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    Weston bank. That's Wards Universtity bookshop ahead.
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    New video exploring the Megatron and the culvert tunnel system - contains history of the rivers and plans for the future of the culverts:
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    Covers more than just Penistone. Includes: Stocksbridge, Langsett, Thurgoland, Midhope, etc. Includes a photo gallery. https://penistonearchive.co.uk/
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    Some recent finds A lone 16 ton mineral wagon left on bay line!
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    Very good article about Bramall Lane Bridge from the Sheffield Utd match programme earlier this week.
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    Archives and Local Studies staff had an extremely successful day at the auction of the Tim Hale Photographic Collection yesterday. Thanks to generous public donations together with support from the Graves Trust we saved over 2,000 cards for Picture Sheffield. We secured a fantastic range of subjects including street scenes, sport, hospitals, pubs, transport, temperance, industry, Sheffield greetings cards, local elections, advertising, early aviation, World War I, schools and theatres, and many more. We’ll be sorting through the photographs over the coming weeks - watch out for them on www.picturesheffield.com. We’ll also be arranging a display in the Central Library later in the year. Thanks again for all your support! Peter Evans Archives and Heritage Manager
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    A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our emergency appeal to raise funds to save as much of the Tim Hale Photographic Collection as we can for Picture Sheffield. The response to the appeal has been amazing, raising several thousand pounds in just a matter of days. We hope to buy at least some of the collection at the auction and make it available for everyone to see on Picture Sheffield. Thank you once again. Peter Evans Archives and Local Studies Manager
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    I think I've identified the mysterious railings and platform. I think that they are at the front/rear of the building to the immediate top of the garden area and directly across from the telephone call box on the bus station. If you study the 1950's map carefully there seems to be a small area that faces onto Pond Street. I'm afraid my editing capabilities aren't up to placing an arrow on a copy of the map. Sorry about the "wild goose chase" hilldweller
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    I've got several locations with pictures, but never seen an exposure as big as this one. 4 lines into 2? Any other geeks might want to keep an eye out down there, as they are redeveloping it, so more might be uncovered. Exchange Place into Blonk Street
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    Fitzalan Square exposed Jun 2019
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    Many thanks for the comments on the maps we have been uploading to Picture Sheffield recently. The City Archives and Local Studies Library has a wonderful collection comprising thousands of maps dating from the 16th century onwards. We are trying to give the collection a higher profile and make it available to as many people as possible. The maps are scanned at exactly the same resolution as the photographs. The difference however comes from the need to compress very large maps down to a size where they fit on a computer screen. In the light of recent comments however we have reviewed how we process the map images. The zoomed image is now larger and presented in a higher quality format. Hopefully this allows you to see more detail without slowing down the performance of Picture Sheffield. We are currently working our way through all of the map images on Picture Sheffield to improve them. The series prefixed ‘arc’ is complete. The other main set of maps (prefixed ‘y’) should be complete within a few weeks. As well as viewing the maps on Picture Sheffield the originals remain available at the City Archives and at the Local Studies Library in the Central Library should you wish to consult them. We welcome everyone who wishes to use the service in person or online. If you have any further comments or suggestions feel free to contact me via [email protected] Peter Evans, Archives and Heritage Manager
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    We believe we have the only pre-war Guy Vixen still in existence, please tell me if you know of another, this is a 1938 and will be seen at all the local rally's
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    My grandfather was a keen amateur photographer who died before I was born. My father had a box of his 3" glass slides that I inherited and have now digitised. Unfortunately only 2 are of Sheffield street scenes. Many of them are in the Yorkshire dales. There is even one that he took in Bruges and took one from the same bridge in Bruges to prove it. I have uploaded Fitzalan square previously. "Blade forging" was written on the other picture and may be my Grandmother's family.
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    Pity the lorry driver couldn't read the signs!
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    I reckon it is Western Bank, looking down towards Brook Hill. The single storey shops are at the top of Hounsfield Road. From the trams then and now topic:
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    I personally would rather have what we’ve lost to what we have now, too many flats and apartments, the Peace Gardens have been ruined, it’s now just play area, the well set out flower beds and calm almost serene atmosphere has been lost.
