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  1. Further to your enquiry, these names are from the Sheffield directories that I have. DAISY BANK 1845 Clayton Wm. Henry. valuer and broker, 22 Paradise sq; h Daisy bank Hancock Wm. spring knife manufacturer, Daisy bank Mason Wm. file manufacturer, court 80 Whitecroft; h 103 Daisy bank Powell George, fork manufacturer, Daisy bank Smilter John, shopkeeper, 71 Daisy bank Smith John, razor manufacturer ; house Daisy bank Sorby Ann, dressmaker, 79 Daisy bank Turton Thomas, warehouseman, 101 Daisy bank Wood John, bookkeeper, Daisy bank ----------------------------------------------- 1849 Birks Thomas, springknife manufacturer. (fish-hook, &c.) 41 Daisy bank Bishop Samuel, cowkeeper, Daisy bank Clayton Wm. Henry. valuer & broker,22 Paradise square; h Daisy bank / maybe brothers Clayton John, auctioneer, valuer, bailiff, and furniture broker, 26 Paradise square; house Daisy bank Cooley Daniel, collector for Infirmary, & Mission school, 93 Daisy bank Hancock Wm. and Sons, springknife manufacturers, Daisy bank Mason Wm. file manufacturer, et 80 Whitecroft; h 103 Daisy bank Powell George, fork and steel maker and cutlery founder, Daisy bank ---------------------------------------------- 1856 Terry Stanley. postman, Daisy bank Clayton Wm. Henry, valuer, 22 Paradise square; h Daisy bank Fleming Mr. Charles James, senior. Daisy bank Hancock Wm. & Son, spring knife manufacturers,Daisy bank Newbould Edwin, table knife mfr. US Campo lane; h 58 Daisy bank Newbould Henry. & Joseph, scissor mfrs. (Geo. & Sons;) h Daisy bank Oxley Joseph. shopkeeper. and coal dlr. Daisy bank (Wm. Jnr) Cemetery rd Pearson John N. engraver's tool mfr. Brownell st; h Daisy bank Powell George, fork maker and cutlery founder, Daisy bank Wood John, traveller, Daisy bank 11 John (jnr) 45 Milton street ------------------------------------------ 1862 Sheldon Wm., Daisy bank Hancock Wm. & Son (Geo.), Daisy bank DAISY WALK Carr Thomas, cowkeeper, Daisy walk Oxley Joseph, shopkeeper and coal dealer,Daisy walk Scholey Robert, bone button and mould mnfr., 19 Daisy walk --------------------------------------- 1879 DAISY :BANK. (Upper St.Philip's rd.) 1 Hall Henry. clock cleaner & confectioner Courts 1 and 3 Bk.43 Cowley Reuben, cartowner 24: Law Thomas, shopkeeper 28 Atkin Mrs Charlotte, dressmaker Court 2 DAISY WALK. (186 Upper Alien st.) 5 Pepper Thomas, shopkeeper Court -Nelson John, coal dealer Court 3 25 Horton Benjamin, cowkeeper Court 5 31 HolIingsworth ·Wm. shopkeeper 39 Goddard William, shopkeeper Courts 7 and 9 71 Gillott Joseph, table blade forger DAISY :BANK. (Upper St.Philip's rd.) 1 Hall Henry. clock cleaner & confectioner Courts 1 and 3 Bk.43 Cowley Reuben, cartowner Court 2 - Allen George, clock cleaner Berry Joseph, spring knife manufacturer Court 4 34 Pollard Miss Lydia, shopkeeper Court 6 Fullelove Mark, file manufacturer Hartley John & Son, cutlery mfrs Hartley John (J. & Son) Hartley Alfred (J. & Son) Wilde Thomas, spring knife mfr Copley Henry, spring knife mfr Fawcett street 70 Oxley Joseph, coal dealer ......... Upper St. Phillips.~ road ---------------------------------------- 1911 DAISY BANK. (117 Upper St. Philip's road.) '{No thoroughfare.) 1 Barker James Henry, herbalist 37 Powell Fredk. Wm. shopkeeper Court 1 Court 3 Atlcin William Henry, coal dlr 18 Sally George, drainer 30 Moulds John, scissors borer &hardener Court 2 50 Oxley Thos. spring knife cutler 54 Swindell Miss Mary A. dress maker DAISY WALK. (188 Upper .Allen street.) Court 1 17 N ad in Mrs. Sarah Ann, coal dlr Court 3 25 Lindley John Arthur, shopkeeper Courts 5 &: 7 Porton Henry, file cutter Court 9 ...... Upper St. Philip's road ..... . BROOMPARK Mission room 93 Watts Luther, caretaker Court 4 Court 6 38 Wheelhouse G. & Co. drysalters Fawcett street ..... Upper St. Philip's road ..... . Daisy bank 8 Blossom John householder : 10 Blossom James. friendly societies' accountant 14 Lee Joseph Wm. car conductor Court 1 16 Shepherd Arthur, householder 18 Robinson John, horsekeeper 20 Abbott Arth. Henry, policeman Fulton road Aizlewood road
  2. I believe the pond in the photo is a modern development used as a hazard for the golf course. A stream runs down from Bocking Lane direction that could have been dammed or diverted to create various ponds near the Abbey. I would guess that stone would have been cut from natural outcrops, there are plenty in the area, right up into the moors.
