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Derbyshire Lane Ghastly goings on

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Asked on Sheffield History site for stories about Derbyshire Lane and got a whole lot of newspaper articles on highway robberies. Not a great place to be in the 1840s. Also there is the Boggart at Bunting Nook (top end of the lane and the Big Black Dog at four lanes end. Seems like we could do a gruesome tales walk.
 

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The most horrible story is the father who decapitated his illegitimate son in Smithy woods down at the bottom of Derbyshire Lane.

There were also a lot of accidents with carts because it is a steep road. On the pleasanter side though there is a Turner Water colour.

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/collections/item?acc=CGSG00144

and apparently there was a pipe organ works at the bottom at one time.

And quite possibly the oldest Working Men's club in the area which got turned into a Sunday school for 40 years and then back into a club.

During the war it had a number of bombs fall on it.

A lot of things happening for what is not a long piece of the lane. The whole lane (old name Dyche Lane) goes through Graves Park and on to Coal Aston and then Dronfield.
 

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:eek:How could one do that:confused: What year was that where the father did that to his son? Not that the year matters the poor kid still died at the hands of his father :(

Good picture on the link. I had a quick look around the link and see that they have the Ruskin Collection there.
 

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Can't remember date. It was Victorian I think.

The Ruskin Collection used to be housed in Meersbrook Park but the authorities decided it should be more central and moved it after the war. Later on it was moved again to the Millenium Galleries.

Personally I think they should have kept it at Meersbrook House as the collection is very cramped where it is now and the house is now used by the parks authority so no member of the public can see the inside of the house anymore.
 

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The Ruskin Collection is in the city centre not far from any University conference.

Meersbrook Park is a the edge of the inner city. This is near where I live and Bishops House is at the top of Meersbrook House. Unfortunately Bishops House is only open weekends.
 
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It's a very steep road and not a lot to see these days. Meersbrook Park has great paramic view of the city. Lots of photographers come to take photos from there plus of course taking photos of Bishops House.
 

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