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  1. Built in the 1820s, shortly after demolished to make way for the rather ugly Charter Square; wall mounted gas lamp, no entrance at all to the pub !!! "Hey Bert, how do we get into this boozer ?" "Down the alley at the side you idiot !" Roberts Brothers store (awaiting the move to their new place on the Moor)
  2. Edmund

    Winter Street Hospital

    Perhaps another connection to try: Agnes Christina Lynch of Lodge Moor Hospital, born 23rd December 1908, was baptised on 3rd January 1909 by J.Kelly at St Vincents. Parents names are Alice Jane and James. Godparents are Joseph and Agnes Hogan. Possibly James and Alice worked at Lodge Moor Hospital before transferring to Winter Street. Possibly Agnes Christina was named after her godmother? Joseph and Agnes Hogan (dob 6 June 1882) were brother and sister - in 1911 living at 48 Edward Street, a stones throw from Winter Street Hospital. Parents were Thomas Hogan and Mary (nee Kavanagh) who had been living at 13 Hoyle Street in 1882. Mary died at 44 or 46 Edward Street on 18th January 1917 and was buried at Rivelin. Thomas was buried in the same grave on 21st February 1932, he died at 178 Mushroom Lane (again very near Winter Street), where he had a grocers shop in 1922, and when retired in 1925 was a candidate for the Board of Guardians. Maybe James Lynch accompanied the Hogans from Ireland - perhaps a look at the Hogans on earlier census returns might show a nearby Lynch family?
  3. Sheffield History

    Victoria Quays, Sheffield City Centre

    Victoria Quays (formerly Sheffield Canal Basin) is a large canal basin in Sheffield, England. It was constructed 1816–1819 as the terminus of the Sheffield Canal (now part of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation) and includes the former coal yards of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. The basin ceased operation as a cargo port in 1970 and the site and buildings were largely neglected. A restoration and redevelopment of 1992–1994 reopened the site providing new office and business space and leisure facilities as well as berths for leisure canal boats. There are a number of Grade II listed buildings on the site. These include the original Terminal Warehouse of 1819, the Straddle Warehouse (1895–1898), a grain warehouse (c. 1860), and a curved terrace of coal merchant's offices (c. 1870).
  4. Paul Worrall

    Crosspool in the 1960s

    Hi. I've already mentioned in a previous post (Debenham's?) that Mr Mann's daughter is called Susan. Susan lived opposite us on Whirlow Court Road and then moved to Long Line with her Mum and Dad in the late 60's. When she left school which was the private one on Abbey Lane (now flats) she worked in the Record Bar in Debenham's. One of those record bars where you could select a disc and then listen to it on headphones in one of the booths. I've not seen Susan since the late 60's so I've no idea where she is now? However, it is interesting to note that the fish mongers on Sharrow Vale Road (opposite the Porter Cottage) is called Mann's, are they any relation? Wazzie Worrall
  5. Heartshome

    Winter 1946/7

    I wasn't born till the 50s, but my Mum told me how bad it was. Living in a Cottage just outside the village, they woke up to find snow half way up the kitchen window. When they opened the door, they couldn't see where the garden hut, hedgerow or wall was. They had to dig themselves out, finding where the steps were down to the path, they made a channel up the lane to the main road, hoping to get to the local shop for supplies. Thankfully a farmer had been and ploughed it. She said it took about 3 hours in total, they were wet and exhausted by the time they got back home. My older cousin, walked with his Mum and Dad down their steep hill, accross the valley and up another steep hill to Gt Aunt's, where they put a full sack of coal on his sledge, then pulled it all the way back, which was hard work up the steep hill. He said being a child, he remembers he wasn't very happy as he couldn't sledge. I've seen a photo of the top lane above our village, where the snow was up to the telephone wires.
  6. Photo of the corner of Tockwith Road and Shirland Lane in Darnall Sheffield. Note the Sunblest Van coming round the corner in the right of picture too! Has Tockwith Road disappeared entrirely now? I can't find it on any modern maps etc but that might be because I'm looking in the wrong place..
  7. Church Army mobile canteen bombed in Vicar Lane, Sheffield, 1940.
  8. Sheffield History

