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  3. Thanks for that information , I will keep an eye out for one of them, it looks like a handy size for many things, I like a big knife in the garden. I should have added above that I have been told that the dryness of central heating is not good for the wooden handles but if well oiled it should be OK, I think it is more a problem of contraction and expansion due to moisture content changing.
  4. It is the same size as other Joseph Rogers hunting knifes I have seen on the internet. The only difference is it has a wooden handle and they had horn handles. Also I took it to the Antiques Roadshow, the lady who looked at it was trying to find a colleague how was particularly interested in "penknives"but he was not available. We discussed the size of the knife, and she agreed that it was two big for a pen/pocket knife and that it could be a hunting knife.
  5. This is my way and roughly what my uncles did, they were all in the cutlery trade. You need to wash the knife as needed but dry it off quickly and thoroughly and don't soak the handle or leave the blade to start rusting. Don't leave the knife in sunlight. Keep the knife oiled, any good wood oil for the handle, though I use olive oil. For the blade I use light machine oil but anything that stops rust is OK, you don;t want to ever need to scour the blade. Nice knife I think you asked for information about this knife previously, where did you get the information that it is a hunting knife please?
  6. How do I look after this Joseph Rogers Hunting Knife. It is 5.75" (14.8 cm) long when closed, and 10.75" (27.4 cm) long when opened. I would like to know how to look after the wooden handle and blade?
  7. It has me baffled why a pub in Sheffield would be called the California Tap, was it a nickname like The Cuckoo and if so why? Or perhaps an owner moved to California in the fashion that I believe North America Farm got it's name. Ideas / guesses anyone please? Even Horse and Garter seems a bit unusual to me, I can't think of another one.
  8. Reminds me of a chemistry lesson once. The kid next to me was being a real t**t and wouldn't leave my watch alone so i stabbed him in the back of his hand with my blunt pencil. i got away with it but the t**t was sent off to A&E with suspected lead poisoning (spot the glaring error from our illustrious tutor)
  9. Boring Chemistry lesson in the labs of a top Sheffield Grammar School in the early 60s. Schoolmate decides to poke the sharp end of his compass in a power point. Bang and flash and mate hurled backwards off his stool and onto the floor. Teacher comes over, picks him up and immediately sends him to fetch the cane. Mate staggers off, still in shock, fetches cane and gets 6 of the best in the corridor. Ah, those were the days! Mind you, as far as I know, he never stuck his compass in a power point again !
  10. Well I'll start... At a friend's we once made 'elderberry wine' - ie elderberries mashed up in water. I was the idiot who drank it and had to clean the crimson vomit up for two days (raw elderberry being poisonous). Then there was the time I tried to clean out a nearly empty vodka bottle by dropping a match in it to burn off the vodka. I wasn't quick enough, and with an understated 'FOOM' from the bottle, toasted a couple of fingers - one of which is still numb nearly 40 years later
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  12. Try SH Google custom search, and put "California Tap" with the inverted commas in the search box. https://cse.google.co.uk/cse?cx=partner-pub-3209186142524727%3A3018540469&ie
  13. No wonder I couldn't find it, I spelt Lady's bridge different I know but that's how it was spelt in a directory. I like using original spellings.
  14. In the directories below it is just listed as the Horse and Garter with different addresses in the same area. . 1825 Gell's - Crownshaw Thomas, victualler, Horse and Garter, 34, Water 1ane. 1833 White's - Lowe Isaac, Horse and Garter beer house, 54, Bridge street 1852 White's - "Whitaker Wm. vict. Horse and Garter, 32 Bridge street 1856 White's - "Whitaker Mary Ann, vict. Horse and Garter, 32 Bridge street"
  15. And this topic. "Tenancy agreement TT/128/13 31 Jan 1855 Contents: The Trustees, as landlords, to William Whitmarsh, of Sheffield, common brewer, tenant. A beerhouse called 'The California Tap' near Lady's Bridge, late the property of Andrew Ingleson, decd. From year to year. Rent of £8 15s. per quarter. Memorandum that Mary Ann Whitaker, widow, took the tenancy on 12 July 1856."
