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    When I helped start the friends of the Manor Lodge there was NEVER any intention to charge for visiting the site. Then Green Estate got their hands all over it and have started to charge to go and see it. Many of the Friends group volunteers quit when they were told by English Heritage that they could NOT run the Manor Lodge site, because "Friends Groups do NOT run Heritage sites," in the words of English Heritage. They told the group that a proper management body had to be responsible, or at least that is what their current chairman told me. Green Estates got the job. They employ paid people to look after the site. Any volunteers have to meet their standards and do what Green Estate say or they can't take part, due to health and safety rules. They do train such volunteers. But a lot of the original volunteers didn't like the rules and left. I was also one of the people that helped set up the Norfolk Heritage trail. This was supposed to be cross group and individual's of all the history groups and projects the trail covered. It was never intended to be run by one group or project. But Green Estate interfered with it constantly. The first thing they wanted to do was do walks on a fee paying basis. Purely to make money. One time a publicity day was held in Sheffield City Centre and Green Estate tried to block me from attending and others too. Due to some silly rule about health and safety! However the Park Rangers covered anyone they couldn't or did not want to instead, so I could go. Much to the discuss of the Green Estate person then in charge. However Green Estate eventually got their way and the Heritage Trail committee has not met in years, to my knowledge anyway. And any walks now taking place are charged for. The current state of Sheffield Manor Lodge site is a great disappoint to me from being chairperson of it all those years ago. That is now a good example of how NOT to run a heritage site. Friends of Sheffield Castle people take note.
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    Thought I would start this one off by posting a few photos of Sheffield Churches I have taken. Please feel free to add more. Starting with two shots of Gleadless Church
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    "Too late! Too late !", she cried...
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    Saint Swithun's Church Hall Manor about 1982.
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    You should have asked them where did they think Templebourgh got it's name from? There were lots of people even in Sheffield, especially on Sheffield Council during the 1980's that thought Sheffield only started with the Industrial Revolution. If you encounter any that still think that, tell them that there was NO Industrial Revolution, as that is a term invented by historians well after the event. In the same way as historians invented the term "Dark Ages".
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    It was demolished for improvements? look what we have in its place.
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    I recently came across the old pinfold on Hillfoot Rd, Totley, which has been well kept as a public space with an informative information board. How many pinfolds were in the city? What do people know of their operation and history? http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1688081
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    Less moaning and more posting would solve the issue straight away
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    My neighbour told me this lovely story today After the blitz, he was walking past a bombsite where he saw people, possible the occupants of the bombed house searching in the rubble. They were searching frantically when he heard a man shout "Its here, its here!!" My neighbour stopped to look when out of the rubble there came a tea pot, in perfect condition, not even chipped. Curious to know why the tea pot would have been so urgently looked for he thought that perhaps it had a sentimental attachment to the man. His curiosity was soon answere when the man took off the tea pot lid, put is hand and pulled out a large wad of notes!! Obviously the mans life savings!! What a lovely ending to the story, although sadly bombed out the family still had their lives savings. I am intrigued to know which family this was, was it yours?, was this a common occurrence to save life savings in a tea pot ? Have any members on this site got any heart warming stories to tell of the blitz? I am very interested to hear them.
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    Mam Tor summit, looking east across the Hope Valley. A winter sunrise, with the mist still hanging in the valley bottom.
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    This was on Utube. Says it's series one, episode one. Also see comments below. Looks interesting but I didn't watch it all.
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    There used to be one at Gleadless Townend, on what is now a triangular piece of land outside the Red Lion pub, and houses a now closed public toilet.
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    To the left of this image can be seen, the still gutted and boarded-up, former retail premises of Montague Burtons Limited, tailors, 51-55, High Street, which had been destroyed in the Sheffield Blitz of 12/12/1940. The premises remained unoccupied and in this dilapidated condition for many years, until eventually demolished and replaced with new development, circa 1960. Montague Burtons Limited relocated to alternative premises, at 20-22, Haymarket, where they were to remain for many years. The C&A Modes Limited, department store, first opened on 22/09/1952, as an originally, two-story replacement for their original premises, which had been destroyed in the Sheffield Blitz of 12/12/1940. The remaining four floors were added to the original two-story building in 1954.
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    Looking back it's amazing what we achieved with my first computer, a ZX81 with 1KB memory and you supplied your own storage in the form of a cassette recorder, but then I also drove a Reliant Robin . My last car had a computer to manage the engine, I thiink it may have been a ZX81.
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    Oh dear, edge looks perfect but wont let me add pictures to the posts Perhaps its not so good after all.
