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  1. Sheffield's Pinfolds.

    Another pinfold - on Redmires Road to the left hand side of the Hallamshire Golf Club (just to the left of the stone gateway into the footpath). Sidney O Addy referred to it in his 1893 book "The Hall of Waltheof" : Quite near to Hallam Head is a house which on the Ordnance Map is marked as “Hall Carr House.” A few old buildings, a pinfold, a triangular piece of ground surrounded by roads, give an appearance of age to this place, and we may, with some show of probability, take it to be the site of the old palace of the lords of Hallamshire. I thought that the title deeds of landowners might disclose some information of value on this point, and I accordingly applied to Mr. Duncan Gilmour, who has lately built a house at Hallam Head. Mr. Gilmour says: “Looking over the deeds referring to the field between me and Burnt Stones I find that in 1715 a close of land known as 'The Hallam Meadow' was part of it.” Mr. Gilmour also tells me that his land, together with adjoining land, was bought from the Duke of Norfolk, whose predecessors have been lords of the manor for many centuries. I see no reason why The Hallam Meadow should not mean the hall meadow, just as the Roman road to Buxton is still known as Bathum gate, meaning Bath road, or road to Buxton.
  2. Jew Lane (Fitzalan Sq)

    Another explanation into the pot, from Leader's Reminscences of Old Sheffield: LEONARD : Do you know what is said to be the origin of the name Jehu lane? The tradition is, that when Mary Queen of Scots arrived in Sheffield for imprisonment at the Manor, this lane was the main road, and through it she had to pass. The streets had not been planned in expectation of such things as coaches rolling through them, and the lane astonished the Queen’s coachman to such an extent that he ejaculated "Jehu!" - by way, I suppose, of invoking the tutelary genius of drivers in his difficulty.
  3. Cutlers of Hallamshire 1624-1699

    A possibility - a John Turton son a John Turton (shoemaker) was baptised on December 1st 1768 at Hill Top Chapel of Ease, Attercliffe (page 32). A delayed baptism? Not sure what is meant by "Craft" as the father's occupation.
  4. Cutlers of Hallamshire 1624-1699

    Here is the entry for Turtons from Leader's History of the Corporation of Cutlers. The Local Studies library has both volumes, they are huge books about 2 foot by 3 foot. Using the key the full entry for John Turton is: Turton John, son of John, Sheffield Park, shoemaker; to Woollen William Sheffield Park, cutler; 7 years from 1776, Freedom taken 1791 So he did complete his apprenticeship, but did not take his Freedom until 9 years after he had come out of his apprenticeship. This was not unusual, especially at the end of the eighteenth century when "the Act of 1791 brought in large numbers who, not having cared to claim the privilege of Freedom during the disorganisation of the Company's affairs, availed themselves of their long dormant privilege under the new regime". The 1791 Act repealed much of the original 1624 Act which required a 7 year apprenticeship and a limited number of apprentices per master. The new act allowed the sale of Freedoms to outsiders for £20 plus fees. The result was a huge increase - in 1791-2 1,346 freemen were admitted and 482 apprenticeships were admitted, and this level continued for many years, the cutlery trade then being open to almost anyone who wished. Further deregulation was implemented with the 1814 Act, which put the Company into the doldrums, as it then seemed to serve no real purpose.
  5. Help with heritage project

    Hi John, The nude statue of Vulcan on Town Hall 1896 was modelled by one of Queen Victoria's Life Guardsmen (can you name him?) Cathedral spire, climbed by William Battye who played a tune on his french horn while at the top. The police box at the side of the town hall, originally part of a network put in place by Chief Constable Percy Sillitoe who defeated the Sheffield Gangs (Mooney etc), Paradise Square (originally Pot square) various stories, eg Wesley, Chartists, John Lees sold his wife ther for sixpence, to Samuel Hill in 1786 Queens Head - laundry for the castle? Wicker arches bomb damage, Wicker history on Sembly Tuesdays, for Lord's militia and archery practice.
  6. Bridge Inn Brightside

    One of my relatives was landlord at the Bridge Inn from 1879 til 1883 (Sam Bamforth) - in 1880 he stopped up every crevice into the Inn to prevent flooding, based on previous experience of water in the premises. The landlord who made the Flood Claims was William Charlesworth, who was a bad 'un - he beat his wife and it escalated until it became attempted murder. The 1890 map does show a tram shed next to the pub, though by 1901 the tracks stop short of the pub by 40 or 50 yards and the shed is gone
  7. Jew Lane (Fitzalan Sq)

    My reading of Dickens' definition is that a Manchester Warehouse was geared to providing a whole range of goods that the customer may want, regardless of the supplier or manufacturer, similar to a retail warehouse today. This would be in contrast to a warehouse to held the goods produced by an enterprise, pending onward distribution.
  8. Jew Lane (Fitzalan Sq)

    So it was definitely a "Manchester Warehouse", Charles Dickens' definition of a Manchester Warehouse is here: Dickens - Manchester Warehouse definition Though it's more a short story than a definition.
  9. Jew Lane (Fitzalan Sq)

    Looking at the 1896 Insurance map of Fitzalan Square the thoroughfare was the Bell Yard, and the building was the one that is abbreviated to M,W, Now, what is M.W? Maybe a Metals Warehouse?
  10. Hadfield limited

    Map showing the Hecla Works in 1901-3 below. Also see Graces Guide for more information: https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Hadfields
  11. The Farm

    Around 1820 the Lake was not yet created, but the area was occupied by machinery for stitching together four round ropes to make a flat one for collieries' rail-roads.This was invented, patented and run by John Curr, who lived at Belle-Vue, and who managed the Duke of Norfolks collieries. He was an improver of steam engines and metal tram-ways and constructed a rail-road across the Park between the pits at Intake and the town. (information from John Holland's 1859 republication of his poem about the Park)
  12. Building such eyesores without planning permission - it shouldn't be allowed!
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