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Gordon crapper

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About Gordon crapper

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  • Birthday 11/06/1935

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  • Location
    Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside
  • Interests
    Trams, Handsworth Darnall, Attercliffe areas

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  1. Thank you so much for putting the photo of Attercliffe Methodist Church on line last year and sorry I have not been online recently.


    It is the only photo I have seen which is how I remember it. Much appreciated.


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      Gordon crapper

      Thanks Dorothy, you are welcome.

  2. Photos of Darnall - what year/s?

    Tram 490 in the first picture was in service from 1926, but I think the new Methodist Church on the right would be later than that, I think it will be just before the war.
  3. Main Road Darnall - Pre World War II

    It is Main Road, though locally we often called it Handsworth Hill, the steep part is behind the camera. The shop on the right is the B&C Co-op, where we bought our grocery rations. W & E Sadler was a builder and builder's merchant. We lived in Lound Road, off Handsworth Avenue, just over the railway bridge at the top of the hill, houses built by Sadler I think. It is an old photograph, I don't remember tramway overhead poles with the fancy scroll work anywhere around there. Darnall parish church in the distance.
  4. Memories of Christmas in Sheffield when you were younger

    We usually managed a chicken for the dinner, and we had an artificial tree which had been bought before the war, and lights, but of course failed ones couldn't be replaced - my dad just cut them out, but that meant more current to the others and soon more failures. One year he built me a balsa hurricane from a kit, and you could buy toy soldiers and small aircraft, Dinky size, but rather crude.
  5. Memories of Christmas in Sheffield when you were younger

    There were no lights when I was young, we had the blackout!
  6. Does anyone know what these are?

    Yes, Co-op milk checks, You bought them in the grocery store and put out the number for the required pints, along with the empty bottles.
  7. Sheffield Playhouse

    I remember a Macbeth, 1949 or 50, school party - it was a set book.
  8. The First World War

    Lots of steelworks jobs were reserved so I think it would be. My dad was in a Firth Browns office in WWII deciding which kind of steel was required for the jobs as they came in, and he was reserved.
  9. Norfolk Hotel - what do you know about this place?

    There was a Norfolk Hotel at the junction of Handsworth Road and Finchwell street (which led down to Handsworth colliery) but it was a more substantial building with two big bay windows. If you search Picture Sheffield for trams, Handsworth you will find it, their reference number s16477. I think this was a rebuild on the site of your pictures because the wall and tree at the right seem to be the same. For a long time the Handsworth tram terminus was here.
  10. The Marples and high street in Sheffield City Centre

    The tram in the foreground, 264, still exists, at Beamish Museum in County Durham, restored to its original condition with open balconies on the top deck.
  11. Tunnels under Sheffield

    When I was at school in Handsworth in the 40s there was talk of a tunnel from the Cross Keys to the Manor, but I'm not convinced. It would have to go very steeply down hill and then climb again, and it is a long way. And you don't have to go across the road, or under it, to get from the Cross Keys to the church
  12. Tram Locations

    Definitely the Sheffield Wednesday siding in Parkside Road, the only location with the three wire overhead, and a coplicated set of trolley reversers, out of shot here.
  13. Sheffield Church photos

    Handsworth St. Mary, with the Cross Keys pub in the churchyard. Across the road is the car sales which was the Endowed School. I had lessons in there in 1940 when I first started school, we marched up from the main school in Fitzalan Road after assembly, carrying our gas masks.
  14. I have a picture taken from the opening day programme. My Mum and Dad were married there and I was baptised there.
  15. Dunford Bridge

    Dunford Bridge station was at the eastern portal of the Woodhead tunnels, the lne now closed of course. I don't know what the word is but a guess is 'probationary.' I can't think of a railway word that fits. Shunting was always dangerous, running alongside a moving wagon holding its brake down with a wooden tool - one trip and you can be under it.