Meersbrook Memories

I believe at the junction of Brooklyn Road and Albert Road was the most likely spot for the Blyth Mill dam. When I was a child, a removal man Jack Lawlers had his business premises on this large area it was grass with large indents in it. I wonder if Blyth mill belonged to the Blyth brothers at Bishops house?

The Meers brook then ran down Albert Road behind the houses and at the bottom of 88 Albert Road was a large area which we use to call the dam as kids. It was empty except for a deep stream. This area I think belonged to Joseph Tyzack on Valley road. (I spent many happy hours playing in the Meersbrook with a dog we had at the time.) I remember their massive chimney being dismantled, we watched it gradually disappear……….this was in the late 50s-early 60s.

Around 1963 a large culvert was put over the Meersbrook right down to Chesterfield road. The large concrete and metal tunnels they used for the culvert were stored in the old garages which are still there by the side of 88 Albert Road.


Heritage Open Days 10 – 13 September 2015

A comprehensive list of Heritage Open Day events in the Sheffield area can be found at the Heritage Open Day web site.

Here is a selection from the list, of events which are taking place in or around the River Sheaf. Check the details of opening times and any booking requirements by clicking on the links provided.

BBC Radio Sheffield, 54 Shoreham Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 4RS. Check details here.

Beauchief Abbey, Beauchief Abbey Lane , Sheffield , South Yorkshire, S8 0EL. Check details here.

Bishops’ House, Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield , South Yorkshire, S8 9BE. Check details here.

Freeman College, Merlin Theatre Tour, 1 Meadow Bank Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 9AH. Check details here.

Freeman College, Sterling Works, 88 Arundel Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2NG. Check details here.

Horn Handle Works: From 1897 to the Present Day – 57-59 Club Garden Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8BU. Check details here.

Nether Edge Local History Group Walk – Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd, 9 Machon Bank Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 1PE. Check details here.

Park Hill Estate, Park Hill Flats, Bard Street Community Centre, 4 Blackwell Close, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 5PY. Check details here.

Portland Works LS Ltd, Portland Works, Randall Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 4SJ. Check details here.

Sheffield General Cemetery, The Gatehouse, Cemetery Avenue, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 8NT. Check details here.

Sheffield Manor Lodge – Discovery Centre, Sheffield Manor Lodge, 197 Manor Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 1UJ. Check details here.

Sheffield Pub Heritage Walk -starting at Fagans, 69 Broad Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 4BS. Check details here.

Sheffield Town Hall , Surrey Street , Sheffield , South Yorkshire, S1 2HH. Check details here.

Sheffield Assay Office, Guardians Hall, 2 Beulah Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2AN. Check details here.

Shepherd Wheel Workshop, Whiteley Woods, Off Hangingwater Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 2YE. Check details here.

St James’ Norton, Norton Lane / Norton Church Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S8 8JQ. Check details here.

St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2PA. Check details here.

Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 3BU. Check details here.

The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, Cutlers Hall, 7-15 Church Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1HG. Check details here.

Electric Works, Digital Campus, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BJ. Check details here.

Sheffield Tap, Sheffield Railway Station, Sheaf St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BP. Check details here.

Traditional Sheffield Past and Present – Cathedral Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Church Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1HA. Check details here.


Two additions to the Video Library Links

Two more You-Tube videos have been added to the list of videos which are linked from our video library page.

The videos are –

Sheffield’s Back Garden – Living History in Ecclesall Woods by Growtheatre
Sheffield’s St Paul’s Church and Peace Gardens by Red City Projects.

Thanks to Timewalk Project (@Timewalkproject on Twitter) for bringing these two videos to our attention.

The People and the Porter Project

Vote for Aviva to support the River Stewardship Company’s “The People and the Porter” (PPP) project which will work with local residents, schools, community groups, existing volunteers and staff at the Aviva site on Pear Street in Sheffield to help improve the River Porter corridor for people and wildlife. The project’s volunteer days will enable improvements to the river corridor to take place in the form of invasive species removal, habitat creation, litter and debris removal, vegetation and footpath clearance and graffiti removal.

The project will work alongside existing community groups based in the area including The Friends of the General Cemetery (based next to the Porter) and Sharrow Vale Community Association. Both groups take an active interest in the river corridor and we would consult both organisations to deliver an effective programme that delivers what local residents need.

The PPP will fund a River Steward to plan, co-ordinate and deliver all the volunteer sessions. It will pay for necessary equipment (e.g. bird/bat boxes, herbicide, skips & paint) to deliver improvements to the area. It will also cover the transport costs of volunteers attending sessions and provide basic refreshments for all who take part.

Find more details and give the project your support by voting at