I have lived in Anston since 1966, so I am probably able to talk about the history of Anston, as much as the people who run the history society.
The history society in Anston meets on a monthly basis and have some quite interesting talks, but the history talks are usually about subjects outside the Anston area. But Anston has a little of its own history.
Anston goes back to the Doomsday book of 1086
In those days Anston was little more than a small hamlet. It wasn’t until 1966 that Anston expanded from 3K to 10K and is now very much a commuter village, for Sheffield. Anston was originally a farming and quarrying area. Even when I came to Anston in 1966, there were over 10 farms in the Anston and Dinnington area.
If you come in from Windmill road on the A57, you will arrive in the old part of Anston, where you will find the Wells and a natural spring.
When I first came to live in Anston, there was a winding road up the Baulk, rather than the straight road you now see. If you look at the picture at the start of my blog, you will see that the Baulk didn’t go straight up, but past the Mansions you see, before it wound up into Anston. Just past the Mansions you come to the road junction for Windmill Rd.
There was a little triangle of roads half way up the baulk that are no longer accessible. To be honest if we have a lot of snow, it would be better for this road arrangement to still exist.
At the top of the Baulk you will see the Cutler pub, this used to be the Blacksmith arms in the old village of Anston on the back lane. Across from Cutler is what is called the Pond, there actually used to be a village pond about here.
Where you see the row of shops used to be the stables for Anston hall. Anston hall still exists and has since been split into apartments.
Greenlands park was originally a quarry that was filled in with rubbish. All around Anston you will find quarries if you look carefully enough. These quarries supplied the stone to build the houses of Parliament. If you look in the doorway of the Methodist church in South Anston, you will find a white lady from the Palace of Westminster.
Stone for the houses of Parliament was transported down the Chesterfield and Worksop canal at the bottom of dog kennel hill lane at Kiveton. This area is reputed to be older than Coalbrookdale, which is renowned to be the start of the industrial revolution. You will find Kiveton Steel works here and at one bit there used to be Unbrako steels, which has since closed down, but the old steel melting sheds still exist.
Every Saturday I used to visit my grandparents in Handsworth and on the way home along the A57, I used to be able to see a house with a tower, lit up on the left hand side, as we approached Anston. This house still exists, but has been hidden by the trees. It reminded me of a smugglers houses from the Famous five book series, by Enid Blyton.
Until the next installment