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Forgeman

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  1. I saw her in Southey Social club around 1970 ish
  2. I can recall an Alfa Romeo dealership on Scotland Street but can't remember the name. Also there was a Renault dealership just off Halifax Road near Wadsley Bridge and again cannot remember their name. Going back much further wasn't there a manufacturer of cars down Club Mill Road. Law Brothers on Leppings lane, or were they only coaches? Mazda dealer on Ecclesall Road?
  3. I started as an apprentice at James Neill in March 1967 and left in179/80. Gyppeswyc, the building you labelled "2" is indeed the hacksaw blade factory department. However James Neill extended much further both north and south. The large irregular shaped building to the left was the small saw and hacksaw frame department. Between this and your number 2 was the No3 melting shop. The long thin building to the left of your No 3 was the melting shop no2 where the HSS was melted and cast into ingots for the hacksaw blades. Later these were rolled at Hallamshire rolling mills down Neepsend. The 3 storey building above your No 1 was the magnet department (if you look closely you can see a walkway from one building to the next) and further down the next building was the Bandsaw blade department along with the training bay. There were other buildings such as the chisel department and the Toolroom, No1 fitters, electricians and joiners shop. There were also garages where Hugh Neills Rolls Royce was kept clean and polished by the chauffer. Happy days
  4. Call me paranoid but I just don't trust these tech companies. Mark Zuckerberg has been asked to face the Parliamentary committee about Cambridge Analytica harvesting and using personal data without permission. Give me a telephone any day.
  5. My wife is a HUGE Outlander fan she is currently reading Book 5 The Fiery Cross. Also watches Series 1,2 and 3 constantly and is waiting with baited breath for Autumn when Outlander 4 arrives. She loves the characters and the adventure of it all, and thinks Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe are fabulous in the series. If you would like to chat about the series my wife said she would be happy to communicate with you.
  6. The buildling on the very left with the pitched roof is Ernest Hill Ltd. My mum worked there until she retired. I don't think any of the structures are still standing until you reach the corner of West Street.
  7. I spent a lot of time in the water there. Several times a week and at the end of the session asked if I could clean the rim and if so could happily stay for another session. A session was I think an hour or maybe 90 minutes. The changing cubicles for men were at one side and the ladies at the other. All of them had canvas curtains. It was a busy place as sometimes all the cubicles were full and you had to double up with someone else clothes already on the hangers. There was a slipper bath at one end which was hot water although I rarely used it. At the opposite end were the showers in a separate room. Our school, Chaucer took us there regularly, probably one every two weeks ( memory not was it once was). Our teacher was a Mr Price who I believe played water polo for the Sheffield Dolphins. Happy days eh.
  8. I remember this area well. I worked in the tool works which was James Neill before they moved down to Handsworth. The garage next door was Lex Brooklands a Volvo dealer. Further down the bank was Midland as it was then. The opposite side of the road were terraced houses, one of which had a barbers and another there was a betting shop. Round the corner on Moor street was a public house although I cannot recall the name of it. Had a pint or two in there at lunch time (wouldn't get away with it now) and a pint was 1shiiling and 9pence (less than 10p). At the other side of The Moor on Ellin st the garage was a Toyota dealer but again cannot recall the name. I believe they moved onto Broadfield road a few years later. The factory opposite the Electricity Sub Station was Pickerings who made cardboard packing boxes.
  9. I agree, it is the crucible bar. You can just make out the C above the head of the lady to right. Saw many a good play there when it was affordable.
  10. I remember these houses. They were 2 up and 2 down back to back houses. We played in the yard with some of the other kids. The next row down towards Penistone road there was a shop who sold all most things but being kids we went in for sweets and ice creams.
  11. Have you asked the Hawley Collection at Kelham Island? If anyone knows they will.
  12. I think this was called the rag & tag market. The picture is taken at the bottom of Commercial St. The red building above and behind the red van is the canal basin I believe. To the right out of shot would have been the old Corn Exchange.
  13. I think it was 1970 too. I also did a City & Guilds course there. All the machinery was brand new and a pleasure to use as you would expect.
  14. I was born just a few doors away from Hillsborough park entrance near the running track. My question is what was there before it was built.
  15. Looking to kill a few hours on Sunday? Why not visit Wortley Top Forge and find out more about the oldest forge in its original place in the world. We have a tour guide and run the engines on compressed air. There is also 3 water wheels in operation. http://www.topforge.co.uk/
  16. Forgeman

    Ken Hawley

    I knew Ken since the late 70's, mostly as the custodian of Wortley Top Forge. He was top of the class with his knowledge of tools and the cutlery trade. He could be a little abrupt at time but you accept that once you knew him.
  17. I too was married there in October 1974. When it came to exchanging vows I couldn't spronounce solemnly which raised a few sniggers.
  18. I served my apprenticeship at Neill tools on Ecclesall road. There over 1200 personnel there until they moved. Later (much later) in life I part owned a company who purchased their tools and had cause to visit them at Atlas where they are based now. I was taken through the warehouse and I asked where all the maintainence team were thinking I may see some old work mates. There were none as it was and is just a warehouse now. What a shame.
  19. Although no longer there, James Neill had one in their yard off Ecclesall road just about where Waitrose is now situated. Memory escapes me as to who made it or what weight is was designed for. I believe there is also one at Forgemasters on Brightside lane.
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