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Old rider

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  1. For your interest I have put a picture of blade forging in the pictures on this site titled "Little Mesters" The picture is a digitised picture of a glass slide taken by my Grandfather who was put handles on knives. When at work I came into contact with a customer in Solingen, the cutlery town of Germany, he told me that the little mester system still took place in Solingen. He also told me that their little mesters were using high tech machinery due to the German banks being prepared to invest in German workers small businesses.
  2. My wife's family were evacuated from London to Sheffield! As result she was the first of her siblings to be born in Sheffield.
  3. I remember him well. I was one of the baby boomers that created the first year when the school had classes in one year. Previously there had only been four classes in one year. Mr Goodfellow declared that the top two classes would normally have gone to grammer school and he would try to give us grammer school education in the hope that Sheffield Education would allow us attend the extra year and sit G.C.E. examinations. Unfortunately my father died and we moved away from the area. I've used the French we learnt on many occasions whilst working in French speaking countries Are you still cycling Rod?
  4. I have servised equipment at a few of these factories. The company I worked at was started in premises belonging to Flame Hardeners on Bailey Lane. We used to service Flame Hardener's induction Hardeners and their M.D Mr. Conrad Bramhill acted our metalurgist. After he died there was a bit of a split and we moved into our own factory Flame Hardeners still exist. Dormer's drill factory was on Cemetery Road. They also had factories in Worksop and Nottingham making taps & dies. They used to make drills by heating the blanks then passing them through dies that rolled the flutes into the blank. Some pundits claimed this was an inferior method of production and that flutes milled into the blank was better. Dormer was bought by Sandvik, a Swedish company. Eventually they closed the factory and sent the machines to Brazil.
  5. The Umbrella frames were produced in Penistone by a company called "Foxes Frames" There was a blue plaque on the wall of the offices recording the connection with the Samual Fox company. Today that site is now a housing estate. If you google Foxes Frames you will find the company is now in China.
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  9. Tv's used to be quite unreliable. I used to work as a TV repairman at one time. When tv's had valves and cathode ray tubes it was expected to average 3 repairs per year on a colur TV. Today with modern flat screens and solid state electronics tv's simply don't break down like they used to.
  10. I used to go there to repair machines. If I remember correctly originally it was at Templeborough just before the Rotherham boundary then they moved to factory on the industrial estate near the bottom of Wincobank hill. By that time the majority of their work was making wheelbraces for garages and single ones for Vauxhall / general motors and V.W. However Vauxhall / general motors kept forcing down the price they paid. I was told that the contract originally was for 70 pence per spanner but the constant demand to reduce prices general motors forced the price down to 40 pence. In trying to reduce cost to stay in business they lost the V.W. contract by reducing the quality of the ones sent to VW. Then because the general motors ones did not pay at 40p they went bust. The induction heater and forging press was sold to India.
  11. My mother born 1912 always claimed to remember when there was a bear in the bear pit.
  12. The land now being built upon was a sports ground with the changing room at the bottom. It was part of the J.G.Graves legacy to Sheffield. I was told that the University had used the sports ground for many years until they got facilities closer to the university, after that it was derelict for many years. I was also told that many developers had tried to get permission to build on the land but had always been refused by the J.G.Graves Trust so I was surprised to see that the entry to the land had been opened and building work was taking place.
  13. Only went to the Lido once. I went with brother in law and sister in law. When sister in law dived in she came up very embarrassed because her bikini top had come off! I read that the paddling pools we went in as kids were closed due to new health and safety rules that meant there had to be a lifeguard on duty when they were open. This meant the cost of a lifeguard and that the paddling pools had to be fenced off at night.
  14. Here is an evacuation the other way. My wife's family were Londoners whilst her father was in the RAF her mother was evacuated to Scotland where her eldest sister was born. Then to Lytham St Annes where her next sister was born. Then the family was moved to Burngreave Sheffield where my wife was born! She has vague memories of being billeted with another family in her early life. When her father came out of the RAF the family stayed In Sheffield.
  15. I saw the smoke as it came through Dronfield and wished I had known about it to take a picture.
  16. I was promised a new bike with drop handlebars and gears if I passed. I failed because my maths were terrible and went to Wisewood School. I got an electrical apprentice ship in a steelworks and never looked back. Eventually ending up as Chief Service Engineer in an electronics company. My wife didn't pass because her papers were lost and they would not let her take the 11 plus a second time. She started work as a comptometer operator then studied accountancy and ended up as Managing Director of an electro plating company. Failing the 11 plus doesn't seem to have done us any harm.
  17. I don't know about a water tank but the stone built house behind the council houses was a little grocer's shop. Before the council houses were built the area in front was built up by a stone wall. As a child I was sent by my grandfather to go to Mr Jennings shop to buy a loaf of bread and half a dozen eggs. So what does a young lad do coming out of the shop? Jump over the wall and crash the shopping bag on the floor breaking the eggs! OOOPS!
  18. All that little row of council houses at the start of Bannerdale road were tenanted by councilors according to mt Grandfather. Do you remember Mr. Jennings shop behind that row of houses?
  19. I remember residents walking up from the bus turning point just down the road from the building at the end of what would have been a working day.
  20. According to the writing under the picture it was Harold Lambert as the Lord Mayor and picture taken in 1966. The double door at the bottom when opened revealed a very small dance hall. We used to have a trio play music for the dancing after the speeches and prize presentation.
  21. Opposite the cinema by Leppings lane was a newsagent run by Ron Starling who was an ex professional footballer.
  22. I was at Nether Green school. One afternoon a week we had to go down to Hunters bar school for woodwork classes. My mother went to Hunters Bar school as a junior. The attached photo could be the pupils celebrating the end of WW1 when she was there.