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    Division Street Fire Station

    Hi there, You mentioned that you had some contact details for the History of Sheffield Fire Service website. Do you think you could send them in a message for me please so I contact them? Thanks
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    Division Street Fire Station

    I finally found a photograph of my grandfather as a fireman, second from right. Not sure of the dates when he served though
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    The area around Bramall Lane

    My grandmother used to work at a fish and chip shop on Hill Street. On match days, she used to open up her front room next door as an impromptu dining room for match goers. She made the best fish and chips at home! Unfortunately, because they lived next door, the family could always smell the remains of fresh fish which put my mother off fish for the rest of her life!
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    Division Street Fire Station

    Thanks for this. I think you’re right, I’m going to write to them with a copy of his picture from the books. He travelled to Hull and other places throughout the war as well as working on domestic fires in Sheffield. I think I need to go to the pub and ask I if I can snoop round behind the scenes. I just hope it is still there.
  5. The building that housed the old Central Fire Station on Division Street is now Bungalow and Bears Bar. My grandad, Len ‘Darkie’ Drayton, always told me there was a plaque on the wall for him in there and I’ve had this confirmed recently by a much younger ex-firefighter. i wondered if there was anyone else out there who had seen it and possible even had a picture. My grandad is pictured in a number of old Sheffield history books as he was a fireman during WW2. He had a dark complexion and moustache and can easily be spotted. He always had many tales to tell of his adventures which kept us amused for hours. He went on to work for Footprint Tools for many years until his retirement.
  6. Evening I’ve gone back a few generations of the Slattery family using Ancestry and they are now suggesting that the next generation back is a Slater. is it common for such name changes in the 1800’s?
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    Walter Ellis, Publican - killed by a tram

    PS - one of the little boys on the front row grew up to be Jackie Bestall, who played professional football for Grimsby Town. Some great stories about him
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    Walter Ellis, Publican - killed by a tram

    Hi Peter Ive been looking at Arthur Ellis in my tree, born in 1888 and the connection to the Dolphin. i have no evidence of this as yet, but I think Walter Ellis and his wife Harriet, would have known Charley Brearley who was a local grocer. I think he might have taken on the Dolphin after Walter died and 5 years later it passed to cousin Arthur. He went on to become a wines and spirits merchant and lived to 1963 in the SW of the city. Not sure if this links to your family though
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    Walter Ellis, Publican - killed by a tram

    Hi I've also sent a private message. I used to love the Rag and Tag especially the weighing machine and Pot man. I think it would have been in the late 60’s or early 70's. I seem to remember Dad saying Norah was around 66 which seemed so old at the time, but not so much now I’m older! I guess that makes it around 1971. I don’t work on Fridays so will start searching out other photos to share. I have a great one of four of the brothers - Walter, Frank, Albert and my dad, Leslie. Enjoy your evening cousin Michael love Sharon
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    Walter Ellis, Publican - killed by a tram

    Hi Peter i believe, Arthur was Walter's nephew or maybe his brother. I’ve only been researching for 3 weeks and am somewhat overwhelmed by the number of Ellis's with similar names. They were a close knit family I think and all lived near each other. I’m guessing they all looked pretty similar like my father and his brothers. I know there are family characteristics I have inherited - both good and bad! I could check out Eckington churchyard for you as I live not too far from there
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    Walter Ellis, Publican - killed by a tram

    Hi Michael i believe we are cousins. I met Aunty Norah only once when I was a child. I was with my Dad, her youngest brother Leslie, in the old Rag and Tag market. They rarely saw each other but I remember how happy they both were to bump into each other. I’m currently researching the Ellis family history which is full of characters! Frank and Mary Ellen had 13 children in total, starting in 1903 with my Uncle Ray. There were 8 boys and 5 girls. Two of the girls and one boy died in childhood. They ,mostly lived on Summer Street. I look like my grandmother or at least I did at a similar age and also like my Aunty Mary.
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    Walter Ellis, Publican - killed by a tram

    Wow! Again, many thanks. This is perfect. From this I can track the different houses where the family lived over the years.
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    Walter Ellis, Publican - killed by a tram

    Thanks again Edmund for your input. However, I wonder if this went to one of my great uncles as my grandfather died in 1909? I think I need to find a book on drinking habits and places of the time. Could you recommend anything? I spent the afternoon going round the Portland Works open day in Sheffield. Fascinating place with some local history experts to chat to as well. I am well and truly hooked
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    Bown Family History

    Hi. i think one of my ancestors was Annie Mary Bown, 1843 - 1879, who married John Drayton. i'm not sure if this person is connected to your family but it’s not a surname I’ve come across very often
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    Walter Ellis, Publican - killed by a tram

    The Ellis Family, circa 1903. The photograph was taken because the last of the Elliott family sisters was leaving Sheffield for Philadelphia. I know there are a number of copies of this picture in circulation and hope to find the owner of the original version at some point.