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  1. Charles Lofthouse, trading as C.Lofthouse at Attercliffe Common, mineral water manufacturer and herbalist - partnership dissolved - Independent 25th October 1893. From London Gazette June 20 1911 - William and John Charles Lofthouse, trading as W&JC Lofthouse, 10 Broughton Lane, mineral water manufacturers (can't see what they announced as there's a problem with pages displaying at the moment. In 1871 Charles Lofthouse was a labourer in Iron Works living at Carlise St East, in 1881 he was a blacksmith, living at 333 Attercliffe Common.  By 1891 he was a mineral water manufacturer, at 349 Attercliffe Common, and in 1901 was at 6 Goulder Place (near corner with Broughton Lane) So there's no sign of a particular place called Otter-Cliffe, but there was discussion around the origins of the name of Attercliffe, and he may have chosen to put that on his bottles for some obscure reason.
  2. Sheffield in 1861

    I've just bought a Kindle book for £1.50 ( link = Sheffield in 1861 - M Haslam  ).  It's a worthwhile read, though you need a Kindle or Kindle software on your PC.  There's a "look inside" preview facility on Amazon. The main interest is a series of articles published in "The Builder" which takes you on a walk from the Cholera monument, through town, to the Crookesmoor dams, pointing out the sanitary low spots, but also other features.  These articles started an argument in print with Alderman Saunders, about the state of Sheffield. Also interesting is what went on in the Workhouse at Christmas 1861.  I think the stories about how bad life in the Workhouse was possibly don't apply too much to Sheffield....
  3. Crowder House, Longley

    Hi Richard, The link to Dropbox below will give you lots of info, though some is later than you will be interested in.  First port of call should be the spreadsheet " Wilkinson Family Tree" - use either Microsft Excel or LibreOffice to open it, the hyperlinks on the boxes on the tree take you to the appropriate text. Any questions etc, you're welcome to  "private message" me via SheffieldHistory.co.uk.  Nice to hear from you! https://www.dropbox.com/sh/et0jrtndw17ibo8/AAD4fSCQtuwHo4gHgCjsu_Nta?dl=0
  4. Clough Fields Crookes

    The Sheffield Archives have a Fairbanks plan drawn in 1796, Reference No. FC/P/SheD/477S, titled Sheffield: Marsh Lane. Clough Fields and Delf Field, the property of Vincent Eyre (the Duke of Norfolk’s agent). Clough Field had been exchanged with Joshua Spooner, who bought it from John Bower.  See also FC/FB/79/Supp page 46 A painting of the hamlet from Crosspool Through Time by Judth Hanson:
  5. Clough Fields Crookes

    Hi Tozzin, Here's a map showing the various footpaths (dotted green) and lanes which access Clough Fields - the best depends on which direction you're approaching from - maybe from Crookes via Mulehouse Road and along the norther edge of the cemetery?  I've also put a Google street view in showing the view from the end of the main lane (off Back Lane). and a map from 1864
  6. The City Stores

    There are LOTS of photos on PictureSheffield.com - just put city stores bandc coop in the advanced search.  There's a picture of the main staircase, and plenty of the ruins after the Blitz.
  7. Guant Yard Darnall

    John Gaunt ran a grocers / tea dealers shop on Westbar Green for many years.  He seems to have retired to Darnall, with his wife Judith, who was there with him in 1841 but had died during 1846. In 1851 the census refers to his neighbours as living in Mr Gaunt Yard:  
  8. Son Of, Son Of Pub Updates ,,,

    The Britannia, 26,28 Church Street Attercliffe, now Worksop Road Richard Anderson granted licence at Brewster Sessions 15th September 1869,  Still there at 1871 census (Scotsman, also printer and compositor) George Gray, landlord of Britannia in March and December 1880 (donated prize in sparrow shooting competition, victim of counterfeiting)  
  9. Guant Yard Darnall

    Assuming that Gaunt Yard is the same as Queens Head Yard, here are the 1851 Census entries for the area, which is on Church street, Attercliffe (which would become Worksop Road).  The Queens Head pub was occupied by Henry Elvidge, and there is no record of this pub in the Sheffield History pub index.  Looking at the 1853 map, I have made a suggestion for Gaunt Yard / Queens Head Yard as being either A or B.  The building marked in red is Benjamin Huntsman's house, which later became the Britannia, but was this a pub called the Queens Head in 1851?  (The old penny had Britannia on one side and the Queen's head on the other.....possibly there had been confusion with the other Queens Head at the top of Shirland Road)  The history of the Britannia pub before 1869 is not clear.  In 1890 the large building at the rear of Hunstmans house was a malthouse - had it reverted back to being a malthouse (as described in the newspaper account)?
  10. Guant Yard Darnall

