Walks & Talks

Tuesday 12th December 2017 – 18-30 City Hall. Sheffield Blitz Walk with Ron Clayton.

Relive Operation Crucible when the Luftwaffe Blitzed Sheffield for nine hours in December 1940. Finishes 20-30 with laying of flowers outside former Marples Pub in Fitzalan Square. Donation of £6.



A walk round the site of Sheffield’s oldest hospital -the former Royal Infirmary of 1797- with its history depicted in old  illustrations and photographs.Please note that because of redevelopment it will not now be possible to enter the site itself but plenty to see from the outside and we will looking at other interesting buildings in the vicinity. Duration 12-00-13-30 meet outside Montgomery House Dental Practise-  towards Town and below Infirmary Road Tramstop.


3 x 45 minute walks round the Sidney Street area looking at the past,present and potential of this evolving area tucked away between Meadowhead and Little Sheffield.An area of cutlery, coffee shops and corner pubs.In conjunction with Bloc Projects ‘An Open Ground’ with film,photographs and stories.Walks at 13-00 -15-00 -17-00. ‘An Open Ground’ starts at 12-00 Block St Projects , 4 Sylvester St S1 4 AN


A walk round the unique Victorian Military Complex that is Hillsborough Barracks with its Gravestones, Detention Cells, links with the Indian Mutiny, Charge of the Light Brigade, Great Flood of 1864 and Forgotten VC. Meet outside Hillsborough Interchange -Turret Side 12-00 till 13-30.


Want to buy a South Yorkshire castle?  The land on which stands the motte and bailey site called Bailey Hill behind St Nicholas Church at High Bradfield is on the market by the agents Fischer and German of Retford, Notts. Its not clear who owns the land which I understand is being offered for grazing. The earthworks are a protected Ancient Monument. See the attached wonderful photograph of the Motte supplied by my old mate Malcolm Nunn of Bradford Parish Council and dated 1903

HB 171 - Bailey Hill

Saturday the 12th December 2015 sees the 75th Anniversary of Operation Crucible – The Sheffield Blitz.

Join Ron Clayton at 1800 Hours by the City Hall Steps for an illustrated walk round the city centre to relive the events of a night etched in Sheffield’s history finishing with the laying of a floral tribute by the Marples Hotel in Fitzalan Square at 2000 hours. Price £5 [no concessions]. To book please e-mail bigronclayton@hotmail.co.uk

Ron Clayton is a full time professional Sheffielder! He regularly gives walking history tours of Sheffield and can also be hired to give public speeches. These focus on a wide range of Sheffield history related topics; from “Sheffield’s Military History” to “The Great Flood” to “Some Famous Sheffield Ghosts and Hauntings” and lots more.

So if you’d like to hear more about the stiff upper lip of ‘Blitz-Time Sheffield’, or you’re fascinated by the mysterious and supernatural tale of ‘Spring Heeled Jack.’ Get in touch to join Ron on one of his History Tours or have him speak at your next event. Ron is not just a BA Hons in History from Sheffield University (which he has) but an entertainer, a wit raconteur and an engaging speaker.


Ron talks outside Hillsborough Barracks.

With his passion for Sheffield’s past, here are some of the subjects he’s ready to talk to you about:

“Sheffield Castle – The Inside Story”
“The Great Flood”
“Body Snatching In Sheffield”
“Garrison Town – The Military In Sheffield”
“Lost Heritage – Lost historic buildings of Sheffield”
“Gibbeted – The story of Francis Fern & Spence Broughton”
“Charlie Pearce’s Life, Love and Crimes”
“Some ‘Orrible Sheffield Murders and Crimes”
“Some Famous Sheffield Ghosts and Hauntings”
“The Lost Streets and Street Names of Sheffield”
“Sheffield’s Greatest Chief Constable”
“A Fishmongers Lad (Growing up in Hillsborough, Wadlsey and Crooks)”
“Sheffield’s Oldest Public House”
“A Nostalgic Look at Sheffield’s Lost Pubs”
“Looking at Sheffield – Old Maps & Prints”
“Some Famous and not so famous books about Sheffield”

All walks last two hours and usually finish in the Old Queens Head Pub or a pub/coffee shop of your choice. Best value in Sheffield. And the Funniest.

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Sheffield Anglican Cathedral

Sheffield Cathederal with origins going back into the mists of time to Anglo Saxon Sheffield and then to the coming of the Normans. Fifteenth century hammer beam roof of local oak with mysterious pagan carvings, the mass clock from a bygone age, magnificent Shrewsbury monuments, Chapel of St George with its battle honours, beautiful stained glass and ancient brass memorials.

A special place for Sheffielders old and new