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  1. Sheffield blitz

    In 1935 ( yes that early) the Home Office asked local authorities to identify suitable premises for first aid, decontamination ( after a gas attack) and air raid shelters. Sheffield was a high risk target and aerial attacks were expected to maim and kill thousands. By 1939 hundreds of suitable sites had been identified and booklets were issued identifying them and their proximity to the bus and tram networks. Many were in shops, churches, schools, converted passageways, trenches and purpose built surface shelters...but none were supposed to replace the supposed safety of home! They were intended for use by those caught outside and unable to get home. There was no typical size. Some were large as in Exchange Street where the Market Hall could accommodate 525 whilst one in Pond Street could squeeze in 10. ( From "Sheffield Armourer to the British Empire", Stewart Dalton, Wharncliffe Publishing, 2004, ISBN 1-903425-13-1) On the nights of the blitz my Mum and Grandma used the shelter in Brushes playing fields, Firth Park...they had little faith in the garden Anderson shelter ( Dad was on duty in the Home Guard and Grandad , a train driver, was stuck in Woodhead tunnel where he was for over a day until it was considered safe to carry on. He was driving a petrol train from Liverpool .Post War I well recall the disused underground shelter at Hartley Brook School...entry into which was strictly forbidden.
  2. Sheffield Castle Redevelopment

    Thanks for that illuminating response....I didn't think SCC was directly involved. The use of 'Elf n safety rules is often the "refuge" of administrations that don't want others involved.
  3. Sheffield Castle Redevelopment

    Remind me who has been responsible for upgrading Manor Lodge...is it Sheffield Council or the not for profit Green Spaces Initiative?
  4. W. H. Parkin & Sons

    It is just an old, redundant, brick -built pile...a reminder of our industrial past...with little to commend it ,architecturally, so far as I can see so I wonder why anyone would wish to see it retained? Did anything really important happen there? Was it occupied by any notable? Perhaps someone could illuminate me as to why anyone should be worried...except the Council through loss of revenue. I may be out of step on this one but the urge to preserve anything old seems to be going too far.
  5. Help Save Bennet Cottage Fulwood

    I personally feel that we should preserve our heritage and old, well preserved buildings, add to our built up environment but, I suppose, not everyone feels the same and our Council has not always been blessed with the wisdom to preserve heritage. I imagine every generation has witnessed the demolition and replacement of buildings and not all were gleefully accepted.
  6. Victoria Hall

    I went to Firth Park Grammar School and during the 1950's, we held our annual "Speech Day" at Victoria Hall. I believe the hall was also used by a few other schools for concerts etc. I attended the odd Sunday service over the years.
  7. Sheffield Castle Redevelopment

    An interesting notion...with Biblical parallels...after all, Man fell from grace ( and started all of his troubles) when, encouraged by Eve he ate of the forbidden fruit of knowledge....and that goes back a few more millennia than the introduction of universal education. I also think you are a little off the mark with your assertions about drugs misuse. Drugs were widely available until the end of WW1being unregulated ,with many household remedies containing opiates...such as "Laudanum". Drugs could be bought across the counter from barbers and all manner of traders. The1868 Pharmacy Act began regulation, limiting sales to pharmacists and druggists: drug addicts/users included Bramwell Bronte, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens and John Keats...Even Queen Victoria is said to have used a tincture of marijuana to ease her period pain. Post WW1, with soldiers returning home, some of whom had used drugs whilst abroad, was the reason to begin strict regulation now that the adverse affects of addiction had become clear. Several doctors in 1960's Britain overprescribed drugs...many of which came into the drugs misuse system....but did not cause it! I think drug/substance misuse has many causes...universal education being the least of them. Not much of the above has anything to do with Sheffield Castle...but without education how many would know it ever existed or how it came to be destroyed, I wonder?
  8. Sheffield Castle Redevelopment

    The only problem with that is Templeborough is in Rotherham...( see Wikepedia.org/wiki/Templeborough) The term "industrial revolution" recognises the change from cottage style production methods , with its emphasis on small scale production, to mass production in factories designed for the purpose...Of course, at the time, people didn't generally recognise that it was a "revolution" ,just as those in the Dark Ages didn't go around saying, "We are in the Dark Ages". They are terms of convenience used by historians...as are "Stone age", Bronze age" etc. to describe large changes in society/economics/finance/discoveries etc ( the creation of the Bank of England in 1694 was an important factor in enabling the "revolution" ,as was the "Agrarian Revolution"( Turnip Townsend et als) which allowed for greater production of foodstuffs to feed the emerging industrial cities with its vast demands for labour . Are we living in the "electronics revolution" ,one wonders, or is there another term which encompasses the MASSIVE changes we have had since 1945?
  9. Dunkirk-Sheffield Royal Engineers

    The memorial is still in the Anglican Cathedral.
  10. Cambridge Arcade

    Stewart and Stewart were on Pinstone Street ... near the now disused Salvation Army Citadel.
  11. Sheffield Castle Redevelopment

    As a sometime history lecturer I remember how difficult it was convincing some students that Sheffield really did have some history...especially from those coming from Doncaster with its Roman beginnings.
  12. Dunkirk

    Local lad, the late Albert Winter, sometime President of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, in his book, " Behind the Wire", wrote of his experiences in the retreat and evacuation from Dunkirk...If you can get a copy it's well worth reading. Propagator Press, 2005, ISBN 86029 804 4
  13. Sheffield Castle Redevelopment

    I should think an archaeological dig will expose some features which, hopefully, will be preserved and probably surrounded by grass or gravel borders. the local press carried the usual comments column with much criticism...mind you, the usual suspects are critical of anything SCC proposes. Personally, I hope it comes off...but at my age it's as likely as my seeing HS2!
  14. Thornseat Lodge

    I am impressed by the wealth our Sheffield industrialist forebears created and wonder if there are any similar characters around these days? I know we have several very wealthy individuals but are any of them sufficiently interested in the City to be as philanthropic as the Jessop who gave us the Maternity Hospital?
  15. Dunkirk

    There were some 700 small boats used in the evacuation and they rescued just 5% of those who made it back to the UK. The vast majority of those on the beach were evacuated by RN vessels and by other large ships requisitioned by the Admiralty....These added up to a total of 220 ships .Of the major naval vessels involved 6 RN destroyers and 3 French destroyers were sunk as well as 9 requisitioned large vessels. Total losses of all types amounted to 243 vessels. The RAF shot down well over 200 Luftwaffe aircraft for the loss of just over 100 of their own*. They fought inland , aiming to stop the Luftwaffe before they could reach the beaches.( as , indeed during the Battle of Britain they attempted to stop the Luftwaffe before they could reach their target) The Spitfire could fire for just 17 seconds before its ammunition was expended... so tales of pilots shooting down several aircraft in one sortie are perhaps a little far fetched or the pilot was lucky. The sea conditions were generally good and soldiers queueing on the Mole were not affected on embarkation by tidal conditions. Had all the ships been sunk then we never would have rescued the 338,000 we did and RAF claims have been disputed by some authorities.