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  1. WH Smith had kiosks in both Midland and Victoria stations in 1908. Smiths were operating in Victoria in 1859, and in the Midland in 1865.
  2. From "Britain From Above" taken in 1953 (Bridge Inn bottom right): The works appear to have been erected around 1883 by the Sheffield United Gas company to deal with the sulphur compounds produced from the gas manufacture. Mr Key was the first manager. Originally the "foul gases" were absorbed by oxide of iron, however in May 1883 Mr Key required the space taken by the iron oxide purifiers for a different purpose. Accordingly the process was changed to one which converted the hydrogen sulphide into sulphuric acid. The new process was a failure and resulted in an overhead crane driver at Vickers being overcome by fumes from the works in November 1883, followed by complaints from the local area about the stench, and debates in the council chamber. The Gas Company reverted to the original process by December 1884 and there do not seem to have been complaints after that. Mr. Key it appears had no expertise in chemical engineering.
  3. William Ernest Muteham (James' son) suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder at Ypres in 1915 and as a Corporal in 3 Battalion KOYLI won the Mediterranean Medal during the Boer War. The family lived at 61 Penistone Road in 1900 when he joined up. There are some military service records available on Find My Past - do you already have these?.
  4. If a professional boxer ever turns up on your doorstep with a black pomeranian dog, and is asking for lodgings, tell them to sling their hook.
  5. Brightside Bridge was on a list of bridges in the West Riding compiled for the Quarter Sessions in 1730. The bridge and approaches were "adopted" by the Corporation in 1857. The following may help: From PictureSheffield: A Rough Draught of that part of [Car]Brook [Carbrook] Estate contiguous to the Wheels and Tilting Mill Date: 1741 Surveyor: William Fairbank I. Fields, etc. between the Don and the Carr Brook, with perspective sketches of Brightside Bridge (three arched), a farmhouse and the wheels and tilt; an historical account of the development of the wheels is given, with an explanation of the causes of flooding; flooded areas marked in with acreages. (Carbrook Street) Brightside Forge and Nether Forge, including part of the Carbrook Estate. Original at Sheffield City Archives: ACM/MAPS/SheD/786S
  6. Here's an article from 1939 which covers numerous streets in Sheffield. The sketch shows Costnough Hall on the left - it also goes by the name Costnott Hall, Gosnock Hall, Gosnick Hall - and stood on the site of the Black Swan in Snig Hill. In a note in his History of the Cutlers Company, R.E.Leader wrote: In 1749 Samuel Shore senr. granted to his son, Samuel Shore junr. certain messuages, cottages, barns &c. upon a croft whereon the younger Shore erected dwelling houses "called or known by the name of Gosnick (or Gosnock) Hall or by whatsoever name or names the same is called or distinguished, at or near a place called Snigg Hill, which said premises did consist partly of the Black Swan Inn, then or lately David Kilner, and two other messuages in the occupation of Joshua Cawton and Joseph Coulton". In 1795 Joseph Greasby was described as having succeeded David Kilner, and he is given in the Directory of 1797 as 'victualler at Snig hill' ; but but it is difficult to harminise the former of these dates with the fact that in 1796 David Kilner advertised that he had geatly enlarged and improved the Black Swan. The name of John Haugh occurs among the names of the tenants mentioned in 1749 as occupants of the cottages pulled down to build Gosnock Hall, and in 1707 he, a baker, was part owner of the Crown and Thistle, Irish Cross ; but it seems probable that this was on the other side of Snig Hill, near Water Lane, and was not a precursor of the Black Swan. Below is a 1906 newspaper article by Leader which includes mention of Gosnock Hall
  7. An example of the local accent changing a name is Hole House at Whitley Carr in Ecclesfield - it became Hoyle House.
  8. Jno is the standard abbreviation for John - similar to Wm for William, Jas for James, Jos for Joseph, Tho for Thomas, Robt for Robert, Benj for Benjamin, Geo for George etc
  9. Update to the landlords of the Bird in Hand (originally next door to the Cutlers Hall, demolished in 1832 for the west end of the new hall) from R E Leader's History of the Cutlers Company: 1736 - 1738 Matthias Hobson 1741 - 1755 William Dixon 1757-1759 John Thompson after 1761 Richard Brittlebank, then John Colquhoun 1772 - 1808 John Rose to 1817 Thomas Rose 1809 John Richards
  10. Other schools around in 1901 were: University House, 31 Havelock Street, for young working men, established 1901 The Central Secondary Schools, Leopold Street (annexed the Firth College in 1906) Sheffield Middle Class Schools, Paradise Square The Boys Blue Coat Charity School (ages 8 -14) Wesley College, Glossop Road (as Lyn noted, would be merged with the Royal Grammar School in 1905) Westbourne Preparatory School
  11. from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of 20th April 1926: PASSING OF THE GROWLER "Horse-drawn cabs, commonly known as "Growlers" are in very little demand today they are too slow for these times. At the railway stations a few of the "growlers" are still to be found on the ranks." Leeds station had banned them but in Sheffield the rights to use the station approaches was down to individual firms and there were still a few "growlers", waiting hours for a customer who dreaded fast moving traffic and didn't mind a slow journey. A representative from Reuben Thompson Ltd, said that the real reason for retaining them was to give employment for some of their old servants.
