Tinsley Time and Travel held a Medieval History Walk last weekend revealing the historical remnants, interesting facts, scary stories etc about Tinsley. Sally Rogers and Charlotte Head from Sheffield Heeley City Farm are the key organisers along with a very knowledgable volunteer, Susan.


As for the relations to the mapping project, the whole process of the walk revealed many hidden aspects of TInsley. These include:-

-Historical memories, stories and anecdotes as well as physical archaeology and existing/demolished architecture.

-Sharing community issues/social problems from constituent parts of the city where they come from.

-Offering help (labour) to serving others during refreshments before and after the work. (My work to help tidy up afterwards).

-Badgemaking process increases one’s comfort to open up to strangers.

-Sharing of Knowledge; ie. Sally wanted to buy a book on ebay, but Susan already owns it and offered Sally to borrow it.

-Everyone (from outside of Tinsley) drove to this event, since walkability to Tinsley is extremely poor, especially towards the Tinsley Roundabout off the M1.

-Warburtons seems to be their main supplier of crumpets.

-Crumpets are a popular amongst the locals.

Warburton Crumpets




-Mr. Hoole’s house was the biggest house in Tinsley and was used as a law court—->closed Pike and Herron Pub

-Firs Farm—>Tinsley Methodist Church

-Manor House (demolished in 1965 in poor state to make way for new school) —>Tinsley Juniors School (now demolished)

-Tinsley Hall Farm (Remnant cottages where demolished in the mid-1960s and were replaced by fully serviced housing, although some locals felt that the council has destroyed an historical heritage.)—>Highgate shops and surroundings

-Toll Houses—>located on Sheffield Road and Bawtry Road, between Tinsley and Rotherham.


Timeline Detail

Corner Foundation of Tinsley Hall Farm

The remains of the corner foundations of Tinsley Hall Farm, which is revealed by pedestrians cutting corners from walking across the grass.



-Women also played dominant roles in society even from the medieval ages.

-Children from the Junior School dug up bits of marble from excavations organised by the school. Social movements organised by teachers and parents can bring sense of fulfilment as well as increasing knowledge of the neighbourhood’s historical significance.

-Back in the medieval period, there was also a social issue of language barriers, where the society spoke English, Latin and French. When the scribe in the law courts cannot write the word in Latin, he will replace the word in English or French. SImilar to Tinsley today with the large influx of asian communities, language barriers are re-emerging quickly, which becomes barriers for social diversity and employment.

-Medieval land laws stated that landowners and tenants has the responsibility to maintain and clean their own plots of land, and the adjacent path or road if their land backs on fronts it. Even in the medieval ages, citizens have the responsibility to maintain their land, and respect public spaces. However, in modern day Tinsley, it has a poor state of littering which initiated a group of volunteers who litter pick the streets regularly. According to Zahira Naz, a trustee member and councillor, their actions has encourage others to remove litter from their plot of land. The community benefits from increasing their pride of the streets. Another example of a collective social movements as a response to economical problems that seem ‘out of their control’.

-Tinsley has always been a ‘boundary’ territory, between Sheffield and Rotherham. In the medieval period, both Sheffield and Rotherham wanted to claim Tinsley but Tinsley Parish rejected both offers. Reflected in present day Tinsley, the M1 seems to isolate Tinsley from the rest of Sheffield. Residents who live towards the south of Tinsley claim that they are from Brinsworth, not Tiinsley. Yvonne Witter also expresses how the Darnall Trust actually includes Tinsley area but the word ‘Tinsley’ is in the official name. There is a loss sense of belonging in which Tinsley seems to continue being a ‘borderline’ territory. Values of the community differ which breaks down the attitudes of being ‘in-common’ as being a community called Tinsley. On the other hand, in the medieval ages, the Tinsley community seems to have a single shared value that they wanted to be independent from Sheffield and Rotherham.

