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  1. Last time I went into Weston Park, just over a year ago now, it was undergoing a major bit of renovation work, and having completed work on the museum they were making a start on the outside, the park and gardens themselves.

    I am sure that now this work is completed it will be an ideal and easily accessible park location to represent to the people of Sheffield the display work done for the Tatton Show.

    A great show all round the city, something for the council to crow about[ on the acheing backs of a few dedicated teams of gardeners l might add]

  2. Last time I went into Weston Park, just over a year ago now, it was undergoing a major bit of renovation work, and having completed work on the museum they were making a start on the outside, the park and gardens themselves.

    I am sure that now this work is completed it will be an ideal and easily accessible park location to represent to the people of Sheffield the display work done for the Tatton Show.

    A great show all round the city, something for the council to crow about[ on the acheing backs of a few dedicated teams of gardeners l might add]

  3. Apparently they're not called Ferris Wheels any more... I overheard some British tourists on the bus to work this morning. Pointing at the Ferris Wheel on the pier: "Look they've got a London Eye!"

    Your starter for ten: Where, and when was the first Ferris Wheel? (Hint, knowing where I live will give you a clue).

    Jeremy

    l gues at isle of man

  4. Forgive my ignorance Skeets, I have heard of them before but what exactly was a donkey stone?

    one does not have much time to answer, [Thanks Steve] but sorry all the same Dunsbyowl, I'll just go on to say that when donkey stone came in short supply those that could afford it used Cardinal[ i'll describe what that was just to save Steve a job l know he is very busy!] it was an oil based paste that came in a tin with a pad for application it was white in colour, but being a bit artistic at that age, l got the job as a Sat; penny promise.[ kids today would want a fiver ] one could apply the stuff with more accuracy. Skeets


  5. Does anyone know how and if travellers are recorded on census records???

    ***Im still looking for more details of my GG grandma Anice aka Annis Oates born 8.7.1844 Sheffield.***

    Her parents were John Oates and Mary Oates nee Fearnley.

    Her birth cert shows just 'Owlerton' as address of birth.

    I can find no marriage or death for her.

    I have traced her on 1851 Census living at 66 Pea Croft with parents and siblings and on 1871 census living at 28 Well Meadow with daughter Eliza born Hillfoot 28.11.1869 and niece Mary Ann Oates.

    I cannot trace her on any other census.

    I can trace daughter Eliza on most census records as she lived with relatives but I cannot trace her other daughter, my G Grandma Clara Oates born 2.12.1875 on any census other than 1901 when she married Reuben Balm in 1896 and moved to the alley Penistone Road, Eliza married Thomas Oldham and moved next door but one to Clara.

    Both Eliza and Clara's birth certificates show no dad.

    My grandad used to say she was a gypsy and so now im wondering if she didnt appear on census records due to travelling.

    Can anyone tell me if they have any traveller connections and/or if anyone knows how and if travellers are shown and recorded on census records.

    Im tearing my hair out with this one - can anyone help???

    Attached all 3 birth certs just in case anyone wants to look.

    Whilst looking up the Census on various searches, l have seen names other than the occupants, l think the ruling at that era, would be to record everyone in the dwelling at that time

  6. I know the Council, at one time, had a policy of naming streets after the occupants of the first built house, but why do I get the feeling you're being craftier than that?

    One to keep you amused meanwhile and not to difficult:

    Which dare devil Victorian born, named Edith, tragically died in Sheffield.?

    HI tsavo Would Edith Cavell be the answer Skeets


  7. Can anyone give me any information about the Lancasterian Special School on Shalesmoor and an institiution or school - Wales Court.

    Relative of my father in law was in Hollow Meadows and we assumed it was for mental illness, due to the timing, but trace on Indexers shows that he had paralysis and went to the Lancasterian Special School from 1916-1923.

    He then left to go to Wales Court.

