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  1. Here are three postcard views of similar vintage.
  2. I was taking photgraphs around the Five Arches last week. Here are three photos (one a postcard dating from c. 1910 and two taken last week) showing how the road level was raised when Herries Road was built in the 1920s. It must have been raised 8 or 10 feet, making the cottages seem to be in a hollow, and making the bridge piers appear shorter.
  3. I just found this old thread. Here are a couple of photos that will bring back memories for any former Bernard Road trainspotters!
  4. I just noticed this thread. the Rickshaw was indeed the first Chinese restaurant in Sheffield; it opened in 1955. Here is an advertisement from the 1956 Kelly's Directory.
  5. Robert Rollinson made his fortune in a small shop in Market Place (between High Street and Angel Street) and he purchased much of the adjacent property, including most of the buildings in Figtree Lane. One of his many philanthropic acts was the enlargement and improvement of Barker's Pool, which in the 16th century was the town's only public reservoir. Robert Rollinson actually died in 1631; further improvements to Barker's Pool were made in 1672. Robert Rollinson had been held in such public esteem that he was buried in the chancel of the parish church.
  6. Interesting thread. I remember my grandfather (born 1892) telling me that the embankment was being built when he was at school, and that all the dustcarts went there to dump their rubbish, thus gradually building up the embankment. If this were to enable trams to run to Walkley, then it would have been completed by 1899 which is when the service began. The thought occurred to me that anyone digging deep into the embankment now might find some highly collectible Victorian bottles etc!
  7. Hi hilldweller - it's interesting to read your further recollections. Over the years a number of people have asked me about Miss Catherall's death, and so I decided to apply for a copy of the death certificate. This arrived today, and it states that her death on 24 June 1954 was due to "Left ventricular failure ... post mortem without inquest". So although it is clear that she collapsed on the steps of the church hall and might have hit her head, her death was evidently due to heart failure rather than head injuiries as I had been told. My mother was quite sure that she had been chasing a misbehaving boy, as apparently it was my cousin Alan. On the certificate, the place of death is given as "Malin Bridge Infants School, Dykes Lane" and she lived at 38 Gisborne Road, Banner Cross. I was never taught by Frank Brooham but my older sister tells me that he was a very good teacher; he lived at Stannington and died aged 90 in 2005. When supervising children going to Hillsborough Baths he would evidently be on his motorbike and sidecar, keeping alongside them as they walked down the hill. I well remember the wireless programmes that were relayed from Mr Courage's study, especially the weekly history program that featured short radio dramas - I can still remember some of the programmes even now, such as the "Life in ancient China" one about the man whose jade was holy but nobody believed him. Memories....
  8. Like hilldweller I was at Malin Bridge in the 1950s (Infants 1953-55, Juniors 1955-1959). The infants teachers I remember were Miss Birch, Miss Bolsover, Mrs Senior and Miss Garrison. Edith Garrison was an excellent teacher and a lovely person; she lived next door to my aunt and uncle on Thompson Road near the Botanical Gardens. I managed to avoid being caned by Miss (Evelyn) Catherall. By the way she didn't die of a heart attack - she was helping to supervise the children going for lunch at the church hall opposite and a boy was misbehaving. She chased after him, fell and hit her head on a paving stone and died of head injuries. This was in May 1954 - she was aged 56. Miss Pass succeeded her as headteacher. While I was there, Miss Garrison planted a tree to commemorate her 25 years' service as a teacher at the school - I think it's still there on the bottom lawn. In the Junior School I was taught by Mrs Potter and Mr Hawley. Lewis Hawley became headteacher and I kept in touch with him until he died aged 84 in 1999. He succeeded Frank Courage as headteacher - other teachers I remember in the Junior School are Mrs Preece (her daughter Margaret was in my class), Mr Brooham, Mr Binney, Miss Winkworth and Miss Birtles (who became Mrs Rennick).
  9. Here is a link to an article I wrote about Port Mahon and its 19th century postal service. It appeared in The Sheffield Philatelist in 2004. http://www.asch.ndirect.co.uk/sps/documents/An%20Old%20Sheffield%20Post%20Office.pdf
  10. Until about 1955 there were also rowing boats in Hillsborough Park (on the other side of the wire fence from the smaller paddle-boat area). You weren't supposed to go ashore on any of the islands (but we sometimes did). The rowing boats were taken off at the same time that they banned fishing in the pond - this was evidently done because they wanted to use the pond for breeding fish to stock other council-owned ponds. Here is an old photo of the rowing boats:
  11. I have access to census returns to 1911, and Sheffield directories for 1905, 1925, 1942, 1954, 1968 and 1973. If you email your address to me on edward.robinson913@ntlworld.com I'll see what I can do!
  12. Woolworth's didn't actually open in Middlewood Road until 1956, but Hillsborough National School (which my grandma attended) was indeed demolished in a 1930s act of vandalism. The alley at the side, which went past the back of the Don Bakery, is shown in directories as "Bradfield Place" though it never had a sign to my knowledge. The door was locked on Good Friday each year to avoid it becoming a public right of way. The door is apparently still there (access from Hawksley Avenue).
  13. Hi Gill - there were few pork butchers in England until the Germans arrived in the mid-19th century. By the turn of the century Sheffield had a coterie of pork butchers with names such as Hannemann, Kramer, Friedrich, Stier, Metzger (appropriate name for a butcher!), Schonhut, Zeiher and Funk (their shop is still in Hillsborough). I don't know if the Germans persuaded us to eat more pork - it was always a popular meat, but pork butchers provided an early form of fast food with their pies, sausages etc. and Germans were better at making such things than the English (though the latter soon caught up). Pooerk sarnies (pork sandwiches to the uninitiated) are still very popular and some of the best ones are made by Beres - a chain of pork butchers founded by the late Sandor Beres who came from Hungary in 1956. I could just eat a slice of pork pie....