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  1. Sharrow Lane School is closing this month. A new building has been constructed at the side of Sitwell Road. There is an initiative beginning to enable former pupils to visit the school and hopefully discover long lost friends ! I attended between 1951 and 1958. My teacher for 1957/8 was Mr Foster. Headmaster was Mr Davis. First started in the infants with Mrs Woodger, then Mrs Goodfellow and Miss Hare. Into the juniors with Mr Furniss, Mrs Pearson, Mr Self and Mr Wild. Does any one know of any plans already made for a visit by ex pupils. If so let us know please. Whose names do you remember ? Here's a list of some I can remember. Barry Brown, Gerald Kersh, Christine Charlesworth, Nina Heathfield, Elaine Joynes, Maureen Emily, Elizabeth Brownhill, Linda Firth, Christine Broadhurst, Margaret Coffey, Patrick Solway, Pauline Allen, Jennifer Ellis, Mike O'Sullivan, David Morley, John Warrington, Ian Dean, Stan Rowbotham, Ann Dale, Barbara Childs, Carol Titterton, Jaqueline Foxcroft, Linda Beecroft, Andrew Barson, Trevor Briggs, Graham Carpendale, Lawrence Bellinger, John Gascoigne, David Jones and Susan Pitts. Not a bad recollection after 50 years.
  2. There are many posts on this very site mentioning Coal Pit Lane and containing probably more information in one place than you will find anywhere else EllisSearcher . Here is a link to search results I have just done, I hope you find something useful in that lot --------- https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/search/?q="coal pit lane"&sortby=relevancy
  3. Coal Pit Lane became Cambridge Street
  4. FULWOOD OLD CHAPEL In the 17th Century, after the passing of the Act of Uniformity, 1662, and the Five Mile Act, 1665, the Dissenters were compelled to resort to secret meet­ings, in secluded or out of the way places, in order to worship God as their consciences dictated. Accord­ing to tradition, one such meeting place was on the Hallam moors, four miles from Fulwood. It was a farm a little way off the highway between Redmires and Stanage Pole. At this spot the Dissenters, from near and far, met at regular intervals for worship. Eventually a number of them decided to settle in Fulwood, and by the beginning of the eighteenth century there was a demand for a more convenient and centra1 place of meeting in Fulwood itself. In 1707 Fulwood Hall, a fine old farmhouse now the home of Mr. Morgan Fairest, became the property of John Fox of Sheffield Park, described as "gentleman". Under the Tolera­tion Act, 1689, which repealed most of the very harsh laws against Dissenters, licences for dissenting meeting­houses could be obtained on application to the Quarter Sessions. In 1714 John Fox, of Fulwood Hall, was granted a licence for the use of his house as a place Of Worship. Fox was a benefactor to Hollis’s Hospital, Sheffield. He also realised the value of education; he was the donor of £150 for the provision of a school for the free education of 18 poor children from Fulwood and Hallam. An inscription on a cottage, formerly the schoolhouse in School Green lane, Fulwood, still recalls his generosity. 1730 Mr. John fox gave £50 Mr Jurie Clerk gave £10 Mr W Ronksley gave £30 Mr W Ronksley gave £30 Mary Ronksley gave £20. The school closed in 1875. It was William Ronksley, friend and neighbour of John Fox, and no doubt a fellow worshipper at Fulwood Hall, and earlier on Hallam moors, who left a permanent memorial down the lane below the old schoolhouse. William died in 1724. In his will he left £400 to build “ a large and spacious chapel” for the use of Dissenters. This quaint old chapel with its attractive stone mullioned diamond-paned windows and two doors, situated in a lovely countryside, in what became known as Old Chapel Lane, now Whiteley Lane, was opened for worship in 1728. A well-built meeting house (40 feet by 30 feet) standing back in what was once its own graveyard and is now a garden, the chapel psooesses a quiet dignity and simplicity. Its proportions are excellent. Externally its appearance has hardly changed at all from the time of its erection. The door and window mouldings, also the stone of the two-feet thick walls and heavy roof witness to the care of the builders. A parsonage was added at the east end in 1754 and at some later date a schoolroom at the west end of the chapel. This later addition robbed the chapel of some of its light, since it necessitated the blocking up of two windows. The old stocks now standing in the chapel gardens