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  • Birthday 03/07/1947

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  1. What surprises me is how little prices had risen since 1966.Then a pint of Whitbreads bitter cost 2/- (10p) & a pint of Tankard cost 2/9d (14p).
  2. There used to be a Chinese laundry near the junction of Chesterfield Road & Valley Road. The son of the owner was a prefect at Carfeld Juniors in the mid-1950s.
  3. I was taught to swim by Mr Lyons in 1958/59. Our class was taught in the men's pool which was the oldest & least attractive of the three. The baths closed in March 1991 & the building has been converted into flats, a pub & a restaurant. The Turkish baths have been refurbished & are part of spa type of establishment. Interesting stuff about the beginnings of the baths in 1836. According to the list in the book "Great Lengths" this would make the baths the 4th earliest in the UK. I have been doing a bit of research on the history of the baths & have come up with the following: 1836 -Baths built including 2 swimming pools & adjoining houses as previous contributor has stated. 1877/88 -Turkish baths & new 26 yard men's pool built in place of one of the original pools. 1896-Baths bought by Sheffield Corporation. 1898-New 26 yard ladies pool built in place of the remaining original pool. Early 1900s-Adjoining houses demolished to make way for additional swimming pool. Men's pool shortened from 26 yards to 20 yards to make way for building work associated with the new pool. None of original building surviving at this point? 1912? -New 33 1/3 yard pool opened (the one parallel to Glossop Road). 1958/59-Ladies pool refurbished. 1973? -Men's pool closed. Pool parallel to Glossop Road refurbished? 1991- Pools closed.
  4. Did you spend much time at Sharrow ATE? I was there from 1971 to 1974. There was an ongoing problem with CCBs being held up to LEV 1 junctions. When we came in the morning there were often a dozen or more CCBs held up to the same LEV 1 junction. We could never replicate the fault; in fact the fault made no sense as far as we could see. I did meet a TO some years later who claimed to have sorted the problem, but funnily enough he could not tell me how he had done it. I too worked in all the Sheffield satellites apart from Beauchief & Woodseats. By the way I found a newspaper article which backs up my recollection about the 1-day strike. The strike took place in early July 1969. GPO telephones became a public corporation in October 1969, not immediately after the strike as I stated.
  5. I only met him once in the early 1970s at Sharrow exchange (what a load of **** that place was). I'm not sure why he was there, maybe he was acting for Joe Bunts. He seemed a decent bloke if a little intense. He was still in some sort of training role in the early 1980s when he interviewed one of my colleagues who wanted to go to university. When I joined in 1965, Wally Linskill was I/C training, but it was Mrs Dyson who really ran the show.
  6. There was a 1-day strike in the summer of 1969. I remember going to a union meeting at the Grand Hotel just before the strike. I can't remember what the strike was about but it occurred just before we ceased to be part of the Civil Service & became a public corporation. Incidentally,I know the name of the cantankerous bloke at Intake. His catchphrase was "this is MY exchange".
  7. Hello Stuart, I remember you now. I don't rememember seeing all that often though. I suppose that's because you were on the 24 hour rota. I remember Pete jones quite well. I particularly remember that very soft voice of his which nevertheless was clearly audible from the other end of the office. I imagine everybody who worked in that office has now retired.
  8. Hello Stuart, my name is Roger Wells. I worked on the 6th floor in the same office as the NMCC. I worked there briefly in the JNMC for a level 1 whom I cannot adequately describe without the use of 4-letter words. After that I worked in digital PABX diagnostics, which was a slight improvement. I'm afraid I still can't put a face to your name, though. I'm sorry to hear that Jim Harrison has passed away. He was a decent bloke.
  9. I never worked with anyone called Stuart. However, I remember the name Stuart Reeves in connection with Sheffield Charter. I think Jim Harrison & Mick Caudle(?) worked there too. I remember them from their days as testers for GEC/AEI. Regarding Frank Nortcliffe: I was told he was a fireman for British Railways before he joined GPO Telephones. I never knew about him driving the Flying Scotsman.
  10. I worked as a TT(A) on exchange maintenance in Local Auto in 1967 then as T2A on exchange construction/ clerk of works from 1969 to 1971 in Local Auto, Junction Tandem & Trunk Auto. After that I spent 18 years on exchange maintenance including 5 years as TO(A) at Chesterfield GSC. In 1989 I had the misfortune to move back to Eldon where I did a succession of dire jobs until 1996 when I took EVR.
