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#1 Sheffield History

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 07:55 PM

HEELEY

Heeley is a former cluster of villages now a suburb in the south of the City of Sheffield, England. The village has existed at least since 1343, its name deriving from Heah Leah, High Lea then Hely, meaning a high, woodland clearing.

Originally Heeley was divided into three: Upper Heeley was around the intersection of Myrtle Road and Heeley Green, Middle Heeley was on the Gleadless Road at Well Road, and Lower Heeley was on the London Road around Artisan View.


History
Heeley Methodist Church was built in 1826. In 1833 Heeley there were 47 householders living in Nether, Middle and Upper Heeley. Heeley Parish was formed in 1846 from part of St Mary's Parish on Bramall Lane. The first vicar was Rev. Henry Denson Jones, and the church was opened in August 1848. The clock in the tower of Heeley church was added in 1901 to commemorate the long reign of Queen Victoria.

In the yard are buried more than 3000 children, most of them in unmarked graves. In 1876 the population of Heeley reached 3860 inhabitants. Many shops exist in Heeley and many remain open and are successful. Harry Ponsford and Arnold Laver were two successful merchants, the first starting a modest moving business using a handcart, the second selling timber. Ponsford is now a well established local furniture shop on London Road and Arnold Laver have several outlets in Heeley, Mosborough and Chesterfield.

Transport
The main road through Heeley is the A61 London Road South/Chesterfield Road, this dates from 1757 when it was built as a turnpike road from Sheffield to Chesterfield. A toll bar was built on this road at Heeley over the Meers Brook on what was at that time the boundary between Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The Midland Main Line railway line between Chesterfield and Sheffield, constructed in 1870, also passes through Heeley, a station and carriage siding were built on the former site of Heeley Mill. The station had two island platforms serving 4 tracks; two were fast, the two others slow.

Heeley station was the first stop from Midland Station. The station closed in the 1960s and the line narrowed to two tracks. A siding called Heeley Sidings remain and stretches from Heeley Retail Park to Woodseats Road. Sheffield's old tramway stretched from Sheffield city centre to Woodseats and Heeley was at a time the terminus. The tramway depot still stands on Albert Road, though in recent high winds, part of the front piece of the building collapsed into Albert Road.

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 07:58 AM

http://www.oldheeley...oldheeley14.htm

Heeley Electric Palace Later known as Heeley Picture Palace was built by George Longden and Son Ltd. It was opened on August Bank Holiday, August 7th 1911. It was first closed on March 6th 1963 and became a Star Bingo Hall. Films were re-introduced on February 28th 1965 as a dual entertainment with bingo and finally closed as a cinema on June 22nd 1965 to return to bingo. For a short period it was used as a skate board rink and then as a furniture warehouse. There was a fire and it was finally demolished in 1981. The site is now derelict, just the front marble step remaining.

Heeley Coliseum was opened to the public on October 28th 1913 following an official ceremony on the previous day. The cinema was reconstructed by Longdens sometime before 1535. It was closed on January 14th 1961 and later demolished. A super market was built on the site and is now a plant and machinery depot.

Heeley Green Picture House was built by M.J. Gleeson Ltd. and was opened on Easter Monday April 5th 1920 after a preview show to a selected audience on the previous Saturday. From 1930 it became a variety theatre, but reverted to a cinema on May 9th 1938, it closed on March 7th 1959 and was re-opened for films on April 3rd 1961. The final closure as a cinema was on June 3rd 1962. There was talk of it becoming a Civic Theatre but this fell through. It was opened as a bingo hall and for a time was very popular, a special "bingo bus" being run free on to the Gleadless Valley Estate each night . When bingo went down in popularity it was converted to "Potters' Snooker Club"

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 03:00 PM

Heeley National School, Gleadless Road built 1801, and as far as I know It's unused but the structure of the building looks to be maintained.
Heeley History Workshop (EDUCATION IN HEELEY)
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 09:19 PM

Heeley Bank School, Heeley Bank Road, completed 1880 , now 'kicking myself' for not taking some photos before it was boarded up. :mellow:
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 09:28 PM

Heeley Bank School, Heeley Bank Road, now 'kicking myself' for not taking some photos before it was boarded up. :mellow:
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Steve,
Keep taking the photos.brilliant work.Keep on with the maps as well. I am trying to cover all Sheffield which is impossible.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 10:28 PM

Another shot of Heeley Bank School, this one is looking from a quite different angle.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 08:31 PM

Church Of The Nazarene, Northcote Road. Year built ?
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 10:14 PM

