Ranmoor was one of the powerhouse suburbs of Victorian Sheffield. In a very few years its population trebled, and open farmland was turned into elegant estates, middle-class villas and rows of terraced houses.
The first new residents were household names in the town. Master cutlers, mayors, magistrates and even knights of the realm. Mark Firth, John Brown, Frederick Mappin and others of their kind. These people, and the successful manufacturers and merchants who followed them, ensured that Ranmoor became a very special place.
This book is the first to chart that progress, covering also adjacent Hangingwater and Nether Green. Focusing on individual people and their families, it describes and illustrates their homes, churches, pubs, shops, schools, roads, and ways of getting around. Written for the casual reader, the book contains about 150 photographs, drawings and maps. In addition specialist historians can consult the notes provided at the end of each chapter.
Author Peter Warr is Archive Co-ordinator for the Ranmoor Society, a community group which works to promote matters of historic and conservation interest in the area.