The Ancient Parish of SHEFFIELD

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"SHEFFIELD, a market and parish-town, in the upper-division of Strafforth and Tickhill, liberty of Hallamshire; 6 miles Rotherham, 12 from Chesterfield, (Derbys.) 13¾ from Penistone, 14 from Barnsley, 16 from Bakewell, 18 from Doncaster and Worksop, (Notts.) 20 from Bawtry, 24 from Mansfield, (Notts.) 24 from Buxton, (Derbys.) by Middleton, and 28 by Bakewell, 55 from York, 162 from London. Markets, Tuesday and Saturday. Fairs, Tuesday in Trinity Week, and November 28, for horses, horned cattle, &c. Bankers, Messrs. Morland and Co. 50, Pall Mall; Sheffield and Rotherham Bank, Messrs. Walkers, Eyre, and Stanley, draw on Messrs. Everett, and Co. 9, Mansion House Street; Messrs, Rimington, and Youngs, draw on Messrs. Masterman, Peters, and Co. 2, White Hart Court, Lombard Street. Principal Inns, Tontine, Angel, Commercial, and Kings Head Hotel. Pop. 42,157. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Peter, or the Holy Trinity, in the deanry of Doncaster, value, £12. 15s. 2½d. Patron, the Rev. Thomas Sutton. Here are also three Churches, viz. St. Pauls Church built in 1740, in Norfolk Street; St. James' Church, erected in 1788 in the Vicar's Croft, to both these Churches the Vicar of Sheffield is Patron. Here is also a Chapel at the Duke of Norfolk's Hospital, opened in 1777, in which service is celebrated daily: the Rev. Wm. Downs is curate and governor, and the Rev. Thomas Robinson, officiating curate." (There is further information for Sheffield).

Information on the following places in this Parish is contained on a supplementary page.
  • Attercliffe
  • Banner Cross
  • Bell Hagg
  • Bent's Green
  • Bridge Houses
  • Brightside Bierlow
  • Brightside Green
  • Broom Hall
  • Burngreave
  • Burrow Lee
  • Button Hill
  • Carbrook
  • Carrwood
  • Cherry Tree Hill
  • Clough Field
  • Crabtree
  • Crookes
  • Crookesmoor
  • Cross Poole
  • Darnall
  • Ecclesall Bierlow
  • Edge
  • Endcliffe Hall
  • Farfield
  • Farm
  • Fulwood
  • Fulwood Booth
  • Gleadless
  • Goddard Hill
  • Greystones
  • Grimesthorpe
  • Heeley
  • High House
  • Highfield
  • Hill Foot
  • Hills
  • Hillsborough
  • Little Common
  • Longley
  • Lydgate
  • Machon Bank
  • Miln Houses
  • Morewood
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Neepsend
  • Nether Green
  • Nether Hallam
  • New Hall
  • Newfield Green
  • Norwood Hall
  • Owlerton
  • Park Grange
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsmoor
  • Porto Bello
  • Ranmoor
  • Sandygate
  • Scraith
  • Sharrowhead
  • Sheffield Manor
  • Shirecliffe Hall
  • Steel Bank
  • Stumper Low Hall
  • Tapton Grange
  • Tapton Grove
  • Upper Hallam
  • Upper Thorpe
  • Walkley
  • Whirlow
  • Whiteley Wood Hall
  • Wicker
[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]

Archives & Libraries









  • Photographs of churches in the Sheffield area.
    Over the years, the boundaries of the County of Yorkshire have changed, especially to the south of Sheffield. Included below you will find churches that were in Ancient Parishes in the county of Derbyshire which are now in the county of South Yorkshire, as well as those that were always in Yorkshire.
  • Photographs of Church of England Churches ("Churches of the establishment") within the ancient parish of Sheffield.
  • Photographs of Methodist, Baptist and Roman Catholic Churches within the ancient parish of Sheffield.
  • Photographs of Churches of other denominations within the ancient parish of Sheffield.
  • Photographs of churches in the parish of Norton, anciently in the county of Derbyshire.
  • Photographs of churches in the parishes of Beighton and Eckington, anciently in the county of Derbyshire.
  • The following Churches have their own web sites:

