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  1. It was Bookless Brothers, a Standard Cars dealer in 1924. Still there in the 1960s. T.C. "Cuth" Harrison raced a 12 year old supercharged E.R.A. finishing in sixth position at the European Grand Prix in Monza in 1949, and he won the RAC Trials Championship twice in the 1950s.
  2. Boston Street was included in the 1950 war damage clearance compulsory purchase order.
  3. The tapes appear to date from 1990 so I'd guess that "Online" is a play on words - On-tram-line
  4. It is at the entrance to Sheffield Council Transport Services Depot. The site was a brickworks in the 1890s.
  5. Courtesy of Crossley's "Water Power in Sheffield": Here is a plan showing Bennetts Wheel in 1823. The wheel was in existence in 1604 and its name changed when Edward Bennett took on the tenancy in 1737. In 1759 it was planned to double the size of the dam to cover over an acre. In 1794 widow Bennett had 15 troughs with 15 men employed. In 1823 (when the above plan was made) George Rock owned the wheel and the dam was to be reduced in size, possibly connected with the building of the Vulcan Works and steam rolling mill in the middle of the decade. The rate books in the 1830s show no wheel matching Bennett Wheel and under an 1810 agreement its dam was used only for boiler water for the Vulcan Works until at least 1851. Thomas Ellin had bought the property in 1831 hence the name of the street that followed the southern side of the dam. Here is a plan showing the Sylvester and Cinderhill Wheels: The Sylvester Wheel probably originated as one of the "wheels in the pasture" in the early 1600s. The name was changed when Field Sylvester took on the wheel in 1697. Sylvester was a substantial businessman, for example buying £500 of iron from Attercliffe Forge for resale in 1711, so this wheel would have been only a small part of his operations. When he died in 1717 the tenancy was assigned to David Fullilove then Thomas Wilson, the Wilsons holding the tenancy for the rest of the century. From 1725 to 1745 the wheel was small with only 3 troughs plus an ease trough. A Fairbanks plan of 1748 shows a project to enlarge the dam by removing 400 cubic yards of earth. A plan of 1769 shows developments including a second dam (not clear if that dam was made). By 1794 the wheel had 20 troughs and employed 20 men. The wheel was purchased from the Norfolk estate in 1811 by Thomas Holy who sold it to Messrs Ellin and Ingall in 1827 after which it was referred to as Ellin's Wheel. After 1800 many changes took place - before the sale to Holy, the course of the Porter had been straightened, with a further re-alignment at the start of Holy's ownership. In 1830 there was a 10 foot by 6'9" water wheel producing 10 1/4 horse power and a 10hp Boulton and Watt steam engine. Water power ceased being used about 1850, although the 1850-1 rate book notes head and fall, the 1851 OS map refers to the dams as reservoirs which suggests storage for steam engines. By 1864 the dams had been filled in and divided up for re-development. The area in 1808:
  6. Griffiths' 1876 Report on the Condition of the Porter Brook is available here: https://archive.org/details/b21534329/page/n2 The Ellin Street area is described on page 8. Unfortunately they have messed up the scanning and the relevant sketch number 8 is missing.
  7. Choose the "1939 Register" from the blue ribbon acrosss the top of the screen, then in the grey "Search for your relatives in the 1939 Register" box select any one of the 3 options "Map search", Address search " or "Advanced search" (top right in the grey box). Any of these will allow a street and town search.
  8. 1939 Census 17 Harry and Mary Bridgewater Cutlery and Electo-plate Manufacturer / House Duties 19 James and Alice Willcox Banana Packer / House Duties 19 Lena Webster Change Speed Lever Straightener 19 Liliam Webster Valve Straightener 19 Walter Martin Lever Man 19 John Ibbotson and Winifred Cold Roller / House Duties 19 James William Corbridge and Edith Construction Labourer / House Duties 21 Edward Mapplebeck and Lilian Male Nurse (metal) . House Duties 21 Arthur Mapplebeck Steel Worker 21 Colin Mapplebeck Butchers Assistant 21 Thomas Barker GPO Linesman 21 Martha Tate Home Sister 21 Constance Barnes Staff Nurse 27 William Henry and Elizabeth Phillips Insurance Clerk / House Duties 27 Kathleen Phillips School Teacher 31 Albert and Susannah Oates Potato Merchant / House Duties 33 Patrick and Phyllis Barry Minister of Congregational Church / House Duties 35 Joseph and Alice Rodgers Steel Merchant / House Duties 37 Percy and Lily Puley Solicitors Clerk / House Duties 37 Claribell Marshall Widow House Duties 39 Empty 41 Charles and Lucy Bray Retired Fish Frier / House Duties 41 Alice Bray House Duties 41 Dorothy Bray Civil Servant PO Telephones 41 Leslie Bray Building Materials Order Clerk 43 George Soutar Asssitant Manager at Drop Forge 45 Frank and Doris Swift Chief Clerk / House Duties 45 Elizabeth Torr Domestic Servant 47 John and Mary Foxton Retired Assurance Agent / House Duties 49 Arthur and Marguerite Spencer Patent Agents Manager / House Duties 49 David Spencer Motor Mechanic 51 Michael and Florence Ford Steel Works Clerk / House Duties 51 Edith Ford Invoice Clerk Confectionery Chemist
  9. Helen (or Ellen) Bonnington, also known by her maiden name of Powell, of 57 Buttermere Road was sentenced in December 1920 to 16 months imprisonment for performing an illegal operation on a married woman from Phillimore Road, also another woman from Dunlop Street. She was prosecuted again in February 1935 with co-conspirators Walter (a Post Office telegraphist and father of the unborn) and Gladys Carnell of Fitzwilliam Street. Walter Carnell threatened the pregnant woman, a Miss Patchett with violence unless she had the abortion, which was arranged to take place at the Carnells premises. Miss Patchett complained to the police who hid in her house and overheard a conversation between Bonnington, Mrs Carnell and Miss Patchett, and subsequently found equipment including a syringe in the room. Miss Patchett later suffered a miscarriage in January. The two women were acquitted as it was found that they had been incited to conspiracy by the actions of the police in laying a trap, but Walter Carnell was found guilty of inviting and was sentenced to 6 months.
