Spring Sunshine

Bright sunsine and deep shadows. Ivy creeping up the stones.

Just a quick visit to the cemetery today to photograph a couple of graves and some trees.

Always a patch of sunlight and bluebells at this time of year. Benjamin Philip Bamforth, The King’s Own Scottish Borderers Airborne died 4th April 1944, age 20.

Not many cherry trees in the cemetery – blossom on this one.IMG_7612

War Grave F207 Bernard Morton, 6th Bn., York and Lancaster Regiment

Tootle grave – flower carving.

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May 2016 events

Saturday 21st May 10am-3pm
Work Session in the Cemetery

We will be aiming to spruce up the cemetery ready for a summer season of events. Come for an hour or bring a packed lunch and stay for the day.



Sunday 29th May 2pm- 3.30pm
Cemetery Tour

A leisurely stroll around our Victorian cemetery with Spring in full swing. Meet inside the cemetery gates in Nichols Road, off Waller Road.

Cemetery tour with the Rev. Melanie FitzGerald


Any questions? Call Hugh 07743 394203 or email walkleycemetery@blueyonder.co.uk

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Baby-farming at Walkley

Walkley History

1887-11-07 baby farming elton street SDI

Sheffield Independent 7 November 1887

“On Wednesday last, a man and his wife,
who gave the address of Elton street, Walkley,
visited Eckington in search of the parents of
an infant child who had died whilst in their

The couple and their address are not revealed in this article but other evidence
shows that they were Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Slack of 41 Elton Street.

Elton Street 1950s map

(Visitors to the Walkley Ways marquee in Ruskin Park last Saturday will have
been standing close to the site of this house).

A month ago in answer to an advertisement
for a baby to nurse at Elton street, a man carrying
a child a few weeks old presented himself at the
address named, saying he wished to put the child
with them.

An example of these advertisements (from the following year, 1888)…

1888-07-24 baby farming advert

A young woman having had a misfortune by him,
he had…

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Work Session this Saturday, July 26th


Our next regular work session in the Cemetery takes place this Saturday between 10 am and 3 pm. There is a variety of tasks that we may be doing, from going back into battle with the bracken (if it has not reached the spore-releasing stage) and tackling some ivy, now that the birds have fledged.

You are welcome to come for part of the day, or to bring refreshment and join us for the whole session.

We have a supply of work gloves for those who need them, but we recommend old clothes and sturdy shoes.

Any questions? Please call Hugh on (0114) 2339805 or 07743 394203

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Today’s Guided Tour, part of Environment Weeks in Sheffield

After so much rain in the last 24 hours we were remarkably lucky – just a minute or two of spots of rain during the whole 90 minutes. Although the conditions under foot restricted the steps and slopes I was prepared to risk taking the party down, it was an enjoyable tour. I got the chance to tell some new stories that I had been keeping to myself since the last tour when nobody came.

Our next tours will be the three in one day on July 6th, so if you are not planning to be following Le Tour that day, come for a leisurely walk round on one of our non-wheel-based-transport tours (sadly without feeding stations).

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Summer Events 2014


Here are some of our events over the next few months:

Sunday 25th May                             2 – 3 .30pm
Guided Tour of the Cemetery
Part of Sheffield Environment Weeks 


Sunday 22nd June                           2 – 4.30pm
Gravestone Recording
A Walkley Festival Event
Come and help us record the inscriptions on recently cleared gravestones. All equipment and instruction provided.


Friday 27th June                    7.30pm
AGM and 10th Birthday Celebration
(Guild Room, St Mary’s Community Hall, Howard Rd)
A Walkley Festival Event
An illustrated talk on our first ten years, including popular stories told on our guided tours, followed by our AGM. Display of photos and research materials.
Free Refreshments from 7pm.


Thursday 3rd July                  2 – 4pm
Bracken Bash      
A Walkley Festival Event
Our annual assault on the bracken in the cemetery.


Sunday 6th July                      2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm
Festival Tours   
A Walkley Festival Event
Three chances to hear the latest news and stories

For events in the cemetery meet inside the main gates on Nichols Road
(off Waller Road) postcode: S6 5DU

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The first Vicar reads his own obituary

SMITH Thomas portrait
The Rev. Thomas Smith. (From Sheffield at the Opening of the 20th Century(1900))

The actual obituary of the Rev Thomas Smith mentions that there was a previous, premature, outing for the summing up of his life and career, in the Sheffield Independent. I have finally managed to track it down. The episode is most entertainingly described by that newspaper’s rival, the Sheffield Telegraph!

SMITH Rev Thomas premature obituary 1893-10-02 SDT
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 2 Oct 1893

SMITH Rev Thomas premature obituary 1893-10-07 SDT part 1
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 7 Oct 1893 (part 1)

SMITH Rev Thomas premature obituary 1893-10-07 SDT part 2
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 7 Oct 1893 (part 2)

When Thomas Smith died in 1901, the Telegraph added to the above story…

A Sheffield newspaper appeared one morning with the
announcement of his death, followed by an apprecia-
tive sketch of his career. Fond of a joke, he called
at the office of the paper in question to return thanks,
and next day preached from his own pulpit from the
text, “Can these dry bones live?”

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Walkley Festival Tours

Sunday July 7th

2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm

Each summer as part of Walkley Festival we run three back-to-back guided tours of the cemetery when you can hear stories of Walkley residents resting here and enjoy the semi-wildness of the cemetery in high summer. Each tour lasts 90 minutes; meet just inside the cemetery gates in Nichols Road (off Waller Road)

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Work Session cancelled.

Once again the weather has frustrated out plans to work in the cemetery.
Current conditions and the additional snow forecast for tomorrow mean that
this session, like January’s, has been cancelled.

Our next scheduled Work Day is on Saturday April 20th, 10am-3pm. But I am
also hoping to hold a short session on Wednesday April 3rd, 10am-1pm.

Other dates for your diary:

Tuesday 16th April, 8am-10am
Bird Walk with John Robinson of the RSPB.
This has become a popular fixture in our calendar.
Join us for a leisurely stroll around the cemetery
identifying birds from their songs and calls
with John’s expert help.

Sunday 28th April 2-3.30pm
Guided Tour of the cemetery

For both these events, meet at the cemetery gates, Nichols Road, off Waller

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Work Session: Saturday March 23rd


The birds will be building, the vegetation will be gathering itself to burst into new growth. We will be there in the middle of it all, tidying and clearing, preparing for our own season of events.

Join us for all or part of the session, bring a packed lunch and sturdy boots. Work Gloves provided.

If you have any questions, please ring Hugh on (0114) 2339805 / mob. 07743 394203. Or email us: walkleycemetery@blueyonder.co.uk

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