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  1. I can go for that.... it’s explained here https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/Talk:cock-and-bull_story This thread could have taken a turn for the worst, if we’d have got onto the subject of Jamie Oliver’s mobile pub..... which is actually quite rude if you say it to yourself and realise the connotation? How he got away with that on the BBC, heaven only knows?!
  2. To my mind, it’s no more remarkable than unearthing a Roman coin in the middle of a farmers field? It’s a nice find, but i would imagine all but impossible to draw any historical parallels of why it was there in the first place? Hollis Croft (previously Hollis Chardy Street on the 1736 Sheffield map) was possibly close enough to Sheffield to have been inhabited when Sheffield was being established, as far back as when the first settlement appeared, between the sixth and ninth century. The 1890 map shows the location of ‘The Cock’ public house and as for the origin of the pubs name, reluctant though I was to ‘Google’ that word, there was such a thing as a stop cock on a beer barrel. But equally, why would it not have been a Cock chicken, as many public houses were named after animals, royalty, places, etc. Another one of the things we will probably never know......
  3. Maybe they were trying to compete with Tommy Wards’ elephant next door? Although she hauled scrap and not broken down trucks and they were half a century apart, but thought it was a nice connection on the same street??? Mind you, I bet the truck drank diesel at a far more frightening rate than Lizzie went through bananas?! https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/lizzie-elephant-sheffield-steel-industry-1.588712
  4. They are quite a way away from where I remember Bentleys being? I recall them just tucked up against the Wicker arches, which is here the address on P.S. of 40-46 Savile Street has them. Maybe they used to occupy all of that site and also some of the arches? Perhaps they kept that behemoth of a recovery truck in there? Current aerial view of site, derelict, but with recognisable frontage and the rickety scaffolding ramp that accessed the upstairs workshops.... Amazing that the old sawmill is still standing next door.......... just
  5. I think I’ve found the location of the photograph, so please see what you think about this... The two trucks stand on waste ground, after the demoliition of the buildings east of Twelve o’clock Street, between Savile Street to the north and Attercliffe Road to the south. The marks on each photo show the landmark buildings in the background of the shot, compared to the aerial photo Red is the building with the white facia boards Blue is the factory gates, immediately behind the parked car (Rover?) Green is the building entrance, with the shallow roof gable above The yellow shading is where I estimate the two trucks are parked I’m open to opinions, but the key elements seem to fit nicely?!
  6. More clues, again pointing to Savile Street.... https://www.flickr.com/photos/aceanorak/6699706511/in/pool-1425813@N21/
  7. I was looking at buildings along Savile Street and remembered ‘Bentleys’ the Vauxhall dealers there. They appear to have the same name and logo as on the side of the recovery truck? I wonder if they are outside that premises, having recovered the truck with the seemingly collapsed back axle there? http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s42038&pos=236&action=zoom&id=122650 More detective work needed methinks?
  8. Suits you sir...... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BESPOKE-ISIDORE-NEWMAN-SHEFFIELD-CHECK-TWEED-SPORTS-JACKET-42-BROWN/322197361918?hash=item4b047594fe:g:VNUAAMXQlgtS-jzi
  9. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s18074&pos=27&action=zoom&id=20660 http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s00213&pos=19&action=zoom&id=4196 http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;w02611&pos=51&action=zoom&id=126982
  10. Kelly’s Directory 1970. apart from Paulden’s (Debenhams) and Atkinson’s department stores, I don’t recognise any other business that’s still there today?! Hopefully, you’ll be able to zoom into the detail, as I’ve enlarged it as much as possible.....
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    Ancient Sheffield district names

    Maybe it was something to do with the Roman Camp, as shown on the 1898 map here? I realise that a ‘castle’ may have been of a later era than Roman (medieval possibly?) so ‘Castle Hill’ May refer to a structure other than the camp?
  12. I’m sure there was a British Gas showroom down there, with the shop upstairs and some kiosks downstairs, where you had to go to pay your bills (or was it the other way round?). However, I also remember another on Coles Corner at the bottom of Fargate, so maybe there were two? I only remember the one on the Moor, as several of my family chipped in to buy me and the wife a cooker for our wedding present and we had to go here to claim it and organise delivery. If you were to really put your mind to what was on the Moor, there are dozens of shops that are now gone. However, that seems to be symptomatic of the whole of ‘town’, where we have a declining number of premium retailers, but then Meadowhall killed town stone dead.
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    Ancient Sheffield district names

    .... that would be Packman Lane?
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    Ancient Sheffield district names

    There seems to be several sources that would have ‘Moresburgh’ (the fort on the moor) as the site of the current Mosborough Hall Hotel. This is interesting though, as it appears that 2/3 of the ‘dwellings’ of Mosborough were given as a wedding gift? http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/97529817-8ef6-4c49-96d6-ff0cd15adadd Lots of place names in the paragraph as ‘de’ generally meant ‘of’ or ‘from’. Pity the document is at Nottingham, but my boy’s there at Uni’, so may be trip down for lunch with him and a diversion on the way home in the offing?! Isnt there also a Balborough Hall, which is a grand building one can see from the M1? Maybe this was once a fortified building?
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    Ancient Sheffield district names

    This is a map showing Sheffield and surrounds in 1645. Most of the names are recognisable, but ‘Westbury’ in the Don Valley, between Sheffield and Tinsley? That’s a new one on me!....
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