|Baslow Road, Totley Rise, Building on right belonged to Victoria Gardens, a pleasure garden which included a ballroom, refreshment room said to seat 10, 000 people and a promenade, it opened 1883 and closed 1887, Abbeydale Club in background|
For more information, see 'Drawings of Historic Totley', by Brian Edwards. Cat. No. 942.51 SQ. Note, the Edwards book states that the gardens opened 1883 and closed 1887. However, the Trade Directory for 1893, states that the gardens opened 1891 and were still open in 1893. The gardens went right down to the river, which is where the zoo was situated. The Laverdene Estate now covers this site. The owners intention was that people from Sheffield's East end would be able to spend a day out at the gardens. They would travel by train and would be picked up by horse drawn carriages. With all the added fees for the entertainment etc., it proved to be an expensive day out for the poorer people of Sheffield, which accounts for its eventual failure. The houses in the background are Nos 81, 83 and 85, Baslow Road and were built 1879. At the rear of the houses were stables. This was originally a Turnpike Road and was part of the Parish of Dronfield and the picture was taken prior to road widening. Abbeydale Club was a Gentlemens Club. Further comments about the picture include the memoirs of a 93 year old, who recalls the building behind the carriage belonged to a wheelwright, hence the large chimneys which can be seen. The carriages were probably there to have wheels fitted and are awaiting collection or repair. This is why there are no horses.
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