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  1. Wow thanks guys. What service. Now ... any pictures? snooz
  2. What school did you go to ? Firth Park Grammar School 1963 to 1970 If anyone is ionterested I have some pictures just before it was demolished when I briefly returned to England. Best regards snooz
  3. Does anyone remember the name of the sporting goods store that was situated across the street from Hillsborough Baths in Langsett Road, Hillsborough. Besides sprting goods I believe they used to sell the school uniform for Myers Grove Comprehensive School in the late 1960's. If anyone has any pictures of that area from the 1960's I would love to see them. Best regards snooz
  4. Thanks for the reply. I shall try to find this book "Chantreyland"
  5. Thanks for your input. I shall definitely try this. From separate sources I have knowledge that one of my direct line ancestors a John born in 1789 went to stay with his brother William Moore sometime around 1835 in the Norton area. I ten have a reference that William took over the Little London forge (is this what is now know as Abbeydale forge - the museum?) in 1837. I am assuming that the John and William shown in the 1841 Norton census are these two guys. Both John and William were born in Belbrougton in Worcestershire having descended from another John Moore who we know was married in the church there in 1641. They were all scythe makers working at water wheel driven forges. All the male Moore's carried on in this line of work - my father being the last working as a scythe maker at Clay Wheels Lane forge up until 1951.
  6. I have been looking at the 1841 census for the Norton area of north Derbyshire. This was before Norton was brought into the Sheffield boundary. I believe that a John Moore listed at the location of Little London was my Great great Great grandfather who was born in 1790. I also understand that after 1835 he went to stay with his brother a William Moore b. 1796 who I believe worked at the Abbeydale Forge from about 1830. The 1841 Norton Census lists a William Moore with his wife and 9 children. His occupation is "scytheman" and back then all the male members of the family seemed to be in that trade having originated in Belbroughton, Worcestershire. The strange thing however is that the location is given as "Bottoms". Does anyone know if "Bottoms" was an area of Norton back then - or perhaps it refers to the name of some property or house or even farm. Any help you could give me would be appreciated. I'm really trying to trace members of that branch of the family who may still be living in Sheffield. The only other branch of that family so far as I know that also moved to the Sheffield was my own direct line and I was born in Hillsborough. The Moore name dies out with me and since I now live in California I am anxious to trace any relatives that may still reside in Sheffield.
  7. For those interested, if I did this right, here are most of the photo's shown in my second You Tube video of Clay Wheels Forge. While researching this project I came across the following link to a book called Norfolk Works by Tomas Firth and Son's Ltd. This book contains over a hundred high quality photographs of various locations throughout Sheffield of Thomas Firth's various work sites. It certainly gives a great idea of the sort of places these steel plants were like in the 1930's. The book is excellent and is available as a free download at:- http://www.archive.org/details/thosfirthsonslim00firtrich
  8. Thank you Steve. This afternoon I posted another video on You Tube containing the photographs I have together with a 1855 Ordnance Survey map of Sheffield as well as a photo of the site today taken from Google earth. The video is a crude attempt at putting the Clay Wheel Forge site into geographic context with old photos showing the inside and outside of the forge in a clearer way than the original movie I posted. Incidentally the photographs do include my father and grandfather. I suppose I could also post the photos to this board if I can figure out how to do it and you think they may be of interest. The You Tube video is at:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2x-bnun67A
  9. For anybody interested in the Sheffield steel industry I was always told that the steel industry started there because of a ready supply of charcoal, iron ore, millstone grit and water power. In the 17 and 1800's it was the water power of all the Sheffield rivers that provided the energy to make it all happen. Back then most of the rivers around Sheffield were dammed and the water used to turn water wheels. An 1855 ordnance survey map of that time shows dams, weirs and water wheels throughout the area. As far as I know, only the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, is the only one left and is a museum. I'm not sure if it actually works or is a static museum. However, my Dad worked at the water wheel driven forge at Clay Wheels Lane, almost opposite where Fletcher's bakery is - remember the Fletcher's fire? He worked there through the 1930's till it closed sometime in the 1950's but the actual forge was built around 1755. At some time after it was built it was used to forge large guns for the navy and was owned by Thomas Firth and John Brown Ltd. Some time later the forge became the property of the Tyzack family who already had the tenancy of the Abbeydale works – see http://www.tilthammer.com/bio/tyzac.html When Tyzack’s took the interest in Clay Wheel forge they used it to produce scythes for the agricultural industry – similar to what they were doing at Abbeydale. Apparently many of the male members of my family were master scythe forge men. Sometime in 1941 a film crew from Thomas Firth and John Brown Ltd. Came to film the Clay Wheel forge for posterity and I was lucky enough to obtain a 16 mm copy of it. I (rather crudely) made a VHS copy some 25 years ago by projecting it onto the dining room wall and shot it with a VHS camcorder. I have now posted it on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqV3jtkQSe4 The film is interesting because it shows what Abbeydale Works might have been like when operating – although I believe Abbeydale was smaller than the Clay Wheel forge. I apologize for the poor quality of the video – I do still have the 16mm. movie and if there is any interest I will have it professionally converted and re-post. Also for anyone interested I have many high quality black and white photographs of the clay wheel forge from various sources.
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