  11. A visit to the local studies section of the Central Library may be worthwhile; they have microfiche copies of old Sheffield newspapers there. The opening of the new exchange in Charter Row in 1966 was definitely covered by the Sheffield Star. I did work briefly in the Siemens 16 exchange in Telephone Buildings in the summer of 1966. The equipment was on its last legs by that time. The other Siemens 16 exchanges in Sheffield were phased out from the mid-1950s onward. The last one to go was Woodseats in 1970.
  12. I was told many years ago that the exchange on the top floor of what was Telephone Buildings on West Street was brought into service in 1927. As other contributors have stated, it was a Siemens 16 exchange. The exchange was closed in October 1966 when all Sheffield Central lines were transferred to the new exchange in Charter Row. Sheffield was one of the first to cities to adopt automatic working along with Leicester, Briighton & others. However, the Siemens 16 system of metering was incompatible with more modern systems This necessitated the replacement of the Siemens exchanges before STD could be introduced. The first automatic exchange in the UK was at Epsom which opened in 1912.
  13. I was there from 1955 to 1958 having transferred from Meersbrook Bank Juniors. I remember Mr Collinson, Miss Holdsworth, "Pop" Flowers, Miss Lidyard, Miss Makinson (became Mrs Sheldon) & of course Mr Chandler. The teacher who made the biggest impression on me was Mr Vasey. He worked his socks off to get all 50 pupils in class 4A 1957-58 through the 11+. Does anyone remember those tiny hand signals Mr Chandler used to get us to stand up & sit down during assembly? Also we were told to swallow if we felt the urge to cough during assembly. The one teacher I disliked was Mr Ainsworth. He used to stand in for Stan Vasey sometimes. He never smiled & was all too ready to cane us for the slightest reason.
  14. STD was introduced to Sheffield in October 1966 with the opening of the new telephone exchange on Charter Row. Before that any long distance calls to & from Sheffield had to be connected manually by an operator. The STD code for Sheffield was 0SH2, 0CH6 for Chesterfield, 0CH4 for Chester, 0RO9 for Rotherham and so on (see the pattern?). This use of letters in the STD code was abandoned later in the 1960s but 0SH2 is 0742 etc & so the digits dialled were unchanged. At no time was SHE used as the dialling code for Sheffield. Sheffield exchanges eg Ranmoor, Attercliffe, Beauchief etc (about 10 in all) made up the Sheffield linked numbering scheme. For example if a subscriber on Beauchief exchange (a 36xxxx number) called a subscriber on Firth Park exchange (a 38xxxx number) they simply dialled 381234 or whatever ie no dialling code preceded the called subscribers number. Similar linked numbering schemes were used in cities like Leeds, Nottingham, Leicester. However this scheme was not used for larger cities like Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow & of course, London. These cities were served by director exchanges. For example MAYfair, MONarch & WHItehall were exchanges in the London director area. If ,say, a subscriber on MAYfair exchange dialled WHItehall 1212 (older contributors will remember that number), the WHI digits were translated by a director in MAYfair exchange into the routing digits to reach WHItehall exchange. The 1212 digits were then dialled into the WHItehall exchange by the director. Of course subscribers were quite unaware of the translation process. This way of using letters as exchange codes was abandoned because of the limited number of meaningful exchange names. Even before STD was introduced it was possible to make calls to places like Chesterfield & Barnsley from Sheffield without going through the operator. A 2-digit code, say, 83 was dialled before, say, a Barnsley number. However a call from Chesterfield to Barnsley would have to have gone through the operator & was classed as a trunk call. Regarding tapping calls: it was very easy to do this on coinbox phones that were served by the obsolescent Siemens 16 exchanges. These were still in existence in Sheffield right up to the end of the 1960s eg Woodseats, Ranmoor. This equipment was very old & would tolerate a very leisurely tapping speed (no need to try to synchronise with the dial speed.)
  15. Brocklehursts at Meadowhead were opened in 1960. Diana Dors performed the opening ceremony. She was accompanied by, her husband at that time, the comedian Dickie Dawson. I remember the TV advertising jingle; it went: "You can always trust the cars you buy at Brocklehurst's of Sheffield on any day & every day buy your car the Brocklehurst way you can always trust the cars you buy at Brocklehurst's of Sheffield" The middle line was faded & a voiceover proclaimed: "Every car personally guaranteed by Ernest Brocklehurst!" The whole jingle was performed in a mid-atlantic accent which was typical of early 1960s adverts.