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    Hi all, so glad I found this site, so much history in one place. I was born at walkley in 65, moved to Bubwith rd Brightside where my mum was born and grandparents lived. From there we lived in a cottage in Roe Woods, my dad became one of the first 6 park patrollers, on motorbikes, in Sheffield while at Roe Wood. From there we moved to Shiregreen where mum still lives. Dad was born at the bottom end of Bellhouse rd. Have lived in a few places in Sheffield and now 20 years in Chesterfield. Looking forward to reading lots more and to dig up some of my own memories and photos to share with everyone. :-))
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    Last year's thread and I rediscovered this 35mm slide which seems to fit appropriately into this one.Taken in June 1963 when rear loaders were favourite and steam locos much in evidence at Midland Station.
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    For your information the letters on the bridge BB & JH refer to Benjamin Blonk and John Huntsman. Blonk Street was so called because when it was made the "tilt" shown on the map on the river side of Blonk St.was "The Wicker ***" belonging to the Blonk Family. On the other side of Blonk St. was "The Wicker Wheel" also belonging to the Blonk Family. You will also see a third grinding shop belonging to the Blonks at the end of the dam to the right of "Blonk Island". Later on John Huntsman had a Huntsman Melting Furnace at the end of the Wicker Tilt building. If you look through the large window nearest to Blonk Bridge you will see the chimney of the Huntsman furnace preserved as a monument. Remember the old Sheffield saying "Down T'Wicker were t'water goes o'er t'weir" the weir on the upstream side of Ladys Bridge diverted water to the Wicker Tilt and Wicker Wheel. I learnt all about this by carrying out research for descendants of this branch of the Blonk family who live in Australia. My Blonk family come from a later branch of the Blonk family
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    I've read somewhere that the flats that face Lady's bridge and Nursery Street were originally called Castle House, the windows just above the river was where the dogs were kept when it was a Dogs Home when it re-located there from the Pond Street area in c1900 I think , it wasn't used for long as it was always damp because of the river often flooding the place. The ornamental front door was the entrance and you can still make out the name. At the end of the walk on Blonk Street bridge you can see the initials of one of the men who ran the stables there plus possibly the vets initials too, the chap that owned and ran the stables also had stabling and shoeing available at 30-36 Burton Road now known as the Yellow Arch Recording Studios but the Horseshoe above the arch tells just what it was .
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    As recently promised I have extracted the information relevant to Sheffield City Police contained in copies of some early Police Almanacs that I recently had passed to me. The early editions of the Almanac gave very little information in relation to the city and borough forces in a lot of cases, and sadly Sheffield was no exception in this respect. Where there was no change in the information from the previous year I have not repeated it. Note that until 1869, the chief officer was known as the Head Constable, a common feature of early borough/city police forces at that period. 1858: Force strength was 132 to serve a population of 135,310. 1859: The Head Constable was Thomas Raynor, up to January 1859 when John Jackson took up the post. The force strength had increased to 191. 1862: Head Constable - John Jackson. Population - 185,157. Force strengh - 191. 1863: Force strength - 215 1864: Force strength - 230 1865: Force strength - 240 1866: Force strength - 245 1867: Head Constable - John Jackson. Chief Clerk - M.T. England. Force strength - 250 1868: Force strength - 260 1869: Chief Constable - John Jackson. Chief Clerk - J. England. Inspectors - J. Rodgers; J. Wilson; F. Otter. Force strength - 280 1901: Population - 324,243 Force strength - 465. Chief Constable - Commander Charles T. Scott. Deputy Chief Constable - George Mackley, Esq. Town Clerk - Henry Sayer, Esq. Magistrates Clerk - C.E. Vickers, Esq. Inspector Weights & Measures - G.W. Catchpole. Coroner - D. Wightman, Esq. Warrant Officer - Superintendent J. Gilley. Chief Clerk - Superintendent G.H. Barker. Fire Brigade - Superintendent W. Frost. Superintendent Detective Department - J.M. Moody. Central Division - Inspector M. Bridgeman. Attercliffe Division - Inspector G. Moore. Brightside Division - Detective Inspector W. Smith. Broomhill Division - Detective Inspector C. Thompson. Ecceshall Division - Detective Inspector W. Jackson. Walkley Division - Detective Inspector J. Goodwin The first Head Constable, Thomas Raynor was appointed in 1844, on the formation of the Sheffield Borough Police, as it was known as at that time. John Jackson, appointed as Head Constable on 1st January 1859, was to serve until 1898. Commander Charles T. Scott was appointed as Chief Constable in December 1898, and served in this role until 1912.
