`AN esteemed correspondent has forwarded to us the following lines descriptive of the Grammar School building in Townhead Street. They were written by the Rev. Dr. Inchbald not long after he had passed from the School to University College, Oxford, and have found a permanent resting place in Hunter's Hallamshire. Does not the publication of them here stir the divine afflatus within the breasts of some of our present poets to write a description of the School of this day?
“Pleased I remember,
and for ever must,
Till memory's powers lie slumbering in the dust,
The wall-encircled court that day withstood,
Low-sunk, in which our noisy prison stood
The low-arched porch of ancient Gothic date,
The modest portal of our prison gate
(In piteous case, disastrous to disclose,
There oft I've seen the little lingerers pause,
With artful bead the truant tale contrive,
To Chadwick's frown all tremblingly alive)
The gloomy entrance, with its double door,
The scooped threshold, and the deep worn door,
The row-ranged forms to glossy smoothness wore,
With many a name all hacked and mangled o'er;
The high raised wall, that half shut out the day
And fixed attention while it bounded play."
BY “ NOMAD."
THE highest and probably the wildest part of Derbyshire is the western edge of the great table-land known as Kinder Scout, which here rises to a little over 2,000 feet above sea-level. On this hill itself is no human habitation, though from it several villages can be seen, for it is one vast plateau of rock and heather, deep trenches (which in wet weather are mountain torrents), and bracken ; the habitation of black sheep, wild birds, and snakes. For tourists sound in wind and limb this hill and the surrounding moors have strong attractions, for grander scenery is not easily to be met with, and the air is as pure and fresh as can be found anywhere. Unfortunately for the bulk of the population the moors are well supplied with grouse and other game, and the owners think more of their birds than tourists, with the result that whereever possible footpaths have been closed and declared "no thoroughfare," or in the local parlance " no road." One of the villages visible from the top of this romantic plateau is Hayfield-a most suitable name for a Derbyshire village, hay being the chief product of the fields in this neighbourhood.
From here a footpath crosses the moors in an easterly direction to the turnpike road from Sheffield to Manchester, and evidence has been produced to show that for many generations back there has been a public right of way along this path, though for whose benefit originally made would be hard to say, as the point where it joins the main road is six or seven miles from anywhere, and not a house is to be met with an route.
This historic track, like many others, traverses the property of wealthy landowners, who, fearful for their precious game, have stopped up the path and declared all travellers thereon to be trespassers. For one or two stray tourists or neighbouring peasants to fight the big landowners over such a question would be mere waste of time and money, as direct evidence would not be easily obtained, and hearsay or tradition would of course not be accepted in a court of law. But with an association with money and organization to back it, the case is naturally different-hence arose the "Peak District and Northern Counties Footpaths Preservation Society," For some years past this Society has been carefully collecting evidence on the subject, and bringing pressure to bear on the landowners, legal proceedings being freely talked of, though not actually indulged in, with the result that a peaceful victory has at length been won, and the track over the moors is now once more open to the public.
To celebrate their victory, it was decided that the members of the society, together with any outsiders who cared to join them, should march in procession along their newly acquired thoroughfare, and hold a public meeting on reaching Hayfield. Saturday, May 1st, was originally fixed for this ceremony, and it was announced that the Duchess of Devonshire would declare the path open.
But for some reason or other the date was altered to the 29th May, and the post of honour assigned to Sir William Bailey, of Manchester, President of the Society. The rendezvous was the Snake Inn, on the Sheffield and Manchester Road, about half-way between the two cities, and seven miles from Glossop, the nearest town. At this lonely wayside inn a goodly number of people collected, vehicles arriving at frequent intervals from 12 noon to 1 p.m., and a quarter-ofan-hour later a start was made. At a small gate, 348 yards further up the road (according to a notice board), the real walk of the day began, and here it may be as well to give some description of the scene, though to do it full justice would be a task far beyond the powers of the present writer.
