In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ecclesall like this:
ECCLESALL-BIERLOW, a township, a chapelry, a sub-district, and a district in W. R. Yorkshire. The township lies on the verge of the county, within Sheffield parish and borough, 3 miles SW of Sheffield town; but it includes outskirts of that town, together with numerous hamlets, and is practically a suburb of Sheffield. The hamlets in it are Barber-Nook, Broomhall, Whirlow, Greystones, Hallamgate, Sharrowmoor, Sharrowvale, Sharrowhead, Little Sheffield, Milnhouses, Carterknowl, Bannercross, Buttonhill, Silverhill, Little Common, Abbeydale, Cherrytreehill, Machonbank, Brencliffe-Edge., Upper and Nether Edge, Dobbinhill, Whiteley-Wood, Bents-Green, Broadoak-Green, Highfield, and part of Crooks and Crooks-Moor. ...
The township has a post office, of the name of Ecclesall, under Sheffield; and it shares in the cutlery and hardware trade of Sheffield, and has partaken largely of that town's prosperity. Acres, 4, 400. Real property, £103, 355; of which £300 are in mines, and £280 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 24, 552; in 1861, 38, 771. Houses, 7, 960.The chapelry includes only a small part of the township, and was constituted in 1849; but the chapelry of Crooks, and parts of several chapelries of Sheffield, are also in the township. Pop. of Ecclesall chapelry, 2, 869. Houses, 484. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £350.* Patron, the Vicar of Sheffield. The church stands near Bannercross, near the site of a previous church which belonged to Beauchief abbey. Charities, £68.The sub-district includes also the Heeley hamlet part of Nether Hallam township. Pop., 41, 224. Houses, 8, 475. -The district comprehends also the sub-district of Nether Hallam, containing the rest of Nether Hallam township; the sub-district of Upper Hallam, containing Upper Hallam township in Sheffield parish, and two townships of Dronfield parish electorally in Derby; and the sub-district of Norton, containing Norton parish and Beauchief-abbey liberty, both electorally in Derby. Acres, 20. 860. Poor-rates in 1862, £21, 265. Pop. in 1851, 37, 914; in 1861, 63, 618. Houses, 13, 007. Marriages in 1860, 215; births, 2, 473, -of which 125 were illegitimate; deaths, 1, 287, -of which 552 were at ages under 5 years, and 9 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1, 238; births, 20, 200; deaths, 11, 549. The places of worship in 1851 were 10 of the Church of England, with 5, 452 sittings; 1 of Independents, with 200 s.; 7 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 3, 074 s.; 2 of New Connexion Methodists, with 826 s.; 1 of Primitive Methodists, with 1, 000 s.; and 2 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 100 attendants. The schools were 17 public day schools, with 2, 089 scholars; 64 private day schools, with 2, 054 s.; 23 Sunday schools, with 3, 880 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 15 s. The workhouse is in Ecclesall-Bierlow township.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ecclesall, in Sheffield and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th March 2014
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