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    How great is this image of Wicker in the early 1900’s? Very atmospheric
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    There has been an Assay Office in Sheffield since 1773, when local silversmiths, who resented the inconvenience of having to send their wares to London for hallmarking, joined with Birmingham petitioners to ask Parliament for their own Offices. Despite fierce opposition from the London Goldsmiths' Company, an Act of Parliament was passed, granting Sheffield the right to assay silver. Because the Select Committee which considered the petition had uncovered so many abuses by the existing Assay Offices, Parliament made sure that the new ones were more strictly controlled. The Act appointed thirty local men, including Thomas, the 3rd Earl of Effingham as 'Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate within the Town of Sheffield' to supervise the work of the Office. By restricting the number of Guardians who were silversmiths to fewer than ten, Parliament made sure that the Office was run for the benefit of the consumer rather than the manufacturer. The day to day running of the Office was entrusted to an Assay Master who had to take his oath before the Master of the Royal Mint and enter into a Bond for £500. The Office was to be non-profit making, and its running costs were to be met by the hallmarking charges paid by the manufacturers. More than two hundred years later, the Office is still funded in exactly the same way. Originally, Sheffield had the right to mark all silver goods produced within a twenty mile radius of Sheffield. After the second Sheffield Act of 1784, the office also had the right to keep a Register of all makers' marks on plated silver wares made within one hundred miles radius - which of course included Birmingham. From 1836 this Register unfortunately fell into disuse, but before then Sheffield and Birmingham frequently quarrelled over Sheffield's monopoly, and Sheffield occasionally threatened to prosecute Birmingham makers for using unregistered marks. Possibly this explains why more Birmingham platers than Sheffield registered their marks. The 1773 Act empowered Sheffield to use a Crown for its town mark. The story goes that this was because the Birmingham and Sheffield petitioners for the Act met at the 'Crown and Anchor', an inn situated off The Strand in London, and that each town adopted one of these signs as its mark. Certainly the inn existed - but whether there is any truth in the story is unknown. After 1903, when Sheffield was finally allowed to assay and mark gold as well as silver (the result of a clause in the Sheffield Corporation Act), Sheffield was unique in having two town marks - the Crown for silver and the Yorkshire rose for gold. For the first eleven years the Office struggled to survive, borrowing heavily from local silversmiths. By using mass-production methods for stamping out thin silver, Sheffield made very light wares which competed strongly with heavier London-made goods. Assaying, however, was charged for by weight. Over 100 knife handles could be marked for only 5p - a price which did not reflect the time and effort involved. The only way to make ends meet was to increase charges. The Act of 1784 charged for small articles by count instead of weight. As a result, the Office's fortunes revived. The first Assay Office was a rented house on Norfolk Street and the first Assay Master a Londoner, Daniel Bradbury. The Office only opened on Mondays and Thursdays, though Mr. Bradbury was allowed to open on a third day for private assays. In 1774 the Office moved to a court off Norfolk Street "lately occupied by Thomas Boulsover" - the inventor of Old Sheffield Plate. By 1795 the Office had moved again, this time to a brand new building on Fargate. In the nineteenth century, Sheffield became a major manufacturing centre with an international reputation for its silver and cutlery. Production continued to grow rapidly and it became obvious that the Office could no longer cope unless its opening hours increased. When, in 1880, the Fargate premises were needed for road-widening, the Guardians acquired a new site in Leopold Street and remained there until 1958. By this time, however, the demand for silver goods had fallen dramatically and the building was much too large. Before the War 1,250,000 ounces of silver passed through the Office each year. By 1958 this had fallen to 300,000 ounces. Many large local firms closed and it seemed as though the only people still making silverwares were skilled craft-workers. The Office moved again, this time to a much smaller building in Portobello Street. After the Hallmarking Act was passed in 1973, the nature of the work submitted to the Assay Office changed. No longer were the main customers the traditional Sheffield silversmiths producing large pieces of hollow-ware. Goods from all over the United Kingdom and abroad came in to be assayed, and foreign gold (especially 9ct gold chains) became very important. The extra workload involved by this increase in smaller articles necessitated re-development - initially within the existing building, to streamline the laboratories and make more marking space. In 1973, Jack Cheetham made some cufflinks in which the hallmark was a necessary and important part of the decoration; Jack Spencer adapted this idea and used the largest size of hallmark as decoration on a range of gold and silver jewellery. A cheaper alternative then appeared, in which the mark was placed vertically down a rectangular block to make 'dog-tag' pendants, and these, especially when they incorporated the Special Mark to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee, became phenomenally successful. The income from this extra work was used in alterations to make the Goldsmiths' Wing to create more marking space, and the foundation stone was laid by Ian Threlfall, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company, in October 1978. More space for marking was created by renting office space elsewhere in the town and converting the existing offices into marking rooms. Meanwhile, the Office bought the former 'Willow