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Heritage Open Days- Ethel Haythornthwaite : A Sheffield Woman of Considerable Consequences

06/09/2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Heritage Open Days

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A talk from Clyde Binfield on Ethel Haythornthwaite : A Sheffield Woman of Considerable Consequences.

Mrs Haythornthwaite was the inspiration behind the Sheffield Association for the Protection of Local Scenery (1924) which in 1927 became the Sheffield and Peak District Branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England. In 1931 it published The Threat to the Peak: The Peak District – Its Scenery, Disfigurement and Preservation, a pioneering piece of advocacy. At the same time the Branch chalked up its first major victory: the purchase of Longshaw Lodge and estate, to be handed over to the National Trust. Mrs H. was thereafter a force to be reckoned with in national as well as local conservation circles. The National Parks owed much to her and her allies; she was on the Hobhouse Committee which led to their establishment, and the Peak Park was the first.She was a woman of sharp intelligence and keen strategic sense. She was a War Widow (Mrs H.B. Gallimore) in these years but in 1937 she married Gerald Haythornthwaite (d. 1995), and they formed an invincible partnership. By 1951 the Branch had 1100 members and was sustained by a professional staff. That owed everything to their contacts as well as to their executive flair. But here Mrs H. must be put in context. She was a Ward. Her father, T.W. Ward, was a very successful Sheffield industrialist; the Wards were part of an inter-related cousinhood of Sheffield movers and moulders, most of them, in the older generation, Methodists. Usefulness was in their DNA. On her mother’s side she was a Bassett. They too were Methodists. Her Bassett grandfather made workmen’s overalls (shrewd move in Sheffield); her Uncle George concentrated no less shrewdly on confectionary (think Liquorice Allsorts). Her generation focussed on the environment. All this will be explored and celebrated.

Clyde Binfield is Professor Emeritus in History, University of Sheffield; I am a member of the City Council’s Conservation Advisory Group, of which Gerald Haythornthwaite was a founder member (we overlapped), and for many years I was actively involved with the Sheffield Amenities Council, which was, I think, a forerunner of the Civic Trust.

In the listed building the Regather Works – a former Horn Handle Works.
Refreshments on sale.


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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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0114 273 1258


Regather Works
57-59 Club Garden Road
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S11 8BU United Kingdom
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0114 273 1258