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  1. Thanks johnm , I could only find it referred to as Sellers Street. I knew the area quite well many years ago having lived not far away as a kid in the 50's and visited family round there for years after that. I also worked not far away in the 60's. I may be wrong but I think your Grandads house would have been relatively new at that date, I believe that area was only developed in the late 19th century. Back to the medallion, Wesleyan was also one of the first W's that sprang to my mind, I seem to remember you mentioning previously your family having been associated with Wesleyan Chapels.
  2. Quite a mystery this one johnm , I think even the experts on here have been stumped by it previously ( edit, no pun intended ). Have you any more information about your Grandad that might give more clues. Also I can't place Sellers Road, could it be Sellers Street, or if not do you know where Sellers Road is or was please?
  3. I wasn't aware of any problems with Star links so I would be interested to know other members experiences of this. I am not registered with The Star and don't even allow their cookies but can see all the pages linked to from this and other sites. I do get a message at the top of each Star page asking me to register or sign in, I just ignore it and can see the pages OK. I am not able to judge The Star's content, politics or policies, I have not seen a printed copy for over thirty years.
  4. Though in not usual family circumstances my Auntie was put to work from a young age in the 1920's until war time. She was put in a workhouse when her parents died ( later they called it something else but not much different) . My Dad was put in a bad lads home though he had done nothing wrong. My Auntie didn't like to talk about it but I gathered that she never saw a school or was given any education, and was put to heavy work, mostly inside but sometimes outside the workhouse. Though this made her very nervous and insecure I was very proud of her, she taught herself to read and write with some arithmetic in later life.
  5. I had forgotten that one, I had a feeling there were more than one but can't remember where any others were. That one is pictured in this Firth Park post towards the bottom of the page, there is also mention of other shops including "an electronic store which had a record department downstairs" -----------
  6. I think it might have been Wigfall's (Wiggies) they had a shop on Bellhouse Road. I may be wrong but the only Bunneys I can remember from the 50's was a clothing shop, they were in the front of the Norfolk Market Hall and later on the opposite corner of Exchange street in the Castle Market.
  7. According to the article in The Star linked to below --- " Children as young as five worked in the cutlery trade, working 60-hour weeks in terrible conditions. The average life expectancy of an adult in Sheffield was just 27. " https://www.thestar.co.uk/whats-on/out-and-about/debauchery-workhouses-child-labour-gin-palaces-welcome-to-19th-century-sheffield-1-3516585
  8. Can you tell us please Tania , where your grandparents were living and working at the time? That information together with the one or two clues on the photo's may help. The club look to be quite successful by 1920/1 so should be on record somewhere.
  9. There were many coke ovens about at the time, so you would need to find archived documentation. I think it may be too early for Beighton Colliery ( or later Brookhouse ). The ones that spring to my mind near Beighton, which I think had coke ovens at the time are Hollbrook, Norwood, Wiggin Tree, Birley West, possibly Fence and Orgeave as mentioned above. I have not looked it up but I am sure there were many more with coke ovens, coke was in big demand for steel production. At that time Birley West was a large producer of coke from the Silkstone Seam and had 129 beehive coke ovens. I would think that some Beighton men would have worked there, just a short walk through the Shire Brook valley or a ride on the train up the branch line through Birley East. Though no coal came from that pit after 1908 the coke ovens produced coke from the other Sheffield Coal Company pits until about 1918. There are so many places he could have worked, hopefully some of our experts on here may know where records can be found.
  10. Here is an aerial view in 1949, the yellow arrow points to the Stanley and Ayre building on Bowdon Street, (complete with gas lamp) which is on the left of the original photograph. (c) Britain From Above --------- https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EAW025215
  11. I think Edmund is correct with Bowden Street, it looks like the back of Tyson's, the front of the property was 151 Fitzwilliam Street as listed in the 1938 Ironmonger Diary and Hardware Buyers Guide.
  12. Likewise, though I did have a lot of problems, I have wandered through the site recently with no problems, here's hoping .