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    This morning I went under Bramall Lane Bridge and investigated further. The far end of the bridge's route (now under the Decathlon car park) is 100 metres from the Staples car park end already shown on this thread (the measurements are marked along the way to aid workmen). I post pictures of the other end of the bridge and an outflow inside the culvert that I think was originally from the Vulcan works dam and water power site. Although I'm happy to be wrong again
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    Hi Syrup Thank you for the news article clipping. It's very tantalising close apart from one minor detail the name in the article states G Lyon not J Lyon. However, the date and stables are spot on which leads me to believe Joseph Lyon worked at Sheffield Tramway Company. Joseph (27) married Emma(22) in 1869, the two witnesses are George (53) & Ann Lyon (55). His father is named Thomas so judging by the age gap George is probably Joseph's uncle. They come from a farming background in Lincolnshire so working together with horses makes sense. In 1883 George would have been aged 67 hence the article (oldest servant) makes it more probable that it was presented to George rather than Joseph, who was only 41 at that time. Joseph died (unknown) not long after aged just 44 and was buried at Heeley Christ Church on 2nd Jan 1887. So another connection to the article (he is now going to Heeley). I can only assume that the inscriber perhaps made an unlikely error with the initial on the trophy? I can't find a record of George & Ann having children hence the trophy must have been passed down to one of Joseph's two sons. I did find a very interesting post on this site on the STC and will make contact to see if any employee records still survive and hopefully will provide the proof that George & Joseph did work together. https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/154-sheffield-trams/ Again thanks for the clipping. John O.
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    If my memory serves me well, it doesn't usually, I seem to remember that it was used as a stand for milk churns awaiting collection. I may possibly remember a fellow miscreant trying to get one of the lids off to quench a thirst but if pressed I would plead the UK version of the fifth amendment
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    It really frustrates me that not enough is known about Sheffield Castle. We don't really seem to have any information at all on this place considering what an important Sheffield structure it was. Sheffield Castle is still an enigma. Why is that?
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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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    I have just come across this photo' of a North Western Leyland TS4 on Mam Tor. --------------- http://www.old-bus-photos.co.uk/wp-content/themes/Old-Bus-Photos/galleries/frank_brindley_collection/frank_brindley_collection.php
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    Anyone living in any of these houses may be interested in this postcard on Ebay. ------------------- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/173604248815?ul_noapp=true Google Street View -------https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.3837307,-1.4973794,3a,75y,81.23h,90.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s24w0G3NbxJMMlYOd7eyZgw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
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    Probably of no interest to anyone else, but one of the photos here shows the location of my Dad’s bench, sited and dedicated to his memory for almost twenty years now...
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    Was down at Crich last week. 510 was being moved late in the afternoon and is looking very smart.
