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  1. 4 points
    A post-war vision of Sheffield, published by Sheffield City Council. Most likely still copyrighted, so reproduced for research and discussion purposes only. Interesting comparisons between what was proposed and what actually happened. Not reproduced in full, but some of those parts shown have previously been the subject of much discussion on this site.
  2. 4 points
    Johnson Class 1P-D, then a Grimesthorpe based engine, poses for the camera, whilst on station pilot duties, at Midland Station in 1931. Built at Derby in May 1886, as Midland Railway No.1825, and withdrawn from service at Grimesthorpe, on 26/12/1931. Renumbered as No.1333, in 1907, as portrayed here. A tantalising glimpse of Granville Street, (highlighted), beyond the station perimeter as well. Was it still Granville Street in 1931? POSTSCRIPT: There is a story associated with this photograph that what is recorded here, is this locomotive's last scheduled day of working on 24/12/1931, but that story has never been verified.
  3. 4 points
    Absolutely fascinated by these images and the differences and similarities. Here's an animation: https://i.imgur.com/O6hYAdp.gifv
  4. 4 points
    Crookes, the tracks to the right go up Pickmere Road to the tram sheds. Also School Road to the right which was shown on destination blinds, a terminus for short runners.
  5. 3 points
    With a number of threads on the City Hall I thought I'd add another one myself! These two scans are from my ever increasing collection of postcards featuring Sheffield and its environs. I've scanned them quite high so that they make a reasonable download. Had a great time in the City Hall as a youth but that ones been done to death I should imagine. Neither card has been posted so there are no dates to go by. I'll let you experts work that one out. Enjoy.
  6. 3 points
    http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/my-farewell-sheffield-manchester-electrics-congreves This is a film which shows the last journey by passenger train along the now closed route from Sheffield Victoria Station to Manchester. The film begins showing the overhead electric cables and then a train quickly passing over the camera, followed by the title: ‘My Farewell To The Sheffield Manchester Electrics’. The film then shows some buildings and a sign for Sheffield Victoria Railway Station, followed by the inside of the Station (though it is very dark). Propped up on the outside of a moving passenger train, the camera shows the train departing. The train is then shown from the side of the track passing by. It is being pulled by a diesel engine even though electric cable runs overhead. The route shows the Wicker arches, Neepsend, and Five Arches viaduct. Two tall chimneys are in the background, and from a moving train it passes cooling towers and sidings with coal wagons. Then, from high above on the hillside at Owlerton, a train is shown passing. The film shows inside the signal box at Wadsley Bridge with the track diagram, and a diesel pulled passenger train passing the box, followed by a class 76 electric. From the camera on the moving train the film shows the train passing Penistone Station, on to Dunford Bridge Station, into Woodhead Tunnel and leaving the Tunnel at Woodhead Station. Having left the tunnel the train passes reservoirs and the surrounding wintry countryside. It also passes over a viaduct, Crowden Signalbox, the sidings at Dinting, Mottram and Broadbottom Stations, and through Godley Junction, before the film comes to an end. Further reading... click on 'context' tab on linked webpage
  7. 3 points
    Despite being slums at the time, I bet they would look quite nice and interesting buildings by todays standards.
  8. 3 points
    How great is this image of Wicker in the early 1900’s? Very atmospheric
  9. 3 points
    https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ziongraveyardattercliffe?utm_id=107&utm_term=GNBDrjwRP I think it is criminal that Mary Ann Rawson's grave could end up under a carpark. It is pretty bad that so much of the history of Attercliffe is crumbling and often unknown, but Mary Ann Rawson as a woman abolitionist is of international importance. 2018 is also the centenary of women getting the vote in the UK and Heritage Open Days are concentrating on the remarkable women in Sheffield. Would be great if we had ownership of the graveyard by then and could go on to promote this remarkable woman and of course the history of Attercliffe.
