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  1. MartinR

    Tram - Origin of the Name?

    The OED (online edition) admits that the origin is obscure. It may come from the handles on a barrow or wheel barrow, from the meaning of a beam. It may also come from the timber road on which the carts ran or slid. Some early examples from Germany had two parallel baulks with plain wheels; into the gap between the baulks fitted a pin (also possibly the "tram" or "trammel" ) which provided guidance. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mining_cart.jpg taken from De Re Metallica of 1555. William Dunbar refers to them as "barrow trams" in 1513 ("I wald schou war, bayth syd and back, Wei
  2. The one picture I wish I could see again was printed with this article in the early fifties. I wonder if any of the families mentioned has it, my grandmother was one of them mentioned we have the article but no picture.A small piece of social history. We need to take a firmer grasp of this paradox----that our very differences show our unity. It will restore our faith in ourselves; It will enable us to see (IN THE KINGS WORDS); We have not proved unworthy of our past, And we can do better in the years ahead. In skill, genius, enterprise, imagi
  3. Edmund

    Old House Broad Lane

    From Sheffield Independent 21 October 1872 PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF BROAD LANE AND ITS VICINITY. “Brickholes.” This comprised the large brickfield that extended from St. John’s street, nearly to Bailey lane. This was the property of the late Thomas Harrison, Esq.,the father of Miss Harrison, of Weston. ‘The chief manager of this brickyard was old Joseph Marsden, the father of Tom Marsden, afterwards the celebrated cricket player, but who then worked with his father at making bricks. A large space out of which the clay had been dug became by supplies from various sources filled with
  4. This map which says 1855 shows very few buildings on Spring Hill at the time. The ebay link claims the postcard was posted 1908, so I'm assuming that the cottages were still in existence when the map was drawn, so they should be on there somewhere. [Sadly southside's suggestion is all fields]. The best candidate would be the marked "Spring Cottages" [coincidentally just opposite southside's suggested location]. There are buildings there today in the same alignment, but they're hard to see from Streetview. I've attached a google 3d image of them, and the white building I've marked looks in
  5. lysandernovo

    Sheffield Road Tinsley, Then and Now

    I worked for quite a few of my formative years down Lock Lane, just off Sheffield Road, by the side of the canal and was there from start to finish of the viaduct and subsequent alterations to the road network. The shops in those days were busy. A bank, a hairdresser ( Alf Swindells kept it. He was a man who "knew " everything and "everybody", A customer visited Rome on holiday. Alf asked if he had seen the Vatican? The customer replied that he had and,indeed, he had been blessed by seeing the Pope. "Did he speak to you"? enquired Alf. Yes he did" replied the customer. "What did he say? "...."
  6. History dude

    More Parkway Questions

    Corker Bottoms Lane gets it's name from Edmund Corker who owned the fields around the lane. Ending up at the bottom of his fields! Own up who thought it was Corker's bum!!
  7. Lemmy117

    More Parkway Questions

    When the single carriageway was converted to the dual carriageway it was realigned at Handsworth and that left part of the old carriageway as a dead end, I think that is the bit you are referring to. Many years ago I was working on the Parkway on the outbound side just before Handsworth slip, and in amongst the trees on the left you could clearly see the remains of the tarmac road, I bet it's gone now. The 1967 maps confirms that the "baffling" picture (no. 4 ) above is the access/exit to the Parkway markets looking towards Prince of Wales Road. On the 1976 map the road "joining from
  8. calibrator

    Myers Lane near Worrall

    Thanks to Malinda for the family history. With regard to Stubbing, the 2 properties on Stubbing Lane were occupied by a family called Rowett on the south side and Moore on the north side. This was 50 years ago, time just flies! Thanks for the information Ratter, at least I won't be putting my life in peril to verify the 'No1'. Let's hope the other 2 stones will be discovered eventually. Chers, Pete
  9. Lemmy117

    More Parkway Questions

    The Parkway was originally built as a single carriageway from Handsworth to Manor Lane, this road eventually formed the outbound carriageway from Sheffield in the early 60's. It was converted to a dual carriageway in the early 70's when it was extended to Park Square and the M1. Also remember the course of the road was realigned again when the Mosborough Parkway intersection was built, originally the inbound and outbound carriageways were separated by and piece of land with trees in it! The first picture shows Handsworth roundabout, the third, sixth, seventh and eighth are in the Bowden H
  10. Across Tudor Street from the Lyceum is the Theater Royal, so in front of that must be the roof of the Adelphi pub at the corner of Sycamore Street and further up where Tudor Street becomes Tudor Lane and just before the archway on the left of Tudor Lane is Walker and Halls. Furthest left and just above centre you can just make out a bit of Eyre Street. To the left of the Town Hall is Cadman Lane but not easy to pick out. I hope I have things in the right place, it's a bit hard on the eyes.
  11. Some enlargements of air photos Stand House farm 1927 it was demolished a few years later to make room for the school. Nunnery Farm 1935 showing around it MASSIVE excavations connected with the colliery. Springwood Cottage wasn't really a farm but probably connected to the Woodthorpe Colliery. It stood near Queen Mary Road. Access was via Pit Lane.
  12. HughW

