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Fifty Years of Sheffield Church Life

The Rev. W. Odom

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Not to mention those still among us, I should like to testify to the great kindness which I have received from generous laymen who have passed away. Henry Wilson, whose munificent gifts to the Church are noticed in an earlier chapter, gave me welcome assistance when in the poor parish of St. Simon's. I recollect that on one occasion, shortly after he had sent me a contribution, I was preaching at St. Mary's on the Wednesday evening when he was present. At the close of the service the vicar, Mr. Upcher, said Mr. Wilson wished to speak to me. In his attractive way, as if he were asking a favour instead of conferring one, he said, "I feel I did not give you sufficient the other day; please make it £--". He was a most generous supporter of Missions, and was one of two anonymous donors of £5,000 each in response to the appeal made in 1875 by H. M. Stanley, the great explorer, to send Missions to Central Africa. With the work, undertaken by the Church Missionary Society, will always be associated the names of the brave Alexander Mackay and the martyred Bishop Hannington. Mr. Wilson passed to rest in November, 1880, in his seventy-fifth year.

On several occasions I have had most generous assistance both at St. Simon's and Heeley from Sir Frederick Thorpe Mappin, Sir Henry Stephenson, Mr. Thomas Wilson, of Oakholme, and others. It was not simply the generous amounts they gave, but the warm-hearted and sympathetic words which accompanied the gifts and made them doubly welcome.

The two friends of my early years, Henry Rodgers and Arthur Thomas, have been named in a previous chapter. In their day they were amongst the leading and most influential Churchmen and citizens of Sheffield, with sympathetic hearts and open hands, always ready to assist most liberally every good cause. Henry Rodgers, who was a Church Burgess, patron of St. Simon's and other churches, and member of several Church committees, entered into rest in April, 1882, in his sixty-eighth year. By the death of Arthur Thomas in November, 1884, at the early age of forty-five, a life of great promise was cut short, and the Church in Sheffield lost one of its ablest leaders. In the Cathedral is a fine memorial window, with a brass stating that it was

"erected by the people of Sheffield as a tribute of affection and regard and in recognition of the valuable services he rendered to his native town. He was a true and consistent Churchman, a loyal citizen, a wise and unselfish counsellor, and an unfailing friend of the poor."

Amongst those, happily still living, who in the past have done faithful and solid work for the Church in Sheffield, but have left for other fields of labour, may be named:

Dr. Moore Ede, the present Dean of Worcester, who was from 1876 to 1880 Lecturer of the University of Cambridge Extension Scheme in Sheffield, and curate, first at St. Paul's, then of the Parish Church.

C. A. Goodhart, first Vicar of St. Barnabas's, an original and thoughtful preacher and speaker, who after a ministry of seventeen years left in 1893 for the Rectory of Lambourne.

R. B. de Wolf, Vicar of St. Mary's, 1889-93, left for the diocese of Liverpool.

J. H. Hewlett, who after thirty-five years of faithful ministry at Fulwood left in 1911 for Victoria, Australia.

W. H. Falloon, who in 1877 succeeded Canon Blakeney as Vicar of St. Paul's, in 1884 left for the country parish of Long Ashton, Clifton, Bristol, where I had the pleasure of paying him a visit.

A. R. Upcher, once my pleasant and genial neighbour, Vicar of St. Mary's, 1877-89, now Vicar of Stradbroke.

Frederick Williams, who for nearly twenty-one years was Vicar of the Sale Memorial Church, leaving in 1894 for the Vicarage of Chignal St. James, Chelmsford. He was a diligent pastor, and one of the most unassuming of men.

F. W. Goodwyn, the second Vicar of Sharrow, after ten years of fruitful ministry, left in 1889 for the Rectory of Rotherfield, Sussex. He was secretary to the Sheffield Scripture Readers' Society and Canon of York, and is now a Canon Residentiary of Gloucester Cathedral.

John Darbyshire, after serving as curate of St. Paul's, was appointed to the charge of St. Luke's (now the Sale Memorial Church), whence he went to the Vicarage of St. Paul's, Wolverhampton, returning to Sheffield as Vicar of St. Philip's in 1882; after fifteen years of diligent ministry in this, one of the largest of the city parishes, he retired to a country benefice.