  10. 3 points
    A few weeks ago, I promised to find and post some photographs taken by me, of Sid Harrison's Scammell lorry fleet. Unfortunately, I have yet to find them. Not filed under the letter 'H', as one might expect, or not expect, as the case may be. What I have found however, (filed under 'H'), are the following photographs of three industrial steam locomotives, that were purchased and kept in store at that company's depot, on Sheffield Road, Tinsley, for many years. A little background, on what I believe to be the known history of these three locomotives is also given. Photograph No. One Built by Andrew Barclays and Sons Limited, Caledonia Works, Kilmarnock, to works number 2360, in 1954, and delivered to Central Electricity Generating Board, Power Station, Ferrybridge, near Knottingley, (allocated No.3), until superseded by diesel traction, and withdrawn from service, circa 1970. Purchased by S. Harrison & Sons (Transport) Ltd, Sheffield Road, Tinsley, where it remained in storage, until acquired by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, Duffield, on long-term loan, and where it arrived, 22/10/2005. It is now believed to have been restored to working order and is now named, No.3, Brian Harrison. Photograph No. Two Built by Andrew Barclays and Sons Limited, Caledonia Works, Kilmarnock, to works number 2217, in 1947, and delivered to Yorkshire Tar Distillers Limited, Kilnhurst Tar Works, near Swinton, Rotherham, until withdrawn from service, circa 1970. Purchased by S. Harrison & Sons (Transport) Ltd, Sheffield Road, Tinsley, where it remained in storage, until acquired by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, Duffield, on long-term loan, and where it arrived, 22/10/2005. It is now believed to be in the process of being restored to working order and is now named, Henry Ellison. Photograph No. Three Built by Hudswell, Clarke and Company Limited, Hunslet, Leeds, to works number 1884/55, in 1944, and delivered to the Newmarket Colliery, near Stanley, Wakefield, (allocated No.S102, 'Cathryn'). Subsequently allocated, in 1969, to St. John's Colliery, Wakefield, and Park Hill Colliery, Wakefield, periodically alternating between the two, until withdrawn from service in March 1977. Purchased by S. Harrison & Sons (Transport) Ltd, Sheffield Road, Tinsley, where it first remained in storage, until transferred to the South Yorks Preservation Society, firstly at Penistone and subsequently, at Meadowhall. Later still, the locomotive was transferred to the Elsecar Steam Railway, at Barnsley. Acquired by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, Duffield, on long-term loan, where it arrived, 07/03/2007, and where it is now believed to be in the process of being restored to working order.
  11. 3 points
    We were actually pretty damn good at it:- Certainly, back in 1919, we were actually pretty damn good at it:-
  12. 3 points
    It is not really surprising that steam propelled road vehicles remained in use for certain applications for as long as they did. Steam propelled locomotives remained in use on our industrial railway network until well into the 1970's, and arguably for a decade after their withdrawal from service by British Railways in 1968. For certain specific applications, steam propulsion remained well suited to the those tasks for which it had originally been acquired, and for as long as operating costs remained below those of any replacement costs, then 'if it's not broken, why fix it?' Their withdrawal probably came about when those financial considerations could longer be balanced. Brown Baileys' fleet of Sentinel Steam Lorries were probably ideally suited for the carriage of heavy castings and whilst not 'fleet of foot', they probably remained ideal for internal transport applications within a large steel works, spread over many acres, and also for short haul distribution, in and around the Brightside Area. As for the Sentinel Steam Lorry portrayed here. I think that it is most likely a 'Standard' Type, six-ton flat bodied unit, with two-cylinder, double-acting engine and vertical boiler. A total of 3,746 were built, between 1905 and 1923, when the 'Super Sentinel' type was introduced. They were generally supplied with a very basic, windowless cab. The first units were built at Glasgow, until production was switched to Shrewsbury in 1915. Post-script: Got some images of Sid Harrison's Scammell Fleet somewhere. Will try to did them out. If I remember rightly, he also had a couple of industrial steam locomotives stored in his yard once upon a time. I remember passing these red liveried lorries regularly when they were labouring up the long hill on the M1 south-bound, just before you came to Tibshelf Services.
  13. 3 points
    One of the most common recorded deaths is in children is often called "Teething". But most of these cases are now believed to be carbon monoxide poisoning, due to the coal fires. Most chimneys allowed this to come into the room where children slept. I suspect the "visitation of God" was used when there was no apparent cause of death.
  14. 3 points
    We actually knew how to make things:
  15. 3 points
    By 1840 the Company of Cutlers had lost its ability to enforce rules and apprentices would not necessarily have to serve seven years and there was no restriction on the number of apprentices that a master could take on. Henry aged 15, was lodging with Matthew Oakes and it is almost certain that Oakes was his master. Oakes had another apprentice, John Davison, who was committed in April 1846 for 2 months for disorderly conduct, and the newspaper report stated that Davison was the apprentice of Matthew Oakes of Harvest Lane. The Harvest Lane premises were overrun with mice. In April 1840 a 12 year old girl with the surname Parrott, who was employed by Matthew Oates as a cleaner, ate a portion of oatmeal laced with arsenic that had been left out to deal with the mice. She “stoutly denied” having eaten it, but became ill and confessed too late for medical aid to save her. When Henry married Sarah Rainforth Machin in November 1842 his address was Bridgehouses and his profession was scissorsmith, so presumably he completed his apprenticeship in 1842. On Saturday 27th December 1846 Matthew Oakes, Scissor Manufacturer of Harvest Lane died aged 67. This possibly forced Henry to either set up on his own if he had not already moved out, or find a new employer, and would have forced a change of dwelling on him.
