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  1. Hi I’m doing some research into my family history and wondered if anyone has any information on the “George and Dragon” that used to stand at 93 Broad Lane. I believe it operated as a pub between 1825 and 1958. The building was later demolished and the site where it stood now seems to be a car-park. My family connection is that in about 1903 it was taken over by my Great-Great-Aunt Norah and her husband Thomas Crosby (they had previously run the ‘Union’ around the corner on Scotland Street) Thomas died in 1906 and Norah was remarried to a man named John Gaffey, John died around 1918 so Norah then ran the pub with her daughter Eileen. Norah died in 1942, at which point Eileen ran it herself until it closed in 1958. Norah was from Glenamaddy in Co. Galway and “Gaffey’s” as it was generally known was always considered to be an ‘Irish pub' and I believe there was a back room where they had Irish music and dancing My dad would be taken there as a young boy by his father and remembers Norah as a very ‘large’ and somewhat intimidating lady who’s fingers were always adorned with several big rings. I’ve attached a photo of Norah and Eileen, Norah is second from left and her daughter Eileen is on the right. If anyone has any info, memories or photographs of ‘Gaffey’s (or indeed the Union on Scotland St.) it would be much appreciated. Mike O’Farrell
  2. Researching NELLA WORKS of Forge-lane about 1930. Principal, Harry James Lansdowne ALLEN who died 20/8/1933.A Silversmith & Cutlery Manufacturer. Scant info available?

  3. Having been lucky enough to have been selected by Jason Dickinson to be in The Owls 150th anniversary book, 'WAWAW fans memories through the generation', I was quite fascinated to read the first person mentioned was a Mr Tom Wharton.... (Mr. T. Wharton from Jason Dickinson's book) “It seems fitting that the first supporter profile should actually be a dedicated fan called Tom Wharton, who passed away in 1933 after devoting his life to Wednesday. The following is an interview with Tom in the Sheffield mail in 1926”: “Surely old Tom Wharton is The Wednesday's most enthusiastic supporter. And incidentally the happiest man in Sheffield. He is no ordinary supporter, but a supporter who sticks to Wednesday thick and thin. For 46 years he has attended every home match except one The Wednesday have played. The exception was caused through a somewhat severe illness but Tom will let no ordinary illness interfere with his visits to see his team play. He has been ill in bed of Saturday mornings and has got up in the afternoon to get to Hillsborough. But it is not only home matches he has seen. He has been on every ground in England except three with The Wednesday. And he has a pile of programmes three feet high at least, issued in connection with the Wednesday club in different towns. The three grounds he has yet to visit are Stoke, Burnley and Newcastle. Old Tom lives at 26 Burnt Tree Lane, Sheffield and for many of a great year was a glass cutter. He has made some thousands of glass tumblers, and decanters, but is now retired and spends most of his time telling tales of derring-do in connection with The Wednesday and at the Sheffield Arms Hotel, Meadow Street, where he is now employed. He organised a party from the hotel to see the cup final on Saturday. The party went down by the Sheffield mail special train, but old Tom had not got a stadium ticket and did not get to see the match. But he has already seen 27 English Cup Finals. His first was in 1890 when The Wednesday played Blackburn Rovers and was beaten by six goals to one. That is a memorable occasion in old Tom's life. It was his first visit to London, and the one he still talks about, in spite of having seen The Wednesday play over 1,500 times, before and since. His delight in the party played by Hayden Morley, one of The Wednesday backs, has not yet subsided. He stills talks of the enthusiasm with which the crowd carried off Morley shoulder high after the struggle. In the early days of his support for The Wednesday a party of about 40 or 50 enthusiasts, including himself, always banded together to see the team play. These enthusiasts have gradually dwindled in number until there are only eight or nine of them left. Some of them assemble in one corner of the Kop each Saturday when The Wednesday are playing a home match. They stand on the Penistone Road end of the 'new stand'. But Mr. Wharton is doubtless the most consistent and oldest supporter of the lot. He has yelled himself hoarse times without number and has argued in the ground with men twice as big as himself. He will hear nothing against his The Wednesday and when they are down he says they will soon be up. Mr. Wharton is 72 years-old. Recently he and two other supporters had their photographs taken. His friends are George Wood, aged 69, and Mr. J. S. Redfern, aged 74. These three men had followed the fortunes of the team through thick and thin, their ages are total 215 years. Mr. Wood is a lamplighter and Mr. Redfern has lived at 'the old black pudding shop' in Meadow Street for 70 years.” Having reading this I later found out via Twitter he is buried in an unmarked grave at the Wardsend cemetery which is located at the end of the seemingly never ending Livesey Street, behind Owlerton Stadium. So over the Christmas period with a bit of spare time I thought I'd seek out this once forgotten hidden Cemetery and check it out for myself. As soon as you cross over the River Don via the blue bridge you can see many of the head stones of the people who are buried there, right in front of you, all being overgrown by nature. Over 30,000 men, woman and children have their final resting place here. As you walk along the path to the top of the incline you begin to see how big this place actually is and with all the trees that now stand there you cannot see the end whichever way you look. It's also worth noting that Wardsend is 1 of only 2 cemeteries in England that has a railway line running right through the middle of it, so you have to cross a 2nd foot bridge to the top side where you find the resting place of Mr. Wharton. About the cemetery....