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    Here is one of my Grandfather's glass slides of High Street that looks to be taken from about the same place
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    Many, many thanks to both Edmund and dunsbyowl1867 for their very quick replies. And the wealth of information they have given me - far more than I ever expected and I am extremely grateful. Has helped me with a much more rounded picture of the recipient of the silver vesta than I could have hoped for. Thanks again Chris
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    Sorry I misunderstood. What I do is use the "unread content button" which should appear as on one of the pictures below , and when on the "unread content" page there should be a link top left or on the left of the same line to "activity". The activity page appears in order of date with latest activity first. You can also "mark the site read" so that old content that doesn't interest you will not appear in the unread content. "Mark the site read" in the top instance is in the menu extreme top right or in the second just to the right of unread content.
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    So many interesting things in this postcard on Ebay. The well known buildings of the period including the Foster's buildings, Central Hotel and Cafe, Walsh's and in the distance the Fitzalan Market Hall and, I think, old Town Hall. What really appeals to me though are the different vehicles, the trams, a Growler, what looks like a Landau and two donkey carts carrying advertisements for The Empire. ------------------ https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/382787090206?ul_noapp=true
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    My grandfather was a keen amateur photographer who died before I was born. My father had a box of his 3" glass slides that I inherited and have now digitised. Unfortunately only 2 are of Sheffield street scenes. Many of them are in the Yorkshire dales. There is even one that he took in Bruges and took one from the same bridge in Bruges to prove it. I have uploaded Fitzalan square previously. "Blade forging" was written on the other picture and may be my Grandmother's family.
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    Its 25 years ago today (21st March 1994) that the Supertram opened for passengers. The first tram from Meadowhall carried the local dignitaries, press etc, and the second one carried those daft enough to get up early to get to Meadowhall for just after 6am, I was one of those! There was such a long queue of people going through the long winded procedure of buying a ticket at one machine and validating it at another, that the tram left late but with a full load. First journeys were Meadowhall to Commercial Street and when we arrived I got cornered by a Star photographer and ended up with my photo in that nights paper. Nigel L
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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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    I've been uploading my old Sheffield footage again, with slightly better editing this time. I drove around Kelham Island earlier, and linked this to my new postings in here I'm glad I found this old recording from 2005. Although it's not exactly ancient history, I was originally just recording sections of the old ring road, but on way home, had decided to drive around Kelham Island - and glad I did now! It really shows the difference. I remember that the Alfred Beckett building being one of the first to be 'done up'. It reminds me that when I drove around there that it seemed like a risk to buy there, but could pay off (as I seen Manc/Birm old areas revamped), and if the area was done up well it would work. - I was disappointed recently though, that the building on Green Lane (before the old school building - on the right - in the film) didn't at least retain the front. (it's currently in building process - this one)
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    modern 'journalism' at its finest. Hide behind youtube and stir some s***. It brought the city together, made us very proud to be sheffielders and remembered the lads who paid the ultimate sacrifice. who plants the bedding plants and sweeps up from time to time is of little or no consequence. I dont see what youre trying to achieve by posting it to be honest.
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    Update to the landlords of the Bird in Hand (originally next door to the Cutlers Hall, demolished in 1832 for the west end of the new hall) from R E Leader's History of the Cutlers Company: 1736 - 1738 Matthias Hobson 1741 - 1755 William Dixon 1757-1759 John Thompson after 1761 Richard Brittlebank, then John Colquhoun 1772 - 1808 John Rose to 1817 Thomas Rose 1809 John Richards
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    Hi, I have recently moved to Sheffield, and come from Sussex originally however my maternal grandfather came from here, born in 1884. I'm interested in finding out more about his years here. He emigrated to Australia after the 2nd World War and died there in 1981. His name was George Huntley and grew up in Ecclesall. His father Kossuth Huntley worked on the railways. He married a Sheffielder named Mary Jane Padley in 1872. George Huntley rose to rank of Sergeant in WW1 and worked with a motorised ambulance convoy and was in the Somme in 1916/17. They are supposed to have been a well known family in their day but that was a long time ago. I have very few photos of the family but attach some here. George is in uniform pictured around 1915. His brother Louis here appeared in a 1928 article about the Charfield train accident in Gloucestershire in which their sister was killed. The sister who died, Clara Johnson, is also pictured as are their parents Kossuth Huntley and Mary Jane Padley George was a mechanical engineer and worked out of Norfolk Row between the wars where he was an agent for popular makes of cars and lorries of the day. Cheers, Alan Evans
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    Here is an extract from the 1950 OS survey Meersbrook Park in June 1963.
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    This country used to equip the railways of the world. My first machine commissioning job in Asia was in South Korea. One of the British men stopping in my hotel was overseeing the assembly of 200 underground trains exported from GEC Manchester. The new trains were to improve the Seoul underground ready for the Seoul Olympics. Having thrown our industry away we have to import trains now.