  16. RichardB has it here -------- https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/9463-1847-pubs/?tab=comments#comment-72282 ----------- Horse and Garter/California Tap 32 Bridge Street 1833. Issac Lowe
  17. I've just written an article on William & Lydia Vance, who lived on Clarkehouse Road in 1879, I was given great help from Edmund on this subject, anyway in the information he sent me, it mentions Andrew Ingelson who I quote"He was also the owner of the California Tap public House near Ladies Bridge, though probably not the licensee. Andrew died on 28th May 1854 at Nelson Place leaving quite a fortune - possibly £9,000. His daughter Mary (dob 25th Jan 1813) on 4th February 1836 married James Butler, a merchant". I cant find any mention of this pub anywhere, Andrew Ingelson was a tobacco manufacturer and sold cigars and tobacco from his shop at 21 Waingate.
  18. Hi southside. JOHN still has his Traction Engine there, he also has some Vintage Cars he takes to shows as well. Everyone knows him around the area, and if he's about, is more than happy to chat about the Engine, it's brilliant to see it all fired up. There are some old photo's of that property on Picture Sheffield, as well as some other views of Norton Lees Road which are pretty interesting.
  19. Another couple of good ones: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sheffield-Forge-Dam-Shows-Numbered-Rowing-Boats-RPPC-P-M-Sheffield-1937-Bamforth/333271590710?hash=item4d9888e736:g:JuQAAOSwBlBdMhMx https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sheffield-Boating-Pond-Whiteley-Woods-Real-Photograph-Postcard-P-M-1932-Bamforth/333271589199?hash=item4d9888e14f:g:DZUAAOSwOPxdMhJ7
  20. Hi Steve, Sounds like a non-slip sanitation inspection cover which often had 'starfish' patterns for grip. I have seen William Bush on such items but it's not a very common name on Sheffield features.
  21. In the late 60s my soon to be wife lived a couple of houses up from Wright's off licence on the corner of Norton Lee's Rd, remember calling in on many an occasion for the wife's aunt! usually with an empty sherry bottle for a refill from the small casks of sherry kept on the countertop. Mrs Wright (Sheila) would ask do you want cream or cooking sherry? needless to say we were under orders to get the cheapest. (don't think the wife's aunt used it all for cooking though) Also remember a workshop type building with big green doors a little way up Norton Lee's Rd on the right hand side, where a guy kept his traction engine, you'd hear it chugging up and down the hill on the odd occasions he took it out for a spin.
  22. Sorry no photo. Today at Heeley City Farm Repair Cafe I was talking with SH member andy1702, along came a local lady who asked if Calvin or himself would have any information regarding a named oblong (star pattern) drain cover that she had found within the area of her property in Heeley. There did not seem to be any info regarding a "Wm Bush" in their book Drainspotting, or in this topic, so I had a look through the directories. Bush Wm. mason and bricklayer, 47 Radford Place, White's directory, 1879. Bush Wm. & Sons Ltd. builders, 97 Gell Street, Kelly's directory, 1925.
  23. Hi Folks, This post is now available as a podcast, if that is your kind of thing! Link to listen here - http://smarturl.it/MyLifeInTheMosh Here are Ray and The Push in Mr. Kite's Wine Bar, photo by Pete Hill. Thanks Dodger
  24. The Sheffield Newspapers available on line stop at 1950, so there's plenty of information on the preparations, but nothing when the Festival was underway. Here's the 1939 Census with many of the people still in the area.
  25. Hello nosy nellie , a bit off topic but here goes anyway. your gran would probably have known some of my family, the Broadheads, who lived and worked in the area, it was a lovely friendly place at the time. I think one of my uncles worked at the Port Mahon works at the side of court 13. I couldn't resist having a look to see what was there now and was surprised to see on an aerial view that you can see the outline of the streets etc. at times of dry weather. There also appears to be a path that now follows the line of Burlington and Hammond Streets just above Court 13. https://zoom.earth/#view=53.387527,-1.484314,18z/layers=archive1,labels https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/uploads/monthly_09_2008/post-188-1220941618.jpg
  26. I remember buying a flat pink packet at a School Fete of what I thaught were sugar crystals. Put my finger in to suck the flavour! turned out it was 'Pink Blancmange Powder' UGH! - Once blew a giant pink 'Bubble of Bubble Gum'. The wind blew the bubble back into my hair. Oh what a mess! took ages to get out, with quite a bit of my hair by being cut. My Mum told me, that when visiting her cousins who lived near the railway in Chesterfield, they would put old 'Pennies On The Line', sit and wait till a train had gone past, then go and pick up the 'Flattened' coins. - She also told me that she ate 'COAL' as a little one. Wonder if that's why she lost all her teeth at 18.
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