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  1. Ahhhh... Another one I researched in the past (and probably one of the most famous 'ghostly' stories from out of Britain) - 'Spring Heeled Jack' A ghost like entity with the ability to jump tremendous distances in height and length. In the newspaper clippings of 1808, a letter to the Editor of the Sheffield Times tells of an early encounter with Spring Heeled Jack. An 19th Century 'legend' that actaully REAPPEARED in the 1970's. 1970's, JACK'S RETURN? I came across the following stories quite by accident, I was actually investigating a claim by a witness that they had seen a UFO, when I asked them if they had any other encounters of the paranormal, they began to tell me about the strange encounters of Westbury Street, Attercliffe, Sheffield. I knew there had been many strange sightings at Attercliffe from the many reports I received from different witnesses over the past ten years. I can only assume that during the 1970's the strangeness level had been turned up to eleven (Not ten..). Reports of huge birds, black dogs, UFOs, ghosts and "strange entities" are common from this area, but in 1977 the Sheffield Council leveled the greater part of this area. The witness began to tell me about the "Prowler" of Westbury Street, "When we moved into our house in 1973, our neighbours told us to be careful at night because there had been trouble with a prowler. Apparently he had knocked on windows, punched men and grabbed women. We were also told this is the reason why there were police cars always parked at the end of the road. One night, I was coming back from town with my new boyfriend when we saw a dark figure slip into one of the alleyways, we were cautious and decided to walk in the middle of the road, slowly we walked passed the alleyway. Suddenly we noticed two bright red circles, they came closer then we realised it was his eyes. We began to run and my boyfriend felt something hit his back, he turned around and lying on the floor was a pitchfork type tool, like a hay fork, he picked it up then we ran home. We contacted the police and a Sergeant Trevor Basendale, came and took the fork away for evidence..the strange thing is he didn't offer no explanation at all for what we saw." The witness's father then decided to tell his story, "I always remember one night we heard laughter coming from our attic, we also heard banging and shouting. Reluctantly, I had a look. The attics of the terraced houses of Westbury Street were not cordoned off, and somehow the prowler had got into the attics, there were five maybe more people chasing after him across the beams. I always remember that one of them put his foot through our next door neighbours ceiling, the strange thing is though was that the prowler ran across the ceilings without crashing through. This lasted for about half an hour, the prowler laughed all the time." "Can you describe him?" I asked. "Oh, he was tall, very tall 6 feet 6inches at least, dressed in black, he also had a black cape that night, but his face I can't remember just those burning red eyes, I honestly think he was the Devil." I was very intrigued about these sightings than the actual sighting I was there for. I must say though, I took a pinch of salt with the sightings, after all it was twenty years ago. Then two weeks later I received a phone call from a chap in Worksop, Notts. He lived in Westbury Street in the 70's and wanted to report a UFO sighting that took place. After taking his sighting I politely asked if I could ask him some questions. The first being "Do you know anything about a prowler?". The reply was quite shocking, "Oh, you mean him who ran up the side of buildings? I replied "Yes." "Well, I never saw him personally but I heard all about him, about the mid seventies we moved to a road off Broughton Lane. They were nice small houses, over looking Attercliffe and Westbury Street. Our next-door neighbour was a lovely old woman, a real salt of the earth type and not the kind to believe in the paranormal. One day she came round to our house quite shaken, when we asked her what was up, She told us that she had seen the prowler. The night before she was looking over Attercliffe looking towards the Steel Works when she saw a figure "jumping" across the roof tops. At first she thought it was a thief running away from the police but then she noticed he was jumping huge distances, sometimes twenty to thirty foot, this scared her. This lasted about five minutes until she watched him walk down the side of a pub's wall and into the scrap yard. I have no reason to doubt her, and she certainly wasn't one for telling lies." My investigation then lead me to "check out" the witnesses, the records showed that they lived on Westbury Street at different times, and therefore a chance they didn't know each other, I had asked and both denied knowledge of each other. The records also showed that the 2nd witness did live near Tinsley Park Road. I checked the local papers but nothing was ever reported, the only interesting fact I did find was the high rate of strange deaths in Attercliffe. Many people died in very strange circumstances, some were found with their necks broken, stabbed to death in their caravans, very gruesome indeed but I very much doubt it had anything to do with Spring Heeled Jack. I decided to ask the witnesses what had happened to the prowler? Both told the following story, "One night, the police had followed him from Woodburn Road across the rooftops, as usual he was laughing and dancing, goading the police. Two coppers went after him across the roofs but he ran down the side of the buildings on Arris Street. He then went into the yard of Dexel Tyres (still standing) and that is where the police surrounded him in the back room. The police got the order to get him, then the prowler disappeared. There was no trace of him at all. We never saw him again. Sgt Trevor Basendale, told us never to mention it to anyone, which we haven't up to now and we now know he transferred to a different station." As quickly as he appeared, the legend of Spring Heeled Jack disappeared again, will he be back in another 100 years time? Is he a fantasy figure running through our folklore like fairies and elves? Is he an old wife's tale or merely a manifestation of the Universal Prankster? (abridged from : http://www.mysterymag.com/hauntedbritain/i...mp;page=article )