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    How time flies! A few pictures taken on 24th May 1995:-
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    Apologies for resurrecting this thread. I came across the inscription on Eyewitness works a few weeks ago and decided to make a rubbing of it. Since there is more interest in Eyewitness works at the moment (with the recent Mausoleum of Giants exhibition) and the buildings upcoming conversion into flats I thought people might appreciate it if I shared the outcome of the rubbing (and an enhanced version of it). In terms of the history of the inscription, I cannot add anything beyond what is discussed in the thread - other then to confirm that my own research hasn't offered any better theory for the inscription origins. I just hope that when they redevelop the block they don't destroy it - since its been on the building for more then a hundred years!
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    I agree, it's brought the story forward to a generation who didn't know anything about it and it's also reconnected us to some of our American friends who are relatives of the late pilots. Maybe the story is not correct detail by detail but what story of the past is?
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    Good evening all! Just to update you that the battle for Birley Spa is far from lost. Indeed we are close to reaching an agreement with the council through our group Friends of Birley Spa. I can update on here when we have more news. We also have a new website that you may find interesting. Thank you. https://www.friendsofbirleyspa.org/
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    I've not long got in after enjoying a bus ride round Attercliffe organised by Mike Higginbottom. From the perspective of the upper deck of a 1955 Sheffield Bus (rear platform entrance and stairs) starting at the bus station we were taken round the area and given a running commentary on the history of this former village as we toured famous locations. We made three stops on the way and visited the English Institute of Sport (opened 2003), the Rediscovered Zion Congregational Church Graveyard (the resting place of the Read Family and the 19th Century Abolitionist Mary Ann Rawson) dating from 1805 and finally Attercliffe Library - now a music cafe originally opened 1894. There will be another tour running on June 30th. Meet at 2pm but tickets are limited and must be booked in advance via http://www.mikehigginbottominterestingtimes.co.uk/?product=a-bus-ride-round-attercliffe-june-30th-2019 Highly recommended.
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    Brightside Bridge was on a list of bridges in the West Riding compiled for the Quarter Sessions in 1730. The bridge and approaches were "adopted" by the Corporation in 1857. The following may help: From PictureSheffield: A Rough Draught of that part of [Car]Brook [Carbrook] Estate contiguous to the Wheels and Tilting Mill Date: 1741 Surveyor: William Fairbank I. Fields, etc. between the Don and the Carr Brook, with perspective sketches of Brightside Bridge (three arched), a farmhouse and the wheels and tilt; an historical account of the development of the wheels is given, with an explanation of the causes of flooding; flooded areas marked in with acreages. (Carbrook Street) Brightside Forge and Nether Forge, including part of the Carbrook Estate. Original at Sheffield City Archives: ACM/MAPS/SheD/786S
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    Here's an article from 1939 which covers numerous streets in Sheffield. The sketch shows Costnough Hall on the left - it also goes by the name Costnott Hall, Gosnock Hall, Gosnick Hall - and stood on the site of the Black Swan in Snig Hill. In a note in his History of the Cutlers Company, R.E.Leader wrote: In 1749 Samuel Shore senr. granted to his son, Samuel Shore junr. certain messuages, cottages, barns &c. upon a croft whereon the younger Shore erected dwelling houses "called or known by the name of Gosnick (or Gosnock) Hall or by whatsoever name or names the same is called or distinguished, at or near a place called Snigg Hill, which said premises did consist partly of the Black Swan Inn, then or lately David Kilner, and two other messuages in the occupation of Joshua Cawton and Joseph Coulton". In 1795 Joseph Greasby was described as having succeeded David Kilner, and he is given in the Directory of 1797 as 'victualler at Snig hill' ; but but it is difficult to harminise the former of these dates with the fact that in 1796 David Kilner advertised that he had geatly enlarged and improved the Black Swan. The name of John Haugh occurs among the names of the tenants mentioned in 1749 as occupants of the cottages pulled down to build Gosnock Hall, and in 1707 he, a baker, was part owner of the Crown and Thistle, Irish Cross ; but it seems probable that this was on the other side of Snig Hill, near Water Lane, and was not a precursor of the Black Swan. Below is a 1906 newspaper article by Leader which includes mention of Gosnock Hall
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    Has anyone else had research problems, due to Roads, Lanes or Buildings having 'Name Changes'. I was three weeks trying to find somewhere, I roughly knew where it was, but all my research hit a dead end. That is until a chance 'Picture' on a web site that had nothing to do with what I was searching for, showed the building, and the writeup on the site happened to include saying the name of what it was previously known as. If it wasn't for that bit of luck, I would probably still be looking. I also found looking for the name of a Farm which I knew existed on a 'Lane', that the Lane name had been changed to a 'Road' bearing no named resemblance at all.
