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  1. Edmund added a post in a topic: Glass Lantern Slide   

    Weston Street Chapel was opened on September 6th 1861 by Lord Teynham.  As September is after Whitsuntide, the date of 1861 is wrong.  Wrong by how much is another question.
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  2. Edmund added a post in a topic: Assistance re identifying this photo   

    The Friends of Porter Valley Newsletter no.59 has a photo of Rustlings Farm for comparison (if you can find a copy).  Apparently Sheffield Wednesday had their HQ there at one point.  Competitive Lawn Tennis was also played there, in 1886, but they must have moved the cattle out of the way...
    See Bayleaf's post her for a picture (by Henry Tatton):

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  3. Edmund added a post in a topic: The Fairbanks of Sheffield   

    I'm not sure which is the right Frederick Royston Fairbank?  There seem to have been at least two.
    Various information probably relating to two separate people:  born in Sheffield about 1841, moved to Chesterfield then educated in Rugby, became a medical doctor, lived in Manchester for a while, then Doncaster, married Dora Sympson in Lincoln in 1866, married Sarah Ellen Meadows in Manchester in 1866,was a keen amateur archaeologist, stood for election in Doncaster, one who originated in Felixstowe died in 1913 in Caversham Oxfordshire.
    Can you narrow down which one is ours?
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  4. Edmund added a post in a topic: Who remembers this well known Sheffield shop?   

    The discount offers would be the LP's with no sleeves, I still have half a dozen I bought.  They had a huge box of 45rpm records which I looked through regularly.  I think between 1972 and 1982 there were no new additions to the box, and the quantity never decreased.
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  5. Edmund added a post in a topic: Wheres Everybody Gone?   

    Since the changes the log-on process has changed, and I'm sure a lot of users haven't been able to overcome this.  The old set up was a username and password to logon.  The system now wants your DISPLAY name and password - display name being the one that shows against your posts.  The username doesn't seem to be needed anywhere now.  Although the log-on screen does ask for "Display name" most people will just assume it wants the same information as it always did, so fail to get in.
    Maybe when Admin are happy with the state of the site, they can send an email to "all users" to update them with how to get back on the site.
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  6. Edmund added a post in a topic: Police warrant 1912   

    In 1911 Mr Thornhill was a 34 year old "Traveller in Wines", living at 27 Fir Street in Sheffield with his wife Carolyn Rosalie and her father Edwin Gautier Fretwell, a retired provision dealer.
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  7. Edmund added a post in a topic: Civil Rights Campaign and Responses in Sheffield   

    ​Yes, the book is here : https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=IZlKAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA68&dq=malcolm+x+sandra+devoto&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6piEVb7bIeu67gbluYOoBg&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=malcolm x sandra devoto&f=false
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  8. Edmund added a post in a topic: Civil Rights Campaign and Responses in Sheffield   

    Malcolm X visited the UK several times over three months in 1964/65.  It would have been interesting to interview Miss Devoto to get her recollections, although sadly she died in 2001 aged 59.  Maybe there are others who attended who might be able to give you their thoughts?
    From: Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era  By Saladin Ambar
    After Oxford, a letter would be delivered by airmail to Malcolm's Harlem office. Addressed to "Mr. Malcolm X" and the °`Organization for Afro-American Unity, Harlem, New York City U.S.A.” without so much as a zip code, the author almost imploringly included on the upper left corner a winking plea: `PLEASE FORWARD BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.’ The writer was a young woman named Sandra M. Devoto of Sheffield, England. She had heard Malcolm speak in Sheffield after his brief stint there and in Manchester, the day after the Oxford talk. Dated December 5, the day after his departure from the UK, the letter is worth reprinting here in its entirety, as it conveys how Malcolm’s own personal liberation embodied great potential for a more radical politics to emerge within the context of multiracial communities in the West:
    Dear Malcolm X,
    I am the girl in the turquoise sweater, pearl necklace, and black skirt who shook hands with you saying I agreed with everything you said. Believe me, I really mean it.
    Politically l hold no firm views, can be swayed, see both sides of the question. Religiously also I can see all good and bad points in all faiths. There are only two things in which I take a sure and steadfast stand, I am against, with no reservations whatever, Prejudice, especially racial or colour prejudice and Hypocrisy. To me, these are the worst sins and the greatest trouble causes in the world today: I hope you don’t dismiss this letter as stupid, there are so many things I would like to say; but alas, am not as articulate as I would like to be.
    lf only there was something I could do to help, however, I don’t know what you would feel or do about an Anglo-Italian, female agnostic who doesn’t see what she can do anyway. I know you have a great sense of humour, so am sure you will at least have a laugh!
    All of us here will I am sure, follow your progress with great hope and enthusiasm. I certainly hope that you will visit this country and come to Sheffield again in the near future, though of course I realize that your work lies in the United States. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help as I feel so impotent sitting here talking and discussing the problem but never being able to do anything constructive.
    I shall never forget meeting you,
    Yours sincerely,
    Sandra M. Devoto (Miss)
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  9. Edmund added a post in a topic: This was a street surely...   

    The Archives have a file on this:

    CA206 - Sheffield City Council, Planning Department  1976
    Middlewood Road/Hawksley Avenue/Proctor Place/Bradfield Place/Bradfield Road, Sheffield        
    Shops with mall & 1st floor car parking Applicant: Region Properties Ltd Architect: Shepherd, Fowler & Robinson
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  10. Edmund added a post in a topic: This was a street surely...   

    This 1894 map shows the National School (yellow) - now Heron Foods/Superdrug, and your gennel next to it (green)

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  11. Edmund added a post in a topic: Star Vaults   

    Sam H had the Old Star Vaults from 1859.  As per SH index, William Rodgers had it from 1828, until his death aged 68 on 1st March 1844. His son Robert, with Mary Ann, Robert's wife, took over.

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  12. Edmund added a post in a topic: This was a street surely...   

    I think it went up the right hand side of the Hillsborough National School (pic here  http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;t01578&pos=6&action=zoom&id=32013 )
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  13. Edmund added a post in a topic: Railing Remnants   

    In October 1879 James Ellis, 20 year old apprentice to William Drake, whitesmith, Attercliffe road, was charged with stealing a screw tap, the property of his master. For some time Drake had missed articles from his workshop, and one Friday night set a watch on his men as they were leaving work - the prisoner had a tap in his possession and was given to the custody of Police-constable Jenkinson. The sentence was one month's hard labour.

    The Council Minutes for Dec 1886 - Nov 1887 refer to "Drake, William, Contract with, for Supplying Gates, &c., at Meersbrook Park.

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  14. Edmund added a post in a topic: Crofts Buildings (Lee Croft / Sims Street / Hawley Street)   

    Does anyone know the story of the destruction of the end of the council flats "the Crofts Buildings" on December 12th 1940?  There were four fatalities.  The end of the block seems to have been demolished (see 1950s map below).  Pic Sheffield has a pre-war photo showing a tower with a staircase in it at that end of the block  Pic Sheffield - Crofts Building
    My interest is due to my tracking G/Grandfather, who was living there in September 1938 when he got married. St James church, where he married, was also hit in the Blitz.

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  15. Edmund added a post in a topic: Railing Remnants   

    It's one of these:

    Are there any still in situ?
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