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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
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  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:
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  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
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  6. As promised here is the video of my recent visit
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  7. Roarers - now for a spot of name dropping... back in the 90's I spent a day with Lord Patrick Lichfield, the photographer, and one of the tales he told me was of his time in the guards when they did just that in the drainpipes of the four or five storey barracks buildings. Made my early efforts in the local terrace houses look a bit tame!
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  8. DaveJC (above) said that in this case the cinema was named after a location which was named after a man. You are quite correct though in the general case. Wealthier people might well leave an endowment to the local church to pay a priest to say masses on behalf of their soul. The belief was that the prayers would hasten the soul's passage through purgatory and on into heaven. If you were rich enough a small chapel within the larger church could be fenced off, probably having your tomb (possibly below) an altar and enough space for the priest. When he wasn't saying masses for you, then
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  9. A platform level view of the train shed, taken in 1953 might interest a few folks. Copyright retained. For the record, the locomotives are:- Class 5MT, No.45262, of Shed No.19A, Grimesthorpe, built by Armstrong Whitworth, to Works No.1317, in 1936. Class B1, No.61224, of Shed No.50A, York North, built by North British Locomotive, Glasgow, to Works No. 26125, in 1947.
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  10. 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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  11. Another card by Wilson's, showing High Street, note the 'Toys' advert seen on the tram 🙂
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  12. 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
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  13. 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
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Electrically powered vehicles? Bottles which are recycled? Gosh, how very old-fashioned.
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  17. 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
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  18. 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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  19. They were probably attracted by the roundabout, giving them easy access to the Parkway 😀
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  21. I have a 2017 Chevy Electric Car, the Bolt EV, and it has a synthetic noise generator below 14 mph, so it can be heard coming. Above that speed tire noise dominates and it sounds little different from a good modern petrol car - except on acceleration.
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  22. Tunnel collapse, Fall of a Railway Tunnel Feb 27 1861 A tunnel on the Midland Railway, at Sheffield, suddenly fell in on Monday morning killing six men who were working at a new building close to it, and seriously injuring a seventh man. The tunnel, which formed a communication between the Midland Company's station and the line of the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Company, was 200 or 300 yards in length, and passed under the street called Spital Hill, and through the hill of the same name. The top of the arch reaches within a few feet of the surface of the street; the hill
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  23. Whilst it may look a disgrace to you, its a wonderful haven for wildlife, and its a nice place to walk through with the dog. The long building that was up against the fence to the main dual carriageway used to have birds nests in the roof, maybe even. owls nest, and there are/were all sorts of birds to see. It was also an interesting historical place to walk through. I used to like searching for the large metal rings anchored into the ground where I assume the balloons were tethered to, and some of the floor tiles of some buildings were still in place if you knew where to look. It was als
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  24. I think I've mentioned before the touch burners but not sure if I mentioned the "Bull Roars". In the fifties most people in terraced houses still used their outside W.C. 's. These were normally single storey buildings at the top of the yard with a pent slate roof and a wooden gutter drained by a small cast-iron downpipe. We kids would sneak into the back yards and purloin some paper hanging on a nail inside the toilets. Even better, posh people had proper toilet paper which was more effective for our purpose. The paper would be crunched up and carefully fed up the downpipe.
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  25. I did see the programme on Midland. I recall that them showing a ductile on the platform that could be opened up leading down to the River Sheaf flowing under the station. It also showed several rooms that catered for first class passengers and another that catered for the third class passengers.
    1 point
  26. My association with Harry is almost none existence, I would pass by in my car and that is all. However, many people I spoke to knew him as a gentle and happy man. He was a son of Sheffield who lived in a cave near Baslow. I do not know why but, when I found out that some people called the cave by a different name, I thought "NO - that is Harry's cave." and so I made this in the hope that people will watch it, leave comments under the YouTube and he, and his cave will be remembered.
    1 point
  27. There’s a shop on Abbeydale Road named Cole’s Corner, which was never a protected name, I’m really interested how it’s going to be used, suggestions on a postcard.