(taken from the website https://wardsendcemetery.wordpress.com) “Wardsend Cemetery, a detached churchyard, was opened on 21st June 1857 as the expanded burial ground for St. Philip's Church on Infirmary Road (now demolished), after its own churchyard became overcrowded. At his own expense, the vicar, Rev. John Livesey, bought five acres of land at Wardsend and also contributed to the cost of building a small chapel and a sexton's house. The cemetery and the chapel, which was designed by Weightman, Hadfield and Goldie of Sheffield, were consecrated by the Archbishop of York, Thomas Musgrave, on the 5th of July 1859. Wardsend Cemetery has a distinct military influence due to its close proximity to Hillsborough Barracks. Notably, the cemetery is the final resting place of multiple military families, and of many of the victims of the 1864 Sheffield Flood. Other epitaphs of interest are dedications to a number of Bible readers, one member of the Philadelphian Wesleyan church; the Secretary of Sheffield Angling Association, widows referred to as relics, and a reference to a 15 year old boy was tragically killed in a colliery accident. By the turn of the century, some 20,000 interments had taken place and in 1901, a further two acres of land on the other side of the railway were added. Because of this, Wardsend Cemetery is one of only two cemeteries in England with railways running through them. The final burial took place in 1977, when the re-interment of remains from a building site close to Sheffield Cathedral took place. The cemetery was officially closed in 1988. Since the mid-1980s however, Wardsend Cemetery has been increasingly neglected, especially following the demolition of the chapel and sexton's house, leaving the cemetery more or less abandoned by the parish and church authorities. The local authority took responsibility for the maintenance of the site in 2010 and The Friends of Wardsend Cemetery Group have played a large part in the maintenance and research of the cemetery in recent years”. I spent a good hour looking and walking through this fascinating woodland and taking various pictures including some of Hillsborough Stadium, which is only a stones throw away and can been seen if you follow the River Don up stream and then up to Scraith Wood near Herries Road, to which I use to make the rest of my walk home to Parson Cross. The long term goal of all this is not only to bring publicity to The Wardsend Cemetery and its friends, but also Wednesdayite's can give whatever we can and hopefully get Mr. Wharton the head stone, or at least the recognition, I feel a fellow devout Wednesdayite deserves. Hopefully we can maybe start a crowd funding page? For just £5 a year membership you can also become a friend of the cemetery which will also go towards the general up keep of Wardsend plus other benefits for you. You can find the application form on the website.
  4. The Norfolk Arms, Manor Lane, SheffieldHunting was the major relaxation of the wealthy classes in medieval Britain. There was little else for them to do TV was still 600 years away and United were still in the Vauxhall Conference League. For this reason the Earls of Shrewsbury built Sheffield Manor as a small hunting lodge before greatly enlarging it in the 16th century as their permanent dwelling. Sanitary conditions at Sheffield Castle had become unbearable, and they were seeking sanctuary in the peaceful lands overlooking the town. The surrounding area was a deer park and offered relief from the stench of open sewers and the constant threat of water born disease. Like all great houses Sheffield Manor had its own brew house. The reason was simple. Drinking water was invariably contaminated, and beer was a healthy alternative. Several important visitors stayed at the Manor including Cardinal Wolsey and of course Mary Queen of Scots. Wolsley appears to have caught a fatal illness during his stay, and he died on his way to London. However he was to have faced execution for failing to obtain a divorce for Henry V111, so this merely hastened his demise. Mary was held prisoner at Sheffield Manor for 14 years, in the custody of Bess of Hardwick and her husband George Talbot. Afterwards she beheaded for treason at Fotheringay. It was a tough life in those days. After the death of George Talbot, Bess moved to Hardwick Hall. The fortunes of the Manor fell into sharp decline. The Earl of Shrewsbury had only a female heir, and the estates passed, by marriage, into the hands of the Duke of Norfolk. (This is one reason why so many pubs in the area are known as the Norfolk Arms). The manor soon fell into terminal decline. In 1708 large parts were demolished and the remaining buildings were leased out. The west corner, which faces onto Manor Lane, became the Norfolk Arms public house. With little or no surrounding housing it had to rely on passing trade, although one of the other buildings was used as a pottery, which is thirsty work. Manorware is now highly sought after. The pub was to remain open from 1709 until the 1890s. By this time most of the buildings had become unsafe and the leases were terminated. In 1907 a partial demolition was undertaken. However parts of the old Norfolk Arms still stands as a stark reminder of the areas historic past, and are well worth a visit. The vaulted cellars can still be seen, and there is a display of photographs from 1865 when it was still a flourishing if rather dilapidated pub. Even at this date the area was still open land, with the Norfolk Arms standing isolated save for a few other remnants of the Manor. All this was dramatically changed as the Manor and Deer Park were transformed into Manor and Park housing estates. Ironically this genuine “ Manor Castle Inn” stands less than 100 yards from another public house, which now bears that very title.
