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  1. Because River Don is the major river of South Yorkshire and flows right across it from the extreme west to the extreme east I have always had an interest in its source. The location of the latter is somewhat complicated by the fact it is dammed very early in its course by the Winscar reservoir which is about 6 miles west of Penistone. However, careful inspection of a large scale map shows that the Don, as a stream, flows into the reservoir's western arm (see pic 1) and its source being just over a mile further west from there at SE 119 027 (see pics 13 & 14). By the time the Don flows into Winscar numerous streams have already converged into it including one from "Don Well" (see pic 6) which is situated at SE 133 027. Despite its name the well cannot really be thought of as the source because the Don is already a significant stream (see pic 5) before it reaches that area. Furthermore the quantity of water flowing into the Don from the well is relatively insignificant, or it was on the day I visited (see pic 8). Arguably, because it is all a little subjective, the Don rises from an area of marshy ground around Withens edge and at that point it appears to be named Great Grain(s). Interestingly the aforementioned area is the watershed for the Don and the River Etherow (see pics 13 to 16) , the latter flowing in the opposite direction and eventually ending up in the Irish sea via the rivers Goyt, Tame and Mersey. The Don's eventual destination is, of course, the North sea so, in this area, drops of rain landing just a few feet one way or the other determines which sea they flow into 140 miles apart. It is not just coincidence that Holme Moss radio transmitter is situated less than 2 miles from this watershed (see pic 13) because transmitters are, ideally, situated at altitude to maximise their coverage. Holme Moss is purely a radio TX these days but when it was built in 1951 it transmitted TV (on VHF) over both sides of the Pennines, just like the Don/Etherow watershed does for water ! Also see : https://drtomsbooks.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/the-yorkshire-river-don-b.pdf Pictures (in rough geographical order E to W) : 1 - River Don entering the west end of Winscar reservoir 2 - River Don flowing down towards Winscar reservoir 3 - Confluence of Little Grain Clough (?) and the Don 4 - The River Don just downstream of Don Well 5 - Last confluence of the Don (or Great Grain) before Don Well 6 - Don Well 7 - Water rising from the marsh at Don Well 8 - Water from Don Well seeping into the Don 9 - Just down from the Don watershed, looking west 10 - Early course of the Great Grain 11 - Typical rising of a watercourse 12 - Great Grain as a brook 13 - River Don watershed facing WNW towards Holme Moss transmitter 14 - River Don watershed facing east 15 - River Etherow watershed facing SW 16 - River Etherow watershed facing SW (note Holme Moss transmitter to the right).
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  2. Many will 'know' Jack Wrigley from his brilliant 'Sheffield Camera' book series, which detailed photos from his archives across many areas of Sheffield. He was also a member of the Sheffield History site for a while. Sadly news has reached me of his passing, just a few days before his 94th birthday. We've Jack to thank for documenting lots of Sheffield places back to the 1950s via an incredible collection of photographs, and for sharing them via his great books (and some on this website in the past). A small selection of some of his book covers: RIP Jack.
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  3. Your posts seem to have an aggressive tone we don’t do that on here 👍 keep to fun and friendly please
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  4. This was a sad story... The owner of the headstone was came form my hometown: Xinhui. The headtone shows owner's information, including where he came from, when he born and dead. The limitied information shown that he only live 33 years old, form 1956-1989, and he have became a father before he dead. I can image that he came here and try to living for a good time, however, he never enjoy The Bliss of Family, which makes me sad.
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  5. Hi Youdy, syrup is right, it was the Wesleyan Reform Church with a Sunday School at the back leading on to Chelmsford Street. If you would like to look at a photo which may be of interest, go to:- PICTURE SHEFFIELD -- type in the search box top right s03723 -- title 'Helping needy during Coal Strike' ok Heartshome. Edit: link added, (SHB).
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  6. Im sure there are many memories of the old Tinsley Yard. It's heyday was slightly before my time, although I do remember going to the last few open days growing up. The Sheffield District Railway is a fascinating story. Some of it still used. Some of it left waiting to maybe one day be reclaimed and some of it wiped out. Ironically, it's been in the news this week that the Meadowhall Rd bridge may be taken down.
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  7. I have been scanning the book "The Village of Ecclesfield" by David Hey (1968) for a relative. I thought I'd share it here. The link is here: Village of Ecclesfield If you want a copy, I'd recommend downloading it onto your computer, as it won't be available via the link forever.
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  8. I still regret the through way of the Moor to London Road being closed off.
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  9. I was doing a lot of local history research in the Local Studies. It was a time when you could handle the documents more and there were less rules about. Photocopying machines were getting better each year and you could copy loads of stuff. The early computers started up too. With the Amstrad Green screen and word processing software. Meanwhile Sheffield Council was fighting with the government for every penny it had to spend. Mrs T really had it in for Sheffield.
