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    1915 Sheffield.

    What about stood at the junction of Granville Street and Granville Hill, looking straight over Ponds Forge and line of sight with the Town Hall? Which buildings in 1915 would obscure the view in between? Tenuous I know, but look at the tapered top chimney and the flanged topped one. I can’t find a photo with the correct perspective, but it seems to line up, so any opinions over whether this could be the view?
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    1915 Sheffield.

    Yep, I’d agree with that @boginspro Lovely shot and lots of details of “Sheffield - At Rest”. However, I suspect it might prove a little trickier, identifying the location of the antithesis view of “Sheffield - At Work”? However, if you look just left of centre in the image, just above the three stubby chimneys, is that the Town Hall we can see through the murk? If it is, where would be within this distance and elevation? Pond Street area? Too close for Neepsend, but how about Moorfoot area? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RP-Postcard-Sheffield-at-Work-Judges/382568503669?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3D08a9591ae0884af28b0bc03c16778356%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D382568503669%26itm%3D382568503669&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507
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    Site Problem 3

    Thank God for that! Based on how the site looked to me earlier, thought I was going to have to learn Klingon?! https://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/klingon.htm
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    Site Problem 3

    No idea what happened, but Safari for iPad just started working properly?!...... freaky!
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    Site Problem 3

    Safari for iPad is having none of it, when I try to launch the Sheffield History site, I get a page full of hieroglyphics!!!! it only seems to have gone Tonto, since I update to iOS12 on Wednesday I’m on Chrome now and Safari for Mac seems OK too.... very strange
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    Sheffield Castle Excavations - Week 2

    One of my pals is on the ‘dig team’ with Wessex Archaeology and chatting with him about it today, thats not the impression I got? They’ve dug down through the layers of the C20, C19, C18 and the most exciting thing they’ve found is a flight of stone steps, which is more ‘Industrial Revolution’ than ‘Middle Ages’......
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    Division Street Fire Station

    No problem. A friend of a friend in the next village runs this site, so let me know if you need some contact details... Your grandad should get the recognition he deserves, as these guys did (and still do) a fantastic job!
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    Division Street Fire Station

    I thought he might have got a mention on here, but it seems not? http://www.sfbhistory.org.uk/Pages/History/Section06.html I may have missed his name, but this is the WWII page and I looked two sections back and two forward... Maybe you ought to write to them and send them some info', as it seems your grandad has been overlooked?
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    Waterthorpe and westfield

    I’d certainly agree with that, as if you were to compare the view in the photo of the house (which I’ve edited to make the coloured features stand out) with a map of the time, there are several giveaway features: The floodlights around the pitch on Westfield Campus (red) The houses at the brow of the hill on Elm Crescent (blue) The Green Lane (track) that ran (and still does) from Moss Way, to the allotments behind Elm Crescent (green) The electricity pylon that carried power lines parallel to Moss Way, to a sub-station, just behind the Sports Arena on Westfield Campus (yellow) Looking back at the commentary on this thread, there are LOTS of images, maps, etc. of the ‘Mosborough Townships’ area, before, during and after the development of the numerous estates. There are even several in other threads on this site, as well as good old P.S.
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    Market Cross Woodhouse Postcard 1904

    Your memory is good @boginspro, as here is the wall and gate, between the butchers and Cross Daggers. Seems to belong to the Daggers and some sort of courtyard, rather than a gennel? Access to the cellars maybe.... a bit awkward for the drayman though?!
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    Market Cross Woodhouse Postcard 1904

    Just two features left on the 1904 and modern day view. I remember the shop (circled) was a butchers.... was it Wrays?
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    Heart of the City 2

    As far as I can determine, I would estimate the date as 1902 and also the month as maybe June or July? Heeley tramcar No.31, built 1900, so could not be earlier than that https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tramcars_of_the_Sheffield_Tramway Other postcards of the ‘Valentines Series’, Number 64403, show views of Sheffield and surrounding parks and country scenes, dated as c.1902 http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;v00308&pos=51&action=zoom&id=41733 Sheffield Town Hall clock is showing 12:50pm and shadows under the tram and shop front canopies are vertical, as they would be in ‘high’ Summer, with the sun at its zenith. But that’s just my estimate, based on what I can see and find a reference point....
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    Market Cross Woodhouse Postcard 1904

    I think you have the right angle there @boginspro and here’s a few photos from the same era, to help put the Cross Daggers in perspective..... The last photo is one in almost the exact reverse angle; The photographer is probably taking the shot from the corner of the square bay of The Royal Hotel. You can see the building on the left reversed and Coo Hill descending behind.... Sadly, my formative years were at the point where all this was being demolished and the ‘precinct’ replaced it. Although I lived a fair walk from ‘the village’, the precinct never really seemed to take off and only the Co-op kept it alive. When that moved to the top of Chapel Street, it was curtains for the precinct and maybe that time was the death knell for the village centre? As a ‘wudhus’ lad, it’s sad to see what’s left there today, but maybe that’s the way of all villages, having the life blood sucked out of them by shopping centres and online grocery deliveries???....
  14. Some more shots of the Broomhill Shopping Centre 1972...... “Just nipping down to the Co-op in the Bentley darling“...... correction Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud? http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s16001&pos=606&action=zoom&id=18749 (Pink Panther in front of the Vauxhall Cresta) No sign of the restaurant in the others, but maybe too long a shot to pick out? http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?&searchterms=Broomhill_Shopping_centre&action=search&keywords=all%3BCONTAINS%3B%Broomhill_Shopping_centre%%3B#rowNumber0
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    Does anybody recognise this Sheffield scene?

    I reckon you are about bang on there @boginspro. The original snowy scene would almost certainly be the winter of 54/55 and Burtons building is where the blue arrow is, with Syminton and Croft Ltd in between (the upstairs still appears to derelict from the damage caused in the Blitz). The reconstruction of Cockaynes appears to be well advanced, with the facade overlooking Angel Street (which we know as Argos today) Another photo, from the opposite direction, this time in February of 1955, looking back down towards the position of the photographer in the original. Cockaynes is stil, under construction and would be finished during 1955. All the other buildings are as the original, just looking back down Angel Street towards Snig Hill, rather than back up it? Lastly, a modern aerial view, with the approximate position and direction of the original photo, even though little of the original buildings and road layouts remain...
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