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    This is a recommendation for a book available from Amazon (£8 well spent) - an edited and updated version (with corrections and new information and pictures) of James Hayton Stainton's "Past Chapters in Sheffield History". It was originally published in 1918 for the benefit of prisoners of war. It's very good on old street layouts and especially the background to the High Street widening. There is a "Look Inside" feature on the Amazon site that allows skinflints to read some of its pages: Past Chapters in Sheffield History - Amazon Link
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    There was a pub called the Rising Sun on Hunshelf Road at Stocksbridge directly across the road from the billet mill. In the billet mill large ingots were rolled at yellow heat down into blooms of say up to 4" plus square, and then cut up on a hot saw into lengths to suit the customers. In an early application of technology the blooms were measured for length and a very early computer made by Elliot Automation determined the best cuts to make out of a given length to suit the various customers. The computer use first generation germanium transistors and had a 1K magnetic core store for it's memory. The pub was obviously very (too) convenient for the parched workforce and I was told the Fox's had bought out the licence and closed and demolished the pub in 1967. My connection with this came in the early nineteen seventies when I parked my A35 van (Wallace & Gromit Mobile) on the cleared ground of the pub in order to carry out the " Redex Treatment". This consisted of running around until the engine was hot, parking up, removing the air filter; and pouring a can full of Redex engine detergent/cleaner into the top of the carb. This was supposed to clear the valve stems and piston rings and restore performance. It also produced huge quantities of black smoke. When I started this procedure I had failed to notice the large billet mill high voltage substation downwind just a few yards away. I'd also forgotten that large substations often used photo-electric ray fire detection in case of fire in the oil-filled switchgear. I'd just got about half the can of Redex in the engine and couldn't see a hand in front of my face when there was a loud bang from the substation and the loud whine from the billet mill opposite wound down to a worrying silence. The penny dropped ! I flung the air filter inside the car, shut down the bonnet and was speeding back down the hill in the opposite direction to where I knew the high voltage gang would be approaching within about ten seconds. My stealthy departure was not helped by a smoke trail that the Red Arrows would have been proud of. I think I got away with it 'so don't tell anyone. hilldweller.
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    The demolition of Sheffield in the 1960's, 1970's & 1980's a blaze was the sky with fires from the demolition sites there were only a few known Sheffield Companies at the time A.D.H Demolition Limited (contracted to Sheffield Council) A. Whites Demoliiton Ltd Childs Demolition Ltd Demex Ltd J. Whites Ltd and later T.D.E (Rotherham) (ancestors of A. Whites demolition) i remember as an only child going with my parents to the demolition sites, i remember the black sooty days crooks moor was ablaze with fires and being situated on a hill you could look across Sheffield and see other contractors lighting the sky. The forgotten demolition men and woman contractors that made Adolf Hitler assault on sheffield oblivious. The Sheffield Council pillaged property with compulsory purchase took peoples homes and business for pittance of monies, i remember sometimes wed pull houses down leaving the odd one still standing whilst the owners or tenants were fighting for their legal rights to stay or be given a better deal. Sheffield Council insisted on the demolition of what we would see today as historical buildings but to the council they was drab, nuisance and needed to be pulled down our sheffield architecture of centuries past were stone masons are not of what is today ended up a pile of rubble and down the tip it went. Odd pieces will have survived and relocated without knowing and the next generation losing site. I know the red set that lay on the floor in kelham island were taken from the Sheffield Abattoir and re laid in the museum yet a piece of history is lost again and no mention of where they arrived from they just part of the decor of the museum yet in truth is part of a bigger history. i attach a stone fireplace my parents built in a property still in the sheffield area, the new owners of that property will never know the history of that house or where that huge fireplace with its ornate archway came from. The archway formed the door way to the GAS HOUSE on commercial Street its were you paid your account (its historic significance to Sheffield is when sheffield turned from Candle Light to Gas. i attach another photo of a font that was part of the St josephs convent, common side htpp://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/environmental-health-part-park-hill-slums-1-5 I'm hoping a log can be made on this site for anyone to upload demolition photographs and maybe if theres any demolition men left that worked on these site can contribute before history is lost. I was a fortunate person i know much of sheffield i lived the era and a breathed it with my family. Im trying to see if we can make a single page where all the data of the lost (demolished) can be found, before it is too late. I want to see what the public holds before i update this site again with All the 1000 pictures and documents i hold of Sheffield
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    171 on corner of Alfred Street and Dane Street https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/437500/389500/13/101329
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    I remember as a child in the '70s being so proud of that fountain because my Dad had told me that it had been made (partially at least) at Bramahs, which he worked at as a fabricator for some years Cant honestly remember if Dad had actually had anything to do with its construction, but in my head 'My Dad made that!', and I told anyone that would listen !
