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  1. Paint stripper

    Yes, paint stripper no longer works since they stopped basing it on methyl chloride. However methyl chloride (dichloromethane) is readily available from suppliers on ebay for £9 a litre, although it would need to be put into "gloopy" form to stick to the paintwork, perhaps add to the remains of the water based stripper, or find something like cat litter or porridge oats to hold it. But take care not to breathe the fumes and don't get it on your skin!
  2. T. Walter Hall

    T.Walter Hall’s note from his “Descriptive Catalogue of Sheffield Manorial Records” published in 1926: ‘The messuage on Jewetthill is now known as Jowett House; it has been for many years in the occupation of the family of Fox long resident in Upper Hallam. The house faces south, across the Porter Brook, below Carr Bridge; it stands at the west end of Chapel Lane. Jowett House, with the adjoining crofts, is shown on the ordnance map of 1851; and one croft is still known as Hobroyd. In Liber Finium William de Hanley surrendered, in 1441, a messuage, half an Oxgang of hastlerland, half an oxgang of assart and an acre of land called Jowet Acre in Fulwood; in 1508 Richard Shemeild surrendered a messuage, lying above Jewet Hill, with a meadow called Bocon Inge and a cottage called Alyshouse, with certain plots of land lying in Okenfeild and a croft called Reynold Lee, in Fulwood, to the use of his son John Shemeild and his heirs for ever; in 1543-4 Richard Shemeild gave a fine on admittance to a messuage, lying above Jewett Hill, with a plot of meadow called Betering and a cottage called Alehouse, with a plot of land lying in Okenhold and the croft called Reynold Lees, in Fulwood; in 1560 John Shemeild gave a fine, for leave to hold the messuage standing upon Jewth Hill, a meadow called Betton Ingg, the cottage called Alice House, the land in Okenhold and the croft called Reynold Lees in Fulwood, after the death of his father. If we can rely on the accuracy of the compiler of Liber Finium, the earliest spelling was Jowett, as to-day, though the intermediate entries give ]ewett and Jewth; from the records, we get no clue to the origin or meaning of Jowett. Harrison in his ‘Surnames of the United Kingdom’ 1912, under Jowett, says: ‘In 14th century English records, we find both ]ouet and Jowet’; which he derives from Old French jou, French jeu, Latin jocus, meaning a game or sport; so that Jowet Acre may have been the playing field of five hundred years ago, where the May Games were held and the youth of Hallam trained to the use of the bow. There is a bridge over Porter Brook, above Fulwood Mill, not half a mile from Jowett Acre, which is now known as Butter Brigg, without any apparent reason, and I have seen it written ‘Butts brigg’ ; a few yards away stands an old building, now used as a cowhouse, which thirty years ago was used and known as Mayfield Chapel; and Liber Finium, at 18 Richard II (1394), records a surrender of an oxgang called Mayland and a meadow called Maying in Fulwood. For May Games, see Transactions of The Hunter Society volume i, page 17. The flowing tide of suburban villas has now reached the gates of Jowett House and if it is doomed to give place to modern houses, there is no reason why the old name ]owett Hill, which has clung to the hillside for five centuries, should not be preserved. I would urge, that to prevent the loss of a time honoured place-name, the old Carr Lane now known as Quiet Lane should be re-christened Jowett Hill; this lane runs along the south slope of the hill and, in the days before town-planning became a science, the civic authority changed the old name of Carr Lane to Quiet Lane, with little regard for either tradition or the prospective development of Sheffield’s most attractive suburb. Quiet Lane was from the first doomed to become a misnomer. Let Quiet Lane of to-day be given the entirely appropriate and time honoured name of Jowett Hill ; preserving to Hallamshire one of its many ancient place-names. PictureSheffield link 1851 map:
  3. Thacker family bible

    Lincolnshire I believe.
  4. Thacker family bible

    Hi Lindy, I have sent a message to someone who has an Ancestry family tree with these Thackers in it. I suggested that they may want to join Sheffield History and make contact with you. The lady's name is Fiona.
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  6. Black Swan Walk

