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  1. rover1949

    Mowson Lane, Worrall

    Thanks hilldweller, good stuff. What a tortuous route for a pipe-line and why do we need a Spanish company to run it ?
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    Mowson Lane, Worrall

    Interesting, - did you reach any conclusions as the where the pipeline came from/was going to? I have seen similar markings for gas pipelines in this area, but we are a long way from any oil refinery.
  3. How strange? I think there may be in a typo here. 3000 galls per day = 1095 mm gallons per year.
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    Ladybower and Ashopton

    I was there on Monday, - surprising how many folk were walking over the ruins. This is where they were:- https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=17&lat=53.3943&lon=-1.7255&layers=6&right=BingHyb
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    Was this building a court house?

    We had an account here in the late 60s/early 70s so used to go inside quite often. First the District Bank, later NatWest. The manager had an impressive office behind those windows at street level. There now appears to a tree growing out of the chimneys?
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    WALL MOUNTED SLOT MACHINES

    Beech Nut machines, one free every FOUR turns. Quite rare but they did work, - you could figure out the next free one by the position of the handle.
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    What year do you think this is?

    Yes, my dad used to work at the YEB offices opposite where this picture was taken. It provided daily entertainment watching people trying to get over the crash barrier with shopping bags and pushchairs
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    What year do you think this is?

    In the distance you can see some pedestrians crossing the the new road, even though they have to climb over the barriers on the central reservation. This was a common problem when it first opened, - some people didn't want to use the underpass.
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    Church Street, Ecclesfield - what do you remember?

    Interesting, I thought I knew Ecclesfield well but don't remember that group of buildings past Bennets the butchers, (now an estate agent). I guess they were demolished early 60s and the church grounds extended. That structure in the corner used to be a drinking fountain in Ecclesfield Park, I think it was associated with the Woodcock family but it didn't produce any water in my day.
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    OLD SAYINGS

    Not convinced about the hangman theory. I prefer the naval connection regarding 'money for old rope', which is similar to the expression 'learning the ropes'. On the old sailing ships every rope had a specific function and needed to be of a certain length. When they became frayed the rope would be cut up and any usable short lengths sold on at the next port. Frayed bits could well have ended up as oakum but intact rope would still have had some value.
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    Ladybower and Ashopton

    I have occasionally been fly fishing on Ladybower, using one of the rowing boats. If you row under the viaduct towards Derwent it seems you can nearly touch the top of the arches. The water must be very deep.
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    Beagling

    Well spotted Edmund. I was in the Strines Inn two weeks ago after the Dambusters flypast (which didn't happen) and must have walked past this several times over the years. This proves the Ecclesfield-Beagles-Hare hunting connection I think? The previous photo from Simon mentions the Derwent hounds, which is the same area. Are they foxhounds, as opposed to Beagles?
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    Scarborough - Sheffield's favourite seaside town?

    Yes, transport was a big factor before we all had cars. I knew someone who lived in Cleethorpes during the 50s, - his parents ran a boarding house which was very popular with Sheffield folk. The men would cycle over from Sheffield whilst the wives and children came by coach (chara?)
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    Orchard Square in Sheffield City Centre

    I don't know the history but I was at the opening ceremony with Prince Charles. A waitress from the Museum Pub brought a glass of beer out for him and we all appeared in 'The Star' and 'Look North' that night. Before that I think it was the back entrance to the Stone House?
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