  10. Here's the area on Google, the Wetherspoons pub ("The Francis Newton") is on Clarkehouse Road, the remains of the Stanton Broom terrace is on Glossop Road, opposite the Hallamshire Hospital.
  11. Thanks Syrup, I had not seen seen that obituary, I only had a much shorter one from the Telegraph. I'll add it to my collection. I must have spent weeks in total in the Foresters in the '70s and 80s, as it was on the West Street/Division Street pub crawl route, and at that time was a Whitbread house (my Dad was unimpresssed, Whitbreads was "throwing up ale"). The Foresters was often a meeting up place for us for journeys to other towns. Once, running late, I got to the bar and ordered a pint, only to remember when it was handed over, that we were actually meeting in the Howard Hotel, nearer the station - so a pint quickly down the throat and a sprint across Sheffield.
  12. My GGG Uncle George Skinner was landlord there from 1849 to 1856. In 1841 he was a Journeyman Painter living at Charlotte Street (off West Street) with his wife Jane. George and his brother Frederick were founder members of the Sheffield Skating club in 1841, skating on ponds at Chatsworth, on occasion playing ice cricket with Joseph Paxton the head gardener. On July 29th 1848 a notice appeared in the Independent that the Foresters Inn was to be let and George took it on, athough still painting and decorating, and selling tickets for excursions to Bangor and the Isle of Man via Liverpool. In 1853 he was on the Licensed Victuallers Association committee and was Secretary for about 25 years, involved in the running of the Grimesthorpe LVA Asylum built in 1848 and the building and running of the Dore Asylum, built in 1877. George served as a Town Councillor for the St George's ward from 1st November 1855 to 1st November 1858, and again from 1st November 1872 to 1st November 1887. In 1855 he was voted onto the New Highway Board and was still there in 1858. In October of 1855 the fall of Sebastopol was celebrated widely and the Foresters Inn had a gas lit star in its window. In June 1858 he placed an advertisement to say that he had moved from 57 Division Street to 150 Westfield Place, West street, with shops in Mr Hayball's Yard, Rockingham Street. George was a keen cricketer, playing for both the LVA and Sheffield Wednesday in 1852, and still playing for Sheffield Wednesday in July 1862. He was the Secretary of Sheffield Wednesday Cricket Club from 1859 until 1863 and in his last year he was also treasurer. In 1865 George was one of the principal supporters of the two Liberal candidates for Sheffield (John Roebuck and George Hadfield). In 1871 George was a Brewers Agent, the brewery was probably the Neepsend Brewery, who supplied the Foresters Inn. George founded the Good Intent Lodge (no.563) of the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows, and for over 25 years was its secretary.. In 1885 the Town Councillors visited Haddon Hall and all had their photograph taken - it was reprinted in the Daily Telegraph on 24th December 1925 - George is number 35 on the photo. By 1891 he was a retired Licensed Victualler (74) living with wife Jane at the Licensed Victuallers Institution on Abbeydale Road, Dore. Jane died on Jun 21 1891 aged 76 and George died after a run of poor health on 25th December 1893 aged 77 and was buried in Ecclesall Churchyard.
