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As you will have seen in the media, today marks 100 years since women were allowed to vote.
To mark this event we will be holding AN EVENING WITH KILLAMARSH HERITAGE SOCIETY
on Monday 19th February at 7.00 pm
in the Parish Suite, Killamarsh Leisure Centre, Stanley Street
will give a presentation on
Cate will talk about the key events in the journey towards the vote for women through the stories of some South Yorkshire women’s involvement in the struggle.
The 6th of February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, giving women the right to vote for the first time.
2018 will celebrate this with a full year of events across the country.
Entrance: £2.00 on the door – the Bar will be open
Come along and join us – we look forward to seeing you there.






 Killamarsh Leisure Centre

Stanley Street, Killamarsh

 From 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

 Crafts and new items

 Refreshments will be available

 So put the date in your diary

We Look Forward to Meeting You




Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Dennis – 60 today –  the 15th of November 2017




Picture Postcard Railway Rambles

The Hope Valley Line – Sheffield to Edale

An Illustrated Slide Show Presentation by Stephen Gay

Monday 16th October 2017

The Parish Suite at Killamarsh Leisure Centre

Stanley Street, Killamarsh, S21 1EL

Doors Open at 7.00 pm – show will start at 7.30 pm

Entrance £3.00 on the door

Everyone most welcome.   Refreshments available

This slide show presentation takes the traveller along the Hope Valley Line through the Peak District on a 20 mile journey from Sheffield to Edale. Breathtaking scenery is passed which inspired Britain’s first National Park. Using recently taken slides, the show will include historical information, a few poetry readings and many laughs along the way! Stephen’s faithful German Shepherd dog WRAWBY will not be present at this show but will appear on quite a few pictures shown. From luscious landscapes and moorland views, to riverside walks and tea room trails, all four seasons will feature, with the aim and challenge of capturing the route in a scenic and artistic composition. Please take your seat and settle down for Picture Postcard Railway Rambles – The Hope Valley Line.



The members of Killamarsh Charity Group would like to thank everyone who came along and joined us on Barbara’s Walk 2017.

Nearly 80 people joined us and helped raise £881.36 for the Weston Park Cancer Charity.  We were really pleased to see members of Barbara’s family again who joined us for the walk as they do every year.

We really appreciate the support you give us for the walk and for the other events we hold during the year.

Everyone really enjoyed themselves and the weather kept dry.

Thank you so much to Ian and Dorothy and their staff at the West End pub who fed everyone after the walk.

Look out for details of Barbara’s Walk 2018 and come along and join us.  We know you will enjoy it and raise funds for the charity as well.



Today we commemorate the centenary of the start of the battle known as Passchendaele.

Mr Jack Walker has asked if we could include on the website details of his uncle Joe Walker who was killed in action on 17th September 1917 – 100 years next month.










Regiment:                York and Lancaster

Rank:                         Sergeant

Service No:              313 745

 Enlisted:                   29 August 2014

 Killed in Action:      17 September 1917 – Aged 23

Born in Killamarsh in 1894, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Walker, Joe lived at Highmoor and later at Norwood. The 1911 census shows that he was employed as a ‘Colliery pony driver underground’, probably at Norwood pit.

After the outbreak of war in 1914, Joe walked to Sheffield with his Killamarsh pals in order to ‘join up’.

He was enlisted into the York and Lancaster regiment on 29th August 1914.  Joe was trained at Pontefract, Yorkshire with the 3rd (reserve battalion) York and Lancs.

Details of Joe Walker’s Service taken from army records:

13th July 1915

Posted to France with the 7th Battalion York and Lancs.

20th August 1915

Invalided home wounded, injury described as “bullet wound right arm severe”.

2nd January 1916

Returned to France posted to 8th Battalion York and Lancs.

23rd July 1916

Appointed Lance Corporal in the field.

2nd October 1916

Wounded and sent for treatment

10th October 1916

Rejoined the Battalion

20th October 1916

Appointed Corporal

3rd December 1916

Awarded Military Medal

19th April 1917

Appointed Lance Sergeant

3rd June 1917

Appointed Sergeant

17th September 1917

Killed in Action

Joe survived the battle of the Somme, only to lose his life a year later in 1917.

He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial at Passchendaele, Belgium on panels 125 to 128 in the south rotunda of the memorial.



For the fourth year running

Killamarsh Charity Group will be holding a

‘TIME FOR TEA’ party on

Saturday 10th of June, 2017 

from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

in the Methodist Church Hall, Sheffield Road, Killamarsh

(entrance in the corner of the Aldi Car Park)

to raise funds for the

Weston Park Cancer Charity

Weston Park Cancer Charity exists to make a difference for people living with cancer by supporting cancer research and improving cancer treatment and care.

Everyone is touched by cancer, either themselves or a family member or friends and many people in the area need the services provided by Weston Park Hospital.

So come along and join us and help raise funds for this very worthwhile charity.

Thanks to all those who baked cakes for our previous events we were able to donate all the money we raised to the charity. If you would like to bake a cake for this year’s event or can’t make it on the day but would like to make a donation we would love to hear from you on 0114 2484812 or email

For more information about the Weston Park Cancer Charity visit  or telephone  0114 226 5373




We have received an email from Roslyn Tucker.  If anyone can give Roslyn any information please contact us by emailing or telephone 0114 2484812 and we will pass it on to her.

