logo Burngreave Messenger Issue 30 - April 2003

To Grimesthorpe and beyond
By Albert Jackson

Burngreave Historical Society was formed over ten years ago and meet on alternative Wednesday afternoons in Burngreave Library on Spital Hill.

Research and fact finding visits are made to sites of interest, the Local Studies Library and Archives Department.

The Society take part in various exhibitions and gatherings. As part of the Council’s Environmental Week, an exhibition entitled Grimesthorpe, Farm, to Fork, to Foundry and Beyond! will be held at the Clock Tower Gallery at the Northern General Hospital (the old Workhouse building). Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, from 14th April till 22nd May. Admission is free.

A brochure of the exhibition together with a suggested illustrated walk is also available and two informal talks will be held on Wednesdays 30th April and 7th May at 2.30pm.

The Society will also feature Grimesthorpe at the Local History Fair in the Banqueting Hall of the Town Hall on Saturday 10th May between 10am and 4pm, also free.

The history of Grimesthorpe, its trades and inhabitants is traced from the ancient Brigante tribes with their fort on Wincobank Hill to present times with nostalgic photographs and maps and reminiscences from inhabitants dating back over 150 years.

Those were the days when the roads were lanes with corn and wheat growing in the fields. The village of Grimesthorpe (yes it was a country village then!) was centred around the pond and the Manor Farm. Through the nineteenth century a new Grimesthorpe was added, built to house the population explosion caused by the growth of the steelworks.

The churches, pubs and community life are all featured in the exhibition. The Burngreave Historical Society can make available a miniature displays and talks to schools, churches, clubs etc.
The Burngreave Historical Society can be contacted through Burngreave Library, Spital Hill on 203 9002.


Brook Cottages, Grimesthorpe (with the Ball Hotel in the background).
Brook Cottages, Grimesthorpe (with the Ball Hotel in the background).

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