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  1. I am sure that some of you will remember that I posted a brief note back in July, letting you know that one of this site's contributors, Ken Wain had recently produced his first book, titled "The Coal Mining Industry of Sheffield and North East Derbyshire", published by Amberley Publishing, [30.06.2014]. I am therefore sure that some of you will be interested to learn that Ken has now produced his second, companion work, titled "The Coal Mining Industry of Barnsley, Rotherham and Worksop", ISBN: 13-978-1445639659, also published by Amberley Publishing, [2014]. Although this second publication is not quite as focused on "Sheffield matters", as you would naturally expect, it is still, an excellent companion to Ken's first work and there is still more than enough consideration given to those collieries that once lay just outside of the city's boundaries, [Kiveton Park, Treeton, Waleswood, Thurcroft, and Dinnington, etc.] to warrant its addition to your collection. Once again, plenty of information, lots of photographs and well worth a read.
  2. Sadly not, but I rather like the idea of it. I remember a school trip to Wroxham (although most people called it Royston, or Roy’s Town for some reason?) and we all piled on one of those blue fibreglass boats for a trip on the broads. i wouldn’t mind a week or so, pootling down a canal somewhere, maybe through some areas of our old industrial heritage? That TV program with Tim West and Pru Scales seems to be on that theme..... Was Furness’ on the same side as the Royal Oak & Hollin Bush, or on the opposite side, across from the end of Stanhope Road? You remember the lock-ups on the lane to the old Birley West pit site (red hills), opposite the bowling alley on Birley Moor Road? I used to fetch-and-carry for a fella on there, who had a car repair garage and I’m sure I used to get sent up to a chippy on Hollinsend Road? I was shown the shortcut, nip behind the 95 terminus, up Shirebrook and alongside the allotments, coming out on Hollinsend Road. Funny thing is that on today’s Google aerial view, that route looks the long way round! Hah...
  3. Ahh, now I get it. That makes sense. I hadn't realised there was a Granville Lane as well. I only knew of Granville Road & Street. Now I'm wondering if the building by the bus stop, in the last photo, is the sweet factory? If so, it stood alone in the 70s, no trees, or just saplings at most. We often fail to realise how much trees change a view over the years. I had a hole-in-one on the 11th at Doncaster (Bessecarr) GC, in 1997, right alongside the M18. For several years after, you could see the top of the flagstick on the green from the motorway. Now you can't even see the tee, which is 100 feet higher. In just 20 years!
  4. I reckon the photographer was stood just about here, when he took the photo in 1959. Looking down Granville Lane.... X marks the spot, the arrow the direction of the photo..... hard to visualise I know.....
  5. Was Pitsmoor Lane always the same. I am just wondering about the numbering. I am trying to work out where Edward Bullivant had his farm. He is down in burial register in 1891 as a market gardener living at 39 Roe Lane but earlier trade directories say he was a farmer of 11 acres and a scissor smith living in Roe Lane (In 1841 was in Pond Street but moved soon after). Was 39 the farm house or did he move along the road. Did the numbering change due to more houses being built as well as Firshill School?
