We are excited to announce the venue for our 2023 meetings as:

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

(click for location/directions map).

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

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

Join us for a meal/drink before and/or afterwards.  Contact info@nortonhistorygroup.org for more details

April-June 2023 Meetings


Wednesday 5th April 2023 2-4pm 

includes a presentation by Caroline Dewar   "GRAVES PARK - Digging Deeper"


Wednesday 19th April 2023 6.30 - 8.30pm 

includes a presentation by Hilary Widdowson  "The History of CHERRYTREE ORPHANAGE"


Wednesday 3rd May 2023 2-4pm

includes a presentation by Christine Handley "WOODLAND CRAFT & ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIES"


Wednesday 17th May 2023 6.30 - 8.30pm

includes a presentation by Chris Percy "Royal Flying Corps WW1 Airfield"


Wednesday 7th June 2023 2-4pm

includes a presentation by Thelma Griffiths "A Potted History of LONGSHAW"


Wednesday 21st June 2023 6.30 - 8.30pm

includes a presentation by Michelle Rawlins "WOMEN of STEEL"


       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 2023: £20 - includes 17 planned Group meetings.      Guests and others: £4 per meeting.

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

We offer Congratulations to:

Friends of Graves Park on receiving Lottery Funding for the project: Finding Lost Norton Park - Digging Deeper for All


Save the Rose Garden Cafe Campaign

A Big "Thank You" to:

  • Our Sponsors:
    • Sheffield Council (via Graves Park Ward Pot)

  • Our Supporters:
    • Our Members and Friends
    • Leisure United, Graves (St George's Park)
    • Sheffield Model Club
    • Speakers
    • The Chantrey Centre & St James Church

  • Activ8 - for inclusion in their 2023 Directory P42-3

      Donations or Sponsorship are invited from interested parties.     Please contact chair@nortonhistorygroup.org

      Our Friends at Totley History Group meet

      at Totley Library on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

      All Welcome.  Click for details


      Obituary: Sheila Gilmour     Obituary: Des Brooks 


      Norton History Group

      Researching, Protecting and Sharing our Heritage

      RESEARCHING our Past

      Researching subjects of interest to Group Members

      PROTECTING our Past

      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 for 2023

      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,
      • move all the current information held by the Group online - by the end of 2022 - 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.