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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. What's the most mysterious Sheffield place you can think of?

    Got to be Sheffield Town Hall! The logic behind most of the deliberations made by the supposed 'great and the good' within that edifice are a mystery indeed to the majority of normal people.
  2. Winter 1946/7

    Hi Chaz, Thank you for your posting. I am afraid that I have very little experience of fishing, or fishing tackle shops, so, I may not be able to help you as much as you might think. I have looked through several telephone directories covering the period that you remember and I have listed below, what I think might be the relevant entries. I cannot find anything specific to Franks Fishing Tackle Shop, the nearest geographical listing that I can find in that area is Franks J.E., Newsagent, at 423, Attercliffe Road, and later-on, at 208, Whitham Road also. Could that be the same guy? It might be worth posting an enquiry on the Sheffield Forum website, which might bring up a couple of memories. By way of this posting, I would ask if any of our other readers possesses a Kelly's Trade Directory from the 1950's and 1960's and if so, could they look up Franks Fishing Tackle Shop for you? 1961; Telephone Directory; Hull / Bradford / Leeds/ Lincoln / Sheffield Franks J.E., Newsagent, 423, Attercliffe Road, Telephone No.41861 Franks J.E., Newsagent, 208, Whitham Road, Telephone No.65900 Stamford E., Fishing Tackle, 419, Attercliffe Common, Telephone No.42398 Stamford E., Fishing Tackle, 231, Newhall Road, Telephone No.42396 1959; Telephone Directory; Hull / Bradford / Leeds/ Lincoln / Sheffield Franks J.E., Newsagent, 423, Attercliffe Road, Telephone No.41861 Stamford E., Fishing Tackle, 419, Attercliffe Common, Telephone No.42398 Stamford E., Fishing Tackle, 231, Newhall Road, Telephone No.42396 1957; Telephone Directory; Hull / Bradford / Leeds/ Lincoln / Sheffield Franks J.E., Newsagent, 423, Attercliffe Road, Telephone No.41861 Stamford E., Fishing Tackle, 419, Attercliffe Common, Telephone No.42398 Stamford E., Fishing Tackle, 231, Newhall Road, Telephone No.42396 1954; Telephone Directory; Lincoln / Sheffield / York / Hull / Middlesbrough / Newcastle / Leeds / Bradford Franks J.E., Newsagent, 423, Attercliffe Road, Telephone No.41861 Stamford E., Fishing Tackle, 419, Attercliffe Common, Telephone No.42398 Stamford E., Fishing Tackle, 231, Newhall Road, Telephone No.42396 1950; Telephone Directory; Lincoln / Sheffield / York / Hull / Middlesbrough / Newcastle / Leeds / Bradford Franks J.E., - not listed in this directory Stamford E., Fishing Tackle, 419, Attercliffe Common, Telephone No.42398 Best wishes. U.R.
  3. Victoria Train Station

    As a follow-up to the various posts made under the above article, I have just completed a bit of research into the history of the G.C.R. War Memorial mentioned above, and this is what I have found. The Board of the G.C.R. decided to create a permanent War Memorial to honour the 1,304 company employees who had lost their lives in World War One. A total of 10,190 men from the G.C.R. had answered the call-to-arms, out of which, 2,166, returned home wounded, 266, returned home, after becoming prisoners of war, and 1,304, never returned at all. The cost of the War Memorial was borne by subscriptions made by 3,500 G.C.R. Shareholders and Employees, and the War Memorial was unveiled on the 9th August 1922, in front of 8,000 witnesses, including G.C.R. Chairman, Lord Faringdon, G.C.R. Deputy Chairman, Walter Burgh Gair, G.C.R. General Manager, Sir Sam Fay; G.C.R. Company Solicitor, Dixon Davies, and Field Marshall, Earl Haig. The War Memorial as first unveiled, on 9th August 1922, consisted of nine French Marble plaques - columns inscribed with the names of the fallen. However, due to deterioration, the plaques were replaced in 1925, with three bronze panels, framed by the columns and set within a stone surround on the forecourt of Sheffield Victoria Station. The photograph at the top of this thread shows the War Memorial in this post-1925 condition. A ceremony took place at the War Memorial each Armistice Day up to 1937. The War Memorial was relocated from the station forecourt and into the Eastern Wall of a new station booking hall in 1938. This is the location that most of us will perhaps remember best. Following closure of Sheffield Victoria Station, the memorial was relocated to The Wicker Arches and was rededicated by The Very Reverend Ivan Neill, Provost of Sheffield Cathedral, on the 10th November 1971. The War Memorial was transferred to its present location, on Victoria Station Road, opposite The Royal Victoria Holiday Inn Hotel, in July 2003, and the War Memorial was officially unveiled on the 11th November 2003, (Armistice Day).
  4. Christmas in Sheffield city centre

    As a kid, the trip up town in order to see the lights obviously, the roast chestnut stall, just above Pond Street Bus Station and at the bottom of Flat Street, and of course, the much anticipated visit down The Moor to REDGATES!!!!!!! Some Christmas presents were always bought from REDGATES, usually, the main ones, and oh, the frustrations of not being able to get your hands on them until Christmas Day.
  5. Winter 1946/7

    Before the Sevenside - Hardcastle estate was built, those fields were known locally as the "fairy dells". I recall being told that this was because that area was renowned for its prolific production of wild edible mushrooms. Something to do with the numerous springs that used to surface along that particular hillside. I remember that in exceptionally wet weather that some of those springs still used to surface, even after the estate was built. Is that still the case? Picture of cows grazing on what is now Hardcastle Gardens. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s09667&pos=7&action=zoom&id=12766
  6. Winter 1946/7