  6. SHEFFIELD IN THE 70'S Another book we can highly recommend is this one detailing Sheffield in the 1970's and loads of photographs to look at of times gone by that I'm sure you'll remember! Take a look at the book here 400 captivating photographs chronicling Sheffield through the 1970s. It documents people and events as well as the expected photographs of buildings, streets and landscapes. Welcome to Sheffield in the Seventies! It seems only a short step back in time - until you realise that any Sheffielder under 35 probably won't remember Fargate when traffic ran through it, the landmark Grand Hotel on Leopold Street where visiting celebrities stayed, Davy's famous restaurant and popular meeting place on Fargate, the Vogue Cinema at Sheffield Lane Top, the jingle of sixpences and threepenny bits in your pocket as you set off for a night out... Neither will they recall the days before the Parkway linked the city to the MI or the industrial problems and power shortages which led to television having to finish at 10.30pm and motorists not being able to drive over 50mph. Not to mention Billy Smart's circus, Yorkshire playing cricket at Bramall Lane football ground and the sheer artistry of Tony Currie and Willie Henderson as they thrilled crowds at Sheffield United and Wednesday respectively. The early Seventies were the days when T-shirts came without slogans and it was legal to drive without seatbelts. Streakers ripping their clothes off at sports events hadn't been heard of. And it wasn't until 1970 that you were allowed to vote at 18 instead of 21. The decade wasn't without its freak weather either. In 1975, snow actually stopped play at a cricket match - in June! Then followed two of the hottest summers in memory. What nobody noticed halfway through the decade was a 19-year-old computer whiz called William Henry Gates dropping out of college in America in 1975 to start his own business. He was a bit quicker than the rest of us and finished up a billionaire before he was 30. Even this briefest of reviews of the things we lost and gained in the Seventies serves as a reminder that time has rushed on, played tricks with our memories and persuaded us that from then to now was a mere cockstride. So enjoy looking back to Sheffield in the Seventies and the many photographs which reflect that era. There are hundreds of identifiable faces in the book - and yours might just be one of them. Get Sheffield In The 70's HERE
  7. What/where was this exactly? Do you mean the old Esseldo cinema, half a mile from Lane Top, down Barnsley Road, towards Ecclesfield? Or was there another cinema up there? The Esseldo was replaced by a modern multiscreen cinema, but I couldn't say when. Late 70s at the earliest. There was also a second Esseldo on Herries Road, on the parade of shops, a short distance from Longley Park, and the Northern General.
  8. Whilst researching for my book "The Coal industry of Sheffield and North East Derbyshire" I was given a photograph of one of T.W Ward's Coal lorries which was used for coal deliveries whilst on contract to the Birley Collieries. On the front of the lorry was erected a large mock up of a Colliery headgear, and on the back of the lorry was a rather large mock up of a coal scuttle on the side of which was written "Direct from the pit to the coal box". A great advert for Birley coal, but underneath the photograph there is a caption which reads:- "Our Contribution to Sheffield week". I know from the vehicles registration number that it was registered in 1938 and the vehicle looks relatively new. I have tried in vain to find out WHEN and WHAT Sheffield week was. Can anyone help please? I have tried Sheffield Records at the central library but they cannot find it! KEN.
  9. Hello I was recently (and not unusually) in a charity shop looking at some teaspoons in an open cutlery sized cardboard box. I was “umming and ahing” about buying these 6 Victorian electroplated spoons that lacked any “meaningful” maker’s marks. That was until I turned the box lid over. I paid the money and the box (and the spoons) were mine. The image of the box lid is below, and that box had nothing to do with the contents. I was going to tack my photo on to somebody else’s thread, but I was astounded to not find that neither “Debesco Works” or the “Lewis Rose” concern that was based there, or “Roses” renowned owner are referenced on the forum. I already knew “stuff” about the “Debesco trademark” and “Lewis Rose Company Ltd” from another forum and the below illustrated spoon (that once might well have been covered by a box lid like that in my photo) is one of my own favoured spoons for making a coffee with. It seems from a Sheffield museums reference that the “Lewis Rose Company Ltd” was set up in 1922 by Isadore Lewis starting in the Mappin Buildings in Norfolk Street. Debesco was their trademark and Debesco Works was the name of a possible expanded workplace on Norfolk St. and Norfolk Lane (a P.S. about this later). There is elsewhere a reference also to a Debesco works on Eyre St. More clarification required please. My interest in Lewis Rose was with spoons and forks but below is some bladed interest. It is speculation on my part to suggest that the “Firth’s Stainless” knives in the photo may be pre WW2 while the knives with what appears to be a “Larko” Lewis Rose trademark could be post WW2. By the way who know what "whitening" is? My wife told me 1 option. The Spear & Jackson Company acquired Lewis Rose in 1969 but since the post WW2 period Lewis Rose had been using the “Ashberry” name in its production, as it had acquired Sheffield’s “Peter Ashberry&Sons” prior to WW2. I have given some ideas about Lewis Rose but any observations that can add to the story or contradict things are definitely required. But now why is there no reference on the forum to “Isadore Lewis, described by Sheffield’s Museums as Sheffield’s first Jewish Lord Mayor. Reference http://collections.museums-sheffield.org.uk/view/people/asitem/items@null:415/0?t:state:flow=34948cb9-a938-479b-b915-8bf7884dffb2 That was in 1963 and below is my last photo to show some of what his company was doing in the War years. That’s it fulfilling War Department broad arrow contracts facilitating our Army to march on its stomach. If there are any more “anoraks” like me, the 1942 item was a spoon and the 1944 item was a fork. The L.R.& Co. Ltd. has also been attributed elsewhere to Lewis Rose. Kalfred P.s. A little question here about Norfolk Lane. It does not appear on Google maps, but a Norfolk Row is there. Norfolk Lane addresses are to be found in “Sheffield Indexers” but latest address was 1925. Picturesheffield.com photos “shows rear” Howard Street and Norfolk Lane and Norfolk Lane from Howard St. I hope “Edmund” of cartography fame can help again.