  16. 3 points
    As a follow-up to the various posts made under the above article, I have just completed a bit of research into the history of the G.C.R. War Memorial mentioned above, and this is what I have found. The Board of the G.C.R. decided to create a permanent War Memorial to honour the 1,304 company employees who had lost their lives in World War One. A total of 10,190 men from the G.C.R. had answered the call-to-arms, out of which, 2,166, returned home wounded, 266, returned home, after becoming prisoners of war, and 1,304, never returned at all. The cost of the War Memorial was borne by subscriptions made by 3,500 G.C.R. Shareholders and Employees, and the War Memorial was unveiled on the 9th August 1922, in front of 8,000 witnesses, including G.C.R. Chairman, Lord Faringdon, G.C.R. Deputy Chairman, Walter Burgh Gair, G.C.R. General Manager, Sir Sam Fay; G.C.R. Company Solicitor, Dixon Davies, and Field Marshall, Earl Haig. The War Memorial as first unveiled, on 9th August 1922, consisted of nine French Marble plaques - columns inscribed with the names of the fallen. However, due to deterioration, the plaques were replaced in 1925, with three bronze panels, framed by the columns and set within a stone surround on the forecourt of Sheffield Victoria Station. The photograph at the top of this thread shows the War Memorial in this post-1925 condition. A ceremony took place at the War Memorial each Armistice Day up to 1937. The War Memorial was relocated from the station forecourt and into the Eastern Wall of a new station booking hall in 1938. This is the location that most of us will perhaps remember best. Following closure of Sheffield Victoria Station, the memorial was relocated to The Wicker Arches and was rededicated by The Very Reverend Ivan Neill, Provost of Sheffield Cathedral, on the 10th November 1971. The War Memorial was transferred to its present location, on Victoria Station Road, opposite The Royal Victoria Holiday Inn Hotel, in July 2003, and the War Memorial was officially unveiled on the 11th November 2003, (Armistice Day).
  17. 3 points
    The worst two Winters I can remember were Mike and Bernie
  18. 2 points
    Dose anyone else have one of these ? I found it in my Mum's special keepsake box, the card would have been sent in 1954. It is a white card with a picture on the front, of a toddler holding a spade, playing in the sand, with a blue edging around it, signed J.H.DOWD. - Along the top it says ' Birthday Greetings ' - along the bottom ' from the Medical Officer of Health Town Hall - Sheffield ' - Inside on the left is my name, then it says ' May you have A Happy Birthday and, as the years unfold, may they present you Life's best Gift's, "Good Health and Happiness" - then on the right it says, ' Parents Safeguard your Child's richest endowment, "Good Health", by accepting this opportunity of protecting your child from Diptheria by Immunisation' there is a gap then it says ' Prevention is better than Cure. A wise parent acts timely '. Across the bottom in the centre it says ' The First Birthday ' I just think it was such a charming and thoughtful way of contacting parents, for a very special reason.
  19. 2 points
    171 on corner of Alfred Street and Dane Street https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/437500/389500/13/101329
  20. 2 points
    Thanks Edmund. Going back to part 2 of the original question, the date. TexxUK said that the picture featured in Picture Post. That was published up until 1957 so the picture must have been taken before that date. It’s possible that another haulage firm could have occupied the premises after C. V. Blows & Company went under in 1951 but that’s not a given. Having all this in mind and looking at the style of clothing I’d guess the picture was taken between 1948 to 1951. As this thread has lasted such a long time I thought it deserved a full explanation of how I got from Sheffield to Peckham. When this picture was first posted, just like everyone else I searched but found nothing matching it in Sheffield so moved on to other things. I noticed the picture pop up again recently in a thread about Boyland Road. It was mentioned that the location was still unknown. This is what started me looking again. I thought the location wasn’t in Sheffield but could be in a town close by. I started with an images search of “railway arches Rotherham/ Barnsley/Chesterfield etc. I was looking for the same viaduct/arch design and brickwork that was in the original picture. I found nothing that matched. I expanded out to Leeds (this had been mentioned as a possible location) then Manchester , Liverpool , Birmingham and Edinburgh but still nothing. So I took the plunge and just searched images of “railway arches UK” . I got hundreds but also the first break. I found a railway viaduct with the same design and brickwork as the original picture. It was part of the Bermondsey Beer Mile. I’d not thought of London before but it seemed promising as it had more railway lines and therefore more rail viaducts and arches, than anywhere else. I searched along the Beer Mile but drew a blank. I got another good match on Cable Street in the East End. The arches matched and the viaduct also seemed to have the same gentle curve as the one in the picture. Even better, the arches were numbered and the next to last one before the main road was 110. But the distance to the next road under the viaduct was too great and a search of the old OS maps showed no sign of a signal box. London was the right place but a different approach was needed. I though the signal box could be the key so I entered the obscure and obsessive world of the Signal Box enthusiast. I’m not a nerd (honest) but I can now say with some confidence that the signal box in the picture was probably made by Evans O’Donnell & Co. But this didn’t help finding the location. What about the Picture Post?. I found that they had a searchable archive but there were problems :-. 