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    Picture Sheffield gives date as 22 July 1961 ( spot on boginspro!) which was a Saturday. The AEC Regent III - VWJ 541 was one of nine Roe bodied vehicles out of 85 AEC's delivered in 1956/57 for tram replacement services, seen here on Route 24 to Tinsley. Used to love the smell of Ground coffee which drifted out of Davy's.
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    A stunning bit of film. Anyone seen this before?http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/environmental-health-part-park-hill-slums-1-5
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    Not sure if we already have a drinking fountain thread, but this image posted by Aiden Stones on his Twitter account is fantastic. It shows the drinking fountain that was at the junction of Gibraltar St, Allen St and Bowling Green Street, and todays view from Moorfileds facing towards Penistone Rd.. https://twitter.com/OldSheffield
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    One of my husband's hobbies is collecting transport tickets, and occasionally in the bits of paper he buys something interesting turns up, such as this one. It is a ticket for the City Clopper, a horse bus which operated in the city in the early 1980s: I remember reading about the horse bus but I wasn't living in Sheffield at the time and I don't think I ever saw it operating. A short film about the service:
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    If you follow the supertram which is blurred above to the road, is where the church would have been. Possibly where the big tree is now. Also I note that Midland Station has now lost it's first foot bridge.
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    I think there was just a crossover for the trams to change tracks for the return journey, but then that's all a tram needs. I worked buses to Vulcan Road in later days but we went round the loop. I think there was a row of basic tin topped shelters on the return track side. Quite a number of trams and later buses were needed there when shifts changed in the steel works, some of them being workers special routes. I have recently seen a picture of a crowd round one of the last trams on Vulcan Road but can't remember where I saw it. EDIT Not the picture I was thinking of but here is one of trams on Vulcan Road, possibly the last day,
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    Hi Folks, I wrote a new blog about seeing I'm So Hollow at Romeo's & Juliet's in February 1981. Link - http://www.mylifeinthemoshofghosts.com/2017/08/26/im-so-hollow-atmosphere-at-romeos-juliets-bank-street-sheffield-wednesday-11th-february-1981/ Enjoy. Dodger
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    Fulwood Termius, Canterbury Ave 501 looks brand new in this shot so I’m guessing that means it was taken in the late 40’s.
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    Hello no spoons for me again today. Not all bad though. What do you think? The blades on these scissors are about 3 inches long. We see the "I.XL" mark clearly. On the the other side of the blade pivot area is a less clear mark that I believe says that the scissors are chromium plated.I supose dating the scissors is difficult, but they may well be from the same period as "SteveHB's" Kelly directories ad. Kalfred
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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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    It may be just me, my eyes are not what they were, but on some posts/comments I struggle to read them without zooming the page. I just wondered if the default font size could be increased slightly, I understand that this can be done using the size button when posting or editing but members with good eye sight will not think of doing so.
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    Sure, my pal is round for dinner next week, so I’ll ask him for the contact details for the site editor and send them to you.
