A few films about the local area....Steel Town (1958)....Stocksbridge's Parochial Past (1965-1973)....Stocksbridge Engineering Steels (1992)....Strange But True? the Stocksbridge bypass presented by Michael Aspel (1994)....Along the Main Road, Stocksbridge, A Journey through Time....Holmfirth 2017 and the Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir tragic coach crash....A Tram Ride through Sheffield in 1902....Sheffield Castle....Sheffield: City on the Move 1960s and 1970s....What the Heck's Gannister....Famous Cities part 7: Sheffield (1933)....We of the West Riding (1945)....The Sheffield Blitz (1940)....Sheffield Steelworks 1948....Menschen in Sheffield (1965)....New Towns for Old (1942)....Derwent Village (1947)....Court Housing in the 1900s...a link to UK Jethete which features Stocksbridge Works (1958)....Lizzie the elephant WW1....Diamonds in Brown Paper (the Sheffield Buffer Girls)


A promotional documentary about Samuel Fox & Company, showing the steel works and its employees at work and leisure. 

A van is shown driving along Manchester Road at Stocksbridge - it is fascinating to see how things were at the time, with all the lorries and buses which serviced the works driving through what many people still thought of as a village.  This was at a time when almost every family in the area had a connection to the steelworks, and you can see just how much it featured in the lives of the local people, from providing employment to encouraging leisure activities - social clubs, the brass band, fishing, pigeon fancying, archery, the Victory Club with its dances, bands and snooker tables, and so on.

Workers can be seen arriving by bus and on foot - when I was young, I remember the sea of people who would be walking to start or end their shift in the works.  When my dad was young, he remembered even more people, all the men wearing flat caps!  Around 7,000 people worked there at the time.

The cameras follow various workers doing their jobs, including the women, and also go into the local schools, Belmont Training Centre, the canteen and the physio room. 

People named in the film include Roy Westwood, Roy Siddons and his daughter  Maureen, Frank Bagnel, Stan Collins, Harry Rogers, Arthur Eastwood, and Harry Day and his wife (she is shown at home on the Stubbin and out shopping in the town and the market).

It is a fascinating peek into the past of our valley.


A Cine film made by local camera men belonging to the Vixen Film Club, which later became known as the Stocksbridge Cine and Video Club. It was filmed between 1965 and 1973, and records many local events.   ... It's not a good quality film, and the music and commentary is a bit dated, but it is well worth a watch. There appear to be a lot of formidable-looking ladies in hats too!  It is such a shame to see how many buildings were demolished at this time.

Part 1 (27.36)

The old market, Mangle Row, opening of clinic, Inman Pavilion, Sheldon Rest Hope on Hope Street, opening of Buywise store, sewage works, Civic Sunday, Bolsterstone church garden party. 1967: Deepcar garden party, Scout fayre, fund raising walk, PM opens college, Remembrance Day, Cutting 1st sod for swimming baths. 1968: Wilson Road flats, the new market, library, Deepcar play group, Rogation Sunday, the parish market.

Part 2 (29.35)

Demolition of Brackenmoor Cottages, Button Row & bottling company. 1969: Horner House queen, Deepcar playgroup bbq & parade, Deepcar church garden party, opening of youth centre, Bolsterstone church garden party, Stocksbridge parish market.  1970: site prepared for Sweeney House, demolition of Florence Buildings, completion of Wilson Road flats, demolition of Rimington Row, improvement of Hollin Busk pinfold, Co-op buildings demolished, new fire station site, demolition of Newton's Farm at Horner House, North Sea Gas conversion, opening of swimming baths, Smithy Moor Gala. 

Part 3 (29.03)

Bolsterstone church garden party, school fayre, Wesleyan church garden party, parish market, Smith Moor bbq, Stubbin Community Centre. 1971: completion of Oxley park, site of Horner Close housing, opening of fire station, new road at Hawthorn Avenue.  1972: Steel houses at Deepcar (built 1923) demolished to make way for Truman Grove, Shay House Lane dairy demolished to make way for school extension, Horner House nearing completion, Whit Walk.  1973: Old Folks' Outing to Blackpool, Deepcar church garden party, Bolsterstone church garden party, Bolsterstone church turrets removed by helicopter.