Many thanks.


My Name is Roslyn Tucker and I live in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. My Mother was Edith Newton, she was married to John Fredrick Newton for some years before being divorced. I think Mum lived on Jubilee Cresent in the 30s ,40s. Mum was born in Sheffield 1917 , her parents Joe and Elizabeth Vardy. In the late 40s Mum moved away from Killamarsh to make Sydney Australia her home.She married again and had 3 children, I’m the daughter. Mum lived for the last 60 years in Australia before her death in 2013, aged 95.

I’m looking for some information on my Mum and her life in Killamarsh.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Many Thanks









The following memories have been sent to us by Eric Morris, who was brought up and lived in Killamarsh and now lives in Kent.

We recently featured the article in the January issue of Doorsteppa.

After recently watching the T.V. programme – The Last Miners – about the closure of Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire, these are my thoughts prompted by the programme.

I worked at Westthorpe Colliery between 1967-1975 where I was an electrician – not a very good one – so I got out of the pit at the earliest opportunity. However, as the cliché goes – you can take the lad out of the pit – but not the pit out of the boy … He is still in there all these years later.

Reaching the target at Westthorpe pit. Joss Pearson on right. Photo courtesy of Joss Pearson.

Back to the programme – I watched it out of curiosity because it’s over forty years since I left Westthorpe – but it bought back so many memories – thoughts and feelings I had taken for granted for many years.

The first point is that at Kellingley they were working in seams some 10-12 feet high – luxury!  This is not to decry the Kellingley men – but it made me realise how hard it was to be working in the Flockton and Thorncliffe seams at best 5 feet high. Allowing for the face supports – this meant we crawled everywhere. The Thorncliiffe seam was also at about 45 degrees so we had to crawl backwards – slamming your battery and tools in someone’s face!  Standing up was a luxury waiting in the main and tail gates.

Having said that, as an electrician I came and went on the face – not spending much time there – so I reflect back in awe at people like Harry Tongue who worked shift after shift on the face – working in perpetual dust and soggy knee pads from the water that was there to suppress the dust! I remember Harry ranting to the head fitter about having a choice of pneumoconiosis or arthritic knees – some choice.  Harry had a way of getting his point across – and he was right.

Another point was that on the last shift I worked at Westthorpe I was waiting with some other colliers from the night shift when they struck up an impromptu tune and song – such fun, such camaraderie.

I was pleased to leave Westthorpe to go teacher training – such a contrast! But I did miss that camaraderie – but not the work. People ask me why I left – my reply is that it was dirty, dangerous and unhealthy work – and I was rubbish. Four good reasons [on their own] to leave.

But the Kellingley programme reminded me of that teamwork – that camaraderie – and sense of fun – it took the programme to remind me how important Westthorpe was in my life.

I like everyone to appreciate those special men who were miners at Westthorpe and High Moor – and everywhere.



A Happy New Year to all our followers and supporters.

Keep your memories and photographs coming.  Any subject much appreciated – village scenes, school photographs, village events etc. etc. from any era.

Send us your article (with photographs if possible) with your memories of Killamarsh for inclusion in our Killamarsh People section.

Email to

We look forward to hearing from you.



We would like to thank Rod Auton and the Chesterfield Canal Trust for giving their permission for us to include the following article and photographs on our website.  I am sure that all those who remember the canal in the Norwood area will be interested to read the latest news on the canal project and to see the wonderful photographs.


The Canal & River Trust aims to inspect all its tunnels every ten years. Our own Norwood Tunnel was due for inspection last year, but this was deferred. We thought that it was not to be done until December this year, so you can imagine our delight when we heard that it had been brought forward to the end of August.

We were asked not to make any announcements beforehand because C&RT did not want the place to be overrun, nor for uninvited guests to break in. They did however say that they would allow a strictly limited number of Trust members to enter. They said that some of their staff would also be entering.



We agreed that our Work Party would be the first in line, plus a few others including long term campaigners and those with specialist knowledge. Stephen Hardy, the C&RT Press Officer, did a superb job inviting the media. Both BBC Look North and ITV Calendar sent camera teams. Both went for trips inside and there were pieces on both channels that night. BBC Radio Sheffield sent a reporter and her piece hit the airwaves a couple of days later.


The previous day (Monday, 22nd August), some contractors broke down the wall that seals off the tunnel and built some steps and a handrail down from the towpath. I went to have a preliminary peek and was stunned at how good the tunnel’s brickwork appeared to be. On the Tuesday morning, the C&RT tunnel inspectors went in for a preliminary survey and set up a communication system – phones and radios do not work.norwood-tunnel-view-from-inside-tunnel-august-2016

They had brought a small inflatable boat with an electric outboard motor with room for three people. Given that one had to be an engineer, there could only be two passengers at a time.   The trips then started. The media went first, then the C&RT staff.

Richard Parry, the Chief Executive of C&RT, asked the engineer how the tunnel measured up to the other tunnels that are in use every day. The reply came that it was in much better condition than many of them.


Wednesday dawned hot and sunny. The engineers went in first to finish their inspection work. Then it was our turn. I was lucky enough to be on the first trip, because I had been given a special camera to make a video.


