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  1. Hopman

    Does anyone know where this was?

    It's a shot taken in Winter from the bare trees. There's a bit of sun casting a shadow of that telegraph pole on the left, so the view could be eastwards. I'm guessing Hatfield House Lane looking eastwards towards junction with Sicey Avenue?
  2. I'd suggest going to City Road Cemetery office first and finding out the exact location of the grave. If there is no stone, then they can also tell you "It's the space next to John Smith." You might also ask at the office if there are any burials taking place when you want to go, if you know when you're going. The Tinsley Park Cemetery is open most days (We've gone past Christmas so don't worry about that)
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    Gangsters

    from what I remember. the premises were a former car showroom on Division Street and the two brothers that owned it as Gangsters were the two behind the Chuck Ranch on Holme Lane (mentioned on another thread).. I think the site was where there is that butcher nowadays.
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    Attercliffe Hall

    From "The gates of Zion": Dissenting Academies were set up to provide Nonconformist youth with a good education as they were not permitted to go to universities. Richard Frankland opens such an Academy in a wing of Attercliffe Hall.
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    Hartshead Square

    I disagree. Today's memories are tomorrow's history. Take any event you remember in detail and compare it to what you can find about an event 100 years ago. It's memory that brings the subject to life. Anyone who saw the Peter Jackson film last wekend will see it as history, but for those in it, it was living memory.
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    Underground railways.

    There used to be a line in a tunnel running from Bridgehouses to Wicker station, going under Spital Hill. There was also a plan for a huge two level station linking the two lines (where the line from the Midland Station passed under the Victoria line, but this never came to anything.
  7. Might the brewery have been the Anchor Brewery on the corner of Cherry Street?
  8. I've cleaned up the picture: It might look good on a mug with Christmas coming up...
  9. I spotted this yesterday. Does anyone recognise it?
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    Sculptured image

    Close! It's King George's Dad, Albert Edward.
  11. Watch Talking Pictures TV on Virgin 445 Freeview 81 Sky channel 328 Freesat 306 Youview 81 will be showing this film on Monday at 11.50 BFI: New Towns for Old1942. Factual. This wartime public information film combines impressive shots of industrial poverty with inspiring words scripted by Dylan Thomas, proffering new housing and better lives after the war
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    Ladybower and Ashopton

    Thursday 25th October:
  13. Hopman

    Sculptured image

    A little more detail. Any guesses where this is? I suspect many will have seen this but few look at this part.
  14. Worthing Road from Google Streetview (cropped)
  15. Save the image with the names and print it out to put in the envelope. Really delighted that this enigma has been solved.
  16. Picture Sheffield have a 1920 image of the Wednesday showing stripes, so we can eliminate them. I've put a request on Twitter, if that brings any results I'll let you know.
  17. The team could be named after a location: Woodseats, Wincobank, Wadsley etc or it might be a works team (John) Walsh FC? If it weren't for the shirt design, one might even guess at the Wednesday, but 1920 wasn't a good season for them. The date doesn't tell us if it's the start or end of the season. The two shields might mean a trophy won the previous season. It would be a laborious job trawling through the April-May sports pages to see which teams enjoyed success. It might even be the case that the team was not a Sheffield team. Have you checked siblings of your grandparents to see if they were footballers?
  18. What was your grandfather called and what age would he have been in 1920?
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    Great grandad

    Possibly the coke ovens at Orgreave?
  20. Hopman

    WALL MOUNTED SLOT MACHINES

    There was a slot machine on the wall of the ABC Cinema close to the outsidetimings board. It held Nestle chocolate bars costing 10p in the early 1980s. I've seen machines abroad selling beer bottles in Germany and umbrellas in Bergen, Norway.
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    Amazing photograph of Sheffield

    I don't know the name, but I heard of one war casuality who after being missing, turned up and sent a telegram to a neighbour of his parents rather than have the telegram boy knock on his parents door as they would assume the telegraph boy was bringing bad news.
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    Amazing photograph of Sheffield

    At one time the GPO controlled the telephones. When it first opened, the BT Tower was known as the Post Office Tower.
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    Another photo of Redgates unearthed!

