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Wadsley is a suburb of the City of Sheffield, or Sheffield Metropolitan Area, in South Yorkshire, England. It is located five km northwest of the city centre. Wadsley was formerly a rural village which was engulfed by the expansion of Sheffield in the early part of the 20th century.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Wadsley. The article includes this description:
- "From the 16th century up to the 1920s Wadsley’s main industry was cutlery manufacturing; at the end of the 19th century there were over 100 cutler's shops in the village. The industry declined as the small workshops of Wadsley lost business to the large cutlery works of Sheffield. It is generally believed that the last little mester operating as a knife maker in Wadsley was Harry Horsfield who died in 1938. In 1901 Sheffield extended its boundaries and part of Wadsley came within the city; a further expansion in 1923 brought the rest of the village inside the city boundary."
Prior to 1974 Southey was within the West Riding of Yorkshire and formed part of the Ecclesfield ecclesiastical and civil parish.
More information about the area in the 19th century can be found in the transcription from Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 reproduced under Ecclesfield.