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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Joan Flett

Joan Flett (1923 – 2016) : local historian -Chris Venables with help from Joan’s daughters Jane Harrison and Lindsay Smith. “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 and […]

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Miss Judy – Constance Grant

Miss Judy – Constance Grant dance teacher (1937 – 2013) – Chris VenablesJudy Silvester’s parents, Constance Grant and her husband Harry Silvester started the Constance Grant Dance Centre on Psalter Lane over 80 years ago. Their daughter, Miss Judy, born in 1937, was a dancer all her life, taught first by her mother, then at […]