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23 minutes ago, Lysanderix said:

Could it be that it’s name derives from a Mr Button?

That may well be, extract from the 1787 directory doesn't really prove anything only that buttons were being produced close by.

1787 directory of Sheffield

Holy and Newbould, button makers, Sheffield moor
Hoole John, button maker, Sheffield Moor

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As a matter of interest , I understand the VW was only ever made with 2 doors whereas the 4cv had 4 . They were not that common(back then most cars were of UK manufacture). Renault cars had only a small UK market penetration until somewhat later. My old  family doctor only ever drove Renaults as he considered them “reliable”.

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8 hours ago, Lysanderix said:

As a matter of interest , I understand the VW was only ever made with 2 doors whereas the 4cv had 4 . They were not that common(back then most cars were of UK manufacture). Renault cars had only a small UK market penetration until somewhat later. My old  family doctor only ever drove Renaults as he considered them “reliable”.

Actually they were a bit more common than you might think, Sheffield Motor Co, on West Street were Renault dealers from at least 1919, in the 1930's Waterhouse Garage on Gibraltar Street sold Renault from the late 1930's and then post war Moore & Younie on Suffolk Road sold them. My dad was in the motor trade in the 50's and 60's and I can remember Renault 4CV, later 4's plus Dauphines and Caravelles  coming in as part exchange.

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The Renault Dauphine was the car which ,to me, first popularised the marque.

As for the word “button” SteveHB contribution is fascinating!

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When I lived on the Manor Estate, as a child I was forever digging up pieces Mother of Pearl with round holes in them, it was obvious that they were the oddments from button making and when my brother in law was working on old houses on Chippinghouse Road he found loads of mother of pearl scrap bits in the cellar of one house left by someone who was making buttons either as an out worker or as a little mester.

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Not an answer to the original question but i have found this letter about an occurrence on Button Lane.

Sheffield Independent 11 August 1827

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