Stocksbridge Engineering Steels, 1992 parts 1 and 2

STRANGE BUT TRUE? presented by Michael Aspel featuring the 'haunted' Stocksbridge bypass

First broadcast 2nd December 1994

Along the Main Road, Stocksbridge; a journey through time copyright Claire Pearson 2018

 A slide show of the shops and buildings along Manchester Road from the Clock Tower to Unsliven Bridge

Holmfirth 2017  BBC Look North - Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir tragic coach crash

"What the Heck's Gannister" parts 1 and 2 are all about gannister mining in the Worral / Stocksbridge areas, by Keith Bramall and Ray Battye

Famous Cities of Britain no. 7

British Pathe 1933

Sheffield, described by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Ernest Wilson, J.P."
Various shots of the city, including a tram or trolley bus moving through the countryside around the city, pan across the rooftops of Sheffield, the busy High Street and Fargate, the Town Hall, freight being pulled on the railways.  
Several shots at a steel foundry show molten steel being moulded into ingots, to be used for tramway points and crossings. Large sheets of stainless steel are moved about in a factory. Men work on an electrical furnace for making steel that will be sent to Russia. Women in overalls work on a machine that makes the magnets for 'moving coil loud speakers'.
We see numerous men and women working on Sheffield Plate silver items. A man forges cutlery in a factory; a case is opened to show a whole set of Sheffield cutlery. Scissors are forged and polished. A huge circular saw is hammered flat. L/Ss of an aeroplane flying through the air, and a motor car zooming along Daytona Beach (?), United States of America - could be one of the Bluebirds? Alderman Wilson says "from this city go forth those wonderful steels which have enabled the world's speed records in air, on water and land, to be won by Britain.

We Of The West Riding

British Council 1945

Exploring the daily life of a large family in Yorkshire, 'We of the West Riding' shows both their work at the textile mills and their varied leisure pursuits.

The Sheffield Blitz - Operation Crucible - this film has no sound

The Sheffield Blitz 1940 - Sheffield City Council 2011

Sheffield Steelworks - this film has no sound

British Pathe 1948

Men at work in Sheffield steel works - furnaces, heath, molten metal, fire etc. Steel analyst Mr. A. F. Helliwell working with chemicals. Some exterior shots.

Menschen in Sheffield ("Ein Arbeiterclub in Sheffield")

German documentary made in 1965 by Peter Nestler. It focuses on Sheffield's Dial House Club, the performers, and the people who went there. Of great interest if you remember the 60s in Sheffield! Women in head scarves, smoking on the bus, bus clippies, and grim black and whiteness!

New Towns for Old


Sheffield stands in as "Smokedale", an industrial Everytown, in this stirring call for new schools, new hospitals, new roads, new life, after WWI.

This wartime public information film combines impressive shots of industrial poverty with inspiring words scripted by Dylan Thomas, proffering new housing and better lives after the war. The film was produced by Strand Films, a leading producer of documentaries for the Ministry of Information during World War II, and was intended to boost wartime morale.

Dylan Thomas tries his hand at Yorkshire dialogue in his script for the film. Rather than using a conventional voiceover, he devises a conversation between two young men - with one impressing upon the other (and on the viewer), the urgent need for town planning as they stroll through Smokedale. Thomas later became famous for his 'play for voices', Under Milk Wood, completed in 1953. This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive.  Director: John Eldridge

Derwent Village 1947

British Pathe - This film has no sound
"Four years ago the village of Derwent, Derbyshire, was submerged by an extension of Ladybower Reservoir. The valley has now been drained and the village reclaimed" 

Court Housing in the 1900s; this is Liverpool but could be any northern town.  My great grandfather Thomas Marsh Crossley was born in a court slum in Sheffield in 1886.  He was born at 7 Court, Chapel Street, in the Bridgehouse area of Sheffield, a maze of back-to-back terraces, courts and yards.  

UK Jethete M 151

A British Pathe Film of 1958  featuring Samuel Fox & Co. Ltd. Stocksbridge

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Lizzie the elephant was used by Wards, a scrap metal merchant, during WW1.  This was instead of horses, which were scarce. 

Lizzie the WW1 Elephant

Diamonds in Brown Paper, first released 1988

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