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  1. duckweed added a post in a topic: Sheffield City Council...spending on heritage, tourism and culture.   

    Yes please that would be helpful. I have by word of mouth the suggestion that Leeds is not getting the support from the Council they would like, but heresay is not as good as facts and figures. Manchester has had a strong heritage and culture climate since the 1970s but whether that is still the case I don't know. I have heard mixed reports from Birmingham. Until recently they had a very strong museum complex but have finally succumbed to cutbacks. There has been mutterings about changes in the city centre. Nottingham who had been doing badly despite their fame are now working hard on auditing their heritage buildings and have produced some glossy documents. Generally outside London funding is low. There is a small pot for a lot of Northern cities especially re Arts funding.
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  2. duckweed added a post in a topic: Sheffield City Council...spending on heritage, tourism and culture.   

    There are indeed a lot of hoops prospective groups have to jump through to get funding. I had a friend who worked for a council who helped groups do just that. Many small groups just don't know where to start. Arts funding even for theatres and museums is quite small compared to other northern cities. Lyceum grant was unusual and they did also find alternative funding to match it. £1 million sounds a lot but is actually quite a small grant given the age and size of the building to be refurbished and the fact that government has added 20% VAT on to all work on listed and older buildings. I know of applications that were well presented though that were turned down because they were told they lacked "local support" and according to my source from one of the major funders that "local support" meant Council and they weren't talking financial. In Leeds where they apparently have had similar problems they have founded a citywide Civic Heritage trust which includes Indy traders, small businesses as well as all the community groups. This is something we could do too. It would give us a louder voice & help organisations looking for external funding.   
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  3. duckweed added a post in a topic: Sheffield City Council...spending on heritage, tourism and culture.   

    I beg to differ about no funding was lost due to lack of interest. I have a copy of a letter that my MP gave to me from the Arts Council citing lack of structure and interest in Sheffield in Culture and Heritage as a reason to reduce funding. I also have had conversations with various funders who have told me as much. I have also had various conversations with various heritage groups that have told me the same thing. I can't site individual cases as that would be breach of confidentiality. It is a fact that Sheffield receives much lower levels in Heritage and Arts funding than other Northern Cities. If it was not for Sheffield University engagement and funding we would be much worse off. Tourism used to be funded by the regional development funds. When the government closed these down the budget for English tourism dropped to £1 million for whole of England. Both Scotland and Wales have several times larger budgets. It is now down to individual businesses advertising through Yorkshire Tourism. As vast majority of Sheffield's heritage attractions are on low budgets and often reliant on one off charitable funding they can't afford the cost of advertising. I have pointed out to the Council that simply listing attractions on their website as do other councils would help and would cost them nothing.
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  4. duckweed added a post in a topic: John Harrison 1794   

    Interesting, I shall have to do some background reading to find out about the incidents he was complaining about.
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  5. duckweed added a post in a topic: Wood Lodge House and Chapel Joshua Tyzack   

    Thanks Thylacine that really shows the House clearly. So surprising that someone didn't take a photo for the paper at a Garden party or similar.
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  6. duckweed added a post in a topic: Wood Lodge House and Chapel Joshua Tyzack   

    Around 1860s Joshua Tyzack either built or moved into Wood Lodge. Address seems to be either Abbey Lane or Abbeydale Road. Joshua built a chapel within the grounds of his house for non-conformists and Anglicans. The house was bought by the Ibbitsons in 1939 when Joshua Tyzack junior died and was still in their possession in 1950. I can't find where the buildings were or any photos or traces of them. Anyone help?  
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  7. duckweed added a post in a topic: Rustlings Farm and Hunter House Farm   


    YWD 2284/1-3


    Agreement. Alfred Wilson of Westbrook, Sheffield, esquire, to Joseph Waterhouse Goodwin of Sheffield, estate agent. Land in Sheffield part of the Hunter House estate [fronting Psalter Lane from Hunter House Road to what is now the Roslyn Court Hotel] on building lease, confirming an agreement made by his late father Henry Wilson, but taking back into his own possession certain portions of the land, the necessary rents etc. being paid up. 20 May, 1886. Plan.


    Copies of two agreements concerning individual plots, 1875 and 1885

    Sign of one of the Snuff mills involvement but imagine that is when they were building houses up Hunter's House Road and possibly Sharrow Lane. Can't find my Mary Walton's history of Sharrow to see if she has any references.
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  8. duckweed added a post in a topic: Rustlings Farm and Hunter House Farm   

    Found this in archive catalogues 

    Deed to bar the entail


    YWD 2128/2


    Jemima Nodder of Marsh Green in the parish of Ashover, the Rev. Joseph Nodder of the Rectory of Ashover, clerk, and Jane Nodder of Marsh Green, spinster, the children of John and Jemima Nodder, to John Charge of Chesterfield, Derbyshire esquire. Rustling Parks and the other lands in their mother's marriage settlement, in trust to uses, the entail thereby being barred


    11 May, 1841

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  9. duckweed added a post in a topic: Rustlings Farm and Hunter House Farm   

