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  2. I may be wrong here as I have never seen the Decathlon car park or the former Staples car park, but your description sounds like the Bramall Lane Bridge over the Porter. I just wondered if the Vulcan Works Bridge may have been over the goit from the dam shown on your map.. EDIT - I have found this map showing what I think is the Bramall Lane Bridge, you could perhaps use the slider on the web page to overlay a modern map to see if I am in the right place. https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=53.3738&lon=-1.4740&layers=168&b=1
  3. I attach a screen shot of the 1849 Ordnance Survey map of part of the city centre. I'm looking at the history of the Porter Brook in the area. I've walked through the culverted parts a few times and there is a lovely stone arch bridge/tunnel between the Decathlon car park and the former Staples car park. The latter entrance is visible through a clump of trees. I think from the 1849 map that this is the two centuries old, and still intact, Vulcan Works Bridge (Vulcan Works was certainly on the site at the old Staples car park end). It is best part of 100 yards long and the Ordnance survey map shows it to be of some length (Hereford St did, and still does, run over the top). Any info/dates of Vulcan works and/or better map links greatly appreciated
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  5. Hi Folks, This episode now available as a podcast. Soft-rockers Double Life live at The Broadfield in Sheffield, in January 1979. Link to listen here - http://smarturl.it/MyLifeInTheMosh Thanks Dodger
  6. John Thank you for your message! We would love to have you round for a cup of tea and know what how the works were used! Ring me on 01144000850. Ivan
  7. I remember that too - the very small Hovis loaves, silver threepenny bits and the choc bars. I had some money in the school bank but my mum said the book was lost - she must have drawn it out. The books (hardback classics) I bought from Andrews shop near the CGS cost 2s 6d (or 12 and half pence). We would go to the nearby sandwich shop and buy a buttered cob and next door for a tuppenny apple. Healthy or what! At least our brains were fed.
  8. My grandfather used to collect silver threepenny bits for me and I kept them in a little wooden money box shaped like a cottage that he made for me. It was kept in my grandparents front room. I suspect that I didn't have exclusive access to it, the amount never seemed to increase. I also used to take an old sixpence each week to junior school and Mr. Courage, the headmaster used to enter the amount in my Yorkshire Penny Bank book. I also remember being taken to the bank branch on Bradfield Road by my mother to withdraw it, for the day trip to Cleethorpes. I think I've mentioned them before but does anyone remember the one old penny Hovis loaves. I used to take my penny to the bakery which stood opposite Oakland Road WMC and exchange it for a tiny loaf. First I would devour the top crust, then pick the squishy bit out of the middle, then eat the outside. All before I gained the school gates. The sweet shop opposite use to sell Cadbury chocolate bars priced at 1, 2 or 3 old pennies, I kid you not. The 1d bar was about 3" X 0.5" by less than 0.25 " thick. The 2d & 3d bars were correspondingly larger. You could also buy a segmented bar like the modern ones but much smaller for 6d. Happy Days hilldweller
  9. Archives and Local Studies staff had an extremely successful day at the auction of the Tim Hale Photographic Collection yesterday. Thanks to generous public donations together with support from the Graves Trust we saved over 2,000 cards for Picture Sheffield. We secured a fantastic range of subjects including street scenes, sport, hospitals, pubs, transport, temperance, industry, Sheffield greetings cards, local elections, advertising, early aviation, World War I, schools and theatres, and many more. We’ll be sorting through the photographs over the coming weeks - watch out for them on www.picturesheffield.com. We’ll also be arranging a display in the Central Library later in the year. Thanks again for all your support! Peter Evans Archives and Heritage Manager
  10. Hi Bob, I once heard a ‘Sheffield folk tale’ about the famous Halle Orchestra conductor – Sir John Barbirolli going into the Albert for a drink when they were playing at the City Hall. On hearing the din from the Juke Box, he said to the landlord, ‘I’m Sir John Barbirolli, please turn that row off.’ To which the landlord replied, ‘I don’t care if you’re Screaming Lord Such, that Juke Box is staying on!’ Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  11. And I remember the use of farthings as well. They were used by bread shops for pricing their products.
  12. My brain still automatically processes decimal currency back into old (real) money and my mouth says 'How much!' I don't think our pockets bulged with coinage as we never had much. It was bottles back to the shop for spending money - mainly penny ones. But when watching quiz shows on TV my brain automatically knows the answer to old money, mental arithmetic, times table type questions and old measurements. I still remember farthings being in use.
