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  1. That could explain why the name Sheffield doesn't appear on the knives we bought. I think the entry in Kelly's directory in Steve's post could easily have been a typo, whoever typed it probably had Joseph Rodgers in mind. I think the entry above - Groocock & Cooper - could have been a mistake too. Plenty of references to Grocock on SH - https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/3267-ugliest-town-in-the-old-world/?tab=comments#comment-72559 But Groocock ?? I think the clerk who typed up Kelly's must have had a late night.
  2. The following appears on the packaging of a set of kitchen knives we bought in Tassie. Can anyone expand on the history of Stanley Rogers in Sheffield? Is the factory still there? The knives we bought did not have the name Sheffield engraved on them. In 1930 Stanley Rogers, a young charismatic entrepreneur made his first mark by opening a small retail store on Elizabeth Street in the heart of Melbourne. While sharpening knives and repairing cutlery, Stanley developed a deep understanding of his customers' needs. Driven by a passion for the highest standards, Stanley acquired a cutlery factory in Sheffield, England. Sheffield is recognised worldwide as the City of Steel and was the heartland of cutlery production. Over many generations Stanley Rogers not only gained recognition as a leading manufacturer of stainless steel cutlery, but also as a specialist for premium dining and kitchenware products. Today, Stanley Rogers retains the highest quality and craftsmanship, while our designers are committed to honouring Stanley's timeless style.
  3. 1972. That's how I remember it. It's burned on my memory.
  4. Hey Ian, Just saw your reply when this topic was opened up again. I would be interested in seeing your photographs if you can upload them, I'm sure they would be of interest to the historians on this site.
  5. Used to go to Glossop Road baths in the mid 60's, there was a little café close by which was our first stop after a swim, they sold penny crusts, the buttered end of a loaf. Best thing ever for starving little kids.
  6. Was Wimpey the construction company or the hamburger shop?
  7. Can't help you with Kelly's but it's good to see you still staggering on Hilldweller. Just re-read your MG post back in Feb 2017, I remember it well, so difficult to reply to something like that. Please keep posting, we miss your grumpy persona when we don't hear from you. All the best from Tassie.
  8. I read his autobiography 'Headlong Into Pennilessness' published by ACM Retro - a most interesting read. I lived just round the corner from him and was familiar with all the places he reminisced about. He is a Sheffield born, London based poet, art critic, fiction writer and publisher contributing regularly to the Independent, the Financial Times, the New Statesman and the Economist. His new collection of poetry is published by Savage Poets Collective of Sheffield. He was born in Fir Vale and read English at Queens College Cambridge. I sent him a copy of my book, self published, hoping to elicit some response but he was too busy.
  9. I have sent a PM to the admin. team regarding the Banner Name
  10. Hi BenBeau, Looks if I missed out on that trip to France, I didn’t even know we had a twin school in Alençon, maybe they told us but I just wasn’t listening. And I was pretty hot at French, quite au fait with the language, as you can see. Miss Hannington taught us some of the time but in my last year they shipped in a genuine French teacher from the continent who was quick to recognise the raw talent I possessed and rewarded me with an AA report card and an O level pass. Sadly I only have the initials MJR to remember her by. However, going back to the student exchange thing, I do recall my older brother entertaining a French student (male) at our home although I don’t think my brother ever went to France. I remember being envious of the musical instrument he constantly played which was a mouth piano. The Marseillaise never sounded so good!
  11. Sounds like the perfect childhood. In't it a pity we have to grow up.
  12. We lived at Firvale, the Cannon Hall, Sportsman and Tollgate were our favorite dives, this was pre 1972 the year we shipped out to Auz. We loved the Tollgate, it was a nice quiet pub, never any trouble. I remember the pinball well, wasted many an hour on it. Only names I can recall in the Gate were Dave McCambridge and his mate Bob (?) who had a deformed leg or hip and walked with a serious limp. I checked out the Tollgate on Google Earth just recently - it's now a supermarket, the happy days are gone forever Kidneystone.
  13. Hey Up Davey, I assume Chap. is Chappletown and not Chappaquiddick? The forum is a goldmine, I spent a week looking back through old posts when I first joined. Let us know what you dig up and what Millhouses Park was like 44 years ago. Just a tip . . . lose some of the spaces, it's easier for us to read. Cheers.