WE MEET AT  Leisure United Graves (St George's Park), Bochum Parkway, Norton S8 8JR

(click for location/directions map).

Afternoon Meetings (first Wednesday in the month) start at 1400.

Evening Meetings (third Wednesday in the month) start at 1830.   

 Contact info@nortonhistorygroup.org for more details

March and April 2024 Meetings


Wednesday 6th March 2024 2-4pm

Including a presentation by Ken Dash "Meersbrook Hall"

Recovering the origins and two and a half centuries of history of our own Georgian Mansion.

Wednesday 20th March 2024 6.30-8.30pm

Including a presentation by Tim Mulroy "The British Schindler"

Wednesday 3rd April 2024 2-4pm

Including a presentation by Graham White "Sheffield Hero - Arnold Loosemore VC"

Wednesday 17th April 2024 6.30-8.30pm

Including a presentation by Michael Edwards "Chesterfield Canal - History & Restoration"

Previous Talks/Speakers


Open to anyone interested in the history of Norton and its surroundings.

This could be by undertaking their own research, helping with Group projects or for general interest. 


Annual Membership for 2024: £20 - includes all regular monthly Group meetings. 

    Guests and others: £4 per meeting

Tea/Coffee provided for a donation (suggested £1).

Contact info@nortonhistorygroup.org for more details or with any questions or comments.

Norton History Group

Researching, Protecting and Sharing our Heritage


Researching subjects of interest to Group Members


Collecting, Evaluating, Sieving, Selecting, Archiving  and Digitising Artefacts and Information

SHARING our Past

Through presentations, exhibitions, conversations and small group work

Norton History Group

Our Vision

We aim to:

  • increase our membership across all age groups,
  • expand our research activities,
  • encourage donation of material to add to our collections,
  • educate and share knowledge through exhibitions, presentations and discussion,
  • continue the moving of all current information held by the Group online -  making it available to anyone with an interest, and to future generations.

The History of Norton History Group - so far

Formed in the early 1990s, the group was mainly concerned with research through local wills and collections held by Sheffield Archives: the Bagshawe, Wingfield, Newton and Shore families.

A number of photographs were acquired and some are seen in the books published: "Norton in Wartime" (1995), "Norton" (2000) and "Around Norton" (2005).  A history of Norton Free School was also published along with several booklets.


Annual exhibitions and various talks/lectures were held in and around the small village of Norton at several venues, including the 12th Century Norton Church, Norton House (home to The Home Guard in WW2 and covenanted to locals by JG Gleeson), becoming the Norton Country Club to this day.

Topics including Sir Francis Chantrey, Farming in Norton, Old Families of the area and Church Gargoyles have been the subject of these talks and exhibitions.

The group owns a collection of books and pamphlets of local interest, which are available for loan to group Members.