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  1. I believe Stubbin is/was a small hamlet near Rawmarsh.
  2. Hello Tom, I have the Crawshaw family in my family tree via the Simmonite connection, although I was unaware that it was THE Tommy Crawshaw. I'm not sure about his wife Janes maiden name, but I do know that his mothers maiden name was Simmonite. George Crawshaw and Mary Ann Simmonite married in 1866. The 1881 census has them living at 136 Park Hill Lane with three sons:- George, Thomas and Percy. Also living there as a boarder was the older Farewell Simmonite, who was a brother to Mary Ann, not Jane, and was therefore Tommys uncle. The younger Farewell Simmonite (KIA France 1916) was a nephew of the older Farewell, not his son. Given that in his day Tommy would be regarded as in the top echelon of professional footballers the fact that he was living in Lord Street, Park in the 1901 census just shows how different life is for todays pampered prima-donnas in the premier league. Regards - Dave S.
  3. Wasn't the structure a concrete mount for either a searchlight or an anti-aircraft gun? In the old days of TV outside broadcasting the BBC used to locate a mobile relay on the hill if they were broadcasting from Sheffield. PO Telephones provided the power with a mobile generator and, as an apprentice, I remember sitting in the van all day with the engineer who was on standby if the generator failed.
  4. As no-one else has mentioned them, I'll throw in Rotherys, the other wet-fish shop where my dad used to work, and Revills, the newsagent up the gennel next to Wilds. I think the shop was Fred Revill, and his brother Harry sold newspapers from a barrow. In the morning he was on the church corner and in the evening the Yorkshire (Penny) Bank corner.
  5. The towered building is called Tower Lodge and is still there. Very handy if you want to learn kick-boxing with Lethal Latif.
  6. I once worked with an old boy who had been an engineer with BR. He was a notorious 'bodger'. There was a (possibly apocryphal) tale that he hooked a crane to the rear of a train waiting at Victoria because he was too lazy to find the proper test weights. As you might guess the train then pulled away dragging the crane, now on its side, up the length of the platform.
  7. If tha duz owt for nowt allus do it fer thissen. EDIT must learn to use that search button.
  8. The 1905 Godfrey map shows it as Smithfield Market. The white building in the centre is the Alexandra Opera House and the factory to the right is the Clyde Steel and Iron Works.
  9. I got the brickworks from the 1905 'Godfrey' map (Sheffield North).
  10. I think it is a view of the Brightside sidings. Brightside Lane runs across the top, Carlisle Street across the centre with Newhall Road joining the two under the railway bridge. The factory is Cyclops Works and the strange-shaped building bottom right is the Grimesthorpe Brickworks. I would guess the date as early 1900s.
  11. Can anyone remember the trams with a post box? I think you paid a halfpenny extra and they were emptied by the GPO in Fitzalan Square.
  12. Florence Nightingale - related to the Shore family, lived in Sheffield in her teens. Roger Glossop - notable theatre set designer
  13. Are you sure it is out of print? I'm sure that I've seeen it recently in Waterstones. Try ringing their Sheffield or Meadowhall branches, as they usually have a good stock of local history books. Regards - Dave