  2. I believe that is what was called "Castlefolds" market which was a commercial market. As Tsavo says the Rag & Tag was on Dixon Lane and was mainly open stalls with a row of pemanent buildings down one side. The Sheaf Market was built to replace this one. Picture courtesy of Picture Sheffield
  3. Think you'll find that's the wholesale side of the old market. This is the open market known as Rag n Tag which was on the right at the bottom of Dixon Lane. The building at the top of the picture is the Corn Exchange, now demolished. Picture courtesy of Picture Sheffield
  4. Long Lane :D Reports of an 10 foot tall apirition more than once, its in a Sheffield ghosts book but i dont have it anymore
  5. I researched this during the 70s and even spoke to a German bomber crew member. He claimed that the City Centre was always the target. An attempt to break the will of the people to continue the war. Hence the Coventry raid. They were equipped with first class maps of the town and the only error I saw was that Bramall Lane football ground was described as a boating lake! The maps were detailed to the extent of what kind of business was done where. The building I worked in on Matilda Street was correctly identified as a producer of Pewter goods at the time. The bombers came over the moors via Woodseats area and exited over Hillsborough, or south to north.
  6. PLOT SUMMARY Gary "Gaz" Schofield (Robert Carlyle) and Dave (Mark Addy) are desperate to make some money, going so far as to try stealing steel beams from the abandoned factory they used to work at. When Gaz finds out that his ex-wife wants full custody of his young son, Nathan, because he's 700 quid in arrears, Gaz has the idea of stripping to make money. He originally gets the idea from seeing Dave's wife Jean with some friends at a male strip-club, reasoning that if the Chippendales dancers can do it, so can he. Slowly, he assembles a group of similarly desperate men, including his former foreman, Gerald Arthur Cooper (Tom Wilkinson), at the factory he used to work at. In a sequence of darkly comic scenes, various former co-workers of Gaz and Dave are made to perform a strip-tease for them as their audition. One of the auditioners is invited to stay after he flunks; he says that he still has his children in the car, and "this is no place for kids". The auditioner then glances over at Nathan, who was recruited by his father to work their stereo, before leaving. Other auditioners are hired for their penis size (both mythical, in the case of 'Horse', and real, in the case of Guy). As the men try practicing, doubts continue to creep in about whether this is the best way to make some money, due to their individual insecurities over their appearances (Dave is overweight, for example). When the men are approached on the street by women who have heard of their show, Gaz declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they'll go "the Full Monty" - strip all the way - hence the film's title. Dave quits less than a week before the show, deprecating himself as a "fat poopydoo" whom no one would want to see in the nude. While practising, the rest of the men get literally caught with their pants down in the abandoned factory they use for their practice, causing one of the more unconventional chase scenes in modern film, involving most of the main characters running from their pursuers wearing orange leather thongs. Two of the strippers, Guy and Lomper successfully escape, and fall into a homoerotic embrace. The police show the men the surveillance tapes from the factory and soon the secret is out. All seems lost, with the entire city of Sheffield knowing who the members of Hot Metal are and the cast ready to quit, until the owner of the pub the men want to perform in informs Gaz that he already sold 200 tickets for their show. With not much left to lose, and a sold-out show, the men decide to go for it for one night. Dave finds his confidence and joins the rest of the group, stripping to Tom Jones' version of You Can Leave Your Hat On (their hats being the final item removed). LIST OF UNCONFIRMED LOCATIONS 14 Mount Road, Parkwood Springs - Gaz and Dave are jogging up the hill The bus stop outside Carter Knowle Junior School - Gerald and Gary talking Gerald's House 'Full Monty' House 34 Whirlow Park Road Whirlow 'Full Monty' Park Blake Street Sheffield (over the road from the Blake Pub) Supermarket Scene ASDA Supermarket Orgreave Way Sheffield The Canal Scene Bacon Lane Bridge and Canal Bacon Lane Attercliffe Graveyard Scene Crookes Cemetery Crookes Mandys Factory Eversure Textiles Sheffield Langsett Music Centre Pickering Road Sheffield Keep Fit sequence Manor Oaks Road Sheffield Dave's House Meadowbank Road Sheffield Burger Bar Pepes Cambridge Street Sheffield Lompers House Peveril Road Sheffield Ruskin Park Sheffield Sanderson Special Steels Newhall Road Sheffield Boxing Centre 73 Burton Street Hillfoot Ski Village Sheffield Whirlow Park Road Sheffield Released Cinema: 1997 VHS: 02 March 1998 DVD: 12 June 2000 The Full Monty - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119164/ BUY THE DVD - http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/852379/The_...on/Product.html Do you know the exact locations where the film was shot ? If so - please let us know - post below so we can add to the list and get some pictures of what the area looks like today.
