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  2. deejayone

    Redgates Toy Shop Layout - Anyone Remember ?

    I've compiled a lot of the information in this thread (and others), plus elsewhere to what I think is the most definitive history of Redgates currently available, here: https://www.sheffieldguide.blog/2020/05/25/redgates-toy-shop-sheffield-legend-definitive-history/ Now — a couple of people have mentioned the branches at Hillsborough and Chesterfield... can the hive mind track down details and photos of those ones?
  3. I thought our readers might be interested in these wonderful Sheffield mugs from artist Alan Pennington Here's what Alan says about the mugs on his shop website Due to popular demand, I am pleased to offer a selection of Sheffield themed mugs which bear my artwork of iconic places in Sheffield. These modern and attractive mugs look great in any kitchen, either on their own or in sets of mixed or matching colours. Give your home some extra character and stand out from your friends & neighbours with these original, eye-catching mugs! PERFECT FOR: Housewarming Gift / Wedding Gift / Reminder of Home / Birthdays / Anniversary, Buy Now & Give Later. ★ High Quality Glazed Ceramic ★ Microwave & Dishwasher Safe ★ "I ♥ Sheffield" sign-off on front If you would like to own one of these brilliant iconic Sheffield mugs here is the link to the online shop - https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/178707658/iconic-sheffield-mugs-alan-pennington
  4. Sheffield History

    THE CLASSIC CINEMA, Fitzalan Square Sheffield

    It seems as though everyone in Sheffield can remember the Classic Cinema fire!
  5. tozzin

    CASTLEGATE

    The concrete wall on the right was erected at the expense of a good remnant of the castle.
  6. Sheffield History

    CASTLEGATE

    For any expats out there who would like to know what Castlegate is looking like currently, it's not open at the moment as the redevelopments take place, laying this fantastic new walkway to create more open space in the city and create a greener thoroughfare. It's looking the best it ever has. Cant' wait for it to open!
  7. It's featured in this video about Attercliffe
  8. A walk down Attercliffe to take a look at Banners building, The Adelphi Theatre, The Travellers Inn Pub and loads more to see how the place has changed..
  9. Bakers’ Hill, which as mentioned descended all the way from Norfolk Street before Fitzalan Square and Arundel Gate developments, hosted two notable entrepreneurs in earlier times: Thomas Boulsover and Joseph Wilson (of Sharrow Snuff Mill fame) who manufactured their first silver-plated buttons here.
  10. tozzin

    Barkers Pool

    I don’t believe that as other cities coped quite well. The space on Fargate is a money-making area for the council, I.e. markets and such, the St Patrick’s day tent relocated because of the money the council wanted for three days? it was £30,000 but they wanted more, they cut their own throats and deprived the public of a brilliant venue.
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  12. Hopman

    Barkers Pool

    I think the growth of transportation played a part in needing to move statues out of the way.Although now that Fargate is pedestrianised there is space for their return.
  13. Jim2000

    Henry Simmonite

    Henry Simmonite ran a ‘clairvoyant’ service specialising in absent spouses and their infidelities - popular enough to bring in a tidy profit. In 1891 he was serving his life sentence (for manslaughter) in Parkhurst, Hampshire, after an ill-fated attempt to terminate the unwanted pregnancy of a client, resulting in her death. Deprived of her father's expertise in locating absent husbands, Henry's daughter Clara Harlow, a former Music Teacher, was left destitute with two children in Sheffield the following year. Her husband, William Harlow was a music-hall performer who had "skipped the town" to travel West: The Music-Hall Artiste and His Family.— William Harlow, a music-hall artiste, formerly pleased local pantomime-goers by his impersonation of a policeman; lately he has delighted crowds by playing on the banjo...on the sands at Blackpool. (Sheffield Telegraph, 9 Aug 1892) He had joined a Troupe of seven 'Christy Minstrels' in the sea-front resort, sending Clara only a miserly five penny-stamps for maintenance. The Guardians of the Poor had to step in with urgent relief, and "made enquiries"; Sergeant Jackson, perhaps mocked once too often by police impersonations on stage, resolved to visit Blackpool - and return with more than just a stick of rock. He tracked the deserter, recognising him despite the burnt-cork blacking on his face (he had a distinguishing lump on the back of his neck) and Harlow was duly apprehended while "busking on the Sands". He was sentenced to three months (with hard labour) by the Sheffield Stipendiary Magistrates. The Telegraph reminded those progressives wanting reform of the Poor Laws, that: Progress and pantomime have much in common— defying rules and laws, and upsetting policemen, being great features of both...
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  15. Jim2000

    The Old Spa Well on Cuthbert Bank Road

    Extracts from ‘Great Yarmouth Mercury’ article on Robert Hales: “Accompanied by his sister Mary, who may also have been over 7ft tall, he appeared at fairs and shows throughout the country and in 1848 travelled to the United States. He starred at the New York circus of the legendary impresario PT Barnum who then sold tickets for a 'wedding' involving Robert and possibly another man posing as a giant woman.... ....it is possible that Robert married an Irish woman called Elizabeth Simpson who may have given birth to his son while in America. What is beyond doubt is that Robert married Maria Charlotte Webb on his return to England, living firstly in Greenwich before moving to Sheffield where he ran a pub called The Burgoyne Arms. Accompanied by his sister Mary, who may also have been over 7ft tall, he appeared at fairs and shows throughout the country and in 1848 travelled to the United States. He starred at the New York circus of the legendary impresario PT Barnum who then sold tickets for a 'wedding' involving Robert and possibly another man posing as a giant woman... ...Robert wrote a pamphlet in 1849 called The Quaker Giants which has a woodcut illustration of his wedding to Elizabeth. In the 1861 census he declares a boy called 'General', whose given age meant he would have been born three years before Robert's marriage to Maria. In another book mentioning The Norfolk Giant the author claims he saw Robert in a London gin shop with a fat man, who is introduced as the 'wife' he married in America. Again Robert may have put him up to write this as he did not want it known he was a bigamist.” Source: https://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/the-tale-of-the-norfolk-giant-1-469918
  16. neddy

