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For some time we have wanted to make the Treeton Local History Group Newsletter available online.  Begining with the Christmas 2009 edition we are now doing so by publishing the newsletter in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (.PDF).  To access the newsletters, use the option in the main menu on the left.

These files can be viewed online or downloaded to read at your leisure, using the free Adobe Acrobat reader software that can be downloaded from Adobe's website.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 December 2009 13:47

October meeting report

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Due to a last minute change of plan, the talk on Thursday 29th October was given by Peter Machin and was entitled ‘The Manor of Hallamshire and the Lord’s of the Manor’.
Hallamshire was the ancient name for Sheffield and at the time of the Norman Conquest this area was in the control of Waltheoff, son of Sigurd a Saxon War Lord.  William the Conqueror was at first so impressed by Waltheoff that he allowed him to keep his lands and to marry his niece, the Lady Judith of Normandy, but in 1086 he took part in an uprising against William and was executed. Waltheoff’s lands then passed to Lady Judith, but were administered for her by Roger de Busli and then his son, who died without issue.
The lordship then passed to William de Lovetot the son of a Norman baron who had come over with the Conqueror. It was Lovetot who built the first church, now the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in Sheffield, although it is believed that there may have been a Saxon Church on the same spot.
After the Lovetots came the de Furnivals, who built the first Sheffield Castle, this is believed to have been built on the site of the hall or aula of Waltheoff, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Following them came the more familiar family name of Talbert symbolised by the Talbert Dog, a carving of which can be seen in St Helen’s Church. The first of these was John Talbert the 1st earl of Shrewsbury who was known as the English Achilles. His younger son Christopher had his home at Treeton and is reputed to be represented by the knight effigy in St Helen’s Church.
The 4th Earl of Shrewsbury, George Talbot had Sheffield Manor built in 1516 to serve as a country retreat. Thomas Cardinal Wolsey stayed here as Talbot's ‘guest’ on his way to face trial for treason in 1530.
The 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, another George Talbert married twice and his second wife was the well-known ‘Bess of Hardwick’ he is best known by most people as the minder of ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ finally came Gilbert, the 7th and last Earl of Shrewsbury.
After the Talbots came the Dukes of Norfolk, but unfortunately Peter ran out of time and had to end there.
Throughout his talk Peter gave us a tour of the Stained glass windows in the Chapter House of Sheffield Cathedral, these tell the story of the development of the Manor of Hallamshire and the sometimes fearsome looking Lords who shaped it. It was a very enjoyable evening and it seemed as though Peter could have gone on all night.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:46

DVD of the Battle of Treeton

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A commemorative DVD of the Battle of Treeton was filmed throughout the weekend by the specialist professional video production company 'Captured Times', in partnership with Treeton Local History Group.

Copies of this DVD, packaged together with a CD of over 400 high-resolution still photographs of the event, can now be ordered from the History Group at a cost of just £10 for local delivery, or £11.50 including postage and packing.

Get your copy now and have a memento of the event that will keep it fresh in your memory for years to come - better still, order a copy for friends and family - the ideal Treeton Christmas present!

To order your copy contact us today, or write with your payment to 

Treeton Local History Group
c/o 5 Rodwell Close
S60 5UF

A short compilation of the video footage has been created by Captured Times and can be found on YouTube, or watched below.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2009 20:32

York trip report

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Our group outing to York on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August 2009 was a great success. About thirty members and family came on the trip, which was organised by Andrew Roddison as a 'thank-you' for the time volunteered by members during the Battle of Treeton weekend in July.

Despite the Bank Holiday the coach made good time to York, where we called in at the Racecourse to collect our tickets for the Sealed Knot Battle of Marston Moor re-enactment, before going on to the historic city itself for the morning.

The Sealed Knot event was on an altogether vaster scale at York, with around five to six times as many re-enactors taking part, including cavalry on both sides: over one thousand members of the Sealed Knot were on the field for the main battle event, which took most of the afternoon. 

Despite some cloud the weather behaved itself and we were treated to a real specatacle in the sunshine, along with several thousand other spectators enjoying the occasion.

 A small selection of photographs is available in the York section of the Photo Galleries - you may recognise a certain preacher from his fiery sermon and harsh treatment at St Helen's church!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2009 21:12

Press coverage

Official estimates of the attendance over he two days of the Battle of Treeton re-enactment weekend suggest that we drew a crowd of between 4,500 and 6,000 people!

The links below are to just some of the press coverage that the event attracted:

Village struck by 'civil war'  - Star, 11th July

War breaks out to liven up a quiet weekend - Sheffield Telegraph, 13th July 

Tankards raised for taste of Civil War - Yorkshire Post, 9th July



Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2009 11:27
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