J. F. Buckler retired from the Vicarage of Tinsley in 1895, after forty-three years of faithful ministration. When he went the population was about 800, to-day it must be near 8,000.

[ Footnote – Mr. Buckler died 11th May, 1917, in his 88th year. ]

Dr. Edward Hicks, scholarly, thoughtful, and musical, was for eighteen years, 1883-1900, Vicar of St. Stephen's, during which the parish room and infants' school were built at a cost of £1,400. Subsequently he held livings at Macclesfield and Liverpool, but has now retired from parochial work.

H. A. Goodwin, the first Vicar of Owlerton, a post which he held for the long period of thirty-seven years, left in 1912 for a country living.

Folliott George Sandford, a native of Sheffield, son of the Rev. George Sandford, was for ten years, 1893-1903, the popular and active Vicar of Sharrow; he took a prominent part in elementary education, and for seven years was the able and tactful chairman of the Sheffield School Board: he left Sheffield for the Vicarage of Huddersfield, and subsequently succeeded Bishop Quirk as Vicar of Doncaster; formerly Canon of York, he is now Canon of Sheffield and Archdeacon of Doncaster.

Charles F. Knight, my successor to the Vicarage of St. Simon's, was in 1896 appointed to All Saints', where he continued to 1911, when he became Vicar of Frinton-on-Sea.

Henry Martin, an able and active parish worker, was Vicar of Crookes for sixteen years, 1901-16, and left for the Vicarage of Oulton, near Lowestoft.

Henry Woffindin, the zealous and much-respected Vicar of St. George's, 1884-91, is now Vicar of Tulse Hill, London.

Robert Charles Joynt, the earnest and able Vicar of Darnall, 1884-91, during which the extensive schools were built and the church much enlarged, afterwards Vicar of St. George's, 1891-95, now Vicar of Holy Trinity, Gipsy Hill, London, and Canon of Southwark.

Alfred Wood, formerly curate of the Parish Church, then Vicar of St. Barnabas's, 1893-1905, now Vicar of Appleton-le-Moors.

Frederick George Scovell, Vicar of Sharrow, 1903-14, a thoughtful preacher, an enthusiastic temperance worker, editor of the Sheffield Diocesan Gazette, now Rector of Rawmarsh.

Charles Edward Curzon, first Vicar of St. Oswald's, Abbeydale, 1908-16, who, after laying firmly the foundations of Church life and organization, left for the vicarage of Goole.

The departure of these, and of others who might be named, was a real loss to both Church and City.

In my study stands a large bookcase, much admired by my clerical brethren. It came from the widow of the vicar of my childhood's days, to whom, when eight years of age, I repeated St. Paul's Eulogy of Love (1 Corinthians xiii). When at St. Simon's, it was my peculiar pleasure to be his host, and welcome him to the pulpit of that church. After nearly forty years I recall his text, "The whole family in heaven and earth". A few days later, as he was entering his country schoolroom, "God's finger touched him and he slept". His widow also sent me a pocket silver communion service, which had been presented to him in his curate days, and oft-times used by me since in the sick room. The case is inscribed:

"The Rev. J. Topham, M.A. Presented by the congregation of St. Paul's Church, Huddersfield, April 27th, 1842. Presented by Mrs. Topham to the Rev. William Odom, Vicar of St. Simon's, Sheffield, July, 1879."

These are among the most cherished memories of bygone years. For old friends, "loved long since, and lost awhile", I have much grateful thought.

It has been a privilege to meet a host of noble workers engaged in the mission field. In the earlier years of my ministry there were memorable gatherings in the pleasant grounds of Ecclesall Vicarage, and also at Queen's Tower, where the late Mr. Samuel Roberts invited a large number of Sheffield vicars to meet the various deputations at luncheon at the C.M.S. Anniversary each year. Mr. Roberts, who was for many years the treasurer of the Sheffield Branch of the Society, would on these occasions give a short address of welcome. I well remember one of the last, when, having exceeded fourscore years, he very touchingly repeated the lines:

Our life contains a thousand springs,
And dies if one be gone;
Strange that a harp of many strings
Should keep in tune so long.

