What is the Shire Brook Valley Heritage 

The group is an organisation that has brought 
together people who are enthusiastic about local 
history. Its aim is to continue the research and 
promotion of the heritage of the Shire Brook Valley. 
It is a formally constituted group (copies are 
available from the secretary). 

Who can be involved in the group? 

The current group is made up of a mixture of local 
people - some with many years of experience 
researching local history, some with an interest in family history and some who are keen to find out more 
about the place they live. We also have a range of people who have known the area for years and are 
willing to share their memories. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to join the group. 

What has the group achieved so far? 

Over a period of 18 months, the original group collected together a massive amount of information on the 
valley, walked the area, collected photographs and combined the information to produce the ‘History in 
the Shire Brook Valley’ leaflet published in September 2005. 

The group has produced three models of the Shire Brook Valley showing how the valley looked in the
1800's,1900's and up to date. These are on show at the Visitor Centre on Stone Lane.

Shire Brook The Forgotten Valley is the book published by the group in July 2007

When does the group meet? 

The group meets on the second Wednesday of every other month from 18.30 to 20.30. (Jan, Mar, May, 
Jul, Sept, Nov). In the past the group has also met for summer walks on Thursday afternoons. 

Where does the group meet? 

The group meets at the Shire Brook Valley Visitor 
Centre, off Stone Lane, Woodhouse, Sheffield. Some 
special events are held at the Birley Spa Bathhouse on 
Birley Spa Lane, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield. 

What does it cost? 

Nothing. We do not charge a membership fee or ask for 
contributions. Individuals sometimes choose to 
contribute ‘in kind’ by paying for printing or 
photocopying costs when they find information that may 
be useful to the group. The aim of the group is to raise 
funds through grant applications. 

What area does the project cover? 

The Shire Brook starts at Townend, 
Gleadless and flows into the River Rother 
near Beighton, passing between Frechville, 
Hackenthorpe and Woodhouse. The Silkstone 
and Birley Spa Brooks are also part of the 
valley. The group is interested in anything 
that relates to this area of Sheffield.