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  1. Is there any information here on Chris Hobbs web site? https://www.chrishobbs.com/sheffield/birleyspahistory.htm
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    Pond Street Bus Station in 1947

    The long building with the windows just below Pond Street Brewery (the building with the chimney) is the Howard Hotel before it was refurbished in its mock Tudor style.
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    Another remarkable Sheffield house

    Ask yourself andy 1702 ! how many listed buildings will be demolished to make way for HS2
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    Park Hill Flats

    Wasn't it English Heritage who placed the Grade ll listing on Park Hill ? The piece in this Historic England article about the building specification of the flats may spark some memories for former residents! https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1246881
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    Orchard Lane in Sheffield City Centre

    Seeing the Grand Hotel in the photograph brings back memories. The plumbing firm where I worked as a apprentice won the contract in 1964 to refurbish 17 of the Hotel bathrooms. Some of the rooms in that end block had windows overlooking the City Hall stage door, standing by the door was a crowd of girls with autograph books in hand waiting for their favourite pop group to appear after rehearsals. Some of the girls looked up towards the Grand Hotel, saw two lads looking out of an open window and gave out an almighty scream, needless to say two apprentices milked the situation for all it was worth with a few deft waves of the hand. That same year I attended a night school course in plumbing theory at The Central Tec just opposite the Hotel on Orchard Lane. The row of shops in the photograph would have been demolished to make way for the construction of the City Hall.
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    A birds eye view of old Sheffield

    This aerial photograph gives a rough idea where the shot could have been taken from!
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    Norfolk Park

    Lots of familiar landmarks/buildings to pick out in this 1857 William Ibbitt painting of Norfolk Park. Anyone have any idea what`s going on in the foreground?
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    New book about the history of Nether Edge

    One of my favorite Sheffield Panoramas! Norton Hammer/Forge with its dam in the foreground, Abbeydale Road and Abbeydale House with it`s smoking chimney on the opposite side of the dam, The Ecclesall Union Workhouse with its gables over to the right.
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    High Street in Sheffield City Centre

    Any one know the year the stature of Ebenezer Elliott was removed?
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    Didn`t go to Maximillions! Wife two kids and a mortgage put an end to the night club scene for me. Did go to Shades though! Max Omars club located under the old Greystones Cinema on Ecclesall Road. Remember trying my first goat curry there, washed down with a pint of lager, and later on in the evening, Max inviting The Equals(Eddie Grant) to the stage with one of the big build up introductions he gave to all the Groups appearing there. Great Times.
  11. Is that Norton Water tower on the horizon?
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    On the end of Leadmill Road

    You had to be quick off the mark between group sets to get a pint in The Norfolk Arms if a big name act was appearing at the Esquire. We always went the other way along Leadmill Road to either The Rodley Inn or the Truro Tavern on the other corner of Leadmill Road. Both these pubs if my memory serves me, were licenced for beer only. We went in the Truro that often we were treated like locals. When the Landlord gave up the tenancy he invited us all down to his new venture at The Shakespeare . can`t exactly remember where it was though? We got some strange looks! 6 youth`s dressed in all the latest mod gear, standing at the bar and being given a pint on the house (64/65)
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    Victoria Train Station

    This article from The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent gives a brief account of the construction of the Station in 1851.
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    The Farm

    This article from the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent details a visit by the Duke of Norfolk to Sheffield in 1851, it also mentions calling at the Farm for lunch.
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    Joseph Turner & Co

    This won`t help you with your Joseph Turner Quest John! My connection is to the Sorby Family through my 3xGrandfather. In 1854 William Turnell my 3xGrandfather placed this announcement in the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent.
  16. Not a cafe for bikers THYLACINE ! The Fav was a meeting place for the lads and lasses into the Sheffield Mod scene in the sixties. Had my first glass of red wine in the Rickshaw didn't rate it myself, the wine that is! though some of my pretentious mates thought it was the bee's knees, I'd only just got used to the taste of lager and lime. As for the meal I think i had sweet & sour chicken with fried rice, and a banana fritter for pudding.
  17. Can anyone help me put a name to the work/shop circled in these photograph`s, also the name of the road going up by the righthand side of the building. I remember going to replace a wc pan at this work/shop when i was a 17 year old apprentice, the plumber i was apprentice to parked his van in the car park, handed me the wc pan and pointed out the shop and said tec it ort rooard and then come back for mi tools. One embarressed 17 year old with his head down, carrying a wc pan across Sheaf Street. Also a photograph of the area taken before the building of the Corn Exchange.
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    Corn Exchange Car Park

    That would be 1963. I think in the same year we started some pre construction preparation work, ie water supply for the new BHS on Haymarket, the site entrance was on Dixon Lane.
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    Corn Exchange Car Park

    Thanks Guys. That`s the shop boginspro, though i don`t remember it being a newsagents, and i didn`t realise the road was the continuation of Broad Lane. Does that say LNER on the three wheeler truck behind the lorry in the bottom photograph?
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    Sheffield Castle Redevelopment

    Went along with my wife to visit Manor Lodge a couple of weeks ago `well worth a visit` second time in over 50 years for me, the last time was in 67 when i was doing some plumbing work for J Stead on Manor Lane, had a walk up to the Lodge one lunchtime, not as prominent those days! "the flowers look OK to me History Dude" After our visit we walked down the fields behind Manor Lodge for some lunch at the Rubarb Cafe (nice food) , some terrific views over Sheffield from behind the animal enclosures! Behind the animal enclosures, the field slopes down towards a couple of old cottages, there`s a ditch down one side and a bog pond planted with bullrushes etc, obviosly the pond was created recently! I was told you can vist these 40s themed cottages and to look out for the open days. Out of interest did any one play in this field when a youngster and remember what it was like 60 or 70 years ago.? Who lived in the cottages (was it a farm etc)?
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    Street Name Signs

    The first mention i can find of Scarsdale Road is for a birth at St Pauls, Norton Lees, for a Lucy Styring born at 25 Scarsdale Road in 1903. This enumerators sheet from the 1901 Census records Green Lane, at Norton Woodseats.
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    Mill Dam South St

    You'll find information about Bennet wheel on here http://www.riversheaf.org/sheafrwp/?page_id=474
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    Ecclesall Market

    Thanks Edmund, Should have guessed by the shape that it was a gasometer. Here`s a couple of Picture Sheffield photo`s of the gasometer, one taken from above in 1935 looking over towards Earl Street with the Moor in the foreground, anyone recognise any of the buildings? The other photo (date unknown), looking down Earl Street with the gasometer in the background.
  24. The other night in the local, talk got around to the new market down on the Moor, one of my mates said there had also been a market at the bottom of Ecclesall Road in the early 1800s! Any one have any ideas as to where it was. southside