  13. There is more information here: http://www.silvercollection.it/ENGLAWILKINSON.html From the same site: "There was no legal requirement to mark electroplated goods and any letter, symbol or number punched in silverplate wares is part of the individual trademark used by manufacturers to customize their own production. Silverplate was used by lower classes as an affordable substitute of sterling silver and UK makers, to gratify the ambition of their customers, often adopted punches composed of a sequence of symbols and letters similar to that used by Assay Offices for sterling silver hallmarking.To prevent abuses and to avoid confusion, the 'crown' symbol in silver plate wares was banned in 1896, reserving its use to sterling silver hallmarked by Sheffield Assay Office. However, the use of pseudo hallmarks was a common practice in the Victorian era and most UK manufacturers adopted trade marks consisting in their initials coupled to '&', 'S' (for Sons or Sheffield), 'EP' (for Electro Plate) and a profusion of symbols inside outlines of various shape (circles, shields, squares) obtaining a result very similar to that present in sterling silver wares. Even the sequence indicating EPNS (Electro Plated Nickel Silver) or EPBM (Electro Plated Britannia Metal) was often made in manner to mislead an inexperienced observer. The adoption of initials, instead of manufacturer's name, has had the consequence that many UK trade marks are still now unidentified
  14. Charles Crossley (b 1823) married Mary Poynton (b 1831) - their offspring were: Elias 1857, Fred 1859, Charles 1862, Pollie 1869, Eleanor 1871, Harris (female) 1874?, Mavis 1874? Elias married Eleanor Maria Mountford in1891 - their sons were Arnold Poynton Crossley (b1892) and Ernest (b1877) Fred married Clara Beal in 1881 - Clara's sister Annis (1868) married Charles Henry Champion in 1892 and their daughter was Rhoda Champion
  15. 1637 Harrison’s Survey – Robert Matheman and James Lister occupy parts of Billy Wood 30 June 1827 Messrs Wilson and Hawksworth advertise for sale their shear steel forge with all machinery and gearing recently repaired and weirs, shuttles and dam enlarged. 1749 Thomas Boulsover holds lease of land (from the Duke of Norfolk) for £3 p.a. to build a grinding wheel, with an option to convert to a tilt forge. During this lease the rent of £9 for Nova Scotia Tilts was paid by Boulsover and Thomas Broadbent. Broadbent took the next lease in 1770 at £10 4s p.a. but went bankrupt in 1783. That year Beeley, with two tilts, was let on a 63 year lease for £15 p.a. to John Sutcliffe. He sold the lease the next year for £1050 to Joseph Walker and William Booth who took a new 63 year lease in 1793 and are listed in 1794 with 2 tilts and a forge with a fall of water of 14ft 8in. In 1814 the tilts were “remaining unsold” and more sales were unsuccessful in 1826 and 1827 – Norfolk keeping them and the tenancy being taken from 1826 by John Wilson and John Hawkesworth who were still tenant in 1870 though under a 63 year lease from 1842. By the 1830’s there were 8 water wheels, one to each of the 2 tilts and 2 to each of 2 forges which both had a wheel for bellows - by 1895 the wheels were derelict. Wilson died in 1865 and the works were sold to his executors. By 1874 they held the “Beeley Wood Steel and Iron Works” which were occupied by John Rodgers who had been a sub tenant in 1870. The works were sold between 1889 and 1892, in the latter year they were owned by John Rodgers with Henry Birkinshaw as tenant. (from Crossley “Water Power on Sheffield Rivers”) June 1852 Mr Carlisle bankrupt – he owned Beeley Wood quarry which had been worked for him by Clement Machin who had removed stone and tools and was ordered to return it all to Carlisle’s assignees. August 1856 – Floods wash away two thirds of Wilson Hawkesworth and Co’s weir, also the foundations of their forge building. Their footbridge ended up at Lady’s Bridge. August 1868 – A great fire consumed much of Beeley Wood, property of the Duke of Norfolk and the principal reserve for game in the vicinity. It was started by sparks from a railway engine running through the wood, Fire engines were sent from Sheffield and up to four acres were destroyed. 1869 – by this date a steam hammer was operating, and frightened horses who caused a death in a carriage accident.
  16. I agree with Hugh's "farm labourer" abbreviation. Possibly the next bit is vide 11748 / 37 - vide is latin for see - so refers you to document 11748 / 37 perhaps the full certificate for remission? On the middle line - On performance of party ??
  17. Been back to the Strines today, so I photographed the hare, who had a bad Christmas that year.
  18. Moore took over the photography business at 236 Langsett Road from William Shingler in 1893 - so the Victorian badge seems reasonable. Here's the text of an advert in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph from 16th January 1894: PHOTOGRAPHY: Children a Speciality; Football Groups liberally treated with; Train fares allowed. -- Moore (late Shingler) 236 Langsett road, Sheffield
  19. I think you're correct, Tozzin. There was a Knur and Spell Handicap organised by Mr J. Bonsell in June 1890 at the Belle Vue Hotel in Cricket Road. Even in rural Grensoside in 1912 neighbours objected to knur and spell taking place in a field next to the Angel Inn due to damage and bad language. In 1935 it was still played regularly on Saturday afternoons between Stocksbridge and Deepcar. Around Sheffield it was also known as "Peggy".
  20. The Sheffield Newspapers available on line stop at 1950, so there's plenty of information on the preparations, but nothing when the Festival was underway. Here's the 1939 Census with many of the people still in the area.
  21. 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:
  22. May (unknown surname) and (Agnes) Mary Samways had probably both been servants for James Smith Beckett, chairman of Alfred Beckett and Sons Ltd , steel manufacturers, who lived at East Broom, Broomgrove Road.
  23. A couple of pictures of the Palissy Works (ex Park Cottage) here: http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?searchterms=palissy&action=search&keywords=all%3BCONTAINS%3B%palissy%%3B and here:
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