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  2. South Yorkshire didn't exist until 1974, set up as part of the Local Government act of 1972, before that Sheffield was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, although it was autonomous from an administrative point of view. Nigel L
  3. Took a stroll down the canal today, after deciding to walk from home (in Sothall) to Meadowhall (as you do!) We joined the canal at the locks by Sheffield Road bridge, opposite American Golf and after a brief rest to scoff our pack-up, we started heading into the city, finishing at the canal basin. I forgot what a great walk along the canal towpath was, with a completely different perspective on a very familiar part of town for me. Also wished I'd taken more photographs, as the only one I got of the bridges was more an arty snap, than cataloging the whole series. Still, the effect of the bridges all disminishing into the distance and the reflections on the water, prompted me to take the shot. The locks and ponds at Tinsley Flight, the numerous bridges carrying road, rail, tram and foot traffic were all interesting, as were the buildings along the route, all jostling for position on the banks of each side, as we approached closer towards the city. The photo of the bridges attached shows the rail bridge immediately after the aqueduct over Worksop Road, looking towards the city. Another photo I got was of an old clock on the wall of the grain warehouse on North Quay in the basin. The advertisement for 'Tinsley Park Fuels' I'm guessing was the coal, coke and gas from the collieries, operated by the Tinsley Park Group? I wondered if it had always been there, or had been put there recently, to add some historical touches to the site, after the refurbishment? Anyway, a thoroughly enjoyable day and we were thankful for the Supertram ride home, as fourteen miles was more than enough for a Sunday stroll
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  5. Vinley certainly is still performing! In fact tonight he'll be singing at The Forest on Rutland Rd Sheffield where he is a regular artiste. He's still resident in Sheffield and the selection of songs he performs is second to none! If you get the chance to see 'Vinnie' don't miss it!
  6. A newspaper article on a fictional character? Sounds convincing. Have they been duped as well?
  7. Well done. Your assumption is correct. In the photo which I'm posting, you can see the clock tower from the side and the wall, timber cladding and lights are shown to be the same.
  8. According to an interview with Tony Richards ( here: Interview Tony Richards ) it closed in July 1955, and at that point "had Twice Nightly Variety; so there were two performances each evening; about six o’clock and 8:30, so the show would be about two hours." "not that I particularly went for the nudity, I just - it didn’t mean very much - well I knew that it was a bit daring – but of course that was only part of the bill; and the rest of it was, you know, comedians and singers and acrobats, that’s what variety was. I even remember one act was a woman who used to do paper tearing and made things out of all sorts."
  9. I saw Hilda Baker there c 1949 - 'she knows yer know.'
  10. I have found this article in The Gloucestershire echo (Gloucester, England), Friday, April 13, 1934; Hero of the War .
  11. No, it appears to be a hardcover book from way back when. Hope so anyway!
  12. Good work Edmund. I thought for a while that Sheffield had it's own T.E. Lawrence. The book you have ordered from Amazon, that's a reproduction of the 1918 version . . . yes?
  13. I've had a look for Walter in Yorkshire but I think he's a work of fiction. Having said that, it's a cracking story, and I've sent for a 1918 copy of the hardback from Amazon. The full book is also downloadable as a pdf (nearly 300 pages) from: Here's a plate from Arthur Mee's Hero Book (condensed stories for children)
  14. Hi Again The second one actually is stamped. The Sheffield syndicate Mineral Water Company.
  15. This is pure speculation, as I cannot find any other view of this entrance, nor it marked anywhere on a map of the station or surrounding area. But, taking into consideration: The slight downslope from left to right (notice the taper in the step) The fact there is "Parking For B.T.C. (British Transport Commission) Owned Vehicles Only The timber cladding above the brickwork may be a baustrade for the foot bridge above The location may be on the side wall, just opposite and slightly to the left of the main entrance to the hotel? The images attached show red circles at the point of the station wall on where this entrance may have been located and the green arrow on the map could possibly be the point at where the photograph was taken? Of course I may be way off, but this is the only place I can see in the area that is adjacent to a roadway, has a wall of a suitable height and construction and provides access to the station. I'd welcome any comments or anyone who knows where it actually was?
  16. Second instalment. By this time Walter Greenway has taken an Arab wife, fathered 3 children and made his home in Aden, still posing as a Bedouin. One day in the Bazaar he hears two white men talking German, he hears that in the warehouse are clocks ready to be placed among the coal of British ships. That night the Bedouin was in the warehouse before the Germans came and heard how after one of them had distributed the explosive clocks among British ships, he was going to an arsenal in Bagdad. The Germans then retired but the Bedouin did not. He had much to do that night. It was necessary that he should set out speedily for Basra and Bagdad with a case of explosive clocks, intoxicating drinks and a German uniform. The sequel came when the Bedouin, disguised as a German officer, landed at dawn on the banks of the Tigris with a heavy case of new stores which were placed in the Bagdad arsenal by his direction. From his motor boat on the Tigris he saw the arsenal blow up with a roar that shook the earth, the clocks had all been set to explode at the same time and they had blown up the Turkish arsenal instead of the British ships.The last news which reached Mr Holmes in August 1917 was from a doctor at a hospital. He wrote, "A fortnight yesterday, an Arab woman brought her husband, an Englishman, to this hospital, he was suffering from acute dysentery from which he died on August 26th. He had lost an arm recently and his body was scarred by burnings." There is much more detail in the story than I have supplied here but what an amazing tale. Can anyone confirm it?
