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Cutlers at Work, Sheffield - Courtesy of J. Perkins
Cutlers at Work, Sheffield - Courtesy of J. Perkins

MASTER CUTLERS OF SHEFFIELD
1624-1925
(From Hallamshire Worthies' by Rev W. Odom 1926)

The Company of Cutlers was formed in 1624 (incorporated). In June, 1897, the late Mr. Charles Belk, a past Master Cutler, presented to the "Cutlers Company" two handsome brass tablets on which the names and dates are deeply engraved. The tablets are on the grand staircase of the Cutlers' Hall
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360° Views of Cutlers' Hall and Hadfield Hall. See also Looking at Buildings Sheffield's Cutler's Hall.

1624 Robert Sorsby
1625 John Rawson
1626 William Warter
1627 William Webster
1628 Robert Sorsby
1629 John Webster
1630 William Creswicke
1631 Robert Stacie
1632 James Creswicke
1633 George Valiance
1634 William Walker
1635 Thomas Creswicke
1636 Richard Wilkinson
1637 John Crooke
1638 James Creswicke
1639 Robert Carr
1640 Robert Skargell
1641 Thomas Milward
1642 Richard Slack
1643 Richard Base
1644 William Pell
1645 William Warter
1646 Thomas Ludlam
1647 Maim Sorsby
1648 Robert Brelsforth
1649 Richard Jackson
1650 George Barnesley
1651 William Birley
1652 Thomas Bate
1653 Edward Barlowe
1654 William Crashawe
1655 Thomas Pearson
1656 John Webster
1657 Malin Sorsbie
1658 John Rawson
1659 William Creswicke
1660 Stephen Carr
1661 Robert Allin
1662 James Staniforth
1663 James Newton
1664 John Pearson
1665 Thomas Jeninges
1666 Nathaniel Robbinson
1667 George Creswicke
1668 John Webstarr
1669 Robert Soresbie
1670 Edward Barlow
1671 Richard Parramour
1672 Mathew Arnold
1673 John Sutton
1674 Castle Shemield
1675 William Crashaw
1676 James Newton
1677 John Pearson
1678 Thomas Jenings
1679 Joshua Baies
1680 Jonathan Webster
1681 Robert Nicholls
1682 John Winter
1683 Edward Badger
1684 William Ellis
1685 Thomas Tucker
1686 Benjamin Kerkbie
1687 John Webster
1688 Robert Breilsforth
1689 James Webster
1690 Joseph Downes
1691 John Webster
1692 Thomas Johnson
1693 John King
1694 John Trippet
1695 Robert Spooner
1696 Chris. Brumhead
1697 Richard Downes
1698 Andrew Wade
1699 Benjamin Pearson
1700 Robert Savage
1701 Richard Marsh
1702 Ephraim Nicholls
1703 John Pearson
1704 Edwd. Sanderson
1705 Joseph Nutt
1706 Ezra Cawton
1707 Geo. Cartwright
1708 John Downes
1709 James Hoole
1710 John Morton
1711 Samuel Smith
1712 *Samuel Twible
1713 Thomas Tooker
1714 Jonathan Birks
1715 William Moor
1716 Thos. Broadhead
1717 John Guest
1718 Tobias Ellis
1719 Peter Symon
1720 James Longsden
1721 James Crawshaw

1722 John Smith
1723 Jonathan Moor
1724 Jeremy Beet
1725 Thomas Redforth
1726 John Tooker
1727 Andrew Wade
1728 Andrew Wade
1729 Thomas Cotton
1730 Saml. Wainwright
1731 Thomas Wilson
1732 John Ward
1733 Cotton Watkin
1734 John Osborne
1735 Joseph Turner
1736 Joshua Cawton
1737 Joseph Shepherd
1738 Joseph Kenyon
1739 Jonath. Dixon, jr.
1740 Jonath. Dixon, sr.
1741 Richard Kent
1742 *Thomas Rose
1743 George Marriott
1744 John Spooner
1745 Joseph Leathly
1746 Robert Dent
1747 Edward Windle
1748 Leonard Webster
1749 George Smith
1750 William Hides
1751 Thos. Newbould
1752 Joseph Parkin
1753 Thomas Law
1754 Joseph Owen
1755 William Webster
1756 Benjamin Withers
1757 John Wilson
1758 Jonathan Moore
1759 Jos. Ibberson
1760 William Webster
1761 William Parker
1762 George Greaves
1763 Joseph Hancock
1764 Samuel Bates
1765 Joseph Bower
1766 William Birks
1767 John Turner
1768 Thomas Beely
1769 Jeremiah Ward
1770 Joshua Cawton
1771 William Trickett
1772 Robert Owen
1773 George Brittain
1774 Joseph Kenyon
1775 John Winter
1776 John Green
1777 Samuel Norris
1778 William Linley
1779 Josephus Parkin
1780 *John Rowbotham
1781 Peter Spurr
1782 Joseph Hawksley
1783 William Fowler
1784 Benj. Broomhead
1785 Thomas Settle
1786 Samuel Wilson
1787 Jonath. Watkinson
1788 Thomas Nowell
1789 Thos. Tillotson
1790 Joseph Ward
1791 George Wood
1792 John Henfrey
1793 Thomas Warris
1794 Benj. Withers
1795 William Birks
1796 J. Fletcher Smith
1797 John Linley
1798 S. B. Ward
1799 Benjamin Vickers
1800 Samuel Newbould
1801 Joseph Bailey
1802 Joseph Withers
1803 James Makin
1804 Wm. Nicholson
1805 John Eyre
1806 John Sorby
1807 Peter Brownell
1808 Ebenezer Rhodes
1809 Robt. Brightmore
1810 John Tillotson
1811 John Eadon
1812 James Smith
1813 John Holt
1814 Joseph Parkin
1815 James Makin
1816 Thos. Asline Ward
1817 George Tillotson
1818 John Fox
1819 John Hounsfield