were moved there when the lane was widened in 1929. Originally they stood on Birks Green, close by, and they are said to be the only examples of their kind in the Sheffield district. The interior Of the Chapel has been altered several times. At one time a fine old, pulpit and sounding-board stood against the East wall and there were high­-backed pews. Earlier still, the pulpit probably occupied the centre of the longer North wall between two small high windows which are splayed unequally to provide a maximum amount of light between them, and facing the entrance doors. The pulpit, sounding-board, and old pews have gone, having been attacked by decay and removed at the end of the last century. Their place was taken by a reading desk, standing in the middle of a platform running across the East end and by chairs for the congregation. Between the years 1951 - 1957, during the Ministry of the Rev. Fred Sokell, the Chapel was re-roofed, renovated, refur­nished and electric heating was installed. Beautiful gifts of a pulpit, communion table, chairs, rail and steps, also a porch and doors all in solid Oak with blue velvet curtains and carpet, have created an interior for worship in keeping with the exterior of the beauti­ful yet simple and dignified old building. Today, known as Fulwood Old Chapel, the building was for a long time. known in the district as " Ronksley's Chapel”. William Ronksley, the founder of the Chapel, was the son of George and Ellen Ronksley, of Fulwood. He was born in the autumn of 1650 and baptized at Hathersage Parish Church on November 3rd, 1650. It may seem strange today that inhabitants of Fulwood should go over the moors to Hathersage for marriages and baptisms, but constant references to " Fulwood " in the parish register of Hathersage, show how separate Fulwood was from Sheffield in the 17th Century. William Ronksley was educated at the old Sheffield Grammar School (founded 1604) and in 1668 was admitted to Magdalene College, Cambridge. After Cambridge he settled down as a schoolmaster at Hathersage. He later became tutor to the sons of Francis Jessop, of Broom Hall. The full story of his life is exceptionally interesting, but cannot be told here; it reveals Ronksley's interest and concern for William Bagshaw, who was ejected from his living under the Act of Uniformity and who travelled tirelessly and preached extensively. He founded most of the early Nonconformist congregations, and rightly earned the name of "The Apostle of the Peak". Ronksley was keenly aware of the disabilities under which Dissenters in the Fulwood district had suffered earlier, and under which, in a sense, they still suffered, for lack of a proper house of meeting. So it was that, in his will, he provided for the building by which he is best remembered. Ronksley's will forms, in effect, the trust deed of the Chapel. It is clearly free from any doctrinal clauses. Its only stipulation is that the Chapel is for the use of "Dis­senters from the Church of England ". In 1728, and not in 1729 which is carved on the Memorial Stone, the first Minister, Jeremiah Gill, of Sheffield was duly appointed by William Jessop, one of the trustees, and it was arranged that the interest of the endowment left by the founder should be paid to him half-yearly as long as he should remain minister. At last the Dissenters in Fulwood had a comfort­able and convenient meeting place for warship. For 30 years the Rev. J. Gill was the minister until he died in September, 1758. Afterwards the Chapel was served by Ministers of Upper Chapel until 1798. Then fol­lowed several shorter ministries until the appointment of Hugh Garside Rhodes in 1827. Before he came, however, the capital sum of £400, the entire Fulwood endowment, was lost in Fenton's bankruptcy during the Napoleonic Wars; that was in 1808. In 1811 Hunter records "the interest was very low in Fulwood ". A part of the Congregation wished for an Orthodox minister, the trustees and others of the congregation were of a different opinion. This pro­duced division and many unpleasant circumstances. However, by 1827 a fresh page in the history of Fulwood Old Chapel, and its longest ministry, opens with the appointment of Hugh Garside Rhodes. A sturdy Nonconformist of the old type, a man of strong faith arid deep convictions, Rhodes also played a public role in Sheffield 'which was long remembered. He took part in the " borough elections " joined in the agita­tion for the reform of parliamentary representation, and for the repeal of the corn laws, and