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  1. Sheffield Aug 28 1856 The exorbitant Price of Corn having lately risen to 18/- a Load, has been attributed to the Buyers ingrossing and keeping it back, which has so exasperated the Populace, that they have unlawfully risen and broke open Storehouses, Mills &c and committed many Outrages, that there was a Necessity of taking some Measures to quiet them by selling 200 Load at 15/- immediately; and other Methods were taken to quell the Mob, punish the Rioters, and prevent the future bad Consequences. Two of the Principals were since capitally convicted, and suffer'd accordingly. It is heartily wished the great Sufferings of the Poor will prevail on some charitable and humane Persons to state the Case between them and their Oppressors, the Ingrosser, the Fore-staller, the Miller and Baker, fairly and impartially, and lay at the foot of the Throne a dutiful and loyal Address, most humbly beseeching his Majesty would graciously please to give Orders that may effectually prevent the great Abuse of the Poor.

    HI vox lt appears there was similar trouble about corn around 1812, according to the writings of one of my ancestors Joseph Fearnehough nephew of my g g g grandfather,. he writes,<around this time the harvest was very poor and the price of corn went up to 7shillings a stone and it was very bad at that,when a loaf was baked the outside was like husk and the inside would draw out like stringy paste, AS the cutlers and file makers were only earning around 12/-a week they were very bad off, and they went about the streets with a loaf dripping in blood stopping in front of provision shops compelling the owners to clear their flour stocks at 2/6 a stone, later the authorities compensated the traders for their losses out of the rates.> Cheers skeets

  2. Interesting that the display goes from the 1940's to the 1970's.

    Most of the well known chocolate bars today have been around since the 1930's (the decade before the display starts) and it is interesting to see how their wrapper designs have changed over the years.

    My favourite in my younger days was Mint lmperials anyone remember them l have no seen them mentioned skeets.

  3. 15 Jan 1790

    A bear broke loose from its keeper, at Sheffield and destroyed a woman.


    London Gazette

    ln my ancestors writings there is a mention of a bear turning on its keeper and killing him, this was in Sheffield 1816, may have been the same bear and keeper. skeets.

  4. A previous name for the Robin Hood : main record updated, details below :

    Robin Hood/Grimesthorpe Tavern

    46 Ellesmere Road

    Open 1846


    Span 154



    1846 William Steel

    1849 Henry Hobson (Grimesthorpe Tavern)

    1854 Henry Hobson

    1948 Mrs Lottie Sowter

    1951 Frederick Thomas Astill

    Hi Richard Did Fred Astill come from the Normanton Hotel there was an Astill there l believe

  5. I am new to the site so may be going over old ground-literally-here but am interested if there any photos of this area before or during the slum clearance which made wat for the tower locks below the arts tower.

    Hi Ricardotheplayer Welcome indeed, but would you like to start again, beginning with an easier user name, only joking skeets

  6. 1775

    John Vickers, of Attercliffe, charged with robbing John Staniforth, of Darnall, of 3/6d (17 and a half new pence), a sack containing horn for knife scales, a leg of mutton, 6lb of sugar and some flax.

    For this and for stealing from John Murfin 3 1/2d (1 and a half pence) in copper, a bad shilling, a breast of mutton and half a pound of butter he was hanged this same year.

    [York Castle records, 1775]

    A good example of the sublime to the ridiculous skeets

  7. Problem with the death penalty is that some of us older ones spent our youthful days living in a country where the death penalty was carried out. The death penaly, by hanging, was only abolished in Britain in 1965 and removed from statute in 1969 so it is still in living memory. In France, the death penalty, by guillotine, was only abolished in 1978 and removed from statute in 1981.

    So it is still well within living memory.

    Generally speaking, older people, that can remember it, want it bringing back, while the younger ones, who have never known a death penalty in their own lifetime find it a totally abhorrent idea and do not want it.

    So, the longer it is left before it's reintroduction is considered, the less likely it is to be reintroduced.