It was stunning. The brickwork is superb, except for a few cracks in the mortar that can be easily repaired. It was cool – very welcome – and the stalactites at around 100 metres in were amazing – some nearly a metre long.   Every 10 metres, the distance from the portal is painted on the wall, so you always know where you are. We went to 440 metres in, which is as far as boats can go. There is then a sunken pan and then a layer of silt. Apparently the first roof collapse is about 50 metres from Hard Lane. There is no room to turn the inflatable round, so you reverse in and go forwards on the way back. Turning round, I was amazed at how close the portal seemed. The tunnel has slight waves in the walls, notably at 200 metres in, but these are not noticeable at a distance – it appears to be dead straight.

The engineers carry an air monitor with them in the boat which beeps continually. Periodically, they report back to the guys at the portal saying where they are, what they are doing and what the readings are on the monitor.

When we arrived back at the portal, I was amazed to discover that we had been gone for nearly half an hour – it felt like five minutes.

On the Thursday, the tunnel was again bricked up. We can only hope that it will be a lot less than ten years before it is next opened and that it will not be subsequently resealed at all.

We are very grateful to C&RT for allowing us to visit the tunnel. Like their lock open days, this is a sign of how they are opening up their operations to the public. They are to be congratulated upon such enterprise – long may it continue.

Rod Auton                                                                                                               Chesterfield Canal Trust





10.00 AM TO 5.00 PM





COLIN HITCHINS has put a message under the photograph on the Photo Gallery of the children at Killamarsh Endowed School in 1959.

Colin (who is on the photograph) says it would be good to know what happened to everyone.  I know that some of you are still in Killamarsh (and also elsewhere).

It would be lovely to have your messages for Colin (you can put them on the Memory Bank).

Photograph taken around 1959.


On photo: Standing (left to right): Pat Marshall, Marilyn Hall, Keith Hilton, Pat Driver, Paula Beedham, Chris Tatlow, Ann Levick, Graham Marsden, Joyce Woolley, Steve Shaw, Elaine Jennings, Paul Rotherham, Michael Howe, Alan Pressley, John Jennings, Steve Tongue
Kneeling/Sitting : Joan Barker, Wendy Hillaby, John Bickers, Pat Taylor, Peter Collins, Linda Sewell, Brian Smith, Colin Hitchins, Arnold Chapman, Evan Davis, Jimmy Whiteley.

Front row: Glenda Gascoigne, Sandra Hurst, June Allen, Carol Smith, Pat Hemstock, Lynn Brookes, Brenda Hutchings.

Endowed School Girls and Boys



The Killamarsh Charity Group would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions to our third Time for Tea event which we held on Saturday 21st May to raise funds for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

The final figure raised has now been confirmed as £965.95.

We would like to thank all those who baked and donated the wonderful cakes which everyone really enjoyed.

Thank you also to the local businesses who supported our event including donating raffle prizes:

The Crown Picture Parade The Bear Emporium The Co-op Ozmen Local Sheffield United Football Club Owlerton Stadium Everest Tandoori Wilkinsons Marks and Spencer Boots the Chemist Makro Sheffield Wednesday Football Club

We would also especially like to thank the many people who once again supported us by coming along for coffee and cake – we were overwhelmed by how many people came along and enjoyed the lovely atmosphere and contributed to our total.

We know this is a charity local people wish to support, which was shown by the lady who wasn’t able to attend but donated a generous cheque, the lady who couldn’t stay for coffee but came to the door and gave us a generous donation, and the lady who spoke to one of our members the day before and very emotionally explained that she had lost her Mum to cancer recently and then came along to the event bringing with her a cake she had baked. We also know that many people had their own reasons for attending and supporting the event. We thank you all – you know who you are.

Thank you all once again, and let’s do it all again next year.



The Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society will be holding social evenings on the following dates during 2016:

21st July 2016 – Andy Barclay – The Peter Fox Collection Part 3

18th August 2016 – John Zabernik – 125 Group Preserving The High Speed Train

15th September 2016 – GB Productions – Steaming Through Britain

20th October 2016 – Gavin Lake – Travels With A 645

17th November 2016 – Les Nixon – From The West Riding To South Yorkshire (And A Bit Of Derbyshire)

15th December 2016 – Christmas Social

Until further notice, all meetings will be held at the Chesterfield Canal Trust’s ‘Hollingwood Hub’ which is roughly half a mile from the Roundhouse (nearby the site of the former Staveley Works GCR station). (Postcode S43 2PF for Sat Nav). Doors open at 19:00, presentations start at 19:30 and finish around 22:00. Entrance charges are £2.00 for BHESS members and £3.00 for non-members.

Further information can be found on or on the Barrow Hill facebook page.Contact can be made via (the organiser).


For the third year running, the Killamarsh Charity Group will be holding a Time for Tea event in the Methodist Church Hall on Sheffield Road (entrance in the Aldi Car Park) from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, to raise funds for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Come along and join us for Tea, Coffee or Juice and a delicious piece of cake.

There will be a raffle, a Tombola plus other stalls.

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity exists to make a difference for people living with cancer by supporting cancer research and improving cancer treatment and care. One in three people are affected by cancer at some stage during their lifetime, so this is even more crucial than ever.

