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Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - Parish Church

Sheffield, town, city, and metropolitan borough, metropolitan county of South Yorkshire, north-central England. Sheffield lies about 160 miles (260 km) northwest of London. The city and metropolitan borough lie within the historic county of Yorkshire, except for the area around Beighton and Mosborough, which belongs to the historic county of Derbyshire. Sheffield is situated at the foot of the Pennine highlands at a point where four streams—the Sheaf, Porter, Rivelin, and Loxley—running in deep valleys converge to form the River Don.

Escafeld, as the historic town of Sheffield was called at the time of Domesday Book (1086), was an Anglo-Saxon village. It became the site of a castle and a parish church built by the Norman lord William de Lovetot early in the 12th century...

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Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

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Beauchief Abbey

The abbey was founded by Robert FitzRanulf de Alfreton. Thomas Tanner, writing in
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

Beauchief Abbey

The abbey was founded by Robert FitzRanulf de Alfreton. Thomas Tanner, writing in 1695, stated that it was founded in 1183. However, Samuel Pegge in his History of Beauchief Abbey noted that Albinas, the abbot of Derby, who was one of the witnesses to the charter of foundation, died in 1176, placing foundation before that date. The abbey was dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Thomas Becket, who had been canonised in 1172.

The abbey was of the Premonstratensian order founded by Saint Norbert at Prémontré in France. Members of the order are known as White Canons. Beauchief was a small house comprising around 12 to 15 canons plus lay brothers. It had the full range of monastic buildings including the abbey church, cloisters, chapter house, dormitory and refectory. A stream provided water to the Abbey and to fish ponds...

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1570 - 1584 - Mary, Queen of Scots was held as a prisoner for 14 years in Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor
1600 - Sheffield was the main town in England (apart from London) for producing cutlery.
1616 - The Hospital of Gilbert, Earl of Shrewsbury (almshouses) was founded in Sheffield to accommodate and maintain 20 poor men and 20 poor women.
1642 - At the start of the Civil War, Sheffield was held by the parliamentarians but it was soon taken by the royalists under the Earl of Newcastle.
1648 - Sheffield Castle was demolished by the Parliamentarians following the Civil War.
1740s - Benjamin Huntsman invented a way of making better quality steel called crucible steel.
1758 - The large-scale manufacture of silver plate was begun in Sheffield by Joseph Hancock.
1771 - The Sheffield Library was established.
1895 - Sheffield
Sheffield, a town of England, co. of York, West Riding, capital of the district of Hallamshire, at the junction of the Sheaf and Don Rivers (both crossed by several bridges), on the Sheffield & Don Canal, and on several rail. ways, 141 miles N.N.W. of London. The town is for the most part irregularly built, consisting, particularly in its older parts, of steep and narrow streets, and brick houses often of an antiquated appearance. In the more modern parts the streets are both wide and straight, and many of the shops are remarkable for their elegance, though the clouds of smoke cause everything to assume a very dingy hue. Almost all the streets are well paved, and lighted with gas...
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Here are some of the must-see places and activities in the Sheffield area:
1. Kelham Island Museum:
Start your journey in Sheffield by exploring its industrial history at Kelham Island Museum. This fascinating museum showcases Sheffield's history of steel production, cutlery making, and more. You can see vintage machinery, learn about the city's industrial innovations, and understand its pivotal role during the Industrial Revolution.

2. The Peak District National Park:
Sheffield is the gateway to the stunning Peak District National Park. If you're into hiking, biking, or just enjoying breathtaking landscapes, this is the place to be. The park offers numerous trails, including the picturesque Stanage Edge and Mam Tor. Don't forget to visit Castleton, a charming village known for its caves and quaint shops.

3. Millennium Gallery:
For a dose of culture and art, head to the Millennium Gallery. It houses a fantastic collection of contemporary art, design, and crafts. You can also explore the Ruskin Collection, featuring pieces from John Ruskin, a... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

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female ancestorHelen NORMER (1601, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - 1636, )
female ancestorElizabeth COOK? (1603, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - 9 February 1643, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England)
male ancestorWilliam BACKUS (23 November 1606, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - 7 June 1664, Norwich, Connecticut, USA (Norwichtown) (Yantic) (Greeneville) (Occum) (Taftville))
female ancestorDionise Ruth ALLEN (06/23/1623, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - 1692, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA)
female ancestorSarah BACKUS (BACKHOUSE) (31 August 1628, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - 22 July 1702, Norwich, Connecticut, USA (Norwichtown) (Yantic) (Greeneville) (Occum) (Taftville))
female ancestorJane HOWDELL (31 May 1630, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - 1674, , New Hampshire, USA)
female ancestorMary BACKUS (6 May 1632, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - 8 July 1717, Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorWilliam BACKUS (23 November 1634, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - 1721, Norwich, Connecticut, USA (Norwichtown) (Yantic) (Greeneville) (Occum) (Taftville))
female ancestorLydia BACKUS (31 December 1637, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England - 1696, Haddam, Connecticut, USA (Higganum) (Tylerville))
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