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  1. Looking down the bottom of London Road, back towards The Moor, on 09/04/1958
  2. I really can't recall a coal merchant having been based on Market Street, in the 1960's, and I was around then. I remember W. Craig, but I am certain that they were based at 148, Sheffield Road, just above where Woodhouse West End School used to be. I also remember Wilf Maw, but I think that he came from Ecclesfield way, and also Arthur Dixon, based on Olivers Mount. Will really have to think about this one, as I don't recall anyone actually having being based on Market Street.
  3. Amazing really, as to how so many of the buildings have remained so little changed, except superficially The only really big change is that the bridge has been widened and the parapets rebuilt.
  4. 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.
  5. Even what seems to be a bit of The Grand Hotel peering around the back of the City Hall.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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??????
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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?
  19. Looks like a two-tone Ford Anglia (from the rear light configuration) parked behind the Hillman Minx. Thank God you can't make out the registration number, otherwise I might have to admit some measure of liability there. It had a three-speed crash-box, but otherwise was a comparatively easy car to service and maintain.
  20. Actually, a well composed photograph of a difficult subject, and despite the enormous changes that the M1 Motorway was to bring to South Yorkshire, it does seem to have been a subject that was little recorded at the time. We do see occasional photographs portraying the construction of the Tinsley Viaduct, such as that above, probably, as this was the biggest single, notable feature of this 'new age'. However, we do see little of anything else. So, I have added a couple more, showing the early construction phases of the M1 Motorway. The first two, where the M1 over-bridge now crosses Whitehill Lane, Catcliffe. The third one, where the M1 now crosses the River Rother, close by the Junction 33 - Parkway intersection. Taken by P. Downsby, in 1967, and who had the foresight and common-sense to actually record such mundane things for posterity. I believe that the house portrayed in the second of these images is Thorn Bank House, Whitehill Lane, and that this was eventually demolished as construction progressed. The Sheffield - Rotherham Link Road, or Sheffield Parkway as it is now called, was not completed until 1974, several years later.
  21. I think that they were always bought with the intention of being preserved, and I believe that they are still owned by the Harrison family, even though now on long term loan to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, Duffield. Restoration to working order may have taken nigh on forty years, or so, but it is pleasing to note that they have got there in the end, and of-course, they are now stored at a location sufficiently close enough to be visited.
  22. A few weeks ago, I promised to find and post some photographs taken by me, of Sid Harrison's Scammell lorry fleet. Unfortunately, I have yet to find them. Not filed under the letter 'H', as one might expect, or not expect, as the case may be. What I have found however, (filed under 'H'), are the following photographs of three industrial steam locomotives, that were purchased and kept in store at that company's depot, on Sheffield Road, Tinsley, for many years. A little background, on what I believe to be the known history of these three locomotives is also given. Photograph No. One Built by Andrew Barclays and Sons Limited, Caledonia Works, Kilmarnock, to works number 2360, in 1954, and delivered to Central Electricity Generating Board, Power Station, Ferrybridge, near Knottingley, (allocated No.3), until superseded by diesel traction, and withdrawn from service, circa 1970. Purchased by S. Harrison & Sons (Transport) Ltd, Sheffield Road, Tinsley, where it remained in storage, until acquired by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, Duffield, on long-term loan, and where it arrived, 22/10/2005. It is now believed to have been restored to working order and is now named, No.3, Brian Harrison. Photograph No. Two Built by Andrew Barclays and Sons Limited, Caledonia Works, Kilmarnock, to works number 2217, in 1947, and delivered to Yorkshire Tar Distillers Limited, Kilnhurst Tar Works, near Swinton, Rotherham, until withdrawn from service, circa 1970. Purchased by S. Harrison & Sons (Transport) Ltd, Sheffield Road, Tinsley, where it remained in storage, until acquired by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, Duffield, on long-term loan, and where it arrived, 22/10/2005. It is now believed to be in the process of being restored to working order and is now named, Henry Ellison. Photograph No. Three Built by Hudswell, Clarke and Company Limited, Hunslet, Leeds, to works number 1884/55, in 1944, and delivered to the Newmarket Colliery, near Stanley, Wakefield, (allocated No.S102, 'Cathryn'). Subsequently allocated, in 1969, to St. John's Colliery, Wakefield, and Park Hill Colliery, Wakefield, periodically alternating between the two, until withdrawn from service in March 1977. Purchased by S. Harrison & Sons (Transport) Ltd, Sheffield Road, Tinsley, where it first remained in storage, until transferred to the South Yorks Preservation Society, firstly at Penistone and subsequently, at Meadowhall. Later still, the locomotive was transferred to the Elsecar Steam Railway, at Barnsley. Acquired by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, Duffield, on long-term loan, where it arrived, 07/03/2007, and where it is now believed to be in the process of being restored to working order.
  23. What is actually portrayed here is a one gallon container, or 4.546 litres. Probably is sold in five litre containers these days, but I can't see metrification having effected the unique flavour and aroma of Hendo's though. But either way, that's one hell of a lot of pies and peas, or cheese on toast.
  24. Yes, the train is being pushed, and so, it is working 'right-road', (in the right direction), towards Woodburn Junction. It is not being pulled, 'wrong-road', away from Woodburn Junction. Which would suggest that its point of origin was not that far away, and possibly from the vicinity of either, Tinsley Junction, or Broughton Lane.
  25. Yes, I think that you are correct, they were different colours. Either that, or the ability to change colour. I can't remember which exactly.