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  10. How times have changed! My parents have found this photograph of what appears to be children working in a local steel mill. Has anybody got any thoughts as to where it may be.
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  11. I took these back in 2013 when I was allowed to climb up the cathedral steeple, there are narrow stairs up to the top of the tower where the steeple then begins. You can walk around all four sides of the tower which is where I was stood when taking these photos of views of all four directions... Towards Church St Looking towards West St Towards Campo Lane Towards Park Sq roundabout
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  12. Hi, This is a photograph of my grand father Alfred Wells and my father Alfred Edward Wells. They had this shop at No. 2 Brightmore Street between 1902 and 1927 which is next door to No. 87 St Philips Road. The righthand edge of the photo would be joined to the triangular plot No. 87. I have worked out that this is now right under the tram stop on the new dual carriageway of Netherthorpe Road Hope this is of interest
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  13. Modern day recyclable & very useful tree.
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  14. This is an observation, not a rant, but I n my view, Sheffield City Centre is gradually becoming one gigantic University campus. Between Sheffield Hallam and ‘Uni of’, they are buying up more buildings in the centre and extending their sites (e.g. GPO Fitzalan Square), which in some cases is not such a bad thing you may say? What is very noticeable is the areas of the city that are being turned into student accommodation and when you think about it, they are almost every where you look.In the centre. The ones that immediately come to mind are the old Redvers House and Telephone House buildings. On the periphery, if you start on Suffolk Road, across Leadmill Road, Shoreham Street, Sidney Street, Bramall Lane, London Road. Up Hanover Way and down between Netherthorpe and Broad Lane. Green Lane, Shalesmoor, Corporation Street, across to Wicker and Blonk Street. Back across Broad Lane and Park Hill Flats, gets you back full circle. Just try doing a Google Map view and see how many label of ‘Student Accommodation’ There are The saddest thing is there are virtually no shops, nor venues worth going into town for any more. Any shop worth visiting has closed, or relocated out of town. Headline bands would rather play at The Arena, than City Hall and probably only The Crucible and Lyceum theatres are still managing to cling on, as there are no out-of-town alternatives.If any open up, the days of those two are probably numbered. Try and park in town to see a show, or go for a bite to eat and you are charged a FORTUNE in the car parks closest to where you want to be. Between NCP and Q Park, they have some exorbitant rates. Fortunately we live close to one of the tram routes, but it’s not always convenient. The centre is almost devoid of any decent shops, but crammed with bars, clubs and restaurants, which all seem to be always packed with aforementioned students, every night of the week and overflowing at weekends. Maybe it’s just my bad luck, but on the few occasions when I’ve been invited to a ‘do’ in town, it really does feel like you are stepping back into ‘studentville’. Mind you, it wasn’t like that in the 80’s, as I recall it 😆 So, would I welcome a new ‘hole in the road’? Why bother? It will cost us the taxpayers a fortune, be no use whatsoever, as pretty soon the whole of the centre will be a huge pedestrian precinct anyway…
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  15. It might have been a Lantern slide at one time.
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  16. I cant remember who gave me this copy from 1891 but scroll down to the deaths of August 6/7 & 8th, I just cant imagine the pain and grief that the parents of these poor children went through.
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  17. Is this it? If it is, then by the seventies it was being used as a Sunday School. I remember we got permission to use it when our Silver Jubilee party was washed out in 1977. I think it was demolished in 1981. There was another entrance on Chelmsford Street round the back. I recall it was only one story high on that side though as the ground dropped significantly down to Woodbourn Road. If this is the one, the site was about 20 yards or so from where Woodbourn Road Supertram is now, on the stadium side of the road. Paul
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  20. The hotel was built in 1862 and both the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire and Great Northern Railways subscribed to it. It was always a stand alone structure and passengers from the station had to pass out via the ticket barriers to get to the Hotel. At one time it was very black with smoke and when they cleaned it up, they left a small patch to show how dirty it was once! I have been told that my grandmother Alice Appleyard worked as a cleaner there. The picture below shows it in 1969.
