St James Church, Norton, Sheffield.

This is a beautiful church building. There is documented evidence that shows a Saxon church may have sat on this site as early as 1180. However, most of the buildings that remain today were built between 1200 and 1500.

As you can see from watching the video, many of the gravestones have been moved or made into the path that surrounds the church. Sadly, many have also been lost. The churchyard was renovated in 1959-1960 where unsafe tombs were removed. The churchyard was closed for burials in May 1869, when Norton Cemetery was opened on Derbyshire Lane.

The sculptor, Sir Francis Chantrey is buried in the churchyard. There is also a monument dedicated to him just outside the church gates.

In 1956, a garden of rest was created just behind the tower.

Sadly, the building was closed when I visited. However, once COVID is over, I will return for a look inside as from the picture that I have seen online, it looks beautiful.

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Loxley United Reformed Church

Today, the once beautiful Grade II listed chapel is an empty shell. Damaged by fire, vandalised and full of graffiti, it is another one of Sheffield’s forgotten buildings.

The building was originally known as the Loxley Congregational Chapel. Constructed in 1787, the church closed in 1994 due to low congregation numbers, making it unsustainable to keep open.

Many of the 240 victims of 1864 Great Sheffield Flood are buried in the cemetery. When the Dale Dyke Dam was filled for the first time, its banks broke sending 650 million gallons of water down the Loxley Valley into central Sheffield. The dam broke around midnight. Most people were sleeping and so they were caught completely off guard. It still remains to this day, one of Britain’s worst man-made disasters.

The website Commonwealth War Graves identifies 14 graves of war dead commemorated in the cemetery.

The building was destroyed by fire in August 2016. Works have been undertaken to stabilise the walls and to restrict access. However, the metal sheets have been partially bent to enable access through downstairs windows. Restoration and reuse is under discussion. (Historic England)