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  2. I remember the landlady. She was still there in the mid to late 70s. Blonde hair, can't remember her name. She was replaced by a new landlord called Geoff, whose surname I forget also. Probably around '77ish.
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  4. "Jotter" was Walter Hayward Young (middle name probably originally Henry, Hayward was an affectation), born in 1868 the son of a Birmingham copper plate engraver. As well as painting performed humourous songs that he had written. In 1891 he opened a studio in Dundee. He traded in Sheffield as Young Brothers ("Ltd" from 1898) with premises at Norfolk Chambers, Norfolk Row. They were artists, engravers, designers, printers, lithographers, stationers, bookbinders, booksellers, publishers etc. The other two brothers were Percy and Bertram Young. He made his debut in variety at the Empire Theatre in March 1896, sketching on stage with songs and commentary thrown in. Walter died in Osterley, London aged 52 in 1920.
  5. I know there’s a thread on the forum about William Flockton Architect but I’m trying to find an image or drawing of William so if anyone has one I would be grateful for a copy.
  6. Edward Barker famous as the inventor of Barker's Markers at crossings !
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  8. I remember it well. I went to Firth Park Grammar school. The Eastern end of Longley was used for our playing fields. Occasionally,in Summer, we would go through the fence and have Art lessons at the pool.
  9. My grandfather, a Sheffield lad, joined the police straight after WW2, but back then you couldn't join your home force, so he had to join Derbyshire and was posted in Dronfield. He later transferred to Rotherham police and then Sheffield police, before finally both forces combined, and later became SY police. He retired from SY Police in 1976 as a Chief Superintendent. During this time he was an Inspector in charge of prosecutions at the old Town Hall court house on Waingate, When he retired The Star ran an article where the Sheffield magistrates thanked hi for his service and for not taking a single day off sick in his 30yrs service. I have his Sheffield, Rotherham and SY Police cap badges, wooden truncheon and tunic. I also have his internal police brochure celebrating the opening of Snig Hill police station (1974?0 and inviting senior ranks to its open day.
  10. I remember the Sheffield Gale very clearly. Our house was on Bower Rd, Walkley, and I was awakened in the night by the house shaking as the gusts hit it. The next day I caught the No12 Circular bus to school from Crookesmoor Rd to Nether Edge, and the roads were littered with broken slates and the occasional brick. Many houses had lost chimney stacks and every so often you'd see whole roofs slateless.
  11. I used to go there to repair machines. If I remember correctly originally it was at Templeborough just before the Rotherham boundary then they moved to factory on the industrial estate near the bottom of Wincobank hill. By that time the majority of their work was making wheelbraces for garages and single ones for Vauxhall / general motors and V.W. However Vauxhall / general motors kept forcing down the price they paid. I was told that the contract originally was for 70 pence per spanner but the constant demand to reduce prices general motors forced the price down to 40 pence. In trying to reduce cost to stay in business they lost the V.W. contract by reducing the quality of the ones sent to VW. Then because the general motors ones did not pay at 40p they went bust. The induction heater and forging press was sold to India.
  12. Have a look at Graces Guide here: https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Sheffield_Steel_Products They went into Administration in May 1998 and limped along until a liquidator was appointed in January 2005. The final meeting of the liquidation process was held in April 2007: Final Meetings SHEFFIELD STEEL PRODUCTS LIMITED (Company Number 03583879) Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 106 of the Insolvency Act 1986, that the Final Meetings of Members and Creditors of the above-named Company will be held at The P&A Partnership, 93 Queen Street, Sheffield S1 1WF, on 17 April 2007, at 11.00 am and 11.15 am, to receive an account showing how the winding-up of the Company has been conducted and the property of the Company disposed of, and to hear any explanation that may be given by the Liquidator. A Member or Creditor entitled to vote at the above Meetings may appoint a proxy to attend in his place. It is not necessary for the proxy to be a Member or Creditor. Proxy forms must be returned to the offices of The P&A Partnership, 93 Queen Street, Sheffield S1 1WF, not later than 12.00 noon on the last working day before the Meeting. P A Revill, Joint Liquidator 6 March 2007.
  13. Back in the early postwar years my father worked for a company by the name of Sheffield Steel Products (SSP) Can anyone tell me if this company is still in existence today, or what became of it?
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  15. Dear Admin... As you like editing my posts so much, please remove ALL my other posts from this forum. I also revoke all rights you have to use any writen or photographic material contributed my myself. If youw ant to censor my posts, then you will not benefit from ANY of my posts. GOODBYE!
  16. Just before the Sheffield gale. My house on Helen Terrace is still intact. The house we moved to after the gale, which destroyed the roof of Helen Terrace, was Pye Bank Close, which is not finished. The gale was February 1962.