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    Failure to restore animation at Morecambe. If the title sounds like something from the likes of Pixar or Aardman Animations, the truth is far from amusing. It refers to a tragedy which took place 150 years ago at Morecambe. It was a reference to a futile attempt to escape from a sandbank at Morecambe which alerted me to this tale. There is, in the Zion Churchyard at Attercliffe, a memorial to Frank Giles and his brother- in-law William Coldwell who both drowned on August 17th 1868. Having researched this via contemporary newspapers, I can tell the story in greater detail. We begin in Attercliffe, at the Giles home on Shortridge Street (by the side of the John Banner building). John Giles, the head of the family worked as a foreman at the nearby Sheffield Smelting Works. Also employed there were his son Frank, aged 17 and his son-in-law William Coldwell. William had only been part of the family for just over a year, having married Ellen Austin Giles the previous year. According to one source, William at 26 was a clerk in the factory and Frank was a Trade Mark Maker. Frank had a brother, Henry, and on Saturday 15 th August 1868 the three set off from Attercliffe to travel to Morecambe on the Lancashire coast, arriving in the evening. Here they met up with 40 year old Richard Wilkinson, a dyer’s labourer from Tumbling Hill Street, Bradford who was there with his brother in law Isaac Ackroyd, a blacksmith, and Wilkinson’s two nephews, John William White and John Henry Ackroyd. According to what Isaac Ackroyd told Lawrence Holden Esq., the Coroner, on the Monday evening, they had left their lodgings at around half past five, and had made their way to a sandbank known locally as Skeer Bank or Old Scar Bank where they undressed and began to bathe. (Skeer is a local dialect word, derived from old Norse meaning a ridge of rocks, a bed of rough gravel or stones or a spit of sand.) The sandbank was easily reached at low tide, but is surrounded by channels. Their danger was spotted by a shooting party who fired their guns in an attempt to warn the bathers but to no avail. Around seven o’clock they noticed the tide was rushing in and surrounding them with water. They returned to the bank and began to dress. They tried to reach the shore but the combination of the fast incoming tide and the channel they attempted to cross proved too much. White, Frank Giles and Coldwell immediately disappeared under the water. Wilkinson tried to reach the shore, but it proved too much for him. Although he was in an exhausted condition and insensible state when he was dragged ashore and taken to the Queen’s Hotel, where attempts were made to revive him, in the words of the report, “means were adopted to restore animation”, but without success and he died half an hour later. Of the seven, it was only Isaac Ackroyd who had been able to swim. A local boatmen, by the name of William Woodhouse made a gallant effort to reach the party in the water and rescued Henry Giles and the Ackroyds. All this was witnessed by the people on the pier who were powerless to act. The body of Coldwell was recovered close to the rescued, but the body of Frank Giles was found in the afternoon closer to Heysham. The inquest, which took place before Lawrence Holden, Coroner, on the Monday evening in the Queen’s Hotel, complimented Woodhouse for his speed at attempting a rescue. The inquest was told that the bodies had all been recovered on the Monday afternoon a little distance from where they had gone down. The bodies had been nibbled by crabs and the faces were scarcely recognisable. One’s eyes had gone and another had his nose eaten away. The bodies were identified by relatives. The local boatman, William Woodhouse told the inquest that his attention was drawn to a party of bathers on the Old Skeer Bank, but he believed this to be a mistake. Again he was told about them, in the words of the person who had alerted him, “I’m sure they must be bathers, as I have seen one naked go into the water.”. Woodhouse responded with an “Oh dear, they’ll all be drowned!”. He ran down to the beach and obtaining a boat from a pleasure party, proceeded as quickly as possible to the aid of the unfortunate bathers. At this time the bank was not covered, but there was about ten feet of water in the channel. When he arrived, the bathers were all struggling in the water. He was successful in picking up four people but one, presumably Wilkinson, “never moved again”. Three had disappeared and were not seen alive again. Woodhouse believed the party would have been saved had they all stayed on the sandbank. At this time there was only two feet of water covering it. One of the jurymen stated to the Coroner that Woodhouse had been instrumental in saving these lives. The Coroner, for his part, said that he was minded to forward an account to the Royal Humane Society as he believed Woodhouse to have been a suitable candidate to receive the society’s medal. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The paper reported that Mrs Coldwell was in a most distressed condition and that Mr Giles who had endeavoured to save his brother was also in a very weak and dejected state. Following the inquest, the bodies of the deceased were released and those returning to Sheffield were taken on the Midland train where they were met by an undertaker. It is highly probable that just over a year after conducting the marriage ceremony of William and Ellen, John Calvert was called on to conduct his funeral. On August 30th in the morning service, the preacher’s text was Ephesians Chapter 5 verse 17: Understanding the will of the Lord. That evening an eloquent and impressive discourse was delivered from the words, “When Thy judgements are in the earth then will the nations learn righteousness. ' (Isaiah ...) They were not the only deaths on the sands of Morecambe Bay that year, A matter of a few weeks later saw two more deaths and in the years since then, more have died. Today the RNLI have a hovercraft to save lives here. This September, the Zion Churchyard is one of the locations for the popular Heritage Open Day scheme.