    Harvest Lane in Neepsend

    Harvest Lane, Neepsend, Sheffield. (year unknown) Can anyone help with more information on what we're looking at here or other photos of this street?
  9. Just putting it out there... Thomas Staniforth, from Darnall (bapt Sheffield 24 Apr 1735) moved to Liverpool as merchant and trader, and became their Lord Mayor 1797. He and his son Samuel (also becoming Lord Mayor) were slave-traders. The Sheffield family lines of Staniforth included many prominent figures. Thomas’s sister Elizabeth was married to John Trevers Younge, Sheffield merchant & maker of gilt buttons (reputed to have worked with Boulsover). They acted as guardians for the young Thomas and his siblings. Thomas’s younger sister Mary married Dr Thomas Younge of Sheffield (brother of John Trevers Younge). Dr William Younge, son of Dr Thomas Younge, was therefore nephew of Thomas the slave-trader, and served as First Physician to the Sheffield Infirmary (opened 1797, and connected too with Dr William Staniforth, from another branch of the family). In the 1830s local working-class poet Mary Hutton recounted the career of Dr William Younge, and the Infirmary where he served over 3 decades: Through the long course of years thou didst preside O'er yonder mansion of fair charity, Where the sick poor are heal'd benevolently... A shame that "fair charity" was not always applied by previous generations.... Mary Younge, sister of Dr Thomas and John Trevers, married William Asline and their son was Thomas Asline Ward (1781-1871). So two of Ward’s uncles were the direct in-laws of Thomas Staniforth the slave trader. Ward was Master Cutler in 1816, ran for parliament (1831), was a magistrate and Sheffield Telegraph editor 1823-29. His half-brother was Samuel Broomhead Ward, of Mount Pleasant, Sharrow Lane (also a Master Cutler). There were benefactors of old Sheffield town, business types, clergy, physicians etc in the family. Not saying that some of the ‘great and good’ of Victorian Sheffield endorsed the trade in African slaves indulged in by their ancestors (many prominent people in the family were regarded as progressives: eg TA Ward) but there were clearly vast amounts of (blood)money ‘earned’ by the trade and it likely got passed down to many of these figures (Thomas Staniforth’s will left money to his Sheffield relatives). Would be good to stimulate debate and contributions from others with more to share. Pretty sure there must be many other local links to the more shameful aspects of history. Sources - Rosamund Du Cane: ‘Sicklesmiths & Spear Carriers’ (history of the Staniforths and allied families), Joseph Hunter: ‘Hallamshire’; RE Leader, ‘Reminiscences of Sheffield’. (PS: ‘slave trade’ often referred to as ‘the African Trade’ when searching old records; probably felt more ‘comfortable’ that way?)
  10. Crown Alley Playground from Crown Alley Lane looking towards Bard Street, No 15/19, Bard Street, garage belonging to William Gunstone and Sons Ltd., Wholesale Provisions and Stepney Buildings. High Street Lane, left,
  11. In the days when we used coal to heat our homes many a young fossil hunter would find examples of fossilised tree leaves and ferns in the household coal....that's how I started a life time interest in geology...passed onto my son who became a geologist!
  12. This is a fantastic photo of a lovely looking car heading towards Figtree Lane just off Hartshead/Campo Lane. I hope he's going to turn right a little and park up as I don't fancy his chances of heading down Figtree Lane in a car that wide!
  13. Looking for as much information as possible about Button Lane in Sheffield City Centre. The shops, businesses, houses there and as many photographs as possible!
  14. Who remembers this fish and chip shop in Atterclffe? Is was situated right on the corner of Attercliffe Common and Whitworth Lane in Attercliffe. In the background you can also just about see the old Attercliffe Police Station
  15. The Wellington Inn pub on Brightside Lane Address - 720 Brightside Lane Sheffield
  16. The Commercial Hotel located on Button Lane and junction of Carver Street
  17. The old Leppings Lane stand at Hillsborough being demolished Anyone remember standing on there?
  18. Sheffield History

    Bird In Hand - Broughton Lane

    BIRD IN HAND pub, 49 Broughton Lane, Sheffield Does anyone remember this pub?
  19. From the reverse: THIS WOMAN IS NOT AFRAID TO WORK Mrs. P.G. Woodfield is Sheffield's only woman coal dealer. She delivers the bags of coal herself, as well as driving the lorry, and doing the necessary repairs. Some of the sacks of coal she delivers weigh 75 Kilogramms. Mrs Woodfield unloading sacks of coal from her lorry during her daily round at Sheffield.
  20. Hopman

