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  1. I don't know whether it's to do with the lockdown & Covid precautions and we are mainly staying at home but much of the site recently, has been taken up with photo's, videos etc of what's happening in the city centre now. Others may feel differently but I personally am not the slightest bit interested in today's modern Sheffield because I feel that the council and planners have ripped the heart out of everything this city meant to me. There was a bit of chat about the old Coles Bros etc but many seem not to care too much about the resulting demise of John Lewis and think it was t
    5 points
  2. I recall having just passed the dreaded 11 plus back in 54 and was destined for the "Redcaps". That summer, a group of us...all off to different schools in September.. decided that this would doubtless be our last summer of "playing around". ( how wrong we were) We constructed a trench system, of sorts, on Hartley Brook and spent ,what seemed like weeks, firing off masses of caps at one another. We then in a moment of inspiration diverted the meandering "Brook" and gave the old Wortley Rural District a few square yards of extra land. The semi drained WW2 static water tank was reflooded , by d
    3 points
  3. Once again, I found your video of Killamarsh Station to be fascinating, although I did find my eyes watering just a little, when I realised as to how much this scene has changed since my youth. So, I have again taken the opportunity of sharing with you, some images taken by myself in “happier times”, i.e. 1977, when this section of the line remained open, as a freight only route in order to serve collieries at Staveley. For a potted, though relatively detailed description and history of both, the station and the railway, I recommend the Disused Station Website, link below: http:
    3 points
  4. I'm afraid that I disagree with that Dave, as my family and fore bears, like all those around us, shopped in the Rag & Tag, Castle Market, and Norfolk Market Hall, all their lives without dying of food poisoning or anything similar. We didn't battle for expensive parking places as we walked from Heeley to town, did our shopping and walked home again. In the old days there were no suburban supermarkets so we did much of our shopping at our local shops but always went to town on Saturdays and at holiday times besides works lunch times. I, personally always enjoyed shopping in town
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  5. You really would have to have been born into a certain class of society and in a certain period to really appreciate the benefits of the rag n tag, Norfolk Market Hall and Dixon Lane. It wasn't about prices (which were as low as they could get), nor was it about quality (which was as varied as you chose), it was about COMMUNITY. A community that travelled together on trams and buses, not cars, that walked long distances without thinking it extraordinary, that faced hardships such as coal rationing, very long snowbound winters and basic foodstuffs and which above all related to one another. Th
    3 points
  6. My dad had done his stint in the War and had no problem with it all. Let’s be honest everything in the 50s was talking about it or harking back to it. There were endless war films and boys comics were full of stories about beating the Jerries . Take that Fritz !! So if we weren’t out in the woods beating the Hun we were emulating our cowboy heroes who were also constantly in films or on tv. Everyday for me it was playing army or cowboys. From about 5 upwards . Throw in a kick about in the park and that was my childhood . No car, so no day trips or very few. Y
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  7. Another card by Wilson's, showing High Street, note the 'Toys' advert seen on the tram 🙂
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  8. People tracking me on the two leading Sheffield Forums will know I was a bobby in B Div before I became a journalist and broadcaster. Three years of patrolling Burngreave, St Philips, Hanover, Broomhall, and Sharrow was enough to confirm what I had learned as a kid at Sharrow from 1942 onwards.....that these communities had a solid gold centre that could not be replicated in Gleadless Valley, Mosbrough or anywhere else. On the night of the hurricane in 63 I was on night duty in the Ellesmere Road area and stayed on duty until 3 o clock the following afternoon where people were trying to salvag
    2 points
  9. I mentioned this topic to a retired Councillor friend and she reminded me that during the MASSIVE slum clearances of the 50/60s ,when whole local communities and their infrastructure were being discarded/destroyed to be rehoused in new Council estates and high rise flats, its affects on mental health was such that Sheffield had one of the highest incidences of suicide in the UK. Sheffield was, indeed, a wealthy City...in parts. It was said that outside of London our Rolls Royce dealer (Hoffman's?) sold more "Rollers" than anywhere else. That said, there was poverty...even post War and wi
    2 points
  10. From the directories. J Wilson and Son, toy and fancy dealers, 57 Fargate. 1901, 1905 and 1911. Wilson, Gumpert & Co. Ltd., toy and fancy dealers, 57 Fargate. 1925.