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    Pre-Norman invasion Iron Age: Brigantes constructed forts at Wincobank and Carl Wark, and the Roman Rig dyke. c55: A Roman fort was constructed at Templeborough. Early 9th century: The Sheffield Cross, an Anglo-Saxon cross was made. It is thought that this was erected on the (future) site of Sheffield Cathedral. 829: According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, King Egbert of Wessex received the submission of King Eanred of Northumbria to at the hamlet of Dore (now a suburb of Sheffield). 942: Edmund I of England re-conquered the Midlands, as far as Dore. 1000–1099 1046: A chapel was built on Carter Knowle at Ecclesall. 1069/70: Any settlements in the Sheffield area were likely destroyed in the harrying of the North. 1076: Waltheof, 1st Earl of Northampton and Lord of the manor of Hallam, was executed. 1100–1199 c1100: William de Lovetot founded a church on the (future) site of Sheffield Cathedral. c1150: William de Lovetot built a castle in Sheffield. He also had the first Lady's Bridge built, established a corn mill and hospital in the town, and founded St Mary's church at nearby Handsworth (now a suburb of the city). 1176 (or 1183): Beauchief Abbey was established 4 miles southwest of the town of Sheffield in Beauchief. 1200–1299 c1200: Metalworking began at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. 1266: A party of barons, led by John de Eyvill, marching from north Lincolnshire to Derbyshire passed through Sheffield and destroyed the town, burning the church and castle. c1250: Church House at Handsworth (now the Cross Keys public house) was built. c1270: A large stone castle was built to replace the wooden castle destroyed in 1266. c1280: A new church was consecrated by William II Wickwane the Archbishop of York. 1296: Sheffield was granted a royal charter to hold a weekly market and an annual fair. The first reference to Sheffield's Town Mill appears. 1297: "Robert the Cutler" is recorded in a tax return, the earliest surviving reference to the manufacture of cutlery in Sheffield. 1300–1399 c1387: Geoffrey Chaucer in The Reeve’s Tale from his book The Canterbury Tales gave an early reference to Sheffield and the metal industry for which the town would become famous. 1400–1499 1430: The 1280 parish church was pulled down and replaced with a new building, the core of the present cathedral. c1434: "Barker's Pool", Sheffield's first reservoir, was constructed. Once a month the reservoir gates were opened allowing water to wash the filth from the towns streets (with open sewers along their centres) into the River Don. c1480: The "The hawle at the Poandes" (now the Old Queen's Head public house) was built. 1485: Lady's Bridge was replaced with a new stone-built bridge, still in existence. 1500–1599 c1500: Bishops' House was built. c1510: The fourth Earl of Shrewsbury, George Talbot built the Manor Lodge outside the town. 1520: The Shrewsbury Chapel was added to Sheffield Parish Church. 1530: Cardinal Wolsey, following his arrest, was detained at the Manor Lodge for 18 days. 1537: Beauchief Abbey was dissolved, the estate becoming the property of Sir Nicholas Strelley. 1570: Mary Queen of Scots began her 14-year imprisonment at Sheffield Castle and the Manor Lodge, under the guard of George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury 1584: Shepherd Wheel was passed to the sons of William Beighton in his will. 1600–1699 1621: Carbrook Hall was built. 1624: The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire was formed to oversee the cutlery trade in the town. 1630: Attercliffe Chapel was built. 1638: The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire erect the first Cutlers' Hall. 1642–1651: The English Civil Wars: 1642: The people of Sheffield seized Sheffield Castle for the Parliamentarians 1643: The castle was taken by Royalist forces. 1648: After a long siege the castle was once again taken by Parliamentarian forces, and an Act of Parliament passed for its demolition. 1700–1799 1700: Upper Chapel, the first non-conformist chapel in the city, was built. 1721: St Paul's Church is built as a chapel-of-ease to the parish church. 1736: The first buildings in Paradise Square are constructed. 1740s: Benjamin Huntsman, a clock maker in Handsworth invented a form of the crucible steel process for making a better quality of steel than had previously been available. 1743: Thomas Boulsover, working in Sheffield, invented "Sheffield plate". 1751: River Don Navigation extended to Tinsley. 1756: An Act of Parliament undertakes to turnpike the road south from Sheffield, to Chesterfield and London. c1769: Britannia metal was invented in Sheffield, originally being known as "Vickers white metal". 1771: Paradise Square is completed. 1773: Sheffield was given a silver assay office. c1775: The Duke of Norfolk commissioned plans for a new quarter, to be constructed on Alsop Fields. 1779: John Wesley preached in Paradise Square on 15 July. 1797: Sheffield Royal Infirmary opened. 1800–1899 1805: A new nave was added to the parish church. 1808: The small town hall that had stood near the parish church was replaced with a new building at the corner of Waingate and Castle Street. 1819: Sheffield Canal opened. 