LAID SIEGE A Short Play A look at the inhabitants of Sheffield Castle, workers and the Old Queens Head Tavern during the siege in the 17th century Introductory talk by Ron Clayton on the troubles surrounding Sheffield Castle during the Civil War To be held at ETEN Cafe 2 – 4 York Street (next to the Cathedral)
1.00 to 3.00pm Saturday 3rd October Two performances: 1.15pm and 2.15pm Donations only please in support of Friends of Sheffield Castle
I wasn't sure which forum to put this on so here goes; Among the possessions of Capt VS Simpson acquired by the Hallamshires are 2 'badges'. I'm posting this here as they may or may not be his, as there are one or two items in the collection that are WW2. The first is a circular cloth badge with a dragon design. The second is a small metal badge, curved and with a hole at the top and bottom. The design is a trophy, and around the 'cup' there's the following "Rd 1989322" VSS was a keen sportsman who played as an amateur for Sheffield Wednesday, and was a very keen golfer. Any suggestions as to the significance of either or both would be gratefully received!
According to Peter Harvey's book, Westbury Street was named after Richard Bethell, 1st Lord Westbury, Liberal MP, and Solicitor General 1861, one af a group of streets named after famous lawyers. Some have since disappeared, but they were named Chelmsford, Jessel, Palmer, Roundel, Selbourne and Westbury. So a coincidence?
The problem is if you have full-time councilors on a salary it becomes a career, whereas part-time councillors bring some kind of work experience with them. That's the problem with MP's today. In the old days they would probably have some kind of career or job, then become a Councillor, then an MP, with a background of work experience, community work etc. Nowadays they are either barristers, or go straight from school (often public) to university where they study politics and economics, then become Parliamentary researchers and advisers, then become elected MP's, with no experience of real life outside politics, or understanding of the lives of the vast majority of the population, hence the 'disconnect' that leaves people disillusioned with the process. And so you get a choice between candidates of different parties who are so close together in experience (or lack of it) and beliefs that people don't see any point in voting.
That's right, the Dixon family who lived at Hillsborough Hall. Originally the park attached to the hall stretched up to where Wadsley Lane runs along the top of those streets. They sold off the land in several parcels, and that area was sold for building land, and the roads named after the members of the family. There's a topic about it somewhere on here.
I recently made contact with a college friend I hadn't seen for over 40 years. He told me he'd taken early retirement to become full-time carer for his mum. She was 105. I said that was quite an age and he said they were having a family party for her. Unfortunately her brother, aged 95 was unable to come as he had a prior commitment - he was talking part in a ballroom dancing contest in Weston super Mare!
Blacksmiths Arms, Fulwood Rd
In 1888, the licence lapsed. The Reverend J.H. Hewlett, Vicar of Fulwood, with the assistance of the Church of England Temperance Society had opened a small coffee house or room at the last house on the left-hand side at the bottom of Brookhouse Hill. A hook from which in winter a lamp hung to light the entrance can still be seen.
It was proposed that the inn’s lapsed licence be surrendered, and on the 30th July 1888 it reopened as a Temperance Inn, also known as the Coffee House, which it remained until 1936. Present at the opening was the Mayor of Sheffield, Alderman William J Clegg, who became chairman of the British Temperance League and a leading member of the national movement. It closed in 1936 and became a private house.(Can't find a date for the original coffee house.)