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  1. I don't know when Colliery Road was limited to pedestrian traffic only but certainly in the 1960's it was open to normal one way traffic with a height restriction. Circa around 1966 I used to work at the Greenland Road branch of AEI Traction Division. It was a bit of a trek catching two busses to get there from Malin Bridge and some helpful soul told me about a chap who worked in the fettling shop that gave lifts from my area. What he didn't tell me that he was the northern hemispheres' worst car driver. He used to pick me up on Holme Lane and sometimes I managed to get both legs in the car before he set off. I normally kept both eyes firmly closed until we got there. He used a variety of short cuts, one of which involved cutting down Colliery Lane from Holywell Road. One morning we get a hundred yards down the lane before we came to a halt in a line of traffic. (The short cut was very popular). Some distance in front a big lorry had managed to jam itself under the first bridge. It was only about 6 feet too tall ! We had to wait until the police closed off Holywell Lane and reversed the large snake of traffic back out of the lane. I suspect that was when the traffic restrictions were introduced.
  2. My father worked in the Dyson clay pits during the 1950's and I have very fond memories of attending the Christmas parties for employee's children. These parties were held in the works canteen. This must have been relocated at some time because it was located directly across the service road from the 3 storey office block shown on the extreme right of the photo. I remember that we were all made to troop out of the canteen and stare across the road at Father Christmas and his sleigh which appeared, as if by magic, when a spotlight was shone on the roof. A few minutes later he appeared from behind the stage and gave out presents. It would appear that the workshops were extended over the site of the canteen. The best parts of the night were the "chara" journeys from Malin Bridge around all the Loxley, Bradfield and Stannington villages to collect all the children and the journey back again, sometimes in the snow.
  3. I've always understood that it refers to pits sunk to exploit the "Barnsley Main" seam of coal, which appeared at different depths according to the location of the pit. The seams generally sloping further down as you move east over the coalfield. Apparently the seam is about 1000 metres deep under Lincoln and is found as far north at Selby, North Yorkshire. I had the opportunity, years ago, to go down Harworth Pit, North Notts, where the Barnsley seam is about 850 metres deep. I went right down into the coal collection hopper by the deepest of the two shafts at around 1000 metres. The heat is amazing especially taking into acount the several megawatts of refrigeration that was in use. All gone now, the shafts were capped and a modern housing estate covers the site.
  4. It appears that the route was selected to avoid built up areas, considering that the pipeline can carry some dangerous liquids including aviation fuel and petrol. Remember Buncefield ? hilldweller
  5. You may well ask. It seems to me that sucessive governments have been only too eager to sell off the nation's family silver. Whatever became of the notion of keeping strategic necessities "in house", so as to speak. Don't get me on about Brexit, I'd gladly take a 20% cut in income and pay 20% more for goods in order to be shot of that completely un-democratic, unelected and un-accountable bunch of shysters telling us what we can and can't do. If I live long enough to need another car I'll buy an electric car, made by a Japanese company and produced in the North East.
