Next Meeting of the Group

  • Wednesday 7th December 2022 (2-4pm) at The Chantrey Centre, Matthews Lane, Norton S8 8JS

includes a talk by Kevin Turner & Alan Dulcamara

"The Life & Trial of the highwayman Spence Broughton"

Membership of the Group is open to anyone interested in the history of the old parish of Norton.  This could be by undertaking their own research, helping with Group projects or for general interest.  

Annual Membership for 2023: £20 - includes admission to all monthly Group meetings. 

Guests and others: £4 per meeting.

Contact email for more details or with any questions or comments.

Details of Our Programme for 2023

These are currently under consideration and will be displayed here as soon as available.

Our Friends at Totley History Group's next meeting is on:

Wednesday 23 November - 7.30pm at Totley Library 

All Welcome.  Entry: £3 to visitors

Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted

Thelma Griffiths, National Trust volunteer historian at Longshaw, explores the history of access to the countryside, especially the Peak District moors over the last two centuries, from private shooting estate to open moorland.

A Big "Thank You" to:

  • Our Sponsors:

Sheffield City Council

(via Graves Park Ward Pot Funding)

Fairways Property Management 

356 Meadowhead, Sheffield S8 7UJ

  • Our Supporters:
    • The Chantrey Centre & St James Church
    • Sheffield Model Club
    • Speakers 
  • Our Members and Friends

    Donations or Sponsorship are invited from other interested parties.   Please contact 

    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 2022

    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.