    I have found the reasons for the name of the school, that Lancasterian was the surname of the man who founded the schools and their methods of teaching, and an extract from the St Philips booklet describing where is stood but thats it.

    Cant find anything at all on Wales Court.

    Does anyone have any further information on these 2 places?

    The only one l know hollow meadows was run by Nuns in that era


  8. Who made the chains that held the candle sticks in the Old Town Hall that used to be outside the Parish Church (Cathedral), approximately where Cole's Corner was please ?

    Any answer most appreciated.

    Nuff respect to anyone that gets this one !!!!

    would it be Dixons


  9. Thanks skeets, saved me a bit of a treck and yet another job walking around local parks.

    Hang on a minute Stuart, I thought skeets lived in France, - now that it is a bit of a treck!

    l may live in France now, but l lived within a stones throw of Graves Park for

    over 50 yrs, so it was my first thought when the topic started, Skeets ps Eh you two how long as there been a c in trek


  10. Whilst I never lived in Sheffield, I've followed the Owls all my life, and for a number of years now, have come into contact with 'Dee Daa's.

    I have a small booklet which I will look up, called 'SHEFFIELDISH or how she is spoke' which translated some of the old sayings. One I remember particularly, is a Sheffield woman addressing an American Couple - Bow-Sheff? Tha means Beechiff, duck.

    I must go but I will look it out publish the details later.

    Ex Hoyland, Clowne & Buxton

    HI BUXTON GENT I also have a copy, very amusing, its author is DEREK WHOMESLEY illustrations by WHITWORTH. Published by Sheffield publicity dept 1981 Skeets


  11. Never heard of it, got a SYPTE bus timetable though. W/A.

    W,Echo SKYPE IS easy to install and its FREE calls also when your relations have downloaded SKYPE click on vidiocall and you will see and talk just as though you was in the same room ,l chat with my son most nights him being in uk and me in France ,get it now its fantastic Cheers Skeets


  12. Either nobody knows or has not said in answer to the original question re; origin of sneklifter here goes. ln the 20ties/30 ties almost every door on cottage property and back to back property and even internal doors were fitted with what was the proper name was either a Suffolk or Norfolk latch which consisted of a latch, catch, and carry, and hook, the latch being the section which was pressed down, to lift the catch, which was held by the carry, and opened the door,as it lifted the catch from the hook, which was fitted to the door jamb, the latch was called, almost by everyone at that time the snek hence the snek to the pub door was lifted,. hence the snecklifter was a few pence or a tanner [sixpence] Hope you get all this. Skeets.


  13. Interesting reply VaIN

    Middlewood Hospital is now no more and it was indeed the hospital for the mentally ill (in historical terms, - an asylum). My grandfather used to live up Hillsborough / Wadsley as a young man and he was a keen footballer, playing professionally for Rotherham United in the late 1920's. He told a story or two about practice games and having a general kick about in Middlewood Hospital Grounds and what some of the patients got up to.

    My own knowledge of the northern side of Sheffield is not that good but I am sure there are other members on Sheffield History who will know a lot about this old hospital and will have many tales to tell about its past.

    All you need to do is ask

    DaveH l don't suppose there is any list of the teams of Rotherham United, an old nieghbour used to say he captained for them in the late twenties his name was Bert Emmet , It was 1935 era when he told me, he also was a stainless steel roller at the Templebor; rolling mills Cheers Skeets.


  14. Yes, sorry, very rude of me not to mention where Danville street was. The bottom of Danville street is where the Gates to Burngreave Cemerety are now (approx). The street went up hill and exited on Grimesthorpe Road. Actually, the Star Inn is shown on the 1954 (mono) map that Stuart has kindly uploaded.

    Regards

    Glynn

    HI Glynn, You got things about arse upards as my old mum used to say Danville st ran up very steeply from Grimesthorpe rd bang

    opposite the Tea Gardens pub, and ended at scrub land

    at the top, which lead down to the cemetery gates at the end of Melrose rd this is how things were when l was lad. cheers Skeets

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