-The event mainly attracted adults of British White Ethnicity, who are solely interested in the history, facts, statistics, typology etc. It also attracted residents from Brinsworth, Wiccobank, and Totley with a few from Tinsley. An migrant mother with her baby and kids decided to take part but went home half way through since her kids said that they were bored. Nevertheless, Sally Rogers says that many migrant families attended the history arts and craft events held at Tinsley Meadows School. One assumption was that it was aimed more towards children, therefore mothers can attend events while their children are occupied and having fun, where as the history walks tend to aim towards adults, which means that children will get bored or if they leave the children at home, there is nobody to take care of them (assuming that fathers are at work). This is one reason why Sally Rogers and Charlotte Head aims to provide a variety of events to cover a broad spectrum of people from the community.


Badgemaking 2

Badgemaking 1

-During the walk, there were ‘external’ observers and participants . Observers were mainly of the asian minority who kept a distance but stared at our group of people but did not interact with use. On the other hand, there were participants who walked out of the houses and asked what we were talking about and what whats their road like in the medieval period and if it had any significance. They were mainly of White British. It seems that there is a racial barrier between the migrants/Islamic community and the white British residents. What can be done to break this barrier within a ethnically diverse community?


-Scary Halloween house on Ferrars Rd. I wonder who lives there? Is it rented out of does the landlord lives there? What does the neighbour’s think?


Halloween house



Earlier this week, I attended the coffee morning at St. Lawrence Church, which is on every Wednesday mornings from 10:30-12:00. It was an unique experience having being able to talk to a variety of local residents who all shared unique stories about themselves living in Tinsley. Anecdotes and unusual moments highlighted the conversations whilst bringing up key themes and issues that Tinsley are currently facing. A frequent activity like this is valuable for the community, since it brings together opinions, laughter and a sense of belonging from just being served a warm crumpet and a cup of tea.

jpeg-coffee table

An unusual incident that happened was the Richard (aka. Dick) who is the church caretaker notices that a picture was missing from the wall. Nobody knew where it had gone whilst some suggested that it might have fallen off the wall and someone must have taken it to get repaired. The ‘mystery’ of the missing picture still remains unsolved…


jpeg-missing picture



—>Since most of the locals drink tea, then why is it called a ‘Coffee Morning’?

—>Will the changes in bus stops change the fate of public interactions? Having initially talked to Irene at a bus stop.

—>With the increasing impacts of climate change, the weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable. What are the impacts of automobiles (M1, taxis) and surrounding industry and development such as MTL, BOC and Outokumpu? Who is responsible if it rains at the picnic?

—>The coffee morning provides ‘teatime’ foods and tea/coffee in which the attendants pay a donation at their own will. This transaction is an example of the open outcomes of the alternative economy in which profit is not the objective, but to provide comfort from a buttered crumpet breakfast.

—>Highly processed foods served at the coffee morning being purchased from large supermarkets and owned by food corporations which do not not a ethical ethos, high food milage and are solely revenue orientated. Can other skills from the neighbourhood provide refreshments, such as local mini marts, Tinsley Community Allotment providing organic snacks (berries/fruits)?

—>Mainly all the local residents who join this event are from a White British ethnicity and are Christians, apart from Liane who is from India and Malcolm who is an atheist. The venue and organisers of events may implicitly target certain types of people. So what will happen if we held this event at the old infant school and contact Nusrat to get some people to attend from the mosque?

Key themes/issues:-

-Reduced/diverted bus services made it hard to get the weekly groceries, attending events in and out of Tinsley and visiting family.

-The decrease of events and activities, due to lack of funding and lack of younger/new volunteers to take up current roles

-There is no pub. Pike and Herron is closed and the landlord is just waiting for it to be sold at a higher price.

-Compared to Brinsworth, they have nothing.

-The new school has taken away their only place for community events.

-Current events and activities are targeted towards stay at home housewives.

-The locals at the coffee club say that they are happy to engage with the East European migrants but they would not talk to them and see them as a closed of community.



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