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History of Smithy Wood Crescent, Woodseats

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I am hopefully buying a house in Smithy Wood Crescent, Woodseats. I am researching the history of the area, and have already discovered some fascinating things, such as who built the house (Joe Enock). I am really curious as to why Smithy Wood Crescent was changed from its previous name, White House Crescent, sometime between 1914-1939. Does anyone have any information about this?

If anyone has any information about Woodseats generally, I would love to hear. I am new to Sheffield and really enjoying learning about my new city.

I wonder also if anyone knows of any information or connections to the people George and Annie Room, who were the first occupants in 1911. 

Many thanks,


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John Cartwright


I used to work on Smithy Wood Crescent in the 70's at Thornton's (of Chocolate Kabin fame) who had their main offices on the section of Smithy Wood Crescent to the west of Woodseats Road leading up to Crabtree Bank Farm from the corner of Archer Road and Ulverston Road. Our Shopfitters were based in one of the old barns of the farm where the road turned into Ledstone Road. One of Thornton's production sites was on Archer Road built on the site of a disused quarry which is now flats. I would have thought that originally Smith Wood Crescent ran from Chesterfield Road to Archer Road, although I would doubt it was a 'road' in the sense of what we know now  or it was called Smith Wood Crescent before the area around Frith's Road (now Woodseats Road) was developed for housing. I would guess that sometime in the 1st quarter of the 20th century the name was changed from Whitehouse Crescent to Smithy Wood Crescent as a 1914 map still shows it has Whitehouse Crescent. The actual Whitehouse was situated on Chesterfield Road where Homebase is now and Smithy Wood ran from there to Green Lane (now Scarsdale Road). A useful site to help you get your bearings and compare old with new is maps.nls.uk

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Hi Ruth   This Photograph was posted by RLongden on a topic about the wild well located at Norton Hollow (now Fraser Crescent) the photograph was taken looking towards the location of Woodside brickyard on Chesterfield Road, you can just about make out a house and other buildings on the horizon. (taken in the early 1900s)     https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/16076-wild-well-at-norton-hollow/?tab=comments#comment-136658



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