  13. Hi Skelton, very many thanks for the census information. It is very much appreciated. Steve
  14. I spent my dinner money on books to read from Andrews then wondered why I felt so sick on the tram ride home!
  15. Times for Saturday steam special, Grindleford 11:36, Totley Tunnel East 11:43, Sheffield 11:53. Note it does not stop at Sheffield. Nigel L
  16. Hi Paul, Yes, I remember Andrews shop very well. As you say, you could get all things there, pens, bottles of Quink ink, any type of paper.The Albert was on the corner of Cambridge Street and Division Street, opposite the City Hall, always played a lot of rock music on the jukebox, very loudly, you could hear it from some way away! Bob
  17. Try this link. Hope it helps. https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/spy/index.cfm#zoom=18&lat=53.4222&lon=-1.5176&layers=168&b=1&r=30
  18. During our conversation about the 11+ exam Jen13 reminded me of Andrew's Education Supplies at the back of the City Hall. Does anybody else remember this wonderful shop? The range of material on sale was mind blowing! It was a sort of 1950/60's version of the Works or Rymans - everything from stamp hinges to poster size maps. There was also a rather loppy pub next to it, was it called the Albert? The toilets were disgusting, open air with just a urinal and seatless pot, no where to wash your hands. I never ventured into the Ladies! Wazzie Worrall
  19. I'm glad that somebody else remembers those blue excerise books with their rods, poles and perches on the back. What crazy systems of measuring they were, mind you, the money also left a lot to be desired - twelve pennies in a shilling, twenty shillings in a pound! Night mare, 'If an egg costs 3D what would a dozen cost?' There was also the range of coins which included; Three Penny Bits, Six Pence (Tanners), Florins and Half Crowns. Purses and trouser pockets bulged with the stuff, our geography teacher once told us that in times of high copper prices bent scrap metal dealers would melt down pennies because the scrap value of the bars was worth more that the monetary value. I don't know what contemporary 'copper coins' are made of because they are magnetic, a magnet won't touch an old penny! I also remembered Andrews at the back of the City Hall. It was a wonderful shop, the range of materials for sale was mind blowing. I think I'll put a posting on Sheffield Shops to see who else remembers it! Wazzie Worrall.
  20. Here is an evacuation the other way. My wife's family were Londoners whilst her father was in the RAF her mother was evacuated to Scotland where her eldest sister was born. Then to Lytham St Annes where her next sister was born. Then the family was moved to Burngreave Sheffield where my wife was born! She has vague memories of being billeted with another family in her early life. When her father came out of the RAF the family stayed In Sheffield.
  21. I do remember the exercise books with all the information on the back..rods, poles, perches etc. I just wondered when they would come in handy! Before I took the 11+ we did "mock" exams and my mum took me to Andrews (my favourite shop at that time) to buy some revision books.
  22. Can't call myself a steam buff but I would love to see a film, if anyone gets one, of it passing through the Sheffield area . I did travel all over Britain on the railways when we still had steam engines and it was the easiest and most relaxing form of transport for very short or very long journeys. I am not overly fond of the modern railways, the last time I was on a train I found the seat uncomfortable and could hardly get my legs under the table even though I had paid what I considered a very high price for the ticket.
  23. Thanks for that wonderful clip, I'm so sorry I missed Galatea on Monday. For all the steam buffs out there, on Saturady morning the Yorkshire Man is running along the Hope Valley line. The actual times haven't been listed on UKsteam.info yet, however the train is due to leave Manchester Victoria at 09:55 so assuming everying goes according to plan it should be at Dore and Totley around 11:00. The actual times can be checked on Saturday morning on Realtime Trains - Grindleford, and Dore & Totley. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall Sat 14-Sep THE YORKSHIREMAN Crewe-Carlisle(LSL) [lsl] 34046/46100/70000: Crewe-Manchester-Sheffield-York-Todmorden-Manchester-Crewe SPHS
  24. Hi Jen, Brilliant, you took the 11+ the year before me. I didn't realise that learners were actually sent a letter to invite them to attend the exams. The other interesting thing is the signature of T.H.Tunn - Director of Education. So many items had Tunn's signature on, including those green school regulation boards. Do you also remember those blue Sheffield Education Dept excerise books? There were three main types, NF - narrow lined for Maths, which also had mathematical scales and measures on the back cover, S - wider lined for writing and P - plain for drawing? There may also have been a squared book also mainly for Maths and one which was mixed plain and lined pages. At both the schools I attended excerise books were closely guarded so it was a bonus if you could get your hands on one for your own use. At secondary school we also had large green excerise books which also showed the Sheffield logo. Unfortunately I didn't keep any of my old school excerise books so I have no examples to hand. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  25. My mum saved these cards as I was the first in our family to pass the 11+. Still in pristine condition after all this time.....
  26. My father was evacuated around 1st September 1939 and was away for around 15 months
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