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    As a follow-up to the various posts made under the above article, I have just completed a bit of research into the history of the G.C.R. War Memorial mentioned above, and this is what I have found. The Board of the G.C.R. decided to create a permanent War Memorial to honour the 1,304 company employees who had lost their lives in World War One. A total of 10,190 men from the G.C.R. had answered the call-to-arms, out of which, 2,166, returned home wounded, 266, returned home, after becoming prisoners of war, and 1,304, never returned at all. The cost of the War Memorial was borne by subscriptions made by 3,500 G.C.R. Shareholders and Employees, and the War Memorial was unveiled on the 9th August 1922, in front of 8,000 witnesses, including G.C.R. Chairman, Lord Faringdon, G.C.R. Deputy Chairman, Walter Burgh Gair, G.C.R. General Manager, Sir Sam Fay; G.C.R. Company Solicitor, Dixon Davies, and Field Marshall, Earl Haig. The War Memorial as first unveiled, on 9th August 1922, consisted of nine French Marble plaques - columns inscribed with the names of the fallen. However, due to deterioration, the plaques were replaced in 1925, with three bronze panels, framed by the columns and set within a stone surround on the forecourt of Sheffield Victoria Station. The photograph at the top of this thread shows the War Memorial in this post-1925 condition. A ceremony took place at the War Memorial each Armistice Day up to 1937. The War Memorial was relocated from the station forecourt and into the Eastern Wall of a new station booking hall in 1938. This is the location that most of us will perhaps remember best. Following closure of Sheffield Victoria Station, the memorial was relocated to The Wicker Arches and was rededicated by The Very Reverend Ivan Neill, Provost of Sheffield Cathedral, on the 10th November 1971. The War Memorial was transferred to its present location, on Victoria Station Road, opposite The Royal Victoria Holiday Inn Hotel, in July 2003, and the War Memorial was officially unveiled on the 11th November 2003, (Armistice Day).
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    Except for the mini and the bus it even looked like that before WW2. The grandparents lived on Airedale Road and if Father was with us it was tram to Middlewood and up Langsett Avenue. Mother had other ideas. One way was a Wisewood bus to the school and a long level walk. I suspect this is a Wisewood bus on it's way back to city. Better was to get the Worrall bus which lurked round the corner. It came down to just short of where the bus is standing, offloaded and did an awkward move backward across into the stand at the end of Clarence Road. Quick look from the tram and if there was one there, off and sprint. Then came the fun bit. Even at age seven or so I felt sorry for the driver. The start was on the level then a hairpin turn left and immediately onto the slope. Bottom crash gear, over to the right towards the pavement, hard left round the corner, over to the right on Dykes Hall Road, come back over on the grade and hopefully change up at a walking pace. As I understand there was no power steering in those days either. Not the best way I always thought but it was the era of country bus routes only coming to the nearest tram route. Ultimately we reached Wadsley church and an easy final walk. There is another point which is a leftover from the war. Even in the 1960s there is a queue at the shop. Some things were still short and old habits died hard. Force of habit by then, to the extent that people had queued without necessarily knowing what for.there might be at the end. There was a report of one forming at a closed shop doorway. A tram arrived, the lady at the head walked out to it, took the driver's lunch out, handed it to him on the front platform and walked away. Even in the war nobody thought it improbable. Nice reminder of what used to be there..
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    What a photograph this is. High Street In Sheffield City Centre from wayyyy back Not seen this one before but it has to be one of my new all time favourite photos of Sheffield!
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    An advert for The Sheffield Goldsmiths Company, a few years earlier than the photo (1895). Also shows that Christmas started early in those days as well - 18th November!
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    Pictures of our fantastic steel industry.