    The arguments put forward to abolish the death penalty were based on several well publicised cases of incorrect verdicts and innocent men being hung. The 2 most publicised being the case of Timmothy Evans, whose wife was murdered by John Christie who then "set him up" and this case of Derek Bentley in the "Craig and bentley" trial. It appears that Bentley's coviction was based on him saying very ambiguously "let him have it Chris" to his associate Christopher Craig who at the time was pointing a gun at a police officer.

    Although these days with indisputable evidence such as that provided by DNA analysis for example such miscarriages of justice are much less likely to happen I feel that people would no longer tollerate any mistakes like these been made because, when there was a death penalty, most people felt "protected" from crime by it, - criminals would hang BUt they felt safe because they knew they hadn't commited any crime themselves. However, if mistakes are made there is always that nagging doubt in everyones mind that "it could be me being hung".

    HI DaveH As you say, these days the chance of disposing of the wrong person is minute, so why should the decent people of a lovely country, pay!, to house and feed this scum and trash, that heeds mothers and children, or anyone for that matter, enjoying the environment without the element of anxiety, as for the younger end not votlng for the death penalty, perhaps they have not lived long enough for the horror of these crimes to absorb, until they are personally affected, then it's absorbed, WHEN WILL THE POWERS THAT BE REALISE THIS IS THE ONLY REAL DETERRENT.skeets

  8. Anyone think of any good ones we could revive? Such as this?

    HI All , l know this has been discussed countless times, but l think that the death penalty should be considered for revival, not only for murder but for repeated cases of child molestation where treatment has failed, as these people are a scourge on society and also a drain on the public purse, l do not agree with hanging or electrocution, but a simple injection could not be classed as barbaric , Skeets.

  9. HI The Mount View hotel on Derbyshire Lane was always known as the Top Shop, l believe it aquired this name from the days when it sold a few groceries as well as beer. Also the Big Tree on Chester field , was known as the Big Tree for almost a century because of the large tree in the foreground when actually its name was the Masons Arms, after almost a rebuild in the early 60 ties, it was officially renamed the Big Tree the landlord at that time Ray Mallet [ an old pal of mine from the 40ties when he kept the Earl of Arundel and Surrey ] moved out .when his running costs soared 700% he then took the Price of Wales in Derbyshire Lane Cheers Skeets.

  10. Woodseats Palace, Chesterfield Rd. -



    The Palace opened in September of 1911 with a seating capacity of 550. The pit seating was of tip up benches and the pit entrance was from a side passage. Two small shops were incorporated into the front of the building which was finished in green and white terracotta. Inside the auditorium there was a small stage with three dressing room's and a screen which could be flown above the stage for the occasional variety performances. There were no screen curtains.

    Films were projected from a single Kinetoprojector with access to the projection room being via a vertical ladder from the managers office. Improvements were made in 1920 when a balcony was added increasing the seating to around 800. The projection room was also re-sited at this time and placed in the stalls area.

    In 1955 the cinema was taken over by Star Associated Holdings and after closing for two weeks, reopened with the capability to screen CinemaScope presentations. For the first time, the Palace opened for Sunday performances and Children's matinees were reintroduced.

    The Palace closed in September of 1961.

    Info: Sheffield Cinemas.

    the Woodseats Palace is now a Wetherspoons pub after extensive alterations , Skeets.

  11. l always thought that the person that was declared bankrupt had a number of years to wait regardless of how quickly he paid off his debts, if they were paid off too soon then it would appear the person had salted money instead of paying his or her debts,[ l stand to be corrected on this] Cheers skeets

  12. Intended for Skeets to read mainly but thought it might be of interest

    Holy Bible Presented to Joseph Robert Feanehough on his 21st Birthday March 1892

    is he "one of yours" Skeets, if so, the Bible is yours when I visit Sheffield, hopefully this weekend. Been in my family since the 1960's, never quite worked out why.

