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  1. Firth Park this afternoon. The grass is a bit brown, but the flower beds are still tended with care.
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    Spies from our area.

    I've found this on Gerald Brooke https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2011/jul/25/russia-communism which reports on his homecoming. [Gerald Brooke, a British lecturer, was held in a Soviet prison for four years for distributing "subversive" literature. He was freed in exchange for the release of two Soviet spies, Peter and Helen Kroger, members of the Portland spy ring imprisoned for passing on secrets about the Royal Navy's underwater warfare programme.] There's also this mentioning the Pragers http://osaarchivum.org/files/holdings/300/8/3/text/67-3-156.shtml
  3. That old style road sign! They don't make them like that any more!
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    What shops do you remember on London Road?

    At one time Wilson Peck were on London Road (late 1960s). There were also little shops on the eastern side between John Street and Bennett Street. \there was McTaggart the vet. Some said he was a bit brutal, but I remember his gentleness towards a litter of new born puppies. There was a papershop, but I can't recall the name. I remember Bob Webb, the butcher, who retired to Hathersage. Further up there was Wenningers, pork butcher where if you bought a pork sandwich, you were always asked "Mit dip?" i.e. with the top of the breadcake dipped into the juices. I recall further along, past Seaman, the photographer, was the Curry Centre and I had many a meal in there. Lucky no-one told my grandmother who would have been horrified at the thought of anyone eating "that foreign muck".
  5. I remember there were two units below Debenhams and Dixons were in the first one. There was something else on the corner, then Dixons expanded into it and took both units.
  6. There were many cinemas which were converted to Bingo halls. It happened after the upsurge in television made people stay in rather than go out. In some casesa "stalls and circle" type cinema would be converted half and half, so the stalls would change to bingo and the circle (with the projection box at the rear) would make a smaller cinema, sometimes with a new closer screen being used.
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    Moorfoot in Sheffield City Centre

    I think that Woolworths in the film is wrongly positioned. I think that's where British Home Stores was. Woolworths was further up, opposite Debenhams. There was an entrance by the side opposite the Golden Dragon.
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    The area around Bramall Lane

    Besides the football references in the film, there are a couple of other points worth recording. On Cherry Street was the Anchor Brewery, next door to Arnold Laver. At one time a local chimney sweep devised an apparatus for taking the sawdust from Lavers and using it as a fuel source at the brewery.. I recall that during the 1970s SUFC had their club shop on John Street in a corner shop sized location. I note that the ground had five floodlight pylons, one mounted on the John Street Stand roof. It can be seen on the picture, look for the long shadow.
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    Sheffield's Quirky Places

    Exchange Gateway, off Fargate opposite Carmel House HSBC. I once backed a box van into it.
  10. I think that at one time there were two pubs on opposite sides of the London end of the Great North Road. One was called the Bull and the other the Cock. Any news was told in one and then the other, with some degree of exaggeration in the story, depending on the amount of alcohol consumed. This was the origin of the phrase "a cock and bull story" so I believe.
  11. The second shot, taken from across the road, shows a patch of waste ground. I remember this being used for Army Recruiting with vehicles and equipment. I also seem to recall this was filled with fir trees in December and became a Santa's Grotto, though I think South Street was put through this site. Somewhere at the back of the shops was a modern looking Post Office (modern for then!). At the bottom end of the Moor was the Yorkshire Bank. I remember going in there with my father on a Saturday morning as he cashed a cheque after pushing two pennies across the counter for stamp duty.
  12. At one time, going up on the left would have gone past a row of single story shops. I think there was a fancy dress shop here and there may have been a Thorntons Chocolate Kabin as well.
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    A little bit about Sheffield City Hall

    The Smaller Hall at the back is the Memorial Hall, not the Oval Hall. It's the big hall that's the Oval Hall (There's a big clue in the name).
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    Park House in Sheffield

    Maybe it was out in the country if we look through 19th Century eyes.
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    Old Sheffield newspapers

    Although the British Newspaper archive doesn't have anything later than 1950, for anything earlier it can be a useful resource. I know that Rachmaninov appeared at the Sheffield City Hall in the 1930s, so by going to the advanced search section and putting in Rachmaninov and Sheffield City Hall, followed by a wide range of dates, among the results appears: The date of this article is Friday 16 October 1936. This appeared in the Western Daily Press, but many papers often carried news from other parts of the country. The listing also tells which page the article is on, so if you make a note of that, a trip to the local Studies section will tell you where to look in the paper. I was recently looking for anything on an accident in a Birmingham cinema in 1922, and from the range of results which came up, I was able to gain a lot of information (although the deceased gained two years in age in the space of a couple of days! ).
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