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Woodseats is a district of Sheffield, South Yorkshire in the Graves Park ward. Historically, Norton Woodseats (grid reference ) was a village that straddled Derbyshire Lane running from Four Lane Ends to Bolehill (now part of Graves Park), originally in Derbyshire but since 1934, part of the City of Sheffield.
The name Woodseats comes from the Old English Wodesettes, which means a 'fold in a wood'. Nether Woodseats itself was little more than a cluster of cottages around a road called 'The Dale' close to the intersection of Woodseats Road and Chesterfield Road (A61) and Upper Woodseats, near the Abbey Lane and Chesterfield Road junction.
The first annual Woodseats Festival took place in July 2006.
Current public houses
There are a number of public houses situated on Chesterfield Road:
- The Woodseats Palace, Chesterfield Road, was formerly a cinema, opened in 1911. The building later housed various supermarkets (Fine Fare, Kwik Save, Alldays) and is now a Wetherspoons Free House.
- The Chantrey Arms, Chesterfield Road, named after sculptor Sir Francis Chantrey who was born nearby in Norton.
- The Big Tree, Chesterfield Road, was once called Masons Arms but was renamed in 1936 after the large tree which grew in front of the building. Ironically, by the time the name had been changed the tree in question had been pulled down, reputedly by an elephant from a touring circus that had been tethered to it. A new tree was planted in its place that lasted until the 1980s when it blew down after becoming diseased after which it too was replaced. The pub's past links are shown by masonic symbols inlaid into the floor but these are now covered by carpets. The pub was known as Brewburgers for a short period in the 1980s.
- The Abbey, Chesterfield Road, features a trapezoidal bowling green and is one of the last pubs in Sheffield to retain its bowling facilities.
Former public houses
- The Woodseats Hotel, Chesterfield Road, made the National news when Firkin Brewery changed its name to the Floozey and Firkin. The Woodseats Hotel closed in 2010 and was converted into a restaurant, operating as the Viraaj.
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Woodseats once boasted two cinemas but neither of these are still in existence.
The Woodseats Palace
Situated on Chesterfield Road the Woodseats Palace opened in 1911 and closed some time in the late 1950s. The building subsequently became a supermarket under various names until it was eventually bought by the Wetherspoons chain and is now The Woodseats Palace public house.
Churches in Woodseats include: St Chad's Parish Church, Woodseats Evangelical Church, Woodseats Baptist Church and Woodseats Methodist Church .
Our Lady of Beauchief and St Thomas of Canterbury
A Roman Catholic church situated at the boundary of Woodseats and Meadowhead. Our Lady of St Thomas was founded at the request of local Catholics who had been meeting at the Big Tree public house due to the lack of a suitable church in the area. The first building was erected in 1910 and remained as a temporary structure until the existing building was erected and opened in 1932.
St Chad's Church
The first stone of the building was laid on 3 August 1911. The nave and aisles were built first and the church was consecrated on 25 July 1912, costing £5,100. The chancel, vestries and organ were added in 1933 and cost £4,460. The original design of the building was modelled on 14th century English designs and is the only Anglican church designed by the Catholic architects Hadfield & Hadfield.
The church was built using local rubble for the walls, Bath stone for the window tracery and nave arcade, and Westmorland slates for the roof.
The Vicarage was built in 1914 for £1,800 and is one of the last large vicarages to be built.
Today St Chad's Church , situated on Linden Avenue, is a lively church which seeks to serve the community.
It has regular Sunday services at 9am and 11.00am as well as youth activities, small groups and a thriving Third Age Ministry reaching out to older people in the community.
Other notable buildings
Other places of note include: Woodseats police station, Woodseats Library, The Double Six Youth Club and Woodseats Scout Unit.
Woodseats is currently represented by two footballing teams; Woodseats FC and Woodseats B FC. Both currently compete in the Sheffield & District Fair Play League.
Graves Park is situated around the area. Trees rise up on the hillside and the park is home to two playgrounds, tennis courts, golf course, animal farm, waterfall wood, and a large waterfall.
In popular culture
In the 1977 film The Price of Coal, a reference is made to a militant colliery at Woodseats where the officials are Communists and would not endorse a visit by royalty. In fact, there was no colliery at Woodseats at the time.
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