Old Heeley - HWW News

27 December 2006 - New Web Site - Welcome to the new look website for the Heeley History Workshop which is still going strong almost 20 years on from their first publication.

While the web site is new the information contained herein is the same valuable historical reference compiled by people with living memory of the names and places.

New Book - we are getting on well with the book (not a booklet or leaflet any more) about Eddie Chapman (1902 - 2004).

It began as a modest booklet idea which we would do ourselves and then it was decided it should be an A4 book again although we will be printing maybe no more than 500 copies.

It will appeal to the purists and those who knew Eddie although it will contain his experiences as a cutler in those olden days, his many other memories and funny stories and his view on modern life. It will be a nice read and will contain the usual pictures.

Eddie was a canny man and although he left school at 14 he had a wonderful way of taking the mick out of modern life and one of his stories has been done in Eddie's own dialect sort of Yorkshire/Sheffield with a plainer version for those who can't read dialect, let alone speak it.

We should get it 'on the street' for the early summer of 2007. Maybe June for the Heeley Festival so watch this space.

If you have any questions or information you would like to contribute please e-mail , thanks!

See also new document under the Specials Index.

23 December 2004 - Book Availability - You can buy your book through:

Sheffield Scene
49, Surrey Street,
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
S1 2LG

Tel: 0114 273 1723

The price is £7.99 plus postage and packing. If you live in the Heeley area the books are also available from Heeley Post Office, tel: 0114 255 0917 or Ponsfords tel: 0114 255 0075.

10 December 2004 - Book Release - Fill your Christmas stockings! the new Heeley History book is now available. The launch is SATURDAY 11 December 2004 - AT THE HEELEY INSTITUTE, about 11am through until about 3pm ish. The first 500 copies of the book will be on sale, refreshments and signatures will be available. If any one has any digital pictures of the event please email me copies .

If you see the note below, this book was due out last Christmas but has undergone more work and research to ensure it is even better than the first book. Grab your while they are available. More details will folllow about how to obtain your copy.

25 October 2004 - New link to "Life & Death in Elizabethan Norton" by Jos Kingston. An in-depth study of the Derbyshire parish of Norton. In Elizabethan times it was the principal scythe-making community of northern England. Combining analysis of parish registers between 1560 and 1620 with evidence from wills and inventories, it contains much which is likely to be of interest to family, local and social historians.

25 May 2003 - Heeley Festival - takes place on Saturday 21st June at the Heeley Parish Church from 12 noon to 5 pm. There will be an "Old Heeley Exhibition" and copies of the first book, "Heghlegh then and Heeley Now" will be available. Refreshments, strawberry cream teas will be served in the Church Hall.

Note : Watch out for the new book, "Heeley and Thereabouts" (including Meersbrook and Norton Lees) which is due out in time for Christmas 2003. Details will be available at the Heeley Festival.

27 August 2002 - New Issues Added - Issues 18, 19 and 20 published. A new links page has been added to connect you to sites relevant to the History of Heeley, also other Sheffield links and family search references as appropriate. If you want your link here email me at

A funny thing happend to me on the way to the Forum! Have you tried it yet. Click this link, Forum to post your questions or contribute information to the memory pool.

17 May 2002 - New Issues Added - We are up to issue number 17 with number 18 in progress.

18 October 2001 - New Forum. We have launched a new forum for visitors to the History Workshop Site. We very much hope that people will use this forum to post information about the lives and times of the people of Heeley. Feel free to post queries about places and people and be even more liberal with your answers. You can go direct to the Forum by selecting the option from the menu or click the link below.

Go to the New Forum

We have received many e-mails since the launch of this site requesting information and we hope through this forum to allow people to communicate directly with each other to share information. It should be possible to include photographs with your messages.

Don't be shy, reach out and communicate.

7 October 2001 - In progress, a new book is in progress to be published December 2002. The link below shows a list of chapter headings and ideas although not all of the ideas suggested might make it as far as the finished product!


If anyone out there has anything to tell us about these subjects we would welcome their input. Even the shortest memory adds to the interest of the book so please e-mail your contributions.

As you can see we have decided to expand the coverage of the book to include adjacent areas. Many people have said that they thought the first book was too tightly bound to a small area of Heeley and so the new book takes in Meersbrook and other surrounding areas.

21 April 2001 - Can you help with information for a new book?
The History Workshop are planning another book for Christmas 2002. It will include stories about Meersbrook and will probably be based on family histories as so many of the group, and our new visitors, have very long connections to Heeley and area. We have had a request to include more about the Olive Grove area. Of course it was only built up from 1900, before hand it was part of the Duke of Norfolk's deer park. So any stories from those areas, Meersbrook and Olive Grove especially wanted.

Also The Meersbrook Park Users Trust would like to request any known information about the history of Meersbrook Park with particular reference to the history of the Walled Garden in the Park. The trust is planning an Open Day in the Meersbrook Walled Garden sometime in the Summer/Autumn with displays, talks etc

If you have information on any of the above please that you feel may be of interest to the History Workshop or the Meersbrook Park Users Trust then please contact the workshop or e-mail

3 February 2001 - The Heeley History Workshop on Radio Sheffield
Linda Hutton was on Radio Sheffield on Tuesday 23 January, on the Tony Capstick Show. She spoke for about 20 minutes about the book and the group. One listener rang up the radio station before the program had even finished to find out where to get a book.

The reprint was available Monday 29 January.

Linda Hutton registered at the University of Sheffield on Thursday 1 February for her MPhil on Heeley.

Please feel free to submit any information to help the workshop develop further, in particular photographs are always welcome.

11th January 2001 - Book selling like hot cakes! (or Jimmy Fishers fish cakes)
The first run of 1,000 books has almost sold out and a further 2,000 books are on order. The reprint will be available at the end of January. We have received a lot of positive comments and praise for the publication and no doubt the re-print will be quickly sold.

Copies of the book can be obtained from Waterstones, WH Smith & Blackwells as well as directly from the History Workshop.

Best wishes and many happy returns to Eddie Chapman who is 99 years young this month and is the oldest member of the History Workshop.

10th December 2000 - Order your book
Postage and packing rates for Heghlegh Then and Heeley Now (+ cost of book 5.99) are:

Britain 2 First Class Europe 2.50 Americas 4.50 Airmail or 2.50 Surface Australia, New Zealand 4.70 Airmail or 2.70 Surface

I am afraid we can only accept sterling cheques or similar because of the charges our bank would make to change foreign currency.

The book is perfect bound (i.e. has a spine) has a glossy soft card cover and 96 pages of memories and research. There are over 50 black and white illustrations and some colour pictures. It is indexed for places and surnames. Please buy one! It is the group's first 'real' book and we would like to make it a success. We are charging 5.99 because the book was partially funded by a Millennium Awards for All Grant - normal shop price for a book like this would be at least 10. We hope to raise enough money to do a second book in two years time.

25th November 2000 - Book publication date
Heeley History Workshop are very pleased to announce their new book entitled; "Heghlegh Now and Heeley Then: Work, Play and People." To be published by Pickards Colour Publishing, Sheaf Gardens, Sheffield, price 5.99. It contains 96 pages with over 50 black and white illustrations, some colour illustrations and maps.

The book is to published on 12th December 2000 and to celebrate we are having a launch party at the Sheaf View Hotel, Gleadless Road, Heeley at 5pm to 6pm. Copies of the book will be available at the launch and in the shops shortly afterwards.

Copies will also be available from the HHW or from Waterstones and Sheffield Scene in Sheffield (hopefully).