Alternative Reference numberMD6343-6495
TitleDeeds and Papers from Broomhead, Wightman and Moore (later: Broomhead, Wightman and Reed; later: Broomhead, Pye-Smith and and Reed), Solicitors, Sheffield (additional to MD5773)
AdminHistoryIt appears that the solicitors' firm 'Broomhead, Wightman and Moore' had been established by the 1870s, based at 14 George Street, Sheffield. Prior to the establishment of the firm, one of its founding partners, Barnard Platts Broomhead (1834 - 1893), was practising as a solicitor from George Street, Sheffield from the late 1850s onwards.

The original partners of the firm were: Mr Barnard Platts Broomhead (1834 - 1893) (Broomhead later became Barnard Platts Broomhead Colton-Fox. He lived at 13 Broomhall Road, Sheffield and later Wales Lodge, Wales, Kiveton Park. He was killed after being knocked down by a train at Victoria Station, Sheffield on 15 Dec 1893); Mr Arthur Wightman (1842 - 28 May 1924) (who lived at Hallam Gate, Crookes, Sheffield); and Mr Edward Thomas Moore (1846 - 20 Mar 1914) (who lived at 'Holmefield', 6 Oakholm Road, Sheffield). Arthur Wightman's son Benjamin Arthur Wightman (1873 - 20 Nov 1937) also practiced as a solicitor and entered into the family firm.

By 1921, the partnership of the firm had changed and it became 'Broomhead, Wightman and Reed'. The new addition to the partnership was Henry Reed (1869 - 1938), who lived at Parkhead Cottage, Sheffield and later Knowle Green, Dore. Reed's son Henry Charles Reed (16 Apr 1909 - 1981) also later joined the firm.

In 1970, the partnership altered again and the firm became 'Broomhead, Pye-Smith and Reed' (with the practice still operating from its original headquarters of 14 George Street, Sheffield). The later name change was prompted by the arrival of a new partner into the firm: Mr Brian Charles Pye-Smith (3 Jun 1903 - 1984).
DescriptionThis collection was originally catalogued as MD6343-6495. It was described as 'A further gift of deed and papers from a local firm of solicitors' (additional to MD5716-5855 and MD6072- 6073). It comprises:

Partnership Deeds and Related Papers, 1801 - 1911 (MD6343/1)
Leases of Commerical Property, 1847 - 1905 (MD6343/2)
Papers of Commercial Companies, 1872 - 1959 (MD6343/3)
Miscellaneous Deeds relating to Local Industry, 1744 - 1928 (MD6343/4)
Papers relating to Building Estate and Land Societies, 1861 - 1885 (MD6343/5)
Yorkshire Deeds, [1668] - 1918 (MD6343/6)
Derbyshire Deeds, 1580 - 1901 (MD6343/7)
Nottinghamshire Deeds, 1862 (MD6343/8)
Staffordshire Deeds, [1750] - 1853 (MD6343/9)
Date1580 - 1959
Extent152 items
RelatedMaterialAnother collection of deeds and papers from Broomhead, Wightman and Moore (later: Broomhead, Wightman and Reed; later: Broomhead, Pye-Smith and and Reed), Solicitors, Sheffield, 1349 - c. 1892 is also available (MD5716)
AcquisitionSourceThese items were donated to Sheffield Archives by the firm in Dec 1978.
ArchNoteCatalogue reformatted by Tim Knebel and Pat Dallman (from original paper list) in Jan 2016.
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