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A thread dedicated to the Handsworth area of Sheffield.

Handsworth was where actor Sean Bean was born and raised, where steel revolutionist Benjamin Huntsman resided, and where places such as The Plaza Cinema were built.

There have been many pubs in Handsworth too that are covered in our pubs section, such as the Turf Tavern, Norfolk Arms, The Crown, The Chantrey Inn 

Let me start this thread with a question though. On a recent walk I passed this building that is now home to the Oak House Tea Room and Cafe, and the Handsworth Fish Bar fish and chip shop.

But it looks like a building that had a very different past. Did this used to be a pub?

 

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Well, this was a fun one. I think I might have found an answer. I looked on some old OS maps in case the building was labelled. It wasn't, but a nearby building called Manor View was. It is still there and visible on Google Street  View. A quick search of periodicals revealed that Mrs Ball (Manor View) let a house (Oak House) in 1904. 

I wondered if this was a just a coincidence, despite the buildings (Manor View and Oak House Tea Room) being so close to each other, but found another article detailing the sale of Oak House in 1939. The address being 309 Handworth Road, which is the modern day Fish Bar.

So it seems that the building (coffee shop and fish bar) was a rather nice private residence (with a vinery!). 

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Seems that the people that lived in the house could also afford some help with tedious household chores!

 

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Amazing work thank you!

There's some really amazing buildings down that stretch of Handsworth Road. I had a gut feeling that some of them would have fascinating histories so glad you could prove it!

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No problem at all. It was also interesting to note that the road between the houses (Manor View and Oak House), Fitzalan Road, didn't exist on the early OS maps.

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3 hours ago, Stu_1981 said:

No problem at all. It was also interesting to note that the road between the houses (Manor View and Oak House), Fitzalan Road, didn't exist on the early OS maps.

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I had a feeling that would be the case

The buildings on Handsworth Road itself certainly have a very different feel to them

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A bit more info. On the opposite side of the road to Manor View and Oak House (directly opposite the Methodist Church) is another building marked on the old OS map above, called Oakfield House. It currently houses the Lloyds Pharmacy etc (street view image below).

Picture Sheffield has some images of this building from the 1960s (when it was also a used as shops), but there is also an image from 1891 when it was a private residence.

 

 

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Information about resident, Mr Charles Fisher:

 

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Perhaps this is the reason for the naming of Oak House and Oakfield House?

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According to Picture Sheffield:

"The Handsworth Oak and the old village smithy at the side of the Turf Tavern. The two men on the left are Norman Walker and his father. In the 1920 directory it is listed as belonging to Wolston Walker."

The Turf Tavern is marked on the old OS map above and was not far from the houses.

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Here we go then - a walk down Handsworth Road with so many questions in it

Many of the buildings in here are questioned and discussed - wonder if anyone can shed any light on them?

 

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On 23/06/2020 at 15:02, Stu_1981 said:

Well, this was a fun one. I think I might have found an answer. I looked on some old OS maps in case the building was labelled. It wasn't, but a nearby building called Manor View was. It is still there and visible on Google Street  View. A quick search of periodicals revealed that Mrs Ball (Manor View) let a house (Oak House) in 1904. 

I wondered if this was a just a coincidence, despite the buildings (Manor View and Oak House Tea Room) being so close to each other, but found another article detailing the sale of Oak House in 1939. The address being 309 Handworth Road, which is the modern day Fish Bar.

So it seems that the building (coffee shop and fish bar) was a rather nice private residence (with a vinery!). 

Oak House street view.jpg

Oak House to let.jpg

I can remember the Oak House chip shop from the late 1950's and Manor View was once a dentist surgery,Mr Cole I believe

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Have you ever heard of the Handsworth Oak in the photo (above) @Peter Walker? I'm not from the area, so wondered if it was something that locals were aware of? Cheers, Stu

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15 hours ago, Stu_1981 said:

Have you ever heard of the Handsworth Oak in the photo (above) @Peter Walker? I'm not from the area, so wondered if it was something that locals were aware of? Cheers, Stu

Hi Stu, the photo above was the first I recall hearing of the 'Handsworth Oak'. The 'old village smithy' was across the top of where Laverack Street now joins Handsworth Road, at the side of the Turf Tavern.

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3 hours ago, Peter Walker said:

Hi Stu, the photo above was the first I recall hearing of the 'Handsworth Oak'. The 'old village smithy' was across the top of where Laverack Street now joins Handsworth Road, at the side of the Turf Tavern.

I've reached out to Handsworth Historical Society on Facebook to see if they are interested in joining the Forum to share their knowledge.

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