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    Welcome KateR , I think you will find that you have come to the best place for Sheffield history and memories. I have fond memories of the Heeley and Meersbrook area having lived and worked round that area in a few locations from the late 40's to the late 70's . I have not got a picture of the front of that house but if I am right in saying that it was just past Brooklyn Road I think you will be able to pick it out on this 1935 aerial shot.
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    Having taken a long hard look again my opinion is that we are being somewhat confused by the strength of the camera's ability to foreshorten the distances we are seeing. The first road junction nearest to the camera is Charles Street (on both sides of the road) and the new looking boarding on the left surrounded the site shown in the PS s24079 image (Cambridge Arcade etc.). The concrete street lighting columns would have been erected at approximately 100 foot intervals,subject to practical considerations,and if you look at their number on the original picture and how close they appear to be,that demolition site is the whole of that block of shops. That illuminated circular sign and solid white line would be a 'STOP' whilst there are double yellow lines just visible,on both photos,on the opposite side of the road corner. Between us , we seem to be getting more of the pieces of this one sorted out and just to prove that older threads can be very useful the camera location on this one would have been near to the old Barrel Inn!
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    Hello , I`m Kate , thanks for letting me join . Although I have lived in Cornwall for many years , I was born in Sheffield ( Derbyshire Lane ) and spent my youth in and around the city . I have particularly fond memories of the area around Meersbrook and Albert Road where my beloved grandparents lived , I spent a lot of time with them at number 178 , long demolished for some flats . I have old photos of their garden overlooking the Meersbrook and on up to the park , but sadly no one in the family has any photos of the front of the terrace on Albert Road . I would dearly love to visit Sheffield again but my husbands health is not good so I content myself with memories !
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    Sorry that you have had to wait so long for clarification on the apparent mystery surrounding the ownership of the much-loved Queenie's Fisheries, but as a very proud family member let me explain.... I can confirm that Albert ('Bertie') & Concetta Vettese (pronounced vet-ay-sey) were initially the principal owners of Queenie's Fisheries at 122 Hartley Brook Road having acquired it in the late 1940s from its previous owners who I understand were of English decent. It was at that point that the shop first became known as Queenie's Fisheries, 'Queenie' being Concetta's nickname since childhood. When they decided to return to Albert's native Glasgow, full ownership of the shop passed to Theresa ( also known as 'Tess' or 'Tessa') & Noel Fusco, Concetta's daughter and son-in-law. Both Noel & Tessa had been born and brought up in Edinburgh. It is categorically their photographs which appear in previous postings on this topic. Out of interest, Noel and Tessa's children would love to know from where these images were sourced? I can confirm that, prior to moving to Sheffield from Edinburgh, Noel had served as an officer in Her Majesty's Merchant Navy. I can also confirm that, for a number of years before taking over the business in its entirety, Noel did (as another member has commented) also work for Block & Anderson. That said, during this period, you would have undoubtedly also seen him behind the counter from time to time serving up Queenie's renowned fish and chips. As other posts have suggested, both Noel & Tessa sadly died some years ago now. Their three children, Connie, Noeline and John, are still alive and living in other parts of Yorkshire these days. From time to time they review with affection and great pride the tributes paid in posts about Queenie's and their beloved mother and father. However, the family wish to make it known that the present owners (who have evidently decided to trade under the business name of Queenie's without their permission or consent) have absolutely no connection with the original owners or anyone in the wider Fusco family. They are saddened to read in other forums that those who may have ventured back to Hartley Brook Road in the hope of enjoying great fish and chips once again have been so bitterly disappointed.
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    In January 1870 the partnership of Francis Howard, Joseph Batt and Thomas Batt was dissolved. They had been making silver-plated German metals goods at their works in Charlotte Street under the name William Batt and sons. He immediately commenced manufacturing electro-plated goods under his own name at the West End Works, West Street. According to the firm's website they moved into the Aberdeen Works in 1873. A good proportion of the firm's trade was in Scotland and Howard himself did much of the sales travelling. By 1881 he was living at 1 Netherfield Terrace, Water Lane, Nether Green and was an Overseer of the Poor for Upper Hallam. He also paid the rent of a cottage at Brook House Hill to be used by the Church of England Temperance Society. At the 1901 census he was living at 9 Storth Lane. He had a serious illness around 1903 but although he recovered he was not the same, and died in Bridlington in June 1905, and was buried at Fulwood Cemetery.
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    If that's an Anderson shelter, rather than a curved sheet of corrugated sheeting, then it was never installed. A proper Anderson shelter is buried in the ground and covered over with soil, so it's just a mound. It's the soil that protects the occupants from flying debris and shrapnel, rather than the sheeting—which is there to stop the soil from caving in.
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    I've always understood that it refers to pits sunk to exploit the "Barnsley Main" seam of coal, which appeared at different depths according to the location of the pit. The seams generally sloping further down as you move east over the coalfield. Apparently the seam is about 1000 metres deep under Lincoln and is found as far north at Selby, North Yorkshire. I had the opportunity, years ago, to go down Harworth Pit, North Notts, where the Barnsley seam is about 850 metres deep. I went right down into the coal collection hopper by the deepest of the two shafts at around 1000 metres. The heat is amazing especially taking into acount the several megawatts of refrigeration that was in use. All gone now, the shafts were capped and a modern housing estate covers the site.
