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AdrianM

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About AdrianM

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    Meadowhead/Greenhill
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    Too many - a bit of a butterfly mind!

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  1. Many thanks. I will add them to my list for me next visit to the archives. Adrian.
  2. I am researching the history of the old Montgomery Tavern and Iris Offices which stood on Hartshead, and I have been trying to establish what happened to the plaque which was at the back of the Telegraph and Star buildings, at the end of Aldine Court, prior to the erection of the new loading bay - see link below. Sadly several lines of enquiry, including through the librarian at the Star, were unable to cast any light on its fate, so I am hoping that the collective knowledge of the members here might throw up some clues or even the answer! Also, does anyone know when the new loading bay was built? That would add another point on a time-line. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s07739&pos=1&action=zoom&id=10915 Thanks, Adrian
  3. My project to bring together the illustrations from the four issues of Pawson and Brailsford's Illustrated Guides has now produced a book. It's called 'Illustrations of Nineteenth Century Sheffield' and is available on Amazon (follow this link). I would offer some copies at a discount to members of the forum, but I have just run out of copies - sorry! Should I get more copies I will get back to the group. In the meantime a couple of copies have been donated to the Local Studies Library. Adrian MIddleton (website: middlea.jimdo.com)
  4. ... and Robert Sorby have a potted hstory on their web-site at http://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/companyinfo.htm . A
  5. I am currently researching a number of firms in connection with a book of the illustrations from Pawson and Brailsford's Illustrated Guides (1862-1899). I've just done Joseph Rodgers and found some good info on the Eggington Group web-site e.g. http://www.eggintongroup.co.uk/history/the-history-of-joseph-rodgers.html - this includes a link to early 1900s book of the history of the company at http://www.eggintongroup.co.uk/assets/files/PDFs/Under%20Five%20Sovereigns.pdf . There are also potted hstories of the other companies now in the group - George Ibberson, and George Wostenholme. The groups also includes Eggington's themselves, and William Rodgers. They still produce knives under each of these names. Adrian
  6. Hi, I just belatedly came across this topic while doing some digging about the Sorby family and their various companies. There is an excellent history on the Robert Sorby web-site - http://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/companyinfo.htm . Robert Sorby was and is a different company but the page does try and sort out the confusion, particularly between the 'John Sorby and Sons' branch (trade-marks 'I and H Sorby' after John's sons John and Henry, and 'Pampa') which was taken over by Lockwoods; and 'Sorby and Turner' (trade -mark 'I. Sorby') which passed through the hands of Joseph Turner and Co. Lots of research has been done on the Sorby family, largely in relation to Henry Clifton Sorby, a grandson of John Sorby. I don't know if that might sort out any issues. The above page includes a link to a family tree - http://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/pdf/familytree.pdf Good look with the research. Adrian
  7. Hi - the 1879 ed is relatively common, that and the 1862 are also available as free downloads from the British Library, and as BL reprints at under £20. Such scans are fine for the text, but other than as reference, the images are of relatively low quality - I think he BL scans are a bit better than Internet Archive. What I am doing is taking higher res photos of the image to get the detail. Higher res scans would be even better but it's not something I would try with an old book unless I owned it and was willing to risk damaging the spine - in general it's just not something I would even try. As I said, it's just the 1889 ed that I am needing. Many of the images will duplicate other editions, so it's just a matter of catching any missing pics.
  8. I have recently published an edited and annotated edition of John Holland's 'Tour of the Don' which is available on Amazon as paper or Kindle format - see Amazon link. If this post violates any guidelines about advertising, oops, sorry, I fully accept the moderators decision. I doubt if I will make my fortune with it! but it makes an interesting read, and I hope my fairly random annotations are helpful. I certainly enjoyed the research. Adrian
