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  1. Well said. I share your sense of frustration and annoyance at the useless lot in the town hall. I wish the Sheffield public would have the sense to vote them out now and again to regain their attention as that's the only way to get them to listen. Who would believe that they were there to represent us? Thanks for the lovely picture of the monument too.
  2. It was the original Black Swan but known to everyone as the Mucky Duck.
  3. Yes, they were previously known as Holmes & Younie
  4. Don't know if this is the same knife but there used to be one similar, on display in the old Norfolk Market hall in the forties and early fifties. At that time, a new blade was added every year and it often got a write up in the Sheffield Star from time to time. Those were the days when Sheffield was a great and very important city with industry which led the world in so many ways.
  5. I have been having problems for the last 3 days. Tells me the site is insecure and my browser will not let me enter. Have found a way round it but long and tedious and this needs putting right as, in my case, the problem still exists and I am missing using the site in a normal way.
  6. Yes, Superfi rings a bell with me so you may be right. I know I've seen the shop before in the old days and often looked in the windows so I will have to think further about this.
  7. I think it was at the bottom of Rockingham Street - left hand side going up from The Moor, facing the side of Roberts Bros old shop.
  8. I used to go in there in the late 50's early 60's - my grandmother worked there at one point. The Athol tried to be more up-market than most pubs and the most notable and unusual thing was that they had a very good pianist playing a grand piano and he was immaculately attired with dress shirt, dickie bow etc. and when he took a break, he walked around the patrons and offered them all a pinch of snuff out of his snuff box. When I declined, he told me to try dipping my next cigarette in it before I lit up and yeah, it was quite nice. Don't know when it closed down - at a guess I would say in the 70's.
  9. Hi Wayne, I left facebook because of the amount of notifications I was getting so I can't get on properly now. Lovely to see the photo up here - that was a great day. Such a shame that those times have gone forever. All the best mate. Tony
  10. Very interesting Meersbrook, I'm trying to find out more about Joseph Berley as I have great personal interest in the Wagon & Horses in particular (sadly, just closed down for good) besides history of Heeley and it's people in general. I wondered how a young man like Joseph, who died at 31 years came to own the old Wagon & Horses and to afford to demolish it and build the imposing Wagon we see today. Also seems strange that he lived on Well Rd. when he owned The Wagon. I also noticed that the concert room of The Wagon appears to be the original part of the old Wagon building which must have been left standing and added to when the new Wagon was built.
  11. Thanks Lyn, but have already visited that site many times before. No reference to such documents as RichardB gave us.
  12. Hi Richard, That was very useful to me. Can you tell me where you find these on the internet please? As a Heeley lad I am always trying to find new info about the past. Many thanks
  13. Landlord in 1951 was Jack Bingham - was there around 40 years or thereabouts
  14. Hi Wayne, It was your Mum & Dad, Linda & Tony, I played the organ for in 1977-78. I was playing there when the Jubilee party took place. A very busy and successful pub in those days. Tony
  15. In the early 70's, there used to be a lady called Trixie living on High Broomspring on the Broomhall Flats. She was a regular in the lounge of "The Domino" pub She was a very small lady with very dark hair and always very smart and was married to a guy called Dougie who suffered very poor health (I knew their surname but can't recall it now). After Dougie died, she moved to an address on John Street. Last heard of (by me) in the 1980's
  16. Well done. Your assumption is correct. In the photo which I'm posting, you can see the clock tower from the side and the wall, timber cladding and lights are shown to be the same.
  17. Starts on London Rd, Lowfields then carries on up to Highfields and down to the bottom of Ecclesall Rd. It then travels up The Moor, on Pinstone St., and down Fargate. Then down High St. to Fitzalan Square and turns left down Haymarket to the Old Court House. Lovely old bit of film. I wish there were more such as that.
  18. I used to drink in the bell in the 60's. Quite a busy little house both noon and night and sold a good pint. Didn't need to rely on the cinema for trade - a lot of the customers were too far gone to watch a film by the time they left. There was a piano and sound system in the back concert room and a good friend of mine called Bill Hogan played the piano and sang there. Club comedian & singer, Ronnie Delta often came up from the Travellers on the Moor, where he had a residency, and joined in the fun and we had some hilarious times. I know the landlords name but can't bring it to mind at the moment. I think this landlord previously kept the Mucky Duck in the 50's.
  19. Hi Oldbloke, I played the organ there 1977-1978 - maybe our paths crossed and what a co-incidence - my son works at the Victoria Hotel now
  20. Hi Imposter - sent you a private message
  21. That's correct but I'm really discussing the Station Hotel rather than Wicker station and pointing out that, at the time the Station Hotel opened, Wicker Station was the only station in the city centre and the pub was obviously named after the Wicker Station and not, as many think, Victoria Station. Oddly enough, I once worked at the Wicker Goods Station and also later worked at the Station Hotel so their history interests me although, at the time, I never gave the history of either any thought at all. Amazing how nostalgia kicks in later after originally thinking they would always be there.
  22. I recently came across an excerpt from a Book by Vin Malone entitled Dus Tha Fancy a Pint. I'm sure that Vin frequents this Forum but can't remember his pen name to direct this post to him. In his book, Vin wondered why the Station Hotel in the Wicker, got it's name, when it opened 10 years before Victoria Station. It's a common assumption that the pub was named after the Victoria Station which it stands beside (or almost underneath) but I believe that it was named so because it was 20 metres or so across the road from the old Wicker Goods Station, Saville Street - The Wicker Station being the only main station in the city centre at that time, until the opening of the Victoria Station and was originally a passenger station as well as accepting goods traffic. The Wicker station was part of the L.M.S. Railway holdings and so probably carried passenger traffic until the opening of the Midland station (also L.M.S.) The Victoria Station was part of the L.N.E.R. Railway holdings which plied mainly different routes from the L.M.S
  23. Not a relative but, we had a friend called Trixie in the 70's who lived on High Broomspring on the Broomhall Flats. She was a very small and very smart lady. I'm afraid I can't remember her surname. She was a regular in The Domino pub which is where we first met her. She would be in her 50's around that time, her husband was called Dougie and she had a son who lived some distance away so we never met him. When the flats were demolished, she moved to a house on John Street. Probably no longer around now unfortunately. Haven't seen her since the 1980's.
  24. Strange thing is that I always knew it as a drapers when I was a kid. My aunt's sister worked there but I only ever went inside once and saw no toys. I always waited outside whilst my mother went in and I never had the slightest suspicion that it was a toy shop. Can't recall ever seeing any toys in the window either, or I would have wanted to go in. I've walked past the shop thousands of times in my "toy loving" years and suddenly feel I've been cheated to learn about this now.
  25. On the left hand side of London Rd travelling away from town. It was opposite the bottom of Broadfiled Rd