  7. Daffodil Road - Sheffield 5 (thanks to danblakemore for that one) flyposting the club HELP NEEDED - WHERE IS THIS ? job centre - filmed @ burton street school (capel hall) great shot of the cooling towers anyone know where this is ? bus stop - outside school Carter Knowle Junior School bus stop - outside school Carter Knowle Junior School anyone know where this is ? police station Peveril Road Peveril Road 34 Whirlow Park Road Whirlow Gaz's Flat Regents Court Hillsborough Outside school Langsett School Burton Street Hillsborough looking up burton street Langsett School Burton Street Hillsborough Graveyard Scene Crookes Cemetery Crookes jogging Burger Bar Granville Road newsagents Granville Road stocksbridge steels brass band Barrack Lane - Walking Uphill Infirmary Road/Barrack Lane shiregreen wmc crowd Shiregreen Working Men's Club 136 Shiregreen Lane Shiregreen shiregreen wmc crowd Shiregreen Working Men's Club 136 Shiregreen Lane Shiregreen on stage at shiregreen wmc Shiregreen Working Men's Club 136 Shiregreen Lane Shiregreen gratuitous stripper shot Shiregreen Working Men's Club 136 Shiregreen Lane Shiregreen THE MONEY SHOT !! Shiregreen Working Men's Club 136 Shiregreen Lane Shiregreen
  8. I tried a couple of years ago with no luck at all. What a great piece of TV they were though. The first on was non stop laughter as the pit and the miners prepare for Prince Charles visit. This was followed the week after with the same cast and location facing the terror and heartbreak of a mine disaster. Powerful stuff. If you succeed in finding a copy please let me know. Dougie Brown and Stan Richards also starred.
  9. Looking to get in touch with a few old friends again: Rodney Smith lived junction of Springvale Road and Cross Addy in 50's/60's mothers maiden name Wall who's relations had a business in the next yard. Gary Mills lived just of Walkley lane on Lonsdale Road in 60's. Susan Wildgoose Lived on East Bank Road had a friend called Corrine Sunter brother john has just recently died.
  10. Came across these tucked away in my computer. I can't remember where they came from or when they were taken. Year unknown but Brammall Lane still has the cricket pitch City Hall, Cole Brothers and The Grovener can all be seen Nice shot of the old(eggbox) Town Hall and the Wedding Cake registery office Saint Mary's Church is the most notable building in this shot :P
  11. Think it may have been called the St Georges Club. Another club was above the cathederal near Campo Lane. St James?
  12. Can you believe this is on Fargate ? It's the first time I've ever seen it. Walked up Fargate and the small lane just before Chapel Walk was there - looked down it and saw the type of houses and buildings that you are used to seeing either in York or the movies about Robin Hood !! Amazing ! I nipped down there - it's a tight little lane and the houses on the right are fantastic and really well preserved. There's a strange staircase just over the wall at the end too The lane is called BLACK SWAN WALK - I presume there used to be a pub by that name there ?
  13. :P nosy nellie i think i remember the star walk originally starting outside the star building in town that was the mens start and the women started at leppings lane. i entered it twice in the eighties.
  14. I worked here in the mid 80's at weekends. It was more popular with home football fans then, although sometimes away fans did venture in, there was never any trouble then Think it was alot to do with the fact Landlord was good. After they left to run a pub in Rotherham, there were two more couples running it but I felt things were going down hill so I left. No doubt there have been many more Landlords since then. After that Tommy Tynan [not sure of correct spelling] ex sheffield wed player bacame landlord, not sure how long he lasted. He wasn't only Sheffield wed player to run a pub there was the Wadsley Jack in Wadsley Village - Jack Whitaham was a Landlord and the Rose & Crown also at Wadsley on Stout lane - Ted Catlin was the landlord there many years ago (I'd say about 35/37 years ago. Rose and Crown is just up the Road from the Wadsley Jack. The Horse & Jockey was owned by Whitbreads then, , sadly another brewery in Sheffield that as gone.
  15. Sir John Fowler (Fourth Bridge designer) lived here at Wadsley Hall, Far Lane, Wisewood. Link to Picture Sheffield, view of Wadsley Hall. picturesheffield. y02120
  16. Unfortuntately I was down there with my brother at the Leppings Lane entrance and it was absolute madness. I remember walking from the West Stand away end where the crowd was building to the back of the South Stand after a while because it was all just too much outside and too many people there. We used to always go down there for events at Hillsborough like that and the internationals etc I remember coming home on my own and watching what had happened on the telly (nobody knew outside what was happening obviously) and my brother was still down there. It was a worrying few hours - and in those days no mobile phones to ring and make sure someone is ok
  17. Well, that's managed to confuse me even more - I am certain this is Hillsborough Corner... It seems to be a little way around the lane?
  18. Next time you're that way - turn around and take a shot over the wall, looking at the corner. I have an old picture that I think is Hillsborough corner (with the river below) from that type of view, but am really struggling to see which angle it was taken from in my minds-eye. I suspect it is taken from the Walkley lane side, but there are things putting me off!!!
  19. Let's narrow it down to help our search Here's a picture from above showing the area from the Admiral Rodney to Long Lane As you can see on one side a bank of houses, on the other a single house Any idea which it would have been ?
  20. Yes admin I would like to know about the second Police House, just before Long lane on Loxley Road. I have managed to work out where the original one was but I believe the second one was built in the 1950's. I only know this because many many years ago my dad found a wage packet on Loxley Road, and this Police House was the nearest place he could hand it in. From what my dad can remember, the Police Man gave him the third degree, as to the contents. The wage packet contained a full weeks wages, and I think this was before Police Officers had radios !!!!!!!!!! As I am new to this site is there a private message facility ?????
  21. What about the second one, I think it was built in the 1950's, it was further up the Road near Long Lane. Are there any photos ?? I remember seeing a sign pointing to it many years ago saying Police.
  22. A WALK ROUND LOW BRADFIELD - (WALK I) The total walk- is relatively short but to take in all the above detail takes around 1 hour and is mainly on roads or well maintained footpaths. Starting from the village car park- the stream on the left is AGDEN BECK and comes through AGDEN RESERVOIR and joins DALE DYKE BECK a hundred yards downstream and into Damflask reservoir before forming the River Loxley. The house on the light is NETHER FARM built around I 820 Leave the car park by the road and bear left, opposite was the former LOW BRADFIELD JUNIOR & INFANT SCHOOL and SCHOOL HOUSE. The school was built in 1867 to replace one on a different site that was washed away in the SHEFFIELD FLOOD OF 1864. The school closed in 1985 with 32 scholars being transferred to nearby DUNGWORTH SCHOOL. The school and house have been sold to a private buyer. After passing the bus shelter bear fight into MILL LEE ROAD and cross CHAPEL BRIDGE (which crosses DALE DYKE BECK), this was completely washed away in the flood. Below the bridge was once a sheep/cattlewash where livestock was washed before being auctioned at the nearby PLOUGH INN. The building on the left is the former W'ESLEYAN CHAPEL built in 1817 and housed 52 teachers and 154 scholars. It was a temporary school following the destruction of the old school due to the flood, it is now the headquarters of BRADFIELD PARISH COUNCIL, on the wall below the building is a stone dragon rescued from a derelict works in OUGHTIBRIDGE. On the light is the new WESLEYAN CHAPEL opened in 1899 at a cost of f.1585 to seat 190 adults. It held its last service in August 1993 and was sold to a private buyer for and converted to a household. Next on the right are the FILTER HOUSES, built in 1913 and extended in 1954, it has units and filters water from STRINES, DALE DYKE and AGDEN reservoirs. In 1930 it had the first telephone installed in Bradfield. The premises closed in 1994 following the completion of the new Water Treatment Works in the Loxley Valley. On the left are 6 Council houses and 1 private house built during the 1960's. Turn left at the PLOUGH INN, (the road ahead goes to Ughill) originally built as a farmhouse, in 1841 listed as a BEERHOUSE and officially listed by the brewery in 1847. The archway was "blocked in" during 1960's when alterations took place, and was previously used to take cattle into the auction yard at the rear of the building. The houses on the left are PLOUGH COTTAGES. The houses, next on the left (GLEBE COURT), completed in 1990/91 as a joint venture between PEAK PARK PLANNING, BRADFIELD PARISH COUNCIL and SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL as a "low cost housing scheme" to cater for local needs, and consist of 2,3 and 4 bedroom houses. All residents must have local connections to qualify for tenancy. Looking across to the tight, in the distance is FOXHOLES FARM with its "castleated" walls can probably best described as "folly". Turn left at the POLICE HOUSE built cl960 (the original police house was the middle house in a row of cottages half a mile farther on the road), this is SCHOOL LANE, the farm on the fight is MILL FARM, whilst on the left is FAR FOLD built in 1735 and withstood the flood. In the area close to the bridge stood the original school built around 1706 and was completely destroyed 'in the flood. The headmaster Mr NICHOLLS) and his family managed to escape to safety by running up the steps opposite the end of the bridge and on to higher ground. DAWLASK RESERVOIR is on the right. After crossing the bridge, turn left, on this site stood a three storey corn MM. (records show a corn MM at Bradfield from around 1218, although obviously numerous rebuilds over the centuries) The last corn mill replaced one destroyed in the flood and was driven by a water turbine. (As opposed to a water wheel for the previous mills) Unfortunately the corn mill caught fire in 1940 and was completely destroyed and never rebuilt. The mill race and dam remains can be seen over the wall on the left just before reaching SMlTHY GARAGE. The garage was previously a BLACKSTSMIHS SHOP until the late 1930's. Cross the road, the sportsfield (official name DODGE CROFT) was donated by Mr. EBBOTSON (note the memorial plaque/stone on the wall) contains BOWLS, CRICKET, TENNIS and the VILLAGE HALL. Bear right keeping beside the field wall, the group of houses ahead are BURNSIDE COTTAGES, the earliest of which date back to around 1625, (it is believed that this is where the first victim of the flood occurred when a two day old baby was washed from its mothers arms) whilst behind is THORN HOUSE, where the mill owner at the time of the flood resided. Moving further on BURNSIDE HOUSE is the large house on the right we come to WOODFALL LANE that leads to HIGH BRADFIELD. This piece of road referred to locally as "The Street" with the POST OFFICE/VILLAGE SHOP on the right and the former CROSS INN on the left comer. The inn closed around 1980 and was converted into a private house. Do not turn up WOODFALL LANE, but walk along THE SANDS, with the VILLAGE HALL on the left, cross the stream by the footbridge and return to the car park, -. The village hall was built just before the Second World War and used for the entire village functions etc. The answer found here - http://www.bradfield-walkers.org.uk/Walks/LowBradfield.html
  23. I think Holme Lane as missed out some what. It used to have loads of shops I remember going to a bread shop, called Turners we used to order our our bread from their for the weekend, it was next door to a newsagents, where we used to get the papers plus if I could keep the change I used to get a 1/4 of sports mixture or midget gems. Those were the days !!!!!
  24. Bat Watch On 20th Sep we met at the Rivelin Hotel car park for our annual bat walk. A group of 15 or so of us attended including a couple of new families. We started off at Hind Wheel Dam. It was a warm dry evening; almost perfect conditions for feeding bats. With enough battery power to light the Blackpool illuminations (talk about wasting energy!), we surveyed the surrounding area with torches and newly purchased bat detectors. We weren’t disappointed. A couple of Pipistrelles were demonstrating their incredible flying skills right over our heads. The insects never stood a chance. We also detected a couple of Daubenton. These two types of bat are probably our most popular in the valley. We then walked down to Uppercut Wheel on the ‘S’ bend or Glen Bridge where we stopped to admire the recent RVCG task team’s hard work . We continued our walk up to the top at Long Lane and then back down the horse track to Hind wheel.
  25. TASK TEAM NEWS We have been concentrating our efforts on Upper Cut Wheel. This is just to the left of the S Bend driving towards the Rivelin Post Office. The Sheffield City Council have made a significant contribution to the footpath and goit retaining wall to make it safe for passers-by. The goit is the manmade waterway which fed the old water wheel and is currently an interesting little waterfall where the old wheel pit used to be. The RVCG have also made significant repairs to this wall further down towards Hind Wheel although our repairs used the original stone. The Council have used stone chippings in wire mesh cages. I’ll leave you to decide which looks best. The RVCG have continued improvements at this site with the use of heavy machinery thanks to Frank Revitt, our resident farmer, which was used to dig out the old millpond. The following Sunday, 28th Nov saw a lovely autumn morning welcome lots of volunteers and their young families. This involved cutting back lots of trees and shrubs and creating a huge bonfire. Others waded around in heavy mud to reconstruct parts of the old millpond wall so that it could once again hold water as a wildlife pond. This was a thoroughly enjoyable day although still an ongoing project. The area is to be grassed, planted with specimen trees and have benches installed all for the pleasure of local ramblers and passing public.