Everyone is touched by cancer, either themselves or a family member or friends and many people in the area need the services provided by Weston Park Hospital.

So come along and join us and help us raise as much money as we can for this very worthwhile charity.



David Dennis would like to thank us for the message on our website wishing him a Happy 60th Birthday on Tuesday (10th May).

David would also like to thank everyone for their cards and presents and also thank you to the members of Killamarsh Heritage Society for the birthday cake.



Russell Cooper

On Sunday 24th of April, Russell Cooper of Coopers Tours in Killamarsh won the title of ‘Coach Driver of the Year’ at the UK Coach Rally 2016 in Blackpool.

Congratulations Russsell.




We have been informed this afternoon of the death on Wednesday 13th of January 2016 at the age of 97 of Miss Joan Tomkin who was a teacher at Killamarsh Endowed School for many years.

Many of you will remember Miss Tomkin and will have benefitted from her teaching.

Our thoughts are with her family at this time.

I am sure some of you would like to put your memories of your time in Miss Tomkin’s classes on our Memory Bank.




Mrs Betty Severn

I would like to enclose this photograph of my Mother, Betty Severn, who used to live on Rotherwood Road until moving to Northern Ireland in 1989.

The photograph was taken a few days before her birthday when she was 90 on Christmas Day 2015.

I would also like to send my greetings to anyone who can remember that 15 year old going to sea for approximately 28 years.

Best wishes to you all.

Michael Severn  (Northern Ireland)




The following has been sent to us which I am sure will relate to some of you:


Presently, I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I go down on the street and tell the passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel, what I have done the night before and what I will do tomorrow night. Then I give them pictures of my family, my friends, my dog and me gardening and spending time in my pool.
I also listen to their conversations and I tell them I like them. And it works.

I already have 3 persons following me: 2 police officers and a psychiatrist.




We have received the following request for information from Judy NichoIs.  If anyone can help Judy please email Killamarsh Heritage Society on enquiries@killamarsh.or and we will pass the information on to her.

Many thanks.

I have looked at your website today, after a brief visit to Killamarsh. I understand from the 1851 census, that a family called Greaves rented no 6 Forge Lane. I am interested in finding more out about the family, as I believe they were farmers in the area.

I would appreciate any information if possible about that family.

Best regards,

Judy Nichols (mothers maiden name Greaves)



Muriel Bolsover has sent us the following message.  Can anyone respond to her please.

I was born in Killamarsh in 1938 and lived there until I went to college. With the celebrations for VE Day this weekend I realised that I cannot remember anything about it although I was 7 at the time ! I would liked to know if anyone has any memories of that day 70 years ago which they would share with me.
Best wishes,
Muriel Bolsover


Several of our supporters have commented that there have been no additions to the website recently from Ron Marshall.  It is, therefore, with sadness we announce the following


1943 – 2014

Ron Marshall

It is with sadness that we announce that Ron Marshall passed away aged 72 on 11th February 2014 after a long illness.

He leaves a wife, Janet, 2 sons Matthew and Michael and 12 grandchildren.

His funeral on 5th March was attended by members of the family and many friends, and Janet is very grateful for their continuous support.

Ron was a keen supporter of Killamarsh Heritage Society and the website and contributed many stories which you will have read with interest.

He will be sadly missed.




Thank you to Christine Johnson (nee Bartholomew) who has added her memories to the photograph of the Booth and Fisher bus taken in 1957.

Booth and Fisher Bus in Killamarsh in 1957.  Photo courtesy of R. Monk.

It was easy for me to identify where the bus is waiting because this is where I used to catch a bus every school day from 1959 -1966. The bus is at Highmoor top. It is on the Killamarsh to Sheffield route and Highmoor was the terminus for Killamarsh. The bus would have just reversed into Hut Lane and is now facing back to Killamarsh on its return journey to Sheffield. In those days the fares were still collected by the bus conductors and conductresses and it was also their job to turn a handle to alter the destination panel above the windscreen, which is obviously still waiting to be done on this photo as it should now read Sheffield. Some names I remember in their role as conductress are Cora Perkins, Mrs. Louder and Maisie Fox. Other names elude me although I remember Eric Burton as a driver and in later years I was privileged to be shown his many photos of different types of Booth and Fisher buses in his album, of which he was very proud.
On this photograph in the distance is Pebley Lane. To the left of the bus, just visible, is the side of the first house in a row of four, still standing and facing down Hut Lane. Today there are semi detached houses to the left of these which I remember being built after this photograph was taken.
The semi detached houses on the corner of Hut Lane had not been built at this stage. There was a house once owned by my great grandad and used as a shop and by the side a large stone wall, which we used to “hug” while waiting in the snow and rain for the bus.
My friends who also caught the school bus were Kathryn Weston (now Jackson) and Philip Illsley. To begin with we caught a much smaller and older Booth and Fisher bus to Westfield Lower School at Halfway.
This was for the first three years after which we graduated to the service bus, (possibly the one in the photo), and had to change in Killamarsh to catch the Sheffield Corporation bus to  Westfield Upper School at Mosborough.
Along the way the bus picked up pupils from Norwood and in Killamarsh pupils who had walked from the Manor Estate and who could look forward to the homeward trek later in the day with satchels heavy with homework up Bridge Street, High Street and Upperthorpe Road, uphill all the way!
(The photograph below is of the junction of Hut Lane and Mansfield Road before the new houses were built)
Corner of Hut Lane and Mansfield Road.  Photo courtesy of V. Hopkinson._____________________________________________________________

Margaret Wood (nee Plant) has recently put a message on our website.

