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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
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. An enlargement of the platform building as depicted in the above image. Unfortunately, some of the fine details that the photographer captured for posterity have been lost in this compressed download. Copyright to this image is retained. However:- The classic MS&LR, cast-iron, platform signage, above the three visible doorways, from left to right, read GENERAL WAITING ROOM, LADIES WAITING ROOM and GENTLEMEN. Unfortunately, the full details on all of the five exhibited posters cannot be discerned, even at a very high scanning resolution, but the following text can be noted:-
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  6. The Sharrow Cycling club used to organise "The Sharrow Sports" bicycle track racing on the track that used to be around the cricket pitch at Bramall Lane in the late 1800's Here are a few pictures from the club album.
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  7. Nowadays folk perhaps move house more often than they did a few decades ago. When I think of my childhood we knew everyone on our section of the road, and all our neighbours had lived there a long time, some still do. Folk didn't seem to move house so often. But for many reasons folk now seem to move house more frequently, which may go towards explaining the loss of any community spirit? Also, most couples work full time so will be out all day, and when they get home they just want to close their door to the world, which is understandable. Previously if the wives stayed at home they would
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  8. At first, starting to read this topic, I thought of Organgrinder as "Axegrinder" as he seemed intent on dismissing any aspect of recent Sheffield history as irrelevant. As I share the opinion, expressed by another poster, that history begins yesterday, I could not agree with his sentiments. But, the more I read of his posts, the more I agreed with them, especially on the subject of community. I spent my first 13 years in lower-middle-class Gleadless Avenue; I did not have the concept of "community" then, having known nothing different, but looking back, I can see that it certainly did
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  9. 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
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  10. I am from a very, very working class background and I never found the shared experiences of our lot to have created "community". My parents ( and I don't think they were untypical) wanted us children to get away from the "hard life" they and their ancestors had experienced for generations.....The "new" Sheffield was a start....as was full employment... the Social Security system, , better housing and, of course education...especially the Grammar schools which allowed a kid like me from "darkest" Shiregreen to widen his horizons. Post War Sheffield was a grim place with fogs, soot and
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  11. I understand what you are saying, but at the same time capturing photos of the redevelopment will become part of history research in the future. I'm sure we would all love to see photos of Barkers Pool (the actual pool) being constructed, or the construction of the Queens Head pub off Pond Street, or of course Sheffield Castle. At the time of that construction, it would have probably appeared quite boring, only becoming interesting in years to come. As my old history teacher used to tell us - 'What happens today, becomes history tomorrow'.
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  12. They were probably attracted by the roundabout, giving them easy access to the Parkway 😀
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  13. 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.
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  14. Built at Swindon Works in 1959, Class 9F, No.92206, of York North Shed (50A), approaches Beighton Station Signal Box and Level Crossing from the direction of Woodhouse Junction in 1964. This locomotive was withdrawn in May 1967, after only eight years of service.
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  15. Tuesday I went searching for relatives graves at Abbey Lane Cemetery. I went via Graves Park. The first thing I noticed was a lot of dead trees in the park. Also there were workmen in the woods felling a lot of them as well as taking a lot branches off, back to the trunk. Now if this is to do with the spate of tree killing bugs that are around I don't know. Or it could be to do with general woodland maintenance, creating more light etc for new trees to grow, or a combination of the two! The first image however shows I think wind action, with some afterwards pruning. The chap isn't a woodman,
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  16. I can never ever remember any kind of vandalism in the Pinstone Street shelter, no graffiti, the roof was secure no lead just honest to goodness putty, it was removed because they, the council, could.
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  17. Well, what ever it is, it appears to be contagious 😁
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  18. Looked long and hard at the original image and I must say that it is intriguing. I can't help with any actual definitive information, that would confirm it's purpose, or location, but I would make the following observations:- Looks like a railway embankment in the background, and looks like it might be electrified (are those vertical lines, power traction gantries?) which would limit potential locations. Railway boundary looks to be of dry stone construction and therefore likely to be either North Sheffield, or Barnsley, or Rotherham. Probably somewhere on the Pennines. Installa
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  19. Back in the early postwar years my father worked for a company by the name of Sheffield Steel Products (SSP) Can anyone tell me if this company is still in existence today, or what became of it?
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  20. Yes, sad indeed. I went here after nights at Roxy’s in the ‘80s as a teenager. Then moved away from Sheffield in 1988. When I moved back here in 2018, and went wandering round the now much changed town centre, it brought a smile to my face, the fact that it was still there after all this time.
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  21. They were on BBC2 last night....on a Pop music history of 1981....!!!
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  22. Booker, Thos. (, town's husband & collector of rents & debts). Address: 14 Change Alley, in 1833. Recorded in: Whites History & Directory of Sheffield - 1833. Booker, Thos. (, accountant, appraiser and collector). Address: 4 Change alley, in 1837. Recorded in: Whites Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham - 1837.
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  23. Woolworths on the Moor used to be very good for its selection of Airfix models. Grandparents used to take us into town on a Saturday morning, park on Matilda Street and use the side entrance, my recollection is that the cafeteria used to be on the right from that entrance. We would be given a timescale which was enough to go round Woolworths then pop into Redgates a few doors up.
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  24. The phrase continues...." Nah then thee,ars tha?" A simple request asking how somebody is....often the response would be...." Alrayt, ars tha"?
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  25. Church of St Mary, Ecclesfield or Ecclesfield Church as I call it
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  26. I remember when it opened thinking what the hell is a wine bar?