  9. In these pages I have spotted a few posts that mention the 'Illustrated Guide to Shffield', or which 4 editions were produced in 1862, 1879, 1889, and 1899. I have been lucky enough to be able to borrow copies of all the editions except 1889, and I am currently photographing the illustrations (with the owners permission) and cleaning them up with the idea of producing a book bringing together the views from the different dates - an interesting exercise given the rapid development of the city through the years, not to mention the changing fashions. As I say I am lacking the 1889 edition. Copies are available for reference at the Local Studies Library, but not for loan. I therefore wondered whether any Sheffield History members might have a copy, or know of a copy which I could borrow with a view to filling in any gaps from the 1889 edition. My main interest is in the wood-engravings (the line drawings - see example attached), rather than the electro-typed photographs which appeared in the 1899 edition. I would be grateful for any help or information. Adrian
  10. Given the number of times I have used Picture Sheffield, I must either be blinkered or very focussed to have missed the Historic Maps link! Many thanks - an excellent spot. A
  11. I don't guarantee anything on the internet!!!!!!!!!! And I have no idea of the context in which it was produced. One thing I noticed was that this gives 'wiers' not 'mills'. I found the file when checking for the location of Simon Wheel - the weir was on the Sheaf, the Wheel was quite a distance away almost of the banks of the Don. It shows quite nicely on Gosling's map (where the wheel is just identified as 'Cutlers Wheel'). It looks to be on Fairbanks' 1771 map but then as 'Simon Wheel' (or that's what the blur on my low resolution copy looks like). A
  12. Here's an intersting link I have just come across. It gives a list of wiers around Sheffield including the old mill and grinding wheel wiers, and gives their map references. As well as Sheffield it includes the Dearne, Hipper and Rother and some other branches. http://www.sheffield...ates_weirs.pdf Might be useful to someone (like me!) A
  13. Thanks for all the replies. The notice of Catlin's death was my main direct link to the railway company, and the notes about the new exhibition hall and the glee club add an interesing slant to the story. "Drake's Road Book for the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway" (1840) (http://archive.org/details/drakesroadbookof00drakiala) has an interesting section of the attractions of Brightside to the pleasure seekers! ... The pleasantness of its situation has caused Brightside to be much frequented by pleasure parties from Sheffield. On every fine Sabbath especially, the sallow artizan may be seen wending his way thither, to inhale the freshness of the country air, and enjoy the beautiful and extensive prospect which the hill affords. The opening of the railway has not been productive of much benefit to it in this respect. Those who, when performing their peregrinations on foot, were compelled to confine them within a circuit of a mile or two round Sheffield, can now ride to Rotherham for sixpence; and the consequence is, that the publicans of Brightside have the mortification of beholding their quondam customers gliding past their very doors to consign to the pockets of the more fortunate retailers of spirits in a more distant town, those gains which they had been accustomed to calculate upon as theirs. That the respectable inhabitants of Rotherham are satisfied with this state of things is more than we should like to assert. Some of them we know had much rather that the draff of the Sheffield pot-houses were emptied into any other place than their once quiet and moral town. Nay, some have ventured to malign even the railway company, and to charge them with breaking the laws of God in opening their railway on the Sabbath as a channel for this polluting stream to pass through. We would ask such objectors what they suppose the consequence would be were all the common sewers in Sheffield closed on the Sunday? I'll post anything else I come across that may be of interest. A
  14. I am trying to find any information I can about an 'American Indian Museum/Gallery/Exhibition' that was opened in Brightside in 1842. It was run by a George Catlin, an American painter and explorer, and was in a building built for the purpose by the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway company. Attached are a few snippets about the opening from the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent of December 1842. Catlin went on to lecture in Sheffield in 1850 on behalf of the Universal Emigration and Colonization Company and to sign up potential settlers to go out to Northern Texas. He died in 1873. Does anybody have ANY info, particularly any idea where the museum was located?
  15. There are a couple of pictures of the gale damage plus the anemograph trace from the weather station. We had more pictures, but there was a lot to cover. A
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