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  1. I left Laycocks in 1972. Camping lane originally terminated just past the camping lane works and went into a rough track serving the allotments that went up the hill, it certainly was not a made up road as shown on the side by side map . Later on the allotments were closed and a tarmac road leading to the crematorium was made. The tragedy was that one of the labourers named Edgar had a pigeon loft on his allotment. When he got notice to quit he killed all his pigeons then hung himself in his pigeon loft. Regarding the stream it was only really visible at the side of the footpath. I cannot remember any evidence of it in the Camping lane factory car park.
  2. I used to work at Laycock Engineering Archer Road Site. They had another factory and car park on Camping Lane. I used to park my car on the camping lane car park then walk along a footpath through perigree woods that was used to connect Laycock's 2 factories. To Fraser Road side of the footpath there was a stream that went into a pipe just before it reached Archer Road.
  3. If you have old glass lantern slides make a light box the photograph them with a digital camera.
  4. The same in our house. The fire was lit in the dining room / kitchen in the morning to heat the water and to cook our evening meal in the oven. Front room was only used on a Sunday until TV came along. The sometimes if it was cold father would transfer some of the range fire into the front room very carefully on ashovel
  5. This country used to equip the railways of the world. My first machine commissioning job in Asia was in South Korea. One of the British men stopping in my hotel was overseeing the assembly of 200 underground trains exported from GEC Manchester. The new trains were to improve the Seoul underground ready for the Seoul Olympics. Having thrown our industry away we have to import trains now.
  6. Was the cutlery company not called "Tailors Eye Witness? The development guy at Westall Richardsons was called Taylor and claimed a family tie up with Tailors Eye Witness!
  7. My grandfather was a keen amateur photographer who died before I was born. My father had a box of his 3" glass slides that I inherited and have now digitised. Unfortunately only 2 are of Sheffield street scenes. Many of them are in the Yorkshire dales. There is even one that he took in Bruges and took one from the same bridge in Bruges to prove it. I have uploaded Fitzalan square previously. "Blade forging" was written on the other picture and may be my Grandmother's family.
  8. I thought it was building & Engineering. 1959 - 1965 I was electrical apprentice in a steelworks. We had day release to go to Granville Road 1960 - 1963 for the 1st City & Guilds. If you passed the exam you went on to Pond Street for 2 years to get the higher City & Guilds. That was so tough that there were only 8 left in the exam year. As far as I know there nobody from Central Tech who attended these courses. My Brother in Law did construction at Central Technical School, became a Quantity Surveyor and was a director of one of Sheffield's biggest builders when he retired.
  9. Yes about 14 was the age we 11plus failures took the central Tech entry exam where you could study either building or engineering.
  10. I attended the poly 1964 - 1966 for the higher Electrical City & Guilds qualification. The Electrical Machines Laboratory was on the third floor above the entrance. At break time we used to rush downstairs to get a cup of coffee in the café on the bus station. Then at lunch time a group of us would walk into town to get a cheap Chinese dinner.
  11. King Edwards was always regarded as the highest grammar school in Sheffield where the boys with the best 11plus exam results were sent. High Storrs was regarded as the second best.
  12. Here is one of my Grandfather's glass slides of High Street that looks to be taken from about the same place
  13. Have a look on the "picture Sheffield" web site. There are lots of pictures of old housing there.
  14. For your interest the Great Central Railway started as the "Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway" connecting Manchester and Sheffield via the Woodhead Tunnel. ( Dad called it the " mucky slow & Lazy") Then the line it was extended to London and renamed the Great Central Railway. The interesting thing is that the line to London was built to the larger continental Berne loading gauge rather than the British standard loading gauge. After the opening of the Channel Tunnel there have been calls to reopen the London to Sheffield line to permit through goods trains from the continent to travel to the north of England without having to trans ship goods to our smaller wagons.
  15. When our companies Malaysia agent visited us the other place in Sheffield he visited was Dyson's. His main business was sale of foundry equipment and supplies. He told me that he could get cheaper supplies from India but the quality was dubious so he would not supply it to his customers.
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