ground which is here broken up owes little to the labours of
any former topographer.
The very name of Hallamshire is scarcely known
beyond the limits of the district in which it is in customary
use; and though the name of Sheffield is familiar to most
persons into whose hands this volume will come, still it is
presumed that the history and true character of the place and
its inhabitants are but imperfectly, if at all understood.
Many parts of the county of York have had their
history and antiquities ably illustrated; but no survey of any
of the many districts into which that large county may for
topographical purposes be so conveniently distributed, has
comprehended any portion of the territory to which this volume
All that the public has seen respecting
Sheffield and the district of which it is the little capital,
has been in Tours, Descriptions, Directories, and Magazines; and
the accounts there given have been little more than
republications of the notice of the town of Sheffield in the old
Magna Britannia, with the errors faithfully copied, but some of
the information suppressed which was contained even in so scanty
If, therefore, it be found that the soil on
which I have laboured does not bring forth fruit of the richest
and most delicious flavour, from its produce the reader will
not, it is hoped, turn- away disgusted at having again offered
to him that which had already palled upon his taste.
Some things which had before appeared I have
been compelled to reprint. But in general the contents of this
volume are now for the first time submitted to the public.
even in the matter which is transcribed from manuscript
authorities, or from printed books as rare as manuscripts, it
will in general be seen that something is brought to bear on the
subject from other sources of information.
This applies more particularly to the pedigrees.
It will not be found that any of them are merely copies from the
visitation-books or other collections of Yorkshire genealogies.
But that throughout them fresh information is interwoven, and
that where the subject seemed to require it, the line has been
continued from the time of the visitations to the present