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  1. Kikis was a great club, you would find me in there every Friday from 92’ to 95’
  2. Hi Lysander, I great to hear that Spike was your form master and i'm sure you have fond memories of him, just like everyone who came across him. i can distinctly remember Spike telling me the date stone was from the Bell houses. As well as taking us on his guided history tours of the Brushes Estate, he also told us some cracking ghost stories. These were usually delivered at the end of the scout meet on a Friday night ( Just turning dark) , with us all gathered around him on the stage in the main hall at brushes, he was an amazing story teller. your story about the riderless horse has just brought back a memory of another spot on one of Spikes guided tours we visited. A mausoleum was built for one of the Booth family, quite an impressive building it was too by the drawings i have seen of it. The location is exactly where the steps are now running from Horninglow Rd. up to the oval. if you travel past Brushes now as though you are heading for town down Barnsley rd. it is the second turning after Brushes. If you look left there are some steep steps, the very top of these steps was the exact location and one of the Booths was buried there with his horse. When the estate was built, the bones were re-buried in Burngreave cemetery.
  3. Hi All, The date stone is actually from the the Bell Houses that stood at at the bottom of Stubbin Lane / Firth Park. when they were demolished ( presumably when the brushes estate was built ) The stone from the houses was used to build a wall on the very spot where the date stone is now. The current red brick wall has only been standing over the last 20 - 30 years. I distinctly remember the old stone wall with the date stone recessed in. When the builders dismantled the old stone wall they inserted the date stone into the new red brick one. Here's a story of how i know the the source of the date stone: During the 70's I was a member of the 210th Sheffield Scout Troop and our base was at Brushes School. One of the scoutmasters was a legend of a man who was an ex history teacher at brushes: Theodore Francis Johnson, known affectionately by adults, teachers and students alike as "Spike" Johnson. Spike came to teach at the Brushes in 1937 and worked teaching history there until his retirement and died in 2001 aged 93. It was before world war 2 That Theo Johnson ran a game for the scout troop which had a gangster theme, in this he took the part of a rough gangster known as Spike and this name stuck for the rest of his life ! Spike became the history keeper of the Brushes Estate and and wrote the book "The Brushes Story" around about 1977 ( of which I still have a copy) Please see the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/lwbqFM0PTcygHJ9647Cw1Q During our Friday night meets at the scouts and throughout the summer months, Spike would have the troop walking around the Brushes building telling us the full history of the house. This extended to walking around the Brushes Estate and one of our excursions was to the mentioned date stone recessed in the old stone wall ! And Spike explained that the stone for the wall and the date stone were from the demolished Bell houses. I have great memories of such a great man who had a MASSIVE influence in my life. i would recommend to read the book, which still can be found on the internet and also the following short biography of Spike on the following link: http://www.sheffieldscoutarchives.org.uk/people/t_f_johnson.html R.I.P Theodore Francis Johnson
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