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  21. Automobile Association, No 18, Paradise Square ( former Hebblethwaite's Academy and Middle Class School) https://www.picturesheffield.com/Ref_No_w00652
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  22. As I recounted elsewhere on this thread, I actually worked there for several years...when it was still, quite, new..and I thought it a fabulous place....a far cry from the then common, dingy, civic offices ...often just parts of Town Halls where all that could be done, particularly at high volume times, ( ie Saturday mornings), was to ‘tip’ parties out of the door and onto the street to make way for the next marriage party. ‘ So really, this startlingly innovative, so-called ‘wedding cake’ building ...carved out of a relatively private part of Surrey Place was a dramatic breath of fresh air for the Registration Service and its staff who had to operate the place ...and more importantly, were some, only to realise it....for the public, who sooner or later paid (still pay) at least one visit in connection with affairs connected with the three critical stages of the human state, birth, marriage and death. As a one time ‘insider’ and so, for the sake of modesty /inappropriate impartiality, exclude myself in the comment ....I truly believe the Staff there, generally, delivered an excellent service.....it must be said, aided by the well thought - out facility, itself. To condemn the building and it’s grounds as merely some ‘processing plant for people’ is to unfairly, and contrarily, dismiss it ...as I’ve said previously, much more went on there than just people marrying; some business, consequent upon the bringing of new life into the World, equally if not even more, joyful than ( arguably) the main function associated with those places, some, however,.... very grave and often distressing to public and staff alike...as they say, you probably ‘had to have been there’. In my view, the ( only ) problem with civil marriage was (still is ?) the public demand/ fashion(?) to solemnise them on Saturdays ....almost inevitably leading to a ‘production line’ aspect ( wherever they took place) and as I’ve suggested, rather than exacerbating that, ‘ The Wedding cake’ was designed and thus, able to cope with volume without turning events into ‘a circus’. To be perfectly honest, if asked, those of us involved, strongly and enthusiastically, advised on weekday ceremonies as things were invariably much more relaxed, ‘ both sides of the counter with well-spaced appointments, aplenty. ( I well recall a very small but engaging ceremony held on a weekday.. arranged between a French Diplomat and his wife - to-be from The South Seas...strikingly colourful, the parties in Hawaiian shirts and flower leis....I believe that we, those of us officiating, enjoyed the event as much as the parties! Celebrities? I’m sure I’ve forgotten many more ....but as a great fan of the show, one sticks in my mind particularly when several of the cast of TVs ‘Rising Damp’ sitcom turned up in the party...the late, great, Leonard Rossiter and stately, Frances de la Tour, most memorably...certainly made that working day for me! The ROs less lighthearted work left me with some sober but sometimes absolutely fascinating stories about peoples’ lives but their details will just have to accompany me to the grave, in respect for the families concerned...not to say professional constraints. However, I’ll finish with one memory of parents who chose to name their child after the ENTIRE team of a well known football club! Ok, it was mum and dad’s choice at the time and I suppose, at least relevant in the early/ mid 70s.....but what as the years went by...the many ‘handles’ bestowed on them, surely became something of a burden to those kids? I’ve often wondered! As contributors and readers to SH will gather , I remain an unswerving fan of the smashing, thoughtfully put together building...which many Sheffield people of all ages will have memories of. Please be kind to the ‘ young girl’ who never really ‘got to lift her skirts’ before her own ‘disrespectful and untimely death’. Requiescat in Pace...
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  23. 1 Bromley Street, Sheffield, LINDLEY Mrs. Rose, shopkpr. source: Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1927. 1 Bromley Street, Sheffield (3), LINDLEY Mrs. Rose, shopkpr. source: Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1935. 1 Bromley Street, Sheffield (3), LINDLEY Mrs. Rose, shopkpr. source: Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1937. 62 Upperthorpe Road, Sheffield (6), LINDLEY Mrs. Rose, shopkpr. source: Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1940. 62 Upperthorpe Road, Sheffield (6), LINDLEY Mrs. Rose, shopkpr. source: Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1944. 62 Upperthorpe Road, Sheffield (6), LINDLEY Mrs. Rose, shopkpr. source: Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1948. 62 Upperthorpe Road, Sheffield (6), LINDLEY Miss. Hilda M, shopkpr. source: Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1951. 62 Upperthorpe Road, Sheffield (6), LINDLEY Miss. Hilda M, shopkpr. source: Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1954. 62 Upperthorpe Road, Sheffield (6), Brightside & Carbrook (Sheffield) Co-operative Society Ltd. source: Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1961.
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  24. I've got the majority of them and I cannot recommend them enough. So sorry to hear of Mr Wrigley's passing. He has left us a superb legacy of Sheffield how many of us remember it. RIP.
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  25. A bit of late addition to this thread! Anyway, we currently live in Bassett's former residence on Norfolk Road which was built in 1851. We have some of the original handwritten agreements for sale from that time signed by George Bassett and I guess representatives of the Duke of Norfolk. Also further documents up to 1923 etc. I think some of these may be of great historical interest so please respond if interested.
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  26. Oh I"m the opposite opinion and would have that flattened TODAY if I could
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  27. Edmund is quite correct and I agree with him entirely. This has been, for many years a friendly site, and has only recently had these instances of unpleasant posts. I sincerely hope we are not going to degenerate to the level of many other forums where trolls abound in numbers. If anyone thinks that a member has given an incorrect fact, they can easily state what they believe is the correct one without taking the other member to task. Let's keep it friendly please.