1. You had to pay for access. 2. The picture may not have been in the archive. 3. Worst of all, the picture may have been there but just headed something like, “Men On Strike” and give no location. 4. You had to pay for access – I though this deserved to be stated twice. 5. Deep down inside, this felt like cheating. Searching in satellite view allowed more ground to be covered in a shorter length of time but I’d not be able to see number 110 from above and I doubted that the signal box would still be around. However , I thought the general layout would still be visible as long as it hadn’t been bulldozed. So, the original picture was of a rail viaduct with 2 roads running under it. The roads looked to be roughly parallel with each other, at 90 degrees to the viaduct and only 5 or 6 arches apart so quite close together. I checked the previous locations but got noting so kept searching for more railway arches in London. The next match I found was on a long railway viaduct in Peckham. In satellite view I moved along the line looking for the pattern formed by the viaduct and the 2 roads. Moving west past Peckham Rye Station I found it. There was also a patch of greenery in the right place to be embankment where the signal box used to stand. I dropped down to street view on Bellenden Road taking the same viewpoint as the original picture. The arch design and brickwork still matched, the viaduct had the correct curve and the embankment was there in the distance. I then moved to the O/S map from the 1950’s and there was the signal box (unusually set away from the side of the track just like in the picture) on the embankment just like in the picture and the last property before the arches was number 110, just like in the picture. Going back to street view the drain pipe from the original picture was still there. The top of the viaduct seemed to have been chopped off (a lot of them were like this) but the design of the bridge head brickwork on Lyndhust Way (the next road under the viaduct) was the same as in the picture. I was (and still am) 99.9% convinced I’d found the location of the original picture. It was 110 Bellenden Road, Peckham. I’m still looking for old pictures of Peckham to see if I can find another view of the scene and get rid of that 0.1% of doubt. If I find something, I will post it. And if I will the lottery, I might even pay to access to the Picture Post archive.
  21. 2 points
    This is a really good site. It shows a modern Google map satellite with an original 25" OS map of 1892. It places the old OS map in a circle and you can move around the entire area of Sheffield, plus presumably elsewhere, and see precisely where things were. It's really accurate so when an old building or other structure has survived till the present day, then it will overlay it precisely. I have been using it to map out the boundary of Sheffield Park. Locate old farms and other features. I found it on a link on the Friends of Sheffield Castle website. Georeferenced Maps
  22. 2 points
    I think this would have been on the corner of Gilbert Street diagonally across the cross roads from the Sun Inn. I believe the people were moved out of that central area in to the new estates before the war, though the pub survived into at least the 60's. Also in the 60's there were still occupied houses at the top and bottom of South Street, and from memory of before the flats were built, which may be wrong, I think there were some industrial or storage units in the middle bit.
  23. 2 points
    I remember this same view, again for similar reasons. Didn't often get the chance to take photographs from this location, as I was usually, either late and rushing off to a lecture, or racing back down to the bus station in order catch a number 93, or a number 23. Incidentally, it wasn't me with the brick. I would never have been so wasteful as to throw away a perfectly good brick. Have you seen the price of those things?
  24. 2 points
    I remember t'daggers from that time, not as a customer, but mostly because I had been despatched to drag my grandfather back home for his tea. I may have posted these before - apologies if I have - but taken on 07/02/1977, they seemed relevant to this thread.
  25. 2 points
    Hi Duckweed, I have only seen this request for information today. I used to live as a child at 93, Kent Road on top of the hill from 1937 to 1958. It is now just a grass patch, as all the terraced houses on top of the hill, opposite the Henry Adams Memorial Hall have been knocked down. The house that is in your picture belonged to Mr Jekyll in the 1940/50's. He had a huge plot of land/garden at the back boardering on to the "Doker". He had a large Green House where he grew big Tomatoes. On a large amount of the plot he used to grow his own tobacco. When it was ripe, he took it to his Tobacco press, which he kept in a "Pantry" in the bottom story of the house. He mixed Rum in with the Tobacco to give it a flavour and punch. When you sat in the Bus and he came aboard, he stunk out the whole bus as he soked his pipe, Hi. He had a son older than me ,who joined the RAF as a pilot office and went to Canada for flight training. Hope that is enough info for you. Certainly brings back good memories of Kent Road from my littleboy/youth day's.
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