The next stop on our A to Z tour of Sheffield and surrounding areas is Bolsterstone, one of the last remaining hill villages in the area.
Picturesque Bolsterstone, which stands on the edge of the moors near Stocksbridge, is believed to date back to Anglo Saxon times. It lies on one of the old routes used to transport salt between Cheshire and Yorkshire.
According to Stocksbridge Town Council’s website, there are two theories on how the village got its name. Bolder may be a corruption of Walder, who was a local Saxon chief.
Walder’s Low is the name of a stone and earth mound that lies to the south-east of the village which may mark where Walder is buried.
Alternatively the name could refer to two large stones in the village churchyard, referred to locally as the bolster stones.
A manor house belonging to the Earls of Shrewsbury may once have stood in an area known as the Castle.
Local historians have found evidence to show that there were manor courts held in Bolsterstone for tenants of the manor.
St Mary’s Church, which was completed in 1879, stands on the site of an ancient chapel of ease, built so that parishioners who could not reach their church at High Bradfield could still worship somewhere.
The first purpose-built school, the free school, was built back in 1686.
According to Stocksbridge and District History Society, the National School, also known as Bolsterstone Church School, was built in 1852.
The two were amalgamated in 1886, when the church school was used for older pupils and the free school for infants.
The church school stayed open until 1992, when its closure caused a public outcry.
A group of residents became trustees of the building which is now the village hall.
The village boasts the world-famous choir Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir.
Born as a small offshoot of the village church choir in 1934, it twice won the title of the best male voice choir in the world at the International Eisteddfod in Wales in 1972 and 2002.
As part of its 80th birthday celebrations last year, the choir unveiled a plaque at the village hall and sang at one of the live entertainment stages set up near High Bradfield when the Tour de France Grand Départ came through the area last July.
The village also has a community group that organises events, helps with the upkeep of the village and speaks up for the community.