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  1. 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.
  2. Yes about 14 was the age we 11plus failures took the central Tech entry exam where you could study either building or engineering.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Here is one of my Grandfather's glass slides of High Street that looks to be taken from about the same place
  6. Have a look on the "picture Sheffield" web site. There are lots of pictures of old housing there.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I used to go to Westall Richardson to service equipment used to put handles onto their cheap range of knives. They had 3 machines with induction coils at about 12 work stations with a girl at each coil heating the tang of the knife and pushing it into plastic handles so it would melt its way in and the plastic would set around the tang. These knives were very cheap with a blade just pressed out of steel strip, and you would find them hung up for sale in a sealed plastic sheath in every supermarket. Now for the naughty bit. When I became Service Manager I sent a fairly new guy down to Westall's to do a service who was greeted by a girl on the end of the line nudging the girl next to her and declaring loudly "I could f**** him. Our engineer left rapidly and would not go there again. This process ended when Westall's bought a plastic moulding company who had moulded onto a competitors blades automatically. This action closed down their competitor! I was able to purchase from them a set of their professional range cooking knives pictured below.
  10. Mother got our broken biscuits from the Norfolk Market hall on Fridays when she got the Sunday roast from the Castle Market. The corner shop, Mr Gibson, used to deliver the rest of the groceries to our house in a cardboard box carried on his shoulder. We had to return the cardboard box later with the order for the next weeks groceries.
  11. In the reception at Laycock Engineering, Archer Road in the early 1970's there was an old car. If my memory is correct it was said to be a Charron Laycock car.
  12. I did a bit of work wiring The Samuel Plimsoll after the shell of it had been passed to the Brewery to fit out. Later on I was repairing TV's when a colleague came back from the flats declaring "I'm never going to these flats again". He said that someone had peed in the lift on the way up, then as he walked to the customers door a girl with greasy matted hair stood on the walkway had lifted here skirt and pulled her knickers up. Then when he knelt down behind the customer's TV he found he was kneeling in dog dirt because the customer's dog did his business there! Some years later I was repairing high frequency plastic welding machines when the council bought some of the machines from a factory that was closing down and set them up in the basement as an ethnic minorities employment scheme.
  13. As you probably know the cemetery at Dronfield is away from the church on Cemetery Road. A few years ago my son's employer was asked to dig some new graves in the cemetery. Unfortunately the place he was asked to dig one of the graves turned out to be already occupied! He had to fill it in rather rapidly. From this I would suggest that the operator of the cemetery does not have the full details of the burials there.
  14. The hollow steel bars of round and hexagonal shape are used in the rock drilling and mining tool industry. Rock drills, sometimes 12 feet long have the hole in the so that coolant can be passed through them. Padley & Venables in Dronfield use hexagonal hollow bar to make their rock drills. The end is forged with a slot that has a tungsten carbide tip brazed into it then 2 small holes each side of the carbide tip allow the coolant out, otherwise the tip would get so hot the carbide tip would un-braze. P&V's owners at the time bought Bedford steels on Effingham road to ensure continuity of supply after the only other rolling mill in Sheffield rolling hollow bar closed down.
  15. I was an apprentice at Sanderson Bros & Newbould 1959 to 1965. I am sure they didn't produce Celfor soft centre steel at that time. In later life I worked setting up machines used for surface hardening, I am glad nobody found out about this steel as I would not have got to the countries I got to. Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Italy Sweden to name a few.
  16. Went to Granville College with a lad who said his family worked at the abattoir. He regaled us with stories about what went on. He said his father cleaned the brown stuff (S**t) out of "Chitlings and bag". He said that after pigs were stunned they were hoisted up by the back legs and their throats cut, and as the blood ran out they urinated. This mixture went off to create black pudding!. Puts you off a bit doesn't it!
  17. I understand that the local P.O.W. was at Redmires. However I was told by an older member of my cycling club that the farm we used to go to for teas in the Buxton area had an Italian P.O.W. assigned to them to help with the farm during the war. So it is quite likely that there could be Italian P.O.W's working on local farms.
  18. I am not sure if they make anything there now after the changes in ownership to French and then Chinese. I used to go there repairing induction heating equipment. The handsaw department were producing the cheap unsetable, unsharpenable handsaws and even then the machines were sent to Taiwan. They also owned "Britool" spanner factory at Cannock. That turned into a warehouse for Facom French spanners after the company was bought by a French outfit. They started buying in components from China. I remember the factory manager telling me that they had to throw away about half the components that they bought in from China, and that when they contacted the Chinese about it they were told to throw away the bad ones and they would send more! I met one of the operators in a supermarket who used to produce the bi-metal strip for the hacksaw blades who told me that the company had been bought by a Chinese man who had then come to visit. At the end of his visit he told them "I can get 10 workers in China for the cost of one of you. I want all the machines packed and sent to China by September" The operator who told me this had been to China to show them how to do it and was now unemployed. End of another UK manufacturer.
  19. I wonder when the loop from Millhouses was built to join up with the tracks at Woodseats?
  20. We used to have to go to a different school one afternoon a week to do woodwork. We were given plastic bus tokens and expected to travel there after eating our school dinner. One day 2 naughty boys (myself and another) decided to play truant using the bus tokens to get to town then spending the afternoon drinking cappuccino and listening to the jukebox in the El Mambo. We panicked a bit when we saw a policeman talking to the barman but in the darkness of Hell he didn't see us trying to hide. Our school seemed never to have found out about our afternoon of truancy.
  21. Original, 1887 till about 1900, Sharrow CC colours were "chocolate and blue". Later on they became Claret and Blue. Claret body with light blue sleeves
  22. The freight traffic was mainly coal from the Wath on Dearn marshalling yard going to power stations etc. on the other side of the Pennines. One of the features of the D.C. system was that when the Locos of freight trains were on the long descent out of the tunnel and past the reservoirs towards Manchester the D.C. motors generated power back into the system. Thereby helping power the trains climbing the slope. Why did the locos need replacing when they ran on the Dutch railways after closure of the Woodhead route?
  23. I watched the programme and then remembered what a friend who worked for the rail research place in Derby told me. He said the Woodhead line had closed to raise money for other electrification schemes. The Woodhead electrification was proposed pre war in L.N.E.R. days, in fact the first engine was built in 1939 and ran on Dutch Railways after the invasion of Europe. I seem to remember the line was electrified at 700 volt DC rather that the 25KV system in use today. As a result of the lower voltage and the use of DC all the overhead lines, the feeders from the substations and the transformers contained much more copper. Closing the line raised a lot of money in the scrap value of the copper. Money was also raised by the sale of the electric locomotives to the Dutch railways where they continued to run for many years.
  24. My Auntie who was headmistress at Woodseats School used to take me with her to Chesterfield when she visited a supplier of school equipment. This would probably be around 1954 and there were certainly no trolleybuses in Chesterfield at this time. What was remarkable to me was the seating on the buses on the Chesterfield route. On the upper floor the seats were in a continuous row of 4 or 5 from the left hand window with access to the seats via a lower aisle down the right hand side of the upper floor. I believe that this enabled to height of the bus to be lower so that it could pass under the railway bridge at Dronfield.
  25. I know Mr Marshall who I understand was a woodwork teacher at Rowlinson. He told me that that one of the pupils had stabbed his predecessor with a wood chisel! For me the remarkable thing was the netball courts near the road where groups of older men used to stand on the pavement watching the girls playing netball. Then suddenly one day they stopped being there as I passed by. I wonder who got rid of them