1820 J. Dixon Skelton
1821 William Colley
1822 Thos. Champion
1823 Thomas Dewsnap
1824 Peter Spurr
1825 Henry Moorhouse
1826 William Sansom
1827 Samuel Hadfield
1828 James Crawshaw
1829 Philip Law
1830 Enoch Barber
1831 *John Blake
1832 ?Thomas Dunn
(see below)
1833 Thos. Ellin, sen.
1834 John Sansom
1835 John Spencer
1836 Thos. Blake
1837 John Greaves
1838 Samuel Hadfield
1839 Samuel Smith
1840 James Moorhouse
1841 Thos. Ellin, Jr.
1842 Wm. Broadhurst
1843 Thos. Wilkinson
1844 Francis Newton
1845 William Butcher
1846 T. Burdett Turton
1847 Henry Mort
1848 Frederick Fenny
1849 Henry Atkin
1850 Sam Scott Deakin
1851 William Webster
1852 Michael Hunter
1853 Wm. A. Matthews
1854 Thomas Moulson
1855 ?F. Thorpe Mappin
1856 Geo. Wostenholm
1857 Wm. Hutchinson
1858-9 Robert Jackson
1860 Michl. Hunter, jr.
1861 George Wilkinson
1862 Henry Harrison
1863 Thomas Jessop
1864 Charles Atkinson
1865-6 ??John Brown
1867-8-9 Mark Firth
1870 William Bragge
1871 Thomas Turner
1872 Thos. E. Vickers
1873 Samuel Osborn
1874 George Wilson
1875-6 Edward Tozer
1877 David Ward
1878 Wm. H. Brittain
1879 Jos. B. Jackson
1880 Wm. Chesterman
1881 ¦¦John E. Bingham
1882 Albert A. Jowitt
1883 George Barnsley
1884 ¦¦J. E. Bingham
1885 Charles Belk
1886 Geo. F. Lockwood
1887 James Dixon
1888 S. E. Howell
1889 S. G. Richardson
1890 Robert Colver
1891 Robert Belfitt
1892 John F. Atkinson
1893 George Howson
1894 C. H. Bingham
1895 H. H. Andrew
1896 §Sir Alex. Wilson, Bart.
1897 *M. G. Rodgers
1898 F. C. Wild
1899 ??R. A. Hadfield
1900 R. G. Holland
1901 A. R. Ellin
1902 A. J. Hobson
1903 M. J. Hunter
1904 George Hall
1905 S. J. Robinson
1906 W. F. Osborn
1907 Henry H. Bedford
1908 Douglas Vickers
1909 Herbert Barber
1910 George Senior
1911 Arthur Balfour
1912 J. Rossiter Hoyle
1913 Thos. W. Ward
1914-17 Sir W. H. Ellis
1918 Sir A. Bingham,Bart.
1919 Lt.-Col. Henry K Stephenson
1920 William Clark
1921 Marmaduke Wardlow
1922 R. W. Matthews
1923 James Neill
1924 W. W. Wood, jr.
1925 Thos. R. Ellin


Mr. Thomas Dunn

The first Dissenter admitted to the office of Master Cutler.

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Mayors and Lord Mayors

Mayors 1843-1896

1843 ..... Jeffcock William
1844 ..... Thomas Dunn
1845 ..... Samuel Butcher
1846 ..... Henry Wilkinson
1847 ..... Edward Vickers
1848 ..... T. R. Barker
1849 ..... Thomas Birks
1850 ..... T. B. Turton
1851 ..... John Carr
1852 ..... W. A. Matthews
1853 ..... F. Hoole
1854 ..... Wm. Fisher
1855 ..... Wm. Fawcett
1856 ..... J. W. Pye Smith
1857 .....
R. Jackson
1858 ..... Charles Atkinson
1859 .....
Henry E. Hoole
1860 ..... Henry Vickers
1861-62 ..... Sir John Brown
1863-64 ..... Thomas Jessop
1865 ..... W. E. Laycock
1866-67 ..... John Webster
1868-71 ..... Thomas Moore
1872 ..... John Fairburn
1873 ..... Joseph Hallam
1874 ..... Mark Firth
1875 ..... John Tasker
1876 ..... George Bassett
1877 ..... Sir Fredk. T. Mappin
1878 ..... David Ward
1879 ..... Edward Tozer
1880 ..... Abram Brooksbank
1881-82 ..... Michael Hunter, Jnr.
1883-34 ..... Wm. Henry Brittain
1885 ..... John W. Pye Smith
1886 ..... Sir Henry Stephenson
1887-78 ..... William Johnson Clegg
1889 ..... J. B. Jackson
1890 ..... Samuel Osborn
**
1891 ..... William Johnson Clegg 
** 
1891 ..... Joseph Gamble
1892 ..... Batty Langley
1893 .....
E. S. Foster
1894 ..... Sir Charles. T. Skelton
1895-96 .....
The Duke of Norfolk
  **