    The Old Spa Well on Cuthbert Bank Road

    I think he got some from the demolition of some properties on Cuthbert Bank if you look at the building there is very little facing stone just the rubble from inner walls on stone faced buildings, he did a good job of it eventually.
  17. Jim2000

    The Old Spa Well on Cuthbert Bank Road

    You said “some of the stone” - did you mean there was already some stonework there, and it was cobbled together from old and new?
  18. Jim2000

    The Old Spa Well on Cuthbert Bank Road

    Great map thanks - I think it should be about in the centre of this image, but no ‘well’ obviously corresponding to it. Could it have been neglected/forgotten for a while (since the 18thC) and rediscovered during building work for the Inn - i.e. just after the map was made (late 1850s)?
  19. rover1949

    COUNCIL HOUSE KITCHEN RANGE

    That's what ours looked like in the living room with a back boiler boiler behind. The kitchen range was on the other side.
  20. neddy

    The Old Spa Well on Cuthbert Bank Road

    I remember the fella building this and some of the stone was delivered by us he was a shop owner from next door to the pub built as a potato store as I remember. Here's a bit of history for Robert Hales I took some years ago, Robert Hales - 7 feet 6 inches (228.6 cm) Robert Hales was born to William and Anne Hales on 2 May 1820, in the village of West Somerton near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. He was one of 9 children. Both his mother and his father were over 6 feet tall. His 5 sisters averaged about 6 feet 3 inches and his brothers averaged 6 feet 5 inches. However, one of his sisters (Mary Hales, later to become Mary Laskey) measured 7 feet 2 inches and another sister (Anne Hales, later to become Anne Laskey) measured only a few inches shorter than her sister Mary. Robert Hales grew to a height of 7 feet 8 inches tall. His weight was said to be over 32 stone and his chest measurment was 64 inches. Robert's father William was a farmer but Robert himself became a sailor. At the age of 13 he joined the navy, but when he was 17 years old he became to big. Robert Hales started to exhibit himself at the Tombland Fair in Norwich and the Brittannia Fair in Great Yarmouth. Later he joined his sister Mary and her manager/husband Joe Laskey. After Mary Laskey died at the age of 30, Joe Laskey married the sister Anne Laskey who was about 6 feet 8 inches tall. Robert did not agree to Joe marrying his other sister and the group parted. Robert Hales went to America where he met P.T. Barnum. Barnum signed him for his American Museum and Robert was exhibited in New York and was known as the Norfolk Giant. While with Barnum, he met and 'married' the giantess Eliza Simpson. He toured with Barnum for 2 years before he went back to England, tired of touring. He became the landlord of the Craven Head Tavern in Drury Lane in London. Robert Hales died in 1863 in Great Yarmouth and was burried in West Somerton.
  21. Calvin72

    The Old Spa Well on Cuthbert Bank Road

    The 1855 Ordnance Survey map shows several wells in the area. https://maps.nls.uk/view/102345217?fbclid=IwAR3z8gxnQgm4tNDpfVEwxYqIOn0TofTuLSKgG1rvoAuc3GLeu4Vx3AmWj_c#zoom=6&lat=7681&lon=10406&layers=BT
  22. tozzin

    Strangest pub names in Sheffield

    I liked the “Cuckoo” too, there’s a small area left which had a bench in it exactly where the pub stood, the old customers called it the Garden of Remembrance, the little area is till there but the bench has long been vandalised and removed. one customers complained about the crap beer one day, the landlords reply was “ tha’s only got a pint, I’ve got a cellar full”.
  23. tozzin

    COUNCIL HOUSE KITCHEN RANGE

    That’s the exact one my mother had put in when the council ripped out her beloved cast iron range.
  24. southside

    COUNCIL HOUSE KITCHEN RANGE

    The cast iron range in our living room on the Old Greenhill estate was just like the one lysandernovo describes, no oven, it did have a bracket that you could put your kettle/pan on and then swivel it over the fire, also remember the damper! you could change the position of the damper either to slow down the draw of the fire or to let the fire pass under the back boiler to heat the hot water. The cast iron range was removed from most of the Sheffield Corporation houses in the late 50s and replaced with a tiled fire place exactly like this one I came across in Southwell Work House.
  25. fentonvillain

    Strangest pub names in Sheffield

    The Prospect View in Gleadless Road overlooking what was Cat Lane allotments was always better known as "The Cuckoo", possibly because the landlady was renowned for short measure but more likely because in the Spring, i.e. now, it was always possible to hear a cuckoo sounding across the valley. But it was only when I learned proper grammar (at a proper grammar school) I realised that the name Prospect View is actually tautology...a Prospect IS a view! I was sad when I discovered the pub had been sacrificed for road widening. A lot of my dad's and Uncle Jim's hard earned cash went into that till! Cuckoo's have become quite a rare occurrence although I did hear one yesterday in the country park which now stands where the Coalite plant was at Wingerworth.
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