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    Scarborough - Sheffield's favourite seaside town?

    I would have thought Skegness or Cleethorpes would have been more popular with Sheffield people. Both Scarborough and Blackpool were longer to get to then those two. There were also more trains to them, especially from Sheffield Midland than those two. Blackpool was probably more accessible via Victoria Station, than Midland.
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    Paternoster Row and Sidney Street

    Davy's the bakery makers were on Paternoster Row. My mum, sister and her husband all worked there. In fact my sister met her husband there! My mum used to sing to the Nancy Sinatra song "these pies are made for eating and that's just what you will do".
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    Gravestones used as pavements

    You could make a seating area with flowerbeds with the stones used as the bank sides. It would depend on the space, but at least it would look nice and the stones would be upright. I think this could be done at St John's in the Park. It would also make an interesting area for the residents to have use of, especially in the summer months.
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    One Emergency Dentist for Sheffield

    That's right, if you are in terrible pain and it's a public holiday, when you dial 111, they will pass your details to the Emergency Dental Service. Though they can take 24 hours to get back in-touch with you, they "might" get you appointment with a one dentist. That of Taptonville Dental Surgery in Broomhill. The only one they have a contract with. If you don't like them or have issues with them you are b..... Unless you want to go to Doncaster or Goole! At your own expense of course. It seems that NHS England have decided that a MASSIVE city the size of Sheffield only needs one emergency dentist. Seems a bit of a waist to me having an emergency dental service with only one dental surgery on offer. They might as well have the calls directed straight to the surgery. Crazy system
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    Gravestones used as pavements

    Not walking on a gravestone is a bit of a superstition rather than respect. Most churchyards and cemeteries have bodies under the grass, that never had a stone. Many were just wooden crosses that marked graves. Since graves were paid for and still are, the authorities in charge of them, respect the conditions for the grave for the time stated in the paid settlement. However unless it is renewed by some relation of the original owner. Then the authorities can do what they like with the stones. Though we might think we are walking on the person's grave when the stone is laid flat, we obviously are not, since the grave of the person would be in front of the inscription, not under the stone. If the there were other graves and stones at the back of the stone, then somebody else's burial is under the current stone. That's assuming that the stones have not been moved to another part! In many cases the stones have been removed completely. I found that the gravestones of my ancestors have all been removed, at both the Burngreave and General Cemeteries.
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    Gravestones used as pavements

    I don't think laying them face down would have made a lot of difference, since the soil will probably be acidic from the tree leaves. They could have put a protective coating on the stones, but of course that kind of work costs money and so they wouldn't do it anyway. The best way to do it would be a photographic survey of each stone, then placed in a book in the church for people to view, assuming the church is still open to the public.
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    Gravestones used as pavements

    It's a similar story with most churchyards and cemeteries. Gravestones laid flat or just stacked on the walls to the grounds. At Saint John's in the Park, they have been used for paving stones and steps! Of course it makes it easier to cut the grass if they are removed. But many grave stones have been removed and smashed up. I have even seen the broken ones in Sheffield rivers! Below is an example from St John's - laid flat. Since many of the stones are made from sandstone. The acid rain and pollution from motor cars will eventually eat into the stone so the inscription is lost. Of course many of the inscriptions were recorded for family history and historical purposes. But of course these are stored in places that have limited opening hours or have access issues.
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    A walk down historic Chapel Walk in Sheffield

    I remember walking up and down Chapel Walk in the 70's and 80's and it was packed with people on a Saturday afternoon. That by comparison is a shock?
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    Ancient Sheffield district names

    Handsworth didn't become part of Sheffield till 1921. The boundary ran down the Manor Estate. Woodthorpe was part of Handsworth and so was the upper part of Gleadless. When the Manor Estate was planned in 1919 they couldn't put any houses on what is now Woodthorpe, because that still belonged to Handsworth Urban District Council. Though much of the estates were at one time under the control of the Lord of Sheffield, so as such were part of the Sheffield Manor. Apart from owning Handsworth Hall, most of the land in the Handsworth area came under private land owners. To confuse matters more, Handsworth had it's own religious parish.
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    Sheffield Castle

    I did go a bit since and as you say they do have a bit on display. Not very much though. I went also before they modernised the museum and took a picture of a piece of stone. I will try an find the picture and post it.
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    Sheffield Castle

    That's happening I believe. The Friends of Sheffield Castle are working at that now. Link to their website Friends of Sheffield Castle
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    Sheffield Castle

    Edmund could you make a PDF file of those book images. It saves anyone copying them and creating one!
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    Sheffield Castle

    Features and items recovered from Sheffield Castle 1920's dig
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    Sheffield Castle

    Your not very good at history if you don't know that Nicholas Hilliard was the miniature painter to Queen Elizabeth. He also painted Mary Stuart. Leslie Hotson is the academic that discovered it was William Shakespeare. It certainly is NOT Robert Dudley as he would be fare to old for that man. And he died in 1588 (the picture is dated) and was as very fat as a painting in the N.P.G. shows him to be. The pictures of Shakespeare are when he was older and the bust is too. This is Shakespeare as a young man. My aviator is also Shakespeare, by the way. Anyone who wishes to know about my extensive research on both Queens and find out that Mary Stuart had a thyroid disorder, can visit my blog and download the free PDF file of my book. All the information on Shakespeare and his connection with Queen Elizabeth is also on there. But I would like to state that the Sheffield Castle and Manor story is totally dependent on the status of Mary Stuart. Downgrade her to a prisoner and the castle and Manor is no more important than any old castle and building. So think carefully before calling Mary a prisoner. Hilliard's miniature of Mary. And the likeness taken from her death mask. Painters didn't show eyebrows, but they did show up on the mask.
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    Sheffield Castle

    I think I have answered most of the points. As for the experts they might as well go back to school. Mary wrote to Elizabeth and asked to be protected, she was not held against her will. The English negotiated with the Scots to send her back to to Scotland. They didn't want her back. As she had resigned. She was not a Queen. So she wasn't "visiting" anything. The picture of Shakespeare was confirmed: