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  1. History dude

    Do You remember rabbits

    They had rabbits hanging up in the meat and fish market of Castle Market in the 60's and 70's. Still with fur on!
  2. Here's a great video by a real train driver filmed by him, with explanations of the route taken this year. With unedited passage through tunnels and yes Totley Tunnel. The only time he stops the video is waiting time at stations. Things to watch for include the speed signs, especially into Sheffield. Plus how quickly the train accelerators. When he stops the train in a station, the driver has to know when to apply the brakes. There's nothing telling him now stop for the next station.
  3. Is it to do with the main seams of coal they sit on?
  4. History dude

    Woodthorpe Ravine memories

    Recent Google images of the area show that construction work has revealed several interesting features. The first image at the top some brickwork remains of the pit. Two white rectangles are I think fenced off areas, these could be to do with the works or could be something that they have found, such as pit shafts or drain covers. Notice too the very black soil, indicating the presence of coal dust. The Orange object is an excavotor. The second image shows the school car park recently extended. The third shows the former school fields. Clearly a large collection of clay coloured water has developed in the middle. In the middle of the brown soil area you can see straight lines. These could be field edges if they were not caused by the work itself.
  5. History dude

    Happy 2019 everyone

    I would like to wish you all a happy New Year and look forward for more historical memories in the years to come
  6. History dude

    Forum Donations

    If Sheffield History has charity status then it might be able to apply for grants to Sheffield Charity and funding organisations to also raise cash, or even match what has also been raised by members. Even if it has not you can still apply for the same as long as Sheffield History is not a commercial body. All they will want to know is the aims and status of the project and what S H wants the money for. Bodies such as the Town Trust have grants for voluntary projects.
  7. History dude

    Forum Donations

    Done so, we'll get the money soon!
  8. History dude

    Forum Donations

    Just wondering what methods are available for donating to Sheffield History as it doesn't say on the donation entry? For example can you donate via paypal?
  9. I found this watercolour painting of Woodthorpe Hall that I have never seen before. It was sold by an auction place. Auction site link
  10. History dude

    Woodthorpe Ravine memories

    Two shots from a plane in 1929 and 1927. Both show the pit tip that the fire station sits on now. The giant reservoir can be seen on both and was raised up so you could see it from semi-circle road of Queen Mary. The 1927 picture still shows the chimney to the mine. Prince Edward School under construction, both show the colliery managers house, the odd looking one in the wooded area. The 1929 picture shows the field where the Woodthorpe estate would go. The odd shaped one with the tree still survives to this day as it became the boundary of the estate. The tree was still there in the 70's, but did get chopped down. I suspect there's still a bit of the trunk left! The only houses left today are those under construction on Prince of Wales Road. And the Manor Cinema.
  11. History dude

    Woodthorpe Ravine memories

    Woodthorpe Ravine was actually a bit higher up Tozzin, but most of us called it Pit field and was the area was later used as the playing field of Prince Edwards School. I lived bang opposite what was the spring which is the source of the Carr Brook. During the 1960's and early 70's the Council spent a fortune getting rid of the dams and slag from the Woodthorpe pit mine, which as located just above the St Theresa's playing field. The used big scraping machines which went up ad down the heaps till they brought them down. The water kept forming large pools or dams. These were great for us to explore, when we could get near them! This was because the mud was so thick you would loose your Wellington boots in it! You literally couldn't get them out. Mums use to play hell with us coming home with new boots lost or just one lost! And of course covered in mucky clay. Eventually the mud harden and we could reach these ponds. We spent most the time skipping stones across the water. The other thing was to drop lumps of clay into the ponds of water. These would break down and look like small volcanoes! Then you dropped in a another stone to destroy it! They put all sorts of drains into to take the water away. One day there was only this one big MASSIVE body of water left. They have built a drain to take it away. So we watched this bulldozer go up to a side of the dam and take it out, it then reverse to a sharp right and the MASSIVE body of water came flowing down past the bulldozer and down the drain! I always admired that bulldozer driver for some really good handy work with his machine. As that water could have caused an accident! The builders of the new estate on the Manor have or or in the process of opening up all the water courses and constructing special ponds to prevent rain water on the estate going straight into the drains. Thus helping to reduce flooding. And the Carr Brook opened up and landscape again to bring back the wildlife!
  12. History dude

    New series of Doctor Who to be filmed here

    There was a big spider walking across our kitchen floor the other week. It must have escaped from the Doctor Who set!
  13. I'm not really into politics, but from what I understand many of the heritage schemes have been eroded away by Central Government. If a developer comes along with a scheme, which is linked to some special funding scheme, then the planning officers can't stop them. In the past you could get the Council Planning Officers on your side if they were sympathetic to your ideas. However the Planning Department Councillors have many voices in their ears. So if they have been briefed by groups or bodies who want to see new build in Conservation areas, then they are going to listen to them. It rather depends on the heritage lobby sticking together. But some don't want to do that, for financial reasons. One thing that happened to me was the loss of control that happened with the Norfolk Heritage Trail. It was original set up by all the groups and projects and people connected with the Trail. However Green Estates took it over, because they wanted to make money from charging people to go on the trail. They excluded members from the trail and stop the meetings. They even set it up as it's own group, electing members from projects closely connected to Green Estates. The whole idea of the Trail was for the different groups and projects to come together to discuss with equal say the ups and downs of the Trail. I don't know how it's now operated, since I haven't heard a thing for years. However if that's how community groups operate connected with heritage, then you can see how easy it is for those not concerned with heritage to bypass any of the concerns of heritage groups or bodies and individuals.
  14. History dude

    Star Links

    For some reason I can't ignore the register screen as there is nothing to click to get shut of it. My personal hatred of the Star goes back many years when they constantly attacked the Manor Estate, even on positive stories. Such as when the slagged off Manor Development Company site opening by Princess Anne. The centre was nearly full with small business before it opened and was soon full, so much so that they had to build a second site to cope with demands! I suspect other estates would benefit from such projects, run by local people. As opposed to building very large industrial units in Attercliffe, because the developers doesn't want to collect rents from small individual units, which there is a high demand for from small business such as those seen on the new Amazon TV advert.
  15. History dude

    Star Links

    Just to let people know that posting Star Newspaper links is a waste of time, since any page is blocked by the registering process they use. You might be registered, but other people are not. And as the Star is a bad publication which attacks working class people, some of us will not support the publication by registering. I suggest if it is important for others to view than use a screen capture on the story and past it as a picture.