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    The history of Sheffield,finding the homes of the great Victorians that put Sheffield on the world map and the production of cutlery

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  1. As usual Edmund you’ve done the business, it does give me more information of the building, just by looking at the building you can see it’s age.
  2. Close to the Dog & Partridge on Trippet Lane stands a building with a strange shape in fact its similar to the Three Tuns on Silver Street Head, the building is now used by several businesses but 1862 Chester Brothers were cutting up and selling different types of animal horn for the use of cutlery handles, combs, hair brushes etc. by 1879 it was the business of John Smith a brass & copper dealer, these products were used in many trades in the town. In the late 1890s the building was named the Congo Ivory Works, it was named by William Carlisle & Sons who was again a supplier to the cutlery and hollow-ware trade, it was decorative and easy to work, no thought was given to the elephant who were slaughtered just for their tusks, In 1894 Joseph Westby moved his new business into the Congo Ivory Works, he was the son of a manager at Brookes and Crookes, he was an apprentice here till 1888. he set up as Joseph Westby & Co Ltd. at Congo Works Trippet Lane. Westby died on the 10th of December 1929 at his home, Goole Green Farm Fulwood, he left just £764 in his will, the firms name wasn’t used again until during the Second World War, when it was based in Furnival Street. The company manufactured pen knives, scissors and novelty items, with their speciality being ruler pen knives, the ruler either being engraved on the scales or folding out of the knife. Further on Trippet Lane is Trippets bar, I don't know if the owners are aware that all they are doing is continuing the business that operated here from when it was first built c1850, as a beer-house, in 1862 William Scamadine sold his beer to the populous, 1871 saw Charles Pickering take over, by 1879 George Camm was running the house, in 1893 William Blackburn was installed as landlord, William ran the beer-house up to 1901 when James Platt has took over the place by 1911 James has moved or died on as Joe Woodhouse is listed as the man with his name over the door, Joe moved to be a supplier of beer in 1925, his working address was 230 St Philips Road. Obviously the beer-house ceased to dispense its liquid gold sometime in the early 20th century, I find it hard to discover just what the premises were used for after it closed as a beer-house, what I do know is that J. Dewsnap Bowler Ltd had moved in selling materials to the cutlery industry, buffing sand, different grades of emery, crocus, polishing mops etc.
  3. Every firm that provided cutlery etc to the government whether it be the Army, Navy, Airforce, Prisons the Arrow was put on , cartoons of prisoners always showed the Arrows because that's what was on the clothes issued. So every company that had a contract or order to fill for the government had to put the Arrow mark on .
  4. The Thomas Holy esq mentioned in Edmunds post must be the gentleman that Holy Street is named after at the bottom of the Moor.
  5. I'm no expert but they may be more stable than the ones laid in rows or it could have been a very artistic stone layer.
  6. I was on Canning Street yesterday, first time for around 2 years or more and I was pleasantly surprised to see the old Victorian buildings that still remain have had a spruce up and they look ok. On returning home I tried to find out just what was the name of this short street before it acquired its present name, it only ran from Division Street to Wellington Street so after looking at a 1832 map by J. Tayler Land & Mineral Surveyor, I can find Canning Street but it doesn't seem to have a name, so was it known by a local name before its present one or did it have a recognised name? The street does have a fine set of large stone cobbles, that's if you call them cobbles because they are large, I'm surprised they've survived. I was looking for the home of Mr Oliver Cromwell Turner (seems his father had respect for the man ) who lived here in 1862, he was a Rope & Twine manufacturer , in 1856 he was at 65 Division Street, this address may have been his works or his home, I cant say which. If anyone has any info on Oliver and the original name of Canning Street it would be a great help.
  7. If the sign for Chippinghouse Rd has been removed illegally, the council and the police should be involved. As for the old street lights loads of them were delivered to farm just outside Sheffield to be sold on, not by Amey but by their employees, when the Wicker was being improved ? the work took far longer than planned for because the workers were removing the old tramlines to be sold as scrap. The little lane at the rear of the Rutland pub hundreds of cobbles were removed and sold on instead of replacing them.
  8. I rember that sign well, has it been stolen or is it the council who are responsible for it's removal, these old signs should be looked after. I did notice that in Cumberland Street new signs have been placed just over six foot above the pavement, just within reach of the grafitti fraternity, you couldn't make it up.
  9. Are those spittoons at the base of the bar?
  10. Just been on Pinstone Street looks like to Pepperpot has gone.
  11. To be sure it's a controlled demolition but it has to be doesn't it, they can't just knock it down with people in close proximity, I've seen the plans and it's another bland horrible building, no foresight at all, despite the arguments put forward by the council, unsafe etc it the Athol could and should have been part of the new building, in fact why wasn't it reopened as a pub? there's no pubs on Pinstone Street or the Moor. The Pepperpot that has been saved is only part of the original topping of the building, it was originally a turret type affair.
  12. Such a crying shame that the Athol has succumbed to the wrecking ball, utter stupidity by the clowns in the big top.
  13. I found these two a while ago, one is in the wall of the Taylors Eye Witness Works I've turned it round so its easier to view, the asphalt on the left is actually the footpath, the other one is at 27 Wilkinson Street.
  14. Sorry, but I waited to see if there was any interest, I ended up giving it to my nephew who was very pleased to get it, sorry.
  15. I can vividly remember the Air Raid Siren being tested every month I think it was, in the 1950s just can't recall when the testing ended, the siren was placed on the Arbourthorne school on Craddock Road and with me living down on the Manor it was clearly heard especially when the wind was blowing down from the Arbourthorne . During my pre-school years I attended the nursery just at the bottom corner of the school fields, just at the rear of the garage that was there.