    Although the public generally referred to Black Swan Yard, the Corporation preferred "Walk" all the way since their road widening of High Street and Fargate in 1893 (when the Black Swan was demolished). Presumably "Walk" sounded classier than "Yard" and as the Corporation had control over signage and legal notices, they were likely to eventually get their way.
  7. The Sheffield Archives have some material from John Tertius Fairbanks - The design for the Houses of Parliament is ref FC/P/Ebu/241S and there is also a design for the elevation of Brunswick Chapel in 1834 (ref FC/P/Ebu/132S). His work diaries are at the Archives - here is an extract: 7 Dec 1832: 'Colouring the late Mad [George] Vickers' property in Edward Street &c. NB he died penitent.' 8 Dec 1832: 'Finishing the above plan of that martyr to his principles, Parson Vickers...' 12 Dec 1832: 'At the Nomination Meeting of the Candidates for the Borough of Sheffield. Came away in the middle of the well known 'Buck Horn of Lord Durham' speech without waiting til the shew of hands.' 14 Dec 1832: 'Assisting Mr F. F. in levelling a road through the Broom Grove Estate.' 15 Dec 1832: 'The town in such a state of excitement that it was quite impossible to proceed with business.' (with sketch [of Tontine Inn]) [Election of representatives for the Borough of Sheffield] 15 Apr 1833: 'Running about the town about R. Rodgers' chimney in order to see him and Flocton.' 27 Jan 1834: 'Drawing a part of the aorta of a man who died of appoplexy in the Infirmary for Dr Thompson. Drawn a copy of the two houses to be built by Thos. Staniforth for the Burgesses.' 26 Jan 1835: 'Medical Hall burnt' (with sketch). 25 Mar 1835: 'Drawing a plan of glass house in Darnall shewing the part proposed to be taken by Sanderson & Brothers...' 26 Mar 1835: 'Set off for Liverpool via Manchester. Saw Doctor Carbull. NB. all of the Manchester Gentlemen have long noses - or try to have. Got to Liverpool 1/2 past 6 o'clock.' 30 Mar 1835: 'Henry went off... in the SL Andrero...' (with sketch of vessel). 31 Mar 1835: 'Left Liverpool about 10 o'clock in the morning and came back by way of Glossop and got wet through, arrived safe here at 6 o'clock in the evening.' 11 Jun 1835: 'Church struck by lightning twice in less than two minutes' (with sketch). 24 Jun 1835: 'Mr Fairbank got married!!!!!!!' 31 Jul 1835: 'Drawing plan of houses to be built for Cockayne. That neer do well Mr Culshaw returned as easy as can be.' Here is a link to a guide to the Fairbanks Collection - includes references to JTF: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/dam/sheffield/docs/libraries-and-archives/archives-and-local-studies/research/Fairbank-Collection--PDF--560-KB-.pdf You may already have found this thread on the Fairbanks:
  8. New Picture Sheffield Photos

    But the resolution on the latest pictures is appalling, and that's the "modern" photos, any really old ones put on now would just be a blur. And I don't know why they put documents on as they are unreadable. I guess we are back to attempts to raise money by sales of photos, and using picturesheffield as a sales medium. But as we know, in 2012/13 the income from Picture Sheffield was only £2,862, estimated less than 5 photos a week sold, so the enterprise hardly counts as commercial, and I think should return to its ethos as being a public service. Previous thread here:
  9. 65 Westbourne Rd

    I think this article does the job, however it does skate over the circumstances of his bankruptcy just prior to his death. On 9th January 1884 in Sheffield County Court, the first meeting of the creditors of James Herbert Stacey of 65 Westbourne Road, hatter, in partnership with Willaim Turton Stacey, trading as Stacey and Son. Their joint account showed liabilities of £1069 and assets of £312. Possibly his failed business with his son as hatters brought down the rest of his empire? In 1851 W.T. Stacey was living at his Music Selling premises at 101 West street. In 1871 W.T.Stacey was living at 61 Wesbourne Road: In 1881 W.T. Stacey had moved into 65 Westbourne Road (assuming the numbering had not changed) Lucy Pottenger and family were at No 61 and Marriott Oakes at No.63.
  10. Where is this?

    C.V. Blows and Company, Road Haulage Contractors of 110 Bellenden Road S.E.15 went into liquidation in February 1951
  11. Old Sheffield dishes

    The rabbits used to have a cup fastened on their heads, so the blood didn't drip onto passers-by underneath.
  12. Lots more detail in this thread - includes plans of the area:
  13. Silver Knife Identification

    John Yeomans Cowlishaw blew his head off with a shotgun in the water-closet of his home, Tapton Cliffe, Fulwood Road on 23rd January 1895 aged about 65. He had been depressed following the death of his wife two years previously. He was a nephew of John Newton Mappin and continued with Mappin's pearl business in Norfolk Street, subsequently moving to Bakers Hill and the Arundel Street, where he was a pearl cutter and manufacturer of silver fruit knives, For 22 years he was a director of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Bank, Chairman for the final 10 years. He was also Chairman of Mappins Brewery in Rotherham, and a director of Newton Chambers and Company, and a shareholder in Joseph Rodgers and Sons, Norfolk Street. He was involved in the establishment of the Mappin Art Gallery, which was based on John Newton Mappin's art collection. His uncle, J.N Mappin bequeathed him his shooting lodge at Moscar, which explains the presence of guns at his home. He left 3 sons, John (Arundel Street works), Frederick (Rotherham brewery) and Frank (in London)