On these occasions I met, amongst others, Mr. Eugene Stock, the historian of the C.M.S.; the Rev. Jani Alli, a convert from Mohammedanism and Cambridge graduate; and Bishop Oluwole, a native of Africa. This reminds me that in my early years I heard "the black Bishop", Dr. Crowther (once a slave boy), preach at St. George's Church at the time when William Mercer was vicar.

Amongst those it has been my privilege to entertain was a remarkable man who preached at Heeley – Don Juan Cabrera, Bishop of the Spanish Reformed Church, who died at Madrid in 1916, in his eightieth year, scholar and poet, worker and leader. He did a great work for the Church of Christ in that country.

Another visitor was J. E. Padfield, for many years a zealous missionary in India, to whom I gave a copy of my little book, Gospel Types and Shadows. After his return to India, I received from him a copy of this which he had translated into Telugu for the benefit of native pastors and teachers. The same book was also translated by Canon Ball, of Calcutta, into Urdu, and also into Chinese by a Wesleyan missionary. It is a great joy to know that one has thus a small share in the glorious work of the Missions.

For almost forty years I have been a member of the Yorkshire Evangelical Union, at the annual conference of which it has been a great privilege to meet with and hear such able and thoughtful speakers as:
Dr. Handley Moule, now Bishop of Durham;
Dr. Chavasse, now Bishop of Liverpool;
Dr. Knox, now Bishop of Manchester;
Dr. Denton Thompson, now Bishop of Sodor and Man;
Dean Wace;
Dean Lefroy;
Canon Joseph Bardsley;
Canon Hoare;
Canon Girdlestone;
Canon Tebbutt;
Canon McCormick;
Canon Lillingston;
Prebendary Webb Peploe;
Dr. Guy Warman,
and other evangelical leaders. In 1901 I was honoured to be president of the Union, and at annual meetings have contributed papers on the following subjects: "The World-spirit, as manifested in Family and Social Life", "The Church and the Christian Sunday", "Union of the Church of England with Evangelical Nonconformists", "The Church's Service to the Nation", "The Protestant Succession", "Romanizing Literature in the Church of England", and "The Christian Ministry of the first two Centuries".

From the beginning of my ministry I have been a member of the Sheffield Clerical Society, the membership of which for many years numbered from seventy to eighty. For fourteen years I held the office of treasurer. The papers read on Scriptural and ecclesiastical subjects were of a high order, and at times elicited animated discussions. Leading clergy, as Archdeacon Blakeney, Archdeacon Favell, George Sandford, Dr. Chalmers, Samuel Earnshaw, James Battersby, were invariably present. It is a matter of regret that the Society has recently been dissolved owing to lack of interest and unhappy discussion, caused by a desire on the part of some to alter its constitution. It is difficult to imagine what the founders of the Society would have thought of a proposal to delete in its monthly paper the words defining its constitution: "Established upon the principles of the Church of England as propounded at the Reformation, and embodied in the Book of Common Prayer". For myself, I take my stand on the declaration of that great and loyal Churchman, Dean Hook, who said: "It is quite certain that we, whether ministers or people, clergy or laity, can only do God's work in this Church of England by adhering firmly and consistently to the principles of our Church, as laid down at the glorious and blessed epoch of the Reformation".

The Senior Clerical Society, of which I have been a member since 1879, and secretary for the last ten years, is limited to sixteen members, and assembles monthly for prayer, Bible study, and brotherly intercourse.

I have pleasant recollections of many Nonconformist ministers with whom I have associated.  Amongst these who are no longer on earth may be named:
Dr. Dallinger, the eminent scientist, Wesleyan;
Dr. Thomas Allen, Wesleyan;
Richard King, for nearly twenty years minister of the Cemetery Road Chapel, Congregationalist;
Thomas Holmes, of the Tabernacle, one of the ablest and best of men (with whom in earlier years I had a lively controversy on Disestablishment), Congregationalist;
Richard Green, minister of Townhead Street Chapel, Baptist;
Elijah Carrington, Baptist.

