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    Sheffield Buses 1980's

    the problem of the 2p fare for children and 10p for adults was the rates we had to pay to subsidise this redistribution of wealth scheme. I lived at Bradway with 2 children and was also keeping my aged mother. I had to move to a similar house just over the border in Derbyshire as the rates there were a third of what we had to pay in Sheffield.
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    Sheffield Rambling Groups

    Get a copy of Saturday's Star. In the "what's on" section they give details of organised rambles for the week. Included are meeting places as well as the bus times the ramblers intend to use.
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    Beer and steelworks

    I was an apprentice at Sanderson Keyser Newhall Road 1959 to 1965. I have no knowledge of a beer break in the hot metal departments, i.e. Melting shop, Rolling Mills, and Heat Treatment. What I do remember was the ambulance room dispensing a drink they called "Salime" in hot weather. It tasted of Lime and was supposed to replace the salt lost by sweating. However quite a few went to the pub across the road in meal breaks. Lysander I also remember the slot machines in German engineering factories. I also was served wine in company canteens at lunch time in Italy and Stanley tools France. Then there was the strong coffee afterwards that I suppose was expected to counteract the effect of alcohol
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    Moorfoot in Sheffield City Centre

    For many years we used to have our Cycling Club Dinner dances and prize presentation in the S&E Co op restaurant on the top floor. The 1968 picture shows the Lord Mayor as chief guest admiring the club's trophies.
  5. Sheffield had its own Police force therefore if he was in the Yorkshire constabulary as claimed he would not have lived in Sheffield at that time.
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    I got caught out with the "long stand" after I had been persuaded that there was such a thing. Fred the works storeman said "You've stood long enough" after 5 minutes. I was told that some other apprentices had been a bit more clever. One took back a hand full of grease that he claimed contained the "Bubble for the spirit level". Another apprentice told to "Get a rubber hammer for soft nails" went to a tool shop and bought a rubber mallet that the man sending him had to pay for.
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    Fitzalan Square

    Yea I think i gave them a copy. However they have got grandad's name wrong!
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    Fitzalan Square

    Here is one of Fitzalan Square digitized from a glass slide taken by my Grandfather.
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    Chesterman Tape Measure

    My wife started work there in 1960 as she used to make up the wages she may even know her. The metal tapes were printed by machines. Starting with a huge roll of steel the markings were printed on by wheels with the markings on them that rolled the inches feet etc on to the tape. the wheels had a smaller roller that put the paint on to the marking wheels as they rolled round. After marking the steel was coiled up again then checked for accuracy after being cut up into lengths such as 2M, 3m 100m. Chestermans was bought out by Stanley Tools and the tape making machinery was installed for a short time at their Hellaby near Rotherham factory. Unfortunately then Stanley tools proposed to close a French factory and the French Government cut up rough proposing to charge Stanleys big fines on trumped up charges. To placate the French Government all Chesterman's tape making machines were sent to Besancon too prevent this factory closing and avoid the proposed fines. I got a trip to Besancon to solve their paint drying problem. That story is the truth about how France defends their industry and Stanley tools learnt not to make French workers redundant.
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    I went to Manizales, Columbia to repair a hacksaw blade hardening machine and found the company's main product was Machetes. All the steel for their Incolma brand machetes came from Brinsworth Strip Mills. I was given one of their machetes that I think must be a presentation model because it has a farmyard scene inlaid in gold on the blade. I was also given a miniature one in a leather scabbard. I said "I think I may have a problem with UK customs but they insisted that I could put it across my suitcase. As it happened I had no problem despite my case getting lost in Chicago and delivered to my house 3 days later.
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    Stainless steel river !

    Where the Ladybower Reservoir overflows and starts the river Derwent the water goes over a section of river bed made up of stainless steel tiles. I was told this was a measuring system to ensure that the correct amount of water leaves the reservoir to conform with the amount that must pass to allow the river Derwent to start. If you want to see them turn down off the main road at the end of the reservoir workers houses. At the bottom where this road turns left go along the track to the right and the stainless steel river bed is over the small stone wall.
  12. 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