was an advo­cate of popular education. His public spirit and energy were displayed during the 'cholera epidemic of 1832. He preached in the streets of Sheffield and was active in attending to the sick. One of his favourite places far preaching was the steps of the old Town Hall. In later years, he had influential friends like Samuel Plimsoll, M.P., of Whiteley Wood Hall, whose one-day-old daughter he buried in July, 1865, in the chapel yard. He was also instrumental in collecting sufficient money to build the little chapel near the Norfolk Arms Hotel., Ringinglow. After the death of Rhodes in 1873 only occasional services were held until 1878 when the Trustees rented the Chapel to the Wesleyans, at the nominal sum of one shilling per quarter, and continued to do so until the end of 1880. From that year until 1896 it was closed, and during that period it fell into decay. From 1899 to 1934 Congregationalists leased the Chapel from the Trustees. On the expiry of the lease in 1934, it was decided to re-open the Chapel as a Unitarian place of worship. Electric light was installed and the building repaired and redecorated. Sunday morning, the 6th of May, 1934, saw the little Chapel filled for the Re-opening Service, conducted by the Rev. H. J. McLachlan, M.A., B.D., Assistant Minister of Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Sheffield. The Rev. Alfred Hall, M.A., D.D., Minister of Upper Chapel, preached the Sermon from the Text in the fourth chapter of Joshua, " What mean ye by these stones ? " He referred to the interesting origin and history of the Chapel. A public meeting was held on the follow­ing day and a congregation formed under the charge of the Rev. H, J. McLachlan. Since that date, regular morning services have been held. In April, 1937, the Congregation sought and obtained official recognition as an affiliated Congregation to the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. Ministers of Fulwood Old Chapel Jeremiah Gill ... ... ... ... 1728-1758 Ministers of Upper Chapel John Dickinson .. ... ... 1758-1780 Joseph Evans ... ... ... 1758- 1798 Benjamin Naylor ... ... . .. 1780-1798 Joseph Ramsblottom ... ... ... 179,8- 1802 William Whitelegge ... ... ... 1803-1810 Gilbert William Elliott ... ... ... 1811-1812 Students ... ... ... ... ... 1812-1817 John Macdonald ... ... ... 1817-1827 Hugh Garside Rhodes ... ... ... 1827-1873 Occasional Services ... ... ... 1873- 1878 Wesleyan Services .. . ... ... 1878- 1880 Closed ... ... ... ... ... 1880-1896 John Manning, M.A., and John Ellis ... 1896-1898 Congregational Services ... ... 1899-1934 Re-opened for Unitarian Services May 6th 1934 Herbert John McLachlan, M.A:, B.D. 1934-1937 David Thomas Evans ... ... ... 1937-1941 Philip Noble TindaIl, M.A., B.D, ... 1942- 1948 David Thomas Evans ... ... ... 1948-1951 Fred Sokell . ... . 19,51 - 19'60 Philip Baker Morris ... ... ... 1960-1963
  5. Hi Keith, yes, you are right. I have a selection of books written about the Chapel over many years, and find that write-up notes from various other authors on-line, do get their 'wires crossed'. I remember Mr and Mrs Sokell very well, they were there in the 1950's when I first went to Sunday School age 4, they lived in the Chapel House, until he passed away, and Mrs Sokell went to live with her Sister up the lane. If anyone wants to verify the Chapel Ministers, they are listed on a board inside the Chapel. ( I have noticed, Wiki are particularly bad at small errors of info involving local area subjects. I don't know where they get the info, but they really need to 'double-check' it a bit more. If people use Wiki as the source of info to do write-ups, there is no wonder they get things wrong.)
  6. Hello everyone, wondering if anyone can help me,on the back of an old family portrait I have discovered a backing board advertising H&P Brewers Orchard Lane Sheffield,I cannot find any information about this company in any of the directories etc, any ideas?
  7. The Pheasant is all boarded up. Has been to let for a while. Is it the beginning of the end for this historic pub? Lyn
  8. Hi. I'm trying to locate an ordnance survey map of Fulwood particularly Whiteley Lane from the 1920's. Can anyone help please?
  9. It appears that my Staniforth family lived at #1 Brook Lane throughout most of the 1800s and into the very early 1900s, would anyone have a directory that would show the residential history. The road is in Hackenthorpe which obviously was part of Beighton Parish before 1900. Any help would be appreciated.
