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  1. Romany Vale - a possibility? from David Robins - A Century of Sheffield 1835 to 1935 "At the corner of Brocco Bank and Ecclesall Road, where the Woffinden Almshouses are today, was a recognised gypsy encampment. The gypsies had their colourful caravans on the banks of the river where their horses could be watered."
  2. Sharrow Bottom was the area containing the Lescar Wheel and the Porter Tavern.
  3. James Dukenfield, born 16th February 1841, baptised 24th October in St Maries', and obviously came from a Catholic family (his mother Ann was Irish). The family lived in Barkers Pool in 1841 and his father John was a comb maker. Try inserting a space in problem words, can't let the computer win!
  4. Captain T. Jackellis (real name Ellis Thompson Jackson) was staying at 206 Gleadless Road in 1932, with the Hopkinson family (Frank was a pork butcher). Frank's daughter Betty was so impressed with the Captain that she successfully took up the trumpet. Lots more information here: http://temposenzatempo.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-king-of-cornets.html
  5. Number 104 was being rented out in 1862: The site was occupied in 1850-51 - but from the map it's not clear whether it was an older structure?
  6. T. Walter Hall was a (very very) distant cousin. On investigating our links, I found that his younger brother was Sir Arthur John Hall, of Stand House, Fulwood Road. who was eminent in other fields. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.251185!/file/ClassRoomBoard6.pdf
  7. A PhD thesis was submitted by Audrey Elcock in 1999, titled "Government Evacuation Schemes and their Effect on School Children in Sheffield during the Second World War". http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/14455/1/301006.pdf A sample of the information available in the thesis is below: After the heavy raids of 12 and 15 December, the ‘Trickle’ scheme was immediately re-publicised through the Information Committee’s news service and evacuation officers were ready for parents to register their children for evacuation at the information bureau situated at the Central Library. However, as in the previous year, the people of Sheffield again proved implacably resistant to evacuation. Walton and Lamb, employees at the Central Library, recorded that officials from the city’s Public Assistance Department attempted to evacuate five thousand homeless people in over-crowded halls to rest centres made available by neighbouring authorities. After two days of concerted effort to persuade the refugees to move, only nine hundred had agreed to go, and within twenty-four hours seven hundred of these had returned. Even when, on 18 December, the Emergency Committee for Civil Defence decreed that all mothers with children of school age, as well as expectant mothers, the blind and the aged, should be brought within the official evacuation scheme, public reaction was extremely poor. It seemed that Sheffield people who had been bombed out of their homes preferred to find billets in the suburbs. Records show that only two hundred evacuees responded immediately and were transferred to rest centres outside the city, and travel vouchers and billeting certificates were issued to an additional ninety adults with children to go to private billets in other areas. The exodus continued very slowly until Christmas, after which the government decision to extend travel and billeting allowances to private evacuees in priority categories from any of the danger areas may have influenced the sudden increase to 3,776 by 31 December and to 6,121 over the following ten days. After steadily climbing to 8,631 two months later demand then fell off, until by 23 May a total of 9,246 (comprising 2056 mothers, 4692children, 2498 others) was shown to have left and statistics were apparently abandoned. The graph below demonstrates this pattern of movement but there are, unfortunately, no details available of numbers who returned home during this period.
  8. My son is training as a barrister, and even using his access to Statute databases we can't get the text of the Act. However below is a notice of the intention to obtain the Improvement Act, and a couple of screenshots from "Statutes of the United Kingdom etc" which only list the Acts but don't have the actual text. Finally is an explanation of the contents of the Act from November 1846.
  9. Number 8 had been a grocers shop since at least 1876, and was probably built as a shop. Sophia Collie ran it in 1878/9. Henry Walker in 1881. Elizabeth Quarmby ran it from 1894 to at least 1911. Albert William Hanson ran it in 1925.