Those who have never been in this part of the country can have but a poor idea of what the Peak District is. In front and behind, east and west, stretched the white limestone road, which in or about the year 1821 replaced the ancient Roman road from Glossop to Buxton, via Hope and Tideswell, which goes over the tops of the hills in such an abrupt and headlong manner. A short distance to the rear was the old-fashioned little inn with its white walls shining in the sun, and its numerous stables and outbuildings, nestling up to the high banks of the hills and woods. No other buildings anywhere to be seen, for the nearest house on the Sheffield side is about half-a-mile away, and quite hidden from view, whilst towards Glossop our host has not a neighbour for seven miles.
On the north Cowberry Tor and Dinas Hitch Tor rise to a considerable height, but not so abruptly or picturesquely as some of the neighbouring tors, edges, brinks, &c., and are almost insignificant---compared with those oppositeviz., to the south of the high road. Here the ground slopes steeply down to the Ashop Clough or River, to rise again the other side, gently at first, and than as though tired of ordinary moor and moss, over which pedestrians can easily make their way, breaks away suddenly into the northern edge of the great Kinder Scout, which is wild and rugged in the extreme. The jagged rocks of Seal Edge and Scout Edge rise abruptly to a great height, completely shutting out the view of anything beyond, till they suddenly terminate, or rather bend round to the south-east at the north-western extremity of the mountain, where they form a grey-rock precipice some hundreds of feet above the surrounding country and about 2,000 feet above the sea. Fairbrook Naze, another peak of this uncouth mass of rock and moor, and nearly as high as the biggest of its comrades, raises its rugged head further to the east and nearly opposite to the old inn, forming a prominent feature in the landscape. Some distance to the south-east of Fairbrook Naze, but quite invisible from the Snake, is another remarkable rock or rather set of rocks, known as Mad Woman's Stones, to which there is absolutely no road in every sense of the term. Such is a brief description of the Sheffield end of this much-disputed route.
It was at the aforesaid gate that the first approach to a ceremony was held. Standing with his back to the rough mortarless wall, Sir William Bailey, a pleasant old gentleman in a straw hat, made a short speech, in which he gave an outline of the work of the society, congratulating everyone warmly on the splendid "peaceful victory," and flourishing aloft some legal documents, declared that by virtue of those papers the path was henceforth free to all who cared to make use thereof.
Sir William Bailey was the first to pass the wicket. He was closely followed by the members of the Association, and then the general public, to the number of about a hundred.
It has been said of Noah's Ark that the animals went in two by two. If that were the case, the entrance to the ark must have been wider and better constructed than the Kinder Scout footpath, for Indian file was here the order of the day, and a long procession straggling over the moors was the result. A very few yards from the starting point the first stream was encountered close to a "meeting of the waters" or junction of Lady Clough with Ashop Clough. Here a wooden bridge had been provided by the society's agents, and the stream which was wide though shallow was soon crossed. The crossing of the Lady Clough at this point has not always been so easy, as one of the party remembered to his cost, having been here last September, when the stream was so high that he could not get within twenty feet of a stile that had to be crossed. A ladder, however, was obtained from the Snake, and the difficulty overcome, at the cost of an hour's delay.
Having crossed the little bridge, the track follows the Ash op Clough closely up to its source at Ashop Head, and may be said to be good, bad, and indifferent. Numerous small streams or cloughs have to be negotiated, some with rough bridges, some without. In some parts stepping stones have been put down; but most of the way the native soil (rather swampy) has to be reckoned with unaided. The path not being always very clear, posts have been stuck in at intervals to act as guides. The scenery here is not of the best, being shut in by the slope of the hill on the right and the rugged rocks of Scout Edge on the left. Our party bad not progressed very far when the rain, which had been threatening for some time, came down heavily; and did its best to damp the ardour of the venturesome travellers. Shelter was utterly unobtainable, so on we tramped, and endeavoured to make the best of a bad job. Patience and perseverance had their reward however, for by the time Ashop Head was reached the rain left off, and on the summit of Mill Hill (about 1,700 feet above the sea) a little further on the sun was shining brightly. Here the view certainly improved, for a beautiful valley lay stretched out in front with green fields and varying sized hills, while immediately to our left were the jagged rocks which form the north-west corner of Kinder Scout, 1981
feet above the sea. Round the corner was the Kinder Downfall, which in wet weather is a rushing, roaring waterfall, some hundreds of feet high ; but nearly dry at this time of the year. Close by the Downfall are the Mermaid's Pool and the Old Smithy, described in Mrs. Humphrey Ward's " David Grieve"; but it is doubtful whether any right of way exists to these places, and would-he tourists had best beware of keepers. No definite time can be named when these gentry are unlikely to be about ; but if you should " happen to have a pot of beer about you" when meeting one, it will go a long way towards closing his eyes to the fact that you are trespassing. It seems usual to go into ecstacies over the scenery from this point forward. It is certainly pretty, but is far from being the most beautiful place in the county. In my humble opinion, at any rate, the view from Alport Castles, two or three miles northeast of the Snake is much finer.
