Top of Broomhall Street Scene: 1901 and 2014

St Silas church focal point

View of Broomhall St by photographer J W Mottershaw. 1901
Photo: Broomhall Centre
Broomhall Street with St Silas Church, 2014
Photo: OUR Broomhall


This photo to the right shows a 1901 scene of the top of Broomhall Street and has been on the wall of the Broomhall Centre on Broomspring Lane for a number of years, originally bought at an auction for the costly sum of five pounds!  When we started our project we decided we needed to try to find out the photographer as at that point the picture showed no name at the bottom. We carefully took it out of the frame and in so doing revealed the words ‘Broomhall Street JWM’. Who was this mysterious JWM? After delving more we learnt that it stood for John William Mottershaw, a leading Sheffield photographer at the time and a member of the famous Mottershaw family.


Some of our volunteers went out and about to take a picture of the same scene today. St  Silas still stands as the main focal point of the picture, albeit now derelict. They did need to take the picture a little further down the road than the original as now in 2014 there was a well-grown tree in the way of the view!

Read more about other Mottershaw links to Broomhall


This page was added by Jennie Beard on 22/12/2014.

Comments about this page

  • Accidentally came across this site – wonderful to see all the old pics. Many many years of happiness playing around the streets of Broomhall! Thanks for your efforts!

    By David Roberts (29/07/2015)

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