  6. The bit of the pipeline that runs locally was part of the link between Rawcliffe and Bramhall. We picked it up at the pumping station and mothballed distribution depot at Black Bank near Oxspring. From there it runs along Wharncliffe Chase, past the crem at Grenoside, down under the Don by Middlewood Tavern, up past Worral, down Long Lane to cross the River Loxley by Rowall :Lane. It then runs up and over the Stannington Ridge and down to cross the Rivelin by the bottom of Lodge Lane. It runs up the fields to the hairpin junction on Lodge Lane and the through side gardens to the junction with Redmires Road. At this point it crosses to the other side of Blackbrook Road and through front gardens to a point just past Rochester Road where it bends at right angles and runs over the fields up to Fulwood Lane. From there it runs across the fields to Ringinglow Road, turns at a right angle, and follows this out to Upper Burbage Bridge, down Callow Bank, around Hathersage, Hope and Castleton. It then runs up the right hand side of the Winnetts Pass under the wide grass verge and at the top runs across to Bramhall. It was just past this point that a JCB damaged the pipeline and I understand the clean-up costs ran into millions. I hope this answers your question. hilldweeler
  7. As the article states the WW2 Pluto network was found unsuitable for further use and abandoned. It was replaced by the present network, the local bits were installed in the 1950's. There was a small pumping station / depot for the old network, located at Calver Sough where the car park of the present shop / cafe is nowadays. A long diagonal depression in the Calver Cricket Ground pitch was found to be due to the collapse of the old pipeline. My brother in law, sadly no longer with us, used to work at the spa processing plant up above Stoney Middleton and when they were digging a service tunnel under the road to link two parts of the plant they came across the severely corroded pipeline. I believe the bit of the modern pipeline running through the outskirts of Sheffield is still operational because they still overfly the route every couple of weeks and it's only a year or so ago that I saw the bloke with a instrument strapped to his chest and carrying two ski-stick probes making his way through peoples front gardens in Lodge Moor. He is checking the efficiency of the cathodic protection on the pipeline. The leases of the properties contain a covenant from the MOD giving the bloke access. It's only a few years ago when they replaced worn sections of the pipeline at Lodge Lane and Upper Burbage Bridge.
  8. No, that is almost certainly WW2 air raid shelter, probably provided for the use of the people living in the surrounding properties. Or it could have been a Home Guard Post on the road up to Worral. I was refering to this. I missed the shelter on my armchair Google tour of the area. Incidently the heavy power cables in the background are one of two 66Kv links from Deepcar to the Cement Works at Hope. It was run from the old YEB area when the East Midlands supplies out there were too weedy to supply the Hope Works. hilldweller
  9. I am not in a position to wander far from Hilldweller Towers, but I wonder if you are refering to a structure in the field over the wall on the left as you drive down what has at this point becomes Stockarth Lane. Just over the wall in front of it is a little five bar gate gizmo which gives the clue to what it is. The gate is the marker to show the line of the oil pipeline which forms part of a national pipline network connecting oil refinaries and depots all around the country. The pipe is of a considerable diameter and depth and contains oil products at very high pressures. Because it is not a contour pipeline the operating pressure is highest near the low parts of the line and following some ruptures and spillages, valve houses were installed at lower points to limit the escape of oil when excessive flows (escapes ) occur. I think that is what the structure which has a removable lid is. The entire original system was installed by the government in the 1950's, at the height of the cold war, to enable oil to be transported around the country in times of national emergency. I believe it is now operated privately. The little five bar gates are falling into disrepair in some cases but tall white steel poles with a yellow pent roof and a black stripe across it give guidance to the helicopters which fly over it on a regular basis. The only reason I know about this is because we once bought a bungalow at Lodge Moor which had the pipeline running through the front garden about 15 feet from the house and quite understandably I went into it further. A then young nephew and I had great fun tracing it's route across Yorkshire and Derbyshire by following the little five bar gates. I hope that I am not being indiscrete but the entire urban route of the line is marked by little roadside signs stating "Oil Pipeline" "In case of emergency ring so & so". There is even one sited in front of the struture. I think the Russians probably knew about it before it was laid. Co-incidently I remember my father and I talking to the gangs who were laying the pipes across the Loxley Valley in about the mid fifties. I took me about 50 years to find out what they were for. Hilldweller
  10. The Plot Thickens. I've found a large scale OS map dated 1974/79 on old-maps.co.uk which is copyright 'so I can't post it on here. It shows that the entire plot from the first of the terraced houses, No59, until the boundary with out-buildings at the bottom of the Burgoyne Arms pub yard, has been cleared. This includes the site of our mystery building. It looks as though the present buiding was rebuilt, possibly using some of the demolition rubble from the archway building. It looks as though Neddy was right with his 2007 post. hilldweller
  11. I'll chuck my twopenneth in. Entry in my 1942 Kelly's Directory. Don Johns(Chemists) Ltd Wholesale Chemist 2 Birdwell Road Sheffield 9 Laboratories:- 47 Cuthbert bank Road Sheffield 6 I must say that it looks like the place where a lone mad scientist might dwell hilldweller
  12. My phone is a "grandads" Doro clamshell, years old and still going strong. I keep it in my jacket pocket where it's spends most of it's life with a flat battery. As I never go out without my jacket (even in this weather) and I never go out without the car ( I can't). It's there for emergency use only and if it's flat then it can be brought back to life with a car charger adapter. I don't subscribe to social media (otherthan this forum) and I'm all the happier for that. The number of people that know my number are limited to about 5 persons and I can't remember the last time it rang. Up The Luddites.