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    Heads-up... new video incoming next Wednesday: The Sheffield Guide to Stoneface's Secret Sculpture Park premieres at 7pm on Wednesday 8 April on YouTube! Filmed last year at Stoneface Creative's beautiful woodland sculpture park, this is one of my favourite videos so far (you'll see why!)... and will hopefully be a nice bit of relaxing escapism for you to watch in the current climate. Set a reminder here: https://sheff.info/stoneface
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    St Philips Church Sheffield
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    I remember kids throwing in plastic money they had stolen from math lessons in those machines. Sometimes washers if you could get hold of them. More money to spend on spice after school.
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    Yes Videmat machines on double door OMO buses. They would have been OK if people could have been trusted. Unfortunately some passengers put all sort of rubbish in them and we had to frequently radio for the Videmat van to come and unjam them. It was amazing how many passengers would jump up and alight at the site of an inspector at a bus stop that the bus was approaching.
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    A Pub Crawl by Coach. Sheffield Independent 14 May 1836
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    Redevelopment of Pond Street showing (left) the possible construction of Fiesta nightclub, (right) Pawson and Brailsford, printers, and (centre) Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street
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    Pond Street Bus Station in 1947 - Sheffield City Centre Really interesting for those of us not old and wise enough to remember the buildings on the right hand side that were replaced by the likes of Cinecentre, The Fiesta, The Top Rank Club etc
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    How much can you remember about Change Alley in Sheffield City Centre? What exactly was it? What buildings, shops and businesses were there? Any memories of change alley that you can share with us?
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    This barn (situated on Clodhall Lane near Baslow) crops up 3 times in the film, including when Jane (Ruth's daughter) is accosted by a pair of youths (Gaz and Spike) and shortly afterwards where she's seen grappling on the floor. Its also seen silhouetted on the horizon as Ruth struggles to find cover to give birth. Sorry that there's no cinematic serenity to associate with this peaceful spot but that's the nature of the film. I watched it aged 14 when it was first aired on Sunday 23rd September 1984 and have been equally fascinated and terrified of the whole thing ever since.
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    Eva Darwent, daughter of Francis Inman and Florence Darwent was born on 22nd July 1903 and baptised at Carbrook. Her grandfather Frank was an experienced publican (Hare and Hounds Bradfield 1871, Sportsman's Inn, Stannington in 1873, Commercial Hotel, Tinsley 1895) and died in 1895 at the Commercial Hotel, but was buried in Stannington. His son, also Francis Inman Darwent (born 1873 died 1940) went on to run the Commercial Hotel and was Eva's father. F.I. Darwent number 3 was born in 1895 but died the following year, F.I.Darwent number 4 was born in 1911 and died in 1951) George Salt son of William and Mary Jane Salt was born on 3rd October 1900. His father William was licensee of the Pheasant from 1908 to 1922 They married on 30th July 1923 In 1939 Eva was running a sweetshop at 661 Attercliffe Common Eva died on 14th February 1969 at her shop at 661 Attercliffe Common, not far from the junction with Weedon Street. Possibly this was the shop from where she sold drinks?
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    I was on Canning Street yesterday, first time for around 2 years or more and I was pleasantly surprised to see the old Victorian buildings that still remain have had a spruce up and they look ok. On returning home I tried to find out just what was the name of this short street before it acquired its present name, it only ran from Division Street to Wellington Street so after looking at a 1832 map by J. Tayler Land & Mineral Surveyor, I can find Canning Street but it doesn't seem to have a name, so was it known by a local name before its present one or did it have a recognised name? The street does have a fine set of large stone cobbles, that's if you call them cobbles because they are large, I'm surprised they've survived. I was looking for the home of Mr Oliver Cromwell Turner (seems his father had respect for the man ) who lived here in 1862, he was a Rope & Twine manufacturer , in 1856 he was at 65 Division Street, this address may have been his works or his home, I cant say which. If anyone has any info on Oliver and the original name of Canning Street it would be a great help.
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    Such a crying shame that the Athol has succumbed to the wrecking ball, utter stupidity by the clowns in the big top.
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    Hi everyone, I have just picked up this nice postcard showing Walkley Police Station. It has been postally sent from Sheffield to an address in Grimsby and the stamp is franked 25 September 1905. On the front of the postcard is printed "Police Station, Langsett Road".