Tree' public house next door and fitted it out for offices and marking. By now the British Hallmarking Council was pressing for an expansion of hallmarking facilities in Britain, so the Office bought the Charleston Works on Orange Street adjacent to the 'Willow Tree' to give better access to customers and more off-street parking, and to allow room for more building. In March 1983 Sir Frederick Dainton, then Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company, laid the foundation stone of the Guardians' Hall. The new building was completed in 1985 and officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in December 1986. It provided extra space for offices, laboratories, staff facilities, Board Room and Library. The Hallmarking Act of 1973 removed many restrictions on marking and consolidated many earlier Acts. It was based on the Trade Descriptions Act and made it an offence to sell almost anything as gold, silver or platinum unless first assayed and marked. For the first time, all the Offices adopted the same date-letter and alphabet. After 200 years, Sheffield lost its Crown mark for silver and used the Yorkshire Rose on both gold and silver. Platinum was not assayed in Sheffield until June 1975, mainly because of the cost of the equipment needed, but testing and marking were finally introduced to meet local customers' demands. The Office has continued to adapt to customers' needs. Recent internal alterations have created more laboratory space and streamlined the hallmarking process. In 1997 laser marking was introduced for hollow articles such as necklaces, watch-cases and bangles, which would have been damaged by traditional methods. Over a quarter of a million of such items were marked in 1999. Other services, such as nickel-free testing for jewellery and mercury-screening for occupational exposure, complement traditional assaying and hallmarking. January 1999 saw the introduction of additional (lower) standards for gold, silver and platinum to enable free competition within the European Community. For the first time the date-letter became voluntary rather than compulsory, and the sterling lion mark and crown gold mark also became optional. Now all goods are marked with their standard of fineness in parts per thousand, and it is no longer possible to distinguish between British and foreign-made articles. The effect on British manufacturing remains to be seen. However, an additional special mark for the millennium was also introduced, to be used on any item made between January 1999 and December 2000, at the manufacturer's request. This captured the imagination of the public, and increased the sale of precious metal wares. In the 21st century the workload has continued to grow. 2001 was the busiest year ever in the Office's long history. Over 12.9 million articles were assayed and marked in Sheffield. More staff were taken on, and the building extended yet again, this time to create a new top floor for Guardians' Hall, providing comfortable staff accommodation, whilst the old staff room was converted to make more room for marking. The extension was opened on April 11th 2002 by HRH the Duke of Kent, KG, the third Royal visitor to the Office in 30 years. Another special mark, to commemorate H.M Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, was used for one year only in 2002. Initially, any profits made by the Office had to be used solely for prosecuting those who broke the law on hallmarking. However, by the beginning of the twentieth century when the local silver industry was at its height, the Office was making a large profit. As a result, a new Act was granted in 1906, permitting some of the surplus to be spent on providing a collection of books or objects relating to the silver and gold industry, to promoting technical education in Sheffield especially for the silver and gold industry and to charitable donations. Since then, the Office has built up a large specialised library and a collection of silver, mainly made in Sheffield. In addition, the Office has sponsored various competitions to encourage local craftsmen, and, most recently, financed a fully equipped workshop unit at Persistence Works for metalwork and jewellery graduates starting out in business. In addition, the Office is a corporate member of the Millennium Galleries, where the splendid Millennium Punch Bowl is on display. This ongoing commission was the result of collaboration between four local designers; Alex Brogden, Chris Knight, Brett Payne and Keith Tyssen. A new cup is to be added each year, commissioned by the Assay Office from a modern designer.
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    Here are three postcard views of similar vintage.
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    This is a really good site. It shows a modern Google map satellite with an original 25" OS map of 1892. It places the old OS map in a circle and you can move around the entire area of Sheffield, plus presumably elsewhere, and see precisely where things were. It's really accurate so when an old building or other structure has survived till the present day, then it will overlay it precisely. I have been using it to map out the boundary of Sheffield Park. Locate old farms and other features. I found it on a link on the Friends of Sheffield Castle website. Georeferenced Maps
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    Or to avoid all the adverts try this cached Google link
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    If you can stand all the adverts and clickbait, this is quite interesting - it includes a plan of the terrace and the (infamous) Dyson house https://www.thestar.co.uk/retro/retro-is-the-the-place-where-infamous-sheffield-murderer-charlie-peace-killed-1-8541046
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    I remember as a child in the '70s being so proud of that fountain because my Dad had told me that it had been made (partially at least) at Bramahs, which he worked at as a fabricator for some years Cant honestly remember if Dad had actually had anything to do with its construction, but in my head 'My Dad made that!', and I told anyone that would listen !