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    Quick update for you folks. I've continued to chip away at the corner (lower-left on this new image). Still no sign of a gap, nor "hole" - but I'll keep going! (a few inches down / in now). Also.. as another tactic, I've started clearing away more of the grass / earth (see top left section of this picture). This is (now) roughly where the concrete seems to end. The picture still does show the "mound" nature of this (though it is fairly subtle) - with that rectangular section higher up than the rest, which is the "mount" bit (the rectangular area being flat). I'll keep chipping away and update accordingly! Next part (weekend coming) will be to find the outer edge of the concrete are all the way around (continuing from top-left corner). John.
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    Here are all three buildings in 1989.....
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    I went a few times too, I was far more impressed by the Hi-Fi than the hotel itself, it looked very cheap and nasty inside.
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    i know people have tried to locate the Howard Hotel that was on walkley it was near birkendale view,
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    I don't suppose that it really matters in the context of the comparison between then and now, but I think that old photo of Joseph Rodgers dates from rather later than 1900. The tramway terminated in Fitzalan Square until 1908 when a single track siding was built on Flat Street, terminating opposite Sycamore Street. The line along Flat Street was only doubled and extended along Pond Street in the early 1920s.
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    Join David Templeman for a fascinating look into the origins of central Sheffield street names through images, maps and text. Hear how the town’s rural roots are still remembered and journey back through Tudor, Medieval times and beyond to discover where the street names originated. Mon 9 October 2017 - 10:30 – 11:30 Carpenter Room Sheffield Central Library Surrey Street Sheffield S1 1XZ Tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-history-of-sheffield-street-names-tickets-36895704044
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    I'm sure some of our members will be able to put some flesh on the bones of some of those photos.
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    Zoom in on this photo and see how many different things and places you can identify from this Sheffield scene. What is still left? What are we looking at? Where will this have been taken from?
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    It was the ending of cheap bus fares that I will remember. The adult fare of just 10p.
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    I am hoping that one of our experts can assist me in identifying the location of the attached image. The year, if it helps, is 1956. The sign behind the tram-car, denoted by an arrow, states Regent, so obviously a petrol filling station, but what a location?, tightly sandwiched between so many residential properties. To be honest, the location should not have proven, at least to me, to be so difficult to identify. After all, there can't have been that many locations where a tram bearing a Vulcan Road destination blind could have been climbing a bank in order to get there. Mansfield Road, from Intake maybe, but it doesn't seem to be; Duke Street, or City Road, going the long way around by Elm Tree, possibly, but again, it doesn't seem to be, coming back up from Walkley perhaps, but seems unlikely. So, if anyone can identify the location, I would be very grateful.