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    Hi Athy, sorry I haven't been on this site to reply to you (I lost it! lol) Vinnie does lots of the old favourite soul, Motown & Reggae songs that we know and love from the sixties onwards. He's at The Forest again this Saturday - so it'll be a late one! I've found some photos of Vinnie if you're interested, they are all mine except for the one of a younger Vinnie which he put on his facebook page..... https://www.facebook.com/vinley.gayle At the moment he's singing mainly at The Forest https://www.facebook.com/groups/22459892565/ It's always a fantastic night
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    from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of 20th April 1926: PASSING OF THE GROWLER "Horse-drawn cabs, commonly known as "Growlers" are in very little demand today they are too slow for these times. At the railway stations a few of the "growlers" are still to be found on the ranks." Leeds station had banned them but in Sheffield the rights to use the station approaches was down to individual firms and there were still a few "growlers", waiting hours for a customer who dreaded fast moving traffic and didn't mind a slow journey. A representative from Reuben Thompson Ltd, said that the real reason for retaining them was to give employment for some of their old servants.
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    Edmunds George, beerhouse, 61 Grimesthorpe road, bottom corner of Danville Street opposite Tea Gardens hotel = Danville Inn / Hotel Ward Willie Leon, beerhouse, 62 Grimesthorpe road top corner Buckenham Road. = Buckenham or Buck Inn / Hotel Norton Simeon, beer house, 123 Grimesthorpe road top corner of Earldom Road. = Normanton Arms And this map possibly shows a public house on the opposite corner of Earldom road to number 123. = 152 Grimesthorpe Road, beer-off licence only, transferred in 1926 from Albert Roper to Edward Conroy. (photo on Picture Sheffield, in 1970, corner of Earldom Road, when it was the premises of Sydney Green, money lender)
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    I'm following this through with great interest because myself and my ancestors grew up in this area and I had also had family members in the workhouse but now I'm a bit thrown off course , is the Green Man something to do with your ancestors?
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    Thanks for posting that - though it appears to refer to a covered driveway where the carriages and horses can wait, rather than the cabmen's rest room shown in the photo.
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    Sheffield Poor Law Union was officially declared on 30th June 1837. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 11 in number, representing its 3 constituent townships as listed below (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians if more than one): West Riding: Attercliffe-cum-Darnall (2), Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield (8). The population falling within the Union at the 1831 census had been 71,720 — Attercliffe-cum-Darnall (3,741), Brightside Bierlow (8,968), and Sheffield (59,011). The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1834-6 had been £13,599 or 3s.10d. per head of the population. The new Sheffield Union decided to continue using the Kelham Street workhouse and also retained the Brightside workhouse which was used for the accommodation of children. The Kelham Street workhouse was enlarged in 1843 at a cost of £6,000. However, the building increasingly suffered from overcrowding, and also had no provision for caring for the sick. In 1855, the Sheffield Board of Guardians were visited by the Poor Law Inspector for the district, Mr Farnham, who strongly encouraged them to build a new workhouse. The following year, the Board set about buying land for a new building. However, the local ratepayers were strongly opposed to the scheme and in 1856 and 1857 voted out the old members of the Board. In the end, £6,000 was spent on alterations at Kelham Street. In 1874, the Board proposed buying additional land at Kelham Street to expand the workhouse site. However, the Local Government Board vetoed this and instead a green-field site at Fir Vale was found on which to erect a new workhouse.
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    Hello, 30mmavenger, I have been following this with interest, I wonder could she have gone to Brightside because of the child, a couple of links here that may be of interest, one seems to say that Brightside was used for children after 1837 and there are references to Union Workhouse Schools, Rock Street, Brightside Bierlow - ie. 1881 Kelly's Directory. http://www.workhouses.org.uk/EcclesallBierlow/ http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Sheffield/
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    The English Sampson was open in 1849 as a Beerhouse the entry is from the 1849 directory. Hudson John, beerhouse, English Sampson, 1 Duke street, Park
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    To clarify, a ‘confectioners’ would have been a shop selling sweets (a candy store), rather than a bakery. The buildings on Olivet Road look to have been extended substantially in the photo attached, which was in 1966, if the different coloured pointing is anything to go by? At this time it was a place of worship. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s26146&pos=2&action=zoom&id=28573 Also, a photo of the Sheaf Market (Rag-and-Tag) from the 1920’s, which is of the period you were looking for, but sadly no clue as to which is stall #11? http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s07466&pos=9&action=zoom&id=10667 Hopefully they will give a sense of the period and the surroundings?
