Unitedite Returns

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    The most fair and noble city of Sheffield situate in the delightful county of Yorkshire [WEST Riding]
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    Railway History in particular Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast, Midland and North Eastern; Coal Mining History; Steel Making and Associated Industries and Pubs; Restaurants and Football. Although I find all history topics to be fascinating, in particular, those about Sheffield, Rotherham and surrounding areas.

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  1. The single story flat roofed building adjoining the Walsh's - Rackham's building used to contain the gent's outfitters Willerbys at the end nearest to Walshs (of which it may have been a franchise) and next-door - Morris's (I think).
  2. The bridge over the Midland Main Line was finally demolished in July 1975. The attached image, taken by me at that time demonstrates the complexity of its construction and the congested nature of its' site.
  3. Some more interesting stuff about freight handling in Sheffield in the 1960's contained within the following British Transport Commission film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_pB7ccAgPE&list=PLOlMfcwKbrLSnWyb-bdYRL8ry7aim4UUP&index=50
  4. Some brief, but tantalising images of the City Goods Depot, in this British Transport Commission film of 1961. I remember, when I was much, much younger, always taking the opportunity to look into the goods yard from the top-deck of the no.93, Woodhouse to Sheffield bus, when it passed up and down Broad Street. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Duoq7esgf5s
  5. So this must have been roughly where the Sheffield Transport bus station buildings subsequently stood?
  6. Quite brilliant. Thank you so very much indeed for posting.
  7. Sorry RL, it was not my intention in anyway to pressurise you! The photographs that you have posted are very interesting indeed and thanks, once again, for all the effort that you have expended.
  8. What fascinating images and thank you for posting. It is difficult to accurately judge the size of the large timber tower, but I must admit, that it has all the appearance of a coking oven, quenching tower. However, there appears to be no sign at all of the coke oven batteries themselves, that would normally be associated with such a structure, and so I would surmise that it must have been used for some other purpose. Perhaps some function similar to that of an electricity station cooling tower, as Lysander has mentioned above? Could be a boiler house alongside, judging from the vapour hanging around the roof. Certainly, it would be nice to know as to what purpose it did serve.
  9. An excellent bit on investigative work, and very interesting. I do know a little about the remaining building structures and I can confirm that, to the best of my knowledge, that they were not connected with the colliery. They were originally erected by the Express Dairy Company, as a milk distribution depot, and were used primarily, in their later years, as a collection point by a number of private, doorstep milk retailers, [bottled milk buyers], operating in that local area. I seem to think that their dairy association finished sometime in the early 1990's and afterwards, were taken over by another, non-dairy related business, although, as to whom they were, and as to what they traded, unfortunately I cannot recall.
  10. Some photographs of former road and rail weighbridges, at Orgreave Coking Plant, all sadly, now long since demolished. 1: Top rail weighbridge, track-lifted 2: Road weighbridge 3: Bottom rail weighbridge
  11. Most of the guys in the image seem to be wearing some sort of respirator device hanging from around their necks, so, I wonder if these are some sort of early, compressed air reservoir?
  12. Deeply saddened by this, the closure of the last working deep-mine in the United Kingdom. Whilst I can sort of understand the concerns that have been expressed, and continue to be expressed about the environmental impact of carbon fuels, I still think that more time, investment, and effort should have been expended in the past, in finding a better means of using our probably still vast deep-coal reserves in a more environmentally friendly manner. I cannot, but wonder, that as so much of our energy requirements are now having to be imported, as either oil, or as natural gas, as to whether, in years to come, that this will be yet another strategic blunder that we come to regret. A little bit like the short-sightedness of those decisions taken in the 1960s and 1970s, involving the closure of certain of our then, extensive railway system.
  13. Hi Pat, I think that you are using the ancestry web-site, the same as I do, because I think I have found your family tree. I am presuming, assuming that it is your site, that as you have an exact date of death for your grandmother, then you must have a certificate of death, which would show her abode at the time of death? That could lead to a likely place of internment and as folks tend to be buried together, you may be able to work backwards from there. The actual burial records kept by the authorities in Sheffield do tend to record ages, job descriptions, etc., and occasionally, parent names.
  14. I do not know as to whether many of you know about this website, and my apologies if you do, but I find this database to be very useful when researching local bus fleets. http://www.buslistsontheweb.co.uk/
  15. Hi Boginspro, I am more than happy for you to share this with others, as you requested. If, by doing so, it leads to responses from others, and it helps to expand our knowledge of the valley, then please share that with us. Incidentally, I did not realise that I had attached the file twice - old age perhaps? Being a Wudhus lad, I too, have something of a fascination with the Shirebrook Valley, and especially, the tantalising bits of evidence of its industrial past, as seemingly, at one time, it must have been a veritable hive of activity with its mines and its forges, and about which, we still seem to know so little. For the same reason, I also have a like fascination with the Shirtcliffe Valley, about which, we seem to know even less. You might also find the following to be of interest - assuming that it has uploaded properly, that is. The Sheffield and Rotherham Independant-The Birley Moor Lower Wheel-VARIOUS.pdf