    In 1849 based on complaints from the inhabitants, the Sheffield Town Council set up a committee to report on the conduct of the Poor Law Board, in Attercliffe and Darnall.  The Poor Law Board were responsible for sanitary arrangements.  The report was published for comments, and set off a tirade of political recriminations.  The Clerk to the Guardians (Poor Law Board) was John Watkinson.  He had been personally involved in some heavy handed clean up operations during that September – demolishing privies, destroying water troughs and removing beds that he deemed dirty. The most damaging activity however was arranging for the fire brigade to play their hoses on many of the houses in the village, using water from the canal, and from other ponds including Whitworth’s pond which was a run off for various stables and cowhouses.  Immediately afterwards ten cholera deaths occurred plus ten victims who recovered.  Details of the residents complaints were printed in the Independent on 3rd November 1849.   “ Esther Seagur, wife of Charles Seagur, warehouseman.  We live in Gaunt’s or Queen’s Head yard in Attercliffe.  I remember two men coming into our yard on the 19th September last, about nine in the morning.  They said they had come from the Sheffield Workhouse, and had orders to clean out the ash place and privy, which are common to all the six houses in the yard.  They took out the soil and threw it into the yard, where it remained until six in the evening.  It was very offensive, from being so exposed, and made me feel quite ill.  When we ourselves clean out the ash place &c,. we back a cart up to it, and throw in the soil, and take it away immediately.  The ash place, &c, had been cleaned out about a fortnight ago, in consequence of a printed notice issued by the Surveyors of Highways.  When  they took away the soil, they left the yard in a very dirty condition, and we had to wash and clean it.  The neighbours complained very much of the proceedings, considering them unnecessary.  I remember the fire engines coming, on the 21st September.  The same two men were with them.  We have an old detached building, which was formerly used as a malt house, but now as a lumber room.  There was a swill tub in it.  It was a good tub, and nearly full of swill.  Also two empty tubs.  The door of this building was locked, and one of the men asked for the key, which I refused to give him.  He threatened to break open the door, and in consequence I unlocked it.  He then upset the swill tub, and rolled it and the two empty tubs into the yard, which caused an offensive smell.  In about half an hour afterwards, a fire-engine, accompanied by several men, was brought into the yard.  A young man on horseback, who I have since learned was Mr.Watkinson, Jun., gave directions to the men what to do.  I told them that the houses had lately been limewashed, and begged them not to play against them, particularly as one of the windows was an old lead one, and would not bear the force of the water.  I went upstairs to fasten the window, and when I made my appearance there, they began to play against the window, and the water was driven in and ran over the chamber floor, to the top of the stairs, some of it falling upon my person.  The men laughed an seemed amused.  The water was dreadfully dirty.  I felt very alarmed at the proceedings.  When they had gone, my house was in a shocking state, and I was occupied a long time in drying and cleaning it.  Many of my neighbours were treated in a similar way.  The window of one of them was broken by the water.  Young Watkinson was riding about on horseback all the time, giving directions, and seemed very busy. Benj. Charles, living in the same yard, spoke to the same facts, and said he had been made ill by the stench of the water."   John Watkinson replied in the Independent on 24th November, refuting all the statements and justifying his actions.  No further action seems to have been taken on this matter, but in February 1954 the Board of Guardians of the Poor Law Union held an investigation into the conduct of the clerk, Mr Watkinson.  It was alleged that he often refused to carry out the instructions of the Board and that he treated the Poor in the harshest manner possible.  No mention was made of the events in Attercliffe in 1849.  Although there were some statements in his defence, he was forced to resign as of 12th April 1854.
  11. Addressed to ... ?

    Fosters were at 10 High Street from the early 1840's
  12. Not sure if these Sheffield Archives documents cover it: CA206/1973/328BTitleAldine Court / Hartshead, Sheffield Extension to printing works & offices Applicant: Sheffield Newspapers Ltd Architect: Beaumont & Cowling 1973 CA206/23231fTitleAldine Court, Hartshead Street & York Street, SheffieldDescriptionRetaining wall CA206/23231dTitleAldine Court, Hartshead Street & York Street, SheffieldDescriptionReconstruction of part of printing worksDate1954 
  13. Crawshaw Head Farm

    A couple of links to the Bradfield Archive.  Appears the freehold land was owned by Charles Brown of Charlotte Terrace in Sheffield (before the House was built).  He was at 56 Charlotte Street in 1837 - 41 and was a Steel Refiner, Mfr. of Fire Bricks & Dealer in Pot Clay - possibly he had the land for the clay extraction. http://www.bradfieldarchives.co.uk/?id=4611&q=&parent=&h=1 http://www.bradfieldarchives.co.uk/?id=4454&q=&parent=&h=1 The Sheffield Archives hold ref X622 =- records of J & J Dyson, Stannington, Griff Works, Stannington. Producers of fireclay refractory materials. Established 1810. Directors (c. 1960): A. Lomas, F. Lomas and G.A. Lomas.  Employment and production records relating to fireclay extraction at Wheatshire Mine (Ughill, near Bradfield), Ughill and Top Cabin mines; quarrying at Crawshaw Head and Loftshaw quarries.  
  14. Crawshaw Head Farm

    The 1881 census shows Crawshaw Head occupied by Albert Crapper (Lodge Keeper) and his wife Elizabeth. In April 1882 Crawshaw Head was advertised "To Let".  It had lately been occupied by Henry Harrison Esq. By September 1896 it was advertised "to Let" again, the current occupier was Mr Hammond. At the 1911 Census, Crawshaw Head was occupied by William Womack, a road labourer, but Crawshaw Head Farm was occupied by Charles Marsden, a farmer, with his family, a servant and three lodgers (one being William Nicholson, a molecatcher)
  15. Crawshaw Head Farm

    In May 1876 the Independent reported that the prosecution of George Helliwell of Crawshaw Head under the Adulteration Act had failed, due to a problem with the samples.  His milk samples were marked D51, and whilst in transit to the Town Clerk, one bottle was cracked and some of the milk lost.  Instead of just replacing the bottle, the two inspectors took a completely different sample (D47) and overlabelled it D51.  As D47 was sound milk, analysis would have put Helliwell in the clear.  The Town Clerk had to apologise for the maladministration, and the case against Helliwell was dismissed. In 1880 George Helliwell liquidated his business at Crawshaw Head, with debts of £850.