Margaret and her family had a fish and chip shop at the top of High Street for many years.

I am sure many of you remember the fish and chip shop and have memories you could share with us on the Memory Bank.


The photograph below has been sent to us by Roger Monk.  He is asking if anyone can tell him where the photograph was taken please.
Booth and Fisher Bus (Monk)
According to his father’s notes the photograph was taken on the 31st August 1957 and the location is shown as ‘Killamarsh’.  The notes also say that they travelled on this bus from Killamarsh to Sheffield.  The gentleman in the bus doorway is George Bullock who was a bus enthusiast who lived in Sheffield and was a family friend.  He was a bus photographer and may well have taken some bus photos in the area.
If anyone can help, please email and let us know.
Many thanks.
We have received some responses to our request for information on where the above photograph was taken.
Christine Johnson (nee Bartholomew) says it was taken at the bus terminus where the bus to Sheffield turned around near the corner of Mansfield Road and Hut Lane at High Moor.  Christine says this is where she caught the bus down to the village to catch the bus to the Grammar School at Halfway.
Kath and Peter Hutchinson also say the photograph was taken at High Moor where the bus turned roung to go back to Sheffield.  They say the photograph would have been taken before the destination board was changed to read Sheffield.
Neil Morris says the photograph was taken at High Moor outside number 60 Mansfield Road.

We are currently researching the history of the Co-operative in Killamarsh.

Does anyone have any photographs relating to the Co-op, that is buildings or people who worked there etc, which we could borrow to copy?

Did you or any members of your family work at the Co-op and do you have any stories to tell?

If you can help you can contact us by emailing or telephone 0114 2484812.

We look forward to hearing from you.



I never stop looking at the photos as I get a great thrill finding my rellies, Thank you for a wonderful job you all have done in getting this precious time in all our lives recorded in our love for our Killamarsh.

Jenny Hazzard (nee Dopson)

Jenny Hazzard (nee Dopson), Perth, Western Australia



Killamarsh Heritage Society have recently adopted the planter at the bottom of Bridge Street, next to the B & C Funeral Parlour.

We do hope that everyone enjoys the planting as it matures, and also the spring bulbs which will appear next year.

Below are some photographs taken on the day of planting (Copyright Ian Beck).

Bridge Street Planter 10Above:  Killamarsh School Children helping us to put in the plants.

Pictured left to right:  Alex Mason, Megan Beck, Caitlin Jones, Billy Robinson, Levi Collins.

Bridge Street Planter 11

Above:  Members of Killamarsh Heritage Society with the Killamarsh School children.

Left to right.  Janet Jackson, Margaret Slack, Tony Ward, Billy Robinson, Levi Collins, Pat Bone, Caitlin Jones, Megan Beck, Joan Talbot (with Willow), Barry Talbot.

Bridge Street Planter 15

The planter taking shape.

Thank you to the members of Killamarsh Heritage Society for donating the plants, for their hard work in digging the planter over and putting in the plants, and for keeping up with the watering.



The message below has been posted on our website.

I am sure that many of you remember Stephen and definitely remember buying fish and chips from the shop on Sheffield Road.  Let us have your memories.

Sheffield Road - Butchers Shop now Admiral.  Photo courtesy of Astrid North.

Above:  Photograph of shop which was a butcher’s shop before it became Crofts Fish and Chips shop.

Message from Stephen Crofts – 22nd August, 2014

I was born in 1952. At that time the butcher’s shop was a fish shop owned by my Grandfather George Crofts (born 1893 and married at St Giles, Killamarsh in 1915). My Father, Edward (Ted) Crofts had taken over running the shop; and in 1956, we exchanged properties with my grandfather and moved into the shop. We lived behind and above the shop. My bedroom was the leftmost of the three upstairs windows.
I lived there until 1974, my parents still running the fish and chips business. I moved with work to Cheshire, later married a Derbyshire lass and in 1981 emigrated to South Africa, where we still live in Durban.
In the last couple of years I have been researching my ancestry using the web site and have traced the Crofts back to the 1700′s. But I have an important gap in my records, that continues to frustrate me. I can’t find how and when my grandfather became a shop keeper. How he was able to buy the shop coming from modest background. Or was the property perhaps obtained through his wife’s family (named Hill)?
If anyone has some information about this small part of Killamarsh’s local history, (the Crofts of 195 Sheffield Road) I would be very grateful to learn as much as possible.

Thanks & regards,
Stephen Crofts.





August the 4th 2014 was the Centenary of the start of World War I.

Killamarsh Heritage Society have been working with the three schools and also with Killamarsh cubs on work relating to this event.
As part of our work with them the children produced artwork and written work which was exhibited in the Methodist Church in Killamarsh during July and up to the 4th of August.
The work was wonderful and the children should be really proud of themselves
In addition to the artwork, the children of Class 4/5 W at Killamarsh Junior School gave us poems relating to the soldiers in World War I and also wrote notebooks about the War.  Class 5 at Killamarsh Junior School produced a diary written from the perspective of a soldier who fought in the war.  Everyone who read the children’s work was really moved by it.

