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Owlthorpe History

Ecological Owlthorpe sits betwen Mosborough and Hackenthorpe. The area was farm land for many years. The monument to Mosborough shows that one of the predominant industries was using charcoal to make sickles and scythes for use in the farming industry. The monument has many plaques of interesting information and is well worth a visit.

Above is the wording of an advertisement showing Thomas Staniforth won the Prize Medal at The Great Exhibition 1851, for excellence in quality.

Thomas Staniforth & Co. was a sickle, scythe tool smiths based in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, England. The company was founded by Thomas Staniforth in 1743 and operated out of workshops located on Main Street, Hackenthorpe until it was closed during the 1980s and its assets incorporated into Spear & Jackson. The company was known for its Severquick brand of gardening tools.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the brooks around Hackenthorpe and the neighbouring villages of Mosborough, Ridgeway, Ford and Eckington, contained a number of grinding wheels used for the sharpening of sickles and scythes.

Wood was coppiced from many trees in Owlthorpe to make charcoal used in the many kilns operated by out workers, who then transferred goods to be finished by the grinding wheels and eventually transported by pack horese to Tomas Staniforths in Main St. The finished goods where then transported across the bridal ways that run through Owlthorpe on their way to London and abroad.

At the turn of the century in 1894 there was a Blacksmiths Forge, Main Street, Hackenthorpe. It was situated inside a farmyard. In the 1894 directory the only blacksmith in Hackenthorpe belonged to William Price, in 1906 it is listed as the Oades Brothers. The blacksmith must have been kept busy with work from farms and the pit ponies that worked down the mines.

Moorhole Lane (No 6 on the Map)

From the Notice board at the top of Moorhole Lane you can take the publice footpath to the left which leads you past the Grazing project and on through Owlthorpe Heritage & Nature Trails.

Moorhole Farm House

Moorhole Farm House was demolished 1984 approximately after John Pratt and his family moved to Spinkhill Farm. The 1881 Census shows the resident of Moorhole Farm as John Lee a farmer of 150 acres aged 39, his wife Sarah aged 30, his two sons George aged seven, Edwin aged four months and his daughter rose aged two.. He employed two labourers and a boy. Also living at the farm was Clars Rose aged 26. All of those named above are listed as being born in Eckington, Derby, England. Additionaly living at the farm was John Easten an unmarried agricultural labourer aged 20 born in Hibaldstowe, Lincoln, England.

At the top of Moorhole Lane there is a Bridle Stile that leads past the Grazing project. To the right, at the bottom of Moorhole Lane the bridleway runs up to Moor Valley. Unfortunatly this part of the Bridleway is somewhat overgrown.

Nearby there is an ancient Bridle Stile

Standing aprox:515ft above sea level

GPS Co-ordinates 53.328617,-1.374355

As you can see on the inscription, The Bridle Stile is an ancient packhorse route which connected Sheffield to London. The earliest record of the Bridle Stile is 1299.

Just a few metres down from the Bridle Stile stands a monument showing the history of Mosborough.

Mosborough was a settlement in the Domesday Book, in the hundred of Scarsdale and the County of Derbyshire. It had a recorded population of 13 housholds in 1086.

Mosborough, Land of Ralf son of Hubert. Households: 13 freemen. Land and Resources: Ploughlands: 5 men's plough teams. Other resources Meadow 3 acres. Woodland 1.5* 1 Leagues.


Tenant in chief in 1086 Ralf son of Hubert

Lord in 1086 Ralf son of Hubert

Lord in 1066 Leofnorth (brother of Leofric)

If you continue down Moorhole Lane past Christmas Cottage at the bottom of Moorhole Lane you come to another notice board. At this point there are a number of Public Footpaths which you can take. If you go to the left you will come down to Owlthorpe Wild Orchard if you carry straight on this will lead to HangingLea Wood.


Taking a sharpe right and climbing up the farmer's field will lead you to the ancient 3way stone stile, as seen in the picutre to the left.

Standing aprox: 502ft above sea level.

GPS Co-ordinates 53.33297,-1.37559


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