  3. Samuel, son of Luke and Sarah Mettam of Scholes was born on 29th September 1789 and baptised at Rotherham Minster on 25th October. On 21st October 1811 he married Hannah Mettam at Rotherham minster. His father Luke was a Haft Presser at Barker Pool in 1841. At the beginning of September 1832, during the cholera outbreak, a soup kitchen was opened on the premises of Roberts and Mettam at the bottom of Howard street. The disease had paralysed local trade and caused an upsurge in poverty. In August 1833 Mettam, Roberts and Mettam were operating from premises in Hollis Croft owned by the Trustees of the Hollis Hospital. In March 1826 the partnership between James Roberts and Samuel Mettam (unable to sign his name) (Wholesale and Retail Brewers) was dissolved. In 1837 Samuel, Horn Presser &c was living at Clough Cottage (White’s Directory) At the 1841 census Samuel was a Merchant living at Clough Bank with wife Hannah and offspring James 15,Caroline 20, Eliza 15, Sarah 13, and Maria 10, also married daughter Mary Anne Pearce and her husband. In 1851 they were still at Clough lane, St Marys, Samuel was a Horn Merchant employing 15 men, 3 boys and 3 girls. As well as wife Hannah, living with him was widowed daughter Mary Ann, son George Henry 30, born in Jamaica), James 28, Sarah Ann 23, Maria 20 and grandchildren Alfred, Hannah and Thomas. On 3rd April 1854 James Roberts of Roberts and Mettam, Barker Pool died aged 52. In March 1854 Samuel advertised that Samuel Mettam – Horn Cutter and Presser (late of the Firm of Roberts and Mettam Pool Square) has removed to Howard Horn Works, Howard Street. In October 1854 on the premises formerly occupied by Mettam and Roberts in Barkers Pool , a 10 horsepower beam engine was offered for sale. In December 1854 the partnership between James Roberts and Samuel Mettam (unable to sign his name) Haft Pressers and Merchants, was dissolved due to the death of Mr Roberts. In May 1856 Samuel (of the Howard horn works) entertained his workmen to a substantial dinner at Mr Hydes’ house, the Sportsman’s Inn on Paternoster Row. In December of that year, George Henry died aged 36, he was the only remaining living son of Samuel’s, and had worked for his father at Howard street. In December 1857 William and John Mettam of Rockingham lane, Umbrella Handle Manufacturers assigned all the material belonging to their partnership to John Merrill, Horn Merchant of Holly street, presumably to be sold for the benefit of their creditors. In January 1860 Samuel was advertising for Haft Pressers for his works at Howard street In 1871 at the census, Samuel was a widowed Horn Merchant, living at Cherry Mount (St Peters) with daughter Maria, her husband Thomas Hodgkinson who was a clerk for Samuel, and a grandson. On 25th July 1870 Samuel died aged 84 at Clough Cottage.
