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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
    3 points
  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:
    3 points
  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. 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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  7. Another card by Wilson's, showing High Street, note the 'Toys' advert seen on the tram 🙂
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  8. 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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  9. 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
    2 points
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. They were probably attracted by the roundabout, giving them easy access to the Parkway 😀
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  15. 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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  16. 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.
    2 points
  17. I'd also forgotten about those bombs. My brother and I weren't allowed guns and bombs on principle, but the boy next door-but-one to me (and 8 days younger, so we played together) had a full cowboy outfit with waistcoat, hat and gun in a holster. OT: When we moved to the Black Country in the early 1960s we lived opposite a bomb site that had been leveled, but not cleared. Needless to say we were told not to cross it, and equally needless to say we did! One day David (my mate) found some real bombs in the site, not toys. Suddenly things seemed a little frightening, until his elder brot
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  18. This one has only the stamp on the obverse side, but you get the idea..
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  19. 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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  20. 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,
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  21. ‘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
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  22. When I was growing up in the early 60's we knew most people who lived on the road, and I agree it's not like that nowadays, we are all more insular. One good thing coming out of the pandemic has been the setting up of community groups, although now on Facebook! Around us the group has sorted out shopping for people who were shielding, lending items, organising Easter egg hunts and treasure trails for the local kids, distributing surplus garden produce, the list goes on. So maybe there is a "community spirit", it's just different to what it used to be, if it will last once all this is over
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  23. You raise an interesting point. Though most of our neighbours in Gleadless Avenue had been there for years (the houses were, I think, built in the 1920s), my parents were Chesterfield people and moved there only shortly before I was born, at the end of the 1940s. Certainly the Ledgers were long-established in the area: they had taken their house over from a man named Eddie Jarvis, who was a family member Yet I never felt any sense of "us and them". People just helped each other, perhaps not consciously, but because that was what you naturally did. A few days ago I was sifting through s
    1 point
  24. 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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  25. 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
  26. 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
    1 point
  27. And just south of the bridge over the River Rother. Take a look at the National Library of Scotland's Georeferenced maps.
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  28. 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,
    1 point
  29. I don’t remember the last time I could have lemon on my kebab, nowhere I go to these days does it ! Great pic - a future historical gem
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  30. 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.
    1 point
  31. I remember this - we did a print of it recently. https://sheffield-personalised-prints.myshopify.com/products/henry-s-bar-sheffield-at-night?_pos=1&_psq=henry&_ss=e&_v=1.0
    1 point
  32. 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?
    1 point
  33. They were on BBC2 last night....on a Pop music history of 1981....!!!
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  34. The phrase continues...." Nah then thee,ars tha?" A simple request asking how somebody is....often the response would be...." Alrayt, ars tha"?
    1 point
  35. Hi Simon, was this on London Rd?
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  36. 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
    1 point
  37. 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
  38. 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.
    1 point
  39. Check out the new King Mojo web site at http://www.kingmojostory.com
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  40. This is a response to two recent posts I, too, benefitted from the cheap student tickets. There were two series- one Fridays and one Saturdays. I was in my teens and after concerts I would go round to the Green room to get my programmes signed. I still have many of them. We would often be invited in. Sir John Barbirolli usually did and talked at us - a string of hilarious anecdotes told with the timing of a professional comic. Then Lady Barbirolli came to say time to go. Some, as did JB did this as a way of winding down after the intensity of the concert. George Weldon was usual
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  41. This short film from the Yorkshire Film Archive, was made by the Sheffield Transport Department to promote their bus services around the city, brought back some fond childhood memories. https://www.yfanefa.com/record/8653
    1 point
  42. 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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  43. 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
    1 point
  44. 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
  45. Really sorry that many of your ancestors graves are in such a state. My wife has a number there too , thankfully not as bad as some of yours. Also as far as I can see no one has ever photographed the gravestones there or recorded the MI's. Most of my ancestors are in Burngreave. My gt grand parents grave was removed by the council asome years ago & the stone detstroyed in what can only be called an act of public vandalism. Their reason was said to be "health & safety" but the site is not overly steep so I can't see why. Anyway, why smash up the stone rather than keep it at the side o
    1 point
  46. There are only about three of them, all pensioners. What they need is more volunteers [how about you?] and an injection of cash.
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