Crookes' long and colourful history as a Sheffield village

I AM saddened over what is happening to Crookes.

We have been a suburb in name only. Crookes has always been a Sheffield village.

Also, we are steeped in history, with links to the New Bronze Age, 3000BC, only 500 years less than Stonehenge. Roman Road Long Causeway, now Lydgate Lane, 46AD from Stanage Pole to Templeborough Fort. We also have what is known as the Roman Ridge from Mount Zion to St Joseph's Church, Walkley.

Crookes was founded by the Vikings as 'Krkur' 980AD, which means a nook or corner of land. Even our main road is over 1,000 years old. Also in the Doomsday Book (1066AD), Crokkiss, The Bends Charters 1295 and 1475 Joan de Crokes of Sheffield Castle. We were a self-contained village from the 16th century to the end of the 19th century when Crooks became Crookes.

I was saddened to read Mr Robert Smith's letter about Marsh Lane and the allotments. I remember all different types of wild flowers growing. Marsh Lane should have been a conservation area.

John Jackson, Crookes S8

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