  10. Thank you Boginspro and Edmund for bulking out my post. That old map web site you have referenced looks a very useful tool. It shows that the “Eyre Street” reference is in fact the road, next along, from Norfolk Lane so there must have been a chunk of buildings around there used over time by Lewis Rose. Am I correct in thinking that the University area is where “Roses” were? That 1957 picture of the chap at the Bowling Green Street works is very interesting as 21 Bowling Green Street was the address of the “Philip Ashberry” concern that “Roses” took over in 1935 (including knocking it down) and then developed post WW11.
  11. Isidore Lewis was elected a Socialist councillor for the St Philip's ward in 1946 and in October 1949 was appointed Chairman of the Civil Defence committee. In 1963 Isidore Lewis J.P. was created Mayor. In 1937 he was joint secretary of the Sheffiled Hebrew Education Board (Mr R.Viner was treasurer). Lewis Rose and Co was registered on 21st April 1922 with capital of £2,000. The company took over the existing business of B.Davison and Co. and their object was to carry on business as manufacturing cutlers, silversmiths, electro-platers, buffers, gold and silver refiners, gilders, engineers etc. The initial directors were M.Freedman, 64 Broomgrove Road (M.D) and Mrs M.Rose, Belsize Park, NW London. Their registered office was the Debesco Works, Howard Street Sheffield. In March 1934 there was an explosion at their Norfolk Lane works, in their dust extraction system, when waste celluloid dust ignited. Two men were injured and the remaining four people in the workshop escaped through broken windows. About a hundred staff worked at the site. From the mid 1930s they had offices in Bowling Green Street.
  12. Norfolk Lane here, I think there may be some more pictures on Picture Sheffield ------------ https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=53.3797&lon=-1.4688&layers=168&b=1
