Fighting Sheffield’s “mad and monstrous” land grabs

Protesters Derbyshire

In August 1960, a storm of protest swept through Derbyshire when Sheffield City Corporation announced plans to annex 31 square miles of the county’s north eastern corner. Richard McAllister looks at what happened when Sheffield made
its “monstrous claim”.

IN AN AUDACIOUS MOVE just over half a century ago,  the city of Sheffield sought to bring the Derbyshire parishes of Beighton, Hackenthorpe, Mosborough, Eckington, Killamarsh, Unstone, and the urban district of Dronfield, under its wing…