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    Thanks so much again. It seems that Walter was married at 20 and living at Marion Road, Hillsborough, if its the right one! He later lived with his wife Florence (nee Field) on Manchester Road, Crosspool. My father seems to have become estranged from him at some point. My fathers occupation there is given as collier. By his marriage in 1918 he was a metallurgist which is what I understood him to be in the early years, working in the same labs as Harry Brearley. He seems to have been pretty versatile. In some of the reviews of his shows he was a bus driver/conductor. That was more towards the 1930s. again, many thanks!! Monica
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    I suppose it must have been in the 50's when the Council would erect a temporary wooden extension to widen the footpath outside Boots ...so big was footfall and Boots was a treasure house of Christmas presents...When this happened and the solitary large tree erected outside the Town Hall we all knew Christmas was on its way.
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    The worst two Winters I can remember were Mike and Bernie
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    Hi Duckweed, I have only seen this request for information today. I used to live as a child at 93, Kent Road on top of the hill from 1937 to 1958. It is now just a grass patch, as all the terraced houses on top of the hill, opposite the Henry Adams Memorial Hall have been knocked down. The house that is in your picture belonged to Mr Jekyll in the 1940/50's. He had a huge plot of land/garden at the back boardering on to the "Doker". He had a large Green House where he grew big Tomatoes. On a large amount of the plot he used to grow his own tobacco. When it was ripe, he took it to his Tobacco press, which he kept in a "Pantry" in the bottom story of the house. He mixed Rum in with the Tobacco to give it a flavour and punch. When you sat in the Bus and he came aboard, he stunk out the whole bus as he soked his pipe, Hi. He had a son older than me ,who joined the RAF as a pilot office and went to Canada for flight training. Hope that is enough info for you. Certainly brings back good memories of Kent Road from my littleboy/youth day's.
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    I can confirm that there was only one Greasy Vera. I was very distantly related to her. Vera Cardwell whose husband Les was on the buses used to help out when he could. I even did a shift or two there myself. My favourite was a fried egg sandwich with tomato dip.
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    Brilliant photograph Boginspro, thanks for posting. It is always the little details that fascinate me the most. The electric clock, on the lamp-standard in the middle-distance, the destination sign over the passenger shelters, and of course, the dark-satanic-mill impression that was always, at least for me, Vulcan Road. So, I thought it only fair to post another image, taken same day, 08/10/1960, but pointing in the opposite direction. Sheffield's last-tram day is remembered as being one, where as the day progressed, the heavens themselves opened, as this photograph testifies. This probably explains the scarcity of spectators, or perhaps they were all sheltering under the tin topped shelters. Never-the-less, the tin topped shelters, on the return track, the track-layout, and of course, Hadfields Limited's well remembered entrance can be seen. All now long-gone, of course.
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    I think there was just a crossover for the trams to change tracks for the return journey, but then that's all a tram needs. I worked buses to Vulcan Road in later days but we went round the loop. I think there was a row of basic tin topped shelters on the return track side. Quite a number of trams and later buses were needed there when shifts changed in the steel works, some of them being workers special routes. I have recently seen a picture of a crowd round one of the last trams on Vulcan Road but can't remember where I saw it. EDIT Not the picture I was thinking of but here is one of trams on Vulcan Road, possibly the last day,
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    This is a screenshot from Slade's film Flame (complete film on Youtube) showing the lower part of the street as seen in the photo... See also this Sheffield History thread
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    Hi My stepfather gave me this tin nearly 40yrs ago with some old stamps inside.Just wondered if anyone knew anything about these pastiles they were made in France for sole distribution in the British Empire *except Canada*
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    Fitzwilliam Street became Milford Street. The Wentworth House pub was number 26, on the corner with Bright Street. The 1890 map:
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    I lived on Pickering Rd Parkwood Springs for 26 years and left in 1964 when i got married. I have just written a book about the wonderful place it used to be with stories from past residents. The book is called "The Lost Village of Parkwood Springs" By Barbara Warsop Its on sale at Sheffield Scene, Surrey Street Sheffield Lots of history and a personal photos.
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    Yes boginspro, that's a later card than the original b&w one. Interesting to see the mention of the Green Dragon Hotel on the left, later to become Winchester House. It would appear that the Hotel was there for over one hundred years according to the trade directories:
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    Just thought I would try to scan the area of debate, it gets more interesting!
