Sheffield Archaeology students help local author to uncover the ‘Lost Village of Parkwood Springs’

Last week saw the launch of a book on the history of Parkwood Springs village by ex-resident Barbara Warsop. The Lost Village of Parkwood Springs (Arc Publishing and Print, 2017) provides a short history of the village of Parkwood Springs, just a mile from the centre of Sheffield, including a collection of stories from the people who lived there from the 1920s to the late 1960s.
Student Ana
In researching her book, Warsop approached the Department of Archaeology for help and this led to several Sheffield Archaeology student projects on the area. These projects included a desk-top project by MA Landscape Archaeology student Ana Anastasio in 2014-15 and heritage projects conducted by our level 2 students as part of the core Archaeology Matters module in 2016.
Parkwood Springs is an area of Sheffield that had a thriving community from the 1860s, when it was developed as housing for industrial workers, until the 1970s, when the estate was demolished and cleared. Notable for its single point of access, through a Victorian railway bridge, the community was close-knit ‘where everybody knew everybody’.

In the spring of 2016, a group of our level 2 students worked with the Parkwood Springs Residents Group, including author Barbara Warsop. They investigated and recorded the Victorian railway bridge, which also provided a fitting subject for the cover of Barbara Warsop’s book on Parkwood Springs. Our students also worked with Barbara and the Residents Group to collect stories about living in Parkwood Springs Village before its demolition, focusing on ideas of community and distinctive local character.

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Archaeology Students

At the book launch, Barbara Warsop was full of praise for the contribution of our students, which was also obviously much appreciated by the ex-residents. “The archaeology students did me proud and presented me with a very nice scrap book of Parkwood last term.”

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