  17. And again Sunday April 19th 2020 --------- http://www.mikehigginbottominterestingtimes.co.uk/?p=6022
  18. The reference to "uninhabited moors" may well be connected to the former mines on the south side of the Porter Valley up near Ringinglow. As for the mines in the city centre, I was told that when the builders were digging the foundations for Chesham House on Charter Row, they found coal and had to apply for a licence to extract it.
  19. With regard to the name “ Cambridge Street” I would love to see the old street names re-instated with their original spellings.
  20. The answer is that Coalpit lane was changed to Cambridge street in 1863 although there had been mutterings about changing it for some years previously. Some relevant correspondence from the newspapers is below. It appears that all the owners of property in the lane (apart from a handful who could not be contacted) were in favour of changing the name, as it gave a poor impression of their business's to outsiders. Robert Eadon Leader (historian and publisher of the Independent) was against the change and suggested changing the name to Coalpit street as a compromise. What also comes out of the correspondence is that although the laying of the Crimea Monument foundation stone by the Duke of Cambridge on 21st October 1857 triggered the requests for a name change, the monument was only completed six years later, in October 1863. Note how quickly the change in name was taken up by residents, some later street name changes took years for acceptance.
  21. https://www.freereg.org.uk/ for parish register data ; still a work in progress
  22. Childrens Homes Register, Fir Vale 27 Oct 1894 - 8 Nov 1902 Children's Homes at Sheffield Union Workhouse - the http://www.sheffieldindexers.com/ have started transcribing the admission registers for these homes. You can find them under the school records part of the site. It is easier to put *Fir Vale* in the District box and it will bring up an alphabetical list of those they have transcribed. The registers in their original form are very difficult to read and are kept at Sheffield Archives, so it has been a difficult job for the transcribers who have worked so hard on them. A big thank you to the transcribers. The Hospital Charity shop has a book on sale about the Scattered Homes. The shop is based just inside the Huntsman Entrance at the Northern General Hospital.
  23. The current building seems to have been built in 1880 by the Smith Bros, ivory dealers, and from the outset was called the Albert Works. The Smiths originally had the ground floor and rented the rest out to the Brook Brothers who were silver platers. The Smith Brothers partnership had been dissolved in 1864 (Thomas and Ann, his sister in law, Ivory, Pearl and Tortoise-shell Cutters and Dealers based at the Washington Works). The Smith Brothers ivory dealing business continued at the Washington Works until late 1880 when they moved into their newly built premises on Cambridge Street. Just over a year later it suffered from a fire, The Independent referred to the premises as the Albert Works while mysteriously the Telegraph called them the Helmet Works. So was the inscribed keystone re-used from the building that was on the plot previously - Edward Linley, Sheep Shear Manufacturer? See the 1884 newspaper article below. John Linley, Master Cutler in 1797 was a scissorsmith based at Spring Street, so possibly can be eliminated. An advert for the sale of Linley's premises in 1857. It appears that the Smith Brothers of Washington Works bought the premises, as in April 1859 they advertised that "TO LET and may be entered upon on and after the 26th day of April next, the PREMISES situated on Coalpit-lane now in the occupation of Mr Edward Linley, Sheep Shear Manufacturer - For further Particulars inquire of SMITH BROTHERS, Washington Works" : A letter possibly written by William Topham, who made the sketches of old Coal Pit Lane: Edward Linley died aged 65 at St Mary's Road on 2nd December 1879. The Linley family were at Coalpit Lane in 1841:
  24. Had a look at this yesterday and it's still there surrounded by all the demolition and building going on around it. Any further thoughts/information?
  25. Hello this mark below, on a fork, may be a bit clearer than “rob123’s” image. The advert in that initial post shows a figural trademark of a “screw” but there is reference elsewhere to trademarks “The El Dorado” and “The Invicta”. These may be marks from a period later than the ad. Below are photos of some “Invicta” items mentioned on the ad and there appear to be plenty of the “daggers” and razors around. In researching I found that a simple “EMD” mark on some electroplated spoons had been attributed to “E.M.Dickinson”. A bit of a leap of faith I thought. However there was the “S” to suggest manufacture in Sheffield, and it is also a fact that Dickinson had an official “E.M.D” silversmith’s mark registered with the Sheffield silversmith’s Guild. I still had a bit of doubt and then I found the next image. What do I know about EP marks? These last marks were on a teapot, and although gothic, they look like E.M.D.S. And we know who uses “Invicta”. Kalfred Ps. Dickinsons may well have been a respected company as I found images of apparent “White Star Shipping Line” cutlery carrying a similar mark to the one on “rob123’s” item. Interestingly from 1916 the company’s catalogue was mentioned in a USA government report in connection with trade with Bolivia and Chile. I did not read the entire publication but possibly the idea it contained was why did the 2 South American countries trade with “England” and not the USA.
  26. Here's an advert for the sale of the bears in 1859, but it's not clear whether they were sold, they may well have remained into the 1860's. There's no report of anyone ever being killed or even mauled by the bears, which I would have thought would have been newsworthy - possibly an urban myth?
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