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    Surveyed in 1890 In March 1791 Mrs Handley died there, she was the widow of Thomas Handley of Hall-Carr. John Fletcher was the occupier in 1828 into the early 1830's. In 1835 Thomas Fletcher of Meadow Hall married Sarah Smith of Rotherham. In March 1843 Thomas (of Meadow Hall) advertised that he was recommencing his practice as Valuer of Land, Farms, Tillages and Stock &c and trusts that having been brought up in the business from infancy, by his late father John Fletcher deceased, "will free him from the charge of presumption, in venturing to hope for a share of public patronage". Charles Dixon appears to have occupied and owned the Hall from 1843.
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    Do you remember the MASSIVE Christmas tree that used to sit in the centre of the Hole In The Road? It was a real giant!
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    Thankyou again for all you've done!!! Yes, the Whitley part is confusing!!! Lots of similar links. My father lived at Gerald Street, Attercliffe as a boy and many of the pantomime and concert references are about churches in the Attercliffe area. He belonged at that time to the Baldwin Players.They moved to Ellerton Road, Firth Park when he was a teenager. The 1901 census shows them at Gerald Street - my father was 6, with the 1911 census from Ellerton Road where they were re-housed to a new build. My father was16. His mother died October 1914 of a heart attack aged 51 and his youngest brother Arthur in November 1941 of kidney failure. There was another brother Walter who he seemed to be estranged from. Athough living in Sheffield on Manchester Road, we were never aware of his existence. Every day I'm finding out more about my father!!!! Monica
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    I have just watched the film , what brilliant memories it has brought back of a mucky owd City who's citizens loved the more simple pleasures available at that time, cheers .
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    Other than one small book of mainly photos I realise I have very little information on the building of the canal and the people who worked on it. Any songs or poems or stories? Any stories of the Navvies? Where did Navvies live? Any info will be gratefully received.
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    Before the Sevenside - Hardcastle estate was built, those fields were known locally as the "fairy dells". I recall being told that this was because that area was renowned for its prolific production of wild edible mushrooms. Something to do with the numerous springs that used to surface along that particular hillside. I remember that in exceptionally wet weather that some of those springs still used to surface, even after the estate was built. Is that still the case? Picture of cows grazing on what is now Hardcastle Gardens. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s09667&pos=7&action=zoom&id=12766
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    I used to work on the door at this venue it was a great night out here
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    One more from my collection.
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    Dirty Stop Out's guide to Working Mens Clubs. This is a must have With nigh on four million members and thousands more waiting eagerly to join, the success of the Working Men's Club movement in the 1970s was staggering. The countrywide movement provided the testing ground for acts that went on to break into mainstream television and true stardom. 'New Faces', 'Opportunity Knocks' and 'Wheeltappers and Shunters' were reliant on the Working Men's Clubs for raw talent and it's unlikely pillars of 1980s light entertainment like Cannon & Ball, Les Dawson and Little & Large would have enjoyed their all-conquering success without the early support of Working Men's Club audiences. The book is packed with interviews, rare photos and more. The book includes the last ever interview with Bobby Knutt who tragically died before the book was published. Dirty Stop Out's guide to Working Mens Clubs. Get it here at Amazon : http://amzn.to/2ixlhBa It's the first thing on our shopping list this week!
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    In my committee days we had to rid ourselves of committee members and officials who expected. and had been used to a "share".
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    How's this for a cheap night out? Beer prices from 1971 show that you could pick up a pint of Guinness for 17 and half pence, a double whisky for 32p and a pint of lager for 10p!!
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    The entertainment agents played their part in the demise of the WMC's as well. Bumping up the price of entertainers as they were from 'out of town' and 'concert secretary's', among others, not doing their job. Not to mention committee men on power trips.