The children in the schools came in to see the exhibition as did many members of the public.  Those who came to see the exhibition were really impressed with the standard of work produced by the children of the village.

Below are some photographs showing the exhibition:

The KHS Poppy Exhibition to mark the Centenary of World War I- 4th August 2014.  See note below.

Above:  The display from 1st Killamarsh Brownies

The KHS Poppy Exhibition to mark the Centenary of World War I - 4th August 2014.  See note below.

Above:  The work of 1st Killamarsh Guides

Danielle and Megan Back at the KHS Poppy Exhibition to mark the centenary of World War I.  See note below.

Above:  Danielle and Megan Beck with work from Killamarsh Junior School

Megan Beck at the KHS Poppy Exhibition - July-August 2014.  See note below.

Above:  Megan Beck with the work she produced at Killamarsh Junior School

Poppy Exhibition - Work by Killamamrsh Cubs and St Giles School

Above:  Top – the work of Killamarsh Cubs             Below – the work of St Giles School

Lee Rowley with Janet Jackson 2

Above:  Janet Jackson (member of Killamarsh Heritage Society) with Lee Rowley, the Conservative Candidate for North East Derbyshire who visited the exhibition.

Poppy Exhibition - Poppy Competition winners from St Giles School

Above:  A selection of poppies from St Giles School, Killamarsh

Natascha Engel at Poppy Exhibition

Above:  Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire visits the exhibition on 4th August 2014

Poppy Exhibition - Poppies by Killamarsh Infants School

Above:   Poppies from Killamarsh Infant School


We would like to thank all those who have so far recorded their memories as part of our All Our Stories project.

This project is still ongoing and we would be pleased if anyone who would like to take part would contact us either by emailing or telephone 0114 2484812.

We look forward to hearing from you.



Westhopre Pit head gear.  Photo courtesy of V. Hopkinson.

As many of you know Killamarsh Heritage Society have appointed a small group of interested people who are working very hard on a project to put a monument on Green Lane to mark the spot where Westthorpe Colliery was for many years, and we are progressing with this.

We are very disappointed to be told that negative messages have been put on the Voice Facebook site by two Killamarsh people to the effect of ‘Why bother ….no one recognises Killamarsh as a mining village’.  We would have thought that both of these people would have supported our project.

Also, the question was asked in the same Facebook conversation – ‘”Why not High Moor?”

We would, therefore, like to put the record straight:

A large part of the history and heritage of Killamarsh is as a mining village, and to many people it will always be thought of as a mining village.

The pits in Killamarsh were the life blood of the village for many, many years and hundreds of men earned their living from working in them.  Men also lost their lives working in the Killamarsh pits.  The pits were important to the community and to the social lives of those in the village.  Many of us had grandfathers, fathers, husbands, brothers and sons working in the Killamarsh pits.

To brush this aside with ‘Why bother….no one recognises Killamarsh as a mining village’ is absolutely disgraceful, especially from those who made the comments.

The fact that the pits are no longer there is exactly why we need the monument, to record our heritage and history.

The two people who have made the comments obviously totally miss the point we are trying to make.

In answer to the question “Why not High Moor”?

We have chosen Westthorpe Colliery in 2014 because the pit closed in 1984 – which is 30 years ago this year.

We therefore feel that this year is an appropriate year to erect a monument to Westthorpe Colliery.

Our intention is to look to putting a monument to High Moor Colliery in the future.

We know that many people who follow our website, both in Killamarsh, in other parts of the country and overseas will relate to us being a mining village and had members of their family working in the pits.  We always receive an enormous amount of interest in the photographs and information about the pits we had in Killamarsh.  We would, therefore, be pleased to receive your comments and views on the issue (either supportive or otherwise) on our Memory Bank please.



You will see that we have congratulated Angie Dornan on passing the first year of her nursing degree (see under the Congratulations tab).  This is despite having kidney dialysis for eight years followed by a kidney transplant.

Angie has passed the following message to us which I thought we would include as it is very encouraging and as you will see she is willing to speak to anyone who is going through the same thing and would like her support.

If you would like speak to Angie let us know via the website or our email address.

Angela Dornan

Angie says:
Someone said to me when I started on dialyse that “you should dialyse to live, not live to dialyse.”  I kept that with me through the whole 8 years of dialysis, especially as by the 7th year I wholly believed I would never get a transplant. I did a university course (being on dialysis made sure I had plenty of study time!), and we made sure we went on holiday every year. There are plenty of places in the UK  that offer dialysis away from home.
 I got my transplant after 8 years and I met someone recently who dialysed for 11 years before she got hers; so there is still hope if you are on dialysis and have been for a while. When I got my transplant, I decided to do everything I had always wanted to do as I felt I had been given a second chance; so I applied for my nursing degree – first year passed successfully!! – and a motorbike!
I had lots of support from my friends and family to get through the whole thing. If you haven’t got that support and would like someone to talk to, drop Pat a line . She knows how to get in touch with me, and I’ll give you a ring.
Thanks,  Angie Dornan
We have received the following email from a lady by the name of Denise Ramsden who is asking if anyone can give her any information.  Email us on if you can help and we will put you in touch with Denise.
I am wondering if you can help me, I am looking into my family tree and when looking up my grandmother on my fathers side I found that in the 1911 census she looks like she is registered at 2 addresses – but I cannot find Kirkcroft Square – is there any maps that I could look at. I believe she may have been at her mothers parents overnight, but also that her father put her on his census form too.
Also trying to find details of my grand father – Thornton J Ramsden, born 1900 approx., I am not sure where at this point but he married in Chesterfield, Derbyshire in 1918 to Lucy – if you have any information on him that would be great too.
Please see below for my family details of my grandmother-
Name Surname Date of Birth
My Grandmothers name Lucy BEACH/
xx/xx/1901 Killamarsh, Derbyshire On Census 1911 shown at
44 Sheffield Road &
17 Kirkcroft Square
Believe this is her father Albert BEACH/
Believe this is her mother
Ruth nee WATSON      
Thanks in anticipation
Denise Ramsden

