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  1. In the 60s the upper floors were let out to various businesses, - my girlfriend worked there for a car finance company. Along the corridor was the Sheffield Credit Reference Agency (??) which looked quite Dickensian. It was stacked high with old fashioned card index records, one for each person in Sheffield. They would scan the newspapers for court reports and suchlike noting down any convictions for fraud and bad debts. Large organisations such as the gas board would also submit details of people who didn't pay their bills. This information was then sold to any business who wanted to check your credit rating, just like modern computer systems.
  2. I believe the pond in the photo is a modern development used as a hazard for the golf course. A stream runs down from Bocking Lane direction that could have been dammed or diverted to create various ponds near the Abbey. I would guess that stone would have been cut from natural outcrops, there are plenty in the area, right up into the moors.
  3. Some good links there, very interesting. I pass Beauchief Abbey regularly and sometimes play golf there, the walk down from the third tee gives a great view of the Abbey's location in the surrounding area. It makes sense that it was built of locally available stone, why bring it in from elsewhere? I have two other questions; - who built it and why?? Did the monks(canons) from France decide to come over to Escafeld and build themselves an Abbey? I believe the monks all had proper jobs during the day so it would have been self-sufficient. Or did Fitz-Ranulph want to extend his estate and brought in the local builders? Dedicating it to Thomas Becket declared his Catholic allegiance?
  4. Good stuff, Can you recall any details? Why Strines, where did they go, what happened?
  5. I've often wondered how stone troughs were made. Did they just chip out the middle with a hammer and chisel or was there some way of cutting out the middle section?
  6. Yes, not sure of the exact dates but I remember it was one of the first Atlantean buses in the area. Used to catch it roughly where the new Asda is today.
  7. I was there late 60s doing my HNC in Mechanical Engineering. Does anyone remember the tower crane collapsing? On of our lecturers used it as example of structural failure.
  8. There was definitely a separate bar underneath the Black Swan around 1967-68, we used to meet there from Bridge St bus station. I think it was called the Sidewalk at the time but could be wrong.
  9. Interesting, my grandfather had a similar experience. He was working at Vickers and joined the Army Service Corps, going to France in 1917. Their job was to service the artillery and transport equipment and he was always on the move. At the end of the war he was sent to a 'concentration camp' in Germany, (which meant something different then) before demob to the UK. In the second photo, all the soldiers on the front row appear to be holding swagger sticks?
  10. Thanks hilldweller, good stuff. What a tortuous route for a pipe-line and why do we need a Spanish company to run it ?
  11. 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.
  12. How strange? I think there may be in a typo here. 3000 galls per day = 1095 mm gallons per year.