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    J Stead & Co.

    As a buyer for my company in the 80’s, I used to purchase from Steadfast Tools, who used to specialise in screwdrivers, many of which we had own-branded.... https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/J._Stead_and_Co i never realised their origins and I think they were eventually swallowed up by Neill Tools?
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    John Baker & Co, Wheeldon Works

    http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?&searchterms=Wheeldon+&action=search&keywords=all%3BCONTAINS%3B%Wheeldon%%3BAND%3Ball%3BCONTAINS%3B%%%3B#rowNumber15
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    Bunker Hills, Wadsley Bridge

    I’d agree with that and I’d hazard a guess at the hill that is shown in the blue circle on the 1905 map below. Using the details from the 1901 census enumerator above and marking the buildings that we can identify, by process of elimination, I reckon that Bunkers Hill must be here or abouts? Railway Hotel Penistone Road Crossley Mount Crossley View Trafalgar Place Rose Bank May Buildings Bunkers Hill Vine Cottage Fishers Building Rock House Mount Pleasant Bunkers Hill Pheasant Inn Fairest Houses Of course, I’d welcome anyone’s opinion otherwise....
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    Butchers in the 1950s

    Boom Boom! Wouldn’t that be eight legs though?!....
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    Makers Mark O&W

    Owen Williams & Sons? - Sheffield silver hallmarks example of items for sale... http://www.leopardantiques.com/object/stock/detail/848
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    Ladybower and Ashopton

    .... and yet there’s always the mindless contingent that cannot just look and leave? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-46316985
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    Tram 132 on Ebay but where exactly?

    Finally! I found an image showing the building that was shown on the far left of the original photograph. The white gable end with the double chimney appears to be connected with the Abbeydale Mill. At least I think that’s what the signage above the door reads? So, I believe this is the building that was shown with the purple circle in my earlier photo. http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;u03677&action=zoom&pos=6&id=38830&continueUrl= Some more images of the area, in both directions, in different decades.... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s12848&action=zoom&pos=41&id=15752&continueUrl= http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s12951&action=zoom&pos=43&id=15850&continueUrl= http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s16449&action=zoom&pos=48&id=19166&continueUrl= http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s12850&action=zoom&pos=57&id=15754&continueUrl= http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;w00051&pos=7&action=zoom&id=45420
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    Tram 132 on Ebay but where exactly?

    With respect, I'm not convinced that the photo is on Wostenholm Road? I found another image on PS from the opposite direction, at the junction with Priory Place and Albany Road, but several details in this image contradict the original (Catenary Poles on wrong side, wall and trees on Priory Place side, etc.) http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s16495&amp;pos=4&amp;action=zoom&amp;id=19211 Looking at the tram routes of the time, the Tinsley <> Carbrook <> City <> Millhouses (and eventually Beauchief) route, I have a theory that this image might be at the end of Abbeydale Road, where it becomes Abbeydale Road South, at the junction of Archer (prev. Station) Road and Springfield Road. The junction looked a lot different then and some of the buildings have now gone, whereas others weren't even built. The tram tracks are single at this point and the catenary poles are on the right side (and the same design). I marked on a map where I think the photograph was taken from and in which direction (the orange arrow) The red circle is now the Abbey Frier (note the pitch of the roof, the upper windows and high lintels) The green circle are buildings that have been demolished when the junction was widened The blue circle shows the building that is now 'Chirofirst' (note the steep pitch of the roof and the top floor, double mullioned window) The purple circle is the building (now demolished) beyond the junction of Archer Road (the building that is now 'La Scala' restaurant is out of shot on the left) The last photo shows tram No.60 travelling in the opposite direction to the Millhouses terminus, with the buildings marked in the same colour coding. I may be mistaken, but the dip and slight bend in the road look right, as do the buildings that are visible in shot. Of course, I may be a million miles away, but maybe others have an opinion?
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    Default Font Size.

    Well there you go! Thanks @boginspro for stripping out the page source code for this post. It’s not easy for me to do on my iPad and I’m too lazy to fetch my Mac 14px (pixel count) is equivalent to 10.5pt type on paper, so unless one has eyes like a sh*thouse rat, it’s always going to be difficult to decipher the text?! The weight and variant are as expected, so not bold, italic, etc. I still believe that a font that was easier on the eye would be a better option, rather than blow up the font size to an extent that one could see it from space!?! (a bit like my examples above..... and below)
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    Default Font Size.

    Thanks @SteveHB That’s a perfect case in point, as the screenshot on the left is much more ‘readable’ at the same font size. Clearly they are different fonts (e.g. look at the lower case j’s) and I’m sure that the SH resident font is Helvetica. It would have been more obvious if the posts in both panels were identical. Does anyone else agree that the left is easier to read than the right? Question is, what the font on the left? Or am I imagining things?........
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    Default Font Size.

    Along with a slight increase in size, it may be an idea for the site designers to consider using a font designed especially for reading on a PC / Tablet screen? It appears the default font style on this site is ‘Helvetica’, which was designed for print, as it pre-dates the computer age (1957) The fonts Georgia (1993) and Verdana (1996) were designed specifically for reading on a screen, rather than print. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_(typeface) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdana https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helvetica It may be worth trying three lines of text (... the quick brown fox.... etc.) in the three font styles and canvass opinion from members on their ‘readability’?
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    Do you know where this is?

    Crescent Steelworks offices, Warren Street. Some building work done since 1989, to replicate the door/window facade, removing the goods entrance in the process?
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    Was this building a court house?

    That’d be the City Centre branch!!,...... actually, isn’t it now an upmarket seafood restaurant? Certainly better than being stood empty.... or worse still, levelled!?!
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    Was this building a court house?

    Reading some background info on Birley East Colliery, I suddenly made the connection with this thread! Funny how threads and stories criss-cross on this site? Still a grest read is this book and a 3 hour flight passed by quickly
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    Underground railways.

    Link below to document produced in 1899.... Sheffield City & Suburban Railway
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