Jump to content

tommyking

Sheffield History Member
  • Content Count

    17
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

0 Neutral

About tommyking

  • Rank
    Sheffield Historian
  1. Hi Simon, I would love to see the photographs if you still have them - my project can be found here; http://thomasmaxwellshore.wordpress.com/ma-dissertation-the-western-works-project-heterotopic-spaces-and-the-city/
  2. Does anyone know where abouts the Labs were located in Sheffield?
  3. I like his writing a lot - although I get the impression that the grimy hard nosed description of Sheffield, like many of the others cities mentioned, was pure rhetoric aimed at those arm-chair socialists who puffed on cigars in the old gentlemen's room analysing 'the unemployment figures for Middlesborough'! I imagine he got off the train at Sheffield Victoria and then walked out to Neepsend from there. Stayed in his residence - appauled at the conditions - and left the very next day.
  4. Orwell was only ever interested in documenting where the working class of Sheffield were situated. It makes sense that he would have been highly critical of the city, but he seems to only offer a description of the 'Old East End'. An area like Neepsend would match perfectly with the passage on Sheffield being 'the ugliest town in the whole world'. In my view he was very selective in his description and I would have liked to have read more about his thoughts on the more leafy subrubs that stretch out westwards toward Nether Edge and Fulwood. Interesting to note where he did live during his short stay in Sheffield none the less! Cheers
  5. Cheers, Noise Heat Power... did you ever visit the works?
  6. All pub scenes were filmed in the Nottingham House at Broomhill. If you look closely you can see the pubs name in reverse on the glass windows. Took me hours to work out which pub it could have been!!!
  7. That scene was filmed at Western Park - you can see the modernist Geography building in the background
  8. Hi everyone, As part of my research at the University of Sheffield - I'm doing some reading into the demolished Western Works on Portobello, which used to lie between Broad Lane and West Street. As I understand it, the building become derelict after a number of years during the 1970's and then become something of a hang out for bands of the era like Cabaret Voltaire - until it was demolished in the late 80s/ early 90s. I would be really interested to hear from anyone who has memories/info on this building. Cheers, Tom
  9. I visited the 'Carling' last week. Sporadic fist fights still go on - but gladly it had nothing to do with me. I guess that is what happens when you charge 1.80 a pint.
  10. Quite right. I watched a news report on the BBC about China a few months ago - saying how its wrong that the Chinese media reports don't show any news about what is happening in Tibet. The same 'broadcaster' who 'inadvertantly' showed 'rioting' pickets 'attacking' police at Orgreave when the opposite was true!
  11. I'm only a young un' (well 23). So I was in my mothers womb at the time! 'Here We Go' was another chant at the time... I've also read one about 'Milk Snatcher' that goes to the tune of 'Robin Hood'!
  12. Hi everyone, As part of my research at the University of Sheffield - I'm doing some reading into the demolished Weston Works on Portobello, which used to lie between Broad Lane and West Street. As I understand it, the building become derelict after a number of years during the 1970's and then become something of a hang out for bands of the era like Cabaret Voltaire - until it was demolished in the late 80s/ early 90s. I would be really interested to hear from anyone who has memories/info on this building. Cheers, Tom
  13. Thanks to you both. It's interesting that there is no memorial there now - hjdary. And, I suppose maintaining the bridge is a symbolic gesture of some sort. I see that UK Coal are now redeveloping the site. Jeremy Deller did a re-enactment of the battle a few years ago. Knightstempler - I have found photos of miners running across the Sheffield-Lincoln railway line on the day of the battle. Something that shocked me when I saw the pictures and I wasn't even born when it happened. Once again cheers, Tom
  14. Hi everyone, My name is Tom. I'm from Sheffield and I am currently doing some reserach on The battle of Orgreave - as some of my family were involved in the miners strike. I really want to know more about peoples personal experiences at Orgreave and what occurred there in the summer of 1984. In particular I would like to know what memories people have about the battle? Where you were when it happened...etc? Cheers, Tom
×