    Moorfoot in Sheffield City Centre

    Boston Street used to be a bus route (The 74 from Ecclesall Terminus via Knowle Lane, Hoober Avenue, High Storrs Road, Greystones Road, Ecclesall Road, Sharrow Vale Road, Sharrow Lane, London Road before right into Boston Street).
  21. Hi Stu, I've sent you this separate message because there is absolutely heaps of stuff on the Namarian (Millstone Grit) and Westphalian (Coal Measures). I'm not sure what you already know so I'm guessing and I don't want to repeat myself. If you want to contact me about Sheffield Rock please feel free - [email protected] Cheers, Paul 'Wazzie' Worrall
  22. Some adverts for Sheffield based businesses from "A Technical Survey of the Iron & Steel Works of Appleby-Frodingham Steel Company", published by Iron & Coal Trades Review, 1955. Some are to be expected, as the companies are part of The United Steel Companies Limited, but plenty are not. Abrafact Brightside Foundry& Engineering Cooper & Turner Darwins Group Davy United (this advert was across two pages) The Sheffield Twist Drill & Steel Company
  23. Here is a real Sheffield History teaser for you. In this photo is the Old Harrow pub which was at number 34 Harvest Lane, and we're looking towards Bridgehouses and the junction with Mowbray Street. That's not what we're here for however. Instead look at the building left of centre with the writing 'Garden Gate Inn' on the end gable. Question here is was there actually a Garden Gate Inn pub in Sheffield? I've been told there's no record of it at all?
  24. From the Leyland Torque Magazine ----- Driving a Titan Torque Converter "Gearless Bus" in 1948 The bus in question is to operate Sheffield route 3, OUTER CIRCLE, a short working from Malin Bridge to Bellhouse Road. After entering the cab and taking his seat the, driver on glancing around would notice that although the hand controls, a change speed lever to his left, and the hand brake to his right, were normal, the foot controls were not! On the right of the steering column was the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal was in the center. On the left, where one would expect a clutch pedal or preselective gear engaging pedal, but there was simply a foot rest. A knowledgeable driver would now be aware that he was in control of a “GEARLESS BUS”. We shall assume that the vehicle is GWE 730, Titan TD5c with a Cravens body, new in 1940, and number 431 in the “A” fleet. The time is 4.10pm towards the end of June. It is a warm day and we have a fair loading of passengers. The driver checks for intermediate position (neutral) by means of the left-hand lever, presses the starter button on the dash in front of him and the engines comes into life. There are two bells from the conductor, the control lever is pushed forward and a slight clunk comes from the toggle-clutch as the torque converter is engaged. The handbrake (push on type) is released and pulled back, a “tickety –tick” sound from the free-wheel is noticeable. On accelerating, this ceases and the bus moves forward very smoothly and turns right into Holme Lane. The engine is revving at its maximum governed speed, the road speed increasing until at about 20 mph the change speed lever is pulled back into direct drive. Approaching the stop before Middlewood Road, the brakes are applied and a few yards before we come to a halt, the lever is pushed forward to engage the converter. The free-wheel sound is again heard and the bus coasts to a halt, with a final application of the foot brake. Starting off once more, a left turn is made into Middlewood Road where the slight gradient necessitates the constant use of the converter. The engine is again running at the governed speed, and there is a constant, steady drone from the induction system. The gradient levels out alongside Hillsborough Park and the lever is pulled back into direct drive. With a slight clunk, the drone is replaced by the mellow roar of the 8.6 oil engine, similar to a standard TD5. Turning right we traverse Leppings Lane, passing the Sheffield Wednesday Football Ground in the process. On leaving the Leppings Lane /Herries Road stop, the usual procedure is followed and on reaching the Five Arches Railway viaduct, an angler from the adjacent pond is picked up. Given the starting bell, the driver fully depresses the accelerator, the engine reaches its governed speed, and simultaneously the hand brake is released. Slowly, the bus moves forward up the hill, though the engine is racing, progress at best is “steady”. We pass Scraith Wood to stop at a point near Penrith Road and at this stage there is a wisp of steam from the radiator cap. It is a warm day and we have a”boil” on. Laboriously starting off again, we reach the summit at Moonshine Lane and on stopping to set down, steam blows furiously from the radiator cap. Allowing a couple of minutes to cool down, the water is replenished from an obliging shopkeeper nearby. We were lucky that the fluid in the converter did not “gasify”, or there would have been a loss of drive. Continuing down Herries Drive, with direct engagement, the steep pull up Longley Lane necessitates a forward movement of the lever to engage the torque converter to climb to the stop opposite the Firth Park Grammar School. The change is achieved by leaving the right foot flat down on the accelerator and pushing the control lever forwards, the engine again attaining its governed speed, stopping near the school. There is one more slow climb to Sheffield Lane Top and here we turn right into Hatfield House Lane, travelling on this level throroughfare to the terminus at Bellhouse Road, breathless, after an almost four mile journey, ready to return to Malin Bridge on route 2. Passengers all off, the bus turns right into Bellhouse Road, prior to reversing into Shiregreen Lane opposite the Concord Park gates. Neutral is selected, and then an attempt to engage reverse is frustrated by a grinding noise from the selector dogs. Stubbornly, reverse gear cannot be engaged, but our driver has experienced this problem before. The trick here is to stop the engine and re-engage reverse ratio – usually this was successful. If not the process was repeated until reverse was selected! Drawing up to the stopping place, the engine was stopped, to wait departure time to return to Malin Bridge. This adventure was a fairly typical journey on a “GEARLESS BUS”, a mix of flat and hilly terrain, having one long ascent and one moderate descent down Longley Lane. The latter feature would remind the driver that there was very little engine braking effect on this type of bus and with much reliance on the brakes.
  25. Does anyone have any memories or pictures of the Corner Shop on Derbyshire Lane in Meersbrook. I have looked on Picture Sheffield and found one picture but any extra info or pictures would be great. I am Assistant Producer for Wall to Wall media and we are filming the next back in Time series for the BBC in Sheffield this summer. Thanks!
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