The Rev.Joseph Hunter F.S.A., the Historian of Hallamshire and South Yorkshire, was born at Sheffield on 6 February 1783, the son of Michael Hunter, a cutler.
In 1805 he began to study for the Ministry under the Rev. Charles Wellbeloved at York, and in 1809 became the Minister of an Unitarian Congregation at Bath.
From an early period he devoted himself to antiquarian pursuits, and particularly to the history of his native county. He published in 1819 the ‘History of Hallamshire’ and in 1828 and 1831 the ‘History of South Yorkshire’, the latter work may perhaps be considered one of the best county histories in existence.
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