The Nether Edge History Group

We are a local history group based in south west Sheffield. Founded in the 1980s, the Group has researched, written and published a range of books and self-guided walks on the development of Nether Edge and its people. We also organise guided walks of the area, host lectures and deliver talks at the Nether Edge Festival. Open meetings are held bi-monthly at the Union Hotel, which is also the venue for December’s Traditional Carols evening.

Click here to learn more about the history of Nether Edge.

This is a developing web site but here are some of our latest posts:

  • William Bragge F.S.A, F.G.A. and Shirle Hill
    A man of many parts. by Pril Rishbeth We have to thank William Bragge for the Shirle Hill house that we see today. His first Sheffield home was in Collegiate Crescent but In 1865 he bought a modest Georgian house from John Brown, who’d moved to his grandiose new home, Endcliffe Hall. With the help of architects ...
  • Shirle Hill, William Bragge and the Emperor of Brazil
    by Pril Rishbeth In one of 3 boxes of items concerning William Bragge of Shirle Hill, now held in Sheffield City Archives, is an intriguing letter. It describes the visit of the Emperor of Brazil to William on 8 August 1871. I quote it in full. Written on 8 August 1871 When some of the young ladies who ...
  • John Brown’s Shirle Hill
    by Pril Rishbeth, first published in 2014 Near the Psalter Lane ridge of Nether Edge, half hidden behind a wall and fine trees, lies Shirle Hill house. This building, recognised by the architectural historian, Pevsner, has a fascinating history involving a Mayor, a Prime Minister, war refugees and the Sheffield Health Authority. Two driveways face each other ...
  • Memorial Board
    When the History Group recently published ‘Nether Edge in the Second World War’ we expected, and hoped, that in bringing the story to the general public new information, new stories, new images would come to light. Our suspicion was that, despite the passage of time, there is much information, still undiscovered, that would add to ...
  • Heritage Open Days 2021
    by Margaret and John Blenkinsopp Heritage Open Days is a national event, England’s biggest Heritage festival and is now in its 27th year. It celebrates our history, architecture and cultures. This year it takes place 10th –19th September. Sheffield Civic Trust co-ordinates the event in Sheffield, organised by a group of volunteers. All events must be free to ...
  • History and the Nether Edge Farmers’ Markets
    Come rain or shine the quarterly and Christmas Farmers’ Markets never fail to pull in the crowds. With the help of a friendly farmer and his snowplough even heavy snow doesn’t stop them taking up position on Glen and Nether Edge Roads. Amongst the stalls of local and home made goods and food products, with the ...
  • Walking Historic Nether Edge
    We are so lucky to live in Nether Edge with its open spaces and streets full of character, all with a different story to tell. The expansion of Sheffield from the mid 19th century transformed the farmland and hamlets lying below Brincliffe Edge and between the semi-industrialised Sheaf and Porter valleys into the classic Victorian and ...
  • Arnold Loosemore VC
    By Margaret Blenkinsopp In May 2014 I was invited to Leeds to attend a regional Heritage Open Day meeting. In a coffee break I got chatting to a delegate about the First World War and the Victoria Cross. I live on Psalter Lane and I knew that in Clifford First School there is a memorial to ...
  • Emperor of Brazil
    Newspaper report on the Emperor and Empress of Brazil in Sheffield by Pril Rishbeth First published in the November 2020 edition of the Edge Magazine Following my 2-part article on the visit of the Emperor and Empress of Brazil to William Bragge at Shirle Hill featured in the Edge, Nov. 2019 and Feb. 2020, new information has ...
  • Joan Flett
    Joan Flett (1923 – 2016) : local historian -Chris Venables with help from Joan’s daughters Jane Harrison and Lindsay Smith. Joan Flett in 2010 “Joan was one of the leading lights in the previous Nether Edge History Group, the author of publications on Cherry Tree Hill and the Workhouse, and a key contributor to They Lived in Nether Edge ...