Place:Midhope, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

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NameMidhope
Alt namesMiddop in Bradfieldsource: alternate name
Middupsource: alternate name
Upper Midhopesource: village in settlement
Over Midhopesource: alternate name for Upper Midhope
Midhopestonessource: village in settlement
Midhope-Stonessource: spelling variation
Nether Midhopesource: alternate name for Midhopestones
TypeHamlet
Coordinates53.494°N 1.675°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inSouth Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England    
See alsoBradfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcivil parish in which it is located
Ecclesfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which the two villages were located
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcity of which it was a part until 1974
Sheffield (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


NOTE: Middop in Bradfield is so-named here because there is a second Middop on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border which has been in Lancashire since 1974. See the map illustrating Middop.

the text in this section is based on articles in Wikipedia: Upper Midhope and Midhopestones.

The two villages are situated in the northwest of the large civil parish of Bradfield which, since 1974, has been located in the Sheffield Metropolitan Borough of South Yorkshire, England. The two villages are now referred to as one settlement named Midhope (archaic Middop or Middup).

Upper Midhope (archaic Over Midhope) is a village just on the edge of the Peak District National Park and close to the village of Langsett. The two reservoirs of Langsett and Midhope are in close proximity.

Midhopestones (archaic Nether Midhope) is nearby, located in the valley of the Little Don River, south of the A616 and the river, between Underbank Reservoir and Midhope Reservoir.

Upper Midhope dates to at least the medieval period, and was a traditional rural settlement; its relatively high location led to sheep farming as the main economic activity; bee keeping was also practiced. At the end of the 19th century land around Upper Midhope was acquired by the Sheffield Corporation for the construction of reservoirs. A number of dwellings were lost during the construction of the Langsett reservoir, as well as the original connecting road to Langsett. During the twentieth century the village became increasingly used as a residential village, including the use of former barns converted to dwellings.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Upper Midhope.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Midhoptstones.

Research Tips

Address: 52 Shoreham Street, Sheffield S1 4SP
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Email: archives@sheffield.gov.uk
  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) do not cover the West Riding of Yorkshire
  • GENUKI has a page on all three ridings of Yorkshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical parishes in the county. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. The list is based on a gazetteer dated 1835 and there may have been a number of alterations to the parish setup since then. However, it is worthwhile information for the pre civil registration era. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and the submitter is very firm about his copyright. This should not stop anyone from reading the material.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Yorkshire West Riding, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72.
  • Map of the West Riding divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1917 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time. In other counties, the map for 1900 has been used, but it is not coming up in Vision of Britain's list.
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • The above three maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.

Finding maps of the Sheffield area has been difficult. The town of Sheffield covered a very large area very early. Whereas in other places settlements became individual parishes, around Sheffield the settlements were all merged into a single urban area. A website produced by the Rootsweb part of Ancestry has a couple of maps that may help.

  • A map of the Sheffield area circa 1990 without boundaries, but indicating many of the smaller places surrounding Sheffield itself.
  • Another indicating parish boundaries as far north as Ecclesfield and as far west as Upper Hallam may also be helpful.

Wikipedia has produced a "book" which is a compilation of all its articles about Sheffield.

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Upper Midhope. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Midhopestones. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.