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    J Stead & Co.

    Obviously pre-Tippex days, as the poor lass in the typing pool couldn’t spell ‘Thornton Road’ correctly either? Nice to see list and chain discount pricing. With over 30 years in purchasing of industrial supplies, it was always slightly baffling that we would buy say nuts and bolts at list -25% -10% -73% and in pre-computer days, working out a stock order of 100+ lines was a pain in the backside!
  2. Here’s a photo of the Old Brewery Tap. Perhaps this will be familiar to some? http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;t09575&pos=139&action=zoom&id=130741
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    Book - Brinsworth and Tinsley

    Does it have an ISBN number anywhere on it? If it’s a published works and carries this reference, you could search the numerous online booksellers, to see if anyone has a copy. However, if it’s privately published, it may not have the reference...
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    Shop on Loxley Road

    There doesn't appear to be any photos of the actual shop front, although I found one looking back up Loxley New Road to the junction with Loxley Road on 'Yew Tree corner'. The shop is on the left, just beyond 'Reliance Rewinds' (now a bespoke conservatory builder) and the black lettering on a white background appears to read 'AUTOCONOMY'? If that's correct, was it a motor spares discount shop, similar to Fred Hartley's of the same era? Looking at the 'Y' reg Fiesta (1983), it's within the period you were looking for I've pasted the link below, added some photos and enlargements, so see what you think..... http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;t04145&action=zoom&pos=11&id=34438&continueUrl=
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    Turners Hill off Granville Street S2

    I reckon the photographer was stood just about here, when he took the photo in 1959. Looking down Granville Lane.... X marks the spot, the arrow the direction of the photo..... hard to visualise I know.....
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    Turners Hill off Granville Street S2

    The last stretch of Turner’s Hill was always a footpath and some steep steps, as the photo attached and link below: http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s02658&action=zoom&pos=2&id=6299&continueUrl= Granville Street is the Supertram Route, with footpath, all the way from Shrewsbury Road, to City Square Island, where it turns up Commercial Street, across ‘Hammer Bridge’. The footbridge is still open, but the ratings you see in the photo is to stop idiots trying to scale the bridge and jump onto a passing train! The bridge is covered over with wire mesh all the way across, which just adds to the ambience!! Hope this answers the queries?
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    Turners Hill off Granville Street S2

    The bridge is most certainly still there (red) and what’s left of Turner’s Hill is a path (blue) and series of steps, which lead from Shrewsbury Road, down to the footpath that was Granville Street. You can see the ‘kink’ in the line of Turner’s Hill and the bridge in the map, which matches the perspective of the photo. I also remember using the bridge to get to the railway station from Granville College, before they opened the ‘new’ station top entrance, after the Supertram line was built. The ‘town’ side of the bridge came out almost at the station entrance, almost unchanged to how I remember it. The building at the top of the hill on Shrewsbury Road was once a sweet shop, wasn’t it? I’m sure that’s the same building where we used to buy 2oz (or if feeling flush a 1/4) of whatever was on offer. The smell of the place was fantastic and once inside was like an olde-worlde kitchen, which I bet the food standards agency would have had a field day with, these days!!! Anyone else remember that sweet shop / factory???
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    Does anyone know where this was?

    Two maps, matching the two images, 25 years separating them, say 1940 and 1965... earlier image, taken from location indicated by red arrow, wooden hoardings probably bordering the building site of the garage (latterly Alan Pond’s! - who remembers that?!) later image taken from blue arrow, with the tree lined central reservation that marks the dual carriageway down past Lowedges, to join the Dronfield bypass. anyone noticed they’ve kept the topstones on the wall of the Norton Hotel? Lowered the wall, painted them white and plonked back on! Look at the later photo and the street view link provided by @boginspro
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    Does anyone know where this was?

    At last! http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s17876&pos=100&action=zoom&id=20472 http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s17884&pos=127&action=zoom&id=20480 http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s17883&pos=126&action=zoom&id=20479 and today’s view?..... not possible as all but obliterated by Meadowhead roundabout! Nice one @boginspro your suggestion set me off on that line of enquiry!
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    Does anyone know where this was?

    I’d have had a tenner on the exact image being on PS. 4th December 1956: http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s17150&pos=59&action=zoom&id=19823 One looking back up the hill too.... http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s17151&action=zoom&pos=60&id=19824&continueUrl= .... and one across the road, looking up Norwood Road http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s34089&pos=77&action=zoom&id=108384
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    Tripe

    https://sheffieldmarkets.com/traders/moor-market/waterall-brothers-ltd http://waterall.co.uk/ http://waterall.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Waterall-Quality-Pork-ButchersPDF.pdf probably others in and around the markets and elsewhere in town, but these were top of a google search
  12. @boginspro have you visited this site? There’s some interesting stuff and occasional references to some Sheffield locations. http://britishpostofficearchitects.weebly.com/ Worth a scan through, over a cuppa and a biscuit!
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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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