  13. Don't forget "The Raincoat Shop" was on Orchard Lane.
  14. FARRAND, Ruth (of 6 Gilpin Lane, born ~). Baptised April 15, 1896, by Jno Darbyshire at St Philips Church, Shalesmoor. Parents name(s) are Ada & Frank (Labourer). Note: ~
  15. Edit 12/1/2019 For some notes and finding aids see below the image Don't know if I've missed a mention of this site (courtesy of Brian H at Sheffield Indexers) http://www.oldmapsonline.org The insurance maps of the city centre are beautiful.. Finding Aids and Notes To get to the insurance maps: (1) Search for Sheffield in the search window at the top or by clicking the 'Find a place' button - both have the same effect. (2) A menu of map descriptions appears on the right. This is a very long list and the insurance maps are a long way down. The list loads as you scroll. I have not found a way of going straight to the relevant part of this list. The insurance maps are all together and all the titles begin Insurance Plan of Sheffield. (3) The maps are listed in a random order except that the first is a key to the 1888 maps. There are 5 sheets for 1888, one in two parts. There is no Sheet 1. See the 1888 key below. (4) There are 29 sheets for 1896; three are in two parts. Again there is no sheet 1. I thought there was a key to the 1896 maps but I can no longer find it. Some maps are labelled '1905' - see complete list below. 1888 key Complete List of Insurance maps (in the order they appear in the menu) order year sheet Area 1 1888 Key 2 1896 13 Blonk St Wicker River Don 3 1896 8 Arundel St Tudor St Pond Hill 4 1888 4 Church St Leopold St Fargate 5 1896 4 Church St Leopold St Fargate 6 1896 29 St Mary’s Rd Hereford St (1905)* 7 1888 3-2 Fitzalan Sq Fitzalan Market 8 1896 12 Nursery St Johnson St 9 1888 5 Fargate Surrey St Norfolk St 10 1896 17 Westbar Westbar Green Paradise Sq 11 1896 26 Rockingham St Button Lane Moor (1905)* 12 1896 3 High St Fitzalan Sq Norfolk St 13 1896 23 Shoreham St Matilda St Eyre Lane 14 1896 15 Bridge St Spring St River Don 15 1896 28-2 Matilda St Shoreham St St Mary’s Rd (1905)* 16 1888 6 Exchange St Broad St markets 17 1896 20 Pinstone St Eyre St St Paul’s 18 1896 6 Exchange St Broad St markets 19 1896 22 Pinstone St Moor Furnival St 20 1896 21 Pond St Leadmill Rd Suffolk Rd 21 1896 27 Matilda St Eyre St Arundel St (1905)* 22 1888 2 High St Bank St West Bar 23 1896 14 Corporation St Alma St Union Wheel 24 1896 16 Wain Gate Lady’s Bridge Nursery St 25 1896 25 Rockingham St Wellington St Eldon St (1905)* 26 1896 19-1 Pinstone St Cambridge St Carver St 27 1896 18 Trippet Lane West St Division St 28 1896 24 Devonshire St West St Portobello St 29 1896 5 Fargate Norfolk St Sycamore St 30 1896 10 Eyre St Howard St Arundel St 31 1896 7 Commercial St Sheaf St Pond Hill 32 1896 9 Pond St Sheaf St Harmer Lane 33 1896 2 High St Bank St West Bar 34 1896 11 Pond St Sheaf St Midland Station 35 1896 30-2 Egerton St Milton St Headford St (1905)* 36 1896 30-1 Eldon St Fitzwilliam St Thomas St (1905)* 37 1896 28-1 Sidney St Arundel St Matilda St (1905)* 38 1896 19-2 Moorhead Backfields 39 1888 3-1 Castle Green Town Hall Police Station * 1905 in the menu and in the description, 1896 in the heading. A revision or extension of the 1896 edition?
  16. 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?
  17. Peter Springett really wasn't that bad. Both he and Peter Grumitt were fairly solid GKs for Wednesday for around five years. It was the whole team that were bad. In terminal decline is a more accurate way of putting it. Incidentally, I saw Wednesday play five different goalkeepers, in five consecutive matches, and all five called Peter! P. Springett (injured) P. Grumitt (injured & replaced by) P. Eustace (2nd half) P. Shilton (testimonial at Bramhall Lane) P. Fox (broke his finger on his debut) Then back to Springett, (or was it Grumitt) . . . . . and repeat. The photo (top), was the last time we ever won at Highbury I believe. I think we've won more at Wembley!