  13. John Milner and Trafalgar Works are mentioned in this post about halfway down --------- https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/727-sheffield-made/?page=4 ----------- and the picture below is from 1901 White's. EDIT ------- I have just come across mention of apparently another John Miller, mentioned in a discussion (Period—A.D. 1873) in Leader's 1876 Reminiscences of Old Sheffield, I wonder if they were related. ------ QUOTE -- About 40 years ago, in one of the gardens near what is now the top of Fawcett street, just before Bellefield house, was a whitewashed house, with sash windows, in which resided the late John Milner, who in his day was said to have been one of the best, if not the best spring-knife cutler in the trade, and notable for his great powers of debate. -- UNQUOTE
  14. Advertised in Melville. Commercial Directory of Sheffield, Rotherham 1859 . ------------- and a bit on Grace's Guide here -------- https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Sanderson_Brothers_and_Co
  15. Sheffield Council dispute that Birley Spa is an Asset of Community Value --------- https://www.change.org/p/sheffield-city-council-sheffield-city-council-don-t-sell-off-birley-spa-bath-house/u/23356204?cs_tk=AWHElUCaR9FGApFCt1sAZVhdthcL7r266_eVLb4l3A%3D%3D&utm_campaign=a29ae6bb8b3b41f4bccbf38a20e8ed76&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_term=cs
  16. Forgive me if this has been put on before, I can't get the search to work at the moment. I have just come across a short film clip of Lizzie Ward available on this link ----------- https://www.britishpathe.com/video/jumbo-latest-war-worker-in-sheffield
  17. Yes I had not realized it was on Picture Sheffield, it might be worth emailing them , though I did it once and nothing happened.
  18. Great work RLongden , I am sure you have it, the three short funnel like chimneys are there as well.
  19. Good one RLongden , I thought of adding that picture, but not noticing what you did I thought it may be too hard to find the location. My first thoughts on that one were that it may be looking over the railway from Granville Street, Park, I am not sure what made me think that though.
  20. A great view of Sheffield on this 1915 post card currently offered on Ebay. Taken I think from Norfolk Park, that is certainly The Farm with I think possibly the park entrance and lodge on Norfolk Park Road bottom left. Plenty of famous Sheffield buildings across the middle including, (left to right) St. George's, St. Matthew's, The Albert Hall, St. Paul's, the Town Hall, Walker and Hall's and the Cathedral. ------------------- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/382568503293?ul_noapp=true
  21. Same here, I have just tried Chrome, Safari and Firefox on my wife's iMac, all OK. Perhaps it's just because some browsers or even different versions of the same browser render dodgy HTML code and CSS better than others. W3C code checker currently shows 25 errors for this particular post, but then if you checked something like a Facebook page it would probably report hundreds even when the page seems OK. ( Only guessing as I don't use Facebook) https://validator.w3.org/nu/?doc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sheffieldhistory.co.uk%2Fforums%2Ftopic%2F17362-site-problem-3%2F%3Ftab%3Dcomments Hopefully we can get back to history now.
  22. I am on Linux Mint at the moment and I can't see any problems with Firefox, Opera or Seamonkey. However the current versions of Firefox and Opera render the site as per the first picture and Seamonkey as the second.
  23. w3.org do report 3 CSS errors on the home page at the moment. I keep a few browsers on my operating systems to check that my own websites are never browser specific. I tried this site on nine different browsers and found similar problems to those you describe on two of them and one browser which froze. The browsers that gave problems for me on this site were not popular main stream browsers. (Cyberfox, Midori and Vivaldi) I could not try any Windows only browsers because I have not got a Windows operating system installed on any of my computers at the moment.
  24. I was still having a few problems, clearing my browser cache solved it for me, in fact I turned the cache off altogether.
  25. ERA over JAMES BARBER over SHEFFIELD I & J Barber - Sheffield I & J Barber (James Barber) was established in 1802. The founder was Isaac Barber (1788-1854). James (1818-1859) was his son. ERA trademark, was used from the mid 19th century, and possibly from as early as 1835. 'James Barber' was also used, particularly on razors. Isaac and James died within a few years of each other, in 1854 and 1859, respectively. Afterwards, James' wife Harriet took control of the business, which in 1861, had 16 employees. The business soon passed to her son Edward, but after he died in 1885, his widow Mary Ann took over. By 1900 I & J Barber were at Era Works, Wheeldon Street, with Mary Ann's son James running the firm. Before 1914 the Barber name and mark passed to Thomas Ellin and later to Joseph Elliott & Sons. Joseph Elliott & Sons bought out a number of Sheffield Cutlers including their trademarks and tools. The company continued to make knives under the trade marks of those Companies and this one was listed as Joseph Elliot until the 1970's.