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Old rider

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  1. For your interest here is a picture of a "Glosswood" canteen of cutlery produced by Hiram Wild. I went there once to repair a machine and when I told them I had this canteen of cutlery they said "Has it still got it's handles on?". Due to the handles being wood you have to be careful washing them and never put them in a dish washer. When our stupid rep went there he made a silly joke by asking the person he was talking to "Do you hire them tame as well?"
  2. Yes I was a milk monitor at Nether Green School. We used to distribute the crates of milk to the classroom throughout the Infant Junior and Senior schools.
  3. I left Laycocks in 1972. Camping lane originally terminated just past the camping lane works and went into a rough track serving the allotments that went up the hill, it certainly was not a made up road as shown on the side by side map . Later on the allotments were closed and a tarmac road leading to the crematorium was made. The tragedy was that one of the labourers named Edgar had a pigeon loft on his allotment. When he got notice to quit he killed all his pigeons then hung himself in his pigeon loft. Regarding the stream it was only really visible at the side of the footpath. I cannot remember any evidence of it in the Camping lane factory car park.
  4. I used to work at Laycock Engineering Archer Road Site. They had another factory and car park on Camping Lane. I used to park my car on the camping lane car park then walk along a footpath through perigree woods that was used to connect Laycock's 2 factories. To Fraser Road side of the footpath there was a stream that went into a pipe just before it reached Archer Road.
  5. If you have old glass lantern slides make a light box the photograph them with a digital camera.
  6. The same in our house. The fire was lit in the dining room / kitchen in the morning to heat the water and to cook our evening meal in the oven. Front room was only used on a Sunday until TV came along. The sometimes if it was cold father would transfer some of the range fire into the front room very carefully on ashovel
  7. This country used to equip the railways of the world. My first machine commissioning job in Asia was in South Korea. One of the British men stopping in my hotel was overseeing the assembly of 200 underground trains exported from GEC Manchester. The new trains were to improve the Seoul underground ready for the Seoul Olympics. Having thrown our industry away we have to import trains now.
  8. Was the cutlery company not called "Tailors Eye Witness? The development guy at Westall Richardsons was called Taylor and claimed a family tie up with Tailors Eye Witness!
  9. My grandfather was a keen amateur photographer who died before I was born. My father had a box of his 3" glass slides that I inherited and have now digitised. Unfortunately only 2 are of Sheffield street scenes. Many of them are in the Yorkshire dales. There is even one that he took in Bruges and took one from the same bridge in Bruges to prove it. I have uploaded Fitzalan square previously. "Blade forging" was written on the other picture and may be my Grandmother's family.
  10. 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.
  11. Yes about 14 was the age we 11plus failures took the central Tech entry exam where you could study either building or engineering.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Here is one of my Grandfather's glass slides of High Street that looks to be taken from about the same place
  15. Have a look on the "picture Sheffield" web site. There are lots of pictures of old housing there.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
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