  4. Has anyone any information on this chap Mr Samuel Mettam, as you can see he was working at 57 Howard Street, his workshops are still there next to the Howard Hotel. 1825 57 Howard st. Mettam, Roberts and Co. manufacturers. of horn table knife..handles ami scales, umbrella and parasol handles, &c.dealers in bones, horns, horn tips, buck and stag horns, 1879 METTAM FAMILY Mettam John, (j) horn presser, 35 Pomona street Mettam Samuel, wood turner, Pool works, Burgess street; h 114 Wellington street Mettam Thomas, (j) scale presser, Robertshaw street Mettam William, (j) stay busk maker, 38 Eldon street Mettam William, general wood turner, Trippet lane; h 1,Court 7, Rockingham street Mettam William, wood turner, Holly Street Works, 6 and (h) Holly street; h I, Court 7, Rockingham street Mettam George, stay busk, corset fastener and logging
  5. I have servised equipment at a few of these factories. The company I worked at was started in premises belonging to Flame Hardeners on Bailey Lane. We used to service Flame Hardener's induction Hardeners and their M.D Mr. Conrad Bramhill acted our metalurgist. After he died there was a bit of a split and we moved into our own factory Flame Hardeners still exist. Dormer's drill factory was on Cemetery Road. They also had factories in Worksop and Nottingham making taps & dies. They used to make drills by heating the blanks then passing them through dies that rolled the flutes into the blank. Some pundits claimed this was an inferior method of production and that flutes milled into the blank was better. Dormer was bought by Sandvik, a Swedish company. Eventually they closed the factory and sent the machines to Brazil.
  6. 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
  7. From "A Technical Survey of the Iron & Steel Works of Appleby-Frodingham Steel Company" published by Iron & Coal Trades Review in 1955:
  8. Another one I thought of was pit prop tapper, I am not sure of the correct title but a friend of mine did this job about fifty years ago, tapping the props down a coal mine, the sound he heard told him if the props were tight and doing their job safely.
  9. tozzin

    Hope For 2020

    One thing I would love to see restored is the Montgomery Monument on Broad Lane/Red Hill, for absolute years it been left to decay through the weather and vandalism, when I see stupid projects that have money thrown at them it makes my blood boil when I think of the Montgomery Monument, that’s part of the history of Sheffield, which was paid for by public subscription is left to “Fend for itself “ so to speak, absolutely deplorable.
  10. 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 branched out into the beer trade, and by 1861 his main occupation was as a publican at Ecclesfield Common, with wife Harriett and son Alfred, a file grinder. His daughter Hannah (baptised 17th September 1837), married Thomas Ellis the roper, who had been working with her father Enoch. They married at Rotherham on 1st May 1853. Enoch applied for a spirits licence in 1859 and 1860 without success, as the Travellers at the other end of the Common opposed his licence application. The 1859 application was reported in the newspaper as being for the Army Hotel, but this may have been an error by the reporter. During his application in 1861 his solicitor stated that “the house, which had been built by the applicant, was the most commodious and well-adapted building for a public-house in the parish of Ecclesfield. There was stabling for eight horses, and a large space of ground separate from the highway in front of the house, besides a large yard at the back”. Mr Beardshaw of the Travellers Rest contended that Mr Morrell was incompetent to take the management of the house, which was being conducted by a convicted poacher named Ellis. It was explained that Ellis was the son-in-law of Mr Morrell. The application was again refused. In January 1862 my GGG-grandfather, William Wilkinson, a fork maker of Butterthwaite Wheel, testified in the trial of Joseph Wareham Ashton, a moulder, accused of highway robbery in Dog Leg Lane, not far from the Arundel. The victim had been in the Arundel during the afternoon, along with the alleged robber, to which Morrell testified. William Wilkinson had gone to the Arundel on Monday 23rd December at half-past seven and had seen the accused, who left at half-past ten, in time to commit the robbery. Mr Wilkinson left at eleven at chucking out time. Ashton was eventually acquitted by a Crown Court jury. After Enoch Morrell’s death, Thomas Ellis took over the Arundel’s licence and in May 1867 hosted an auction of the leasehold properties left in Enoch’s will. These were six houses on Hesley Lane at Thorpe Hesley and the Miners Arms at Thorpe Hesley together with four attached houses. (In 1861 Luke Armfield, a coal miner from Wombwell was keeping this beerhouse) In June 1870 Thomas Ellis was still landlord of the Arundel Inn, fined 20s. for allowing customers to play dominoes for beer. On 17th November 1870 Thomas died aged 41. In October 1871 Thos Rawson and Co, Brewers advertised the Arundel Inn to be let. On 19th January 1873 Hannah Ellis, Thomas’ widow, remarried to Joe Marsden, a miner of West Bar in Sheffield. Some later licencees of the Arundel Inn: Edwin Pepper (born 1833) had the Salutation Inn on Holbrook Lane / Wortley Road, High Green from 1887 to 1900. In 1891 his son Arthur Edward Pepper (born 1867) was