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About jossman

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  • Birthday 18/04/1945

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    Tonbridge Kent, formerly Hillsborough.

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  1. I visited Sheffield last week and was suprised to see that the Railway pub was boarded up and also the Gate Inn. The New Bridge and the Travellers were still going. I met my 2nd wife in the Railway where she worked as a bar maid in the late 70's and was very sad to see them closed. I had a few pints in the Shaky at Hillsboro' Corner with a few old school mates and was pleased to see that Hillsborough is still thriving and busy. I lived on Shenstone Road and was upset to see Leppings Lane in such a state.
  2. My brother Bob Swann was nursing at that time along with Jack Sherrat and Big Bob Chiglow. Ring any bells??
  3. The womens clothing shop opposite the end of Dudley Rd. on Middlewood Rd. was called "Nells". Went in there many times with my Mother during the early 50's. Hope that helps.
  4. Could it have been part of T. W. Wards?
  5. Anybody remember playing in Beeley Woods and hearing the siren going for an escaped patient? This would be early 50's. I have often legged it like hell, frightened to death to get home safe.
  6. When did you join the mob?? As you can see by my avatar I too am an ex matelot. I joined HMS Ganges in 1960 and retired as MAA of HMS Amazon.
  7. This is a good photo of the hostel, circa 1980. Picture Sheffield
  8. 17 years ago!! Is it as long as that? My memory must be going.
  9. I left Sheffield 3 years ago and at that time the building was in the middle of conversion into upmarket flats. Sorry, I have no idea if there is an Indian restaurant in the basement. I'm presuming it will always carry the stigma of the old doss house.
  10. Here is a photo of continuous rolled iron billets. Imagine all of those lumped into one and you get an idea of the size of the one under Gibraltar Street. Please remember we are talking about steel works in their infancy, so I imagine we would be around the 1850's to 1900 era. Quite a mammoth task in those days.
  11. One true fact that I am aware of is that.....Next time you pass, look just above street level and you will see diamond and circular glass shapes embedded into the stone work. These are flagon bottles of what was Gin consumed by the Irish builders during it's construction. When empty, they were placed neck first into the bricks for decoration. See the Picture Sheffield link. Another true fact is that the largest iron billet ever cast ( and it was huge ) was placed as part of the bed of Gibraltar Street. It was so big no-one knew what to do with it, so it found it's final resting place under the rubble. My Great Grandfather was a regular inhabitant of the Doss house and was known to my family as the pikelet man, just in case the grandchildren asked who he was. He was alcoholic and extremely dirty and shabby in his dress. When he decided to visit his family and to save any embarrassment, they would be told that the Pikelet man was coming. He often used the doss house "Penny Rope" to sleep on as he was so broke. I was never told of his final demise. The sad thing was that he was a skilled silversmith and this was passed down to his family. His son, my Grandfather, worked for Dixon's as a silversmith from 1895-1945 and on his retirement was presented with an engraved silver teapot for 50 years service.......The irony was that they spelled his name wrong !!
  12. As kids in the late 40's and early 50's we had our own jungle to play "War" in. The mighty River Don. It ran down the side of Shenstone Road, Hillsborough and was our very own Utopia. We would play from morning till dusk and never bother anyone, we just loved it. We often fell in and got covered in thick orange sludge, we lost shoes in the stuff and in reality it was filthy but we didn't care. With rifles made from wood and makeshift belts over our shoulders, even a tin hat that Dad had brought home from the war, we revelled in killing **** and Jermins. The 6 weeks holidays were a blurr of happiness spent solely down the banks of the old river. We were scared of the deep bit at the top of Shenstone Rd. as one of the residents cousins had drowned there as a young girl. That story was the biggest safety net we needed and we never ventured near it. Mums always knew where we were and one shout would bring us back to reality and home. It is so sad that todays youngsters cannot enjoy what we took for granted.
  13. I also attended Parkside Road School from 1949 - 1955. Mr. Cornthwaite was old even then. ;-)
  14. Dr. Henderson interviewed my 1st wife for her job as Receptionist at Far Lane. He interviewed her in our front room and on giving her the job he turned to me and said, "What has loverboy got to say about that ?" He had been our family Doctor since 1945!!
  15. That is a fine picture and brings back many memories. I realise that it is an old picture...but...In the early 50's that is just how the works, overhanging the Don, looked. I went Xmas shopping with my Mum in 1951 and the fog was so dense you could not see a hand in front of your face, even the lights in the shop windows were just a dim glow. Our shopping was covered in black soot when we got home. Many of us had chest infections and bad coughs in those days. When the situation was bad, all the trams and buses stopped running, so living at the bottom of Leppings Lane meant we had to walk to Hillsborough to do the shop. We had hankies tied round our faces and where we breathed it left a black ring. The atmosphere was very sinister especially with the hammers on Penistone Road continually banging away. There was hardly a difference between morning, afternoon and night. Difficult to believe from the clean air city you now see.