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  1. Ah the excursions I was taken on as a child from Wadsley Bridge Station to visit Belle View Zoo on this line. A little historical note. The electrification of this route was proposed prior to WW2 and the first electric loco was built under Sir Nigel Gresley in 1939 and was stored at Doncaster until after D Day. After the invasion this loco was used to aid the war effort by running on continental DC electrified lines of the low countries (France had gone for AC electrification pre war) . On its return to the UK it was named Tommy in recognition of its war record. The DC system allowed the locos to act as generators on the down hill sections of the line putting energy back into the system to help power trains on the uphill sections of the line helping the heavy coal trains that ran from Wath upon Dearne. DC also was more controllable than AC in the age before the invention of solid state devices i.e transistors. After the closure of the line I understand many of the locos were sold to the Dutch Railways where they ran for many years
  2. Sheffield 1939

    Depends on your educational capabilities. My mother left school at 16 with a couple of 0 Levels then trained a few months to become a shorthand typist. Her sister went to school until 18 to get A levels then went to Teacher Training College in London. Those who didn't pass the 11 plus exam to go to Grammar School would probably leave school at 15 to work either as a shop girl or in a factory. I would imagine if the family was reasonably well off they would prefer her to do shop work. In my Secondary School of 11+ failures that was in a fairly affluent area many of the girls leaving school at 15 had obtained places at Nursing School to become nurses.
  3. General Cemetery

    If the gravestones have not survived Sheffield records office, Shoreham Street, have records of the inscriptions. Just quote the grave number E22 to them. I got the inscription on the grave of some of my family members this way.
  4. The Rex

    I notice that somebody posted that Dorothy Ward was the last owner of the Rex. I went to school with a girl of that name and when I lived in the area of the Rex around 1968 I saw the girl I went to school with one day. She could be identified by being a red head. I wonder if it was the same Dorothy Ward.
  5. I started work as an apprentice at Sanderson Bros & Newbould in 1959. For the first year I worked in the drawing office because 15 year olds were not allowed to work in the production areas. The day workers and the single night shift workers were on a 44 hour week. Soon after I started working on the shop floor the hours were reduced to 42 Hours. All our rod & sheet mills were manually operated. The only accident I remember was when a man lifted himself by 1 foot on the plate in front of the rolls to turn down the handle reducing the gap of the rolls and the foot slipped into the rolls. He lost his foot and got a guaranteed job for life as a fork truck operator. Fortunately it was the electrically operated mill that stopped instantly The other mill had a steam engine with 30 foot flywheels that took 20 minutes to stop. In the pickling shop the operator should have neutralised the spent acid in the pickling vat before opening the valve to dispose of it. He decided it was easier to open a manhole nearby and shovel the neutraliser into the acid as it passed. Unfortunately he slipped and fell down the manhole for a very nasty death. In the machine knife department a Pakistani labourer cut his fingers off by trying to lift a machine knife by the cutting edge. It was then found that he did not actually work for Sandersons. His brother who did was sick and thought he would lose his job if he did not turn up for work so he sent his brother in his place! At Sandersons workers with hot and molten metals got a "Salime" mixture from the ambulance room that contained salt to replace what was sweated out and was lime flavoured. I left in 1965 at the end of my apprenticeship because you we expected to having learnt your trade working as cheap labour mates to electricians.
  6. History of Record Tools

    The factory shown in the picture produced Joinery bits of the type used in a "Brace & Bit" plus flat bits on the upper floor. On the ground floor they produced Marples wood chisels. Originally the wood chisels were made in Dronfield but transferred to this works after they sold the 2 sites in Dronfield. Eventually wood chisels went to Parkway works. My first contact with this firm was wiring lights in a new warehouse in 1966 as a contractor. I remember Mr Hampton coming round his work force every day to everything was satisfactory. I was told he was "Mark Anthony Hampton". Some years later I went to all their works servicing special purpose machines for hardening steel.
  7. Greystones Road Now & Then

    Yes there was a petrol station there before the supermarket was built and the building fronting Ecclesall Road. If I remember correctly nearly all that site was Finnegan's not only the building in the corner they have now.
  8. Sheffield Records Office

    They are still there at the end of Shoreham Street closest to the Station, however they are now only open Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. Local studies in the Central Library are open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I suspect that due to cuts they are sharing staff between the two of them.
  9. Greystones Road Now & Then

    That pavement and handrail below the road was still there in the early 1960's. I think the cottages were the same although they looked in better repair as far as I can remember.
  10. 6 court 12 house south street sheffield

    Just a thought. Have you got the right South Street? I had an ancestor who was on South Street in Census data. The South Street turned out to be The Moor today! Look at the old maps and you will find that The Moor used to be called South Street.
  11. What was this please?/ Police Boxes

    I remember the one at the end of Rustlings Road I passed on my way to school. Later in life I helped at children's cycling proficiency courses. The main instructor was an retired police officer who told me that in his day beat policemen would start their shift at a police box they had been told to go to. Once in the box they logged on at the box by ringing the police station to get their instructions. Then they were off patrolling their beat. At the end of their shift they had to log off at a police box and get their instructions as to which box to go to for their next shift. Working this way the police force would get the maximum time on the beat from their officers. Today you never even see a policeman on the beat and only very occasionally see one passing down a main road in a police car. The family of a friend had a bakers shop and had to work Friday night to bake Saturday's bread. One cold night a beat policeman came into the bakery to get a warm standing in front of he ovens when the policeman's radio came to life. He told his sergeant he was about half a mile away from where he actually was "Checking property". The sergeant said I will meet you. My friend said you could hear the policeman's boots in the still of the night running up Crookes!
  12. Do you still have that information about the Sharrow cycling Club? I am currently writing a club history. I hope you do not mind that I have used the menu cards you posted here in Sheffield history. In the 1910 menu Earl Fitzwilliam was a guest and finding this photo we discover that July 2nd 1910 the club had a special club run to Wentworth at the invitation of Earl Fitzwilliam. 

    If you still have the information on the club we would very much like to have a look at it for our records. If you are interested I could bring along our photo albums that date back the era of track racing at Bramhall Lane.

    July 2nd 1910.jpg

  13. AND OBLIGE ....

    It was not used on the chits at Sanderson Keyser where I was a maintenance electrician apprentice.
  14. It was still there when I was an apprentice at Sanderson Bros & Newbould in 1959. I am not sure but I think it had become a bingo hall then.
  15. Sharrow Cycling Club

    130 th Anniversary of the Sharrow Cycling Club. Club members start a club run from the corner of Rundle Road, the place where the club was first formed in 1887