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About al_linfit

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  1. Before my drinking time as well, I assume the boundaries were all 'straightened out' when Sheffield invaded Derbyshire and 'seized' Mosborough bypassing Ridgeway and Ford. I know I had a day trip to London as part of our schools (Westfield) protest at coming under the control of Sheffield, must have been 66 or 67ish Yes, a nice gentle stroll, as jogging hadn't been invented yet, we had to rely on a drunken Star Walk to get to the Phoenix in time.
  2. Brings back memories. I can remember the 'last half hour dash' from the Old Harrow to the Phoenix, to get the extra half hour drinking in. The Phoenix was then a much smaller pub than it is now and I think slightly more liberal on calling last orders.
  3. This is England '88 is on Channel 4, 13 to 15 December. Set 18 months after '86, presumably also shot in Sheffield? Link to details on Shane Meadows website http://www.shanemeadows.co.uk/ Looks interesting!
  4. One of my mum's friends and therefore my "auntie" lived on Ridgehill Avenue next to the path in to the park (the house on the right in the photos), and I remember squeezing through the hedge at the bottom of the garden to get in to the park. I can remember the muddy brook, but preferred it when it crossed Holinsend Road and emerged from underground. In the spring, you could find frog spawn followed by tadpoles and finally frogs, always interesting, but not quite as good as the newts you could find in the quarry. As kids we always thought that the "Centre Spot" marked the actual boundary between Yorkshire and Derbyshire, by the time licensing laws became important, Sheffield had extended it's boundaries making the majority of local pubs come under its control, although you could still have a last pint in the "Old Harrow" and the make a quick sprint down White Lane in to Derbyshire and the "Phoenix" which didn't close till 11 Thanks for the photos DaveH, "In the recreation grounds heyday anyone passing down Hollinsend Road on a hot summers day would see people playing golf, bowls and tennis in this busy little park". That's how I best remember it, glad to hear that the bowling greens are still in good order, as my dad spent many years playing for the veterans team.
  5. Thanks for the post , it brings back a few memories If I remember correctly, there was the proverbial brick built block of toilets close to the Hollinsend Road entrance,not that I'm in the habit of remembering public toilets! But growing up on Basegreen (50's and 60's) and going to schools controlled by Derbyshire, school holidays were often a few days out of sync with Sheffield school holidays. Going to play football in the park, it wasn't unusual to find the school still open and "lessons" being conducted in the school allotments. Naturally, we would offer our condolences to the lads doing, what appeared to be, hard labour and they would gracefully reply by hurling stones, sods or anything else they could find or get away with. Obviously they had an endless ammunition supply, our big advantage was that we could hide, in relative safety, behind the said block of toilets before moving off for a noisy game football just out of range of the unfortunate boys.
  6. Researching my family history in the 1911 census I've found two great uncles One's occupation is a' Firer Axle Hammer Furnace' in a Steelworks The other is a 'Stuffender Axle Hammer Furnace' A 'Firer' seems fairly obvious but anybody any ideas what a 'Stuffender' did ?