Dore is located in Sheffield
Location within Sheffield
Population5,496 [1]
OS grid referenceSK311812
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS17
Dialling code0114
PoliceSouth Yorkshire
FireSouth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
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53°19′37″N 1°32′25″W / 53.3269°N 1.54033°W / 53.3269; -1.54033

Dore is a large village in South Yorkshire, England. The village lies on a hill above the River Sheaf which gave Sheffield its name and, until 1934, was part of Derbyshire but it is now a suburb of the city.

Dore and Totley was the only ward of the city which regularly elected a Conservative councillor; however, as of May 2016, all three councillors were Liberal Democrats. The Member of Parliament for the Sheffield Hallam constituency, of which Dore is part, is Olivia Blake (Labour) who was elected in 2019.


The "Dore Stone", commemorating King Egbert's victory

The name Dore is most likely to derive from one of two possible origins. It could be the same Old English root as door, signifying a 'gateway' or pass between two kingdoms.[2] Alternatively, it could be associated with the Cymric (Welsh) 'dwr' (dur) for water, as is also found in Dour in Fife, Aberdeen and Kent, Dorchester in Dorset, Durra in Cornwall, and Doro in Ireland.[3] This Welsh derivation would refer to the streams that meet at Dore. The Limb Brook, River Sheaf, and Meers Brook marked the boundary between the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Deira (later Northumbria) and Mercia.[4]

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle contains the earliest written record of Dore, recording that in 827 (more likely 829) King Egbert of Wessex led his army to the village to receive the submission of King Eanred of Northumbria, thereby establishing his overlordship over the whole of Anglo-Saxon Britain:

This year was the moon eclipsed, on mid-winter's mass-night; and King Egbert, in the course of the same year, conquered the Mercian kingdom, and all that is south of the Humber, being the eighth king who was sovereign of all the British dominions. Ella, king of the South-Saxons, was the first who possessed so large a territory; the second was Ceawlin, king of the West-Saxons: the third was Ethelbert, King of Kent; the fourth was Redwald, king of the East-Angles; the fifth was Edwin, king of the Northumbrians; the sixth was Oswald, who succeeded him; the seventh was Oswy, the brother of Oswald; the eighth was Egbert, king of the West-Saxons. This same Egbert led an army against the Northumbrians as far as Dore, where they met him, and offered terms of obedience and subjection, on the acceptance of which they returned home.[5]

It can therefore be reasonably argued that Egbert became the first king of all England at Dore. A plaque commemorating the event was erected on the village green in 1968 by the Dore Village Society. The Old School was built in 1821 on the site of a previous school, on the right hand side was the teacher's accommodation. When Dore's new school was opened, the Old School was restored and opened as a community centre.

Christ Church is Grade II listed[6]

Christ Church Dore was built in 1828 and Dore became a separate parish in 1844.[7] Dore remained a small village, having a population of just 500 in the 19th century, until it became part of Sheffield in 1934.[8][9]

A paper mill was built on Avenue Farm in the 17th century, Joshua Tyzack converted the building into a scythe forge in 1839 and in 1881 built a large house next to the forge as a country retreat, his initials can be seen above the front door. In 1932 Dore's Parish council built a memorial commemorating the deaths of the First World War.

Brinkburn Grange

Brinkburn Grange entrance

Brinkburn Grange was built in 1883 by Thomas B. Matthews. The land was part of Bradway Mill and Matthews was director of Turton Brothers & Matthews, a Sheffield steel, file and spring makers. The mill dam was then used as an ornamental lake. The Grange was demolished in 1938.

Sheffield Clarion Club House

Dore Moor was the site chosen for the Sheffield Clarion Club House, often known as the Dore Moor Clarion Club House. This was an independent socialist social centre which continued operating until 1967, by which time the club house was more or less defunct.[10]


Schools in Dore include Dore Primary School, King Ecgbert School (secondary) and the Rowan Primary Special School. There is also the old school which is used for social events such as brownies.


The village is served by Dore and Totley railway station on the Hope Valley Line between Sheffield and Manchester, via New Mills Central. Services generally operate hourly in each direction.

The railway tunnel between Dore and Totley, under a limb of the Pennines to Grindleford in Derbyshire, is the longest main line railway tunnel in England and is second only in Great Britain to the Severn Tunnel between England and South Wales.


Abbeydale Park, a former county cricket ground for both Derbyshire and Yorkshire, lies just north of the suburb.


Notable residents include:


  1. ^ Dore is made up of 18 output areas
  2. ^ Vickers, J. Edward MBE (1999). Dore. In Old Sheffield Town. An Historical Miscellany (2nd ed.), pp64–71. Sheffield: The Hallamshire Press Limited. ISBN 1-874718-44-X
  3. ^ Brelsford, V. (1953). A History of Dore and Totley, pp1-2.
  4. ^ Addy, Sidney Oldall (1888). "The Geographical or Ethnological Position of Sheffield". A Glossary of Words Used in the Neighbourhood of Sheffield. Including a Selection of Local Names, and Some Notices of Folk-Lore, Games, and Customs. London: Trubner & Co. for the English Dialect Society.
  5. ^ Extract from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Translations available at Berkeley Digital Library Archived 25 March 2005 at the Wayback Machine and Project Gutenberg
  6. ^ Historic England. "Christ Church (1247077)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  7. ^ "A Brief History of Dore". Dore Village Society. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  8. ^ Harston, Jonathan G. (2005). "The borders of Sheffield from 1843 to 1994". Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2007.
  9. ^ Youngs, Frederic A. (1991). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England: Volume II: Northern England. London: Royal Historical Society. pp. 73–74. ISBN 0-86193-127-0.
  10. ^ "Records of the closure of the Clarion Club House and the sale of the land" (PDF). The Sheffield Clarion Movement. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  11. ^ a b c A Charmed life in Dore and Totley, South Yorkshire Yorkshire Life. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  12. ^ Joe Root: Man of Steel - Features | Welcome to Yorkshire Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  13. ^ Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill returns to her old school in Sheffield to inspire students Sheffield Star. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  14. ^ New £1m Sheffield home for golden girl Jess Sheffield News and Sport. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2020.