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  1. Who remembers taking this exam? There seemed to be few pupils from my Catholic primary school who passed to go to Notre Dame High School which I attended. I found out years later that places had been taken up by girls who had been paid pupils at the schools own primary school which was actually closed around the time I started. Thereby making the whole selection process one of elitism!

  2. Due to downsizing of house and with regret, we have four attractive reproductions with lovely frames to sell.





    Can you afford to miss. Would be wonderful for pub, restaurant or just a history buff who wants quality pictures on his walls!!! £25 each!!!!!





  3. I remember my mother in laws terraced house where the front room was never used. It was cleaned and dusted once a week and only used if visitors called or for funerals. Even though they had three children, the kitchen was used for everything, cooking, homework and for bathtime. Is it a working class thing do you think?

  4. Some areas would have more than one grocers or butchers, all very near to each other, I can remember Gallons, Shentalls, B & C Co op and Liptons, just to mention a few. My mother shopped at Castledines on Hatfield House Lane. Does anyone remember being sent for a shillings worth of broken biscuits?

  5. Who remembers the wonderful butchers shops when I was growing up in the 1950s. I remember the pork pies from Friedrichs at Firth Park and The Wicker. Mother having joints of pork 'dipped' so the meat was lovely and pink.

    No concession to Health and Safety then!! Large carcasses hung up on the wall behind the counter.

    I bet there's some tales to tell!!

  6. After Burtons menswear shop was destroyed on the night of Sheffield Blitz on December 12th 1940 together with C & A Modes and The Marples Hotel, it seemed to be standing there in its sorry state for years. My memory may be playing tricks but I seem to remember the ruined building when I was a small child in 1946 or 1947. Does anyone know when it was eventually demolished?

  7. This is actually of fairly recent history, but does anyone remember the paper bin bags we had in some areas in the 1970s. I certainly remember them in Grenoside and Chapeltown.

    You had a concrete stand and a wire contraption at the top which held your paper bin sack. There was also a lid on it.

    When full, you tied it up and left for the binman. I can't remember how long they lasted before being replaced with conventional bins again!

  8. When I was growing up in the 50s, everyone looked after their houses and gardens on our council estate. If women didn't donkey stone their front steps they would get talked about! Gardens were pristine and if someone was elderly, the neighbours would look after their garden for them. My parents would even cut the grass on the verges outside the house as did everyone else, even though the Council came round to do it frequently. Don't people have standards these days?

  9. Recreational walking didn't seem to be something that my parents did in the 1950s.  I wonder if it was a bit of an elitist thing then with people belonging to rambling clubs rather than just setting out to walk as we do today? Does anyone remember any early rambling groups?

  10. There doesn't seem to be much information on the web about Gerald Brooke who I think was a Soviet spy and a teacher at Firth Park Grammar School. Or about the Pragers, Nicholas and Jarmila who I think lived at Rotherham. Does anyone have any information about them?