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  28. Brothers Charles, Edwin and Henry Cadman comprised the firm Charles Cadman and Sons, file manufacturers and merchants. They operated in the Lambert street area from the late 1700s until at least 1833, and were listed at the Canal Street Works, Blast Lane in Whites 1837 directory. The partnership was dissolved in 1842 when Charles retired, though the remaining brothers kept the original company name. Various companies operated from the works/warehouse in Cadman Street, and the Cadmans were probably not the first there. Edwin and Henry were commisioned and operating canal boats in 1836 and in 1841 their new sea going 70 ton vessel overturned on its launch at Masbro killing 50 people. The Canal Works/Warehouse is not shown on Leather's 1823 plan but it was already built when the adjacent Canal Tavern was up for sale in June 1822.
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  29. The "A" section of the 3rd West Riding Field Ambulance Corps from Gell street held a series of week-end camps at Little Norton in May 1911, training on dealing with patients on stretchers amongst other things. The 30 to 40 men slept in barns. They brought an ambulance waggon and a general service waggon - is that what the sentry is looking at down the far end of the road?
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  30. Henry Lingard was born in1860, the son of Joseph Lingard a bricklayer, who later became a builder - Joseph's work included houses on Albert Road, Heeley. In 1891 Henry was a builder living at 136 Fitzwilliam street In 1901 he was a builder, employer of bricklayers living at 33 Cemetery Avenue (off Ecclesall Road - General Cemetery gates) and in 1900 sold several pairs of houses he had built in Cemetery Avenue By 1911 Henry and his wife Rose had moved to number 42 Cemetery Avenue and were still there in 1921. Henry died on 27th October 1929 at 234 Psalter Lane and was buried at Ecclesall church. His will left £4,248.
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  31. In Wards case, the brewery traditionally shared the yeast ( a common agreement in the industry) with Shipstones Brewery in Nottingham which closed in 1991. The yeast itself had a slight issue in that it produced a phenomenon known as cracked ice in the head....as the foam went down it separated into floating islands and whilst the beer was lovely it didn't appear too appetising to a critical eye. They could easily have got around it by using a product called Foam Head Stabiliser...basically Gum Acacia, being a very traditional company Wards preferred not to use an additive. I don't know who made the decision, but after Shipstones closed down, it was decided to stop using the old yeast and use the yeast from Vaux in Sunderland who had been Wards parent company since the early 1970's. At first the change was quite noticeable, the head improved as expected but it did change the flavour and aroma slightly.
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  32. Thankyou so much for taking the time to reply, although I have only just logged on after a few months! 🤦‍♀️
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  33. JoJo never stop using it, it will keep it alive.
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  34. Don't know if anybody is interested but here's the view from the top of the Five Arches down Herries Road towards the Wednesday ground.
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  35. On the carpark gates of the former (well they are closing it down) Sheffied Health and Social Care HQ on Woofinden Road is a plaque with the letters GWCH on it. Has anyone got any ideas? I have attached photos of the plaque, the gate lock which says something like "Hydes & ????? Sheffield" Your thoughts?
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  36. Hi, I have been a member for years. Born 1955. Well traveled but I have lived in Sheffield all my life. Experienced nature lover especially expert in the birdlife around Sheffield. Parson cross, Hillsborough and town canter have been my stomping ground. I am a real ale fan and me and my wife have been in all the pubs open and closed in most areas around Sheffpeld. I have asked for information about Wadsley Bridge brick yard and quarry where I used to play in the 60s but so far to no avail.
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  37. Yes, the stones get a mention in the Megalithic Portal but no historical detail as such.... https://m.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=15515 An interesting comment on there about the equinoxes though!
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  38. Circa 1954 https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/4008-os-maps-of-sheffield-and-district-1950s
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  39. That's not very clear. Images pinched from this site and posted on facebook tend to be crap, try this one 😁
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  40. I'm glad the site is working again. It's been like the above for several days! What caused it to go like that? Did the site get the new covid strain? Typical - must be one of those not had the jab yet! 😁
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  41. My wife and I had a walk up to Barkers Pool and on to Fitzwilliam Street, god what a change, Division Street and Devonshire Street has changed, less and less independent shops, in fact I couldn’t see anything but bars and eating places, just what’s going wrong in Sheffield? My walk was a sad, sad thing to experience because I remember when it was a thriving area fulfilling the needs of the people of the city but it seems it’s been turned over to the student contingent, most people won’t see my point of view but they haven’t seen the area as I remember it.
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  43. OMG it makes you think you are living on some dead alien planet.
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  44. Sunshine Cafe, Orchard Street. Sheffield Independent 07 November 1936
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  45. Vulcan fly past at RAF Norton airshow, year unknown.
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  46. This afternoon. September 12th 2021
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  47. From the album: Favourite Images Of Sheffield

    Sheffield Midland Railway Station
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