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  1. As a child I remember the steel framework being there long before the Odeon Cinema was completed. I was told that the building of the Odeon started in 1939 but was stopped because war broke out.
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    The Wicker Tilt Building in Sheffield City Centre

    It was a water wheel driven tilt forge belonging to the Blonk family. I've been dealing with this recently under the heading "Lady's Bridge and its buildings". "The Wicker Tilt" was a water wheel driven tilt forge belonging to the Blonk family. They also had "The Wicker Wheel" as their grinding shop. Their company name was "Silcock Blonk". These two factories gave the name "Blonk Street" to the new street and bridge when they were constructed.. On the Blonk Bridge you will see carved in the stone "BB and JH" BB is for Benjamin Blonk and JH for John Huntsman who had part of the building later on. If you look through the glass in the current building there at the Blonk Bridge end you will see the chimney of the Huntsman furnace preserved as a monument. The last of the Sheffield Blonk family Emma Blonk proved herself to be heiress to the Blonk properties and moved to Ecclesall.
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    Lady's Bridge and the buildings there

    According to Picture Sheffield it is the Wicker Tilt building.
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    Lady's Bridge and the buildings there

    For your information the letters on the bridge BB & JH refer to Benjamin Blonk and John Huntsman. Blonk Street was so called because when it was made the "tilt" shown on the map on the river side of Blonk St.was "The Wicker ***" belonging to the Blonk Family. On the other side of Blonk St. was "The Wicker Wheel" also belonging to the Blonk Family. You will also see a third grinding shop belonging to the Blonks at the end of the dam to the right of "Blonk Island". Later on John Huntsman had a Huntsman Melting Furnace at the end of the Wicker Tilt building. If you look through the large window nearest to Blonk Bridge you will see the chimney of the Huntsman furnace preserved as a monument. Remember the old Sheffield saying "Down T'Wicker were t'water goes o'er t'weir" the weir on the upstream side of Ladys Bridge diverted water to the Wicker Tilt and Wicker Wheel. I learnt all about this by carrying out research for descendants of this branch of the Blonk family who live in Australia. My Blonk family come from a later branch of the Blonk family
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    Old Sheffield Shops...

    Telefusion were also in the T.V. rental business. I worked for them a short time.
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    Beighton parish records lookup please

    Family Search is the Mormon's web site. If you get the details from this web site you will be able to go to the Mormon Church Just past Wadsley Bridge on the day and time specified on the web site to order a Micro film of the Beighton church parish records. Then the following week you can go and see the actual record on a viewer and take a picture of it. I got the actual christening and marriage records of my ancestors in Kent and Gloucestershire by this method. Attached is a photo of the sort of record you get.
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    Old Dinnington

    Cycle Track Racing at the annual Dinnington Miner's Welfare Sports in the early 1960's
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    N.ord.s.e.

    I had a man working for me as a service engineer by the name of Criss Morris who had worked at Jansen St. He had been transferred to Faslane submarine base for a time before coming back to Sheffield. He was a good electrical / electronic engineer. I was sad to lose him when he went to work at Jacobs Chucks for a higher wage than the boss would pay. Another minus thing for him was the company car tax he had to pay. He showed me figures he had collected on his car i.e. Tax, insurance, servicing, depreciation etc. that proved he had paid more in tax than the car had cost the company!
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    Stannington college

    I started a 2 year electronics course when it opened and passed the City & Guilds Exam in 1972. As the course ran from September to the following year Stannington college must have opened September 1970 for my certificate to be dated 1972.
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    How are you all coping in the snow?

    The first job abroad I went to in winter was South Korea. The temperature was around -10C all the time I was there. There was very little snow but the ridges in the paddy fields were solid ice. The car that took me from the hotel to work had tyres with spring loaded steel sharp pegs in them. They did not waste money heating their factory, the employees wore insulated quilted overalls. I had to wear all my clothing to keep warm. factory toilets had the water turned off to prevent freezing so we had to go into offices to use the toilet. Next cold job was Sweden. Lake outside hotel frozen with marks where people had skated and holes cut in ice by keen anglers. In the morning children riding bikes to school on surfaces we would not let our kids ride bikes on. If you have a car in Sweden it is mandatory you have another set of wheels fitted with winter tyres and change them over. Factory heated HOORAY. On the factory car park there was a box between every 2 cars with 2 electrical sockets in them. The employees cars were connected to the sockets by a removable lead and the car radiators had an immersion heater fitted. About half an hour before a shift finished the sockets came live so the employees had a warm engine that started easily and a warm car. I also found that their cars were fitted with a much larger battery than ours.
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    Tinsley Wire - as was.

    I don't know about springs for cars. I did go there a couple of times too service a couple of Induction heaters that were used in the production of plastic coated wire in the building running parallel with Atterclife Road. At the end of the line a very large holder full of wire fed wire through straitening rollers our unit heated it to around 700C. It was then passed into a machine that extruded a green plastic coating on the wire. The coated wire then went to machines that were almost like a sort of loom that wove it into "diamond shaped" wire fencing of various widths. The wire was drawn somewhere else on the site.
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    Still Searching:

    Mrs Corklin was my class teacher at Nether Green School. I am amazed she taught sewing because she was very handy with the cane. One parent complained about her after which she ranted to our class about being "The Jewish Holy terror of Nether Green and only 5 foot tall"
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    The Green Tram...

    I was brought up on a road 1 tram stop away from the Middlewood terminus. On Saturdays when there was a football match at Hillsborough some of the trams arriving from town did not return and were stored on the line they should have returned to town on as far as the old Territorial Army place. Outside the Territorial Army place temporary queue barriers were erected ready for the end of the football match. The trams that did return to town had to run down the racks on the wrong side of the road to the Territorial Army base then switch over to the correct side. What is of note is that I remember that some of the waiting trams were of a very dark green or possibly Khaki colour and some of them had no glass in the upper floor above the driving ends. I also remember some of the fittings looked like polished brass. I was told that the strange trams had come from other places to replace the trams damaged in the war and were only brought into service on match days.
  14. 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
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    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.
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