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Turners Hill off Granville Street S2


This picture was given to me by a client whose mother lived on Turners Hill. He didn't know the date but thinks it's pre WW2 because many properties including his mothers suffered serious bomb damage in the war. Looking carefully you can just see a train under the iron bridge.

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We used to cross over that iron bridge over the rail tracks on the way home from school (on Granville Road), to catch the bus in Pond Street, or Paternoster Row, mid-70s.  The walkway was made of wooden railway sleepers.  Is the bridge still there?

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That ornate lamppost looks familiar, and the hand-rails at the sides of the pavements were still there in the 70s.  The road where the photo was taken from was a dead-end, with a 20 foot high stone embankment a few yards behind the camera.

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The bridge is most certainly still there (red) and what’s left of Turner’s Hill is a path (blue) and series of steps, which lead from Shrewsbury Road, down to the footpath that was Granville Street. You can see the ‘kink’ in the line of Turner’s Hill and the bridge in the map, which matches the perspective of the photo.

I also remember using the bridge to get to the railway station from Granville College, before they opened the ‘new’ station top entrance, after the Supertram line was built. The ‘town’ side of the bridge came out almost at the station entrance, almost unchanged to how I remember it.

The building at the top of the hill on Shrewsbury Road was once a sweet shop, wasn’t it? I’m sure that’s the same building where we used to buy 2oz (or if feeling flush a 1/4) of whatever was on offer. The smell of the place was fantastic and once inside was like an olde-worlde kitchen, which I bet the food standards agency would have had a field day with, these days!!!

Anyone else remember that sweet shop / factory???




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14 hours ago, RLongden said:

Anyone else remember that sweet shop / factory???

I remember it well, it was Walkers sweet factory . It was mentioned in this post  regarding  mysterious Sheffield places. On that post I said I was    " just wondering if there is any sign of Turners Hill left"     --------     


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Yes, I remember the sweet factory too.  I never went in but lots of kids from my school would go down at lunchtime, and you would be hearing the rustle of sweet bags all afternoon in lessons.  I'm pretty sure they only made boiled sweets.  I was more a Maynard's Wine Gums boy.

The building stood all alone in the 70s, clinging onto the hillside grim and imposing, like the "local shop" in League of Gentlemen.

I'm not sure if there were any pedestrian steps at the top of Turners Hill, leading up to Shrewsbury Road back then.  I only remember the stone faced embankment at the top.

So is Granville street no longer open to traffic?  I vaguely remember you could get through to City Road at the far end, by twisting through a more built-up area.

Is the iron bridge still open to pedestrians?  It's not clear on the photo of the far end.  It might have a locked steel gate at the top of the steps.

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The last stretch of Turner’s Hill was always a footpath and some steep steps, as the photo attached and link below:


Granville Street is the Supertram Route, with  footpath, all the way from Shrewsbury Road, to City Square Island, where it turns up Commercial Street, across ‘Hammer Bridge’.

The footbridge is still open, but the ratings you see in the photo is to stop idiots trying to scale the bridge and jump onto a passing train! The bridge is covered over with wire mesh all the way across, which just adds to the ambience!! 

Hope this answers the queries?


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Yes thanks.  I knew Granville Street was now the tram route, I was never sure if it was still also a road for vehicles.

I thought I remembered the steps down from the bridge at the station/Suffolk Road end, leading down to the street in a very wide single flight, in alignment with the bridge.  The steps were definitely of wood.  I can't remember them being staggered in two flights, at a right-angle to the bridge.  But there doesn't seem to be enough room for a flight of steps that long, between the bridge and the road.

I can't get my bearings on that last photo of Turners Hill.  I assume we are looking down Granville Street, towards City Road/Flat Street, with Turners Hill to the right, and the railway lines behind the houses on the left?

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I reckon the photographer was stood just about here, when he took the photo in 1959. Looking down Granville Lane.... X marks the spot, the arrow the direction of the photo..... hard to visualise I know.....



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Ahh, now I get it.  That makes sense.  I hadn't realised there was a Granville Lane as well.  I only knew of Granville Road & Street.  Now I'm wondering if the building by the bus stop, in the last photo, is the sweet factory?  If so, it stood alone in the 70s, no trees, or just saplings at most.

We often fail to realise how much trees change a view over the years.  I had a hole-in-one on the 11th at Doncaster (Bessecarr) GC, in 1997, right alongside the M18.  For several years after, you could see the top of the flagstick on the green from the motorway.  Now you can't even see the tee, which is 100 feet higher.  In just 20 years!

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