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  1. It looks like it could be the old works on Sylvester Street, not sure of its name.
  2. Thats a great picture, and what a journey to make, very intrepid! Ive had another trawl around, and the BSA H model was avaliable with acetelyne lighting right through to the late twenties. Drum brakes were fitted on the 27-28 model, your Grandads has the old bicycle style brakes fitted so could well be a 1926 model.
  3. Hello Waterside Echo hope you get to see this. Thanks to the weather and liking a bit of a challenge, Ive been looking through loads of stuff. And from what I can make out on the photo and taking your Grandads word that it is a BSA, I think Ive found a contender. Your Grandads machine looks like it could be a BSA H2 from sometime around WWI. An advert in "The Motorcycle" from 1921 lists the spec for a BSA H2 as having a 557cc side-valve single cylinder engine producing 4.5 HP with chain drive and a three speed box. It was avaliable from the factory with a BSA No3 Coach built sidecar, for the princely sum of £152. This model has electric lighting, your Grandads has an acetelyne lamp so must be earlier model. Ill have a trawl on the net to see if I can find any decent links, my scanner isnt working at the moment. Found one its got a different sidecar, but quite simular. Its up for sale for 17500 euros. http://www.yesterdays.nl/1919-canoelet-com...12.html?invis=1
  4. If we could lighten the image and get a better look at the engine and tank shape, we could be in business.
  5. At a recent visit to The National Motorcycle Museum, a great way to loose a day in a fog of nostalgia bye the way. My eye was taken by a handsome red machine, it was a "Dunelt Vulture". A motorcycle with Sheffield connections, the imformation panel mentioned other Sheffield makes. Here's what ive managed to cobble together so far, its a bit sparse in places, but hopefully we can gather more imformation over time. I will try and add pictures too eventually. Dunelt: An off shoot of Dunford and Elliot steel makers, first built in 1919 in Birmingham their first model was a 500cc super charged two stroke single. After hitting financial problems, production moved up to Sheffield (I cant find any mention of where) and production ceased in 1935. Although they did flirt with 3 wheelers and outboard motors for a while afterwards. Probably their greatest day came in 1924 when a Dunelt machine became the first motorcycle to make a desert crossing from Cairo to Siwa. The picture below is a 1931 ( so could be Sheffield made) Dunelt Vulture. Speed King JAP: I can find hardly anything about this make, only that production was from between 1913-15 and were avaliable via mail order from a certain JG Graves. Sheffield Minor: Despite The National Motorcycle Museum having one of these on display, I cant find anything else about them, other than another connection to JG Graves. The Museums example fitted with a villiers engine possibly 1913-16 Wilkin: Kelham Island have an imcomplete 1922 model on display (see below), again imformation is sparse but their workshops were on Onslow Road. Sheffield-Henderson: Motorcycle and sidecar makers 1919-23, made at the Aero Works Fitzwilliam Street. An advert from "The Motorcycle" June 1922, boasts of Sheffield Hendersons record breaking. MR WD Marchant riding the firms 2.5hp ohv model claimed the 5+10 mile speed records in the 250cc class on the 15th of May. The advert proclaims the Sheffield Henderson as the sensation of the 1922 season! And the perfect mount for the sportsman! Plus it was guaranteed to exceed 70mph. All this could have been yours for £110 including a free high compression aluminium piston and race cam, plus quick delivery. The picture below shows Earnest Searle at the 1922 TT on a Sheffield Henderson, he failed to finish in both the junior and senior races. http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=u00286 The Neracar is the most successful of Sheffields Motorcycles (So successful Ive seen 3 this year!). Made at the Fitzwilliam works Tinsley, Picture Sheffield has many photo's on its website, and Kelham Island has 2 on display. So thats all Ive got at the moment, lets see if we can add some more. And when I get organised I will add some pics too.
  6. Right then Vox, if you know the common you should be able to find it easy enough.(Says he who's only just stumbled across it after thirty odd years). From the top car park head for the trig point, then take the path into the woods, and you'll come to a small dry stone wall enclosure on your left. The rest of the remains are below the enclosure. It would be nice to get some better photo's, but its one of those places you have to be there to get a good idea of whats it all about.
  7. Ive always loved wandering about on the Common, over the humps and bumps of the ganister mine remains and in and out of the quarries. But the one thing that has fascinated me ever since I saw its picture on Picture Sheffield was Cave House, and today I think I found it. The house was built by Thomas Halliday in around 1740 and blown up in the 1920's. It was built into the rock face, water was drawn from a nearby well and there was a small enclosed garden. What is left today is a small walled enclosure, with a small stone built hut in one corner, this is ontop of the crags. A short distance below is the house site, this is nestled in between rocks. On the rock walls you can see holes carved into them to support timbers, one area has been chiseled flat and a possible fire place. The area is strewn with dressed stone and the footings of the out building survive. Nearby is a short tunnel covered by big blocks of stone, could this be the well. Cave House as it was (Picture Sheffield). The site today. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2684/416617..._54cda90b0b.jpg Is this the front door step? http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4040/416616..._570a2c21f5.jpg Dressed stone. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2786/416540..._4fd8a2ae25.jpg The tunnel. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2799/416541..._140dc1aea4.jpg Remains of the hut in the enclosure. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2597/416615..._756aec27fa.jpg The pictures aren't very good, it was very gloomy today. I haven't posted very much either so I hope this is okay.
  8. Ive just passed, and it looks like its been renovated/developed. I know a planning application was rejected a few years ago. But at least it looks like it will be saved now. Lets hope the same will happen for Thornseat Lodge!
  9. Yes, we always get strange looks when we get to the checkout with about a dozen bottles, to send to exiled Sheffielders all round these shores and europe. We sometimes feel like the Red Cross when we send a parcel of Hendersons, Yorkshire teabags, Bassets Allsorts and a few bottles of Easy Rider over to an uncle in France, it costs about forty pounds in postage!
  10. The hymn is on an ashlar corner stone at the junction of Headford Street and Milton Street, at about chest height for a victorian gent. Ive got to say a big thanks to everyone involved, its amazing that a little imformation on a Sunday is turning up names and dates a few days later.
  11. Heres a larger version, although it looks like HP Baver it could be a worn Y.
  12. Apologies for the large image, I have no idea how to upload a smaller one. Its only my second post so still getting to grips with it. I was taking photos of the Eyewitness Works this morning when I noticed this carving on the corner of Milton Street and Headford Street. I think it must be a couple of verses of a hymn, but why would some one go to this trouble and who were they? I cant quite make out the date. Feb 3rd 18..
  13. Hi, thanks for the imfo. There are many earthworks and field walls in the woods, youve got to think that the woodland isnt that old. And if you could see the land without the trees, you would see an vast industrial lanscape.
  14. Hello everyone, this is my first post so please bear with me. As a child me and my friends would play in High Matlock Woods, some know them as Loxley Woods. At the base of the cliffs, there are the remains of walls and buildings, my dad used to call them the rifle range, and this is what they are shown as in some maps. And while some of the remains do look like a rifle range. The rest further down the hill look like a seperate phase, they maybe remnants from quarrying or mining, I would love to know what they were. Has anyone got any further imformation. Pic 1 shows what must be the wall of the rifle range. Pic2 shows the back of this wall. There used to be a concrete bunker in this trench, which we used to play in. Pic3 shows the remains further down the hill. These are two of three walls that run parallel to each other. Pic4 shows what looks like the back wall of a substantial building, with a series of rooms. Two rooms look like they have cellars. Pic5 shows the front yard of this building, with the remains of a privet hedge. Thanks everyone.