New homes development embraces Sheffield history

Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 10:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 12:38 pm

Naming new homes developments can be challenging, but the team at one leading housebuilder knew that their latest development in Sheffield should acknowledge the history of the area.

Graves Fold on Hemsworth Road, Norton, is named after J G Graves, a Sheffield business man who made a significant contribution to the city before his death in 1945, and it is this type of action that preserves history especially relevant during Local and Community History Month (May).

“J G Graves made such an impact during his lifetime and was a well-respected businessman and entrepreneur,” said Natalie Moore sales manager Miller Homes Yorkshire. “One of Sheffield’s most popular parks is named after him and it is just minutes from our development where we wanted to recognise his legacy too.”

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J G Graves moved to Sheffield to become an apprentice watchmaker and carved an illustrious career, establishing himself as a renowned watchmaker and setting up one of Britain’s first mail order businesses. In addition to his career he was a keen art collector and donated over £60,000 towards the city’s art galleries – indeed that’s where Graves Gallery got its name from.

The J G Graves Trust is still in place today and currently provides around 50 grants each year for relevant projects in the City of Sheffield.

Natalie continued; “It’s only fitting that we pay homage to this great custodian of Sheffield’s history - we’d like to think he would be proud of our homes and house styles on offer and the communities we build in areas where there is a need for more housing.”

Graves Fold, just twenty minutes’ walk from the bustling city centre, will see 138 two, three, four and five bedroom homes built on land just off Hemsworth Road in Norton. The development will open in early summer 2018.

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