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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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    Hi John I have found this article that may help your quest a little. Sheffield Daily Telegraph 12 April 1883
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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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    Hi Stu, that's a pity they not the right photo's. With the photo's taken with the bare ground around all those years ago, not easy to tell, as the Lodge can't be seen from among the trees now. I have informed Picture Sheffield that they are incorrect. I will do some more research for you, and ask my friend, who knows nearly everyone from way back around the area, if one of the families may have a photo. I understand that a family member of the farm, was a Redmires Game Keeper for a while, maybe he did some work for the Lodge. There are quite a few Old Maps showing the Lodge and the Green. Extra Information !!! - NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE - London Standard JAN 25th 1913 - Mr DANIEL DONCASTER age 77 of FAIRTHORN LODGE, REDMIRES, SHEFFIELD. Steel Manufacturer & Merchant. LATE of Messers; DANIEL DONCASTER and Sons (Limited ) - left bequests to Charities; net personality, £34,441 - £37,868
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    Been back to the Strines today, so I photographed the hare, who had a bad Christmas that year.
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    Its a view looking east along Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby, where the tram tracks crossed the railway tracks by the side of the Royal Hotel, near the Prince Albert Gardens (now just a road name next to the A180 fly-over). Revells Dining Rooms were on Cleethorpe Road and seem to have closed around 1903. Another view here: and a map from 1933:
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    With the South Yorkshire Transport Trust 2019 Open Day a few days away I been updating my lists of Surviving SYPTE and Constituents buses. Below is my listing of SJOC/STD vehicles along with those of the absorbed independents that ran into Sheffield. Surviving Sheffield (SJOC/STD) motorbuses Single-deckers 216 JWB 416 Leyland PS1 / Weymann 54 DWB 54H AEC Swift / Park Royal Double-deckers 116 OWE 116 AEC Regent III / Roe 687 RWB 87 Leyland PD2/12 / Weymann 525 1925 WA AEC Bridgemaster / Park Royal 1156 3156 WE Leyland PD2/30 / Roe (3156) 904 3904 WE Leyland PD3/1 / Roe (used as DIV) (D14) 1330 6330 WJ AEC Regent V / Roe 874 7874 WJ AEC Regent V / Alexander 1357 657 BWB Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 / Park Royal (used as DIV) (227 – M120) 1148 DWB 148H Leyland Atlantean PDR2/1 / Park Royal converted to roadshow bus (748) 257 NWA 257K Daimler Fleetline /Alexander 271 OWE 271K Bristol VRT / East Lancs 287 SWB 287L Leyland Atlantean / Alexander 293 UWA 293L Leyland Atlantean / Alexander 296 UWA 296L Leyland Atlantean / Alexander 312 UWA 312L Leyland Atlantean / East Lancs 754 WWJ 754M Daimler Fleetline / Park Royal Ordered by STD delivered to SYPTE 836 GNA 836N Daimler Fleetline / ECW 1515 OKW 515R Daimler Fleetline / MCW (DMS style) – were to have been Alexander 1534 PWE 534R Daimler Fleetline / Alexander Double-deckers cut down 3108 CWJ 410 AEC Regent / Weymann converted to tower wagon (TW58) 4624 GWJ 724 AEC Regent / Sheffield converted to gritting/towing wagon (G54) 255 KWE 255 AEC Regent III / Roe converted to gritting/towing wagon (G55) 913 3913 WE Leyland PD3/1 / Roe converted to gritting/towing wagon (M10) (OWJ 357A) 475 4475 WE Leyland PD3/1 / Roe converted to gritting/towing wagon (M52) (OWJ 388A) Double-deckers re-bodied after disposal 287 CWB 987 Leyland TD4C / Cravens ( re-bodied c1952 by Crossville with ex Salford Metro-Cammell body) Surviving Sheffield (SJOC/STD) support vehicles T47 KWJ 681 Fordson TN Tractor L42 RWE 101 Leyland Comet Lorry Surviving Booth & Fisher Motor Services motorbuses Single-deckers ---- TUH 14 Albion Nimbus NS3N / Harrington (ex Western Welsh) ---- WRA 12 AEC Monocoach / Park Royal 1086 334 NKT AEC Reliance 2MU3RV / Weymann (ex Maidstone & District) 1088 340 NKT AEC Reliance 2MU3RV / Weymann (ex Maidstone & District) Surviving Dearneways motorbuses Single-deckers 1092 AWJ 292T Leyland Leopard PSU3E/4R / Plaxton C51F (368 SHX)
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    I think I can say without any contradiction that this great monument to the fallen of the Crimean war ( and the event itself) will never be re-erected again thanks to a succession of councils who have totally ignored the pleas of the historic societies of the city. Shame on Sheffield council for scattering this monument, mostly paid for by public subscription, around the city, it wasn't theirs to allow it to happen, no consultation was done as far as I know and still they sit on their hands doing nothing but destroying our old buildings to erect modern slums.
