Spring Hill, Crookes, Sheffield - Before 1861

According to the records Spring Hill got its name surprisingly enough from a spring that ran down the hill. However any traces of this spring have long since disappeared. Needless to say, information on the road in the nineteenth century and before is very sparse but I have managed to obtain a few pieces of information that may be of interest.

The first is an advertisement dated 23rd January 1818, giving notice of a Sale of Timber to be held on 18th February 1818 at the White Hart Inn, Eckington, Derbyshire. At the bottom of the notice is the name JOSIAH FAIRBANK, and an address of Spring Hill near Sheffield. It seems from the advertisement that he is  responsible for the running of the sale

 

The Hull Packet and Original Weekly Commercial, Literary and General Advertiser (Hull, England), Tuesday, February 3, 1818; Issue 1632

To date I know nothing of Josiah or his family. A website on the History of Mosborough does note "..At that time (1815) there were four large sycamore trees in a row on that part of the hill. They were felled by order of Josiah Fairbanks, surveyor, Sheffield, who collected the " crown " rents of the parish."

Given that Mosborough, is adjacent to Eckington, I think it is safe to assume that the Josiah Fairbank mentioned is the same one who lived in Spring Hill.

The next reference I found was in The Champion and Weekly Herald (London, England) dated Sunday, October 27, 1839 and requires little elaboration!

The first houses to be built on Spring Hill were a block of six brick terraced houses directly above Spring Cottages which are numbered 5,7,9,11,13, and 15 in the 1876 Sheffield Street Directory. The numbers 1 and 3 were given to the properties known as Spring Cottages. Dating when the houses were actually built is rather difficult. The original land title dated 1860 indicates that the land was owned by the Trustees of the Church and formed part of the Parish of St Thomas, Crookes, Sheffield

"A plot of land containing 1,790 superficial square yards or thereabouts formerly occupied as farm garden by Thomas Lee, Thomas Senior, Joseph Senior and Benjamin Senior with the various erections and buildings thereon"

The original tenant - occupier was a George Booth who obtained a 99 year building lease from 24th June 1852. A George Eadon then acquired the lease and was given a 99 year lease from 24th June 1855. The inference is that George Booth was unable to develop the land and so the lease passed to George Eadon.

About twenty years before in 1841 these details appeared in the 1841 census. 

1333/3 1 12a Ecclesall Bierlow Crooks Moor John SENIOR 55 
1333/3 1 12a Ecclesall Bierlow Crooks Moor Esther SENIOR 54 
1333/3 1 13b Ecclesall Bierlow Crooks Moor Esther SENIOR 25 
1333/3 1 13b Ecclesall Bierlow Crooks Moor Samuel SENIOR 23
1333/3 1 12a Ecclesall Bierlow Crooks Moor Joseph SENIOR 22
1333/3 1 12a Ecclesall Bierlow Crooks Moor Benjamin SENIOR 15 

Notes

History of Mosborough

The Champion and Weekly Herald (London, England), Sunday, October 27, 1839

The Hull Packet and Original Weekly Commercial, Literary and General Advertiser (Hull, England), Tuesday, February 3, 1818; Issue 1632

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