    Oldmapsonline

    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. EDIT 9/4/2020 Using the top search window doesn't seem to work now - it finds a much shorter list which does not include the insurance m
  13. lysandernovo

    Old Abandoned Sheffield Factory

    It's a refractory brick factory ( Dysons Refractories) in Stannington/ Loxley valley using the locally plentiful supply of fire clay and coal to manufacture special heat resisting bricks for the steel industry! Production ceased in 2012.
  14. eldomsmith

    Archaeological dig in centre

    Does anyone have any info (from directories?) about the occupancy here? I assume this would have been Devonshire Lane? Also. On the third pic, anyone have any what these structures may have been?
  15. Stuart Gregory

    Lydgate Lane

    We lived in Crosspool In the 50’s and fish & Chips from the Cross Lane chippy was a regular Saturday lunch. I recall it closed in the 60’s as when visiting I had to walk down to ?Bute Street
  16. MartinR

    Sheffield Victoria Train Station

    I've been looking at a blow up of the picture. The structure has small wheels at the top and if you look over at the two stacks slightly right there is another gantry carrying a wheel. I think Edmund is right, this is the top of the downcast shaft used for haulage. Of the two stacks across the horse tramway the left hand one appears to be on its own, I suspect that was the upcast shaft and the gantry will be emergency access. The right hand stack of the two has a building attached and that may be where the winding engine was housed. At this date the normal way to ventilate a colliery was
  17. Edmund

    Sheffield Victoria Train Station

    I think that the structure you're looking at is the pit head tower for the Sheffield Colliery. Below is a higher resolution version of the picture. It was completed in 1855 and there was another picture "taken" from the same spot 20 years later - St Johns churchyard, Park Hill.
  18. Retirement brings on many extramural activities and having nearly completed my bucket list before the next bucket I see is the one I kick, I thought it prudent to see who's left out of my old class and where and WHO they are now ( many of the girls will obviously have a change of name ).. See link below http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=printdetails&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;m00003 A few of our motley crew, I have sincerely missed since I left and I curiously would like to see how we all did after Smiley's J4 class and the ensuing 11+ dispersal.
  19. SteveHB

    Troughs and Wells

    Hopwood Lane, near Stannington https://goo.gl/maps/1TexByfKZBc9tAtv7 Circa 1920 https://maps.nls.uk/view/125651179
  20. Edmund

    Building On Cambridge St

    The current building seems to have been built in 1880 by the Smith Bros, ivory dealers, and from the outset was called the Albert Works. The Smiths originally had the ground floor and rented the rest out to the Brook Brothers who were silver platers. The Smith Brothers partnership had been dissolved in 1864 (Thomas and Ann, his sister in law, Ivory, Pearl and Tortoise-shell Cutters and Dealers based at the Washington Works). The Smith Brothers ivory dealing business continued at the Washington Works until late 1880 when they moved into their newly built premises on Cambridge Street. Just ov
  21. Hi all, I am new to join here, but have looked around the site at old photos for ages and I've found quite a lot of my questions answered regarding old Sheffield. I have a couple of questions about the area I have lived all my life. The area in the title that is. 1. Did a Bomb fall on Gloucester Street during WW2? This image from 1950 I've produced from Britain from Above shows a cleared area on each side of the road of Gloucester Street. The maps I have looked at on National Library of Scotland show that the side of the road on Gloucester Street that's closest to Havelock had a full
  22. Does anybody have information or photos on 'Fountain Villa' Pitsmoor Road. My 4x great-uncle was John Tomlinson of Joseph Tomlinson & Sons Ltd. and he died at the house in 1903 after suffering from a stroke at 52 years old. It contained an entrance hall, dining room, drawing room and a breakfast room, a kitchen, two cellars, five bedrooms, fitted bathroom and w.c. The grounds contained a greenhouse, stable, tool house, wash-house, coal house, fountain and outbuildings. I found out that it is now a Post Office but any other information would be great. Thanks
  23. Edmund

    Photo of old Norton?

    Junction of Norton Lees Lane and Derbyshire Lane, looking east. This map even shows the lamp post.
  24. Edmund

    1861 Pubs

    Thomas Myers beer-house was the Travellers Rest, Luke Armfield was the Miners Arms Thorpe Hesley and Enoch Morrell was at the Arundel Inn, Ecclesfield Common. Enoch Morrell was born on 6th August 1807 at Ecclesfield son of John, and died on 12th February 1865 at Ecclesfield aged 59. In 1841 he was an Agricultural Labourer living on Ecclesfield Common with his wife Harriett, and children Hannah 5 and Alfred 1. By 1851 he was a twine maker at Jackson lane Ecclesfield with wife Harriett, daughter Hannah, son Alfred and lodger Thomas Ellis also a Twine Maker. During the 1850s Enoch branche
  25. neddy

    Neepsend Train Station

    In the first pic you can see the railway bridge across Parkwood Road to the coal drops on Hoyland Road.
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