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tozzin last won the day on October 20

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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. tozzin

    BBC2 - Made in Great Britain

    Corin Mellor is NOT a cutler, he designs things, a Cutler is man who shapes to be handles out of Stag, Wood, horn etc. and fits them to knives. His father and himself brought an Italian collapesable drinks table onto the shop floor one day, it was dis-mantled with the hope they could improve the design, they couldn't , the only thing they altered was the handles on each end of the table, I polished the prototypes, David Mellor was happy with these new handles and from that day on it was sold as a Mellor designed drinks table, the poor bloke who fully designed it was gone in the wind. David Mellor, like his son wasn't a cutler, he designed cutlery and had other people make it, any cutlery worker of any experience would laugh at the way they made cutlery at the Hathersage factory, it was archaic, inefficient and costly in production. No coatings were ever made on the production of cutlery, one man could produce say, 100 knives per week making them cost at least £5 each to produce, while I could produce 950 per week, that's shows the experience of their workers. Please don't call it a state of the art factory, there were no health and safety procedures, museum piece polishing machines had broken safety bars, which when hit should have cut off power if the operator touched the bar, they were death traps,useless dust extractors, I had safety knock off switches fitted to double end spindles while the other workers, four in all, were to scared to approach David Mellor on safety issues. He stole a design from a Danish female student who produced a prototype in the few weeks she worked there, when she returned home after a few months she asked if she could come back to Hathersage but was told it wasn't convenient, the real reason her design was in production and named "Paris" I polished her copper prototypes, she was call Katterina.
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    Gift knives

    Adrian you really should buy Geoff Tweedale's Directory Of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers Vol 2, its sold by Lulu and it cost around £30, I'm hoping to get this latest edition for Crimbo, this book is absolute must for anyone interested in Sheffield cutlery, pen & pocket knives, razors etc.. Geoff sent me his first edition for assisting him with some research and strangely enough it was on the Western Works which Christopher Johnson produced his knives, I worked in the same works in the early sixties 1961-63 for a firm called John Donnelly, we produced carver forks, plus a whole range of round tang spoon and forks plus scale tang forks, no knives. Sadly the works was demolished and the cursed students flats were erected on its site.
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    Dixon Lane in Sheffield City Centre

    It certainly was, it was in the basement.
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    Heart of the City 2

    No matter what objection is raised, it's discounted, I suggested the new office block, that now stands at the bottom of Cambridge Street, should have been given a name relating to the area, Pinstone House, Bethel House, but it was named by the staff who are going to work there, many not from Sheffield.
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    Will Hay

    This is the exact thing I read, thanks a million Edmund.
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    Will Hay

    Im sure I once read that the 40s comedian Will Hay used to visit some friends in Sheffield at the height of his fame but despite searching the Internet I've had no success in finding anything about his visits. I've contacted the archivist at the Star but their archives are all at their offices in Dinnington but she told me that she is due to visit there this week and will have a look, if any of you experts out there have any information on Wills visits to Sheffield I will be much obliged.
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    Wicker Post Card and Mistery Item.

    Wasn't it used to help trams change tracks?
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    Barnards shop on City Road had quite a few slot machines supplying milk, soup, tea, coffee, cigarettes of all brands, chocolate etc, this was in around 1960 . That was before vandalism became a profession, I cannot remember Barnards machines ever getting vandalised. I visited the area a few months ago now it's just a horrible sight, crappy shops, litter all over, very sad.
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    Help Find Maps Please

    I was looking for Court 12 Harvest Lane. A map would be good.
  10. Is there a list of Sheffield victims of the 1918 flu outbreak anywhere?
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    China Square

    I suspected Cheney Square and you have confirmed it, thank you.
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    China Square

    Right another poser for you, I'm having a bit of trouble finding just where China Square was, I know Paradise Square was nick-named pot square but not China Square. Was China a corruption of Cheney?
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    Old Date Stone

    I don't think they had water mains in 1691!!
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    These look inactive

    I can't wait.