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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)


  4. 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.

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  5. 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. 

  6. 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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  7. 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)?


  8. 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.




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  9. Thanks Guys, not exactly Ecclesall then!!  it was located much closer to the new market than i realised.

    It`s thrown up another question if any one can help.

    I found the market on this section from the 1841 map of Sheffield, what i want to find out about now is the round construction on Earl Street(circled)


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  10. 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.