Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A Walk Through Crookes, Crosspool and west Broomhill - Tuesday 18th February 2015


Here are my notes of  The Walk Through Crookes, Crosspool and West Broomhill - Tuesday 18th February 2015





2 quarries on the south side (no great depth) and 1 on the north side (Sandersons) – latter 60-80ft deep – peaked 1890-1905. Decline and rented flat section of quarry to Mudfords (Ropemakers) – 100 yard lengths of hemp rope. Moved to Broughton Lane and then Petre Street. After 1945 domestic tip with ashes which was landscaped and became what is now known as Lydgate Park. Unstable to build on

 Mount Zion – Wesley Tower 1790 Part shown on Fairbanks map 1851 Honey Poke 1876 Mary Awdas  - Isabella Howlden upto 1913 Edna Depledge (Lincoln Cathedral Boston Stump?) demolished 1968

1908 Lydgate Lane School built by a Mr Roper of Crookes Road


The Blacksmith’s Shop Lydgate lane with Mount Zion in the background circa 1900


Elliot’ Cottage – Lydgate Lane


The Blacksmith’s Shop Lydgate Lane and Tapton Hill Road


Tapton Hill Road - site of the Graves Trust Homes and Royal Mail Sorting Office


 Lydgate Hall and Horatio Bright - now Lydgate Hall Crescent



The first Crosspool Tavern had originally been Mr. Joseph Sarson's cottage and workshop. He died shortly after its conversion to a tavern in 1824. The property remained in the family for over a hundred years, and Joseph's widow ran the premises until the mid 1870s. It became a meeting place for the district and had its own skittle alley. The tavern was totally rebuilt in 1930 and the last member of the Sarson family to run it retired in 1935, having held the license for 40 years" I think that this information may be incorrect - the 1841 Census clearly states that Joseph is still alive. Joseph Sarson - Deaths Mar 1843 - SARSON Joseph Ecclesall Bierlow 22 78 Deaths Dec 1846 - SARSON Joseph Sheffield 22 498 Joseph did not die soon after the conversion as stated, but sometime in the period 1841 - 1851. He also did not change it into a tavern as suggested but a beerhouse. This is confirmed by entries in subsequent trade directories and censuses, White's Trade Directory from 1833 gives the following entry.
Joseph Sarson Beerhouse and Scale presser 



Kings Head Manchester Road - now "Retirement Homes"


Hallam Tower Hotel

24 March 1965 – 18th April 2004

Hallamgate House was built for Francis Hoole and family and was occupied by him in 1790, if not earlier. The house stood out in its locality in terms of scale and had an ornamental garden

 Later occupants were:

Peter Frith, optician, from 1839 - 1844;

Charles Hoole, grocer & tea dealer, 1846 - 1879;

Arthur Wightman, solicitor, Justice of the Peace for the City of Sheffield, Town Trustee, Trustee Birley’s Charity, Governor of the Sheffield Royal Grammar School, member of the Council of the University of Sheffield, from 1879-1924;

G.Graves Ltd, wireless manufacturer from 1929-1948, who turned the house into the ‘Hallamgate Works’ and sold it to Plessey Ltd. The site was acquired by the University in 1963 and demolished to make way for the (now empty) student halls of residence. Now executive housing













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