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  1. I seem to remember it being a upholstery repairs shop called Cundy's for many years
  2. As I understand it, Thomas Halliday who built and owned the now defunct Robin Hood spent a great deal of time in his favourite place which was Matlock in Derbyshire. He wanted to recreate the look and feel of Matlock and planted many of the trees and laid paths in what we now refer to as Loxley Woods. This area then became popular with his friends for strolling around on Sundays especially in summer. ps, just found this interesting article By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12. Around 1800, the Reverend Thomas Halliday, a local Unitarian minister and something of an entrepreneur, was so struck by the beauty, and similarity to Matlock in Derbyshire, of a spot along River Loxley then known as Cliff Rocher that he set out to transform it into Little Matlock, a name it retains to this day. Not content with altering the name, Halliday, spending his wife's inheritance, had stairs and paths cut into the rock and let trees and shrubs plant in order to accentuate the similarity to the picturesque valley in Derbyshire. The area was then opened to the public and for a few years attracted large numbers of visitors from Sheffield every summer. In 1799[1] or 1804,[2] Halliday built a house, one half of which was from the start used as a public house, the Rock Inn. However, the exact year is not the only point of disagreement, for according to the pub's website and a local newspaper article,[2] the pub retained its original name till after the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 and was only renamed the Robin Hood at some later point. On the other hand, a user-edited Sheffield history site,[1] listing evidence from some thirty trade directories spanning the period 1833 to 1951, knows the establishment only under the names "Robin Hood" and "Robin Hood & Little John". Contributors to that site think the pub opened in 1833. To this we may add that there was already a "house of refreshment" in 1824 (cf. 1824 Evidence below) and that an 1845 trade directory[3] lists the establishment as "Robin Hood and Little John, [proprietor] John Rusby, Little Matlock". This latter source does not mention Rock Inn. Finally, we note that Harrison refers to the establishment as Rock Inn in 1864 (see Evidence below), long after it first appeared in the records as Robin Hood (or similar). Unless the Robin Hood and Rock Inn were in fact two different establishments, we must conclude that locals continued to refer to the Robin Hood as Rock Inn more than thirty years after it got its new name or that perhaps Harrison used the old name out of habit. In any case, the Robin Hood Inn closed on August 28, 2011.[4]
  3. Circa 1969....a pair of Wranglers bought from Blanchards on Infirmary Road for, I think £3..10s... They were like hardboard for first few weeks, but I did have them for a few years.
  4. The one-way system was introduced in early 1969. The newsagents shop was owned by Doug Bushell who also had another 2 shops at Stanington and Hillsborough Corner. I worked for him in the Hillsborough shop and delivered the papers, happy days.
  5. Parking meters were introduced sometime in 1967 I believe, so must be later than that.
  6. The gas holder on Effingham Road behind the church, would be the one that was blown up whilst being worked on in October 1973, killing 6 men. I was walking up from the Works Dept depot on Worthing Road to the chippie when it went up.
  7. Looks very much like the Crucible bar circa 1980 ish to me