From Mill Hill the path descends Williams Clough for some distance, then rises to cross Nab Brow and Leygate Head Moor, and finally dips again into Hayfield. When about a mile from our goal the party was met by a native of the district, who had a long tale to tell of how he had been digging peat in accordance with ancient custom, when he was stopped by a keeper, who refused to believe in the old man's rights, and being younger and stronger, had taken the peat from him. An interesting and lengthy discussion followed ; some expressing the opinion that the rights referred to had expired, whilst others declared that a law once made could not expire. The old peat digger, of course, was of the latter opinion, and asserted he would not change his views for anyone-" not for twenty thousand pounds."
Leaving the scene of this “ outrage," it was not a long journey through fields to the pleasant village of Hayfield, where the travellers were met by a band, and all marched in triumphal procession to the Royal Hotel, in front of which a public meeting was held. Here, after a few speeches from the President and other members of the society, the legal documents securing the right of way over the moors-" over Kinder Scout " as it seems usual but incorrect to term it-were handed over to the Hayfield Parish Council, " to be kept in their new Town Hall," as one of the speakers facetiously expressed it. But the walk had sharpened the appetites of the pedestrians, so the meeting was cut short, and a good tea in the schoolroom took its place.
This most important task satisfactorily completed, the party broke up, most of them returning home by the train at 7-30 p.m., after a very pleasant, though rather wet day's outing.
S.R.G.S. v. SHEFFIELD CLERGY.
For this match at Broomhall Park, on July 7th, the Clergy brought a full team, and a most enjoyable game resulted.
S.R.G.S. v, HALLAM 2ND XI,
Played on Saturday, July 10th, on the Hallam Ground:-
S.R.G.S. v. LEEDS G.S.
July 14th, at Broomhall Park Davies batted well for us, making 43; whilst he and Thomas were conspicuous with the ball, taking 4 for 16 and 6 for 10 respectively, Scores :-
OUR eleven of 1897 was certainly one of the best all-round teams we have had for many years. This is the opinion even of such critical judges as more than one ex-captain of former elevens ; and it is certainly justified by the results as they appear on paper : for the First Eleven won 10 matches and lost 5 ; 1 was drawn. Some of these victories too, such as that over Leeds Grammar School, Sheffield Univ. Coll., and Sheffield Medical School, were decidedly creditable. Of these the first was won by good all round play by every member of the team -batting, bowling, and fielding. At every point of the game we proved ourselves superior to our rivals, in spite of their almost unbroken record of wins. In fact, our eleven was distinctly i1 on its day." The victory over Sheffield Univ. Coll. on the other hand was chiefly due to a most brilliant catch at point by Thomas, which dismissed their best bat (a really good one) just when he was getting dangerous. Besides these matches, some very plucky play-" real grit "-turned the scale when things were going badly for us : as for example, the fielding of the team and the bowling of Twigg and Cornu at the close of Doncaster's innings in the match played here ; the batting of Bramley against Chesterfield, at Chesterfield ; and the batting of Thomas and Haslam at Doncaster, when most of the chief members of our eleven were absent. Speaking generally it is to these qualities of pluck and backbone, especially in the Captain, that our successes have been due : and it was certainly to the lamentable want of them, in one instance, that the extent of our most crushing defeat, by Wesley College, was due. Speaking technically, it was good fielding that did most ; and this is really what makes the difference in every cricket match.