  18. Correct FredMc. Myself and my two mates from St. Paul's school, are either obscured by the referee, or just by his right elbow. However, my memory of the "ricochet" goal, (just a few yards from where we were standing), was that it was a penalty area "hoof" clearance by Holsgrove, (or possibly Prophett). What I do know for sure, is that it smacked the Santos player square on the kneecap, on the 18 yard line, looped back over eight or nine players, and dropped under the crossbar. A complete freak of a goal. I have absolutely no memory of the other goal, except that it was also at the Leppings Lane end. It was my first time back at Hillsborough since my Dad had taken me three or four times in the mid/late sixties, (when I was far too young to appreciate it). I remember him telling me to sit and watch the football, when all I wanted to do was run up and down the concrete stairs in the cantilever stand, (why doesn't anyone call it that anymore?). I couldn't believe how small the stadium seemed, or how close the players were, compared to how I remembered, from when I was just six or seven. Our headmaster, Mr. Fitzpatrick, had said at assembly that morning, that anyone who had a ticket, could have it checked and go to the match. We were threatened with serious trouble if we just disappeared off to Hillsborough. But that didn't stop us, or dozens of others in our year. Apart from the following morning, our form teacher, (a grinning Mr. Lockwood), asking where we had been the previous afternoon, nothing happened! Pretty sure we paid 25p on the gate to get in. My Dad gave me some money that morning, but ONLY if the school were allowing people the afternoon off. We used our school bus passes on several bus's that day. Including routes which they weren't valid for. But all the bus's were so packed, the conductors didn't pay much attention. My Mum gave me a bit of a telling off, but my Dad told her not to worry about it - my older brother had been to the first Santos game, ten years earlier. The following season (1972/73), beginning with a 3-0 victory over Fulham, on a beautiful sunshine & blue sky, Hillsborough, August, Saturday afternoon, was my first as a fully-fledged, blue-blooded Owl! All downhill from there. Or at least it seems like it, most of the time. UTO!
  19. Hi everyone, I am researching the genealogy of the Mort and Morte families, particularly in the West Riding of Yorkshire. So far we have been able to trace back to John Mort born c1760. The Mort and later the Morte families were resident in the area between Wakefield and Rotherham, taking in areas to the East including Barnsley and Hoyland. One branch of the family was based closely around the area of Racecommon Road in Barnsley including Shaw Lane and Shaw Street; another was based further towards Sheffield and based around the Birdwell area. Most of the Morts were miners. The Morte name seems to have occurred at several points in time with different branches, mostly the name changing from Mort at the registering of a Birth or a Marriage. The direct line to me appears to be: John Mort (b. c1760) Joseph Mort (b. c1795) John Mort (b. 1824) George Henry Mort (1856) Vernon Algernon Morte (1887) Harold Morte (1922) Vernon Algernon Morte held the licence at The Crown Inn, Summerfield Street in Sheffield between 1928 and 1931. Related individuals are David Truswell, Bertha Truswell, George Cassy, Jane Elizabeth Cassy, John Woodhead, William Arthur Woodhead, Anne Hickling. I am particularly interested to fill in some of the many gaps and, if possible, find photographs for some of the individuals and places concerned. Any and all help gratefully accepted. Thanks, Ric
  20. Anyone remember the abandoned ornaments/statues/sculptures on the side of Cocksutts Road that leads up to wharncliffe side from oughtibridge? My dad showed me them when I was very small, about 6. This would have been 1995/1996. Where did they come from? Where are they now? There was a lady's head, can't remember the rest, it was aaaages ago.
  21. Meadowhead Crossroads photographed from above in the winter of 1928 (Britain From Above) Coal Aston Aerodrome circled yellow, Painted Fabrics circled blue.
  22. Can someone help me out with history of this. Listing says built by John Younge but I have a member of Bramall Family. Also says the grounds were used by Sheffield Wednesday in one book. So how far did grounds reach? Was this before Bramall Lane stadium was built? I have a newspaper article saying Bramall formerly of Sheaf House. Was there more than one house called Sheaf House? When did it become an Inn? What's earliest reference to it? Listing date gives it as 1800 but don't think Younge was around there. I know Bramall had a file cutting works but not how far it extended or when it went.
  23. Could it be Four Lane Ends, the top of Meadowhead? Bicycle on the left passing Norton Hotel.
  24. Anyone remember the Chuck Ranch on Holme Lane ? We spent many a happy Saturday night after a crawl around Stannington or Hillsborough in there. Think it was one of the first American themed diners in Sheffield. If memory serves me it burned down.
  25. It's a shot taken in Winter from the bare trees. There's a bit of sun casting a shadow of that telegraph pole on the left, so the view could be eastwards. I'm guessing Hatfield House Lane looking eastwards towards junction with Sicey Avenue?
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