** See Notes

Lord Mayors 1896-1950

1896 ..... Duke of Norfolk
  **
1897 ..... George Franklin
1898 ..... William Edwin Clegg
1899 ..... Samuel Roberts
1900 ..... John Eaton
1901 ..... George Senior
1902 ..... John Wycliffe Wilson
1903 ..... J. R. Wheatley
1904 ..... Sir Joseph Jonas
1905 ..... Herbert Hughes
1906 ..... Robert Styring
1907 ..... Harry Parker Marsh
1908 ..... H. K. Stephenson
1909 ..... The Earl Fitzwilliarn
1910 ..... H. K. Stephenson
1911 ..... Albert J. Hobson
1912 ..... Samuel Osborn
1913 ..... G. E. Branson
1914 ..... Oliver C. Wilson
1915 ..... F. A. Warlow
1916 ..... Walter Appleyard
1917 ..... Alfred Cattell
1918 ..... William Irons

1919 ..... Samuel Roberts, Jnr.
1920 ..... William F. Wardley
1921 ..... Charles Simpson
1922 ..... William C. Fenton
1923 ..... Arthur J. Blanchard
1924 ..... Alfred J. Bailey
1925 ..... Joseph Benson
1926 ..... John G Graves
1927 ..... Moses Humberstone
1928 ..... Harry Bolton
1929 ..... Charles W Beardlsley
1930 ..... Harold W Jackson
1931 ..... Thomas H Watkins
1932 ..... Ernest Wilson
1933 ..... Fred Marshall
1934 ..... Percival J M Turner
1935 ..... Frank Thraves
1936 ..... Ann E Longdon
1937 ..... Ernest G Rowlinson
1938 ..... William J Hunter
1939 ..... John A Longdon
1940 ..... Luther F Milner
Lord Mayors 1896-1950

1941 ..... Charles J Mitchell
1942 ..... Harry E Bridgewater
1943 ..... Samuel H Marshall
1944 ..... George E Marlow
1945 .....
Charles W Gascoigne
1946 .....
Ernest S Graham
1947-49 ..... William E Yorke
1949 ..... Grace Tebbutt
1950 ..... Hrebert K Hawson
1951 Thomas W Bridgeland
1952 ..... Peter Buchanan
1953 ..... Oliver S Holmes
1954 ..... John H Bingham



** Notes **
  
Samuel Osborn died in year of office.

William Johnson Clegg was re-elected in 1891 due to the death of Samuel Johnson

In 1897 the Duke of Norfolk was the first "Lord" Mayor, taking the title in July until November of that year.

The preceding information reproduced with kind permission of Tony Morton.

The Knife Grinders, Sheffield - Courtesy of J. Perkins 
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Cutlery and Cutlers of Sheffield - by Eric Youle
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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet & More - Tilthammer.com
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The Silver Trade in Sheffield
Information on the origins of the Silver Trade in Sheffield by Edward Law.

Sheffield Assay Office
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Makers' Marks on British Silver
It is normally fairly straightforward to identify where and when British silver has been made. There are many books and tables of town marks and date letters to help the collector. Identifying the silversmith is a little more difficult. All graphics available on this site are taken from real hallmarks listed by Assay Office. To get started click on the Assay Office and follow the alphabetical links.

Trade Marks on Base-Metal
Extensive 347 page book (Downloads in PDF 9.67MB) offering a selection of marks on file that relate primarily to tableware items, from the late 18th century to about 1900. These marks were used on tableware and other small hardware goods made in base metals in Great Britain, Germany, France and the United States. The Parks file has proven to be useful to researchers and archaeologists for identifying the origin and the date range of tableware and related metal artifacts from a variety of archaeological sites. This guide was prepared by the Metal Unit of the Material Culture Section, Archaeology Research Division, Canadian Parks Service.

Sheffield Steelworks           << MORE
SHEFFIELD WAS A CUTLERY TOWN long before it became Steel City. The first documentary reference to a Sheffield Cutler comes from 1297, but steel was not made there until just after 1700. The town was known as a smoky centre of industry long before the first steel furnace was erected.

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Photo:  The Knife Grinders, Sheffield - Courtesy of J. Perkins
 

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