I wonder what my old neighbour, Richard Green, and his venerable predecessor, Charles Larom (who for more than forty years was pastor), would think if they could have seen the Central Chapel in Townhead Street in which they had so long ministered, a building surrounded by the graves of many Baptist worthies, pass into the hands of the Roman Catholics?

Early in my Heeley ministry I had a most pleasant surprise. One day, there came an invitation to call upon friends who had shown much kind, practical sympathy in my work at St. Simon's. On going, I found tea ready, together with a beautifully-bound copy of the Variorium Bible for my own use. Just before leaving, a roll of Bank of England notes to the value of £200 was handed to me for the Church Enlargement Fund, and I was asked to offer a prayer for the kind donors, who desired that their names might not be published.

On another occasion, Archdeacon Favell kindly invited me to preach at St. Mark's one Sunday morning, promising the collection towards the enlargement of Heeley Church. After a sermon from the text, "They helped every man his neighbour", I had the pleasure of returning home with the offerings, which amounted to the handsome sum of £42.

One Monday morning I received from a Sheffield merchant, who has now passed to his rest, a most kind letter, written in pencil from a sick room. He said that, unable to go to church, he felt that he could not do better than send me a cheque for £50 for Church work. Not only the generous gift, but the gracious manner in which it was given, greatly touched me. I also recall many contributions from others. At times a working man put £5 into my hand, and an aged widow, receiving parochial relief, sent half-a-crown which she had saved in halfpence. Time and again, working-men have handed me for the Church sums of £1 and 10s., in such a way as to make the heavy work of a large parish very pleasant.

How good it is to be upheld by those who have the open hand and the willing heart.

One of the great pleasures of my ministerial life has been the large number of "thank-offerings" received. One morning I had this pleasant but altogether unexpected surprise. A widow, who had passed her eightieth year, who did not even keep a servant, brought me her usual subscription to our Poor Fund, and then, after speaking of the Church Pastoral Aid Society, said she would like to give "a thank-offering" for its work, at the same time handing me eight £4 Bank of England notes, making £40, her name not to be mentioned. This from an aged friend, who knew me long before I went to Heeley, was as gratifying as it was unexpected. But, how pathetic, her journey to the Vicarage was almost her last, as a few days later I stood by her open grave.  She was a cheerful giver.

In my earlier years at St. Simon's we frequently had women – usually the bride-elect, and not seldom her mother – to put up the "spurrings" – meaning, of course, the banns of marriage. With the advance of education the word spurrs, or spurring, has gone out of fashion, but in former days it was common both in the North and the Midlands. One day the clerk went into the vestry and said to the vicar, "Besides Johnson's spurr for the third and last time of asking, there will be two fresh spurrs". From twenty-five to thirty years ago there were often rowdy and noisy scenes at working-class weddings as the newly-married pair emerged from the church doors, but it is pleasant to say that during the last twenty years or more there has been a most marked improvement in behaviour both in the church and outside.

In the many hundreds of weddings I have taken there have been humorous scenes not a few. On one occasion a young artisan, after he had signed the registers and paid the fees to the clerk and tipped him, slyly pushed a shilling into my hand with the remark, "That's for yourself, sir." Of course I took the shilling, which found a fitting place in the missionary box. Another time a man, who had reached the mature age of sixty, at the close of the ceremony gave the somewhat stout and by no means young bride an affectionate kiss; but, alas! appearances are often deceptive, for a few days later he came to me in a state of great distress, asking if I could untie the knot, as the lady had such a temper that he could not possibly live with her. One morning a woman, whom I had married shortly before to a man who bore the euphonious name of Onions, came to the vicarage and asked if it was possible for her to have another name, as some of her neighbours called her "Spring Onions", which hurt her feelings. She had come on the suggestion of neighbours, but, unfortunately for her, it was the first of April, so one can imagine the reception she would have from her neighbours on her return.

The life of a parish clergyman is strangely varied. Sunshine and shadow alternate.