    Not old enough to remember 1947, but I have seen some of the posted videos of that winter on you-tube. Can't find any specifically relevant to Sheffield, the nearest, geographically, being Halifax, so I've posted the link to that. Danny - Woodhouse is a terrible place to get in and out of in a bad winter. The routes in and out, whether by way of Normanton Springs, Station Road-Furnace Lane, Beaverhill Road, or Beighton Road all have their steep bits and they used to be treacherous and impassable to vehicular traffic in bad weather. Stradbroke Road, once you negotiated the bit past the cemetery could sometimes be passable, but there always used to be a lot of drifting on the fields once past the Sevenside Estate. I remember once, with several others, helping to push an ambulance all the way to the top of Normanton Hill, which would have been around 1973, I think. We were all nearly wiped out by an erratic, oncoming, out-of-control no.23. It seems that he had started descent, realised his mistake, tried to back-off, and lost all traction. Went past us like a bullet. Came to a halt, eventually, by ploughing a snowbank.
  7. Sheffield 2018 Calendar

    Why does the year have to start with a picture of an oversized packing crate? In fact, from a photographic perspective, none of the images portrayed exhibit good composition. They could easily be just someone's holiday snaps. Whoever took them has absolutely no idea as to how to put together and frame a good photograph. Won't be on my shopping list. Here is a picture of January, taken from another angle.
  8. What do you remember about this Sheffield place?

    I see two women, in the middle of the road, dodging the low-flying reindeer. More numerous than seagulls on Bridlington sea-front they were. In those days, you used to get whole flocks of them, (women shoppers and reindeer), around Sheffield City Centre at that time of year. You don't tend to see so many of either these days. Jute coal-sacks - blooming awful things to carry when soaking wet, even more so when you had a lot of slack in the coal.
  9. Have a look at this Sheffield photo..

    The City Goods Yard railway sidings in the foreground look intact, but wagon-less, and that closed in 1965.
  10. Can you tell us where this Sheffield photo was taken?

    There is a roughly contemporary image on the Picture Sheffield web-site that would seem to confirm this:- http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s17788&pos=84&action=zoom&id=20387 Great colour photograph by the way.
  11. Is this the old Pond Street bus station??

    Ahh! now I understand, thank you for explaining. However, in answer to your question, I don't think that I ever had the misfortune to suffer from 'heat aches'. Chilblains, yes, and they were painful enough, at least for me they were, but 'heat aches', no. That might have been down to good fortune, or it may have been down to some other reason. When we were kids, my brothers, and I, both, my mother and my step-grandmother, (my own grandmother died of T.B. in Winter Street Hospital as long ago as 1928), imposed upon us a ritual, which had to be endured in freezing weather. The ritual was rigorously enforced and I suspect it had been passed down to them by their own forebears, so I suspect that this family ritual was at least 100 years old, even when it was first imposed upon me. If the weather had been bad, and your feet were cold, then on returning to the house, you were not allowed to warm your feet by the fire until after you had removed your shoes and socks, and until after you had vigorously rubbed your feet and toes in order 'to restore circulation'. I do not know, even to this day, as to what precisely constituted sufficient vigorous rubbing, but certainly, you weren't allowed to sit by the fireside beforehand. That decision wasn't yours, obviously. Maybe the ritual prevented 'heat aches', maybe not, or just maybe, it was all just down to good fortune. Did anyone else have to endure any similar cold-weather rituals? I know that we are going off on an entirely different tangent now, but isn't that what is brilliant about this site?
  12. Qualcut Tools

    If I remember rightly, and I might not, then this factory was located just off Richmond Park Road, on what is now the Portland Business Park. This used to be quite a large industrial site, and the buildings always seemed to have that 1940's wartime look, as if they had once been employed in some quasi-military activity. Some of the original buildings still exist, although the site has been extensively redeveloped over the years. As to whether the buildings that you have portrayed still exist in recognisable form, I do not know.
  13. Sheffield Tram Ride Through Attercliffe in 1960

    Thanks for this. The more that I look at this advertisement, the more I can't help thinking "Swan Vesta". You have also captured the lorry nicely. An Austin FFK140, I think, or possibly, the Morris FFM variant. Which was more or less, the same thing.
  14. Sheffield Tram Ride Through Attercliffe in 1960

    Only a guess, but could it be an advertisement for Swan Vesta safety matches? I seem to remember that some of their adverts looking vaguely like that, but usually, with a picture of a stylised flame-yellow swan, on a similarly coloured back-ground.
  15. Sheffield Tram Ride Through Attercliffe in 1960

    Brilliant photograph Boginspro, thanks for posting. It is always the little details that fascinate me the most. The electric clock, on the lamp-standard in the middle-distance, the destination sign over the passenger shelters, and of course, the dark-satanic-mill impression that was always, at least for me, Vulcan Road. So, I thought it only fair to post another image, taken same day, 08/10/1960, but pointing in the opposite direction. Sheffield's last-tram day is remembered as being one, where as the day progressed, the heavens themselves opened, as this photograph testifies. This probably explains the scarcity of spectators, or perhaps they were all sheltering under the tin topped shelters. Never-the-less, the tin topped shelters, on the return track, the track-layout, and of course, Hadfields Limited's well remembered entrance can be seen. All now long-gone, of course.
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