Sheffield historian Sid Wetherill, who is well known as an expert on all things Heeley, has written this piece about the history of Broadfield Road.
This long road starts at London Road opposite the Bridge Inn and ends at Abbeydale Road and the Broadfield Hotel.
It was named after the mansion that stood at the back of Heeley Station but until the beginning of the 20th century, the middle section of the present Broadfield Road was not there.
The River Sheaf crossed the road twice so this section was never developed until the river was diverted into the current large brick culvert which enabled Broadfield Park Road, the road’s first name, to be joined up with Rufford Road and Abbeydale Road.
Before the redevelopment of the area I can remember the nameplate on the last terrace house, Broadfield Road Late Rufford Road.
It’s hard to imagine now that the river once flowed at the bottom of the steep bank of the Abbeydale Picture House, before it turned right at Primrose View, the long winding footpath to Hale Street and Abbeydale Road across to Saxon Road.
Only Heeley Baths in 1909 was built on the undeveloped middle section and it was known as Broadfield Recreation Ground.
During World War Two the RAF barrage balloon was moored there.
There were three through roads off Broadfield Road, Saxon, Clyde and Bedale Road but there were six cul-de-sacs, Cutts Terrace, Markham Terrace, Broadfield Park Avenue, and three that back on to the River Sheaf, Rufford Terrace, Yarborough Road and Tamplin Road.
John Shortridge of Chippinghouse, builder of the Wicker Arches, named the house after his wife’s birthplace, Chipping, a small village in Lancashire.
He also owned Aizelwood Brickworks at the back of Broadfield.
The kilns have survived and can be seen at the back of Pagett’s builder’s yard.
n Thanks to Sid for a fascinating piece and to Picture Sheffield (http://www.picturesheffield.com)for the use of the photographs of the Broadfield and Primrose View.