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  1. The drop wire was of the copper-coated steel figure-of-eight construction and the tings were of digital precision. The cadence of the tings was precisely like the sounds coming from the nuclear alert box which used to sit behind the bar at the tiny pub we used to frequent in Lincolnshire. The barmaid used to turn the volume down but the landlady, who must have been of a nervous disposition, used to turn it back up again. There was a hand cranked siren in the corner behind the bar, This was at the height of the cold war. hilldweller.
  2. During the 1970's up to about 1984 we lived opposite a primary school in Sheffield which had a air-raid siren mounted on the roof. This was one of many sirens mounted above school premises. At one point our telephone developed a strange fault, the bell used to give a litle "ting" at approximately 1 second intervals. We sent for the Post Office Telephones man who went up the pole outside and cleared the fault in a few minutes. I was intrigued by the nature of the fault and asked the engineer what had caused it. He told me that it was classified information but if the "tings" had stopped before he fixed the fault it might have been time to locate a clean pair of trousers . This sounds to me that it might have been the "Confidence Signal" mentioned in the technical article. The siren mounted on Malin Bridge Junior School was always tested on a Thursday Morning at 11 am precisely. When we lived at St. Anthonys Road in the early 1990's we watched the siren being dismantled across the valley atop one of the Stannington tower blocks.
  3. Bit of a mystery as to just where this gym was. The adverts mention that it was adjacent to Wesley College and within the boundaries was a detached house. Looking at the 1853 large scale map it shows what my aged eyes reckon to be a swimming baths where the present King Edwards swimming bath is situated and a detached house called Clark Cottage next to the baths. From the map the bath may well have been open air with just a changing room by the road. My own memory of trips to the baths in the early sixtiies is that the building was of wooden construction, but it was a long time ago ! The baths seem to be clad with a modern ashlar cladding but looking down the side you can see evidence of much older rough rubble walling. The property on the corner of College Street where Clark Cottage was located seems to be a substantial Victorian villa. Is this Clark Cottage and perhaps the gym was re-purposed as a swimming bath by the college ? The dates don't seem right somehow. It seems strange that the 1853 and later maps show no sign of any other development around the perimeter of the college. PS I've just established that the King Teds swimming baths were only opened in 1936 by the council for use by other schools as well as KES.
  4. My grandfather used to collect silver threepenny bits for me and I kept them in a little wooden money box shaped like a cottage that he made for me. It was kept in my grandparents front room. I suspect that I didn't have exclusive access to it, the amount never seemed to increase. I also used to take an old sixpence each week to junior school and Mr. Courage, the headmaster used to enter the amount in my Yorkshire Penny Bank book. I also remember being taken to the bank branch on Bradfield Road by my mother to withdraw it, for the day trip to Cleethorpes. I think I've mentioned them before but does anyone remember the one old penny Hovis loaves. I used to take my penny to the bakery which stood opposite Oakland Road WMC and exchange it for a tiny loaf. First I would devour the top crust, then pick the squishy bit out of the middle, then eat the outside. All before I gained the school gates. The sweet shop opposite use to sell Cadbury chocolate bars priced at 1, 2 or 3 old pennies, I kid you not. The 1d bar was about 3" X 0.5" by less than 0.25 " thick. The 2d & 3d bars were correspondingly larger. You could also buy a segmented bar like the modern ones but much smaller for 6d. Happy Days hilldweller
  5. I feel I should qualify the "bitter & unpleasant" quote by pointing out that I'm afraid my necessary medication has a lot to do with this. Following a recent relapse in my health I've had to take much increased levels of steroids for a while and you wouldn't believe just how much they affect your temperament. Still, I'm still here, I think, checks pulse. hilldweller
  6. I too remember passing it. The fat lot of good it did me ! My mother decided that it would make me into a snob and vetoed my "elevation". I was sent to the local Secondary Modern instead. She failed on the one count, I became a snob anyway. At least it meant I went straight into the top of the top form. The headmaster shamed her into letting me take the 13 plus but that came to naught when she took me out of school after 4 terms anyway. I left without any qualifications and had to work for years to get any, Still it made me the person I am, ( bitter and unpleasant )
  7. I think I've identified the mysterious railings and platform. I think that they are at the front/rear of the building to the immediate top of the garden area and directly across from the telephone call box on the bus station. If you study the 1950's map carefully there seems to be a small area that faces onto Pond Street. I'm afraid my editing capabilities aren't up to placing an arrow on a copy of the map. Sorry about the "wild goose chase" hilldweller
  8. As you were ! I've had a re-thunk and think that the landing shown is much closer to Flat Street. The relative position of the bus station doesn't make sense. I think that the stairway is located at the far end of the gardens where the advertising hoardings are located. I've found a much earlier photo which, I think the, shows the bottom part of the steps. It shows the cleared area to the north to be the site of Court 16 which I think became the garden.
  9. I've not managed to find the photo of the "wavy tin" fenced steps but I have managed to find a photo on Picture Sheffield that I think shows the landing at the "dog-leg". I think the photographer is stood at the top of the bottom set of steps looking towards the top steps which lead upwards to the right from the end of the landing. The railing must have been erected when the building on the low side was demolished. The other picture must be in one of the many Sheffield books I possess and is probably copyright anyway. hilldweller Postscript I've just found an example of the "sawtooth2 wavy tin on another Picture Sheffield photo No. S18827. This shows the same Anderson shelter material used as a fence to Pond Street during the College of Technology extensions hilldweller
  10. I recall walking up and down them many times in the fifties and they certainly had a dog - leg in them halfway down (or up). The corporation had used surplus "wavy tin" sheeting left over from Anderson Shelters, The sections that form the bits on each side of the entrance door, to make fences/walls on each side of the path, These were erected with the angled edges facing upwards presenting a sharp saw-tooth appearance to the fence top. I recall seeing a photo somewhere, probably on Picture Sheffield.
  11. If my memory serves me well, it doesn't usually, I seem to remember that it was used as a stand for milk churns awaiting collection. I may possibly remember a fellow miscreant trying to get one of the lids off to quench a thirst but if pressed I would plead the UK version of the fifth amendment
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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