A neatly-dressed young man, of refined manners, called at the vicarage to know if I could help him to a post, saying he belonged to a southern cathedral city, and was entirely without money. Surprised, I said, "How can I help you, a perfect stranger, without reference of any kind? You are evidently a well-educated man; what has brought you to this? Have you no friends in the south willing to help you?" His reply was, "I have been a very foolish man." I wondered what was behind his history. Like Saul, Israel's first king, and many others since, he had thrown away his opportunities, "played the fool", and was reaping the bitter fruits.

One Monday afternoon, when on a round of visits, I met an aged, worthy widow, who had passed through many trials. Some little time before I had reminded her that she had not attended Holy Communion recently. "I was so glad to see you at Holy Communion last night," I said; when she replied, "It was those words which decided me, 'Unworthy though we be'." We had sung W. C. Dix's sweet hymn, "Come unto Me, ye weary", and the words 'Unworthy though we be' had gone to her heart. How helpful to feel, as so many have done, that there is blessing and comfort in the hymns we sing.

Whilst on the platform at the Midland Station, on the point of leaving home for a short rest, a lady in deep mourning came up to me and said, "You don't remember me. Eighteen years ago you married me, and now I have just lost my husband. We have been living in the north. It has been such a happy eighteen years." As far as time would allow I spoke a few words of consolation, and then at York there was a sympathetic handshake, and she went on her way and I on mine. Such is life – ever changing. What would life be apart from the Friend who is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever"?

Throughout my lengthy ministry the Press has been most kind and indulgent. All my letters to the Sheffield Telegraph – not a few – and to other papers have borne my signature.

With the exception of those containing contributions for Church work and the poor, anonymous letters received have been few and far between. I may have received twenty or so in more than forty years of clerical life, mostly very harmless, as the following example will show. I had said in our Parish Magazine that a little more silver and fewer copper coins at the Sunday offertories would be welcomed by vicar and wardens. Two or three days afterwards a typewritten post card reached me with these words: "Re note in Parish Magazine, I have for some time, in consequence of your former remarks, given at least sixpence in copper at each collection. I shall in future give a threepenny bit, thus doing my little bit towards reducing the copper in the collection as desired."

Every Church has its cranks. Happily, I have been troubled with very few. Kindly criticism is ever welcome, but occasionally one has a surprise from an unexpected quarter. A few pin pricks, however, may help to keep one straight. "The folly of sinners is easily reproved, but who shall reprove the folly of saints?"

Early in the year 1884, a friend lent me C. H. Spurgeon's Magazine, 'The Sword and Trowel', in which a rural pastor had drawn a lurid picture of the Church of England and its clergy in country villages, the truth of which I could not accept. At that time Mr. Spurgeon was much more prejudiced against our Church and its teaching than in later years. Somewhat rashly, perhaps, I wrote to ask that the villages referred to might be named, and proofs given of the strange statements which had been made, and also if he would allow me to write an article in his magazine in reply. This resulted in Mr. Spurgeon writing me two letters, which follow:

Westwood, Beulah Hill. Feb. 18th, 1884.
Dear Sir. – The writer of "Our Village" is well known to me, and I am sure the picture is truthfully drawn. You have only to be a Noncon. minister for one day in certain villages to know that this is no isolated case. When we meet with brethren like yourself we find it hard to make you believe the deeds which are done by the dominant Church, when they have our poorer Churches in their power. I will not enlarge, but stones would cry out if they were so trampled on. As to our Nonconformists running into heresy you charge is sadly true, and I am sorry to add true of Conformists too. It is an evil day. Your remarks about leaving the poor are quite true, but what else can be done? Our Churches in the richer parts must be the parents of Mission Churches in the poorer regions, but where all are poor alike, there is great difficulty. It would be foolish to deny this. Territorial missions carried on by our Churches will in a measure meet the case. May you prosper in looking to the poor, and see the truth blessed to thousands of them.
Yours truly, C. H. SPURGEON.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Westwood, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood. April 23rd, 1885.
Dear Sir. – I do not think that "H.O.M." has the slightest ill-feeling towards the Church or her clergy, but desires to be fair in his warfare against the present union of Church and State. I could not discuss the matter in The Sword and Trowel. You will find the same charges made in a thousand places and fully believed in, and I think you will find abundant ways of meeting them as far as they can be met. The admirable services of our evangelical brethren we all appreciate and delight in, but this cannot close our eyes to the false position which they occupy in reference to men of other views, and this mainly because of an unhappy State alliance. I thank you heartily for your kind wishes, and I feel grieved to differ from you in anything.
Yours truly, C. H. SPURGEON.

