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. 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.
  2. I am really sorry to hear about Rosamund, as I spoke to her and corresponded with her some years ago. In fact, she was the only source from which I could obtain a copy of her book, which has you state, is now quite hard to come by. She did have quite an extensive archive, much of which never made it into publication, but I have no real idea as to what became of that. I do know that she did sell off some of the less specific stuff, trade directories, etc., (I bought an 1840s trade directory from her myself), but I would imagine that she either retained the specific stuff, or perhaps donated it to some trust worthy depository. My own family history research revealed that my Great-Great Grandfather, George Dannatt [1824 - 1891], a scythe-grinder moved from Belton, Lincolnshire to Hackenthorpe, and it seems probable though not certain that he would have worked at the Staniforth Works. He and his family variously lived on Occupation Lane and Main Street and most of his grand-children were baptised at Hackenthorpe Church.
  3. I see that the house adjoining the works, on Beighton Road is presently up for sale at ~£400,000. Offered by Blundells. Described as "Grade II listed five bedroom detached residence. Dating back to around 1700, this Georgian built property was extended around 1750. The bays were added around Victorian times. The property for over 200 years was owned by the Staniforth Family, who were local scythe manufacturers. Greenside is the oldest property in Hackenthorpe and is steeped in history and period features. Deceptively spacious throughout, standing in approximately a 1/3 of an acre of cottage style gardens. There is a further walled garden, where the wall is also Grade II listed." Read more at http://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/37783046#OIYrrSXFFLhB0zmo.99 There is also an excellent book written about the Staniforth family a few years back - I suppose though that you know about this.
  4. There used to be a marvellous innovation called the 'air ferry' operated by British United Air Ferries out of Southampton airport. You loaded your car onto the aeroplane, generally, a twin-engine Bristol B170 Freighter Mk 32, by way of a front loading ramp, and off you went. G-AMWE, construction number 13132, at Southampton, in 1965 below. Leased by Silver City Airways from The Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited on 11/06/1953 Purchased by Silver City Airways on 30/08/1957 Transferred to British United Air Ferries Limited on 01/01/1963 Withdrawn from use at Lydd Airport, Ashford, Kent, in December 1965 and broken up in April 1967
  5. Just looking through my rather scanty notes on Renishaw Ironworks, I find that I have the details of two of the other locomotives that worked the internal railway network. Renishaw Ironworks No.1, Hudswell Clarke, works no.1691, of 1937, an 0-4-0, outside cylindered saddle-tank Renishaw Ironworks No.3, Hudswell Clarke, works no.1341, of 1918, an 0-4-0, outside cylindered saddle-tank
  6. I seem to recall that within the companies that I worked for that 'formal' business attire was the accepted norm well into the mid-1980s. 'Smart casual' was permitted on a Friday, but it had to be 'very smart casual' and jeans, trainers, tee-shirts, being tie-less, etc., were still prohibited even then. On warm days, you still had to ask for permission to remove your jacket.
  7. Renishaw Ironworks certainly did become part of the British Steel Corporation, as I clearly recall the 'B.S.C. Renishaw' notice board when I used to drive through the village, and closure in 1999, seems about right to me. The internal railway network was connected to the North Midland Railway line by way of an under-track bridge beneath the G.C.R. railway station platforms and a restricted clearance, under road-bridge, the parapets of which still exist, along with its adjoining cutting. It also seems to have connected with the G.C.R. mainline to Staveley. It probably also, at one time connected to the adjoining Chesterfield Canal which ran along the back of the property, and I do remember the public right of way, which passed from the canal path back onto the main, Eckington to Barlborough highway, and which passed through parts of the iron-works. One of the locomotives which formerly worked the internal railway network, Renishaw Ironworks No.6, Hudswell Clarke, works no.1366, of 1919, is now preserved at Tanfield, County Durham. I also recall that there might have once been a colliery, sandwiched between the ironworks and the adjoining G.C.R. railway line, and certainly, until the late 1980's there still existed on that site, a dewatering shaft, with pump-house, probably for the nearby N.C.B. Renishaw Park Colliery. There might still exist, (at least it did until recently), a chute from that site, down onto the canal-side, which was presumably used for loading coal.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. So this must have been roughly where the Sheffield Transport bus station buildings subsequently stood?
  13. Quite brilliant. Thank you so very much indeed for posting.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.