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    Fitzalan Square this morning. Nice section exposed.
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    hi all just to update the bible is back with family in Beverley linda
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    From Sheffield Independent The Siege of Sheffield Castle, 1644 (by R.E. Leader) Printed in two parts on 9th and 16th February 1901 Some time age, while conducting his researches, our townsman, Mr. Charles Harding Firth, of Oxford, discovered a pamphlet containing an account of the siege of Sheffield Castle by the Parliamentary forces in 1644. This gives fuller particulars of that event than any hitherto obtainable. While confirming the accuracy of the more condensed narrative quoted by Hunter (Hallamshire, Gatty’s edition p.141) from Vicar’s Parliamentary Chronicle, it adds many graphic touches to that general description. And, apart from the military details, it is of especial interest, first, as throwing light on the hitherto somewhat obscure topography of the Castle, and, second, as indicating very vividly the attitude of the townsfolk to the Royalist fortress which harried and oppressed them. Through the courtesy of Mr. Firth I am able to lay before modern Sheffield this account of the last (perhaps the only) warlike operations the town has seen. A few words on the two points just named may, by way of introduction, be permitted. As to the Castle, we knew little beyond the fact that it stood on the right angle formed by the confluence of the Sheaf with the Don, protected on the north by the latter, and on the east by he former river, and guarded by a broad dry trench on the west (Waingate) and the south (Castlefolds). At the last was the entrance gate, protected by a drawbridge. We can now add that there was a small fort, or tower, at the north-east angle, where Don and Sheaf meet, protecting the two faces; and before the main gate on the north, a large Fort (hereafter called a half-moon work), itself surrounded by a deep trench, and separated from the Castle by palisades and a breastwork within the trench. Notwithstanding this, at the outbreak of the civil wars, the Royalists had hesitated to garrison the Castle; had indeed left it to be occupied by the local Parliamentarian sympathisers. But these being driven out, it had been so strengthened by additional palisades and ramparts, and by damming up the Sheaf to deepen the water on the east, that when Major-General Crawford, after the rout of the King’s forces at Marston Moor, was sent to reduce it, he liked its looks so little that he drew off to take counsel with his superior, the Earl of Manchester. We see, then, Crawford again advancing from the north, not crossing the Don, but keeping to the east of that river, and approaching by the primeval way of the Manor and the Park. After firing a few shots from the Park hill, he sent a party of horse and foot into the town, over the Sheaf bridge but the ordnance, taken by a wider circuit, probably by Heeley bridge, entered at the upper (south) end of the town amid demonstrations of joy and helpfulness on the part of the populace. No wonder the soldiers had a hearty reception, for, apart from the sympathies of the people being with the Parliamentarians, they had suffered cruelly from the oppression of the Royalist garrison. The letters of Sir William Savile, Governor of the Castle, to his deputy, Major Beaumont, are full of directions to extort money from rich and poor, by threats, or seizure, by the dungeon or by torture. “Bee sure,” he said, “you want not any money, neither for yourself nor your friends, so long as any Roundhead hath either fingers or toes left, within tenn myles of the Castle.” So the inhabitants gleefully drew the cannon of their deliverers to the Market place, and cheerfully helped to build a battery opposite the Castle gate, on the site of the present New Market Hall. Another was erected on the Waingate side. Colliers were impressed to endeavour to mine under the Castle, and the neighbouring iron foundries were requisitioned for ammunition. The besieged held themselves so bravely, “sniping” at reconnoitring parties and at gunners, and sending occasional cannon shots into the houses and the church yard, that the people began to fear the siege might be abandoned, and themselves be left to the cruel retaliations of the garrison. But the Earl of Manchester, giving his word of honour that they should not be deserted, sent larger siege pieces, and with these the Castle walls were so effectually shattered that the defenders, seeing their assailants preparing to storm the breach, despatched messengers of peace, and capitulated on honourable terms. Lady Savile was in the besieged castle with her children, and a Royal partisan (quoted by Hunter, p.142) charges the Parliamentarians with showing cruel discourtesy. She was hourly expecting her confinement, and this writer alleges that “she was brought to bed the night after the castle was surrendered.” But the articles of capitulation were signed on the 10th August (they are dated the 11th in Hunter), and on the 11th “Lady Savile, with her retinue, marched forth of the castle with her coach to Woodhouse” – which she could hardly have done if she had just given birth to a child. The “barbarity” charged against the besiegers must therefore be either a fiction, or an exaggeration. The fact is, all the garrison met with chivalrous treatment. Even Kellam Homer, plumber and armourer, who had early in the war secured the castle (in the absence of its Lord) for the King, and who must have been very unpopular with his neighbours in the town, was guarded by a special clause in the treaty. With this preface the narrative, with all its peculiarities of punctuation, may be left to speak for itself:- A true and exact RELATION OF THE Severall passages of that party of the right Honourable the Earle of Manchesters Army, sent from Doncaster to reduce to the obedience of the King and Parliament, the astle of Sheffield, under the command of the ever honoured Major-generall Craford. (1644) History, saith Citero, is the witness of the times, the life of memory, and light of verity: I have therefore undertaken to testifie that whereof I was an eye-witnesse, and to give light unto the truth of all the following passages, which otherwise might be obscured or prejudices, by the reception of the first, and none of the truest Newes. August 1st, Thursday. The Major-generall drew out of Doncaster and the adjacent Villages, to the east end of the said Town, his own Regiment, Colonell Pickerings and Colonell Mountacute their Regiments, in all not above 1000 marching men : Lieutenant-Colonell Rich drew out his Colonell, Colonell Sidney his regiment of horse. And thus with a great deal of patience we marche dthrough a very rocky, and almost inaccessible countrey, in and about Conisburough, and old ruinous and strong Castle, where our Ordnance were ever like to be overturned. Our foot came at night to Rotheram, our Ordnance and Carriages were left behinde with a sufficient guard to follow us, who came to Rotheram about mid-night. The same day the Major-Generall omitted no opportunity, went the nearest way from Doncaster to Sheffield, being accompanied with Colonell Bright, who at first valued not the Castle; but when the Major-Generall had viewed it, he found it to be a very considerable strength, both for naturall scituation, being in a triangle with two rivers, the water deep in the West and East sides of the Castle, flackered on all sides, a strong Fort before the gate pallisade’d, a Trench 12 foot deepe and 18 brad about the Fort, and other parts of the Castle, and a Breast-works pallisade’d within the Trench, betwixt it and the Castle. The Major-Generall returned at night to Rotheram, and sent the Earle of Manchester a draught of the Workes, and his opinion of the place desiring his Lordships further orders. The said Colonell returned the next morning, August 2, with a Letter from the Earle of Manchester, wherein the Major-generall was left to his own discretion, with this proviso, not to indanger men : which letter the Major-generall did communicate to the rest of the Officers, who were very willing to goe on in tht enterprise, and to be directed to him : And thereupon they marched on towards Sheffield, and Colonell Bright went to Yorke, to bring two battering-peeces from thence (as he did undertake) against Sunday night, we to Sheffield Mannor, being welcomed and received with great acclamations, and the many prayers of that well-affected people. In the edge of the Parke we planted the Culverin (having before sent a party of horse and foot into the Towne) and there did discharge three great shot with great dexterity into the Castle, one whereof shot through the Governour’s chamber : and thereafter we marched through the upper part of the Parke, and drew a great circumference with our Ordnance, to eschew the danger of the Castle, and entred at the upper end of the Towne, where the Towns-men with great joy drew down the Ordnance to the market-place : and thereafter the Major-generall summoned them by a Trumpeter in the Earle of Manchesters name, to surrender the place into his hands for King and Parliament : but they discharged three shot at the Trumpeter, who could not get audience. All this night all degrees and sexes with all cheerfulness cut fads (faggots), and brought them to make the battery crosse the street within forty yeards of the Castle, where the carefull and vigilant Major-generall was himselfe working, incouraging others with his presence, cheerfull words, and example the battery was well nigh perfected this night. August 3. Captaine Sands captaine of the Pioneers, and the master Gunner, attended the Major-generall to view the little Towers by the River, that flauncked two quarters of the Castle, and the mount before the