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    I recognised this building straight away as my great grandfather William Wild was the Bank Manager of the Sheffield and Rotherham Stock Banking Co from 1861 until 1890.
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    Handsworth Herbal Medicine Stores Handsworth Herbal Medicine Stores, 364 Handsworth Road, Sheffield
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    Pic courtesy of best selling 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1960s Sheffield'
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    Walkley Hall, Heavygate Road, Crookes, probably built by William Rawson in 1600. The Hall was demolished in 1926 to make way for the present housing estate.
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    The demolition of Sheffield in the 1960's, 1970's & 1980's a blaze was the sky with fires from the demolition sites there were only a few known Sheffield Companies at the time A.D.H Demolition Limited (contracted to Sheffield Council) A. Whites Demoliiton Ltd Childs Demolition Ltd Demex Ltd J. Whites Ltd and later T.D.E (Rotherham) (ancestors of A. Whites demolition) i remember as an only child going with my parents to the demolition sites, i remember the black sooty days crooks moor was ablaze with fires and being situated on a hill you could look across Sheffield and see other contractors lighting the sky. The forgotten demolition men and woman contractors that made Adolf Hitler assault on sheffield oblivious. The Sheffield Council pillaged property with compulsory purchase took peoples homes and business for pittance of monies, i remember sometimes wed pull houses down leaving the odd one still standing whilst the owners or tenants were fighting for their legal rights to stay or be given a better deal. Sheffield Council insisted on the demolition of what we would see today as historical buildings but to the council they was drab, nuisance and needed to be pulled down our sheffield architecture of centuries past were stone masons are not of what is today ended up a pile of rubble and down the tip it went. Odd pieces will have survived and relocated without knowing and the next generation losing site. I know the red set that lay on the floor in kelham island were taken from the Sheffield Abattoir and re laid in the museum yet a piece of history is lost again and no mention of where they arrived from they just part of the decor of the museum yet in truth is part of a bigger history. i attach a stone fireplace my parents built in a property still in the sheffield area, the new owners of that property will never know the history of that house or where that huge fireplace with its ornate archway came from. The archway formed the door way to the GAS HOUSE on commercial Street its were you paid your account (its historic significance to Sheffield is when sheffield turned from Candle Light to Gas. i attach another photo of a font that was part of the St josephs convent, common side htpp://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/environmental-health-part-park-hill-slums-1-5 I'm hoping a log can be made on this site for anyone to upload demolition photographs and maybe if theres any demolition men left that worked on these site can contribute before history is lost. I was a fortunate person i know much of sheffield i lived the era and a breathed it with my family. Im trying to see if we can make a single page where all the data of the lost (demolished) can be found, before it is too late. I want to see what the public holds before i update this site again with All the 1000 pictures and documents i hold of Sheffield
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    Picture Sheffield gives date as 22 July 1961 ( spot on boginspro!) which was a Saturday. The AEC Regent III - VWJ 541 was one of nine Roe bodied vehicles out of 85 AEC's delivered in 1956/57 for tram replacement services, seen here on Route 24 to Tinsley. Used to love the smell of Ground coffee which drifted out of Davy's.
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    Prince M. Sunderland, optician and watch maker, Nos.4-6 Langsett Road and the junction of Flora Street, showing chimney pots stacked in business at rear of premises
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    I've made a demolition of Sheffield site in hope the demolition contractors and men contribute: https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/16846-demolition-of-sheffield/ (link added by madannie77, 7.11pm, 02/02/18)
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    A stunning bit of film. Anyone seen this before?http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/environmental-health-part-park-hill-slums-1-5
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    Hi these were the houses that was also listed for demolition on that slum clearance day 3rd January 1974 Houses 9 to 41 Carlisle Road, Sheffield Houses 555 to 559 Carlisle Street East, Sheffield Houses 1 to 23 Shelly Street, Sheffield The Crown Public House (pub), Carlisle Street, Sheffield I've attached the original demolition order was your husbands house listed between these no's
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    I'm looking through tons of documents my late mum kept the date of the demolition is accurate as i hold the tender from the sheffield council and many other, pubs, factories and houses. she also kept quiet a history of photographs will update
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    Not sure if we already have a drinking fountain thread, but this image posted by Aiden Stones on his Twitter account is fantastic. It shows the drinking fountain that was at the junction of Gibraltar St, Allen St and Bowling Green Street, and todays view from Moorfileds facing towards Penistone Rd.. https://twitter.com/OldSheffield
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    Thank you for satisfying my curiosity.
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    On the penultimate photo it appears that one customer (extreme right) has succumbed to the January weather and failed to find the appropriate 'facilities' in time. Presumably because it was a very temporary use of the Station there were no customer conveniences provided.
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    The legal documents are all signed and the Cemetery is now in the hands of Friends of Zion Cemetery and safe.