In the year 1889, bitter attacks were made by certain Nonconformist papers upon the bishops and clergy, and the principles and property of the Church of England. I ventured to write to 'The Christian World', in reply to a letter in which a prominent Nonconformist minister had made statements which I felt sure were without foundation, respecting Dr. Harold Browne, Bishop of Winchester. Shortly afterwards I received the following letter from the Bishop, which is of interest as stating his Church views:

Farnham Castle, Surrey, Nov. 7th, 1889.
My dear Sir. – A gentleman has sent me another cutting from The Christian World, containing another kindly letter from yourself. It contains also another letter from Mr. Greenhough, if possible more unreasonable than that to which you replied. Nothing but the extreme blindness of party spirit could make an honest man so distort innocent words.

Most assuredly I never dreamed of coupling Dissenters, Mohammedans and Buddhists together. If an Englishman were to say – "Not only do I not hate and despite Frenchmen or Germans, but I do not even despise Kaffirs or Hottentots", it would follow that he would put Europeans and savages in the same category. Or if he were to teach his child not only not to hurt his brothers and sisters, but also not to torment dogs and cats; he would not therefore treat his own children as dogs. It is also absolutely untrue that I speak of the organization of the English Church as the one Church of Christ, the one Body of Christ, and that it is impossible to constitute a Church outside this organization; and that all other bodies are but sects humanly constituted, or "as he hints" (where, when and how) "mere schools of philosophy."

All this is simply wresting human language to the destruction of its true significance. I may very probably have claimed for an episcopal constitution strong evidence from Scripture, and the irrefragable evidence of the fact, that within half a century from the death of the last apostle, there was not a Church in universal Christendom that was not governed by bishops.

I may add that a Church is a divine institution, not a human one. But I have never said more than has been said by the most moderate divines of the Anglican Communion, viz.: that episcopacy is apparently scriptural and certainly apostolical, and that though it may not be essential to the constitution of a Church, it is necessary to the completeness and perfection of Church organization.

The assertion that I am a high sacerdotalist is absolutely untrue. I am quite as much an evangelical as I am a high churchman, and I believe that sound churchmanship and true evangelicalism are perfectly tenable, not only in one and the same Church, but in one and the same mind. I can find no party name by which I can call myself. To say that I belong to and love the Church in which I was born and baptized, and that I know it to be the ancient Church of this realm, come down to us in the stream of ages, only purified from the corruptions which have made it turbid in some of those ages, is not to assume a party name. I may wish to impart to them blessings which I prize beyond the power of words to tell, without doubting that they too are Christians, and may be much better Christians than myself; perhaps all the better Christians for not having neglected those special blessings which Church of England men too often disregard.

Forgive me for troubling you with this long letter. I avoid writing to religious newspapers, and very rarely defend myself in print. As you have been so good as to defend me, I feel anxious that Mr. Greenhough's statements should not dispose you to think that you have been mistaken.

Very truly yours, G. H. WINTON.

During a holiday in the summer of 1911, I met a distinguished man, who is much admired and respected in Parliament by men of all parties – the Right Hon. Thomas Burt, M.P., "father" of the House of Commons. He brought to mind Smiles's Self Help, which I had read long before. We were staying together at the Tyneside Hydro near the ancient and pleasant north country town of Hexham. In the course of several pleasant walks and talks, he told me about his early struggles. The son of a miner, he spent two years at a village school; at ten he commenced work as a donkey boy in a coal mine, and for eighteen years was an underground worker. In 1874 he was elected by the miners of Morpeth as their representative in Parliament, a position he still retains. He said that in his early days a favourite book was Cowper's Poems, many of which he committed to memory, and repeated to himself in the coal-pit. During our walks he would recite long passages from "The Task". He related some interesting things concerning many members of the House. Gladstone, he said, was cold, and stood somewhat aloof; Mr. Arthur Balfour was evidently a favourite; Lloyd George was constantly getting into hot water, but no one could be more agile than getting out of it. Mr. Burt afterwards sent me a volume of his Life and Work, and several letters which I much value.