Church Of The Nazarene, Northcote Road. Year built ?
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Follow the link.http://www.oldheeley.org/oldheeleyspecials5.htm

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 06:34 AM

Follow the link.http://www.oldheeley.org/oldheeleyspecials5.htm

Church Of The Nazarene built 1897, formally called "St. Peters Mission Church"
Thanks for the link to oldheeley.org , POPPYCHRISTINA.
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 06:53 PM

Kent Road Chapel, opened in 1896, first known as "The Adams Memorial Hall" was also used as a Sunday School.
As can still be seen on the frontage.
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 01:59 PM

Christ Church, Heeley.
The first stone was laid November 4th, 1846, consecrated 1848.
The church was extended 1890 and again in 1897.
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Plaque attached to one of the gate posts.
A 'Thomas Axelby Earnshaw' was Baptized at this church in 1891,
' Thomas Axelby, son of Thomas and Mary Ann EARNSHAW, 172 Gleadless Road'

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 10:41 AM

Heeley Methodist Chapel,
the first place of Christian worship to be built in Heeley opened as a Wesleyan Chapel in 1826.
It is now a listed building
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:21 PM

Heeley Art Club,
Is Now 110 years old.

Herbert Slater, owner of the H M Slater cutlery company,
was a first class watercolourist and a member for 65 years.
He was active as a painter and the club president up to his death in 1978.

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 09:11 AM

Sheffield view from Heeley, Richard Bonnington 1801
At the start of the 19th century the town of Sheffield had a single and very large, parish but in 1846 it was divided in to 25 separate parishes, one of which was Heeley. At this time Sheffield was expanding and was becoming an important commercial centre. The steelworks, for which the town would become so well known, were also built in 1846 and steel soon surpassed cutlery as the major industry. Sheffield is actually situated in a natural amphitheatre of 7 hills and at the confluence of 5 rivers and this print shows some of the beautiful scenery in the area.


Site offers Interactive zoomable image and what they describe as Full size (actually small) printable image

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 08:33 AM

Five in one photo,
showing the Shakespeare PH,
St Andrews Church, Anns Rd School, Methodist Chapel and Christ Church.
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Posted 08 February 2009 - 04:27 PM

Three former Banks in Heeley.

Sheffield Savings Bank, Queens Road.
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Yorkshire Penny Bank, London Road.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:35 PM

Which was the Last Survivor Of The Three Heeley Cinema Buildings?
A Link to the unplanned fall of Heeley Green Picture House .

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:34 PM

HI Administrators, and anyone else interested, l made my comments on the HEELEY COLISEUM a long way back to Steve HB , [when there was a query re; the building on London rd ] and still stand by them. That the [main] structure has not been demolished, and the owner or leaseholder[ LANGTONS ] would most likely agree , that Machine Mart was granted permission, to take over that part, that was the entrance and foyer to the cinema, and commbined with the area of the two shops, that were to the extreme left of the said foyer, originally, to eventually form their building. l am making this comment and (part summisation) if l am [[ wrong ]] l won't try to weedle out it, but make a suitable apology.Skeets.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:56 PM

A Link to the the controversial Heeley Coliseum Topic.
Any info appreciated, ^^post in the above please^^

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:43 AM

With regard to ancient Heeley, this is a 500 year old Cruck Barn still standing on Wilson Place, I cant believe its survived all those years.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 09:14 AM

With regard to ancient Heeley, this is a 500 year old Cruck Barn still standing on Wilson Place, I cant believe its survived all those years.

 

tozzin,

I have moved your post into this topic,

as Wilson Place is more Middle to Lower Heeley than Heeley Common (Upper Heeley),

your photograph of the Cruck Barn makes an excellent addition to the other old buildings in this topic



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 11:19 AM

With regard to ancient Heeley, this is a 500 year old Cruck Barn still standing on Wilson Place, I cant believe its survived all those years.

 

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:17 PM

Looks to me like the Methodist Chapel has been rebuilt in several places, if you look closely at the stonework on the front. You can see lots of different stonework construction styles. Especially around the Green front door. So it might have had a more impressive entrance at one time.



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:29 PM

Looks to me like the Methodist Chapel has been rebuilt in several places, if you look closely at the stonework on the front. You can see lots of different stonework construction styles. Especially around the Green front door. So it might have had a more impressive entrance at one time.

 

Think you could be right dude ..

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:36 PM

With regard to ancient Heeley, this is a 500 year old Cruck Barn still standing on Wilson Place, I cant believe its survived all those years.

 

Interior photos, taken around 1950.

 

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