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    I make occasional visits to Sheffield and have a few photos. I shall be back in March with my husband who likes to film things, so I should have some film to share at a later date. From the days of test running before the passenger service started, car 202 coming off the new line at Meadowhall South/Tinsley Car 204 waiting on the curve. It is a very tight curve. A visit in late December: Cars 201 & 206 at the low height platforms at Rotherham Central Station 206 passing the heavy rail platforms at Rotherham 206 approaching Parkgate 206 at the Parkgate terminus 206 leaving Parkgate and rejoining the main line The other end of the route: Cathedral Although a couple of heavy rail trains were seen passing Parkgate, the chance to get shots of main line trains and tram-trains together was scuppered by train guards being on strike. As my next visit will be on a Friday there should (hopefully) be a proper train service running. I am also looking to use additional locations for photography and filming as I will have more time.
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    The cinema was originally opened in the late 1930s as the Capitol...During the War it also saw some live entertainments including at one stage a circus complete with a rather smelly elephant. It became a part of the Essoldo group some time in the late 1950s/early 60s( with other cinemas at Southey Green and Ecclesfield). I can't recall ,after the name change to Vogue, that it ever became a multiscreen cinema but by then my local viewing days were long past.
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    After 24 hours, you beat me to it by seconds Bogins I don't think there is any doubt Voldy has cracked it. There is a lamppost right by the stop sign, and the wooden hoardings continue some distance beyond the next lamppost down. Possibly beyond the third lamppost. They must be a minimum of 50 yards long, probably more. In these two photos, you can see that the modern Grovesenor House block (between Cambridge Street and Charter Square), is slightly set back, (wider pavement). In the Moor 1977 photo, you can just see the upper floors concrete "filigrees windows" poking out beyond the older buildings (between Charles Street and Cambridge Street). The "foreshortening" is quite startling. The old Barrel Inn? That's a new one on me!
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    Thanks Voldy . I am sure you are right. Looking at some Picture Sheffield images and Google Street View some of the frontages between Charles Street and Cambridge Street seem to make it conclusive. I think I was going too far back by only remembering the crossing being below the arcade. In both the Picture Sheffield view looking the other way and in the current Google view the crossing is up by Charles Street. Also I couldn't work out where the bottom of Cambridge Street was in the original, but it is still very hard to see in the modern view. The camera can do funny things. Thank again ------------ http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=zoomWindow&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;v00324&prevUrl=
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    I would like to wish you all a happy New Year and look forward for more historical memories in the years to come
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    I can add a little about the shops at the top of Ridgehill Avenue as I lived on that road from the age of 4 in the 50s. Baumgart’s had a clean and bright feeling to the grocery shop, complete with the glass lidded tins of biscuits at the front of the counter. I always found it somewhat exotic as Mr Baumgart spoke English with his German accent. Next door was a hardware shop where I was once sent to buy extra squash glasses, decorated with coloured frosting, for one of my birthday parties. The wool shop also sold socks and stockings, even a few clothes. Priestly’s newsagaent also sold a few groceries. The parade across the road had the hairdresser, next a fruit and veg shop where you had your own shopping bag filled with your purchases, the muddy potatoes always going in first. The butchers was next and Billingham’s grocers at the end, complete with bacon slicer and I think the butter and sugar were loosely packed too. You could order your groceries before the weekend and he would deliver them to you.
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    Photo by Elaine Goddard and what a photo!
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    Yes, if my memory is correct there were six in a row and you still had to queue for one at busy times in the 50's and 60's.
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    can anyone remember back in the early 1950,s the custom of being bought your new spring clothes[bought from Banners with a Banners cheque] and going round the neighbours on Whit Sunday to show them off and get a few pennies for them .I quess we would almost call it begging nowadays but we all did it.I lived at number 53 Pipworth road on the Manor Estate. Pauline
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    I think this bloke is great, I would certainly have "bottled out" going up the Meers Brook culvert. I have seen a few of his underground exploits but wonder if I have missed some. Has anyone got a full list of them please?
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    More like who hasn't. I saw Zep, Sabbath, Hawkwind, Motorhead and so many more I can't remember them all.
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    Here's the fantastic video/film 'There's More Life In A Northern City' featuring hundreds of incredible photos of old Sheffield Fantastic viewing so grab a cuppa and relax and have a watch...
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    The Meadowhall area before the shopping centre was built there. This video shows the old steel factories (was it Hadfields or Firth Browns?)
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    This book will be posted over the next posts
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    Chicago based mail oder store catalogue, over a 1,000 pages, I photographed what I could of Sheffield interest.
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    I remember the bloody steps at the daizy...fell down the buggers once after staggering out of the blue bell...Penthouse was the same...about 6 flights...and once walked into my own reflection and broke me nose after a visit to..I think it was faces..they had full length mirrors..i thought it was a corridor, and didn't notice myself walkin' towards meself...so to speak........
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