  17. Hi I have 2 Sheffield related 1 gallon Stoneware Flagons for sale. One is listed on Ebay but I am Holding off listing the other as I came across this site when researching the origins of them. I would much rather someone in Sheffield have them. I live in Blyth Nr Worksop so not too faraway for a pick up. Please see the photo of the Wiley & Co Ltd one attached. I can get & post a photo of the other if required. This one is stamped The Sheffield Mineral Water Company Please contact me if interested
  18. I can so relate to this video..Back then went to Hope valley in identical Sunblest van with Dave Baldwin a mate of mine at the time, a bit earlier than this video. Worked in forge at Browne Baileys 1968 on train wheels similar to that on video. Got married at that old register office in 1970, Worked on the abatour roof in 78 scaffolding then went inside to meet the workersand saw all the slaughter area with the cows getting the hilti spike in the top of the head, ...that rumbler with the sheep in was to remove the hairs of the body, it was like sand paper lined inside the rumbler...and The Black Swan part is brill...I posiibly was in the Swan that day watching the dancers... i used to frequent there most dinner times after the morning shift in the rolling mills where i worked near Town..I,m sure that girl was called either Tina or Kathy..AKA tantilising Tina And curvacious Kathy...if the footage had have gone on a bit longer it would have shown her topless, ha them shows were regular in the week in the afternoons and saturday dinnertime too...they also included Mighty Melvin the male stripper and resident topless Booby Ann a giant of a girl. Great times and def the best times of The Black Swan when Terry Steeples was landlord...The days of Joe Cocker and Marty Caine and the Fabulous Disco's...(three mimes) and not forgeting Top covers band fronted by Barry Marshall superb vocalist..."Bitter Suite" sheffields Best at the time. Yes This video was great to watch. Took me back 45 yrs in a blip. Thanks for putting it on here. Made me feel 20 again. Picture is me and mate Done Savage back then.
  19. This Paul Carrack documentary is well worth a watch!
  20. Hi does anyone remember this primary school teacher, back from the 70s, knew him s Mr M0, taught at Sir Harold Jackson primary in Bradway, was also a friend of my dads, taught me, would love to know what happened to Mr Mo.
  21. 1924 6-inch map showing the aerodrome, although very little of what was a very large site seems to remain. Some more info and maps at
  22. Been here before, in 2011 Looks like my email correcting at the time had no effect and the error has remained and is spreading as the image and text appears elsewhere.
  23. You just pipped me to it lysander Greenhill camp would have been the large Coal Aston Aerodrome which was situated off Dyche Lane and not far from the Norton Hotel. Picture (c) Picture Sheffield ------------;EQUALS;s15316&pos=23&action=zoom&id=18097 Other links here -------- and here -------------
  24. Sorry, but the original airfield at Coal Aston is nowadays largely under the Jordanthorpe housing development... as I indicated. The site you are referring to is known as Coal Aston and, as you rightly stated, is actually nearer Apperknowle. The site is owned by a local farmer from whom, the last I heard, needed to give permission to land...and to move a few cows when required (?). Originally used by United Steels the landing strip was, some 30 years ago, suspected, for a time, of being used for smuggling and a local pub landlord was asked by Customs and Excise to report movements . Its current designation is EGCH and, as a matter of interest, I flew from the airstrip, by helicopter, around 1990 and, as far as I know, traffic is very light at best...but I left the area over 15 years it may have become busier. There are a number of Tiger Moths based at the Sheffield Aero Club in Netherthorpe( EGNF) and one regularly takes a paying passenger ( complete with leather flying jacket, helmet and goggles) over Derwent Dams... for a fee!
  25. Sheffield had two landing sites during WW1...Redmires and Coal Aston. The latter had a detachment of the RNAS based there as well as A flightno.33 squadron RFC...tasked with nocturnal sorties as part of the anti-Zeppelin defences....but was mainly engaged in training. With the signing of the armistice in 1918 the aerodrome was used for the storage of aircraft and became No.2 ( Northern) Aircraft Depot. ( the first aircraft be stored hadn't flown in but had travelled by road and rail). Flying weeks were held throughout the 1920's and a Vickers Vimy ...the type which had successfully flown non-stop across the Atlantic made a flight to London in 95 minutes. Sir Alan Cobham and his "flying circus" paid several visits and it was he who following a letter from the Air Ministry suggesting to the Corporation that they should consider opening a civil airfield was tasked with the job of finding a suitable site. This he did and chose Coal Aston out of a list of nine possibilities. The Corporation made compulsory land purchases but in the end ( as so very often) gave up on the idea and the land was chosen to be the site of Sheffield's southern hospital. In the end, housing took priority.
  26. I remember going to see Pantomimes at the Palace in the 50s.
  27. Sugg's also traded for many years, just outside the centre of Sheffield. 70 miles outside to be precise, because this branch of Sugg's was in Hull.....
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