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  1. Cross Daggers pub in Coal Aston serve hash Friday night. It must be popular you should see the cars parked outside every Friday night.
  2. A group of us 15 year olds used to go to a "Temperance Tavern" near the Abbeydale Cinema for a pint of Sarsaparilla. The owner claimed he brewed it himself. It was dispensed from a hand pump like those used to dispense beer into pint glasses. I think the shop front still has "Temperance Tavern" on the front below the shop window.
  3. According to Sharrow Cycling Club records Osbert Skinner's address in 1910 was "24 The Moor". Whilst Osbert beat J.G. Shaw's first 100 Sharrow record by 8 minutes a week after Shaw had set it up the future would be Shaw's. Perhaps it was his 1911 accident on Baslow hill that ended his cycling career? From 1911 racing success was in the hands of J.G. Shaw, J. Crookes and A.C. Baynes (Stainless Stephen). Shaw was to be hailed as "Sheffield's Greatest Long Distance Cyclist" by The Sheffield Telegraph. Shaw's 24 hour record would stand into the 1940's. In the Sharrow 1914 - 18 Roll of honour there may be a misprint because it records "G. Skinner Royal Flying Corps" From the above I assume it should be O. Skinner.
  4. Thanks for reminding me It was The Buccaneer Bar. One of my mates called it a "Pervert's Paradise" and claimed you feel a girl up and get away with it because it was so crowded!
  5. I only went in a couple of times but friends tell me that many customers would leave the Stonehouse with their gasses in their hand and cross Leopold street to go into the rather rowdy bar that was under the Grand Hotel. I can't remember its name but it was so crowded you struggled to get to the bar and had to wait to get served.
  6. I am shocked to hear that Bardwells has finally closed. As a boy back in the 1950's I used to buy parts to make old crystal radio receivers from a stall in the market. The stall owner was a Mr Bardwell. After serving an electrical apprenticeship I found that he now had a shop on Sellars Street, later on they moved to Abbeydale Road. For years whenever I went there it was full of customers. If you needed a small component to repair a machine the first port of call was Bardwells as it saved having to wait whilst the required component was mailed to you and arriving a few days later. Some of the firms I worked for even had accounts with Bardwells so you could just provide a signature. However recently when I went in to get something I was amazed to see how empty the shop was. I suspect that in the modern era those interested in electronics would be dealing with computers and no longer be making up their own electronics boards. Sad to hear of our loss
  7. There was series on TV some years ago called "When Yorkshire men made films" They showed Mottershaw's news films of the Russian Japanese war of the early 1900's as well as one on Charlie Peace if I remember correctly. The other film maker in the series was the Holmfirth company that is better known for the saucy sea side postcards. Attached is a photo of Grandfather's camera labelled "Sheffield Photo Company 1900" for your interest. I have already posted digitised pictures of his glass slides that relate to Sheffield.
  8. My Uncle, a racing cyclist, was winning medals in 1928 but died in 1930 of TB. Fortunately no other members of the family caught it. There was no real cure for TB until penicillin came along. I understand Uncle gave up his job and bought a horse and cart and became a trader so he could live in the fresh air all the time as someone had suggested that it would help him and may even be a cure.
  9. I don't think it will do anything today. The Sheffield electricity system has changed a lot over the years. As an apprentice electrician in a steelworks, early 1960's, we had one area that was supplied with 2 phase electricity until the YEB notified the company that they would stop generating this type of supply at Blackburn Meadows. We had to replace or rewind all the motors on the machines and all the switch gear to use the more common 3 phase system of supply. This type of problem occurred because every town and city originally had their own power station so they could adopt their own supply voltage. I remember in the 1950's Sheffield domestic supply was 200 volts and was then changed to the national 240 volt supply. Every house had their lamps changed and any electric heaters we had were fitted with new elements by the YEB to enable the change. However Laycock Engineering, Archer Road factory never changed from 200 / 360 volt as they had their own sub station and would have to pay for the machine conversions themselves!
  10. Are you sure about this? I think my Auntie, Miss N.L.E. (Betty) Buckle was headmistress at Woodseats School before this date. When my mother was in hospital around 1950 I attended Woodseats for a short while, I am fairly sure she was in charge at that time. Later on she moved to Sharrow Lane as head mistress there.
  11. What we are really looking for is who owned the company for the first years of its life. We already knew who owned it for the last 3 1/2 Years from the web sites given above.
  12. Sorry I don't have a closure date, but I used to go to National Scrap Metals on the same industrial estate to repair their metal sampling furnace. Renishaw Ironworks looked to have 2 cupola furnaces that would be used for making cast iron castings. I think it had British Steel Corporation on the sign. It closed about the same time as National Scrap Metals was bought out by ELG Haniel, a German company.
  13. The Sharrow CC has many of these pictures in the two 19th century photograph albums. Some of the pictures are on "Picture Sheffield" due to the albums having been stolen for a time, the thief let them copy them before he put the albums in an auction. Fortunately the club was told about them being in the auction and recovered them. Therefore the club would not want to purchase them as we have the originals without the 2 black marks across these pictures.
  14. A couple of minor details in the above posts. Sanderson Bros & Neubould was Sanderson Bros & Newbould, Newhall Road when I started work there. Later it became Sanderson Keyser after buying out Keyser Ellison. I don't know about swords and bayonets but in the 1960's they made bullet proof plate then machined it into the shapes specified by Daimler F. V. (fighting vehicles). When the M.D. was Master Cutler there was a display of armoured scout cars and tracked personnel carriers for the Master Cutlers Visit. When the army came to take them back the soldiers were giving office girls rides around the yard! Footprint tools work on Hollis Croft. The company was Thomas Ellin if I remember correctly on my pipe grips. Not Ellis.
  15. Coal Aston Airport is still there and is used by light aircraft weekend fliers. There is even an old Tiger Moth that flies over my house towards the landing strip. It is right on the top above the road leading to Apperknowle, In fact Apperknowle would be a better description of the site than Coal Aston. A friend was considering removing a tree in his garden a couple of years ago but was asked not to because the pilots used it as an aid to finding the grass landing strip. See attached picture.