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


Summer Recess next meetings schedule starts September 2024

Wednesday 4th September 2024 2:00 - 4:00pm

Including a presentation by Stephen Gay "Woodhead Line" 

Wednesday 18th September 2024 6:30 - 8:30pm

Including a presentation by Ken Beaumont "Life, Times and Heritage of J.G Graves"

Previous Talks/Speakers

Request for Memories, Photographs and Documents

The book “Norton in Wartime” was published by NHG in 1995.  30 years have passed since the original book was researched which covered (mainly) activities during WW1 and WW2 in the greater Norton area.

The original book proved popular and was re-printed several times. Second-hand copies can still be picked up from book dealers.
NHG are embarking on a new project to update and expand the original book - to include further information from the 2 World Wars and the use of the sites since.

If you, your relatives or friends have any memories, photographs or documents which you are willing to share for inclusion in the new book, please post on this group, reply to this post on Facebook, email us  or drop into an NHG meeting to discuss them and/or show us.


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.