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    When I was growing up in Sheffield we referred to pretty much every cafe and sandwich shop as 'Greasy Vera's' Here's a photo of an actual Greasy Vera's van but is this the only actual real one or was it that there were plenty of others around the city? Clear this one up for me :-)
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    I'm sure some of our members will be able to put some flesh on the bones of some of those photos.
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    The same sign appears in the Attercliffe video..
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    Im guessing here with these 'then & now' comparison photos from that video, so please correct me if I a wrong.. Attercliffe Rd And the same bridge views from the other side? Attercliffe Rd out of city approaching junction with Worksop Rd
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    I think the last route was Beauchief-Millhouse-City-Attercliffe-Vulcan Road abandoned 8 Oct. 1960. Vulcan Road is in Tinsley just before the canal bridge. I believe buses duplicated this route on the last couple of days. Meadowhead -City - Lane Top via Heeley and Pitsmoor had been abandoned on 2nd April of the same year. The very last journey in regular service was I think by car 222 which ran into Tinsley depot, I think about 4pm. As the trams finished their duties they all ran in to Tinsley depot, even the ones from Tenter Street apart from the ones meant for preservation which ran in to Queens Road Works and included the official last tram 510.
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    Blooming marvellous! The film must have been taken in September or October 1960, as a passing tram is carrying a "Sheffield Last Tram Week" inscription; I wonder if this was 523's last journey? Quite a film for car-spotters as well as for tram and 'bus enthusiasts: amongst the expected Morris Minors etc. I noticed an (oncoming) Trojan van and a (parked) Austin Atlantic convertible. One final query: if this film was indeed taken during, or leading up to, Last Tram Week, my memory tells me that by that time only one route was still in operation: City Centre to Vulcan Road (I travelled it with my Dad in car 506 on the last day). So, is Vulcan Road in Attercliffe or is this a different route?
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    Does anyone have information on the person and any of the companies that George Arthur Axe (1894-1969) was involved with? These were Axe & Wright, Cash Meat Stores Ltd. and GA Axe & Co. Ltd. Below is information on George, his family and life that I've been able to piece together to date. George Arthur Axe (1894-1969?) Birth: 22/8/1894, Sheffield Baptism: 5/9/1894, St Peter & St Paul’s, Sheffield Marriage 1: 24/10/1917, Parish Church, Rochford to Florrie Searles Marriage 2: 17/12/1932, Register Office, Sheffield, to Florence Melluish Death: ?1969, Nottingham Burial: Source: Baptism record Census records 1901, 1911 Military record 1914 Marriage certificates White’s directory 1921 Kelly’s directories 1922, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1940, 1948, 1953, 1957 London Gazette, 6/7/1923, 9/1/1925, 20/1/1925, 6/2/1925, 12/1/1934, 23/1/1934, 7/9/1934, 7/11/1958, 20/3/1959 Sheffield Independent 7/7/1923, 19/3/1930, 15/4/1933, 11/11/1933, 13/6/1934, 26/10/1937 Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 24/1/1925, 29/4/1932 Divorce records, National Archives J 77/2540/9066 & J 77/2993/2379 (1928 and 1932) Passenger Lists 1935, 1945, 1948 1939 Register Sheffield Evening Telegraph 16/10/1939 Death record George was the son of Arthur Axe and Clara Weldon. He was baptised at St Peter’s soon after his birth while living at 20 Newcastle Street. The baptism record gives his birth date as well. The family was living at 5 Prospect Terrace, Heeley, at the time of the 1901 census. Ten years later, George was working as a warehouse boy at the time of the 1911 census. He lived with his family at 11 Spencer Road. George joined up on 15th September 1914 in Sheffield. He was attached to the 12th Service Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment as a private. His service number was 12/286 and he listed his father, Arthur Axe, as his next of kin with an address at 11 Spencer Road, Sheffield. Personal details recorded listed him as 5’ 6” in height and weighing 130 pounds. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. His chest measured 35” when fully expanded with a range of expansion of 3.5”. Finally, a small cyst in his left armpit was noted. He was also recorded as a Wesleyan Methodist. George’s occupation at the time of enlistment was as a warehouse assistant. His military record showed him at home (England) for all his time in the army but was discharged as no longer fit for military war service on 3rd July 1915. The cause of this was recorded as a slipped semilunar cartilage (in the knee) gained at Redmires Camp (a training camp on the edge of Sheffield) on March 12th 1915; it was noted as a permanent injury unless operated on. His conduct was described as good at his discharge. There is no indication as to why George moved south and was living in Westcliff, Essex in 1917 and working as a shell examiner, presumably in one of that county’s munitions factories. He was employed in that role when he married Florence Searles at the parish church (St Andrew’s) in Rochford in October 1917. Florence lived in Rochford and was the daughter of a deceased butcher, Joseph Searles. Charles F and M E Searles acted as witnesses to the wedding alongside one W T Potter. They married after banns. The couple had two children during the early 1920s; Bernard in 1920 and Dorothy in 1923. By the middle of 1920 (the birth of their first child) the family had returned to Sheffield and George was presumably resident in the city when his father died in September of that year. An entry in a local business directory for 1921 shows him as a partner (with John William Wright) in a cutlery manufacturing business, Axe & Wright, which was trading at 57 Trafalgar Street[1] in Sheffield. There is no evidence to indicate how he came to be involved in the cutlery business, nor what skills, expertise or backing might have led to his partnership. The partnership was dissolved by mutual consent on 2nd July 1923 with George continuing to trade under that name. Both the Gazette and an article in the Sheffield Independent noted that all debts and liabilities pertaining to the company would be discharged by George. Two years later the business was in receivership with George being recorded as living at 53 Horninglow Road[2] at the time and trading from Trafalgar Street. A creditor’s petition was submitted on 18th December 1924 and George was made bankrupt in early January 1925. A first meeting, to take place at the Official Receiver’s Offices on Figtree Lane, Sheffield, was notified for 29th January with a date of 19th February for a Public Examination at the County Court Hall, Bank Street. In between these two dates a Chartered Accountant, Charles Turner, of Norfolk Street, was appointed as Trustee on 2nd February. There is no indication of George’s activities in the years immediately after the bankruptcy. George’s son, Bernard George, was recorded as attending school – at Firth Park – from the Horninglow address between 1925 and 1928. In 1928 Florrie petitioned for divorce - unsuccessfully, given the repeat petition four years later. In 1929 and 1932, Axe & Wright Ltd., cutlery manufacturers, was recorded as trading from Universal Works, Mary Street, with a telephone number of Sheffield 22562. An example of a knife blade from the company shows AXE and WRIGHT Ltd. CUTLERS SHEFFIELD, contained within a shield, above which is a crown[3]. According to the 1932 entry George was living at 705 Barnsley Road (S5) with a telephone number of Sheffield 41775. The new house was close to the old one on Horninglow Road and not too far away from where his estranged wife and son lived on Crowder Close. He continued to live here for many years. The house on Barnsley Road was a newly built residence and work there resulted in a court case, brought by a painter and decorator, and counter claim brought by George. The cases were heard in Sheffield County Court and judgement given on 18th March 1930. George Albert Clark brought a claim for £13 15s 5d, which was the balance outstanding from work carried out on the house (£18 was paid). George’s counter claim – for £52 – was on the basis that the work was amateurish and had been re-done by another tradesman. Clark deposed that George had been advised not to have the walls papered while damp and that wood was unsuitable to be varnished; neither had he been given an opportunity to make good the initial work. The judgement was essentially in Clark’s favour with an award in full for the amount outstanding and an award of £3 to George for his counter claim. The newspaper report quoted the judge for one comment, “He could hardly expected ball-room floors for the price he paid.” George is notable for being petitioned again for divorce by his wife in 1932. The Yorkshire Post from 29th April 1932 includes details of a decree nisi granted to Florrie on account of the adultery of George with Florence Melhuish [sic] at Barnsley Road. Florrie was living at Crowder Close, Southey so it can be presumed that they were living apart at the time. George and Florence Melluish married later in the same year. Bernard (at least) appears to have stayed with his divorced