View Road; Buried on July 14, 1916 in Consecrated ground;
         Grave Number 4064, Section HH of Crookes Cemetery, Sheffield.
         Plot Owner: ~ ~ of ~. Page No 53

    It is a splendid memorial although the inscription is now difficult to read.

    But this is a transcription of the memorial from my site

    HUNTER. In loving memory of William, the dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Hunter, who died July 9th 1916, aged 68 years.
    "At rest."
    Also of our dear brother Fred, dearly beloved and youngest son of the above, who fell in action in France, Sept 25th 1916, in his 29th year.
    "He nobly answered duties call, his life he gave for one and all."
    Also the above named Elizabeth Hunter, who died Jan 23rd 1933, aged 86 years.
    Also Kate, the beloved daughter of the above, died Feb 16th 1962, aged 82 years.
    "At rest."
    [Fred Hunter appears identical with Private, 21376, 10th Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died Tuesday 26th September 1916, age 29. Youngest son of Elizabeth Hunter, of 204 Stannington View Rd, Crookes, Sheffield, and the late William Hunter. Memorial Pier & Face 11C & 12A, Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.]

    As the reader of my article remarked at least William died just before his youngest son did in 1916, and was spared the grief and sorrow that would have accompanied the notice of death. Fred's body was never recovered from the battlefield and so like over 73,000 other fatalities he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. And also in Crookes Cemetery

    Sunday, 10 May 2020

    Brook Cottages Atterclife Sheffield

    I came across this photograph of Brook Cottages Atterclife Sheffield. There is no information on the reverse  of the postcard as to date etc.

    I did a little checking and found he following information in White's Directory of Sheffield which was published in 1852.

    "The poor have several small benefactions; ...The four old almshouses in Attercliffe, anciently the town school, were rebuilt by the overseers, in 1836, at the cost of about £170."

    I should imagine that the cottages were demolished many years ago but I would like to find out the date.

    Thursday, 30 April 2020

    Albert G Friedrich 233 Crookes Sheffield

    I came across this photograph of Crookes. There is no date on the card but the Punch Bowl public house on the right of the photo was built in 1927 on the site of an ealier pub.

    The butchers on the left is recorded  in: Sheffield & Rotherham Kelly's Directory.1925

    FRIEDRICH, Albert G. (~, Pork Butcher). Address: 223 Crookes, ~ in 1925.

    They were still there in 1939  - National Register entry as follows

    Name: Albert G Friedrich
    Gender: Male
    Marital status: Married
    Birth Date: 20 Sep 1885
    Residence Year: 1939
    Address: 223 Crookes(Shop)
    Residence Place: Sheffield, Yorkshire (West Riding), England
    Occupation: Cork Butcher (master salesman)
    Schedule Number: 310
    Sub Schedule Number: 1
    Enumeration District: KKAR
    Registration district: 510-6.
    Inferred Spouse: Elsie Friedrich
    Inferred Children: Albert E Friedrich
    Household Members:
    Albert G Friedrich
    Elsie Friedrich
    Albert E Friedrich
    Freda Fredrick (Knowles)
    Dorothy Gillott

    After retiring Albert lived on Brookland Avenue Fulwood Sheffield, He died 5 days after his 85th birthday 

    Name: Albert George Friedrich
    Death Date: 25 Sep 1970
    Death Place: Sheffield
    Probate Date: 6 Nov 1970
    Probate Registry: Sheffield

    The Funeral of "the boy Harrison" - Sheffield Friday 30th August 1907

    Many years ago I posted an article to the site about the terrible tragedy at Moscar on Sunday 25th August 1907 when a charabanc crashed into a wall killing 3 people outright. One of the fatalities was William Ernest Harrison age just 5 years old.

    Since then I have expanded the article to include more photographs. Last week a contributor to the Sheffield History Forum posted this photograph showing the funeral procession behind the hearse that carried the coffin of young William. It looks as though the photograph was taken at the corner of Charlotte Road. In the back ground is the spire of St Mary's Church in Bramall Lane. I believe it was the same photographer that took the photograph of the interment at City Road Cemetery

    Over a hundred years after the tragedy the grave of William is still lovingly tended