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  1. On reflection, I'm not sure that Ecclesfield Beagles did merge with Holme Valley Beagles - anyone know? Holme Valley and Colne Valley did merge it seems.
  2. I think the name of the huntsman when I followed them was Jonty Sanderson (or perhaps Saunderson). The country they hunted extended from the South Yorkshire Pennines towards Worksop, and north towards Wombwell. The Strines then would have been fairly inaccessible but in the days before strong limits on drinking and driving a doable trip if you had a car. If my memory is correct, the Boxing Day meet was always The Rockingham Arms in Wentworth. The hounds were kennelled in a quarry off Townend Road, Ecclesfield, somewhere close to the Cemetery. I think they merged with Holme Valley beagles some years ago, and that joint pack then merged with Colne Valley. I don't know where they are kennelled now. Most of the followers I remember came from North Sheffield although thats probably inaccurate.
  3. Just came across these posts. I used to hunt with Ecclesfield Beagles in the late 50's-early 60's. My memory is that they met at the Strines at Christmas (eve I think).
  4. The site firthparkgrammarschool. doesn't seem to work. Has it disappeared? I was a pupil from 1956-63. ---------------- Edit, new link: https://firthparkgrammarschool.wordpress.com/
  5. Just noticed this thread - sorry for such a late posting. I was in the same class as Malcolm Stringer, her husband, at Hucklow Road Junior School. I remember her as a teenager hanging out around Sheffield Lane Top and Hatfield House Lane.
  6. At the risk of over posting on this topic, here is a little more background on Sheffield forge and Rolling Mills from http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Sheffield_Forge_and_Rolling_Mills_Co Sheffield Forge and Rolling Mills Co of Millsands Works, Sheffield 1872 The company was established on 18 July. 1951 Nationalised under the Iron and Steel Act; became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain 1953 Sold by Holding and Realization Agency to Darwins Ltd.
  7. Bayleaf raises an interesting point about the names of the different jobs in a rolling mill. My father was (or described himself) as a roller, and for all his working life as I remember it, he was the man at the end of the chain of rolls who finished the rolling. I think he was in charge of the set (is that the right term?). Other specialist jobs I remember (as oppsoed to crane driver and furnaceman) was the 'puller-out' who took the finished rolled bar from the rolls on the last pass (a posting on http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/archive/index.php/t-71012.html refers to the same job as 'runner out'), to the 'straightener', who if my memory is correct sat in a sort of recess in the floor, and turned and adjusted the finished bar so that it cooled straight. As a very young boy, I knew all about fractions and how to use a micrometer because he taught me as he showed and talked to me about his work which seemed to require an extraordinary degree of accuracy to avoid spoiling the steel - it seemed to be a job that requiered enormous skill, and judgement. I can't imagine that a trade like this will ever be created again (and who would want to work in such appalling conditions), so collecting memories of it is I think important.
  8. I thought this may be of interest. I found it on ebay (a picture for sale), and it is described as cica 1920's. The dress of the man at the side may well suggest that date, but the working mens clothes and the structure of the bar mill is very much as I remember when visiting it as a child in the early 1950's. I also found the following on http://www.sfbhistory.org.uk/Pages/SheffieldatWar/Page05 I remember my father talking about this kind of specialist steel work during the war. The Sheffield Forge & Rolling Mills Co. Ltd IN the early days of the war The Sheffield Forge & Rolling Mills Co. Ltd., Millsands Works, was called in to help, with its special sections, in the development of new weapons. The first request was for a special bomb-release section for heavy bomber planes, and this product was supplied continuously throughout the war, saving many thousands of man-hours in machining. Forgings were next required for reciprocators on multiple A.A. guns; and then came a demand for forged shafts for the main drive on naval landing craft. All this time various experimental sections were being made at Millsands Works for the ever-changing Barracuda dive bomber. Then the Air Ministry wanted a special "V" section to fit over the wing edges of Mosquito planes for cutting balloon cables when in flight. This again was accomplished to the satisfaction of the authorities. Considerable tonnages of rectangular section were supplied for the links of flail tanks, and a very large output was maintained, over several years, of bright cold drawn bars for Hispano cannon shell and of black rolled bars for the Oerlikon gun. Hundreds of tons of 2-lb. tank-piercing shell steel were produced, and after the Battle of Alamein, when the superior penetrating power of the German 6-lb. shell was discovered, a rapid turnover on to a British counterpart was ordered and dispatched in big tonnages. When the submarine menace made it necessary for our ships outside Coastal Command range to be protected, an urgent priority instruction was received for steel sections for making the catapult mechanism used in launching Spitfires from ships. This demand was successfully met in time to save many ships and their cargoes. The Company was also largely engaged on the production of agricultural plates, sheets and special sections. Over a third of its plant was devoted to this work, producing more than 40,000 tons of such material during the war.
  9. My father was employed for all his working life by Sheffield Forge and Rolling Mills (variously taken over and renamed) on Millsands. Some years after he retired, I took him there, and we were surprised to see what seemed (at least to me in my memory as a child) an enormous works was now a fairly modest car park. He has been dead for many years, but I still have vivid memories of visiting him at the works, and watching the rollers (of whom he was one) working. I feel enormous pride in his work. Does anyone else have memories, or knowledge of the history of Sheffield Forge?