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    The most fair and noble city of Sheffield situate in the delightful county of Yorkshire [WEST Riding]
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    Railway History in particular Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast, Midland and North Eastern; Coal Mining History; Steel Making and Associated Industries and Pubs; Restaurants and Football. Although I find all history topics to be fascinating, in particular, those about Sheffield, Rotherham and surrounding areas.

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  1. Victoria Train Station

    As a follow-up to earlier postings about Sheffield Victoria Railway Station. Between 20 January and 22 January 1973 Sheffield Victoria station was temporarily reopened as Midland station was completely closed for commissioning of the new power signal box. Only the main up and down platforms were used as the loop platforms had already been lifted. The station was still complete but the electrics were deemed beyond help so the station was strung with light bulbs strung through the station roofing. Trains to Manchester went via Woodhead although diesel traction was used rather than electric working. So, with a couple of like-minded mates, and armed with my not so reliable camera, (my first such purchase), on 20 January 1973, I went along in order to record a little of what remained of the station.
  2. Barkers Pool, Sheffield City Hall and the Gaumont Theatre

    Even what seems to be a bit of The Grand Hotel peering around the back of the City Hall.
  3. The Goodwin Fountain

    The Albert - good for its music events and a required stopping-off point, either before, or after a trip to the City Hall, to other Cambridge Street hostelries, to the West Street hostelries, and of course, to several other well remembered hostelries nearby. Oh, happy times, from what I remember of them - admittedly, at times, somewhat hazily.
  4. Extinct Sheffield Food Brands

    You do know of course that the widespread use of the term 'liquor' in the brewery industry is perfectly true? I first became aware of this during my first ever visit inside of Whity's brewery on Exchange Street, when I enquired about their colour coding protocols for all of the service pipework running around the brewery, and I was told that this particular colour-code was for 'liquor'. They didn't have any colour-code at all for water.
  5. Extinct Sheffield Food Brands

    You do know of course, that the brewing industry does not use water. Instead, they use 'liquor' apparently, which looks and tastes exactly the same, and which, apparently can be sourced from the same suppliers.
  6. VIDEO : Sheffield City Centre in 1960

    You beat me to it. The answer to the question obviously depends as to whether you are talking pedestrian, or vehicular traffic. Certainly, more pedestrian traffic is in evidence in 1960, than today, and most probably for those reasons that you have stated. As for vehicular traffic, it could be stated that as there is less pedestrian traffic in evidence, i.e., less shoppers, then by default, there might be less vehicular traffic. However, that would not reflect the true reality of today's situation, where there is much greater segregation between pedestrian, or vehicular traffic. Two of the principle areas featured in this footage, Fargate and The Moor, are of course now closed to vehicular traffic, so, they would, by default, not be present along those former, busy highways today.
  7. VIDEO : Sheffield City Centre in 1960

    Totally agree, quite superb. What really strikes a cord, is just how busy, vibrant, and bustling the city centre was back then. A veritable ghost town by comparison today.
  8. Extinct Sheffield Food Brands

    Gilmours' Windsor Ales, Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts (still going strong), Sutherlands' Potted Meat Spreads (still made at Waleswood, in plastic jars, though the same-label glass-jars are now made in Norfolk / Suffolk). Stones of course, were 'Cannon Ales'. Did Gunstones make biscuits once upon a time? Wasn't 'Jubilee Milk Stout' once brewed by Bass, in Sheffield, but I think that it's origins might be much earlier than that
  9. Sheffield Mystery ring

    A very interesting and unusual story. You might want to contact the Sheffield Assay Office, who might be able to identify the maker and the year of manufacture from the assay marks. The Sheffield Assay Office did not come into existence until 1773, all such work having previously been undertaken in London, and so, your ring may predate this. However, if anyone could help you, they might be a good starting point. Sheffield Assay Office, Guardian's Hall, Beulah Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 2AN Main Switchboard: 0114 231 2121 Main Fax: 0114 233 9079 Email: info@assayoffice.co.uk
  10. Stubbin Lane Firth Park

    Maybe, but the tram system went straight through the middle of the roundabout featured in both of Kidneystone's photographs (before and after above), and so, the overhead lines, and traction poles should be visible in the 1950 image, but I can't see them. The original tramway system would not disappear from this location until 1960.
  11. South Street, Park Hill, Sheffield

    My paternal grand-mother, once upon a time had a similarly black framed photograph, of roughly the same size, hanging in the front living room, in remembrance of a brother who had been killed-in-action in the First World War, and so, I suspect, as you have rightly concluded, that what is portrayed here is a similar memorial.
  12. By the date that these photographs were taken, 16/09/1972, the Attercliffe Pavilion Cinema would appear to be catering for a predominantly Indian audience, as the attached close-up photograph of the advertising hoarding suggests. Perhaps I should have attached this image earlier. S0 - you had dentures even back then??????
  13. Castle Street in 1964

    Single piece rear light assembly and single piece light cover suggests an Anglia. Unless an 100E Deluxe, which sometimes had two-piece light covers, sandwiching a protruding reflector. The slightly upmarket Prefect had three separate and distinct rear light assemblies and three separate rear light covers, as I recall. The Popular, as I recall, also had three separate and distinct rear light assemblies and three separate rear light covers, in some years, but two separate and distinct rear light assemblies and two separate rear light covers in other years. In the later-case, the twin-bulb cover was mounted right in the top of the rear-wing-fin. Had it been parked the other way around, then the radiator grill cover would have been the deciding factor.
  14. Stubbin Lane Firth Park

    Can't see any remaining evidence of the tramway system though, (overhead lines, traction poles, etc.), but the street lamp standards would have been contemporary with that. So maybe middle 1960's?
  15. Where was this?

    I suppose that in those days, that the average mobile phone would have been roughly the size of a double-decker bus. But what about all the buntings across the shop-fronts? A special occasion maybe? BT doing a special 4G deal perhaps?