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    The Church hall was much smaller than this, it's entrance was on Baseldene Rd, looks more like the Vicarage
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    Pre-Norman invasion Iron Age: Brigantes constructed forts at Wincobank and Carl Wark, and the Roman Rig dyke. c55: A Roman fort was constructed at Templeborough. Early 9th century: The Sheffield Cross, an Anglo-Saxon cross was made. It is thought that this was erected on the (future) site of Sheffield Cathedral. 829: According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, King Egbert of Wessex received the submission of King Eanred of Northumbria to at the hamlet of Dore (now a suburb of Sheffield). 942: Edmund I of England re-conquered the Midlands, as far as Dore. 1000–1099 1046: A chapel was built on Carter Knowle at Ecclesall. 1069/70: Any settlements in the Sheffield area were likely destroyed in the harrying of the North. 1076: Waltheof, 1st Earl of Northampton and Lord of the manor of Hallam, was executed. 1100–1199 c1100: William de Lovetot founded a church on the (future) site of Sheffield Cathedral. c1150: William de Lovetot built a castle in Sheffield. He also had the first Lady's Bridge built, established a corn mill and hospital in the town, and founded St Mary's church at nearby Handsworth (now a suburb of the city). 1176 (or 1183): Beauchief Abbey was established 4 miles southwest of the town of Sheffield in Beauchief. 1200–1299 c1200: Metalworking began at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. 1266: A party of barons, led by John de Eyvill, marching from north Lincolnshire to Derbyshire passed through Sheffield and destroyed the town, burning the church and castle. c1250: Church House at Handsworth (now the Cross Keys public house) was built. c1270: A large stone castle was built to replace the wooden castle destroyed in 1266. c1280: A new church was consecrated by William II Wickwane the Archbishop of York. 1296: Sheffield was granted a royal charter to hold a weekly market and an annual fair. The first reference to Sheffield's Town Mill appears. 1297: "Robert the Cutler" is recorded in a tax return, the earliest surviving reference to the manufacture of cutlery in Sheffield. 1300–1399 c1387: Geoffrey Chaucer in The Reeve’s Tale from his book The Canterbury Tales gave an early reference to Sheffield and the metal industry for which the town would become famous. 1400–1499 1430: The 1280 parish church was pulled down and replaced with a new building, the core of the present cathedral. c1434: "Barker's Pool", Sheffield's first reservoir, was constructed. Once a month the reservoir gates were opened allowing water to wash the filth from the towns streets (with open sewers along their centres) into the River Don. c1480: The "The hawle at the Poandes" (now the Old Queen's Head public house) was built. 1485: Lady's Bridge was replaced with a new stone-built bridge, still in existence. 1500–1599 c1500: Bishops' House was built. c1510: The fourth Earl of Shrewsbury, George Talbot built the Manor Lodge outside the town. 1520: The Shrewsbury Chapel was added to Sheffield Parish Church. 1530: Cardinal Wolsey, following his arrest, was detained at the Manor Lodge for 18 days. 1537: Beauchief Abbey was dissolved, the estate becoming the property of Sir Nicholas Strelley. 1570: Mary Queen of Scots began her 14-year imprisonment at Sheffield Castle and the Manor Lodge, under the guard of George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury 1584: Shepherd Wheel was passed to the sons of William Beighton in his will. 1600–1699 1621: Carbrook Hall was built. 1624: The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire was formed to oversee the cutlery trade in the town. 1630: Attercliffe Chapel was built. 1638: The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire erect the first Cutlers' Hall. 1642–1651: The English Civil Wars: 1642: The people of Sheffield seized Sheffield Castle for the Parliamentarians 1643: The castle was taken by Royalist forces. 1648: After a long siege the castle was once again taken by Parliamentarian forces, and an Act of Parliament passed for its demolition. 1700–1799 1700: Upper Chapel, the first non-conformist chapel in the city, was built. 1721: St Paul's Church is built as a chapel-of-ease to the parish church. 1736: The first buildings in Paradise Square are constructed. 1740s: Benjamin Huntsman, a clock maker in Handsworth invented a form of the crucible steel process for making a better quality of steel than had previously been available. 1743: Thomas Boulsover, working in Sheffield, invented "Sheffield plate". 1751: River Don Navigation extended to Tinsley. 1756: An Act of Parliament undertakes to turnpike the road south from Sheffield, to Chesterfield and London. c1769: Britannia metal was invented in Sheffield, originally being known as "Vickers white metal". 1771: Paradise Square is completed. 