Former Sheffield railway homes to open for guided tours

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A local history group will conduct guided tours of an amateur archaeology site in Sheffield.

The Time Travellers group have arranged an open day on Thursday, July 17, between 3pm and 7pm, at the site of the former Poynton Villas in Bradway.

Poynton Villas were a pair of Victorian semi-detached houses on Bradway Bank built for railway workers in about 1890, close to nearby signal boxes and demolished more than 45 years ago, in 1967.

Little was known about the houses until recent excavation work stripped back undergrowth that once covered the site to reveal the outline of the houses.

In addition to the physical exploration of the site, research of historical records and contact with people who have links with the buildings and railways have produced an insight into the lives of the former inhabitants of Poynton Villas.

Guided tours will start out from The Castle Inn where there will be displays of items found on the site, photographs, maps and details of the families that made Poynton Villas their home.

As well as the domestic remains of Poynton Villas, the project will also explore the site and history of the former Twentywell Stone and Brickworks Company, plus other archaeological features in close proximity.

The event is part of The Time Travellers’ contribution to the Council for British Archaeology’s annual Festival of Archaeology.

The Time Travellers are a community archaeology and local history group, based in south Sheffield.

They were established in 2011 and have 70 members.

In 2011, they participated in an excavation at Whirlow Hall Farm which found the remains of Roman occupation on the site.

This is the first new evidence of such a find in and around Sheffield in the last 100 years.

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