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  1. Thanks S24. I must be remembering something wrong, but I'm not sure what. I know that I visited the Hillsborough cinema (probably just once), when I was very young in the 1960s, but I can't be certain what the film was. I know for certain that I saw the Disney film (with Zipadeedoohdah, Don't throw me in the briar patch/Born and bred in a briar patch, etc.), also when I was very young, (I remember I found it a little slow, not enough action). It may have been at The Essoldo, Lane Top. But we moved away from that area in 1969 when I was nine yrs old, and I never went to The Essoldo again. Obviously it wasn't 1956, and I'm certain it wasn't 1972/73. Could it have been some kind of Disney musical compilation film? Although I don't think it was. I specifically remember the Uncle Remus character, with the birds and butterflies, on the film posters inside, and outside the cinema. One thing I can say, is that the "Anchors Aweigh" dance sequence, appeared in the Family Guy episode, 'Road to Rupert', and although Brian featured heavily in that episode, (being a Brian & Stewie 'Road' episode), only Stewie appeared in the dance sequence.
  2. Devonshire Street, 7th July 1981. Rare & Racey is the last shopfront visible on the left. I'm sure I remember the entrance to Mr. Kite's being further to the left, in the middle of the frontage.
  3. * Old Bank House Was offices of Fuller Peiser in 70s/80s/90s, not sure if they're still there.
  4. Yes, oddly enough, I drove up Division Street and Devonshire Street, for the first time in years last Friday. Rare & Racey is still showing the old signs and shop name, but it was obviously closed down for good. Further to previous posts in this thread, Mr, Kite's is still a wine bar/bistro type place. I only glimpsed it as I went by, but it looked like the name was Green, (taken from Devonshire Green perhaps?).
  5. Found this interesting, as well as S24's following post. I saw Song Of The South with my Dad, one wet bank holiday afternoon in the late 60s. Possibly at the Essoldo, Lane Top, S5, but I have a feeling it was at the white tiled cinema on, or just off, Middlewood Road, near the top of Leppings Lane/Catch Bar Lane, (name anyone?). But I would never have remembered the film title without reading this thread. Regarding the live action/animated scenes. I'm not suggesting it's earlier than the Disney examples given, but surely the Gene Kelly live/animated dance sequence was years before Mary Poppins? I'm not sure what the film was, (An American In Paris?). But the interaction between Kelly and his animated dance partner was probably as intricate as was possible at the time. I presume that it would have been MGM, rather than Disney. More recently, that same sequence was used by Family Guy, with Stewie Griffin superimposed over the original cartoon character, (the identity of whom, I can't remember). It's still impressive.
  6. Anyone know when Barclay's Bank to the left of the cinema was demolished? Can you believe they took out such a beautiful piece of Victorian architecture, but kept the four eyesore buildings to the right of it! I went to The Classic twice in the late seventies. It was tired, grimy and musty. Much like the whole Fitzalan Square area was then, and for many years still to come.
  7. Is this the Dyson Refractories premises at Stannington? I worked for Watson Sons & Wheatcroft Chartered Accountants, auditors to Dyson Refractories from 1976 to 1978, and I worked on the Dyson's audit at Stannington for two or three weeks in the summer of '76, and again in '77. Only have vague memories of the premises. It was a b*gger to get to on the bus. I remember they gave us a nice office with huge windows and spectacular views down the valley towards Loxley. I remember us using the staff canteen at lunchtime, (the highlight of my day as a 16/17 year old). All the big Sheffield companies we went out on audit to, had staff canteens in those days - all subsidised. I remember a tea lady came around mid-morning and mid-afternoon, serving tea from a huge stainless steel earn on a trolley. But the thing I remember best about Dyson's, was our comptometer operator, (Beryl), taking a half-day holiday one Friday afternoon to go home and watch Virginia Wade play in the Wimbledon Ladies Final. So that was July 1977. I'm sure that the company offices were quite a bit larger than just the small section that you can see in the top photo above, but I never got to walk around the factory buildings.
  8. Ahh, now I get it. That makes sense. I hadn't realised there was a Granville Lane as well. I only knew of Granville Road & Street. Now I'm wondering if the building by the bus stop, in the last photo, is the sweet factory? If so, it stood alone in the 70s, no trees, or just saplings at most. We often fail to realise how much trees change a view over the years. I had a hole-in-one on the 11th at Doncaster (Bessecarr) GC, in 1997, right alongside the M18. For several years after, you could see the top of the flagstick on the green from the motorway. Now you can't even see the tee, which is 100 feet higher. In just 20 years!
  9. Yes thanks. I knew Granville Street was now the tram route, I was never sure if it was still also a road for vehicles. I thought I remembered the steps down from the bridge at the station/Suffolk Road end, leading down to the street in a very wide single flight, in alignment with the bridge. The steps were definitely of wood. I can't remember them being staggered in two flights, at a right-angle to the bridge. But there doesn't seem to be enough room for a flight of steps that long, between the bridge and the road. I can't get my bearings on that last photo of Turners Hill. I assume we are looking down Granville Street, towards City Road/Flat Street, with Turners Hill to the right, and the railway lines behind the houses on the left?
  10. Yes, I remember the sweet factory too. I never went in but lots of kids from my school would go down at lunchtime, and you would be hearing the rustle of sweet bags all afternoon in lessons. I'm pretty sure they only made boiled sweets. I was more a Maynard's Wine Gums boy. The building stood all alone in the 70s, clinging onto the hillside grim and imposing, like the "local shop" in League of Gentlemen. I'm not sure if there were any pedestrian steps at the top of Turners Hill, leading up to Shrewsbury Road back then. I only remember the stone faced embankment at the top. So is Granville street no longer open to traffic? I vaguely remember you could get through to City Road at the far end, by twisting through a more built-up area. Is the iron bridge still open to pedestrians? It's not clear on the photo of the far end. It might have a locked steel gate at the top of the steps.
  11. It came to me: Lou Burgin's! Anyone remember it?
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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