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  1. The William Henry Rudd in the list was son of Thomas Rudd who first worked in Thomas Rudd's cutlery business then emigrated to Queensland Australia. I have his life story but  not much about his parents. Seems the father of Thomas was John Hattersley before he changed to Rudd, the name of his mother. Any further info appreciated.


  2. I'm posting to let you know that 'Gramps', my father Eric Howgate, died in early May following a short illness. We have only just started going through his PC and we can see that he was very active on this forum. Local and family history was one of his greatest pleasures in life.
  3. We have a local 'on-line' weather station at Norton. http://www.sheffieldweather.co.uk/ Current conditions at http://www.sheffieldweather.co.uk/meso2/index.html Click on any of the readings to see a record of obs for 1 hour up to 31 days. Records from 2002 are available from the 'Weather data' section link on the Home page. There is a limited data set of Weston Park records (monthly tMax, tMin) back to 1882 on the web somewhere...via a link on the Met Office site I think.
  4. The dairy on Bellhouse road belonged to B & C CoOp and I'm pretty sure it was still working in the early 1990s. I worked at their other dairy on Broughton lane for a few months in 1976. I remember all the waste milk from the creamery went as pig-swill - now it's sold for a premium price as skimmed milk in supermarkets. I remember the Express dairy on Broadfield road, next to Heeley Baths and I think S & E CoOp had a dairy in the Millhouses area - Archer road ?
  5. That 'towpath' is an ancient footpath from Heeley to Bramall lane - known as 'Cutler's Walk'
  6. Pot insulators for telephones lines were still in use as late as 2003. http://teleramics.com/inuse/inuse2003.html If that is a telegraph pole in the photo I doubt the date would be much earlier than 1890, which would make old Levi about 60 years old :)
  7. Always though that was a bit daft. Unless you knew what the destination of the previous tram/bus was how could you guess the 'duplicate' destination ?
  8. That's more info than Picture Sheffield have on it http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/picturesheffield.pl?_cgifunction=form&_layout=picturesheffield&keyval=sheff.refno=s06133 But what is that pole on the causey edge ?? Did we have telegraph poles in 1878 ??
  9. There is an entry in the Burgery accounts for 1587 of 2/7d paid to the constable for the burying of a 'poore man that Dyed at the Coalepyttes'. The use of the plural does suggest bell-pits although the difference in height between Moorhead and Barkers Pool is about 30 feet so drift mining into the slope would also have been possible. The first mention of 'Colepitt' lane in the Burgery accounts is in 1674.
  10. My mistake....it does appear on the 1903 map And in Kelly's 1905 directory is listed as (un-numbered) Montgomery College, Samuel J. Lewis, principal. This college is completely new to me, - was it one of those small religious establishments ?
  11. I have it all scanned and OCR'd. Just have tidy up the remaining OCR output and get the index into tabular format.
  12. Numbered 295 on the 1950s map, but not shown on the 1905 map. 295 Cemetery Road Montgomery College; Arthur Reynolds Lee, principal (1925)
  13. I made a start on putting Past and Present into PDF format a while ago but put on hold when I realised the file would be quite a bit larger than the 2MB allowed for upload here. I suppose I could split it into two files and it would save Stuart having to scan and upload 300+ pages. Here's a sample....but I still have quite a bit of editing the OCR to do. OCR2.pdf Edit: - I would be interested to learn if this file can be read on a Mac and a Linux machine. I haven't embedded any fonts to save space and it relies on the user having Times Roman available.
  14. Invariably an accompaniment to our after school tea on Mondays. Cold roast from Sunday, bubble and squeak. Best with cold roast lamb...or was it mutton in those days ? Monday of course was 'washing day'. :)
  15. "John Brownell of Heeley, Sheffield in the parish of Sheffield, scythesmith, (brother and heir of Henry Brownell, scythesmith, deceased) to Henry Brownell his youngest son. A close in Heeley, Sheffield formerly called the Two days work and now Nether Dole, with a wood adjoining, for 10/-d" There was a small wood near Heeley Common called Brownell's Plantation so perhaps the Nether Dole field is the one adjacent to that (15 - 3.390 acres). It was there on the 1850s map too but not shown very clearly on my copy.