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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 )
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.