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Sheffield in the 'Sixties
The author's reminiscences of 'Old Sheffield' and its inhabitants.


The Church in Sheffield, 1866-1916
Brief history of the church in Sheffield and its development, timetable of subjects and tutors from an Educational Institute Class List of 1866, clergy names, benefactors, details of churches/parishes, etc — this chapter has been split into two pages, the link taking you to the first of these.


Memories of St. Simon's, 1877-1888
Details of this parish in one of the most densely-populated areas of Sheffield, anecdotes, names, etc.


Christ Church, Heeley, 1888-1916
History, descriptions and anecdotes of Heeley before it became developed, names of residents, and a comprehensive account of the author's incumbency, including details of the church extensions, building of the Sunday Schools, fundraising, collections and expenditure, a little about Nonconformists, names of curates/scripture readers/deaconesses/churchwardens etc, and the author's eventual retirement — this chapter has been split into two pages, the link taking you to the first of these.


Heeley and the War
Names of congregation members fallen in the Great War, including one VC (Sgt-Maj J C Raynes, Royal Artillery, with citation given), together with extracts from letters written by servicemen giving accounts of conditions at the front (France, Belgium, Egypt), their experiences in battle, and thoughts of home; also an account from a survivor of the sinking of the hospital ship 'Anglia' in the Channel.


THIS PAGE: Recollections — Men and Things - Part 2 (Part 1 is here).


Books and Travel
Author's favourite reading, details and a bibliography of other published work, and travel.


In Memoriam – Mary Odom
A very personal tribute from the author to his wife, Mary, who died in 1913.


"God and Cæsar." A Sermon preached before the Mayor and Corporation.
Text of a sermon preached at Sheffield Parish Church in 1887.


"Public Worship – its Methods." A Paper read at the Islington Clerical Meeting, London, 1903.
Text includes the author's observations on the principles established at the time of the Reformation, the dangers of a return to 'mediaevalism', and public worship as laid out in the Book of Common Prayer.

Names of Subscribers
(the names of over 250 subscribers listed alphabetically by surname, of interest to those who may be "ancestor hunting" (in many cases only initials are given, not christian names).
Please note these are only the names of pre-publication subscribers as printed in the book, but many more individuals are mentioned in the text whose names have not been indexed. Throughout this transcript most names have been highlighted in bold at least once (not necessarily if they are repeated). If searching for specific surnames, place names or any other information through the various chapters, make use of the Find or Search facility in your browser while on each page.

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Interior of Sheffield Cathedral - click for enlargement

Interior of Sheffield Cathedral Church
(St Peter & St Paul)

Leonard Hedley Burrows, Bishop of Sheffield - click for enlargement

The Bishop of Sheffield, Leonard Hedley Burrows, D.D.,
to whom the book is dedicated

St Simon's Church, Sheffield - click for enlargement

St. Simon's Church, Sheffield (covered in Chapter III)

Exterior of Christ Church, Heeley - click for enlargement

Christ Church, Heeley: exterior
(the author's time at Heeley is covered in Chapter IV)

Interior of Heeley Church - click for enlargement

Heeley Church: Interior

Floor plan of Heeley Church - click for enlargement

Floor plan of Heeley Church,
dating the various extensions

Whit-Monday at Heeley - click for enlargement

Whit-Monday at Heeley
(no date given, but possibly ca. 1916/1917)

Heeley Vicarage - click for enlargement

Heeley Vicarage
The individuals are not named, but could well be Rev and Mrs Odom

Rev. Canon William Odom - click for enlargement

The author,
Rev. Canon William Odom

Memorial Cross, Heeley Churchyard - click for enlargement

Memorial Cross for Mary Odom,
Heeley Churchyard (see Chapter VIII)

Memorial Window, Heeley Church - click for enlargement

Memorial and Commemoration Window, Heeley Church

Dedication - click for enlargement

This copy of the book includes a handwritten dedication
from the author to the Bishop of Sheffield, 1917

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