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Craigio

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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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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!
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. Yes, Barton's sounds right. I've remembered, Austin Reed was the menswear shop in Barkers Pool.
  25. 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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