mother as he was living with her on Crowder Close at the time of the 1939 registration. Both George and Florence were living at 705 Barnsley Road when they married at the Register Office in Sheffield on 17th December 1932. Florence was twelve years younger than George and the daughter of Harry Melluish, a deceased steel furnaceman. They married by licence with Walter and Lily Melluish acting as witnesses. In 1933 George was the organiser of “The Event of the Season,” according to an advertisement in the Sheffield Independent from 15th April. The event in question was Hiawatha, to be held at the City Hall between 6th and 13th May in aid of the Sheffield Poor Children’s Seaside Holiday Fund. The production was staged under the auspices of the Sheffield Charities Entertainments Society. It was deemed successful enough to be advertised for a further twelve performances over December 1933 and January 1934, again with George as the organiser. That same year, in January, George was recorded, in his capacity as chairman and director of Cash Meat Stores Ltd., as undertaking to go into voluntary liquidation because the company could not meet its liabilities. Initially, a Emergency General Meeting of the creditors of the company was called by George for the 17th January; it was to be held at the Law Library on Campo Lane, Sheffield. The notification letter was recorded in the 12th January edition of the London Gazette dated 6th January. That meeting led to the voluntary liquidation and the appointment of two accountants as joint-liquidators – noted in the Gazette on 23rd January. Two meetings were called subsequently for 12th October of that year to be held at York Street, Sheffield. The meetings, one a General Meeting of the company, the other for the creditors, were to allow the liquidators to account for the conduct of the winding-up process. A most unusual notice from 1934 records George in passing and may shed light on his musical activities. It concerns his wife, Mrs George Axe, who was in London with her singing teacher and who acted as an impromptu translator during the course of an interview with a journalist. The resulting notice in the Sheffield Independent for 13th June 1934 reveals Mrs Axe to be fluent in German, slim, a cigarette smoker and drinker of cocktails. She had been studying abroad in Munich for eighteen months and the improvements in her technique and voice suggested that she would soon be ready to make her professional debut. The visit to London was to act as a guide for her operatic teacher, Madame Huni-Mihacsek[4] before returning abroad. It is likely to be this George who was listed as a company director when he travelled to Kingston, Jamaica, in 1935. He travelled first class on the Carare[5], departing on 5th December from Avonmouth. By 1937, George had started another company, G.A. Axe & Co Ltd., table cutlery manufacturers. Table and pocket cutlery, bread, butcher’, cooks’ and kitchen knives, razors, spoons and forks were all marketed[6]. The company operated from 18 Canning Street (S1) with a telephone number of Sheffield 22150. It was in that year that George was prosecuted successfully for storing xylonite[7] in a place deemed unsafe to do so – a garage (presumably at his home). He was defended by Mr W Irwin Mitchell who stated that it had been stored there because delays at the Town Hall had meant that his store was not ready in time for the delivery. He was fined £10. The 1939 Register shows George living at 705 Barnsley Road; he is the only person listed at that address. He was recorded as a cutlery, spoon and fork manufacturer. His son Bernard was working as a cutlery warehouseman at the time so there is a possibility that he worked for his father’s company. An advertisement placed in the Sheffield Evening Telegraph in October of that year suggests some business optimism: the company was seeking to recruit Roughers, Insiders and Dolliers for its new buffing shop, presumably on Trafalgar Street. Examples of the products appear occasionally for sale via Ebay. The advent of war brought some work for the company in the form of cutlery for the British forces – a British Army silver plated fork was advertised via Ebay in 2013 and a table spoon stamped with AM (Air Ministry) was sold in 2012. George registered an international patent for knife handles and other articles of the cutlery trade in 1943[8]. The patent abstract relates to the general heading of improvements in or relating to flat-tanged implements. Shipping manifests held via Ancestry provide some further details on George’s activities; whilst not specifying their nature one would suspect an element of business need. On 15th September 1945 George sailed from Liverpool to Sydney, Australia, on board the Jamaica Producer[9]. He arrived in