Greenhill Village History Society

Greenhill Village History Society

About Us

We are a group of historians and volunteers interested in the Greenhill area. 

Who we are

We are a group of people who have an interest in local and family history. We enjoy exploring aspects of the heritage of Greenhill and the surrounding area. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 2pm. Most meetings are held in Greenhill library.

What we do

  • We undertake research for both group and personal interest projects
  • We record finds
  • We work together to make our findings known by publishing books based on members’ research, giving talks to other local groups, and mounting a stand at events of local and family history interest in the Sheffield areaWe join with local and family history groups for events and projects
  • We visit archives

Historical Database

We are in the process of creating a historical database which will be located in Greenhill library as a point of reference


We are looking into several topics and welcome guest speakers who have specific knowledge of the area

Sharing memories

We are compiling a ‘Memory Book’ and would love to hear from you if you have old maps, photos and stories to tell of Greenhill village


Greenhill library has a collection of local history books available for loan


Who do you know that may be interested in joining us?


2pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Greenhill Library

Contact Us

Send an email to You can also join our Facebook group Greenhill Village History Society

Daltons Shop

Life on a Canal Boat

Steph gave us a fascinating talk about “life on a canal boat” and its highs and lows. Despite storms, the boat nearly getting tipped over and Steph’s leap of faith when Wayne couldn’t get close to the bank she obviously loved the life they had for 5 years and hopes to one day return to canal life.

Bess of Hardwick  1522 – 1608

Whilst young, Bess married a younger man called Robert Barley (or Barlow.) He died within a year and it took Bess several years before she gained the widow’s pension to which she was entitled. She then spent time in service with the Grey family. It was here that she met her much older second husband who was the courtier Sir William Cavendish with whom she had 8 children. He sold his southern estates and purchased the Chatsworth estates. He died ten years later leaving Bess with huge debts. Her third husband was Sir William St. Loe who was Captain of the Queen’s Guard and who generously settled all her debts. He owned many large estates and after about five years of marriage he was poisoned by his brother who hoped to gain the inheritance. Unfortunately for him William had left everything to Bess making her the second most wealthy woman in England. About four years later Bess married her final husband, George Talbot. He was the richest courtier and very loyal to the Queen. It appeared to be a very happy marriage until the couple were entrusted with the custody of Mary, Queen of Scots. This eventually took its toll both on the marriage and on his wealth and health. Bess spent her days building her new mansion Hardwick Hall. After his death in 1590 she mainly lived at Hardwick where she died in 1608.