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  27. Didn’t Obsorne’s (Clyde Steelworks) used to back on to the river? The frontage was on Wicker (now SADDACCA) and it used to go all the way back? I’m sure one of the old maps will give us the answer?.... yep..... https://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s12215&pos=73&action=zoom&id=15141
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  28. A scanned image from a plate glass photographic negative, titled “Neepsend New Station”, so this presumably dates from 1888, or thereabouts. Would seem to predate similar images available on the Picture Sheffield website, and as already depicted in this thread, as the floral borders seen on those particular pictures are absent from this. Copyright to this image is retained.
    1 point
  29. That looks like the area near Arroyo de Miel , but could'nt quite pick out a part I recognised. Been there several times and it's a nice part of the world.
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  30. That sounds a likely reason for the name of the field; great that it's used and the name lives on! This picture of an OS map from 1937 shows a sports ground and pavilion on this site. It also marks three stones - picking up from the earlier post and the 1892-1914 map. Think these photos show two of them and what's left of one of them (along with bonus lambs). The markers in the same field have 'SH' inscribed in them.
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  31. I went there from 1956. My Uncle had intruduced me to classiucal music through records he had (bought from classics Club which you joined & they sent a record every month) . He bought us both a Saturday season ticket at City Hall & I loved it. Grdeatr memories of JB & the Halle live with me & I have a large collection of recofrdings of JB & Halle. In the 1960's I worked at ESC with 2 men in Sheffioeld Philharmonic Choir & I went with them in coaches for annual Messiah in Belle Vue. .I also recall a family visit (mum ,dad, grandma, Grandad & Uncle to the Free Trade
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  32. Oops missed a '0' out jn my reply, should have been £300,000.
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  33. The cheap seats were also a bonus for those of us who enjoyed popular music. I well remember sitting behind Joan Baez....who turned her back on the auditorium and sang a song especially for we "poor" folk! My earliest recollection of the Halle Orchestra was going ,with school, to an afternoon concert especially for schoolchildren....that would be mid 1950s.
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  34. I was at FPGS from 1961 to 1968 . Did anyone manage to copy the great photos on the now defunct website ? I was in Boris Haywoods form and can still read russian phonetically, it provides a great code for passwords! So many memories of great teachers, Spike, Mr Mayhew, Mr Clarke, Chas Holmes, Dr Eker ,Das Smith ,FT Wood, Mr Pallister, Jock Mackay and a few more notorious ones, Trevor Higginbottom, Mr Snook , Mr Wilson, and an evil geography teacher I cant remember the name . phillips ? amazing times.
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  35. "Kabin".... a trade name for its shops?
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  36. Another "potted dog" manufacturer....Binghams! A friend, who knew the founder of Fowlers Pickles, tells me he once remarked...." I made a fortune out of pickled onions....but the cost was I lost my sense of smell" Whilst checking on Burdall's Dandelion and Burdock drink I find we went over this topic back in 2018!🙄
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  37. Thorntons were a Sheffield brand ....a pleasant childhood memory in the days of sweet rationing.... They were a welcome diversification from the City's staples of steel and engineering. Sadly, they moved out of the City into Derbyshire some years ago. It would seem a combination of the fairly recent take over by a multi-national ( whose products , in my humble opinion, are not in the same league as are Thorntons )and the disastrous commercial affects of Covid 19 seem to have put the seal on those little shops, with staff wearing a distinctive uniform, selling the best chocolates ( with or wi
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  38. It was about the actual SQUARE but it doesn't have life without the people who used it.
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  39. I much preferred it with people going about their business, such as visiting the GPO, having a pint at the Elephant/Bell/Marples, visiting the News Theatre (Classic), waiting for a bus, hiring a cab or just passing the time of day with each other. The current square would be better named Nothingness Square IMHO, but everyone to their own.
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  40. Just found this picture of the Albert Hall amongst my mother-in-laws old photos - it says it was taken just after the fire
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  41. Seeing the cement factory brought a smile to my face! I was installing a heating system at a farm on the hillside over looking Castleton some time in the late 60s. The farmer was having a running battle with Peak Planning about the sighting of his caravan, Peak Planning wanted it storing out of sight so it couldn't be seen from the Villiage. The farmer replied using a few choice words!! when you take down that chimney I'll shift my caravan.
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  42. I have just found this thread, more than a year later. I went to Gleadless County and remember being in Mrs Bell’s class in the infants and, I think, Miss Anderson’s. In the juniors I had Mr Slater, J1, Miss Parkin, J2, and Mr Iosson for J3 and 4, in the huts. He liked to grow coleus plants in the greenhouse. I think we did a bit plant nurturing too. Michael Elliott was the post master’s son, in my class. I remember swinging on climbing bars just in front of the outside toilets at the back of the yard. In the front yard, we played rounders against other school teams, alway
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  43. 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
  44. Gravestones and the like are becoming increasingly unlikely to be a permanant memorial to anybody. With vandalism and the weather doing the best to destroy them. However even those set up to maintain them are pressed by money concerns or issues such as keeping them tidy. Closed burial grounds of long dead people have no-one intrested in protecting them and the public (due to the connection with death) don't want to provide charitable funds to keep gravestones in good nick. As we have seen with many graveyards in inner city areas, these can be re-used as public parks for ball games etc. But the
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  45. I think its been like that for a good few years now darren. As a child my dad would often pick me up at "home time" from Hillfoot School, we would then follow the waterside to the power station. At the time the last cooling tower was still under construction and the overhead buckets were still in use. Further on we would cut through Wardsend, have a look at the old chapel then go up and over the concrete railway bridge, there we would stop and wait for the express trains steaming to and from Sheffield Victoria then make our way home for tea. [ I still miss my dad.] Happy days. W/E.
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