  12. Edmunds George, beerhouse, 61 Grimesthorpe road, bottom corner of Danville Street opposite Tea Gardens hotel = Danville Inn / Hotel Ward Willie Leon, beerhouse, 62 Grimesthorpe road top corner Buckenham Road. = Buckenham or Buck Inn / Hotel Norton Simeon, beer house, 123 Grimesthorpe road top corner of Earldom Road. = Normanton Arms And this map possibly shows a public house on the opposite corner of Earldom road to number 123. = 152 Grimesthorpe Road, beer-off licence only, transferred in 1926 from Albert Roper to Edward Conroy. (photo on Picture Sheffield, in 1970, corner of Earldom Road, when it was the premises of Sydney Green, money lender)
  13. By 1926 until at least 1929, the 856 Lodge were meeting at the Grapes Inn, Gower Street (at the junction with Earsham Street).
  14. The Wellington Inn, also called Hotel, and on the 1890 map below called the Duke of Wellington was on Brightside Lane (number 720) at the junction with Hawke Street.
  15. When you say "the original H.L Brown" premises...
  16. Possibly also a brother: John William Parker baptised at St Vincents (R.C) on 8th March 1869, record states mother's first name is Sara Cawley or Curley, father's name is William. Curley seems to be an Irish surname.
  17. I've see the articles that you refer to. The 58 Bailey Street family are shown in the census returns below - their name changes between Barker and Parker as it is continued onto the new sheet. There was no Bailey Street in the Park district, it was off Broad Lane in St Georges. The Mary Ann referred to in the newspaper appears to be at home with her parents in 1881, whereas "your" Mary Ann is in the Ecclesall Workhouse?
  18. Here are a couple of Free e-books that may give you a good start (Vital Statistics of Sheffield 1843 and the Sanatory (sic) Condition of Sheffield 1848) https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=paNkAAAAcAAJ&dq=vital statistics of sheffield&source=gbs_book_other_versions https://archive.org/details/b21534354/page/n4 David Hey's "A History of Sheffield" 1998 may also be helpful.
  19. Here's some bits - 1890 and a partial insurance map of 1896
  20. George's daughter Marjorie married Kenneth Smith in 1954. Their sons Stephen R Smith and Michael M Smith were born in London in 1956 and 1958 respectively. Unfortunately there are many people with these names living in London.
  21. Here is the 1901 Census entry for Mary Ann Parker, William Henry's mother, who was in the Fir Vale Workhouse. The Mr Barkby referred to in the Guardians Minute book was Joseph Barkby (1834-1905) a mining engineer of Far House, Cricket Road, who represented the Park Ward on the Board of Guardians for seven years, and was chairman of the Estates and Works Committee, also a Primitive Methodist preacher. Mrs Chappell started on the Board of Guardians in 1984, and for nine years was the only female member of the Board, and she was especially involved with the poor of the Neepsend district. She and her husband John died within a few hours of each other in July 1927. And here they both are in 1891 in the Fir Vale Workhouse (not sure what the "trade" given for Mary Ann is?) And in 1881 Mary Ann was a 13 year old scholar in the Ecclesall Workhouse - presumably she was discharged and hence became pregnant with William Henry. And here is two year old Mary Parker, in 1871, in the Ecclesall Workhouse, with her single mother Sarah Ann Parker (a spoon buffer by trade) and sisters Ann 7, and Sarah 9 months.
  22. Here is the 1901 Census for William Henry - he was at the Beeches childrens home on Barnsley Road: Here's a 1905 map showing the Beeches: and part of one from 1890: Here's the Beeches (in the trees) from an aerial photograph taken in 1935: Link to information about the Beeches (Lyn may well have additional knowledge about the Beeches): The Beeches was occupied by Thomas Collinson (Assistant Overseer and Collector of Poor Rates for Brightside, also Clerk of the Burial Board) and family until his death in January 1897, when the Guardians of the Poor attempted to rent it out. It later became (amongst other things) a nurses' home for the City General Hospital. The Southampton was moored on the River Humber at Hull - link here: http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/TSSouthampton/
  23. What was he doing on a training ship aged 12? At the 1911 census he was stated to be 18 years old.