    Similar view today
  24. There's been a recent posting on another thread showing 1957 cinema adverts. The major cinemas were advertising films starting from Sunday (Odeon & Gaumont). There looks to be a lack of information regarding Sunday opening at neighbourhood cinemas. It could be that only city centre cinemas opened on a Sunday; out in the sticks Sundays were a day off. I seem to remember going past the Greystones and seeing their posters advertising "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday" and "Thursday, Friday, Saturday". In quite a few places Sunday hours were quite different with opening mid afternoon and an earlier close.
  25. Failure to restore animation at Morecambe. If the title sounds like something from the likes of Pixar or Aardman Animations, the truth is far from amusing. It refers to a tragedy which took place 150 years ago at Morecambe. It was a reference to a futile attempt to escape from a sandbank at Morecambe which alerted me to this tale. There is, in the Zion Churchyard at Attercliffe, a memorial to Frank Giles and his brother- in-law William Coldwell who both drowned on August 17th 1868. Having researched this via contemporary newspapers, I can tell the story in greater detail. We begin in Attercliffe, at the Giles home on Shortridge Street (by the side of the John Banner building). John Giles, the head of the family worked as a foreman at the nearby Sheffield Smelting Works. Also employed there were his son Frank, aged 17 and his son-in-law William Coldwell. William had only been part of the family for just over a year, having married Ellen Austin Giles the previous year. According to one source, William at 26 was a clerk in the factory and Frank was a Trade Mark Maker. Frank had a brother, Henry, and on Saturday 15 th August 1868 the three set off from Attercliffe to travel to Morecambe on the Lancashire coast, arriving in the evening. Here they met up with 40 year old Richard Wilkinson, a dyer’s labourer from Tumbling Hill Street, Bradford who was there with his brother in law Isaac Ackroyd, a blacksmith, and Wilkinson’s two nephews, John William White and John Henry Ackroyd. According to what Isaac Ackroyd told Lawrence Holden Esq., the Coroner, on the Monday evening, they had left their lodgings at around half past five, and had made their way to a sandbank known locally as Skeer Bank or Old Scar Bank where they undressed and began to bathe. (Skeer is a local dialect word, derived from old Norse meaning a ridge of rocks, a bed of rough gravel or stones or a spit of sand.) The sandbank was easily reached at low tide, but is surrounded by channels. Their danger was spotted by a shooting party who fired their guns in an attempt to warn the bathers but to no avail. Around seven o’clock they noticed the tide was rushing in and surrounding them with water. They returned to the bank and began to dress. They tried to reach the shore but the combination of the fast incoming tide and the channel they attempted to cross proved too much. White, Frank Giles and Coldwell immediately disappeared under the water. Wilkinson tried to reach the shore, but it proved too much for him. Although he was in an exhausted condition and insensible state when he was dragged ashore and taken to the Queen’s Hotel, where attempts were made to revive him, in the words of the report, “means were adopted to restore animation”, but without success and he died half an hour later. Of the seven, it was only Isaac Ackroyd who had been able to swim. A local boatmen, by the name of William Woodhouse made a gallant effort to reach the party in the water and rescued Henry Giles and the Ackroyds. All this was witnessed by the people on the pier who were powerless to act. The body of Coldwell was recovered close to the rescued, but the body of Frank Giles was found in the afternoon closer to Heysham. The inquest, which took place before Lawrence Holden, Coroner, on the Monday evening in the Queen’s Hotel, complimented Woodhouse for his speed at attempting a rescue. The inquest was told that the bodies had all been recovered on the Monday afternoon a little distance from where they had gone down. The bodies had been nibbled by crabs and the faces were scarcely recognisable. One’s eyes had gone and another had his nose eaten away. The bodies were identified by relatives. The local boatman, William Woodhouse told the inquest that his attention was drawn to a party of bathers on the Old Skeer Bank, but he believed this to be a mistake. Again he was told about them, in the words of the person who had alerted him, “I’m sure they must be bathers, as I have seen one naked go into the water.”. Woodhouse responded with an “Oh dear, they’ll all be drowned!”. He ran down to the beach and obtaining a boat from a pleasure party, proceeded as quickly as possible to the aid of the unfortunate bathers. At this time the bank was not covered, but there was about ten feet of water in the channel. When he arrived, the bathers were all struggling in the water. He was successful in picking up four people but one, presumably Wilkinson, “never moved again”. Three had disappeared and were not seen alive again. Woodhouse believed the party would have been saved had they all stayed on the sandbank. At this time there was only two feet of water covering it. One of the jurymen stated to the Coroner that Woodhouse had been instrumental in saving these lives. The Coroner, for his part, said that he was minded to forward an account to the Royal Humane Society as he believed Woodhouse to have been a suitable candidate to receive the society’s medal. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The paper reported that Mrs Coldwell was in a most distressed condition and that Mr Giles who had endeavoured to save his brother was also in a very weak and dejected state. Following the inquest, the bodies of the deceased were released and those returning to Sheffield were taken on the Midland train where they were met by an undertaker. It is highly probable that just over a year after conducting the marriage ceremony of William and Ellen, John Calvert was called on to conduct his funeral. On August 30th in the morning service, the preacher’s text was Ephesians Chapter 5 verse 17: Understanding the will of the Lord. That evening an eloquent and impressive discourse was delivered from the words, “When Thy judgements are in the earth then will the nations learn righteousness. ' (Isaiah ...) They were not the only deaths on the sands of Morecambe Bay that year, A matter of a few weeks later saw two more deaths and in the years since then, more have died. Today the RNLI have a hovercraft to save lives here. This September, the Zion Churchyard is one of the locations for the popular Heritage Open Day scheme.
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