    HI RichardB No, he was not from our side, he was the head of Fernite Works Portobello whom l believe you once said your Father worked for maybe there is some connection there further details later l only saw your post late tonight Cheers Skeets

  13. In April 1986, David Simmonds, who ran an insurance/investments office on Abbeydale road, also ran away with £300,000 of investment savings, mostly from pensioners including myself and my brother-in-law, who died from a heart attack attributed to this theft, after chasing from one country to another he finally managed to get a citizenship in Spain, just before the deportation rule came into force of wanted criminals, he was running a bar in Sitges Spain the last time l heard of him . l was wondering if any members of the forum or their relations, or friends, suffered a loss from this incident, and have heard any further news of him, l think the police have shelved the details. .Cheers skeets.

  14. I have subscription access to the census now, no more expensive credits....

    So if anyone wants lookups, i'm happy to help.

    I posted this on sheffieldindexers too and someone pointed out the copyright thing, so emails only please.

    wee pipe@talkforum.org

    P.S images sent as email attachments, jpeg, if you can't or are not sure how to work with these let me know and i'll put it on a free hosting site for you.

    RichardS Hi, l sent you an email while ago, for a look up re; my birth mother and not heard from you, is this still on your list. Arthur Fearnehough skeets

  15. The Theatre Royal, Tudour Street, Sheffield

    The Theatre Royal, Sheffield was altered in 1901 by the renowned Theatre architect Frank Matcham when the stage was enlarged, new dressing rooms added and eclectic lighting was installed . The Seating Capacity was around 2,500 and the Proscenium opening was 28 ft with a Stage depth 39ft.

    The Theatre Royal was burnt out in December 1935 and demolished the following year.

    ADMIN I Wonder if there is anyone else on the Forum besides me who watched it burn Skeets

  16. There is, or was a nice little barbers shop that l found just before l came to France 6 years ago, l forget it's name, but it is the last shop in that block of shops past the Abbey Hotel on Abbey Lane, the owners name is Jack, a very nice and polite chap, l only went twice, it is typical of the little barbers shops you refer to Cheers Skeets

  17. For Ukelele Lady (mainly)


    14 Button Lane or 18-22 Button Lane 105 South Street, Moor

    Opened 1820

    30 known keepers

    Leonard Cowley 1818-20, 21, 22, 25, 28 & 1829

    William Tomlinson 1833, 34, 37, 39, 41, 45, 46, 49, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 61, 62, 64 & 1871

    William John Church 1881

    John William Mottershaw 1891

    John William Church 1893 (see 1881)

    Mrs Mary Jane Church (18-22 Button Lane) 1901

    Charles Matthews 1905, 11, 19 & 1925

    Frederick William Kean 1948 & 1925

    Freddy Kean [or KEEN]was a well known ex footballer before he took the Angel, he was also guilty of serving an under age drinker [ME,] He had a son of the same name Freddy, who kept the Prince of Wales on Division St before it became the Frog and Parrot. HE went on to take a very successful hotel restaurant,, the name escapes me, but it was very popular Skeets

  18. Abbeydale Brewery took it over in 2007, spent a lot of money and re-opened it as The Moon.

    It closed down again in 2008.

    I'll have a look to see if it's open again next time I pass.

    My first introduction to Eversley House was 70years ago when l worked on the war damage, which was only broken glass and slight roof damage, just a few slates, my boss Frank Astling was on the churches damage committee and Eversley was the church hall connected to Upperthorpe Church, it held Sat night dances,it must have a temp: drinks license, l went several times and recall getting a drink there. Skeets

  19. Has anyone on the forum had anything to do with Paretologic programme it has taken over my computer and added lots of things l do not want, and programmes l do want do not work properly, or not at all . Skeets

  20. Nevver buy owt we with a wooden 'handle, it allus meens 'ard work :rolleyes:

    Hi RichardB this saying reminded me of one when l first started work as an a apprentice cabinet maker, old Bob Aughton [one of the finest craftsman l ever met] asked me my name, he said mine is Mr Aughton ,and that was how l had to address him, next he pick up a chisel and said, a very sharp tool this is,! and remember lad there's only one tool tha' put's thi hand in front of and that's thi own, it took me a while to grasp what he meant. Cheers Skeets . PS, l have a scar on my left thumb and every time l notice it l think of old Bob.