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#1 ianb

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:40 PM

Can anyone help me? 

 

When I was a small boy, my mates and I used to walk from Firth Park, along Longley Lane and through an area that we knew as Seven Ponds. There were a lot of allotments and small market gardens there. Passing through there, we had to walk up a road and onto some spare ground where these gun emplacements were.

 

My question is, what was this area called? We knew it as Atlas and Norfolk but I couldn't swear to it. All I know is that we shot a hell of a lot of German planes down between us.   



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 06:03 PM

Top of Parkwood Springs-Cookswood Road.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:37 PM

There was also  Z battery there of anti-aircraft rockets.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 07:07 AM

We always referred to it as Shirecliffe Hill.There are a couple of pix of the site as it was in the late 1990s as well as of a ZZ battery  in...Sheffield: Armourer to the British Empire, published in 2004



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:22 PM

Thanks but where do I get Atlas and Norfolk from? There used to be a Sports Ground up there as well, was that it?



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:35 PM

Thanks but where do I get Atlas and Norfolk from? There used to be a Sports Ground up there as well, was that it?

Sports ground Shirecliffe Road opposite Miles road,

 

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:11 PM

That's the one. I lived on Longley as a child and the names Atlas and Norfolk ring a bell too. Was it a works sports ground connected with Atlas and Norfolk works?

The AA batteries I think were further over on the hill overlooking town, roughly where the short-lived helipad was sited. I'm not sure what's there now?



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 08:22 AM

1963 Dir. -Sports Ground ( Atlas & Norfolk Boys Sports Club ) -Highfield Chas. caretaker.



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 08:30 AM

The old Atlas and Norfolk sports ground ( name taken from two of Firth Brown's works ,to whom the sports ground belonged) is now the Sheffield United Academy. The gun site is, as bayleaf says, is on the other side of the road and up the hill, where it overlooks town and the East end.



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 01:24 PM

Thanks a lot everyone. Much appreciated.