We now have a CONGRATULATIONS Section on our website.

Would you like to congratulate someone in Killamarsh on a special event or an achievement.

This could be gaining a Degree or passing exams or getting that special job.

Or perhaps they have a special birthday, wedding or anniversary.

If there is anything you would like to include please email the details to or send to Killamarsh Heritage Society, 15 Manor Road, Killamarsh, S21 1BU.  Include a photograph if you can.

We look forward to hearing from you.


We have been asked if anyone has any photographs of Waines Row which was a row of houses at the end of Upperthorpe Road near to Rose Cottage, which was demolished – it is being suggested in the 1960s.

Also, does anyone have any memories of these houses and the people who lived in them.

If you can help with photographs let us know by emailing or telephone 0114 2484812.

If you have memories or information let us know on the Memory Bank.

We look forward to hearing from you.


I have recently had mentioned to me some of the words we use in Killamarsh, which people in other areas say they have never heard of and don’t know the meaning of.

Below are a few that have been suggested to me.  Can you add any to the list (give the word and what it means) – I am sure there are many more.  If you have any words you can add, just put them on the Memory Bank 

Wash t’ pots                           Wash the dishes

Mash                                       Make a pot of tea

Put wood int t’hole                  Close the door

Supwiyo                                  What’s wrong with you

Badly                                        Not well, ill

Chuck                                      Throw

Fast                                         Stuck

Nesh                                       Someone who feels the cold

Snap                                       Food

Tabs                                        Ears

Spice                                      Sweets

Gennel                                   Passage through houses (i.e. a terrace)


You will have heard in the News bulletins on T.V. and read in the newspapers that the Government have announced plans for several events to be held between 2014 and 2018 to mark the centenary of World War I (the War to end all Wars).

We now have a section on our website dedicated to World War I and invite you send in information and photographs that we could include.

We have names on the War Memorial in the village of those who lost their lives in World War I.  Is anyone whose name is mentioned a member of your family?  Do you have a story that has been passed down through the family?  Do you have any photographs we could include.

Let us know by emailing

We look forward to hearing from you.


We are currently looking into the history of the pits in Killamarsh and we are collecting information about Norwood Colliery (which opened in 1865 and closed in 1943), Westthorpe Colliery (which opened in 1923 and closed in 1986) and High Moor Colliery (which opened in 1957 and closed in 1992).

Did you work at any of the pits?

Do you have any information/memories about the pits you could pass on to us?

Do you have any photographs which you would be happy to donate or loan to us to take copies – these could be scenes, people at work etc.

Do you have any memorabilia from any of the pits which you would be happy to donate to us – our aim is to put together a collection of items which reflect the history of the pits.

There are still a lot of people in Killamarsh who worked at the pits, or whose parents and grandparents worked there.  Help us keep the history and heritage alive for future generations.

If you have any of the above, or would like to help with our project, please let us know by emailing or telephone 0114 2484812.

We look forward to hearing from you.


We have recently added to the History section of the website an article about Killamarsh Forge which was forwarded to us by Killamash resident John Jennings.

We have now added to the All Our Stories section an article by Jean Shipp and her sisters about living in the Lock Cottage at Norwood during their childhood.  Jean now lives in Ollerton.

Ron Marshall is keeping us supplied with the stories of his childhood on Station Road near to the Killamarsh Central station and these also appear in the All Our Stories section.

Ron Gee, who lives in Sidcup in Kent, but was evacuated to Killamarsh during World War II, has sent us an article about the buses in the area at that time, which we have featured on our All Our Stories section.

We would like to thank Jean, Ron, John and Ron for their articles and for allowing us to include them on the website.

A lot of our supporters are putting their memories and comments on our Memory Bank and underneath the photographs in the Photo Gallery and these are really appreciated.  We are delighted to see that Killamarsh people who have moved to other parts of the UK and also several overseas countries have joined us and are putting messages on our website.

However, if anyone would like to put together a longer article about their memories of growing up in Killamarsh, be it your time at school, the games you played, how you spent your summer holidays, did you go away on holiday and if so where to, what did you like or dislike about living in Killamarsh when you were young.

Or you may wish to let us know what Killamarsh was like as you got older, did you work in the viillage, or did you travel to work elsewhere, what entertainment was available, what type of shops did Killamarsh have, what was the medial care like, what was the community spirit like.