  10. In reply to the email from the team, the photo shows Campo Lane in a slower age. w
  11. Possibly Moorfield Farm in the distance, Fulwood Lane, the llamas are between the bend in the road and Ringinglow? Is the trough hidden in the long grass?
  12. I went past the old Beauchief Hotel this afternoon (that project seems to be going on forever) and noticed that the triangular pediment above the front door had been cleaned up - the text "Abbeydale Station" can now be seen, although partly hidden by an old fashioned lamp mounted there. No photo as I was in the car. In reference to the Sutcliffes: In January 1919 the licence of the Queen Adelaide on Hermitage Street / Bramall Lane was transferred from Mary Elizabeth Sutcliffe to George Sutcliffe. They took on the Queen Adelaide following their arrival from Shropshire in August 1909 and were there until 1923. In 1939 George (junior) was treasurer of the Abbeydale (Station Hotel) bowling club - the newspaper article below includes his photograph.
  13. Can any of our bus experts help settle an argument? I'm sure that the 53 Parson Cross bus stopped on Campo Lane in the seventies but my wife disagrees, which one of us is losing their memory
  14. OK, one isn't a photo, but, bonus, the other one is .... I'd been told the old stones outside the Cathedral were old gravestones, now, sadly the inscriptions won away. But I never knew that they were originally laid down flat, as per the following pictures Well, they did always say Campo Lane was very narrow ! Seems they "stole" a bit off the back of the Churchyard, then "stole" a bit off the front as well. Caused a bit of a stir - I'm sure the kids used to sing a rhyme about it, going up the Broomhall or somewhere to abuse Rev Wilkinson ... Picture Sheffield link : http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s02186
  15. Came across this postcard on eBay and decided to look on google maps at how that scene looks now..
  16. The trough was located on the corner where Brookhouse Hill becomes Whiteley Lane, Fulwood.
  17. 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.
  18. Came across this list on this site : http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancest...0.htm#YORKSHIRE Not sure if it has been posted before. My Great Grandad worked at the Brightside pit which he walked into rather than travelling down a shaft - and interesting see no 40 Benjamin Huntsman is down as a mine owner- I assume it is the same one? 1 Aston Main, Sheffield, W. H. Stone. 2 Alumnia, Sheffield, Brooke and Son. 3 Beighton, Sheffield, Skinner and Holford. 4 Birkin, Sheffield, Jos. Bramall and Sons. 5 Bracken Moor, Sheffield, Executors of Jas. Grayson. 6 Brightside, Sheffield, John Denton and Co. 7 Bromley Main, Sheffield, Bromley Silkstone Coal Co. 8 Busk Flat, Sheffield, J. Helliwell. 9 Chapeltown, Sheffield, Newton, Chambers, and Co. 10 Clay Works, Sheffield, C. S. and H. W. Tinker. 11 Clough, Sheffield, Jas. Grayson. 12 Clough, Sheffield, John Gregory. 13 Deepcar, Sheffield, John Armitage and Son. 14 Deepcar, Sheffield, John Grayson, Lowood, and Co. 15 Dungworth, Sheffield, Haigh and Co. 16 Ecclesfield, Sheffield, Haigh and Co. 17 Gleadles, Sheffield, Thos. Ward. 18 Gateshead, Sheffield, Hepworth Fire-Clay Works. 19 Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, John Denton and Co. 20 Hall Park, Sheffield, Charles Marsden. 21 Henholmes(Deepcar), Sheffield, John Armitage and Son. 22 Holly Bush, Sheffield, Joseph Hattersley. 23 Hurlford, Sheffield, John Gregory and Son. 24 Kiveton Park, Sheffield, Kiveton Park Coal Co. 25 Low Ash, Sheffield, Geo. Siddon. 26 Lower Wincobank, Sheffield, J. Johnson. 27 Lowood Wharncliffe, Sheffield, Grayson, Lowood, and Co. 28 Loxey, Sheffield, T. Wragg. 