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  11. That’s the company that published postcard and whose name runs up the left edge. Also their logo in the top centre JW&SS. Here’s another card published by them, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sheffield-Fargate-Edwardian-Half-Penny-Stamp-John-Wilson-Son-Postcard-/402175968921 Assume they were photographers, printers, publishers, but some clues to suggest they might have been toy importers and dealers. Also, not sure where exactly on Fargate? https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/topic/150299-willson-and-gumpets/
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  12. Only odd because we've somewhat lost the original sense. Round about 1200 the phrase "Ȝif þou þis nelt don þou salt don worse" (If thou this not done, thou shalt do worse = If you don't do this, you'll do worse). This is the earliest example in the OED of "to do" being used in the sense of "to fare" or "to get on". A little later there is "‘We sal’, he said, ‘do nu ful wele’" (We shall, he said, do now full well) and later still "Your horsyn do well" (horses). In 1697 the phrase "There, how d'ye do now?" was recorded and by 1738 "How do you do, Tom?". You might be thought a bit od
    2 points
  13. Thank you very much for posting your video. I really enjoyed watching the same. It’s a very long time indeed since I last visited the L. D &. E. C. R., and I am both, amazed and saddened by how much this long defunct line has changed so much in the past 40+ years. I have taken the opportunity of sharing with you, some images taken by myself in “happier times”. I hope that you can relate them back to the remains and locations shown in your video. LDE001-Upperthorpe and Killamarsh Station Site, Looking North Towards Beighton-16/06/1977 LDE003-Upperthorpe and Killamar
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  14. They were probably attracted by the roundabout, giving them easy access to the Parkway 😀
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  15. An enlargement of the platform building as depicted in the above image. Unfortunately, some of the fine details that the photographer captured for posterity have been lost in this compressed download. Copyright to this image is retained. However:- The classic MS&LR, cast-iron, platform signage, above the three visible doorways, from left to right, read GENERAL WAITING ROOM, LADIES WAITING ROOM and GENTLEMEN. Unfortunately, the full details on all of the five exhibited posters cannot be discerned, even at a very high scanning resolution, but the following text can be noted:-
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  16. The Sharrow Cycling club used to organise "The Sharrow Sports" bicycle track racing on the track that used to be around the cricket pitch at Bramall Lane in the late 1800's Here are a few pictures from the club album.
    2 points
  17. I'd also forgotten about those bombs. My brother and I weren't allowed guns and bombs on principle, but the boy next door-but-one to me (and 8 days younger, so we played together) had a full cowboy outfit with waistcoat, hat and gun in a holster. OT: When we moved to the Black Country in the early 1960s we lived opposite a bomb site that had been leveled, but not cleared. Needless to say we were told not to cross it, and equally needless to say we did! One day David (my mate) found some real bombs in the site, not toys. Suddenly things seemed a little frightening, until his elder brot
    1 point
  18. Well, it makes sense, as the space purportedly for the address is bigger than one for communication, which is surely arse-about-face. I have seen old French postcards where the sendee's name and address have been written on the picture side, I assume to allow more space for "communication". I remember Wilson Gumpert's from the late '50s/ early '60s but I'm not sure if they were in Fargate by that time.
    1 point
  19. Have you noticed that she put the address in the section she was meant to put the message in and the message in the address section! Can you imagine the Post Office people saying "another one in the wrong place"
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  20. There is a 9 mile stretch of the Chesterfield Canal that is "missing" between Staveley and Kiveton Park. Right through the heart of Killamarsh. There have been ambitious plans to restore if for a number of years. I walked the entire missing section to see the size of their task. Some wonderful remains and history too including the old Norwood Tunnel. My favourite section was the older section between Renishaw and Killamarsh before the canal was realigned with the railway line. Some lovely old stonework and evidence from the 1700s there. Edit: SteveHB
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  21. Might also explain the expression "Gone to pot"!
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  22. The prefabs were never "home" to me, I was always in the main building in Mr Dysons class, but I remember the meals being delivered in large grey lorries with "School Meals" on the side, The food was in large aluminium drums, and was cooked off site, and delivered to all schools by lorry,
    1 point
  23. ‘Organgrinder’ (and others) make many observations and comments in this and other linked, pieces (with much of with which, I heartily agree) but which will be dismissed as pointless nostalgia by younger generations and even some of our own - understandable to a degree BUT there’s a vital paragraph, the contents of which are undeniable and should be a cause for serious concern to all Sheffielders, young and old: ( The presence of) .....’ all those MASSIVE crowds of people...in the old City Centre and ......compare that with the
