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Nether Edge History Group : Open Meeting Notes January 3rd 2018. The Union Hotel.


The first meeting of the New Year and an opportunity to reflect on the successes of 2017 and consider the priorities for 2018, an opportunity enthusiastically taken up by the 20 + people who were in attendance.

There were three main aspects to the meeting

                  Review of interests

                  Review of 2017

                  Priorities for 2018.

Review of interests

Each person was invited to outline their particular interests. What was encouraging was the range and commitment of virtually everyone present. People are working on a wide range and type of historical topic. Some generic ( architecture, landscape ), some focused ( production of a follow up to They Lived in Sharrow and Nether Edge, the development of the Cherry Tree Drive estate ), some specific ( Sheffield Parks, the Spring trade in Sheffield).

The review generated a discussion as to how we continue to develop the Group as a support resource for all the excellent work underway. This then fed into the discussion on 2018.

Review of 2017.

The general opinion was that 2017 had been an excellent year and one which continued the steady development of the Group as an active and flourishing enterprise.

Of particular note :

                  The series of walks which continued to attract people

                  The Festival / Heritage talks which have become a popular feature of the calendar.

The publication of ‘Aspects of Nether Edge’ which has sold well and which has elicited very favourable reviews.

The continuing exercise in collecting memories of those living in Nether Edge, with a reviews of 2017 contributions due out soon.

Ambitions for 2018.

It was agreed that we should be building on the rude health of the Group by continuing the successful activities of 2017 listed above, and considering possible new initiatives for the coming year.

A brainstorming session threw up a number of  ideas :

Organising a process whereby photographs are taken of threatened buildings in NE so that a historical record exists in the event of them disappearing.

The organisation of our fledgeling archives into a structured and categorised record which could then be developed further

A programme of talks either general, or specific.

A series of instructional sessions on ‘How to do Local History’

The placement of Historical Plaques in the area.

A project on ‘The Women of NE’ given the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK

Establishing contact with local historians in Sharrow.

The key question here of course is how to find people who are able to help with these .

The good news is that we already have some volunteers for these new projects :

                  Roy Pilkington has agreed to lead the Archives Project.

                  Richard Taylor the organisation of a Local History Symposium

                  Kay Phillips and John Austin Historical Plaques.

In addition Richard has volunteered to organise a session to further explore other Project ideas and identify people who might want to get involved. Arrangements will be circulated when decided.


One of the functions of the Group is to put people in touch with others who might be able help with research interests.

We have 2 requests this time :

  • John Austin is looking for information on the Sheffield Spring trade
  • Nick Waite is looking for information on Mary Wally Tyzack, spinster, who lived at 7, Williamson Road before and after the war, and who was active in Girl Guides and St Andrews Church. Anyone remember her ?

Next Meeting

Thursday March 1st 6.00 The Union Hotel




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