TitleGeorge Robert Vine (1861 - 1940), Teacher, Historian and Baptist Deacon and Preacher, of Sheffield
AdminHistoryGeorge Robert Vine, or G. R. Vine as he was often known, was born in Bermondsey, London on 10 August 1861, son of George Robert Vine or 'G. R. Vine' senior (1825 - 1893), a noted Sheffield geologist who was one of the founders of the Sheffield Microscopical Society. At the time of the 1871 census, the Vine family lived at 187 Dun Street, Carbrook with G. R. Vine senior working as a 'stay and crinoline manufacturer'. At the time of the 1881 census the family lived at 112 Attercliffe Common.

George Robert Vine junior began work as a teacher c. 1885 at the Carbrook and Darnall Schools and later attended Glasgow Free Normal College and Glasgow University. He then undertook a Bachelor of Science degree through the University of London and then became a class teacher at the Sheffield Central Schools. He was subsequently appointed headmaster of Hunter's Bar Council School before becoming headteacher of Huntsman's Gardens Mixed School, Attercliffe, in January 1906. He retired in April 1923 after 38 years' service with the Sheffield education authority.

Vine had a particular specialism in mathematics and became an instructor to teachers in this subject. He taught evening classes in practical and pure mathematics through the University of Sheffield. Like his father, he also had a keen interest in geology and lectured in this subject as well as delivering lectures on local history.

For 38 years, Vine was actively associated with the Attercliffe Baptist Church and undertook duties of Sunday School teacher, leader and secretary of the P.S.A., church secretary and deacon. He later became a member of the Cemetery Road Baptist Church, serving as church secretary there for four years as well as assisting in preaching duties.

With a keen interest in local history (particularly the history of Attercliffe where he grew up and lived for many years) Vine also researched and published historical works on Attercliffe, including: 'Attercliffe: Past and Present' (1914) and 'The Story of Old Attercliffe' (1936).

George Robert Vine married Alice Saxelby (born 18 Aug 1866) in Sheffield in 1888. The couple had two children who both pre-deceased their parents: Edith (c. 1889 - 1899) and Robert Saxelby Vine (1891 - 1916). At the time of the 1891 census, the family lived at 50 Leigh Street, Attercliffe.

At the time of the 1911 census, the Vine family lived at 52 Town Street, Tinsley, Sheffield. Vine's son Robert Saxelby Vine sought to follow in his father's footsteps and also trained as a teacher. Robert Saxelby Vine married Elsie Palmer in Chesterfield in 1915 before going out to the Western Front to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant in the First World War. 2nd Lieutenant Robert Saxelby Vine was killed in action at the Somme on 14 Oct 1916 (aged 25). His widow Elsie remained close to her parents-in-law and continued a regular and affectionate correspondence with them for the rest of their lives. In 1933, Elsie Vine (nee Palmer) (1889 - 1959) re-married a widower Albert Simpkin (1869 - 1961) and they lived at 32 Steade Road, Sheffield.

During the latter part of his teaching career, Vine resided at 27 Broomhall Place, Sheffield. After his retirement in 1923, Vine relocated to 'Inglewood', 40 Main Avenue, Totley. During his retirement, Vine continued to conduct preaching duties for various baptist / congregational churches around Sheffield (including Attercliffe Baptist Church, Attercliffe Zion Congregational Church, Carbrook Wesleyan Reform Church, Cemetery Road Baptist Church, Darnall Congregational Church, Glossop Road Baptist Church, Hillsborough Baptist Church, Portmahon Baptist Church, amongst others). In his retirement, Vine also regularly delivered lectures for various church and community groups around Sheffield on history (most notably 'Old Attercliffe') and also on geological matters.

Vine also became editor of the Baptist Magazine (retiring as editor in 1934).
DescriptionCorrespondence and Papers, 1889 - 1940 (MD7855/1)

Miscellaneous Papers mostly relating to Zion Congregational Church, Attercliffe, 1911 - 1939 (MD7855/2)

Architectural / historical paper titled 'Sheffield City Hall' by Charles Marriott, 1932 (MD7855/3)
Date1889 - 1940
Extent14 items
RelatedMaterialFurther papers of George Robert Vine (1861 - 1940) (received from a separate source) including personal diaries / research journals, research notes and news cuttings albums, 1868 - 1940 (X737)
AcquisitionSourceFormally accessioned at Sheffield City Archives in 2005 but exact provenance unknown
ArchNoteCatalogue prepared by Tim Knebel, Jul 2023
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