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  28. Just a very good point, yes it would be logical if it was the man first, area second, businesses last. 👍
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  29. There’s the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Place, close to Leicester Square, but I do take your point as I can’t bring to mind another.
    1 point
  30. A new video by the Train driver chap shows that after the recent derailment this year at the north end of platform one, although Network Rail restored the section to the platform, they removed the link to the siding that's in the section between the first tunnel and the overbridge. Although the siding line was present the line is cut off. I remember looking over the bridge regularly at the siding and it used to have a 16 ton mineral wagon in it, full of what looked like waste that had been cleared from the line. By the look of things it looks like they still need a wagon there for that!
    1 point
  31. There can't have been many parts left to salvage surely? Surely just basically built a new bus with replacement parts?
    1 point
  32. Hi all, I wondered if anyone knew if there was a shop called "Wilson's" in Fargate and what sort of thing it was? I have attached a postcard to my Great Nan which I have transcribed as: ***************** Miss M Beaumont 74 South Street, Moor, Sheffield Post Marked Sheffield Apr 15th 1908 Dear Maud, Just a line to say I got your letter this morning Monday. My word you are going to be busy. I hope it keeps fine for you. I could see you had been doing the attics that is the reason I write to ask if you had done. Do you like my postcards I got at Wilson's in Fa
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  33. This one has only the stamp on the obverse side, but you get the idea..
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  34. 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.
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  35. Wilson's when they were on Snig Hill, circa 1887.
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  36. 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"
    1 point
  37. 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
    1 point
  38. 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
  39. ‘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
  40. The two prefab classrooms at the back have been demolished, but the ugly 70's extension that takes up half of the rear playground is still there- although it looks like it could fall down anytime!
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  41. I found it so sad to read that and I'm afraid that I can't explain why there should be such a difference in our memories and feelings. I grew up in a yard in Heeley and my Grandma lived at the end house in the same yard and her mother had lived next door but one to us (but died before I was born). In my early married life, I got the tenancy of the house next door to my mothers and my sister got the tenancy of the house where my Grandma had lived. When I was very young, all the neighbours were like second parents to us and we wandered at will into most houses on the yard. I
    1 point
  42. Well Fairthornroader, long time no see, hope you're still enjoying retirement. Sorry I'm not Gwenda. Last time we met was when you were visiting from Canada aged about 14. You must have attended for a brief time the boys part of my Grammar School and broke strict ranks from the boys dinner queue, daring to come to speak to an extremely shy teenager. Looked for you again but saw you only the once, you charmer! Mr Clarke, our teacher spotted me in a crowded department store in the 70's, with a smile and speaking with a much softer tone. He'd replaced Mr. Garner and then Mr. Smillie (who used to
    1 point
  43. I think that what Fentonvillain was saying is that there could be numerous reasons why people would not use public transport even if it was cheap. In the case of our family, I had 2 younger siblings so we always had either a pram or pushchair with us. A pram wouldn't fit in the small loading area of a backloader bus. The pushchair had a handle which folded and would just fit there if no one else had any luggage under there. It was a lot less trouble to forget the bus and walk and my old grandma walked to town almost every day and rarely used the buses. To this day, I will n
    1 point
  44. Built by the Vulcan Foundry to works number 5084, in 1944, Austerity Class WD/8, No.90647, of Frodingham Shed (No.36C), approaches Beighton Station Signal Box and Level Crossing from the direction of Holbrook Colliery Sidings Signal Box, in 1964. The opposite direction from the image posted above. Holbrook Colliery Sidings Signal Box just visible behind the train.
    1 point
  45. I can believe that, they were just putting their name on these projects, for future c.v.s, the present clowns in the big top they call the Town Hall, cannot stop littering, vandalism and worse of all graffiti but they can quite happily brag about the improvements to the city, I.e. closing streets to traffic in favour of cycles.
    1 point
  46. Well, what ever it is, it appears to be contagious 😁
    1 point
  47. Another photo, the ford is paved and as said is in good condition, this is taken from the Beeley Wood Lane side, have to try and get to the other bank and look for the track up to the toll house.
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  48. 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
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