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  1. So when this closed it must have merged with St. Aidan's on City Road as that was known as St. Aidan with St. Lukes.
  2. It's where the TB chest MMR (Mass Miniature Radiography) unit was.It was a mass screening program to control TB. The films taken were 100mmx100mm hence the miniature. When it closed the unit was moved to the Royal on West Street and housed at the back of the Outpatient Department. When the Royal closed it moved again to the Hallamshire Outpatient Department Floor 'A' A well travelled unit.
  3. If I remember it right, downstairs was split into three areas. Each area had it’s own jukebox. Sounds like Hell as it was called. One afternoon a young girl started flashing a knife around so we got out quick never went again.
  4. I remember going to a record shop opposite the end of Nursery St just on the Wicker side of Lady's Bridge. Problem is I cannot remember who ran it. Strange that as it's only 54 years ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. Do we know when the above properties were built. They must have been before 1851 as after this date the windows could have been built in and no tax paid. I also wonder why they were never installed once the tax was removed. For that matter why was the wall not just built flat why simulate a window. jiginc
  6. The information from Wikipedia is as follows. The National Grid was not as developed as it is now and so the Corporation set out to generate the required current - the Corporation became the local domestic and industrial electricity supplier. A power station was built for Sheffield Corporation Tramways on Kelham Island by the river Don between Mowbray Street and Alma Street.[1] Feeder cables stretched from there to the extremities of the system, covering over 40 miles of route. I do wonder how they got round the line resistance may be it went out as AC and the boxes, mentioned above, using mercury rectifiers then fed the DC required to the overhead system. jiginc
  7. The other thing on the photo that you do not see today is the wooden guttering. I seem to remember in the 60's being told not to replace the wood with metal as this was not allowed. The reason being that due to the acid in the rain from the poor air quality in Sheffield metal would fail much faster than wood.
  8. Harry relaxed he looks almost happy!!!!!!
  9. jiginc

    Caravan ?

    It's the idiots who pull out in front of you thinking they will get held up and then drive at a speed slower than you were doing and hold every one else up. Go for it it's great but as said make sure your caravan matches the towing capabilities of your car.
  10. That looks like the right area. The entrance was through a large metal door and inside did not have any natural light as it was under ground. CTS = Casualty treatment centre For more information see here http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=11726&highlight=newton+chambers Many large works had extensive medical facilities although not underground. I remember at least two steel works in Scunthorpe and one in Middlesborough with X-Ray facilities. I am sure the steel works in Sheffield were equipped the same. They could have been a legacy of pre NHS times. jiginc
  11. I used to go to Newton Chambers works to a Medical centre to service a mobile XRay machine. early 60's could this be the same place. The box is a three phase switch unit. jiginc
  12. Run by the Bennett family as in Daren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova.
  13. He also says as the train enters Chesterfield that Robert Stephenson lived out his days in a cottage overlooking the railway. Some cottage Tapton House, it's a School now. But yes a great film. PS I did wonder why the train did not stop at any stations, must have been run just for the film!!
  14. "There is a bit of a clearer photo on here - and what a great resource!" What a lot of unknow dates and locations they should ask Sheffield History I'm sure some of our members could help fill in the gaps. I have always wondered if these special trams just ran empty or were used for passengers. It would have been a great ride behind all those lights. With the power consumption of all the lights it's a wonder any power was left for the traction motors.
  15. Don't know how to send a PM so Viners works on Fitzwilliam St jiginc
  16. Downstairs was also the home of the BARGIN BASEMENT where they sold off end of line goods and things they could not sell at full price. I spent many a happy time searching through the things on offer. I also must have spent money on things I did not realy want but had to have as it was at a reduced price. Bit like Ebay!!!! jiginc
  17. Yes, I remember driving one of those. When my family milk business was being sold to the Express Dairy I went with the Express milk man to introduce him to the round. When we had finished the round I had a drive and found it to rather scary the driver told me not to turn to fast as they had been known to roll over due to only having the one wheel at the front. However they were much easier to use than our old Bedford van as you could access the load from all sides and not have to go round to the rear every time. jiginc
  18. Talking about Ridgehill Avenue does any one remember the old gentleman who repaired shoes in a workshop behind the garage about number 81. I have taken many a pair across the road for repair. He only had one leg, we thought lost in WW1. He had a granddaughter called Carol. jiginc
  19. I cannot remember Marconi ever being an EMI Company. English Electric acquired The Marconi Company in 1946 In 1967 or 1968 English Electric was subject to a takeover bid by the Plessey Company but chose instead to accept an offer from GEC In 1999 GEC underwent a major transformation. GEC, realigning itself as a primarily telecommunications company following the MES sale, retained the Marconi brand and renamed itself Marconi plc. In October 2005 the Marconi name and most of the assets were proposed to be bought by the Swedish firm Ericsson. The transaction was completed on January 23, 2006 effective as per January 1, 2006. The Marconi name will still be used as brand within Ericsson. The early 405 line TV systems were known as the Marconi-EMI system but I do not remember either company being one. jiginc
  20. It has the traditional and instantly recognisable "HMV" badge inside the lid but with a "Hayes Middlesex" address (The largest radiogram factory in the British Empire!!! ) that I recognise as the EMI gramophone company address (Look on the label or sleeve of any EMI company record and that is the address they give. The Guarantee letter does explain this. The factory at 135 Blyth Road Hayes Middlesex that made the wooden cabinets was called (would you believe it) the cabinet factory it later became the production site for the EMI CT scanner but still known as the cabinet factory. When I was last in it It still had the smell of the varnish used to finish the cabinets that must have been in about 1985 following the demise of EMI Medical. jiginc
  21. The following information from Wikipedia, Landing lights are typically only useful as visibility aids to the pilots when the aircraft is very low and close to terrain, as during take-off and landing. Landing lights are usually extinguished in cruise flight, especially if atmospheric conditions are likely to cause reflection or glare from the lights back into the eyes of the pilots. However, the brightness of the landing lights makes them useful for increasing the visibility of an aircraft to other pilots, and so pilots are often encouraged to keep their landing lights on while in flight below certain altitudes or in crowded airspaces. Some aircraft (especially business jets) have lights that can be operated in a flashing mode when not needed to directly illuminate the ground to enhance the visbility of the aircraft further. One convention is for commercial aircraft to turn on their landing lights when changing flight levels. So it seems yes they do run them at times other than landing and takeoff. Technical information They are PAR 64 lamps and 28 volts with a maximum of 600 watts. Very bright!! The last time I had any contact with them they were being used as stage spot lights (Queen tribute band) They were the lights built into the drummers stand facing the audiance ten of them wired in series so if one failed they all failed. but very bright when on.
  22. It's another bricked up hole in a cinema rear wall behind the screen. This one from the Greystones Picture Palace as seen here It has to have been used to gain entrance for somthing but what. Projectors may be but are they this big, could it have been the screen it's self. Someone must know. jiginc
  23. If, as has been said, some are still working then they must have been converted to run on natural gas. Also they must still be maintained by someone. I wonder who!!
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