Martyn Johnson is an Author, Metal Detectorist and Historian. He lives in the beautiful village of Wentworth in South Yorkshire. He was born in Darfield, some five and a half miles north east of Wentworth and is the son of a coal miner. He left school at the age of fifteen and took up employment as a blacksmith. His work changed dramatically four years later when he joined the Sheffield City Police where he served as a 'beat bobby' at Attercliffe in the east end of Sheffield, until 1969. A two year spell in the CID followed but, missing grassroots policing, he returned to the beat for a further seven years. Martyn is a well known metal detectorist and has appeared on many BBC Radio Sheffield programmes talking about his hobby with his big, big pal the late Tony Capstick who was a well known and loved radio presenter and actor. Martyn,being a long-time resident of Wentworth village, assisted and advised Catherine Bailey when she was researching her best selling book, Black Diamonds.
Martyn has recently released his memoirs entitled 'What's tha up to - Memories of an Attercliffe Bobby'. The book details his life as a 'beat bobby' in a large working-class area of Sheffield during the 1960s and 1970s. In only three months this best selling book has already gone to reprint and is receiving excellent reviews from as far afield as Canada, Australia and the USA. His book is full of humour and some amazing true life stories
Martyn and his wife Christine have just published a book, which is a post card history of Wentworth Village. It is a fascinating insight of the history and events in this beautiful village over the last 100 years. It is simply called Wentworth.
Martyn is a born raconteur, local historian, author and has some interesting stories to tell! By popular request he is currently working on a follow up to What's tha up to. He cannot believe that people love his first book and he expected it to be just an interesting insight for his grandchildren to read. He was taken aback by the lovely comments he has received from people who have bought and read it.