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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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    Mystery Location Postcard on Ebay.

    That’s SO true of virtually every building nowadays, whether Sheffield or anywhere else. The ‘old’ (pre-WWII) and even ancient buildings have exquisite brickwork, masonry and features, in fact it makes you wonder how they actually managed to build some of these in pre-mechanised days? Nowadays, it’s a case of throwing up some girders, maybe some block work, attaching some curtain walling, a splash of render / paint if we’re lucky and ‘slap-bang-wallop’ another ‘monstrous carbuncle’ graces the skyline. There are precious few exceptions, which in Sheffield, one could count on maybe one hand? For example, I know the Grosvenor was no oil painting, but have you seen what’s going up on that site? The Moor is looking more like Legoland every day....
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    Mystery Location Postcard on Ebay.

    Even more amazing, look at the building at the top of Wood Street, where it meets Infirmary Road. The top window and distinctive rhomboid lintels..... Now look at the building in the modern street view. The top window is still there and the middle window has been bricked up, but the lintel remains!
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    Mystery Location Postcard on Ebay.

    Aerial view from 1938. See anywhere that looks likely???
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    Mystery Location Postcard on Ebay.

    What about below Langsett Road, as it runs into Infirmary Road? This is Wood Street on the corner of Langsett Road at 50-52, just down the road from his premises http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;v00909&amp;pos=6&amp;action=zoom&amp;id=42292 3-storey, shuttered windows, arched doors and gennels........ it must be around those streets, surely?
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    Giants on Fargate

    I never said, nor implied they were. My comments were aimed at the reference to the ‘World Student Games’ and them being built after that event... in 1992 as I recall? Although their height and facial appearance are similar to the three figures on Norfolk Row, sixth image down in the above set? They maybe could have been spotted on Fargate 12 months prior, had they been crammed into the Tardis and transported into the past? Seems like another gratuitous Dr. Who / Sheffield reference..... but without the spiders?
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    Giants on Fargate

    Seems the history of these and the answer to why they were in Sheffield at that time is here.... http://sheffieldcitygiants.co.uk/history/ last paragraph is the clue!
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    Was this building a court house?

    https://www.rmcmedia.co.uk/vibe/food-and-drink/article/New-Church-Street-restaurant-plans-revealed https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186364-d15121849-Reviews-Cargo_Hold-Sheffield_South_Yorkshire_England.html Nice to see they have retained the period features!
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    The Grand Hotel

    Some photos of The Grand Hotel and surrounding area, the first two from 1926, the next five from 1951/2 and the last a modern aerial view, from approximately the same angle and height of the one before. You can see the site where ‘The Grand’ stood, but nothing visible remains of it, yet buildings immediately adjacent (and the garden on Barker’s Pool) still survive.
  24. There are actually two photos on Picture Sheffield of “Hillsborough Garage and Motor Co Ltd, Bramall Lane”, both dated 1972. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s33597&pos=285&action=zoom&id=107621 http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s33598&pos=286&action=zoom&id=107622 From a map of that date, it appears to me that these two garages both existed at the same time, both on Bramall Lane, with one on the corner of Clough Road (BMW) and the other on the corner of John Street (Jensen). Maybe it was all one concern (and hence the single phone number), or maybe it was all bought out and renamed, before going out of business just 3 years later? On the map, the photo I have attached is the red circle, the previous one attached by Edmund is the blue circle. Also as an observation, the ‘works’ at the rear of the garage, backing on to Countess Road was called ‘Albion Works’, so maybe that’s where the original comment came from about someone who used to work there? Mind you, interesting as this all is, none of this is answering Silo’s question about anyone remembering his restoration project going up in flames in the seventies?
  25. Maybe as the Endcliffe Motors that were the Jensen dealers, were on Bramall Lane? Funny that, as I always thought the Old Albion Brewery was 69-71 Ecclesall Road? So, not Bramall Lane, but neither 495 Ecclesall Road? Or is it?
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