Place:Nether Hallam, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameNether Hallam
Alt namesEndcliffesource: hamlet in township
Hill Bridgesource: hamlet in township
Hill Footsource: hamlet in township
Malin Bridgesource: hamlet in township
Newfield Greensource: hamlet in township
Philadelphiasource: hamlet in township
Springvale Lydgatesource: hamlet in township
Steelbanksource: hamlet in township
Taptonsource: hamlet in township
Upperthorpesource: hamlet in township
Walkleysource: hamlet in township
TypeTownship, Civil parish, Suburb
Coordinates53.378°N 1.495°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
South Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoSheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which it was located
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandmunicipal and county borough in which it was situated 1843-1902
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcounty borough into which it was absorbed in 1902
Sheffield (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Nether Hallam from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"HALLAM (NETHER), a township and a [registration] sub-district in Sheffield parish and Ecclesall-Bierlow [registration] district, [West Riding of] Yorkshire. The township lies averagely 1¼ mile W of Sheffield, but includes suburbs of that town, and also the villages or hamlets of Newfield-Green, Upperthorpe, Steelbank, Springvale-Lydgate, Tapton, Endcliffe, Crookes, Walkley, Hill-Bridge, Malin-Bridge, Hill-Foot, Philadelphia, and Heeley, and parts of Owlerton, Crooks, and Crooks-Moor. Acres: 5,480. Real property: £58,908; of which £256 are in quarries. Population in 1851: 8,897; in 1861: 19,758. Houses: 3,993.
"The large increase of population arose mainly from proximity to Sheffield, and from the operations of building societies. The tract now forming the township was a main part of the ancient Hallamshire; continued till near the end of last century to be principally waste land and common; was brought into cultivation in consequence of an enclosure act, obtained in 1791; affords a striking instance of rapid evolution from a state of comparative uselessness to a state of very high productiveness; and now shares conspicuously in the industry and prosperity of Sheffield."

Nether Hallam was originally a township in the ancient parish of Sheffield in the Strafforth and Tickhill Wapentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Nether Hallam was made a civil parish in 1866 although it was considered part of the municipal borough of Sheffield since 1843. In 1904 it was fully absorbed into the civil parish of Sheffied (which became a county borough in 1889). Since 1974 it has been in South Yorkshire, specifically within the Sheffield Metropolitan Borough.

The Sheffield suburb of Heeley, which is closer to the centre of the city, was originally part of Nether Hallam but was made into a separate civil parish between 1880 and 1904.

Crookes and other villages with similar names, have been redirected to the neighbouring suburb of Ecclesall Bierlow.

Research Tips

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  • 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.