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  1. Craigio

    Old Sheffield Shops...

    It came to me: Lou Burgin's! Anyone remember it?
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    Sheffield in the 1970's

    Just remembered, my dad used to park the car on a triangle of waste ground at the rear of the cinema, and we would walk up an alleyway to the front of the building. Afterwards, we would have fish n chips from the chip shop on a parade just by the waste land. Would that be Swanbourne Road?
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    Sheffield in the 1970's

    Thanks. I went past there in the mid 80s for the first time in years, and the old Essoldo had become a modern steel & glass multiscreen. The external steelwork was all painted bright red, much the same as The Gaumont in town, at much the same time. I saw 633 Squadron, The Great Escape, Grand Prix, St. Trinians, several Disney films, and many others at the old Essoldo. I've forgotten more than I remember. I remember they screened The Dambusters for one or two weeks, even though the film must have been the best part of 20 years old by then.
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    Turners Hill off Granville Street S2

    That ornate lamppost looks familiar, and the hand-rails at the sides of the pavements were still there in the 70s. The road where the photo was taken from was a dead-end, with a 20 foot high stone embankment a few yards behind the camera.
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    Turners Hill off Granville Street S2

    We used to cross over that iron bridge over the rail tracks on the way home from school (on Granville Road), to catch the bus in Pond Street, or Paternoster Row, mid-70s. The walkway was made of wooden railway sleepers. Is the bridge still there?
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    Sheffield in the 1970's

    What/where was this exactly? Do you mean the old Esseldo cinema, half a mile from Lane Top, down Barnsley Road, towards Ecclesfield? Or was there another cinema up there? The Esseldo was replaced by a modern multiscreen cinema, but I couldn't say when. Late 70s at the earliest. There was also a second Esseldo on Herries Road, on the parade of shops, a short distance from Longley Park, and the Northern General.
  7. In around 1983 we went in for a drink after work and Elvis Costello's Attractions were in there. Three of them I think, wearing black satin bomber jackets with The Attractions in sparkly lettering on the back. I think there were at City Hall that night.
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    SUGG SPORT on Pinstone Street

    I'm not doubting you, but it seems extremely strange to me that this very short section of road should still be called Norfolk Street after it had been amputated from the other end of Norfolk Street. I suppose the businesses would not have been happy at having to change their addresses and stationery etc. Is it still Norfolk Street today?
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    The Moor in 1977

    After 24 hours, you beat me to it by seconds Bogins I don't think there is any doubt Voldy has cracked it. There is a lamppost right by the stop sign, and the wooden hoardings continue some distance beyond the next lamppost down. Possibly beyond the third lamppost. They must be a minimum of 50 yards long, probably more. In these two photos, you can see that the modern Grovesenor House block (between Cambridge Street and Charter Square), is slightly set back, (wider pavement). In the Moor 1977 photo, you can just see the upper floors concrete "filigrees windows" poking out beyond the older buildings (between Charles Street and Cambridge Street). The "foreshortening" is quite startling. The old Barrel Inn? That's a new one on me!
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    The Moor in 1977

    Me neither Bogins, you can also see the back of a Give Way or Stop sign on the corner. I assume that the former Cambridge Arcade, took it's name from a previous section of Cambridge Street, which continued down on the other side of Pinstone Street. Could this bit of Cambridge Street have been reinstated for a short period, after the Suggs/Barney Goodman buildings had been demolished?
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    SUGG SPORT on Pinstone Street

    Reluctantly, I have to agree. In the mid 70s, my bus home from school went up Furnival Gate, past Redgates, and following the new Town Hall being built, along with those new office blocks around Furnival Square, I distinctly remember a Union Street sign appearing on the corner, where previously there had been no sign. I always thought it was a new street name. I'm surprised I didn't know it was always Union Street, I knew every nook & cranny of the City Centre in my early teens.
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    The Moor in 1977

    Just noticed the Union Jack on top of Robert Brothers. A nice touch, from the days before the loony left evolved into politically correct fascism. I bet they didn't even get their windows put through.
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    SUGG SPORT on Pinstone Street

    Yes, but back then, Union Street was still called Norfolk Street, as Norfolk Street had not yet been cut in half by the new Town Hall building. Does anyone know the year that Suggs moved a few yards higher up Pinstone Street, to the new premises on the corner?
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    Old Sheffield Shops...

    Yes, Barton's sounds right. I've remembered, Austin Reed was the menswear shop in Barkers Pool.
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    The Moor in 1977

    Sorry, but this is nowhere near 1977. The Moor was pedestrianised in around '74. The Manpower Services Commission building was already being built across the bottom end of The Moor a year or two before that - maybe those cranes at the bottom of The Moor are for exactly that. But the biggest giveaway, is the bus. It's still in the old Sheffield Transport livery - pale cream and navy blue. They became South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), in maybe '72 or '73. 1974 at the very latest. That's when the livery became the pale cream and dirty brown colours. My best guess for this photo would be 1972. The old Suggs building and covered arcade on Pinstone Street has been demolished in this photo - LHS. Again, my guess would be 1972 for that. But if you want to be sure, that's where to begin. EDIT: I take it all back. MSC Building did not open until! 1981, and The Moor was last used by traffic in 1979. In the mid 70s, as school kids, we used to catch the number 4 bus back home from Paternoster Row, sometimes we walked up to Pinstone Street, or The Moor, where we could also catch any one of the 17, 24, 81, 82, or 83 bus routes. I was quite certain that it was during my school years that buses down The Moor began taking that ridiculous detour around Manpower Services, and then later, the full detour down Charter Row. I later worked in the city centre for several years, and had the same choice of bus routes, so I am conflating the two periods and memories.
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