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  1. 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.
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    Visited Black Swan Walk just off Fargate in Sheffield City Centre Very curious little place anyone else been down here?
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    Some nice aerial photos from 1949, showing views of the station and underpass / subway...
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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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    Quote from Picture Sheffield, ------- " The development was built 1899-1900 for John Henry Bryars, an animal breeder & vet. Royal Exchange Buildings comprised 20 two bedroomed flats, houses for the veterinary surgeon & groom; shops;veterinary surgery and dogs home. Castle House belonged to the Veterinary Surgeon. Further along a multi-storey stables with iron frame and internal ramps for access. In 1931 the stables were converted to a pea-canning factory for Batchelors and later occupied by Hancock & Lant Ltd., furniture store. See: Pevsner Architectural Guides, Sheffield, Ruth Harman & John Minnis Ref: 720.94274 S " http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;C03394&pos=50&action=zoom&id=3636 and the buildings are on the British Listed Buildings site here ------- https://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/101246501-royal-exchange-buildings-and-adjoining-castle-house-city-ward
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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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    Bus stop out side Northern General Hospital...Herries Road End
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    Despite being slums at the time, I bet they would look quite nice and interesting buildings by todays standards.
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    How great is this image of Wicker in the early 1900’s? Very atmospheric
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    I know this is not strictly Sheffield to be in this category but we get the 271/272 to get here. The best Fish and chip shop is ? Bradwell fisheries, the fish is huge, the chips soft and still a little greasy(just as I like them) and the mushy peas yummy!! The prices are good value, we got Haddock, chips and peas, Cod, chips and peas and two cans of pop and it was around £13.00. The service is impeccable and everything cooked fresh to order. You get all this and you are surrounded by wonderful scenery, could you ask for more?
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    Backfields, round the back (or round the side) of Coles. You can see the new fire station (now demolished) at the end. The doorway on the left was (I think) Clock DVA's studio
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    Here's the full article from the Hunter Archaeological Society Vol IV PArt 1 (1929-30) based on the excavations made during building of the new Markets and Co-Operative Stores from 1927 to 1929.
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    Hia, I agree with you about the 'Stuff', but it isn't just Sheffield, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Worksop, Nottingham and all other Towns and Cities are just as bad. You've got all the direction and restriction notices to contend with on the small islands in the middle of the road, as well as the addition of working out which lane you should be in from the arrows on the tarmac, if you can see them.
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    I'd guess from the name and the way the river looks like there's a mill channel going in that it was a water-powered tilt hammer, for beating out metal
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    That's correct, bus stop on Herries Rd near entrance to hospital.
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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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    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.
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    I used to say that claiming Robin Hood was from Nottingham, was like claiming Churchill was from Berlin. The protagonists had their own separate camps. If it is indeed history rather than legend then maybe none of it even occurred in Nottingham. Wasn't Peveril Castle one of the good Sheriff's outposts ?
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    Hi Paul Yes this lady was a spinster but had a very austere character....but as a colleague would do anything for you...cant remember her name though....I remember her going on holiday to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.. it made me desire going myself and when I did I looked up some of the places she had mentioned! Moving on to Lewis and N Jones...yes it was those temporary shops and two doors away was Thorntons and across the road was the bakers....there was a young lady in there called Laura!...around the time of the song “tell Laura I love her” I used to tease her by singing the song when I walked in! Those were the days! Life was simple!
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    If you can stand all the adverts and clickbait, this is quite interesting - it includes a plan of the terrace and the (infamous) Dyson house https://www.thestar.co.uk/retro/retro-is-the-the-place-where-infamous-sheffield-murderer-charlie-peace-killed-1-8541046
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    Handsworth Herbal Medicine Stores Handsworth Herbal Medicine Stores, 364 Handsworth Road, Sheffield
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    Pic courtesy of best selling 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1960s Sheffield'
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    Prince M. Sunderland, optician and watch maker, Nos.4-6 Langsett Road and the junction of Flora Street, showing chimney pots stacked in business at rear of premises
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    I've made a demolition of Sheffield site in hope the demolition contractors and men contribute: https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/16846-demolition-of-sheffield/ (link added by madannie77, 7.11pm, 02/02/18)
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