a painter, before marrying Mary Jane Pepper nee Cooke in Q1 1895 and taking on the Arundel Inn on Ecclesfield Common. Arthur Edward Pepper (1867) died on 14th March 1916 aged 48, and his widow Mary Jane Pepper died on 14th June 1946 at the Arundel Inn. On 19th April 1927 Mary Jane Pepper aged 26, of the Arundel Inn (daughter of Arthur Edward Pepper Innkeeper) married Arthur Nugent 30, engineer of 47 Horninglow Road. Arthur Nugent died in Q3 1956 – his son Peter married in Q3 1956 and his new wife came to live at the pub – but found she was expected to work there, which was not to her liking, so they moved to Greystones, becoming neighbours and friends of my family. Peter’s eldest daughter currently runs the Mount Pleasant on Derbyshire Lane. Mary Jane Nugent (nee Pepper), widow died 1st December 1969 at the Arundel Inn. Arthur Edward junior (baptised on 3rd April 1895) On 27th March Arthur Edward (junior) , a butcher living at the Arundel, married Vera Wetherall, daughter of James Wetherall of the Wagon and Horses at Chapeltown. He died at 95 The Common, Ecclesfield The Pub Index for the Arundel Inn / Arms is here:
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  12. High Street now Attercliffe Road, Baker Street left, Shirland Lane right. The bank building is still there, as is the Queens Head building and a few more further down but what a shame we have lost the buildings just past Baker Street, which were still there when I was in Sheffield, though not in that condition. I often look at then and now type images and wonder why our street scenes are so bland and boring now, but I think the answer to that would be very long and complicated.
  13. 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 water, so as to form a pond extending from Newcastle street to a little beyond Rockingham street. In the winter seasons this was a noted place for sliding and skating. In one part the water was of such a depth that I once saw a person have a very narrow escape from drowning. It was a winter’s day, the ice being of great thickness, when, just at dusk, a man who was coming from Trippet lane to Broad lane, in crossing over did not happen to see that there was a hole broken in the ice ; and in he went over head! With his hands grasping the edge of the ice he cried out loudly and piteously for help, when a tall young man, snatching a knur stick out of my hand, and another, similarly provided, rushed to his aid, and rescued the poor fellow from his extreme peril. The part of Rockingham street where this occurrence took place is, of course, “made ground” across the “Brick hole;” and certain portions of Newcastle street and St. Thomas street are the same. These “ personal recollections of Broad lane” it will hardly do to conclude without some brief reference to its annual “ festival”—an event long anticipated and much* enjoyed, especially by the young folks. It was held on “Holy Thursday,” and regarded as a general holiday. In preparation for it during the previous week, there was a great stir of whitewashing and cleaning, so as to put on the very best appearance. On that day the Sunday clothes were worn. The best thing about that “Festival,” as it now appears to me, was that it partook very much of the spirit and character of a social gathering of relatives and friends—when the married daughter came to her former home with her children to see “grandmother,” and aunts and uncles, with youthful cousins of both sexes, met in kindly association, indulged in joke and laughter, and keenly enjoying ball-play and all other innocent merriments. Such, at least, was my home experience; and, from all I saw, my impression is that of our neighbours was of a similar kind, But the great attraction for us youngsters was the gingerbread stalls, the ‘* crankies,” the swings, the puppet shows, and the “races.” The open space at the bottom of Townhead street and Broad lane was just like a “fair.” Amidst all this life and animation, restless activity, din, and turmoil, in perfect contrast might be seen the “ blacksmith,” with pipe in his mouth, and bare brawny arms resting on the smithy door, looking on the busy scene, with countenance calm and complacent. But the grand expectation and sight were the “races.” These were run by donkeys and ponies; the “jockeys” being generally milk boys out of the country ; who, disencumbering their asses of saddles and milk barrels, prepared for the contest. The prizes usually were a hat, a smock-frock, or a teapot; and the “courses” Bailey field, Bailey lane, and Broad lane. How the riders managed to rush up and down the steepness of Bailey field, and the narrowness of Bailey lane without some breaking of the necks or limbs, either of themselves or the spectators, is to me up to this day a mystery. Wearing the new hat, adorned with flying colours, his ruddy face and bright eyes beaming with conscious triumph, the victor, after re-saddling his ass, was then accompanied a short distance homeward, amidst shrill and loud, and hearty acclamations. Such, in“ auld lang syne,” was Broad lane Feast. There is just another spot that I intended to have touched upon, the “ Brocco” and “ Jericho,” but I have already trespassed on your space. Hoping that these reminiscences of one locality of “Old Sheffield,” about half a century ago, may not be unacceptable to at least a certain class of the readers of the Independent, I remain, Mr. Editor, your obliged, S. E.