  10. During the Blitz (night of 12th December 1940) Neepsend Gas works received a cluster of incendiary bombs. The Gas Works exploded as firemen were trying to put out the flames. Then a parachute mine landed between the gasholders, and there was a further mine which landed (probably on number 15 Parkwood Road, per a reminiscence on Britainfrom Above site) ( but see the “bombs map” below) The dead were: Breedon Anita 3 yrs 13 Dec 1940 9 Parkwood Road Breedon Cyril 35 yrs 13 Dec 1940 9 Parkwood Road Breedon Eva 32 yrs 13 Dec 1940 9 Parkwood Road Breedon George 11 yrs 13 Dec 1940 9 Parkwood Road Breedon Terence 5 months 13 Dec 1940 9 Parkwood Road Clarke John 45 yrs 13 Dec 1940 9 Parkwood Road but in 1939 was an unemployed mill labourer, and living at number 22 Parkwood Road with mother Lettice. Possibly they were sheltering with the Breedon family? Clarke Lettice 69 yrs 13 Dec 1940 9 Parkwood Road Munks Frank 52 13 Dec 1940 Parkwood Road The 1939 census (via FindMyPast) shows the Milners at number 8 Parkwood Road: Frank Hides Munks was a Police War Reserve Constable. Frank was a market trader who lived at 36 Rockley Road with his wife Marjorie, and their children Frank H junior (a tram conductor, later to die on 31st January 1942 when HMS Belmont was sunk by a torpedo from U-82 off Nova Scotia), Marjorie junior (an assistant teacher), Reginald (a market trader) and Daphne (a shop assistant). The Victoria Hotel, in whicj Frank may have been sheltering, was at 248 Neepsend Lane, at the corner of Parkwood Road, run by Ernest and Edith Dyson in September 1939. It was nicknamed “the monkey”, as one of its landlords once had a pet monkey. The Dysons were not killed on the night of the Blitz, and the pub seems to have survived. Photos of Neepsend Lane and the gas works are available on PictureSheffield https://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?searchterms=&action=search&keywords=Keywords%3BMATCHES%3B(^|+%2B)Neepsend_Gasworks(%24|+%2B)%3B A pre-war photo shows Parkwood Road going between the largest gas holder and the other four. The odd numbered houses are the nearest and number right to left. A post war map of 1954 shows that the even numbered houses had been demolished due to damage by incendiaries, along with the odd numbers up to 19: There's an overview and research guide of the Sheffield Blitz here: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/dam/sheffield/docs/libraries-and-archives/archives-and-local-studies/research/Blitz study guide v1-3.pdf There are stories about the Sheffield Blitz here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/categories/c1151/ See the comment right at the bottom of the page here: https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EPW015598 The Britainfromabove site has many aerial photos of the Neepsend area Various photos of Parkwood Road here: https://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?searchterms=&action=search&keywords=Keywords%3BMATCHES%3B(^|+%2B)Park_Wood_Road(%24|+%2B)%3B Further info here: https://www.chrishobbs.com/sheffield/pitsmoorwardead.htm
  11. There's a very detailed history of the Harrisons and Howsons here (pages 114 -119): https://www.derbyshireas.org.uk/DM14-04.pdf
  12. I believe that you had to pay for your entry in the directories, so if there was no benefit to you, or you were skint, you didn't appear. Also, after WW2, the directories faced competition from telephone directories - if you were entered in one of those, you would be less likely to need to be in a Kellys or similar. These likely explain the missing households. The Council Rate Books will have all households though (you still can't opt out of that!) - possibly an email or call to the Local History section of the Library would provide you with a scan of the appropriate page of the Rate Book? 0114 273 4753 (Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat) - https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/form/your-city-council/enquiry-form
  13. FMP doesn't have any Kellys Directories access. The most user friendly way to access Sheffield directories (though only Kellys for 1925) is via Sheffield Indexers website: http://www.sheffieldindexers.com/DirectoriesIndex.html 1843-65 Sheffield Burgess Rolls 1875-76 Sheffield Burgess Rolls 1787 Gales & Martin Directory of Sheffield 1791 Universal British Directory 1825 Gell's Directory of Sheffield 1828-29 Pigot's Commercial Directory 1833 White's History & Directory of Sheffield 1837 White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1841 Henry & Thos. Rodgers Sheffield & Rotherham Directory 1846 Slater's Directory of Sheffield 1852 White's Gazetteer & General Directory of Sheffield 1862 Drake's Directory of Rotherham & District 1871 White's Directory of Sheffield & District 1905 White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1911 White's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1914-1918 Roll of Honour Sheffield Men 1925 Kelly's Directory of Sheffield & Rotherham 1929 Kind Hearted Brigade Members - The Weekly Telegraph 1859-1908 Sheffield Cemetery Road Congregational Church Members 1866-1934 Sheffield Anglican Clergy