  13. There was a pub called the Rising Sun on Hunshelf Road at Stocksbridge directly across the road from the billet mill. In the billet mill large ingots were rolled at yellow heat down into blooms of say up to 4" plus square, and then cut up on a hot saw into lengths to suit the customers. In an early application of technology the blooms were measured for length and a very early computer made by Elliot Automation determined the best cuts to make out of a given length to suit the various customers. The computer use first generation germanium transistors and had a 1K magnetic core store for it's memory. The pub was obviously very (too) convenient for the parched workforce and I was told the Fox's had bought out the licence and closed and demolished the pub in 1967. My connection with this came in the early nineteen seventies when I parked my A35 van (Wallace & Gromit Mobile) on the cleared ground of the pub in order to carry out the " Redex Treatment". This consisted of running around until the engine was hot, parking up, removing the air filter; and pouring a can full of Redex engine detergent/cleaner into the top of the carb. This was supposed to clear the valve stems and piston rings and restore performance. It also produced huge quantities of black smoke. When I started this procedure I had failed to notice the large billet mill high voltage substation downwind just a few yards away. I'd also forgotten that large substations often used photo-electric ray fire detection in case of fire in the oil-filled switchgear. I'd just got about half the can of Redex in the engine and couldn't see a hand in front of my face when there was a loud bang from the substation and the loud whine from the billet mill opposite wound down to a worrying silence. The penny dropped ! I flung the air filter inside the car, shut down the bonnet and was speeding back down the hill in the opposite direction to where I knew the high voltage gang would be approaching within about ten seconds. My stealthy departure was not helped by a smoke trail that the Red Arrows would have been proud of. I think I got away with it 'so don't tell anyone. hilldweller.
  14. Having a taste for savoury foods I've always been fond of cream crackers with cheese. This last couple of years I've been disappointed to find that cream crackers of any brand are now baked to an insipid off-white colour instead of the rich golden brown that they used to be. They don't crunch any more but rather melt into slush under your molars. I used to enjoy the cheese flavoured "Chedders" but they too, seem to be baked to a Dulux Colour Chart shade of off/white magnolia and are so bland as to make you retch. My solution is to properly bake the crackers , ten at a time, under the grill to a rich golden brown. Don't tell anyone, the Food Police will be knocking at my door. It would appear that the "Food Police" have ruined things yet again by instructing manufacturers not to bake food as they used to in case it produces acrylamide, a substance that might, possibly, perhaps, cause cancer if administered to rodents in MASSIVE doses. We can't have suger in our drinks any more, must not drink more than one unit of alcohol every Preston Guild and chips apparently cause instant death. We don't eat ready meals, I eat lean red meat almost every day and consume quantities of full-fat cheese, my cholesterol levels continue to amaze my GP, coming in south of 4.5 every time. The local Lincolnshire sausage can be grilled to a nice deep chocolate brown and is very tasty if you ignore the green bits in it. For the first twenty years of my life, breakfast consisted of toast done with a long home-made toasting fork in front of a coal fire. The best efforts produced toast that varied across the slice from raw bread to carbonised charcoal. I might not live to be a hundred and twenty, (who would want to), but at least I will have enjoyed my food. hilldweller
  15. My wife came out with an expression this morning I've not heard in a long time. She told me someone was "mimimoking" behind someone's back. I knew that she meant using silent facial expressions to express disbelief at what a person was saying. Is this a Sheffield expression or is it something my wife brought with her from her native Derbyshire Dales earlier life ? Any ideas ? hilldweller
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