Gate, to the end that they should finde out some convenient place to raise a battery to beat it downe, which might be very advantagious for us, to the gaining of the castle. Whereupon the Captaine and Gunner were both shot, the one through the theigh, and the other through the shoulder, whereof they both after dyed, they were shot in a place which was out of all view of the Castle, having both houses and hay betwixt them and it, this night we helped and raised the battery made the Platforme, and the Major-generall, with Major Hamilton, went to view the Castle more narrowly. August 4. After two Sermons this day, all the people went to erect a new battery, and at night the Major General accompanied with major Forbus and major Hamilton, went to view a sluice that was stopt to keep the water deep about the east side of the Castle, which he thought to draine the mote to facilitate his businesse, this night was spent by him with great toile, and no small danger, the Ordnance were planted without all hurt. August 5. The Ordnance began to batter, which made the besieged more milde than they were before, and their Governour received our summons, and returned us answer that the Castle was intrusted unto him by his Majestie, which trust he valued more than his life : at night the Major General by threates, promises and money, got together some Colliers to myne the Castle which they found not feasible, it being builded on a rock. This day the Major generall wrote to the Earle of Manchester, that Ammunition and Ball was likely to be wanting, and the Major generall went to the Iron Mills, and set men a work to make moulds for to cast Balls for our pieces, which was forthwith done; this night the Major generall attempted to break up the Sluce through the Dams, to let out the water of that corner against the Orchard, on the east side of the Castle, which could not take effect. And this night we perfected the battery and platforme that flauncked the draw-bridge of the Castle, with our intention to beare it downe with one of our Sakars [small pieces of artillery], whereby they might not have passage to relieve the fort from the Castle. [CONTINUED] We left Major-General Crawford investing Sheffield Castle, but unprovided with sufficient force, either of men or artillery, to justify a determined assault. The place was not strong enough to hold out when reinforcements sent by the Earl of Manchester arrived, and the anxiety of the townspeople lest the siege should be raised and they left to the vengeance of the garrison was quickly relieved. The narrative goes on: August 7. This day we received some powder from the Earle of Manchester, some Sakar shot from the Iron works, and newes of Coll. Bright that he was on his march with 500 foot, 300 horse to convoy an Iron Demicannon and the Queenes Pocket Pistoll to us. Wherupon the Major generall sent to hasten their march, and this day the towne of Sheffield sent a petition to the Earle of Manchester, desiring his Honour to continue his Forces with them, until the Lord should be pleased to deliver it into our hands, otherwise of all men would be the most miserable; for if they aboad after our departure, their consciences would be over-burthened, their estates plundred. And themselves become subject to all slavery and misery, or otherwise they would be necessitated to follow the Army, hereupon his Lordship was pleased of his owne goodnesse, to take into consideration their present condition, and the ensuing dangers of so good a people, and did grant a positive to reduce the Castle, and not depart from it until it was surrendrd. And this night the Major-generall raised a new battery against the west side of the Castle, and then placed the Culvering which made a small breach the next day. August 8. Our Sakars beat downe the Battlements, and a part of the Towne that flauncked that quarter of the Castle, and dismounted a Drake planted thereon. This day the enemy shot some Granadoes into the Towne and Church-yearde, which did no execution; the same day two Gunners were shot through the Port-holes, in the fingers by the enemy, the Major general sent Major Alford to conduct the ordnance with four Troopes of Horse from Doncaster to us, hearing that the 500 foot were diminished to one, and that the horse were not above two hundred in all He likewise sent to the adjoining Constables, to provide fresh draughts to further the Ordnance speedy march. August 9. This day at six o’clock in the evening, the Ordnance came to us, and the Major-generall both day and night with indefatigable paines, did see the battery raised higher, the Port holes mended, the ground levelled, the platforms made, and the Ordnance planted. August 10. This day the Culverin, Demicannon, and Pocket-pistoll plaid at the breach, the Sakars at the battlements very soundly, which made a good breach, and thereafter summoned them a second time to yeeld the place for King and Parliament : in answere whereto they