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  1. The Co-Op opposite the ABC Cinema

    How could you forget the staircase! Daughter had narrow feet and the B&C seemed to be the only shop with her fitting. The shoe department was up these stairs and nylon carpeted so when you went to the stairs you got an electric shock from the metal handrail. The reason was you had charged yourself with static electricity by walking over the nylon carpet and when you touched the handrail you discharged the static electricity.
  2. Help with heritage project

    There used to be a police box on Rustlings road by the entrance to Whiteley Woods. A retired Police officer told me that in those days beat police had to report in to a designated box at the start of their shift. Shillitoe did not want them wasting time by reporting to a police station and then having to travel to their beat. The retired Police officer was a friend of my grandfather's, he was a very large Irishman who reckoned he had been recruited in Ireland to help beat the Mooneys. I have heard the black and white check pattern around police caps referred to as "The Shillitoe Tartan" !
  3. Stannington college

    It must have been 1970. I did a 2 year night school City & Guilds course there starting the first year it was open. 1972 I used the City & Guilds certificate to change my job. The interviewer was impressed because I had a distinction and also had received the year prize!
  4. COCKAYNES Department Store in Sheffield city centre

    I started work in 1959 and used to cycle to work. Both Cockaynes and Walsh's were built by then. Walsh's used a building at Broomhill after their store was bombed until the new one was built.
  5. Cambridge Arcade

    I think the outfitter's shop opposite St Pauls Parade was Greville & Steward. My mother worked in their offices that backed on to Paradise Square.
  6. Favourite Sheffield meal?

    Cross Daggers pub in Coal Aston serve hash Friday night. It must be popular you should see the cars parked outside every Friday night.
  7. Anyone remember Sarsaparilla ?

    A group of us 15 year olds used to go to a "Temperance Tavern" near the Abbeydale Cinema for a pint of Sarsaparilla. The owner claimed he brewed it himself. It was dispensed from a hand pump like those used to dispense beer into pint glasses. I think the shop front still has "Temperance Tavern" on the front below the shop window.
  8. Watch maker/ jewllery

    According to Sharrow Cycling Club records Osbert Skinner's address in 1910 was "24 The Moor". Whilst Osbert beat J.G. Shaw's first 100 Sharrow record by 8 minutes a week after Shaw had set it up the future would be Shaw's. Perhaps it was his 1911 accident on Baslow hill that ended his cycling career? From 1911 racing success was in the hands of J.G. Shaw, J. Crookes and A.C. Baynes (Stainless Stephen). Shaw was to be hailed as "Sheffield's Greatest Long Distance Cyclist" by The Sheffield Telegraph. Shaw's 24 hour record would stand into the 1940's. In the Sharrow 1914 - 18 Roll of honour there may be a misprint because it records "G. Skinner Royal Flying Corps" From the above I assume it should be O. Skinner.
  9. The Stonehouse in Sheffield city centre

    Thanks for reminding me It was The Buccaneer Bar. One of my mates called it a "Pervert's Paradise" and claimed you feel a girl up and get away with it because it was so crowded!
  10. The Stonehouse in Sheffield city centre

    I only went in a couple of times but friends tell me that many customers would leave the Stonehouse with their gasses in their hand and cross Leopold street to go into the rather rowdy bar that was under the Grand Hotel. I can't remember its name but it was so crowded you struggled to get to the bar and had to wait to get served.
  11. Bardwells electronic shop has closed

    I am shocked to hear that Bardwells has finally closed. As a boy back in the 1950's I used to buy parts to make old crystal radio receivers from a stall in the market. The stall owner was a Mr Bardwell. After serving an electrical apprenticeship I found that he now had a shop on Sellars Street, later on they moved to Abbeydale Road. For years whenever I went there it was full of customers. If you needed a small component to repair a machine the first port of call was Bardwells as it saved having to wait whilst the required component was mailed to you and arriving a few days later. Some of the firms I worked for even had accounts with Bardwells so you could just provide a signature. However recently when I went in to get something I was amazed to see how empty the shop was. I suspect that in the modern era those interested in electronics would be dealing with computers and no longer be making up their own electronics boards. Sad to hear of our loss
  12. There was series on TV some years ago called "When Yorkshire men made films" They showed Mottershaw's news films of the Russian Japanese war of the early 1900's as well as one on Charlie Peace if I remember correctly. The other film maker in the series was the Holmfirth company that is better known for the saucy sea side postcards. Attached is a photo of Grandfather's camera labelled "Sheffield Photo Company 1900" for your interest. I have already posted digitised pictures of his glass slides that relate to Sheffield.
  13. Diseases in 1920's

    My Uncle, a racing cyclist, was winning medals in 1928 but died in 1930 of TB. Fortunately no other members of the family caught it. There was no real cure for TB until penicillin came along. I understand Uncle gave up his job and bought a horse and cart and became a trader so he could live in the fresh air all the time as someone had suggested that it would help him and may even be a cure.
  14. Is this a post box on Hangingwater Rd?

    I don't think it will do anything today. The Sheffield electricity system has changed a lot over the years. As an apprentice electrician in a steelworks, early 1960's, we had one area that was supplied with 2 phase electricity until the YEB notified the company that they would stop generating this type of supply at Blackburn Meadows. We had to replace or rewind all the motors on the machines and all the switch gear to use the more common 3 phase system of supply. This type of problem occurred because every town and city originally had their own power station so they could adopt their own supply voltage. I remember in the 1950's Sheffield domestic supply was 200 volts and was then changed to the national 240 volt supply. Every house had their lamps changed and any electric heaters we had were fitted with new elements by the YEB to enable the change. However Laycock Engineering, Archer Road factory never changed from 200 / 360 volt as they had their own sub station and would have to pay for the machine conversions themselves!
  15. Carbrook County Junior School

    Are you sure about this? I think my Auntie, Miss N.L.E. (Betty) Buckle was headmistress at Woodseats School before this date. When my mother was in hospital around 1950 I attended Woodseats for a short while, I am fairly sure she was in charge at that time. Later on she moved to Sharrow Lane as head mistress there.
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