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  1. Hi I also used to play there as a kid. Think there was the ruins of an old cottage there also. Map 288 of the maps on this site show the rifle range and buts. Later I used to belong to the railways shooting club which was situated in the railway arches at Bridgehouses. One of the guys told me he used to shoot on that range but they closed it when a walker got accidentally shot. It was used for .303 rifle shooting.
  2. <p>As you say Hilldweller the trees had grown but if you walked Stannington direction there was a trench with the remains of metal frames for the targets and a bank of earth at the back to stop the bullets.</p> <p>I think there was also the ruined remains of a stone cottage. I also remember that there were grindstones in the river at that time.</p> <p>The mine entrance I explored was half way up the banking to the left of the steep path heading up to the pub.</p> <p>We used to walk down to the river opposite the school playing fields. This was before it was tip filled and the pub built.</p> <p>At that time there were garden allotments and at the Loxley Rd side a big dam.</p> <p>By the river we would turn towards Stannington until we reached the path up to the Robin hood.</p> <p>This was the route of the cross country run for MG school.</p> <p>Later on MG lane led to the entrance to Stannington College</p> <p>More memory...</p> <p>The first row of houses had just been built on Marchwood road.</p> <p>Just above were the remains of a gun site with circular gun bays, sunken ammunition stores nissan huts and a concrete control room.</p> <p>Wonderful playground for a young kid.</p>
  3. After the school closed the site was used as a outdoor activities centre. They used to store canoes and climbing equipment that was then used with the staff at other schools.
  4. Do you remember the army jack knife. It had a blade and a spike. Used to be loads of them around. I had 2, one from my dad and I think the other from my grandpa. Was the same knife issued in the first war? Sadly I don't remember what happened to them.
  5. I remember the entrance to the mine. The Loxley valley was my play area in my early teens 1960. A friend and I went so far in but got scared and came out. The wood roof supports looked to us to be in bad condition. Do you remember the nearby rifle range with the buts and shooting points? Some years later I went with a friend and a metal detector and recovered quite a few 303 bullets and shell cases. I did hear that the range was closed after a walker got shot but I have no details. I also remember school sending a group of us boys on a visit underground to Brookhouse pit. Although I had relatives who were miners the visit made such an impression that I vowed never to work in one (pit)
  6. Memory.... Final release from prison (Myers Grove School) 1964 and throwing my cap as far as I could off the bridge into the river....
  7. The tractors and trailers would be the Recreation Dept with their small Fergy tractors taking the spent hops to Graves Park nursery. They also used to take the contents of the cows stomachs from the abattoir but that's another story. Ie little Ernie Marriot and the punctured trailer tyre!!!!
  8. Hi Thought this may be of interest. Dean has this picture. My grandpa is second from the left rear rank. Possibly 93 Bt machine gun corps. He served first in the Yorks and Lancs.
  9. My dad and his friend Mat. You can see in the photo that Mat has a pin holding his jaw together. He served in an Alpine Jaeger Battalion.
  10. Interesting. My father served in the Royal Engineers in Egypt. Whilst there he injured his jaw and ended up in Cairo Gen Hosp. In the next bed was a German soldier who had his jaw smashed by a machine gun bullet. Although the German was a POW he was just treated as a patient whilst in the hospital. Dad and his army buddy's got on well with the German and they went to the cinema together. He was allowed in the Kenya club which was forces only and even went on a trip with the guys to see the pyramids.
  11. Hi I took this photo of the Friendship Inn Tinsley Pk Rd in 1981.
  12. The home brewed cava is definitely strong. The old boys in the village have a license which is passed on down the generation but calva making is just part of life in rural Normandy. I remember the first time i helped my neighbour he asked if we made cider back home.... Not in Sheffield. Then he asked if people distilled calva? I said no it wasn't allowed. Then he said "Well what do people do with their left over cider?" I don't think he has any concept of big industrial city life at all.
  13. You may be right Steve, the old memory fades....sigh! I think the cinema I'm referring to was on the Ponsford side of the bridge and you had to walk under the bridge to get to the other cinema on the Machine Mart site.
  14. I remember going to the Colli on Sat morning. 6d to watch Flash Gorden, Cisco Kid, Zorro and cartoons. Brill. That was about 1958. The cinema was definitely not on the Machine Mart site but further up the road. I'm pretty sure it was demolished.
  15. Hi My dad worked at Brown Bayleys on Old Hall Rd. He used to drive the overhead electro magnate crane until the fumes got to him. Crane cab over the top of the charging furnace got all the fumes. After that he turned cannon barrels for spitfires until they called him up and sent him to Egypt with the Royal Engineers. I can remember going to the docs on Old Hall Rd. Think they called him Pettigrew. Can also remember the Police station and Fire station where my aunty worked during the war. For the first 5 years of my life I lived opposite the acid works. Used to watch the trucks arriving with great big glass carboys of acid. The windows of the house were all brown and pitted from the acid fumes. No wonder my chest aint so good!!!