Or you may think of other things you remember which you could tell us about.

Did you work at Westthorpe Colliery or High Moor Colliery.  They are no longer there but we should not just allow them to disappear from memory.

Do you feel that Killamarsh has changed and if so for the better or worse.

We would like to gather as many memories as we can for our All Our Stories project which will be kept for future generations so that the history and heritage of the village is not lost.

We would like to hear from any age group – even the children/teenagers now will have memories and in years to come their memories will be our history.

Perhaps you could get together a small group of great grand parent, grand parent, and grandchildren so that they can exchange memories.

We will also be recording people’s memories to be kept digitally.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to take part in this project.

You can record your memories by writing them down for us, or if you live locally we can arrange to record you on video or on audio.

We do hope you will be able to help us with this project as we feel it is important to preserve and record the history and heritage of the village for future generations.

Don’t let our history and heritage be lost.

If you, or any of your family and friends would like to be involved please email us on or telephone 0114 2484812.

Not everyone has access to the internet, especially older people.

If you know anyone who doesn’t have a computer who would like to help us, please tell them about our project and get them to contact us.

And keep all your messages and memories coming for inclusion on the website.

We really appreciate your support.





We are currently gathering information about Nether House/Nether House Farm which was at the top of Quarry Road, but is no longer there.

We understand it was first mentioned in 1599.  It has been suggested that it had connections with the Leah family and may have been known as Leah’s farm.

Can anyone help with information on the history of Nether House?  Do you have any memories of it?  If you can help please email your information and thoughts to

Below are two photographs of the house.  Also a small map showing the location of the house, which as you will see was alongside the canal, behind what is now Peacock Close.

Nether House Farm, Quarry Road.  First mentioned in 1599.  Photo courtesy of V. Hopkinson.

Nether House Farm. (First mentioned in 1599).  Photo courtesy of V. Hopkinson.



Wayne Parkes is asking if anyone can given any information or memories of the Metro Dance Band and the Savannah Band.

Please post your messages on the Memory Bank.



Denis Fox is asking for information as below.  If anyone can help please email

My name is Denis Fox the grandson of Dennis Fox age 14 on the 1881 census living in Eckington, father Benjamin.

I have the family all on the 1881 census, I assume Benjamins wife Sarah must have died about 1880.

My grandfather came to Kingstone (Barnsley) and married a lady called Hardstaff who had 3 children with that name.

They had 3 more children 2 girls and 1 boy, my father.

I have a contact with Liz Hallis but would appreciate any information you may have on the family.

Denis Fox

Dodworth, Barnsley S75 3SQ.



We now have an All Our Stories section on our website.

We already have some entries for this which I am sure you will find interesting.

If anyone would like to include their stories please send them to (with a photograph if possible).

We look forward to hearing from you.



Les Matthews of Victoria, Australia is researching his family tree and has found a number of connections with the Chesterfield Canal, Norwood Colliery and Westthorpe Colliery.

Family names he is looking into are Shimwell, Oliver and Matthews.

Can anyone help please?

Any information can initially be passed by email to



Angela Bold is researching her family tree and is asking for information with a Killamarsh connection.

She says she has found out that her famility originated from Killamarsh.

The information she has is that they ran a Public House and also a Butchers on Shepherd Lane which is now Bridge Street.

Their names were George Walker and his wife Mary Walker and their children Frank, Gweneline and George.

In 1901 George Walker was then married to Annie Eleanor Walker and had three daughters Harriet, Eleanor and Frances and they lived at 11 Bridge Stree, Walkers Lane, Killamarsh.

They later moved to the Hope Valley and ran the Blacksmith’s Arms in Hope.

Can anyone remember this family and the name of the public house they used to run on Shepherd Lane/Bridge Street.

Any information can initially be passed on by emailing


Glen Rigby of Vancouver B.C., Canada is looking to contact relatives of his Grandmother.  Below is the information that Glen has given us.  Hopefully someone will be able to help him.  If you have any information please email and I will put you in touch with him.


My name is Glen Rigby and I am trying to connect with relatives of my grandmother on my father’s side of the family.  Her maiden name was Florence Fox.  She was one of the 8 offspring of Benjamin Fox and Sarah Stocks.  She was born on Green Lane, Killamarsh in 1877 and died in Vancouver B.C., Canada in March 1960.  My father, Arthur Rigby, was also born on Green Lane.


I have also managed to trace my grandmother’s sister, Frances (Fanny) Fox, through her marriage to Joseph Batty and on further to her emigration to Perth, Australia.


I would specifically be wanting to get in touch with any descendants of John Joseph Fox, Benjamin Fox, Sarah Ann Fox, Dennis Fox and William Fox.  It could also be possible that some of the Batty family would have some information on the Fox family.

I am including below two charts, one for Florence and one for her sister, Frances.

Thank you.

Ancestors of Florence Fox      Ancestors of Florence Fox


I know some of you already do this, but I have received an email from an ‘old Killamarshian’ who no longer lives in the village asking if it would be possible for any ladies who submit entries on the Memory Bank, Photo Gallery or Forum to include their maiden name as when people read the entries it would be good for them to identify if the message has been left by someone they know, for example went to school with, as if they only give their married names they are not necessarily identifiable.

Just a thought.