The second and third elevens have not been so successful. The second lost 3 matches and won I : in one of these matches, against Wadsley Church Sunday School, they were pitted against men much too old and strong for them. The third lost both the matches they played. What is wanted for the younger cricketers is more regularly organized practice and training, A step in this direction was taken this last season, which will no doubt be further extended. It is certainly most important.
All our cricket, and especially that of the juniors, has had great difficulties to contend with in respect of the ground. These, we hope, are now being overcome. The whole of the junior playground, and a great part of the other, has been re-laid. The junior ground has also been thoroughly drained-and still better, a splendid football ground of 150 yards square, almost opposite the School, on .Ecclesall Road, has been hired for six months, thus relieving the School grounds of the incessant wear and tear all the year round, which must be death to any ground. It is a thousand pities that the liberality of some of Sheffield's "civic patriots" (to quote the Bishop of Hereford) could not have acquired this new field permanently, and thus secured an open space as well as a much-needed playground for the increasing wants of the ancient and Royal School of their city.
|No. of Innings.||Times not out.||Highest Score.||Aggreg.||Average.|
|F. H. Bramley (Captain)||15||1||30||150||10.7|
|E. L. Thomas (Vice-Captain)||15||2||10*||41||3.1|
|G. M. Cornu||19||4||26||170||11.3|
|D. A. Davies||19||1||55||192||10.6|
|C. W. B. Haslam||17||1||31||113||7.0|
|E. J. Twigg||14||0||36||106||7.5|
|J, T. Binney||4||0||12||18||4'5|
|J. H. Waterfall||6||0||7||18||3'00|
|C. S. Coombe||6||1||6||12||2-4|
Also batted:-F. O'N. Williams, 1.5 ; E. H. Turner, 6-00; A. F. Trickett, not out, 3 ; F. C. Hampton, 0. * Signifies not out.
|Overs.||Maidens,||Runs.||wickets.||Avge. per Wicket|
|F. H. Bramley||6||0||12||3||4.00|
|D. A. Davies||209||56||357||67||4.1|
|G. M. Cornu||16.4||4||32||7||4.5|
|E. L. Thomas||84.3||26||154||23||6.6|
|0. W. B. Haslam||60||20||107||16||6.8|
|J. T. Binney||22||2||59||8||7.3|
|J. H. Waterfall||43||9||91||11||8.3|
|E. J. Twigg||26.1||6||60||6||10.00|
BRAMLEY (Captain).-A very stout-hearted player: if not quite so successful as last season, it was more through ill-luck and increased responsibility. Came out second in batting averages, and was one of the safest fieldsmen in the team. Always set the team a splendid example of perseverance.
THOMAS (Vice-Captain).-Had a spell of bad luck for the first part of the season, but improved afterwards. Is too much given to hitting out when steady tactics would be safer. As a bowler was very successful, keeping a good length. A safe catch. Proved a serviceable ViceCaptain.
CORNU.---.The most successful and improved batsman in the team. Though not very stylish he has a wonderfully sure defence and plenty of patience. Came out first in batting averages, and was also useful in bowling on some Occasions.
DAVIES.-Was the all-round man of the eleven. Has done splendid service with both bat and ball, but he clouded these performances by extreme laziness On other occasions. Came out top of the bOwling averages.
EYRE ---Improved his batting wonderfully about mid-season, and after that made some very useful scores A fair fielder.
STEEL.-A very pretty and plucky batsman. Has made some useful scores, as well as helping Others to make runs. SpOilt his batting on one or two occasions by trying to hit. A very safe fielder.
HASLAM.-A fearless bat of the slogging class. The right man to pull a game out Of the fire. Has bowled with varying success, but Should be less erratic.
TWIGG. - Has batted well on several occasions, but should hold his bat squarer, and put more heart into his play. Has also been a useful change bowler, though somewhat erratic.
