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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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    A little bit about Sheffield City Hall

    They are still empty today. Why build them and not use them?
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    A little bit about Sheffield City Hall

    What were the two plinths for, either side of the main entrance? I know there used to be stone lions on the stage, but don't recall any outside.
  12. It was long and thin. You could walk in the front entrance and leave through the far end.
  13. I thought he used to live at Doncaster airport? For those who haven't seen it, his mate Little John is buried here, next to a parking meter. ( you couldn't make it up...) https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/little-johns-grave
  14. I remember Hadfields very well, I used to inspect their cranes at one time. I recall the area was called East Hecla then. Where did the name Meadowhall come from? Was it just thought up by marketing people?
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