desired a parley; which was granted, and the Commissioners authorised by the Major-generall were Colonel Pickering, Lieutenant-Colonell Drames, and Major Hamilton : and for them were Cap. Heinsworth, Mr.Samuell Savill, and Mr.Robson : which parley continued till six of the clock at night without effect, but that Cap.Heinsworth with his associates desired that they might acquaint the Governour with the debates controverted ; which was granted and that they should returne an answer within a quarter of an houre, or otherwise stand to their hazzard. And they returning no answere within the time prefixed we discharged six shot more, which brought them to desire a continuation of the Treaty; which was continued till night, and thereafter agreed on those Articles inclosed, and they sent out hostages to us for performance of the Articles, vis. Sir John Key and Captaine Heinsworth. Articles of agreement between the Commanders authorised by Major Generall Craford and Major Thomas Beaumont Governour of Sheffield Castle for surrendering the said Castle to the right honourable the Earle of Manchester upon conditions following. 1. That the Castle of Sheffield with all their fire Armes, Ordnance, and Ammunition, and all other furniture of Warre, with all other provisions theirin (excepting what is allowed in the following Articles, be delivered up to Major Generall Craford to morrow in the afternoon by three of the clocks being the eleaventh of this instant August without any dimnuation or embezzlement. 2. That the Governour and all Field Officers, Captaines, Lieutenants and Ensigns shall March out of the Castle upon the delivery thereof, with their Drumes and Colours and each his owne horse, Sadle, Sword, and Pistolls to Pontefract Castle or such other place as they shall desire, with a sufficient Convoy or passé for their security, and the Common Souldiers with the Inferiour Officers, to march out with their swords and Pikes, each to his owne home or where else they please. 3. That all such Officers and Souldiers as march out upon this agreement shall have liberty to carry with them, their Wives, Children, and servants, with their owne goods property belonging to them, and have all convenient accommodation for carieing of the same. 4. That the Lady Savile with her Children and familie with her, and their owne proper goods, shall make passe with Coaches, Horses and Waggons to Fromehill, or else where a sufficient guard befitting the quality of her person, without injurie to any of their persons, or plundering of their goods, or otherwise she or they or any of them to goe or stay, at their owne pleasure, until she or they be in a condition to remove themselves. 5. That the Gentlemen in the Castle, being no Souldiers shall March out with each his own horse, Sadle, Sword, and Pistolls, and shall have liberty to remove their Goods, and to live at their own houses or else where without molestation, they conforming themselves to all Ordinances of Parliament, and that they shall have protections from the Earle of Manchester or Lord Fairfax for the same, and all Officers and Souldiers who desire to lay downe Armes shall enjoy the same protection. 6. That the Governour, Officers, Souldiers, Gentlemen and all others, who are by this agreement to carry their goods with them, shall have sixe weekes time for removing of them and in the meane time they are to be left in the Castle and they secured from imbezeling and this Article is to be understood of all such goods as are at present either with in the Castle, or under the absolute Command thereof. 7. That Kelme Homer now dwelling in the Castle shall have liberty to remove his goods into the Towne or else where without molestation. 8. That all Officers and Souldiers Gentlemen, and other persons shall according to the Articles above mentioned march out of the Castle with out any injurie or molestation by plundering stripping or otherwise. 9. That hostages (such as Major Generall Craford shall approve) be delivered by the Governour, upon signing of these Articles for the delivering up of the Castle, which shall be returned safely upon the performance thereof, unto such places as they shall desire. Signed by us the Commissioners authorised by Major Generall Craford at Sheffield this 19th day of August 1644. I.Pickering Marke Gryme William Hamilton Signed by us the Commissioners authorised by Major Thomas Beaumont Governour of Sheffield Castle at Sheffield this 10th day of August 1644. Gabriell Heinsworth Samuell Savile Thomas Robson I do hereby ingage my selfe to the faithfull performance of the Articles above mentioned agreed upon by the Commssioners authorised by me, L.Craford I do hereby ingage my selfe to the faithfull performance of the Articles above mentioned agreed upon by the Commssioners authorised by me, Thomas Beaumont. August 11. This day, after solemn thanks performed, the Lady Savile with her retinue marched forth of the Castle with her Coach to