The details listed below are taken from the 1891 Census. The 1871 Census and the 1881 Census gave details of my great great grandparents HENRY and AGNES SANBY and their children that included my great grandfather  EDWIN SANBY (1856 - 1910) and his twin brother FREDERICK SANBY (1856 - 1931) 

Ten years later the 1891 Census Extracts records the following household living at 386 SOUTH ROAD, WALKLEY in the Nether Hallam registration district of Sheffield. The main difference between the 1881 and 1891 extracts is that Henry's wife AGNES and my great great grandmother died in the period between 1881 - 1891. Thanks to the efforts of a local researcher, the following entry was found in the NBI (National Burial Index) for St Mary's Church, Walkley, Sheffield 

SAUBY Agnes   [buried] 19 Oct 1884  [died at] 181 Hoole St  [age] 54

Since there is no record of an Agnes SAUBY in either  census and the NBI datas ties in with other records and recollections of my grandmother I am certain that this is yet another occasion in which the name SANBY was mis-spelt. The data from the Census is given in the table below (Ref Ed 27 Folio 6 Piece 3798) 

The GRO records also note that an AGNES SANBY died in the September quarter of 1884 at the age of 54 Ecclesall Brierlow Vol 9C 207




Rel Status Occupation Place of Birth


SANBY Henry (1830 - 61 Head Widower Edge Tool Forger Sheffield Yorkshire
SANBY George (1864 -  26 Son Widower Edge Tool Forger Sheffield Yorkshire
SANBY Jane (1870-1927)  21 Daughter Daughter   Sheffield Yorkshire

The 1891 Census shows that Henry's daughter AGNES is no longer at home but for what reason I cannot say yet. There is a marriage that took place in Sheffield during the December quarter of 1889 that features an AGNES SANBY (Vol 9C Page 784). If this is the same person this would have made AGNES 23 at the time of marriage. From my enquiries AGNES married a GEORGE BLAND who was two years younger than AGNES. The 1901 Census have the couple living in the Brightside Bierlow area of Sheffield where George is employed as a 32 year old Steel Melter.

The interesting fact to note from the 1891 Census is that GEORGE had married and been widowed in the ten years since 1881. He was living at home with his father Henry and his younger sister Jane.

The above photograph was taken circa 1905 and shows South Road Walkley. My ancestors lived at the western end of South Road and so their houses are not featured. The Church on the left of the photograph is St Mary's Walkley Sheffield  which was consecrated in 1869, with the Parish being created from St Philip's Infirmary Road Sheffield. Records of Baptisms began in the same year with the first Marriages and Burials occurring a year later in 1870.  Running off from South Road opposite the church is Hoole Street where my great great grandmother AGNES lived at the time of her death in 1884. A posting from a Peter Lee in Faversham Kent to a mailing list in 2001 adds further information to the general development of the area.

"In about 1985 my grandfather wrote the following about the house that his grandfather owned in Hoole Street: "I will digress to tell about this part of Sheffield. A hundred or more years ago,an area of this sloping farm land was developed. Roads were laid out and plots were allotted of varying width extending from one road to the other to prospective purchasers. A rather unique instance of mutual cooperation ensued. A party of up to a dozen artisans or tradesman consisting of bricklayers, joiners, masons, slaters, etc. all joined forces, pooled their money and started to build house No.1. Lots were drawn and the lucky member of the party moved into his newabode. By pooling resources thus,skilled workers were able to acquire a good home with plenty of land at cheap prices". 

Fortunately I have another photograph taken in 1903 that shows of houses where my great great grandfather lived. Taken from J Edward Vickers book "Sheffield Old and New" (1973) it shows the Walkley Tram Terminus from which trams ran to the town centre. The last tram incidentally ran in 1956

I have also placed on the site details relating to JOSEPH SANBY who is my great grandfather EDWIN's elder brother. These also include references extracted from the 1891 Census

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