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  1. This is how Leopold Street used to look

    I'm amused by that little boy who, in Just William style, has one sock pulled up and the other at half-mast - but he does look to me as if he has a head. So, would the City Hall be off to the left of the photo, or have I got it the wrong way round?
  2. Good info, Col, thanks.
  3. Old Photos of Gleadless

    ...and the caretaker Mr. Lancaster chasing us off it. He also used to come along and pour salt on the slides which we made in the playground in winter. We thought he was a killjoy but in retrospect I suppose he was just being careful and mindful of our safety. At other times of year walking across the playground was made hazardous by long skipping ropes, crewed by a senior girl at each end, reaching halfway across the yard, with lots of younger girls jumping over the ropes each time they rotated. I can't remember the last time I passed a school yard and saw children skipping - only boxers in training seem to do it these days.
  4. What a splendid photo, full of detail and animation, and which reminds me of how many people used to wear hats and overcoats back then. It must date from 1959 or later, as the Ford Anglia (second car back) wasn't introduced until that year. To the right of the black car, a lady seems to be showing her friend the bargain that she's just bought at the market.
  5. Old Photos of Gleadless

    Welcome, Bob. If you had three elder brothers at Gleadless County there's a fair chance that one would have been in my year - but I don't remember a Nutton. See my post of last Saturday for the names of as many members of my class as I can remember - do any of the names look familiar?
  6. The Old Pond Street Bus Station

    Well I started going to King Ted's in 1960 and they certainly departed from opposite the Midland Station then. They did run via Leopold Street. on their way to Broomhill. From memory the 60 ended up in Fulwood and the 55 at Crimicar Lane, though one of those routes sometimes terminated at a mysterious place called Hangingwater Lane (or Road) which was not on the buses' destination blinds, so the conductor had to shout it out. This sounded best if the conductor was West Indian - my first experience of Caribbean speech.
  7. Sheffield Victoria Train Station

    Thanks for that link, Voldy. I don't think I have seen that one, I'll have a look now. EDIT: Oh yes I had, and in fact contributed to it! I have contacted my former train-spotting friend who reckons that we DID use that main entrance - this amazes me as I don't remember the frontage as being as "open" as that.
  8. Old Photos of Gleadless

    Thank you. Looking more carefully at the photo I can see distant rooftops which must be those of houses which fringed Gleadless Park.
  9. Sheffield Victoria Train Station

    The maps and photos are helpful, thanks. I have found a version of one of the maps which shows a bit more of the area, and which appear sto confirm that what I and my train-spotting friends used to use was the "back entrance". We would walk from the Mid. along Sheaf Street (which may have become The Wicker at some point), turn right into Furnival Street which led to the entrance which we used. I vaguely recall a road in the area with the name Blonk Street, which we found highly amusing. I don't remember the steps, and I am not sure if we got from platform to platform using a subway or the bridge. Perhaps the bridge was for the use of staff only, I can't remember. But I am sure of one thing: we never knew that there was another, main entrance to the Vic., and we certainly never used it.
  10. Old Photos of Gleadless

    Oh yes, I remember her. She was, from memory, quite large and I was rather afraid of her (though she never taught me). I also remember a Miss Wild who, I think, got married and became Mrs. Shanahan. If I'm right, there is another similar building off the picture to the right, then, beyond that, the stream. The building had a central entrance as the one in the picture does; in the middle was a cloakroom (which doubled as a servory at dinner time), with a classroom at each end. I spent my final two years at Gleadless on the right-hand classroom. Or have I got it the wrong way round, and the stream and park are on the left? I don't remember the greenhouse. I would have been in J2 when you left. oddly, I clearly recall Mr. Slater, who I suppose must have been my J1 teacher, and equally clearly recall Mr. Iosson (J3 and J4). But I have no idea who my J2 teacher was. Mr. Slater (bald, pipe-smoking) had a good sense of humour. One day, after we had been issued with ink pens (the kind which you had to dip into an inkwell) to write with for the first time instead of pencils, we all had to write in our exercise books "We have been writing in ink today". Back came my book with Mr. Slater's comment written underneath: "It's unlikely that you'll be writing in it tomorrow". Thanks for posting that, Jackanne.
  11. Sheffield Victoria Train Station

    I suspect that Sheffield History was teasing us with his question, but just in case he isn't, yes, the Vicoria and Midland stations were open concurrently for many years, and yes, quite a lot of people used it - as, from memory, did many carrier pigeons. Victoria no doubt experienced a great increase in traffic after the London Extension of the line was opened in 1897, enabling trains to go to the new terminus at Marylebone. But what I don't remember is that facade - the only entrance to Victoria which I recall was through a sort of tunnel or underpass. You got to it by walking along the road from the Midland Station for maybe three-quarters of a mile (perhaps it was less, but my kegs were shorter then), then turning right. It's possible that the facade may have been demolished, but the Morris Minor Traveller parked outside suggests that the snap dates from the late '50s at the earliest.and that's when I started to go train-spotting there. So, were there two entrances to the station from different sides?
  12. Old Photos of Gleadless

    Great memories, Sevans, and welcome to the forum. I vividly remember Mr. Iosson as he was also my teacher in J3 and J4, though I only remember the name of Miss Parkin, I can't picture her. I also remember the Elliott family who had the post office at the top of Gleadless, and their son - though I can't remember whether he was older or younger than me. I don't think he was in my class. A quick search of my brain brings up these names of my classmates: John Hall, Nigel Needham, Susan Briers, Catherine Clark (blonde bombshell of the class), Margaret Auger, her friend ? Burrows, Rosalind Fenner, Leonard Goodair, Barbara Douthwaite, Dennis Cadman, Tony Roy, Gillian Pitts, Malcolm Jermy, Susan Morrell, Billy Harling, Bonita Hodgson, Russell ? (I was going to say Harty), Trevor (Anderson I think, not sure, very thin), David Froggatt (best footballer in school), David Bowers (always collecting insects and putting them in matchboxes), Rodney Ellis, Terry Shinn, Andrew Dorling, and apologies to all those I've forgotten. So were you and I in the same class? It is a pity that we did not have class photographs in those days. It would be lovely to have one to look back on.
  13. Is this the perfect Sheffield meal?

    Perfect meal? Only if tha's got a reet big gob.
  14. Miffa, I had not heard of Caramac for years either - but last week Mrs. Athy and I visited the Hatton Shopping Village in Warwickshire. One of the stores is a traditional sweetshop and, lo! and behold, they had Caramac bars in stock. I just had to buy one; unfortunately, I agree with you regarding the (lack of) flavour. It wasn't unpleasant but I wouldn't cross the road to buy another one.
  15. The Old Pond Street Bus Station

    What a memory-jerking photograph. I think my 'bus home, the 102, departed from the first lane, though whethe rit was from the single-storey glazed shelters or the taller domed bit further along I can't remember. To get to Pond Street from King Ted's I had to catch a service down Glossop Road (54, 55 or 60), get off at (I think) the City Hall, walk down Fargate, along Chapel Walk and then down a very long flight of steps which started somewhere opposite the Lyceum Theatre and came out near Pond Street. These steps were always taken at breakneck speed! OIddly, going from home to King Ted's I took a different route, getting off the 101 or 102 at Harmer Lane (the last request stop before Pond Street) and walking back round the corner where the 60, etc., began their journeys opposite the Midland Station. I can't remember why I used these two different routes.