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    For your interest the Great Central Railway started as the "Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway" connecting Manchester and Sheffield via the Woodhead Tunnel. ( Dad called it the " mucky slow & Lazy") Then the line it was extended to London and renamed the Great Central Railway. The interesting thing is that the line to London was built to the larger continental Berne loading gauge rather than the British standard loading gauge. After the opening of the Channel Tunnel there have been calls to reopen the London to Sheffield line to permit through goods trains from the continent to travel to the north of England without having to trans ship goods to our smaller wagons.
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    make every day an adventure you don't know when its your last one
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    Here's a great video by a real train driver filmed by him, with explanations of the route taken this year. With unedited passage through tunnels and yes Totley Tunnel. The only time he stops the video is waiting time at stations. Things to watch for include the speed signs, especially into Sheffield. Plus how quickly the train accelerators. When he stops the train in a station, the driver has to know when to apply the brakes. There's nothing telling him now stop for the next station.
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    This is my ring tone when my wife calls.
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    On a nice sunny day in September 1995, I took my lovely Mum for a day out in Derbyshire. We went to tour Hardwick Hall, I treated her to an English Afternoon Tea, we visited Stainsby Mill, ( once operated by Gt Gran's relatives ) then I drove to the hamlet of Astwith, where Mum remembered the family visits to her Gran and Grandpa staying in the Farm House there, where 4 generations of their family had been tenant farmers. We had a leisurely drive round the local country lanes to end the afternoon, it was so peaceful and beautiful, a day I will always treasure, as I lost my Mum in March 1996.
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    Simple question really. We all have memorable days which would be great to relive. What would yours be, where would you be and with whom? (still thinking about mine)
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    Any current or ex BB members on here? I was in 53rd at Grimesthorpe Wesleyan Reform Chapel as Life Boy then BB & officer until leaving Sheffield in 1976. Our company had an annual 2 week camp at St Helier Jersey where we stayed in an old church which was a youth club during winter. Here we are in 1960 & 1956. I
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    Bus stop out side Northern General Hospital...Herries Road End
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    Update for the Kings Head, Change Alley. The information is from a 4 page pamphlet in a series "Tales of Old Inns" which were brought together as a book published in 1939 - No 48 was the Kings Head, which at the time was still in existence. The pamphlet is attached. 1572 William Dickenson 1663 – 1666 Robert Boughton Circa 1700 John Crook 1706 – 1729 George Tompson, Sam Tompson, Richard Yeomans 1730 Harry Hancock 1732 Leonard Webster
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    Navigating Victorian Sheffield via long gone pubs - a new sport ... 1852 Number 1 John Chicken, Yellow Lion 21 Elias Shirt, Wellington Tavern/Duke of Wellington (1822-1862) 53 Mary Brown, Lodgings (not a pub, but then ...) 2 Matthew Osborne, Union (1845-1854) 20 John Wilson, Sportsman (1849-1852) 38 Samuel Wilson, Barleycorn (1839-1852) 52 Joseph Martin, Red Lion (1852-1862) 64 Thomas Barker, Chequers (or Old Cow, beerhouse) 1849-1854 (All data here from my spreadsheet; anyone interested, check against A-Z)
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    I used to go there every week. I remember as a kid if it was an 'A' movie you had to be with an adult so we used to stand on the steps asking people to take us in.
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    One of the 3 out of 19 built Class 02 shunters that were still in service in 1974. This is 02 004, the others were 001 and 003.
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    Yorkshire Engine Company advert from a 1962 railway magazine. By this time the company was a subsidiary of United Steel, which explains why so many of the YEC's later production ended up with UEC (and later BSC, and now Corus)
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    Hello and a very warm welcome to Sheffield History. Before I continue let me first say that this site is free to use, will always be free to use and you will never be charged a penny to use it - either now or in the future - I feel it's important that websites don't charge visitors and so sheffieldhistory will always cost you absolutely nothing. Everyone has memories - and they are even better when they are shared ! This site was born on February 11th 2007 - after we found ourselves remembering more and more of the things that used to stick out in our minds about Sheffield that just weren't around anymore. We spent time looking them up on the internet and feel that there should be more Sheffield history and memories out there on the net. Sheffield's city, culture and people are fascinating and the history of the city has moulded all that. Here on the site we celebrate everything about our great city and it's history, along with the people that made it what it is. "Whatever happened to....." In the various sections you will find everything from old nightclubs and pubs, people, celebrities, music, the football, and of course your chance to look up all the people you may have not been in touch with for years and years ! Most of my memories are from the 70's and 80's but we need people of all ages to get posting their memories The site is fun, friendly and completely free of charge to use and all we ask is that you contribute your memories or help us out with our research by posting information that you might know in one of the threads ! *NOTE - AS A GUEST YOU CAN READ THE SITE BUT WILL NEED TO REGISTER AN ACCOUNT TO POST OR SEE THE PICTURES THAT ARE POSTED ON THE SITE (it's free and takes 30 seconds !)* To register click here - http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...Reg&CODE=00 CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE ADMIN TEAM
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