Church History


Church Records


Description & Travel



  • A transcipt of the following can be found on the Sheffield Records Online site:
    • 1787 Gales & Martin Directory of Sheffield
    • 1791 Universal British Directory
    • 1811 Holden's London & Country Directory.
    • 1833 White's History & Directory of Sheffield
    • 1841 Pigot's National & Commercial
    • 1911 White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham
    • 1919 Whites Sheffield District Directory
    • 1925 Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham (in progress).
  • A transcipt of the following can be found on the Sheffield Indexers site:
    • 1787 Gales & Martin Directory of Sheffield
    • 1791 Universal British Directory
    • 1825 Gell's Directory of Sheffield
    • 1828-1829 Pigot's Commercial Directory
    • 1833 White's History & Directory of Sheffield
    • 1837 White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham
    • 1841 Henry & Thos. Rodgers Sheffield & Rotherham Directory
    • 1846 Slater's Directory of Sheffield
    • 1862 Drake's Directory of Rotherham & District
    • 1871 White's Directory of Sheffield & District
    • 1905 White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham
    • 1911 White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham
  • Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Baines's Directory and Gazetteer, Vol I, West Riding.
  • Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Pigot's 1829 Directory, Yorkshire section.
  • Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in the Pigot's 1834 Directory, Yorkshire section.
  • List of Subscribers to an 1889 reprint of a Directory of Sheffield from 1787.
  • Transcript of the entry of "professions and trades" in Whites Directory of Sheffield of 1852.




  • The SHEFFIELD Mailing List is an unmoderated Family History list administrated by Gordon Cambell, dedicated to the genealogy and history of the Sheffield and Rotherham areas. The scope of this list covers the same areas as those covered by the Sheffield FHS and the Rotherham FHS.
  • The Sheffield Records Online GenSearch database has been designed to contain the names and basic details of those people in your family tree who have a Sheffield or Sheffield-related connection, including nearby areas such as Rotherham and Ecclesfield.
  • The Sheffield Indexers have an increasing amount of data on line for the Sheffield area.



Land & Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK355875 (Lat/Lon: 53.38316, -1.467762), Sheffield which are provided by:


Memorial Inscriptions


Names, Geographical

  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (SK327823) Abbeydale
    • (SK317808) Abbeydale Park
    • (SK373857) Arbourthorne
    • (SK284844) Bassett
    • (SK385907) Brightside
    • (SK331851) Brincliffe
    • (SK335843) Carter Knowle
    • (SK357907) Fir Vale
    • (SK286860) Lodge Moor
    • (SK354855) Lowfield
    • (SK326893) Malinbridge
    • (SK385857) Manor Estate
    • (SK378867) Manor Park
    • (SK330833) Millhouses
    • (SK340845) Nether Edge
    • (SK319835) Parkhead
    • (SK349892) Parkwood Springs
    • (SK357894) Pitsmoor
    • (SK368843) Rollestone
    • (SK341857) Sharrow
    • (SK349904) Shirecliffe
    • (SK370865) Sheffield Park
    • (SK325870) Tapton Hill
    • (SK312828) Whirlow Brook
    • (SK330887) Walkley Bank


  • There is a Contact Column in the Sheffield Star newspaper, to find lost friends & relatives (no charge)- write to:
    • The Sheffield Star,
      John Highfield's Contact Column,
      York Street,
      S1 1UP



Probate Records

  • Sheffield Records Online provide a searchable online database of those from Sheffield, Rotherham, Ecclesfield and surroundings who have a Will or Administration. Full probate index text is available and the database is searchable by a combination of surname, forename, year of death and abode.

Social Life & Customs




Voting Records

  • An online database listing all those from Sheffield and surroundings who voted in the 1835 West Riding Poll and also those who voted in the 1848 West Riding Poll. Searchable by surname, forename and abode from Sheffield Records Online.