1783 1861 Joseph Hunter He was born 6 February 1783 in a house on the north side of New Church Street which was demolished to make way for the 1897 Town Hall. He is remembered as Sheffield's pre-eminent local historian and for his work in the Public Record Office. He died on 9 May 1861 and is buried in Ecclesfield churchyard.
Joseph Hunter (6 February 1783–9 May 1861) was a Unitarian Minister, antiquarian, and deputy keeper of public records now best known for his publications Hallamshire. The History and Topography of the Parish of Sheffield in the County of York, the two-volume South Yorkshire (a history of the Deanery of Doncaster), still considered among the best works written on the history of Sheffield and South Yorkshire, and his 1852 pamphlet on Robin Hood in which he argued that a servant of this name at the court of Edward II was identical with the famous outlaw. His name was adopted by the Hunter Archaeological Society.