History dude

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  1. I would put it down to the end of the baby boom generation no longer into toys and things for kids, being all teenagers. Look at the growth of record shops in the late 70's and 80's in Sheffield, just as people like myself were teenagers.
  2. You might recall that I told you all about the Deer Park wall that used to run down the side of some gardens on Queen Mary Road. It was part of a phase in the original Sheffield Park and is mentioned in an old document in Sheffield Archives for 1680's. I used to live in one of the Boot Houses that fronted on to this wall. Before the estate was demolished I wrote to the Council about the wall and how important it was. I got a reply back and they said they would give specific instructions for it not to be touched. So I was pleased to have saved this bit of history. I knew about the Prince Edward School extension, but with that letter from the Council I assumed they would not touch it. After the demolition of the houses I went and had a look and although some people had pinched stones for gardens from a damaged section, they couldn't from the upper section has it had the entire Woodthorpe field behind it and would have fallen on them. So it had not been touched by the demolition people. However I went past the area today. And the new school extension has not only invaded onto the Woodthorpe field, the best bit of the wall has vanished either under tons of earth or rubbed out completely in the play area construction. There's a public footpath that runs over what's left of the wall, which is only the damaged section. This is clear proof of what a bunch of vandals Sheffield Council are. I have lost a great deal of respect for the Council. I'm also ashamed that I was a former pupil of Prince Edward School. I hope the entire building falls down the 100 foot mine shaft they built over too. Fine way to treat Sheffield's heritage. By the way kids when you grow up just vandalise everywhere you live by working for Sheffield Council. We've already done it so us teachers can park our cars here and you kids can play football. The picture below shows what it looked like when it was a garden wall.
  3. If you use to use Family Tree Maker with Ancestry then it's been announced the tree sync no longer functions with old versions of the software. You can buy a new software package now that will sync with Ancestry. But it is not backwards compatible.
  4. I forgot to mention the model plane kits by Airfix and others probably in the near the centre of the first floor. On the basement floor didn't they have the bikes? I think one of the upper floors had baby stuff such as prams etc, though I don't recall going up there! They also sold Playcraft model trains.
  5. I remember this shop very well. It was right next to the bus stops so it was a very busy place. The top part was a newspaper and magazines shop, which also had sweets and chocolate. Mr Barnard was a good man, but most people will remember Joyce better. There was slight drop in floor level to the toy shop the next building below. There had a lot of Matchbox, Corgi and Dinky toy cars. Loads of Airfix model plane kits, the bigger ones were at the back. Dolls for the girls, and bows and arrows and other assorted toys. Come November time the front case near the till in the toy shop, would be fill with Standard fireworks. Above the toy shop, was a Ladies Hairdresser. My mum would go there to have her hair done. You had to go via the toy shop and go to the back where you went up stairs. If I was off school I would often go with my mum to the hairdressers, not to have my hair cut. But since the toy shop was there, I could nag her into buying some cars or an Airfix kit! What use to fascinate me most was loads of dark brown shelves on a landing as you turned to go upstairs to the hairdressers. For they were filled with Triang, plus Hornby Dublo model railway stuff. They had clearly been left there from the late 50's and 60's and forgot about by Barnard's people. I use to sit on the stairs and look at them! Eventually my mum asked Mr Barnard what he was going to do with them. So eventually he was persuaded to sell them. I didn't get them all. But I got a great deal of them. There were tracks, some third rail tracks. All mint condition in brand new boxes. There was an American none powered trailer car, Hornby dublo Tender D12, plate layers huts, Triang platforms and steps and loads more. He took them all off the shelves and dumped them in a big cardboard box, in a back room. I then bought some of them, well my mum did! I don't know what he did with the rest. I gave most of them away to a friend, when I lost interest in model railways. At that time I didn't realise how valuable they were, otherwise I wouldn't have done it.
  6. There was clearly one where Pinfold Street is now. Pinfolds were used to keep stray farm animals in. If the person whose owner was careless to leave a gate open, the local Pinder would knab them and taken them to the Pinfold. Presumably you would have to pay to have them released. Anyone with the name Pinder or Pindar clearly had an ancestor whose job it was to do that. As you can imagine they were not popular people, like traffic wardens today!
  7. Is that building the same as the Herdings community centre? And are we looking at it from the slope that leads down to the supertram crossing point?
  8. Has it always been a pub? It looks a bit isolated and rather a big building for a public house. Was it a horse drawn coach stop for example.
  9. Two Skelton graves from Gleadless Church that might interest you
  10. It might be just a left over piece of land that nobody wanted to build on. I have not come across any Pinfolds in Sheffield Park, since all the land belong to the Duke and his decedents, it's highly unlikely they were needed. Besides by the time when then bit of land came about, the area had a high rich person content. And they would have objected to any kind of enclosure for smelly animals!
  11. The carden shaft would shear a lot apparently, one sheared that baldly that it ruptured the fuel tank causing a fire, while it was in a tunnel! The resulting fire was really intense.
  12. Diesel Multiple Units built by Cravens. Class 106 introduced 1956. Motor Brake Second Class 105 - 1957 - M.B.S. Class 105/2 - 1957 Class 105/1 - 1957. & 1958 Motor Composite Class 105/2 1959 Motor Brake Second Class 141 1956 & 1958 Driving Trailer Composite
  13. I never knew that the Falcon class 53 was in the Sheffield area! It was built by Brush and remained in their property while undergoing "trials" with British Rail. It was faster than the 47 as it had a top speed of 100 as apposed to their 95. Though some were later modified to give them that speed. My 1975 edition of Ian Allan's, British Railways Diesel Locomotives shows a picture of it with a headcode of 9F61. Since the "9" shows that is was hauling a freight train that had no breaks, I doubt it would be doing 100 mph! So it has gone down since it's days of hauling the Master Cutler!
  14. I worked there a few months during the time of Diana Spencer's death. They were at that point only making Greetings Cards etc, for Marks And Spencer. They had some MASSIVE offset litho 4 colour printing machines. These were extremely noisy. Working conditions were very bad. They couldn't keep staff. People worked shifts from 6 am to 3pm. They were allowed a ten to 15 minute meal break and that's all. And in a paper factory, were bits of paper were getting cut up all the time, the Management would not spend cash on a basic shovel! They were like gold dust there! That old building above the roof would leak a lot! Bad news in a factory that has paper in it.
  15. Merry Christmas and a happy new year