Here's two ways to discover the history of Walkley in Sheffield from home

Walkley Historians have created two new ways for you to discover the Victorian origins of the Sheffield suburb while at home.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 4:56 pm

You can go on a virtual tour of Walkley courtesy of the new Victorian Walkley Digital Guide on Google Maps.

The map features clickable locations, each with a Victorian tale to tell. You can see old photos and watch videos. The map can be viewed online via

The group usually hold monthly History IS Here talks over the winter. Instead, they are putting three talks with a Victorian theme online.

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A new mural of Walkley history by artist Nicole White

You can already watch Hand-Pulled History. Recorded at the Walkley Cottage, storyteller Tim Ralphs brings to life Victorian landlords, landladies, coroners, villains, pigeon fanciers and John Ruskin’s museum curators. It also features live music from the 19th century.

On Friday at 7pm, the video of Hugh Waterhouse’s popular talk Walkley: from Pasture to Parish will premiere.

This delves into the farms, woodlands, industries and halls that preceded the houses. Hugh’s talk on Crime and Punishment in 19th-century Walkley goes online in January.

You can watch these videos on the Walkley Historians’ YouTube channel.

The trail and talks join the recent unveiling of a new mural in Walkley which celebrates the Freehold Land Societies that started creating the garden suburb.

Painted by artist Nicole White, it overlooks Walkley Green on the end of Aesthete Coffee & Kitchen, South Road.

Walkley Historians also published a book on the Victorian origins of Walkley in the spring. It is available to buy for £10 online and from Beeches of Walkley and Walkley Library.

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