    1 point
  24. Derbyshire Lane, not sure of the date..
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  25. Michael Henry Fanshawe posted this 1950's image on Facebook which is roughly the same view
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  26. We've lived in Killamarsh since 1979 and our 2nd house, on Kirkcroft Avenue was built in 1984 on the canal towpath and in the back garden we found many bits of old pottery and bottles, when we first moved in and did the garden. (although these might have been from the Kirk Croft - settlement near the church) which was there when the canal was built. A friend of mine was working for Norths builders on the site and showed me where the canal ran through Killamarsh (which might be in your next video) and the route can be clearly seen, ending at in the centre of Killamarsh, where the Navigation pu
    1 point
  27. Electrically powered vehicles? Bottles which are recycled? Gosh, how very old-fashioned.
    1 point
  28. I can never ever remember any kind of vandalism in the Pinstone Street shelter, no graffiti, the roof was secure no lead just honest to goodness putty, it was removed because they, the council, could.
    1 point
  29. I remember this - we did a print of it recently. https://sheffield-personalised-prints.myshopify.com/products/henry-s-bar-sheffield-at-night?_pos=1&_psq=henry&_ss=e&_v=1.0
    1 point
  30. Back in the early postwar years my father worked for a company by the name of Sheffield Steel Products (SSP) Can anyone tell me if this company is still in existence today, or what became of it?
    1 point
  31. Probably was, certainly the first I heard of, and it was quite high profile indicating it was unusual. I preferred the Wapentake over the road. More my scene, table football, sticky floor, local bands and beer. Used to do basic food at dinnertime too!
    1 point
  32. Booker, Thos. (, town's husband & collector of rents & debts). Address: 14 Change Alley, in 1833. Recorded in: Whites History & Directory of Sheffield - 1833. Booker, Thos. (, accountant, appraiser and collector). Address: 4 Change alley, in 1837. Recorded in: Whites Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham - 1837.
    1 point
  33. There's a bit on this site. Looks like it was disused by 1888.
    1 point
  34. I remember when it opened thinking what the hell is a wine bar?
    1 point
  35. Hi Simon, was this on London Rd?
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  36. That looks like the area near Arroyo de Miel , but could'nt quite pick out a part I recognised. Been there several times and it's a nice part of the world.
    1 point
  37. Check out the new King Mojo web site at http://www.kingmojostory.com
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  38. That sounds a likely reason for the name of the field; great that it's used and the name lives on! This picture of an OS map from 1937 shows a sports ground and pavilion on this site. It also marks three stones - picking up from the earlier post and the 1892-1914 map. Think these photos show two of them and what's left of one of them (along with bonus lambs). The markers in the same field have 'SH' inscribed in them.
    1 point
  39. Have you looked in here for Kikis? I remember it - met my wife there - but no pics alas https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dirty-Stop-Outs-Guide-Sheffield/dp/1908431253
    1 point
  40. These look great - as a former DJ at the Palais, will you be re-creating that iconic looking club? Thanks green
    1 point
  41. This short film from the Yorkshire Film Archive, was made by the Sheffield Transport Department to promote their bus services around the city, brought back some fond childhood memories. https://www.yfanefa.com/record/8653
    1 point
  42. Phil Brodie in the front - sorry boys don't remember any other names - its a long time ao!
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  43. New video by Keith Skues
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  44. Agreed. Always good to see photos of my part of town, being born & raised near Townend. Not that I remember what Gleadless Road used to look like around the Heeley & Sheffield, but some of the other shots are familiar to me. The postmaster in the 1960s was Artie Elliott. The library at Manor Top was Manor Library. Gleadless Library is on White Lane. It used to look like this, but that building has been replaced. Glad to see it is still open, though. It was at Gleadless Library that my love of books and reading was born. Visits to my grandfather who lived in C
    1 point
  45. My brother is buried there, but haven't been down in ages. I don't want to, really, looking at these awful scenes.
    1 point
  46. When these stones have all been bought and paid for surely someone should be paid compensation for their vandalism ? Do they not inform the relatives before they begin their destruction? And surely before the destruction of the stones they should be offered to the family as it belongs to them not the graveyards keepers.
    1 point
  47. Really sorry that many of your ancestors graves are in such a state. My wife has a number there too , thankfully not as bad as some of yours. Also as far as I can see no one has ever photographed the gravestones there or recorded the MI's. Most of my ancestors are in Burngreave. My gt grand parents grave was removed by the council asome years ago & the stone detstroyed in what can only be called an act of public vandalism. Their reason was said to be "health & safety" but the site is not overly steep so I can't see why. Anyway, why smash up the stone rather than keep it at the side o
    1 point
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