Montreal, Quebec, on the 24th and continued the journey from there. He was listed as a cutlery manufacturer living at the Barnsley Road address and occupied a cabin on the ship. George’s journey in 1945 was followed up with a journey to New York on 3rd January 1948 from Southampton, this time first class on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. The manifest lists him as a cutlery manufacturer of 18 Canning Street. Kelly’s entry for 1948 lists him as a cutlery manager for the company. According to Tweedale, plans were made to erect a new factory at Ecclesfield. Presumably, they never materialised although the company was still listed by Whitham & Sykes in 1953 and had an axe device as a trade mark. Canning Street remained the address for the company with Kelly’s Directory for 1957 showing them advertising under the heading of Table Knife Manufacturers. The company was listed to be struck off the Companies Register and dissolved in November 1958; this duly took place on 20th March 1959. It is presumably this George who died in the first quarter of 1969 aged 74. His death was recorded in Nottingham. There is no indication of his second wife after her budding musical career so it is legitimate to wonder if that relationship foundered. [1] Between Wellington Street and Charter Row. Another ten businesses traded here at the time – Kelly’s 1922 [2] Near Firth Park [3] Noted by John Stokes in a post to Sheffield Records Online on 4th October 2015: http://www.sheffieldrecordsonline.org.uk/. John is a detectorist and found the blade; the location is not mentioned. [4] Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek (April 3, 1891, Pécs - March 26, 1976, Munich) was an Hungarian operatic soprano, largely based in Germany, one of the greatest Mozart singer of the inter-war period. She made guest appearances in Frankfurt, Dresden, Zurich, London, Prague and Budapest, and created Pfitzner's Das Herz, in Munich in 1931, other notable operatic roles included Eva and Die Marschallin. Throughout her career, she was much admired for her vocal beauty and elegance, and impeccable technique. https://www.amazon.co.uk/forum/classical%20music?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2OIXGG1AOK3Z9&cdThread=TxC9LKK3VREAT8 [5] Of the Elders & Fyffes Ltd. shipping line [6] Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers 1740-2013: G Tweedale, Lulu.com 2014, p49. Incorrectly, he has the GA Axe company founded by Glenville Arthur Axe. [7] Xylonite was the first artificially made commercial plastic. [8] https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?FT=D&date=19430923&DB=EPODOC&locale=en_EP&CC=GB&NR=556174A&KC=A&ND=4# [9] From the Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd. shipping line
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    From old-maps.co.uk: Newton Square, off Newton Lane on an 1853 map (just to the left of the marker) and not there on a 1891 map, having become Courts 2 and 4 despite looking very similar.
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    But they didn't let passengers have owt for nowt I don't have a precise date for this ticket and can't say whether or not the lift always had a "fare". What this ticket does suggest is that there were at least two lifts.
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    Have a watch of this and see how many Sheffield places and scenes you can recognise
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    Simple answer re the big silver roof bags. These were used in WW1 and WW2 and were filled with ordinary town gas. The trailers were producer gas units. My recollection is that it was one or the other, not both. The beauty of the gas bag was the same as gas powered cars today; pull In, couple up, fill the bag and drive off, that is it. The producer gas trailer allowed the vehicle to go out to where the was no gas supply, but required more attention from the crew. Pay your money and take your choice sort of situation. As an odd observation at this distance, my recollection is that of what traffic there was, the gas bag was the more common and was in civilian use only. The sight of one nearly empty sprawling and wobbling about all over the roof if it didn't have a frame to restrict it was quite something. Going back to boginspro's post of 29 November, the business of converting a diesel engine to spark ignition looks horribly messy, particularly the need to provide a synchronised drive for the ignition. Considering the scarcity of labour and materials (the times we heard "Don't you know there's a war on?), I can't see SCT doing a major conversion of eight buses. Somehow the dual fuel option looks more likely yet is at variance with Chris Hall. Let us hope there is some information buried somewhere.