BINNEY. - Was chiefly played for his bowling, but should have practised both this and his batting more regularly.
GLAUERT. - A very steady bat, but should play more freely when he gets set. Has borne the greater share of wicket-keeping with moderate success.
COOMBE I. -- A fair bat, improved towards end of season. A careful fielder.
TURNER. - A fair bat, should back up better. POOr fielder. Has Only played On a few occasions.
WATERFALL. - Was played towards the end of the season for his bowling, which is at times very deadly on a broken pitch.
JAMES, LOCKWOOD, WILLIAMS. Played on one or two occasions, when they performed creditably, and will perhaps be heard more of next season.
THE following are the results Of the South Kensington Examinations held last June:
THEORETICAL CHEMISTRY.-Advanced Stage-Second Class : Glauert, Preston. Elementary Stage-Pass : Allison, Hatter fey, Crowther, Salisbury I, Hahn, Turnbull I. Fair : Andrew, Buck, Clementson, King, ThompsOn.
PRACTICAL CHEMISTRY. - Elementary Stage-Pass: Buck, King, Salisbury I. Fair: Allison, Beaumont, Crowther, Haslam, Hattersley, James, May, Preston, Thomas.
THEORETICAL MECHANICS-FLUIDS.-Elementary Stage-Pass : Barnes, Glauert, Pate. Fair : Norwood.
J. Martin has been appointed Junior House Surgeon at the Sheffield Royal Infirmary.
A. E. Dunstan has passed the Intermediate Science Examination Of the University of London, with honours in Chemistry (Third Class), and Experimental Physics (Second Class). He has been appointed an Assistant Master at Rotherham Grammar SchoOl,
E. D. Black has followed up his recent successes by winning the YOrkshire COunty Lawn Tennis Championship at the Scarborough Tournament.
Improvements are proceeding apace. The Preparatory School first class room has been enlarged and new lavatories built ; while the School itself has been practically re-decorated. The PreparatOry playing field has been thorOughly drained and re-laid, and the paths asphalted, while the upper field is not only getting a much-needed rest this winter, but its surface is being restored where necessary. Meanwhile the School has been fortunate in securing a field on the Ecclesall Road for football, &c. We have every reason, therefore, to anticipate that the School field will be in really first-class condition for cricket next season, and heartily congratulate the management upon the prospect.
Mr. Blandy and Mr. Williams having left us at the end of last term, we have pleasure in welcoming two new masters-Mr. L. E. Richardson, B.A. (Second Class Mods., Third Class Lit. Hum), Classical Scholar of Jesus College, Oxford; and Mr. W. C. Barton, Inter. Arts, London (1st in Lat. Hon., Lat. Exhib., and 1st in Third Class Eng. Hon.)
A general election to fill three vacancies On the Games Committee was held at the beginning of term, when Glauert, Waterfall, and Coupe proved successful.
The Literary and Scientific Society and the Chess Club are both awakening to a period of renewed life. The former is busy re-modelling its constitution ; in other words, revising its rules. The following have been chosen Officers of the L. and S. for the coming Session :Presidents: Rev. E. Senior, M.A. ; H. C. Sorby, Esq., LL.D., F.R.S. ; Vice-Presidents : J. N. Coombe, Esq. ; J. Stokes, Esq., M.D. ; J. Latham, Esq., M.A., LL.D. ; J. H. Hodgetts, Esq., M.A., B.Sc.; F. L. Overend, Esq., B.A., F.C.S. ; L. E. Richardson, Esq., B.A. ; W. C. Barton, Esq. ; A. E. Dunstan, Esq. Committee : The Masters ; Barnes, Coombe, Eyre, L. Glauert, O. Glauert, Lister, Middleton, Mitchell. Hon. Secretary and Treasurer : O. Glauert. Librarian: A. E. Barnes.
Lee has been elected Captain of the Town House.
We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the issues of the following contemporaries :-Colonia, Clayesmorian, Eastbournian, Leys Fortnightly, Oldham Hulmeian, Our Magazine, Pelican, Sheaf, Sydneian, Thistle, Wulfrunian.