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Norfolk Park Estate Early 70s,

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Would love to see pictures or read memories of the council estate. I lived there as a kid from 1967 to 72 amd really loved all the green space and lots of other kids my age. I lived on Samual Drive just above the Horse and Lion pub. I have looked on the pictures sheffield archive as i thought that there would be plenty of planners pics etc but no luck.

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Would love to see pictures or read memories of the council estate. I lived there as a kid from 1967 to 72 amd really loved all the green space and lots of other kids my age. I lived on Samual Drive just above the Horse and Lion pub. I have looked on the pictures sheffield archive as i thought that there would be plenty of planners pics etc but no luck.

there's a snapshot here from Picsheff, of the earl marshall pub (was the midhill club) with kenninghall flats in the background..

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s22037

ok, it's not the clearest of pictures...

then there's this amazing Aerial shot of pretty much the whole of the bottom half of the estate...

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=w00842

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I lived at Guildford View Flats at the top of Norfolk Park,I moved there in 1975, does anybody remember the caravan "chippie" that used to park on the layby near the Round Shop building, it was a small caravan fitted with a Frying Range,it was towed by the owners car, when you got too many people inside the caravan it used to tip slightly,and the boiling fat used to swill about!!!! he he , the owner never seemed to let it bother Him,Don't know what health and saftey would have made of that nowadays. lol

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How the heck did that not set on fire ??

lol

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We lived on Norfolk Park, Mandrake block on Park Grange View, from 1975 until 86. I also liked all the green spaces, and the fact that you could see what the weather was going to be like in about half an hour by looking through the window and seeing what the weather was on the moors!!!!!!!! Here is a pic taken from our flat window, it was evening time and sorry its not that clear. :angry:

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Would love to see pictures or read memories of the council estate. I lived there as a kid from 1967 to 72 amd really loved all the green space and lots of other kids my age. I lived on Samual Drive just above the Horse and Lion pub. I have looked on the pictures sheffield archive as i thought that there would be plenty of planners pics etc but no luck.

I worked at The Horse & Lion oh must be about 1983 trained to be a manager and then moved on, used to go in The Jervis Lum b4 work, wow brought back some good memories lol

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Someone, somewhere, must have got some pictures of the tower blocks on Norfolk Park. I have tried looking everywhere I can think of. Although I lived on the estate for about 12 years I never took many photos. Pleeeease can anyone help? :(

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Another appeal for photos of Norfolk Park flats. Now we have got lots of new members does anyone anywhere have any pics of the flats pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease!! Could you all have a look, thank you. :(:( :(

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Another appeal for photos of Norfolk Park flats. Now we have got lots of new members does anyone anywhere have any pics of the flats pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease!! Could you all have a look, thank you. :(:(:(

Tried to clean up your original photo, Carlie, not much better but we may fine that elusive picture yet!

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Thanks Tsavo, Ill keep on hoping! :( Perhaps photos of Norfolk Park and Redgates will turn up together, now wouldnt that be something ? :o

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I lived on NP on Guildford Rise for 4 yrs 1967-71. Have some picture of the flats being blown up will try to post them shortley

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Thank you Tsavo and Markbaby, Im feeling happy now Ive got a few pics to look at, (sad I know,I should get out more!!) ;-) ;-)

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I lived in the pink block on Guildford Drive. I had a 2-bedroom flat on the 2nd floor. The flats were really well planned and the living room was huge.

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Another appeal for photos of Norfolk Park flats. Now we have got lots of new members does anyone anywhere have any pics of the flats pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease!! Could you all have a look, thank you.

I'm sure I have some photos of these flats from the period of time you are asking (roughly 1969 to 1982) in my negative collection. I will try to find them out, scan them and get them posted here soon

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I'm sure I have some photos of these flats from the period of time you are asking (roughly 1969 to 1982) in my negative collection. I will try to find them out, scan them and get them posted here soon

Hi Dave H, It would be great if you could do that.

I,ll look forward to seeing them. :)

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There's a piccy of a block on the "Random Picture Thread"

http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...ost&id=3756

I Am sure that the blocks on that picture are the Kenninghall Mount blocks. I had a cousin who lived on the 15th floor of KM.

Two aunts lived on NP. too, one on the 10th floor of Mandrake Block (the green block by the top bridge) and the other on the 15th floor of Beldon block, the brown Block on Beldon Road, which was beside the tram stop.

I lived for a short time on that block, too, in a flat on the 6th floor.

My sister lived on the 12th floor of one of the Guildford blocks nearest Northern Avenue.

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Just scanned a couple of pictures from my negative file.

These were taken in 1973 from the top (13th floor) of the block which was at the bottom of Northern Avenue. I also have views looking out the other way showing the bottom of Northern Avenue and part of my old school (Norfolk).

The first picture looks out towards town, across Park Grange Road where the underpass is, across the Vic Hallam's on Guildford Walk and to the 2 blocks (Guildfords) which stood between the entrance to Norfolk Park and Park Grange Road. You could see them through the lounge window in the Fellbrigg. In 1973 all the blocks looked concrete on the outside but in the 1980's they were painted. I think these 2 blocks were pink and green / blue.

Second picture shows the view through a slightly more telephoto lens of just one of the blocks and taken from the same location, this gives a bit more detail of the actual block.

The third picture is taken looking down from the top floor at Park Grange Road and Guildforf Walk. There seems to be a small works hut and a van which is not on the road. Wonder what was going off here?

I do have more pictures like these but taken later, possibly in the period 1979 to 1982 and when I can find them out and scan them I will post them here

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Thank you so much Dave, I lived on Mandrake block from 75 for about ten years, and cant believe Ive only got a couple of photos myself, and not very good ones at that.

I look forward to seeing more. :)

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Thank you so much Dave, I lived on Mandrake block from 75 for about ten years, and cant believe Ive only got a couple of photos myself, and not very good ones at that.

I look forward to seeing more. :)

As I lived on the Arbourthorne but had many friends on various blocks of Norfolk Park here are a few questions about them. I don't know the answers and it just goes to show how short my memory is.

Q1

How many blocks were there? some of them like the Claywoods and the one still standing near the top of Ecclesall Road in town were not on the Norfolk Park estate, but how many blocks were there on the estate?

Q2

The blocks seem to have an address such as "Guildford View" or "Kenninghall Mount" and also a name such as "MANDRAKE" or "TOWER", can anyone match the names to addresses?

Q3

As far as I know all the blocks were 13 floors high and had in total 256 flats. Is this correct and is it true of all the blocks?

Q4

In the 1980's the blocks were painted and "colour coded", can anyone match the colours to the block names and addresses?

Perhaps we could start some sort of database with this information on (on this site) to preserve this information for posterity now that they have gone.

As a boy on the Arbourthorne I watched these futuristic looking towers being built. 30 years later I watched the same buildings being destroyed. It seems such a waste!

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