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    My first impression was: grim, depressing, Victorian, Dickensian, not exactly picture postcard material. But then I look a bit closer. In the foreground that quaint row of shops with canvas awnings and the chimneys in the bottom r/h corner suggest that it was a sunny day. The top 1/3 of the photo could be a lovely oil painting if it was in colour. If you cropped the picture N-S along the weather vane and looked at everything to the left, visually it is quite appealing, with the spires, the road disappearing into the distance and that stately, as yet unidentified building in the centre. I'm looking at it from a purely artistic point of view, the historians on the site would want me hanged.
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    Photographed this unusual mixture of a bus with a transplanted front in 1984 at Doncaster Works alongside a Class141 unit. An online search hasn't come up with any other photos, so far, nor what sort of duties such a vehicle could undertake. Can anyone offer information about this experimental project ?
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    Bradleys record was owned by a chap called John Bradley and Ron Neal (Neil). Ron Neal actually came from Rochdale and had a shop in Rochdale as well. I think John Bradley was from Worksop..... Fargate had a manager called Barry Smith and Pinstone was Alan Trower.
  47. 1 point
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I havent had hash in years, with dumplings too? My mouth is watering!!
  48. 1 point
    We lived and worked on the South Yorkshire canals for approx fourteen years . We converted an old Leeds and Liverpool short boat [NIDD] built in 1936 iron riveted] into a live aboard while at the same time running a trip boat [Ashanti Gold] out of Thorne later moving to Stanley Ferry near Wakefield. We visited Sheffield canal basin [Victoria Quays who thought that one up LOL] in Nidd on one or two occasions ,the last being just as the new basin along with posh offices and hotel opened. We moored up in the basin to a welcome you would not believe as B.W.B staff descended upon us telling us we could not moor Nidd up in the basin as it was now being upgraded to a more upmarket image. We let the cat and dog of the boat to do what cats and dogs do when one moors up any where in the World and told the job worths to pith of explaining that in 1941 Nidd and boats like her kept Sheffield supplied with necessities while dodging German air raids and also breaking the ice in winter so as to keep the canal running. The new uniformed staff retreated to the corner office then came back and told us we could stay for four days but then we must move on [we stayed two weeks]. Now this may seem a little out of order to some but we had been part of the basin community for years and remember it when it was a close nit community of rag tag and bobtail boaters ,building repairing and generally messing about on boats. No posh sixty thousand pound narrowboats [they were never part of the South Yorks navigation until the leisure boating fraternity started arriving in the basin], just ordinary often skint Sheffielders messing about on boats. The posh solicitors offices as well as the Hotel had now taken over the basin and the very people who made the place a living, clanging,sawing ,hammering happy place to be were evicted. Will continue if any one shows any interest.
  49. 1 point
    Many times in the past this site debated the site of, or evidence for, the first two Town Halls. We don't seem to have ever solved the mystery. Do we know where they were? And did we ever find an engraving or painting...? Can such important buildings have been lost to history? Would there be anything there if a dig took place anytime in the future?
  50. 1 point
    Could have been Ling's Fair However, Up until 1990 Sheffield Steam Club (at the time Sheffield & District Steam Society) had its annual steam rally and fair at Oakes Park, usually in September but later changed to June to avoid conflict with harvest time as many members with traction engines were farmers. We stopped having rallies at Oakes Park when we came into conflict with some local by-laws to do mainly with Sunday trading and not being able to have a good time and enjoy yourself on a Sunday. The conflict lead to our rally being annonymously inspected and a court case being brought against us by the City Council. Although we won the court case we moved our rally site, First to Rother Valley Country Park, then to Renishaw Hall, then to its present location at North Anston. All of these later sites are outside the City boundary to avoid any repitition of the "Oaks Park fiasco" I understand that travelling Circuses with animal acts also camp up outside the City boundary due to some other local regulations concerning performing animals. So sadly the City of Sheffield has lost a steam rally / fair and circus presentations because of the beurocracy of the local council. :(