    I am trying to untangle the two histories of these farms and the history of Endcliffe park. Its not helped by the fact that according to Trade directories & census records one man seemed to have farmed both. His name was William Roberts and was son in law to the Plant family who were in turn linked by marriage to Thomas Newbould who had a works at Lescar wheel. There is a suggestion that Newbould had Hunters House and Plant had Rustlings Farm. Certainly there is a mention of a Benjamin Plant renting off land adjoining land to Rustlings to a James Beal in 1802. James Beal is down in a trade directory in 1828 as being a scissor manufacturer at Rustling Park. 
    "Benjamin Plant, and his presumed brother John, had been awarded small allotments in the 1788 Ecclesall Act,  Benjamin’s allotment was only around 439 square yards but its location holds some interest. Its location is shown on a map in a book by Carolus Paulus and it appears in a later, more detailed 1850 map to be near a few trees called ‘Rustling Place’ where a track led from Greystones Road about 500 yards northwards to ‘Rustling Farm’ past a few buildings called the ‘Rustlings’"
    Rustlings Farm seems to be also called Rustling Park.  Robert Younge of Greystones appears to have bought the land adjoining Rustlings Farm ie the woodland which he later sold to city for £5'232 in 1885. Part of Rustlings Farm was already the Tennis club as it was founded in 1883. Rustlings Farm was bought in 1887 as an extention to Endcliffe Park (Hence the jubilee stone near the Tennis Court.)
    Earliest documentary reference I can get to Rustlings Farm is when called Rustling Parke in 1738 when the heir of John Stone formerly of little Sheffield sold the land to George Marriot cutler and Christopher Cowley.     
    "whereby certain closes called Rustling Parkes, containing 5a 2r 32phs, situate in Ecclesall, between Porter Water northwards and a certain common or waste called Brencliffe Edge Common southwards ; formerly  divided into four or five parts, with a cottage built thereon, then long since demolished ; which premises were then late in the occupation of Henry Young, and were then in the possession of the said Abell (sic) Heurtelen and Dinah or their tenant Jonathan Woollen ; which closes were formerly the estate and inheritance of John Stones late of Little Sheffield in the parish of Sheffield deceased, great uncle of the above said John Stones deceased, father of the said Dinah, and were given and devised, by the will of the said John Stones the uncle, unto the said John Stones his nephew, the said father of the said Dinah ; were released unto the said George Marriott his heirs and assigns for ever. Witnesses : Jno Greaves, Isaac Nodder"
    I seem unable to get back earlier or any detail of neighbouring Hunter's House Farm. I know there is remains of quarrying behind Hunters's house and Hunter's house is said to be built in 1700 with earlier history than that but the only reference I have found is in 1880 a Thomas Daniel has lost a pig in Endcliffe woods and says he is from Hunters Farm.  
    So any more info on origins of Hunters House and Rustlings Farm? Any earlier references maps you know of?
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  10. duckweed added a post in a topic: Crowdfunding WW2 heritage trail   The project includes a memorial in Fitzalan Square to mark those who died in the Marples hotel and a trail of plaques similar to the one at Atkinsons on the moor. Please publicize and hopefully they will be able to impress the HLF enough to contribute to the project. 
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  11. duckweed added a post in a topic: Assistance re identifying this photo   

    Have been asked if anyone knows where this photo is of. Person who sent it to me said it was a family photo and the only farm they knew connected to family was Rustlings Road Farm. Any ideas?  

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  12. duckweed added a post in a topic: Sewer gas destructor lamp, Sheffield - awarded listed status   

    There are a lot a number that have listed status. One at the top of Sharrow lane is in pretty good condition and one by Jessop Hospital. They are talking of putting Led bulbs in them all. Don't see why they can't be used the way they were meant to be used . 
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  13. duckweed added a post in a topic: Calling all Metal workers, Need your stories   

    As part of Bloc galleries ongoing project to look at the past the present and the future in Sheffield Metal working, (They say Steel but they do mean Pewter, plating etc too ) they are looking for people's stories of their work, especially local to Bloc in Eyre Lane but elsewhere. With so much of the area about to be bulldozed it is all the more important to record people's stories. Also has anyone photographs of any of the works especially what is now Bloc Studios?  The launch is on Saturday but this will be an ongoing project.  
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  14. duckweed added a post in a topic: Why Sheffield's Heritage matters.   

    More than ever before the preservation of our unique heritage matters not just as a source of civic pride but because it is our Brand. It is what makes us different from all the other cities in UK and worldwide. With ideas of Northern Hub and HS2 our local economy is under threat unless we re-establish what makes our city unique. I fear it is not something Sheffield Council understands though other industrial cities do. Please read my blog posts on the importance of heritage to the city.  Next year every council seat is up for re-election. It will be a good time to bring Heritage to the agenda. Now Then magazine is talking of arranging Hustings across the city as they did for the general election. A good chance to get local heritage organisations ask candidates about their local heritage issues. Maybe it won't work but we have to take what chances we have. There is also to be a conference possibly April on Heritage regeneration and community. Details will be posted when I have them.
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  15. duckweed added a post in a topic: The Farfield Inn / The Owl pub in Neepsend, Sheffield   

    It is a grade 2 listed building. Originally built as a gentleman's residence. For quite some time the residence of  an officer from the barracks. Built in 1753. 
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