1773: Sheffield was given a silver assay office. c1775: The Duke of Norfolk commissioned plans for a new quarter, to be constructed on Alsop Fields. 1779: John Wesley preached in Paradise Square on 15 July. 1797: Sheffield Royal Infirmary opened. 1800–1899 1805: A new nave was added to the parish church. 1808: The small town hall that had stood near the parish church was replaced with a new building at the corner of Waingate and Castle Street. 1819: Sheffield Canal opened. 1832: A cholera epidemic claimed 402 lives in the town, later commemorated by the Cholera Monument. 1832: Sheffield gained representation in the House of Commons as a Parliamentary Borough 1836: Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Sheffield General Cemetery opened. 1838: A new Cutlers' Hall was built, forming the core of the current building. 1838: The first railway station in Sheffield, Sheffield Wicker station, opened on 31 October as the southern terminus of the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway. 1843: Sheffield was incorporated as a municipal borough. 1848: The Roman Catholic Church of St Marie (later a cathedral) was completed. 1848: The Wicker Arches were constructed. 1848: The parish of Sheffield was subdivided into smaller parishes. 1851: Sheffield Victoria Station opened on 15 September. 1855: Bramall Lane opened as a cricket ground. 1857: Sheffield F.C., the oldest football club in the world among those that have played, or do play, Association football (soccer), was founded. 1858: Sheffield Trades and Labour Council founded as the "Sheffield Association of Organised Trades". 1860: Hallam F.C. was founded. 1864: The Great Sheffield flood devastated large parts of the town, killing 270 people. 1864: By-laws were passed prohibiting the construction of back-to-back housing in the town. 1866: The United Kingdom Alliance of Organised Trades, a forerunner of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), was founded in Sheffield . 1867: The Sheffield Football Association founded 1867: Sheffield Wednesday F.C. was founded. 1870: Midland Main Line extension from Chesterfield to Sheffield opened, with the new terminus at Sheffield Midland station. 1873: The first trams ran in Sheffield. 1878: The first ever floodlit football match was played at Bramall Lane on 14 October. 1885: The Mappin Art Gallery opened. 1889: Sheffield United F.C. was founded. 1893: A Royal Charter granted the municipal borough of Sheffield the style and title of "city". 1897: The University of Sheffield was established. 1897: A new town hall was opened on Pinstone Street, the old building subsequently being used as the county court. 1897: The Lyceum Theatre opened. 1899: Hillsborough Stadium opened. 1900–1999 1913: Stainless steel was invented by Harry Brearley whilst working at the Brown Firth Laboratories in Sheffield. 1914: Sheffield became a diocese of the Church of England, and the parish church became a cathedral. 1919: Sheffield City Council began building council houses, mostly to the north and east of the city centre. 1926: The Labour Party first took control of the city council. 1934: Sheffield City Hall completed. 1934/35: Districts formerly in Derbyshire including Beauchief, Dore, Totley, Norton, and Woodseats were annexed by Sheffield. 1938: St Paul's Church was demolished to make way for an extension to the Town Hall. The extension was never built, and the site subsequently became the Peace Gardens. 1940: The "Sheffield Blitz"—heavy bombing over the nights of 12 December and 15 December led to the loss of over 660 lives, and the destruction of numerous buildings. 1955–1961: Park Hill flats were built. 1955–1962: The Gleadless Valley estate was built. 1965 The University of Sheffield Arts Tower was completed. 1971: The Crucible Theatre opened. 1974: The Local Government Act of 1972 led to the formation of the Metropolitan borough of Sheffield. 1974: Sheffield Parkway was opened. 1977: The "eggbox" extension to the Town Hall was built. 1979: The Royal Hallamshire Hospital opened. 1980: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hallam was created with the Church of St Marie as its Cathedral. 1988: The Sheffield Development Corporation was established. 1989: The Hillsborough disaster—96 Liverpool F.C. fans were crushed to death at Hillsborough Stadium. 1990: The Meadowhall shopping centre opened. 1990: The Don Valley Stadium opened. 1991: Sheffield Arena and Ponds Forge opened. 1991: Sheffield hosted the World Student Games. 1994: The first section of the Sheffield Supertram network was opened. 1997: The Gatecrasher nightclub moved to Sheffield. 1997: The film The Full Monty (set in Sheffield) was released. 2000–present 2001: The Millennium Galleries opened. 2003: The Winter Gardens opened on the site of the 1977 Town Hall extension.
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    and http://www.sheffieldrecordsonline.org.uk/ of course.
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