1832: A cholera epidemic claimed 402 lives in the town, later commemorated by the Cholera Monument. 1832: Sheffield gained representation in the House of Commons as a Parliamentary Borough 1836: Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Sheffield General Cemetery opened. 1838: A new Cutlers' Hall was built, forming the core of the current building. 1838: The first railway station in Sheffield, Sheffield Wicker station, opened on 31 October as the southern terminus of the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway. 1843: Sheffield was incorporated as a municipal borough. 1848: The Roman Catholic Church of St Marie (later a cathedral) was completed. 1848: The Wicker Arches were constructed. 1848: The parish of Sheffield was subdivided into smaller parishes. 1851: Sheffield Victoria Station opened on 15 September. 1855: Bramall Lane opened as a cricket ground. 1857: Sheffield F.C., the oldest football club in the world among those that have played, or do play, Association football (soccer), was founded. 1858: Sheffield Trades and Labour Council founded as the "Sheffield Association of Organised Trades". 1860: Hallam F.C. was founded. 1864: The Great Sheffield flood devastated large parts of the town, killing 270 people. 1864: By-laws were passed prohibiting the construction of back-to-back housing in the town. 1866: The United Kingdom Alliance of Organised Trades, a forerunner of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), was founded in Sheffield . 1867: The Sheffield Football Association founded 1867: Sheffield Wednesday F.C. was founded. 1870: Midland Main Line extension from Chesterfield to Sheffield opened, with the new terminus at Sheffield Midland station. 1873: The first trams ran in Sheffield. 1878: The first ever floodlit football match was played at Bramall Lane on 14 October. 1885: The Mappin Art Gallery opened. 1889: Sheffield United F.C. was founded. 1893: A Royal Charter granted the municipal borough of Sheffield the style and title of "city". 1897: The University of Sheffield was established. 1897: A new town hall was opened on Pinstone Street, the old building subsequently being used as the county court. 1897: The Lyceum Theatre opened. 1899: Hillsborough Stadium opened. 1900–1999 1913: Stainless steel was invented by Harry Brearley whilst working at the Brown Firth Laboratories in Sheffield. 1914: Sheffield became a diocese of the Church of England, and the parish church became a cathedral. 1919: Sheffield City Council began building council houses, mostly to the north and east of the city centre. 1926: The Labour Party first took control of the city council. 1934: Sheffield City Hall completed. 1934/35: Districts formerly in Derbyshire including Beauchief, Dore, Totley, Norton, and Woodseats were annexed by Sheffield. 1938: St Paul's Church was demolished to make way for an extension to the Town Hall. The extension was never built, and the site subsequently became the Peace Gardens. 1940: The "Sheffield Blitz"—heavy bombing over the nights of 12 December and 15 December led to the loss of over 660 lives, and the destruction of numerous buildings. 1955–1961: Park Hill flats were built. 1955–1962: The Gleadless Valley estate was built. 1965 The University of Sheffield Arts Tower was completed. 1971: The Crucible Theatre opened. 1974: The Local Government Act of 1972 led to the formation of the Metropolitan borough of Sheffield. 1974: Sheffield Parkway was opened. 1977: The "eggbox" extension to the Town Hall was built. 1979: The Royal Hallamshire Hospital opened. 1980: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hallam was created with the Church of St Marie as its Cathedral. 1988: The Sheffield Development Corporation was established. 1989: The Hillsborough disaster—96 Liverpool F.C. fans were crushed to death at Hillsborough Stadium. 1990: The Meadowhall shopping centre opened. 1990: The Don Valley Stadium opened. 1991: Sheffield Arena and Ponds Forge opened. 1991: Sheffield hosted the World Student Games. 1994: The first section of the Sheffield Supertram network was opened. 1997: The Gatecrasher nightclub moved to Sheffield. 1997: The film The Full Monty (set in Sheffield) was released. 2000–present 2001: The Millennium Galleries opened. 2003: The Winter Gardens opened on the site of the 1977 Town Hall extension.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBEj7T7WYM8 who can id the places in this Sensoria video from 1984. One about half way through he is walking in the don valley with a view of Tinsley viaduct behind him. He seems to be walking on a huge 'concrete field' as I called them. Possibly the site of a half demolished Hadfields or somewear nearby? (about 2.45 minets into the video)
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    I used to work with Chris Watson (member of Cabaret Voltaire) many years ago. He's now one of the top sound men in the world, I've noticed his name for instance on nearly every Bill Oddie TV nature programme. He has a web site: http://www.chriswatson.net Here is a picture of Chris when i worked with him.
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    The Church hall was much smaller than this, it's entrance was on Baseldene Rd, looks more like the Vicarage