29 Malin Bridge, Sheffield, Grsyson, Lowood, and Co. 30 Manor, Sheffield, Nunnery Colliery Co. 31 Meadow Fire Clay, Sheffield, T. W. Roome. 32 Meadow Hall, Sheffield, Mark Davy. 33 Myers Lane, Sheffield, George Longden and Son. 34 New Winning, Sheffield, Nunnery Colliery Co. 35 North Staveley, Sheffield, Staveley Coal and Iron Co., Limited. 36 Nunnery, Sheffield, Nunnery Colliery Co. 37 Orgreave, Sheffield, Rother Vale Collieries Limited. 38 Potter Hill, Sheffield, H. Law. 39 Shaw House, Sheffield, Benjamin Jackson. 40 Sheffield, Sheffield, Benjamin Huntsman. 41 Stannington Wood, Sheffield, Nichols and Jackson. 42 Starr's Bridge, Sheffield, Marshall and Crapper. 43 Spink Hall, Sheffield, Mrs. Grayson. 44 Spring Wood (Ecclesfield), Sheffield, John Mallison. 45 Stannington, Sheffield, Grayson, Lowood and Co. 46 Stocksbridge (Deepear), Sheffield, Samuel Fox aud Co., Limited. 47 St. Davids (Oughtibridge), Sheffield, Russell and Co. 48 Tankersley, Sheffield, Newton, Chambers, and Co. 49 Thorncliffe,Sheffield, Newton, Chambers, and Co. 50 Unstone Main, Sheffield, Unstone Coal and Coke Co. 51 Unstone, Sheffield, Houdall Coal Co. 52 Vernon Silkstone, Sheffield, Edward Swift. 53 Wharncliffe (Oughtibridge), Sheffield, J. Beaumont. 54 Wharncliffe Wood, Sheffield, Silica Fire Brick Co. 55 Wood, Sheffield, C. S. and H. W. Tinker. 55 Woodthorpe, Sheffield, Nunnery Colliery Co. 57 Wortley Silkstone, Sheffield, Thomas Andrews and Co.
  19. I've always understood that it refers to pits sunk to exploit the "Barnsley Main" seam of coal, which appeared at different depths according to the location of the pit. The seams generally sloping further down as you move east over the coalfield. Apparently the seam is about 1000 metres deep under Lincoln and is found as far north at Selby, North Yorkshire. I had the opportunity, years ago, to go down Harworth Pit, North Notts, where the Barnsley seam is about 850 metres deep. I went right down into the coal collection hopper by the deepest of the two shafts at around 1000 metres. The heat is amazing especially taking into acount the several megawatts of refrigeration that was in use. All gone now, the shafts were capped and a modern housing estate covers the site.
  20. I suspect that ts the 'main' shaft. Pits often had more than one shaft to reach the coal seams underneath. Some for extracting the coal and muck and some for ventilation. Birley pit near Frecheville had A and B shafts I think. Someone with mining experience would maybe know. regards Ayfer
  21. Anyone remember Peats Butchers at number 5 Wadsley Lane opposite the Park Hotel near Hillsborough?
  22. That must be a reference to the Chequers Pub just past Weigh Lane going up Rough Bank. Plenty of Simonites around the area in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, here are just some from directories of the time and below is Simonite Lane on a 1935 map. 1833 Simonite Joseph, table blade forger, Rough bank, Park 1845 Simonite, Joseph, table knife maker, Rough Bank Park 1854/6 Simonite Isaac, grocer &c. 63 Broad Street, Park 1862 Simonite Isaac, 59 Broad Street, beeerhs 1879 Simonite Arthur,13 Bernard Lane, table knife ctlr 1879 Simonite Mrs. 1 Rough Bank, Eliza Shopkecper 1879 Simonite Isaac, coal dlr. & carter, 3, Court 10, Park Hill Lane. 1901 Simonite Thomas, 61 Staniforth Lane, cart owner 1901 Simonite Herbert, 22 Talbot Road, labourer 1901 Simonite John, 73 Weigh lane, shopkeeper, coal dealer & beer retailer, 1901 Simonite Thomas, 61 Staniforth lane Pk. cart owner, 1905 Simonite Leonard, 33 Rough Bank, shopkeeper
  23. Hi Steve. There is a 'Double' water trough, on Harrison Lane, opposite Bennet Grange, at Fulwood.
  24. 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.