  14. Very interesting Edmund! Several bridges across the Porter appear to have simply been called 'Porter Bridge' during the 19th century, however this one is called 'Bramall Lane Bridge' on the 1855 Ordnance Survey map (so shortly after the improvement). Towards the Decathlon end of the bridge there is a join in the stone work which seems to show a different date of construction (although the style remains the same) so the 1864 work reference is interesting!
  15. According to Leader's Reminiscences: "Porter street was a pleasant field road called Ladies' Walk. There were trees on one side of it, and you crossed the Porter by a foot bridge. That led into Bramall lane and forward across fields to Heeley" - unfortunately no precise date of this observation is given. In 1846 an Improvement Act was passed, which amongst other measures included: " Porter street, Porter Bridge, and Brammall lane. This is a widening of the Bridge and approach to it, both from Porter street and Bramall lane. The schedule includes very little property" - so the bridge's name was also Porter Bridge. The bridge was widened again in 1864, the work started in early January and continued for several months.
  16. Hello All, I've continued to look into the story of Bramall Lane Bridge (earlier posts will seem confusing now as I have learned the name of the bridge since I started the thread - which is great!). A research group that I am involved in has installed an information board at the former Staples end of the bridge and I have met with Decathlon about having a display of information in their car park, taking advantage of the railings there since the partial collapse of the culvert three years ago. One main question. The bridge appears to date from the c.1840's - why was it constructed? It does far more than carry the former route of Bramall Lane. Presumably an industrial site needed the structure in place before building? If so what would that have been? Many thanks for the information people have posted here. Your work has been a great help
  17. 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.
  18. The reference to "uninhabited moors" may well be connected to the former mines on the south side of the Porter Valley up near Ringinglow. As for the mines in the city centre, I was told that when the builders were digging the foundations for Chesham House on Charter Row, they found coal and had to apply for a licence to extract it.
  19. The answer is that Coalpit lane was changed to Cambridge street in 1863 although there had been mutterings about changing it for some years previously. Some relevant correspondence from the newspapers is below. It appears that all the owners of property in the lane (apart from a handful who could not be contacted) were in favour of changing the name, as it gave a poor impression of their business's to outsiders. Robert Eadon Leader (historian and publisher of the Independent) was against the change and suggested changing the name to Coalpit street as a compromise. What also comes out of the correspondence is that although the laying of the Crimea Monument foundation stone by the Duke of Cambridge on 21st October 1857 triggered the requests for a name change, the monument was only completed six years later, in October 1863. Note how quickly the change in name was taken up by residents, some later street name changes took years for acceptance.
  20. 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 over a year later it suffered from a fire, The Independent referred to the premises as the Albert Works while mysteriously the Telegraph called them the Helmet Works. So was the inscribed keystone re-used from the building that was on the plot previously - Edward Linley, Sheep Shear Manufacturer? See the 1884 newspaper article below. John Linley, Master Cutler in 1797 was a scissorsmith based at Spring Street, so possibly can be eliminated. An advert for the sale of Linley's premises in 1857. It appears that the Smith Brothers of Washington Works bought the premises, as in April 1859 they advertised that "TO LET and may be entered upon on and after the 26th day of April next, the PREMISES situated on Coalpit-lane now in the occupation of Mr Edward Linley, Sheep Shear Manufacturer - For further Particulars inquire of SMITH BROTHERS, Washington Works" : A letter possibly written by William Topham, who made the sketches of old Coal Pit Lane: Edward Linley died aged 65 at St Mary's Road on 2nd December 1879. The Linley family were at Coalpit Lane in 1841:
  21. I think that may have been one of those childhood memories that we all have that get mixed up with stories we are told at the time, or possibly there was a previous model bear. There is some reference to dates further up this post and according to Picture Sheffield and the Botanical Gardens websites the bears were removed about 1870, possibly after a child fell in and was killed. ---------- http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s11037&pos=2&action=zoom&id=14059 --------------- http://www.sbg.org.uk/portfolio-items/bear-pit/
  22. My mother born 1912 always claimed to remember when there was a bear in the bear pit.