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    Cutlery Trade<br />Pond St/West St/Bramall Lane etc<br />Wortley Top Forge<br />Hexthorpe Railway Disaster<br />Cutlers emigrating to Massachusetts

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  1. Thanks for the additional information. Much appreciated. Reddles
  2. Hi, This is a puzzle , two small medals with chain, believed to be pocket watch fobs. Discovered in a relatives belongings ( we are a Stocksbridge/Wortley family historically). 1. Hallmarked silver about 1ins by 3/4 ins. "S & D FC" "1913" "1914" Gold coloured shield to centre. 2. Silver colour 3/4 ins. Possibly missing centre piece. "PFC 1915" Have been advised that these do not relate to football clubs but more likely local fund raising competitions for the war effort. Can anybody add to this, please.
  3. Hi everyone, Could anyone tell me more about 'Rough Bank'. I think it was around the Park Hill flats area, and I guess was cleared for the flats. I have seen photo's on picture Sheffield and know it was houses in courts but does anyone have more info? What is the history behind the name? Was it rough??? and if so, in what sense of the word? I've also seen it referred to as Chequers Hill - same place? I have family living in Simmonites Yard - would that be the owner of a particular court? Thanks in anticipation Reddles
  4. Signed - shocked & apalled. Dear to my heart, worked there and my daughter was born there. It is a beautiful building. Keep passing on to others
  5. hi railway doc, I have done a lot more research on the Hexthorpe Crash since my last entry. My GGGrandad died as a result of injuries sustained. He was on the train to attend court to speak for his son who was facing charges of 'card sharping' at the races - a very human and sad story unravelled by inquest and newspaper reports. Happy to share information I have found about the crash if its of interest reddles
  6. Not that I'm aware of up to now - my lot were too busy making cutlery. There has been work on the Sheffield Oldale's by researchers who have got a lot further than me though. RichardB & Vox - thank you for doing 'your stuff'
  7. Thank you for your post, that matches totally my father's recollections of the back to back housing. (My grt grandparents and Grandma (Oldale) lived at No 16 upto 1918ish and my GG Aunt & GG Uncle Oldale lived in no 3 upto 1959) Dad says as a child visiting it seemed great fun when the cellars used to flood if the river was high and they used planks on bricks in the cellar to reach the coal pile.
  8. Hi, Does anyone recall Angus Square? It was off Summerfield Street, bottom of Ecclesall Road. A little row of terraces I presume. If anyone could describe it for me or even share a photo I would be really grateful. I know there were quite a lot of firms in the area as well so any info on which businesses were there in 1920/30/40's would be great Oh also - don't want much do I? - anything about St Matthias church, although I have found something on picture Sheffield. Thanks a million :rolleyes:
  9. Difficult to believe and I might have missed it but I see no mention of THE Bay City Rollers coming to Sheffield. Can't remember the exact date I went - my dad had to come and fetch me due to the 'trouble' caused by masses of teenage girls attacking any vehicle they thought might contain the lads. Ah halycon days- queue for hours for tickets for whatever concert then after the show run round to the Grovsner House Hotel because we believed all the bands stayed there and we might catch a glimpse. Don't know what we thought we would do if we did catch up with them! Just to reassure - my musical taste did improve!! Lindisfarne christmas(?) concerts helped my rehab! R
  10. Fantastic and a MASSIVE thank you to you and the gang for putting it all together and giving our 'old soldiers' the respect and recognition they deserve.
  11. Hi Dean, Thanks for responding, yes the service records are in fantastic order, including a letter stating he was unfit for duty and should be sent home which was then countermanded! How often did that happen! Gunner Hugh Brooke, 3706. 1st Division Australian Trench Mortar Battery from Wortley. RIP
  12. Hi, Bit random but is linked to a Sheffield lad. Have a family member who went to Australia just before WW1. He joined up with the AIF in 1914, I think it is probably an understatement to say that like all of them he saw a lot of action from Gallipoli to France (I have the war diaries and am in complete awe and gratitude!) He was killed in action in August 1917 and lies where he fell near Lille. He is remembered at the Menin Gate and we hope to go this year to pay our respects now that we have discovered all this! All my research has been through the National Archives of Australia which are very good, but does anyone know about any records or acknowledgement in the UK of the contribution of our Brits who were overseas when they signed up?
  13. Born & bred Ecclesall but my fondest memories are of the bottom of the Moor as it was in the late 60's early 70's before some bright planner spoilt it all (in my opinion) My grandparents lived in Sharrow and we used to walk down London Rd to visit relatives in some of the terraced houses that are no longer there somewhere around where the roundabout/Wickes is and then go to the co op. Best shopping times in Sheffield were when you could simply go down the Moor then carry on up Ecclesall Rd. I really wish 'they' had left it alone. I understand they are 'doing something' opposite Atkinsons at the moment, to do with a new market?
  14. Ohhhh, so he was probably a hustler or a conman. According to the Star he 'indignantly denied the charge"! Perhaps not a moment of glory for the family particularly since it ended in tragedy! Thank you guys, as always an outstanding information source.
  15. Hi All, One of my relatives died as a result of the hexthorpe rail crash in 1887, during my research I discovered that he was travelling from Sheffield to Doncaster to speak at his son's trial. His son had been convicted of 'card sharping' at Doncaster races. The Sheffield Star reported that an officer proved that he "was involved in a 3 card trick and that he saw money pass" He was sentenced to 21 days imprisonment as "The magistrates intended if possible to supress the constant praying on the public by trickery in cards and other games" He was later granted a reprieve from the Home Secretary following representations made by the Vicar of Sheffield due to his fathers death. Can anyone explain what a 3 card trick would have been then? Similar to todays 'magic tricks' ? Was gambling in the street with cards common? Would this indicate my relative was a hardened criminal, cheat and vagabond or 'just a bit of a lad'? Apologies to admin if this is in the wrong place! Many Thanks