Archives home to a handful of historical gems

Sheffield's Market Charter, 1296
Sheffield's Market Charter, 1296
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IT’S not just dusty documents at Sheffield Archives. The following historical gems are all stored there and available to be viewed.

Sheffield’s Market Charter, 1296

Book of silverware designs, produced byJames Dixon and Sons Limited, Silversmiths, dated 1890s, kept at Sheffield Archives

Book of silverware designs, produced byJames Dixon and Sons Limited, Silversmiths, dated 1890s, kept at Sheffield Archives

This royal charter giving permission to hold markets and fairs in Sheffield was granted by Edward I to Thomas de Furnival. It allowed a weekly market every Tuesday and a three-day fair once a year, establishing Sheffield as a major trading centre.

Sheffield Parish Register, 1560 – 1670

One of the city’s earliest parish registers, this volume lists all those who were baptised, married and buried at Sheffield Cathedral between 1560 and 1670.

Sheffield Flood Claims Register, 1864

Parish Register, Sheffield, 1560 - 1670, kept at Sheffield Archives

Parish Register, Sheffield, 1560 - 1670, kept at Sheffield Archives

A complete series of volumes recording the claims made against Sheffield Water Company for loss of livelihood and property following the Great Flood – considered the worst disaster in Victorian Britain.

James Dixon and Sons silversmiths book of silverware designs 1890s

Perhaps the perfect advertisement for ‘Made In Sheffield’, this remarkable company record shows fascinating photographs of some of Sheffield’s finest metalware.

Sheffield Flood Claims Register, 1864, kept at Sheffield Archives

Sheffield Flood Claims Register, 1864, kept at Sheffield Archives