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  1. The cinema was originally opened in the late 1930s as the Capitol...During the War it also saw some live entertainments including at one stage a circus complete with a rather smelly elephant. It became a part of the Essoldo group some time in the late 1950s/early 60s( with other cinemas at Southey Green and Ecclesfield). I can't recall ,after the name change to Vogue, that it ever became a multiscreen cinema but by then my local viewing days were long past.
  2. Doubt its that junction as suggested. The few buildings to be seen don't look like 1920s vintage and the single storey building looks a bit post War and "prefabish"( I don't recall any prefabs on Sicey Avenue) and there are no cottages to be seen....a feature of the junction...certainly in the 1950s next to the TSB
  3. I seem to think it was built in the 1930's and is styled in that period of "modernity"...the "balcony" is an architectural feature.
  4. Watson's butchers (next door to Friederick's )on Bellhouse Rd was our family butcher for very many years until our allegiance went to Senior's at Sheffield Lane Top on account of his giving our church lunch club a nice discount on all meat purchases!
  5. Thanks for all the information....One wonders why so many of our national assets are foreign owned...could be too many of our investors just like making money without the responsibilities of owning productive assets....with all the perceived potential problems? I lived in Eckington for a while and the deeds of my house instructed I had to give access at all times of the day to the Government...my house sat on the top of the ( long since lifted) Pluto pipeline.
  6. As you travel down the lane toward the bottom of the slope and just before the right hand bend in the field there is a rectangular brick single storey building with a concrete slab as a roof ....It looks very second world war( ish) and I wonder if anyone knows what it was?
  7. I believe it was owned by a Sheffield scrapman...Kitson Vickers.
  8. Yesterday was history, today will be history tomorrow! What happened seventy years ago is still a part of my "recent" history, yet to my Grandchildren it really is almost "ancient "stuff!
  9. Despite the fact that tram-trains have been in use throughout Europe for years, in typical British style we are "experimenting!"with the concept...hence the extension to Rotherham ( originally the proposal was for a diesel/electric service to Huddersfield) The "experiment" was years behind schedule and £millions over budget but, at long last ,now operational and , by all accounts, already seen to be something of a success. The new rolling stock is unique being able to run on both heavy and light rail and cope with Sheffield's hills and vales!!
  10. Having spent many years working beside a part of the TT route to Rotherham I used my "twirlie" pass the other day for a trip. Unrecognisable!... with the rolling mill for which I spent many years working now being a part of a woody scene. I wonder if other members have used the service?
  11. That company would be the "Sheffield Hollow Drill Steel Co.Ltd whose premises were , if memory serves m correct,on Locoford Lane (now the exit from IKEA}
  12. Thanks Madannie...very interesting and a reminder of what this city of ours once was! "Celfor", like so many other brand names from Sheffield's steel companies was a case hardening steel used for shells, gears and any number of other applications. During WW2 the Germans became the world leaders in the manufacture of these steels when the shortage of alloys made them reliant on more readily available materials and inventing new hardening techniques . Most of these Sheffield brand names faded into insignificance ( tool and high speed steels excepted) when BS970 En series specifications became widely accepted by the steel and engineering industries .
  13. I am both an active poppy seller and member of the Royal British Legion so please forgive my sensitivity over the word. I prefer the word "honour"
  14. As an aside, I wonder if the word, "celebrate", is really appropriate when we consider the millions of lives lost and even more left crippled both physically and mentally by the War? Perhaps " commemorate" is a better word? With most of Belgium ,with the exception of a small area around the coast occupied by the Germans, I often wonder how the Belgian army managed to find replacement troops. Any ideas?
  15. Sheffield in the latter part of the 19th and up to the mid 20th century was a vital part of the UK armaments industries. We made guns, turrets, armour plate and a host of other military equipment and vital parts. Naturally, with such an interest in what was being produced the Admiralty had works to test what was being manufactured for them. I have never heard the tale of hand guns!
  16. As a small boy I was instructed not to talk to the POW's ( Italian I learned later) as they did work on the roads on what would become New Parson X.
  17. I watched the programme. Certainly David Mellor'.s son, Egginbottam's(?) and a few others are still producing cutlery... but I would hardly say the industry was "thriving". The drop stamp was a toy when compared with the" real" stuff which used to be found in the heavy sectors of the steel industry .. and latterly, scythe blades were produced out of rolled special section bars... The programme didn't skirt around the appalling conditions under which Sheffield workers had to work and, in the case of cutlery, to provide the burgeoning middle classes with status symbols. Nevertheless, the programme left me feeling proud of our City and it's history.
  18. Indeed...a country bereft of manufacturing was hardly what they voted for in 1945 when the future was, seemingly, boundless.
  19. Perhaps the best way, initially, would be to use the personal messages on this site.
  20. I have traced as far back as my g/g/g/g/g/etc etc grandad in Totley...1626.
  21. I think the record shop on Bellhouse Road was Snelsons. As a pupil at FPGS in the late 50s the shop saw the "attention" of some pupils who did a bit of shop lifting. As some of us were doing our GCE trials the young lady shop assistant was paraded around the hall where she, apparantly, identified several of the culprits....who were subsequently expelled, Happy days!
  22. Harry Brearley in his memoirs talks of starting work at a crucible furnace an early age and my own father-in-law always maintained he was was engaged at Vickers at the age of 12,