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    Here is my Uncle Tom (The Singing Busdriver) who delighted his passengers singing old fashioned songs one after the other. His singing also calmed down the troublesome passengers (the ones who had had one too many) They used to join in singing his songs.
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    Privies at the back of the Spanish Steel Works off Pinfold Lane now called Staniforth Road Darnall Sheffield
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    Hello, I have a old knife that I have been trying to find out about. I have managed to figure out that it is made by John Yeamoans Cowlishaw, it is silver and made in Sheffield but I'm struggling to figure out its exact age. I will attach the best photos I can get till tomorrow so hopefully someone can help!! Cheers Liam
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    The slope of the road looks like where the Banner Cross is, but the buildings are different.
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    The Corner Pin Public House No. 235 Carlisle Street East at the junction with Lyons Street looking towards All Saints Church with Firth Brown Tools Ltd behind the pub First licensed to sell beer in 1840. One of 26 public houses serving the steel industry along a three- quarter mile stretch of Carlisle Street.It is said to have a ghost who likes to turn the lights on in the middle of the night and footfalls can be heard How it looks today
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    The excellent Casebook site has made available for download all seven editions of The Casebook Examiner. It started out as a subscription publication but folded after just seven issues The standard of the articles and the extensive and detailed research made it one of the best publications of its kind. The link for all downloads is http://forum.casebook.org/showthread.php?t=10127
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    The through route from Crookes to Darnall was introduced in January 1903, there is a smaller cropped copy of this picture in C C Hall's 'Sheffield Transport'. It does confirm it as tram 175 which seems to have remained in service until 1930. I think the tram 490 picture is 1952 or later as Zebra crossings were only just becoming into operation.
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    I don’t think it’s a queue,as such?..... looks like a closing down sale at Bortners and people have just stopped to look in the window? The cigarette signs belong to the cafe,next door. Those shops are gone now, in the Orchard Square re-developement. The Museum pub is now the end of the row.
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    Thanks Voldy most of this is all new to me, I will have to read up on it.
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    The dictionary defines 'Microscopy; the study, design and manufacture of microscopes also investigation by use of a microscope'. The advertiser S C Sharp would appear to be a Microscopist's Technician as his field seems to be a supplier of 'accessories'. There is a GCSE in Microscopy,a Royal Society, the Journal of Microscopy celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2016, whilst the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was won by two Microscopy authors (Franks and Henderson) for their research. Still plenty going on around the world in this field which I, for one, wasn't aware of ! Thanks for posting it boginspro.
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    With a number of threads on the City Hall I thought I'd add another one myself! These two scans are from my ever increasing collection of postcards featuring Sheffield and its environs. I've scanned them quite high so that they make a reasonable download. Had a great time in the City Hall as a youth but that ones been done to death I should imagine. Neither card has been posted so there are no dates to go by. I'll let you experts work that one out. Enjoy.
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    Thanks Neddy- this is a cracking photo.
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    Sheffield Abattoir Cricket Inn Road, sheffield Demolished 3rd January 1982 people in the photos Archie, Tony, Terry (known as giant, into American Cars), unknown man & dot ,
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    Rotated and brightened up your demolition order, TIna
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    What famous people/notable people have viewable graves that you can visit? Not being grim but find graves and gravestones fascinating as they contain so much history Are there any notable/famous people buried in the city you can visit?
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    I was trying to work out if there was one to the right of that railway horse wagon, there seems to be something there but it is too hazy to tell what it is, probably just wishful thinking.
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    That's reminded me of one I remember thanks, nice to know at least some of it is still there. (C) Picture Sheffield ---------- http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;t07457&pos=42&action=zoom&id=97517 ----------- and Google Earth
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    Hi chaps .brought 2 army jack knives -(sailors knives )today and am having difficulty on finding who made it and how old it might be .its slightly bigger than the others i have of this type and has some stamps on the marlin spike i have not seen before any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks
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    Eight years on from the original question, so probably already answered by now, but there was a Taylor's Terrace, which ran from the corner of Mary Street and Shoreham Street, to the banks of Porter Brook. 1873 map shows Taylor's Terrace, renamed in 1891 to Mudfords Terrace and now the area covered by the Sentinel Brewhouse. Could this possibly be the Taylor's Row in question??? http://www.sentinelbrewing.co/
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    Rudyard Lake [Reservoir] Is on the A523, the Leek to Macclesfield section. W/E.
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    Yes, he's my Uncle. Are you wanting to get in touch?
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    Well if it's like Dr. Who's police box, the tardis, and is bigger on the inside than on the outside then you could live in the police box as though it was mansion and turn your house into the garden shed lol
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    A right hand glove. Seriously ? - Scissors. Using R/H scissors with the left hand has a tendency to force the blades apart rather than shearing against each other.