  5. Found this while doing some research if its of interest to anyone researching mines. UK Coal Mining Data Lots of details on coal mines.
  6. Not really changed that much as you can see but here's a photo of Dykes Lane shops from the 1960's if anyone knows where that is Just up from Malin Bridge school
  7. The trough was located on the corner where Brookhouse Hill becomes Whiteley Lane, Fulwood.
  8. This is a possible location of the photograph History Dude! You can see the marked location of a spring on the map of the Gleadless Road area in 1854 (the Meersbrook appears to be the boundary line). On the second map from 1905 the spring is marked up as a well located at the end of Littlewood Lane. A rough idea as to where the spring/well was located can be seen on the modern day Bing photograph.
  9. Washing day on Woodgrove Lane, looking towards Penistone Road in Hillsborough Year - 1968 What day of the week was 'WASHING DAY' in your house?
  10. Well spotted, I missed the sign, so perhaps not a very temporary thing like site entrance. I am sure the name of the arcade is related to Cambridge Street (previously Coal Pit Lane) but have never seen any evidence of an earlier road just where the arcade was. Pinstone Street as we know it didn't appear until after 1880 and I think the arcade was built soon after that. Up to 1960 Cambridge Street lined up just about directly with the top of the Moorhead triangle that surrounded the Crimea Monument and I may be wrong but think the addresses on that bit were Moorhead. This photo' from an earlier post probably explains better what I mean ---------------- https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/16570-a-birds-eye-view-of-old-sheffield/?tab=comments#comment-139917 ------------------ and this other early post has some good information about the general area --------------------- https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/15327-68-pinstone-street-in-1881/?tab=comments#comment-131019
  11. Any photos of the coal depot& tramway that led the nunnery colliery.
  12. Hi Steve. There is a 'Double' water trough, on Harrison Lane, opposite Bennet Grange, at Fulwood.
  13. Hi CharB. Depending on which Corner Shop you want info on, I have friends who live in the area, and they were always down the one on corner of Derbyshire Lane/Norton Lees Rd, as it was a general store and beer-off. The one on the opposite side of the road a bit higher up, used to be a TV/ Radio repair shop I think, though I don't know what it was originally.
  14. Hi Andy. This may be of interest to you, I did a write-up about it a while ago. In 1929, Sheffield Corporation were widening Whiteley Lane. To aid in this purpose they bought land from the trustees of Fulwood Old Chapel, at the front of the building. As workmen were removing the soil, human remains were unearthed, and on further investigation, it was revealed that the area had once been on old burial ground. ( There are still bodies buried under the Chapel ) The remains of the unknown individuals were honourably re-buried, in the old filled in quarry, which is the top of Forge Dam Park, just opposite the Chapel, through the gates. Houses on Whiteley Lane were built at varying times from around 1900, as that is when an intense suburban housing project was started in the Fulwood area. Hope this info is of some help.
  15. anyone went here in the early 1960s when Mr Hall was the head and Miss Maitland was one of the teachers??
  16. Orchard Lane in Sheffield City Centre Great photo of Orchard Lane showing Boy Scout and Girl Guide Depot with the Grand Hotel in the background. Anyone know what is on the site today?
  17. Arthur Middleton was the son of Benjamin Middleton (born in Wellingborough) who was also in the coal haulage business but sold up and retired to Cleethorpes due to ill health. Arthur was at one time the Landlord of the George IV on Infirmary Road in Sheffield and his son Desmond Peter Middleton was a founder member of the 1st SAS serving under Colonal Paddy Mayne in WW2. His daughter Veda was Headmistress of Carbrook County Junior School. http://tabbs.magix.net/website/desmond_peter_middleton.28.html#Desmond Peter Middleton
  18. Thank you again Edmund, you're a star. I understand that the chapel on whiteley lane used to have a graveyard, do you by any chance have a map showing that?
  19. I miss the narrow lanes of old Sheffield like this ------- (c) Picture Sheffield ------ http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s13985&pos=1&action=zoom&id=16824
  20. It looks close so would it be Richards Bros. cutlery works. I think the factory finally covered the whole area, including the gaol, and cut short Thomas Street from about Button Lane not long after the war.
  21. Another amazing Sheffield photograph here showing years gone by in the Steel City! On this occasion it's a photo showing a Campo Coffee advertisement billboard on Campo Lane Question is whereabouts on Campo Lane is this?
  22. I am looking into my family history. One of my ancestors, Joseph Turton, lived at 120 Dam Lane in 1861. Does anyone know whereabouts this was please? I imagined it to be around the Crooksmoor area but I can't find it. Many thanks for looking.
  23. The Rotherham and Lane Top via Attercliffe tram termini were on Exchange Street, Here is a tram turning up there and a Rotherham single ender further up. EDIT There is a "Then and Now" on this page -- https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/5996-then-amp-now-sheffield-trams/page/7/
  24. Morning everyone, Map number 96 (Parkhill, Duke sreet etc), top left corner showes Bungay Street, park. Now Court number 6 backs on to Talbot Lane (i think), has anyone got a map that shows the court and Talbot Lane on the same map please?