Woodhouse, whether she was safely conveyed by a Lieutenant of our horse. The Governour being 200 strong marched out of the Castle and those few (not being in all 30) that had no desire to lay downe their Armes, were to be convoyed to Pontefract by Captaine Gothericke, one of the Lord Fairfax his Captains of horse who expected them all day at the Bridge under the Castle, but they came forth so drunk, that they were not apprehensive of danger, nor capable of any thing but evill and raising speeches, whereof they were very lavish, which cost some straglers their cloaths, who went not with the Convoy. The Governour, Captaine Heinsworth, and many others received Protections, to live in the country, they submitting themselves to all the ordinances of Parliament. We got in this Castle abundance of provision, which was sold for the use of the Army, to the Towne of Sheffield, for 200 li. We found many hundreds of Granado’s, and many hundreds of round shot from the Cannon to the Minion, ten barrels of powder, eight Iron peeces, five hundred Armes, and some other provisions, and necessaries for the Castle two Mortor-pieces. Here ends the quaint account of the only time when, so far as we know, Sheffield, which has so largely provided the munitions of warfare for others, has heard the clash of arms and the roar of artillery at her own doors. The fortress remained in possession of the forces of the Parliament during the remainder of its existence. In 1646 the House of Commons ordered the place to be made untenable, and a few months afterwards directed its demolition. This was carried out in August 1648, and the material was sold as set forth in the schedule of break-up prices printed by Mr. Hunter. In 1649 the Earl of Arundel, having made his peace with the Commonwealth, gave instructions for such parts of the Castle as remained standing to be repaired and made habitable. But the work of destruction had gone too far. The ruins, used as a sort of quarry, were gradually carted away for the use of builders, and the site in course of time was given up to very different purposes, including ignoble slaughter-houses. For many years there was a bowling green in the old Castle yard, and a century ago the Castle hill remained as an open space, where the ardent patriots of the period incurred the wrath of the authorities by holding public meetings in denunciation of the Government’s doings.
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    I grew up on Ridgehill Ave leaving in 1966 when I was 14. Hollinsend Rec was our local park, an all year round venue. I remember the Whit Sunday parade and also have a vague memory of a fun day, with a clown and other entertainment. The park keeper (parky) in those days was Jack Metcalfe, a pleasent chap who knew most of our names. Every evening at dusk the parky would blow his whistle, clearing the park before locking the gates to the main park and play ground. The park buildings were all painted Sheffield green, a paint source which found it's way to various houses around the city! The large wooden hut in the play ground was open at the front, so once we knew the parky had gone home we would climb over the fence and use it as our den. I have a broken front tooth which is a result of an accident in the play ground. I was climbing on the front of the cast iron rocking horse when my pal Timmy Brammer jumped on at the back causing the head to fly up and clout me in the mouth! I attended Gleadless County School and the headteacher at that time was Mr Jack Spur. Our teacher in the top juniors was Mr Dyson and I also remember Barbara Metcalfe who was the other top junior teacher. She used to take us swimming to Park Baths on City Road. I remember Mr Spur passing away when we were in the early years at Hurlfield but I can't remeber the circumstances of his death. In those days the school was only on one side of Hollisend Road, the new buildings on the other side of the road were added later. My brother John passed away in 2004 and so we scattered his ashes in the long grass by the little stream. I was surprised to see that the stream had almost dried up, when we were kids it was quite fast flowing and was full of frogs and tiny fresh water shrimps. Wonderful childhood memories of a much loved park! Wazzie Worrall
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    Sorry I misunderstood. What I do is use the "unread content button" which should appear as on one of the pictures below , and when on the "unread content" page there should be a link top left or on the left of the same line to "activity". The activity page appears in order of date with latest activity first. You can also "mark the site read" so that old content that doesn't interest you will not appear in the unread content. "Mark the site read" in the top instance is in the menu extreme top right or in the second just to the right of unread content.
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