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Another great piece of historic film here, - brilliant

Spoilt for me only by what appears to be a Bobby Knutt / Tony Capstick commentary at the beginning.

I don't particularly like their style and their "local accents" always sounds to me as though it is very much "put on" and doesn't sound that natural.

Some of us could have done a better commentary, but thankfully he had the sense to shut his gob after the first few seconds.

Re. the Capstick commentary, now, this is the perspective from a 40 year exile. To me the Sheffield accent is music to the ears, and from the first time I heard Tony Capstick's voice-over on the Bygone Sheffield video I was captivated by it. Listening to his description of the Lord Mayor's Parade or the Little Mesters or the Royal Visits, I think he is so easy to listen to and SO Sheffield and for the atmosphere he creates, I don't think they could have chosen better.

Or have things changed since I've been gone?

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Re. the Capstick commentary, now, this is the perspective from a 40 year exile. To me the Sheffield accent is music to the ears, and from the first time I heard Tony Capstick's voice-over on the Bygone Sheffield video I was captivated by it. Listening to his description of the Lord Mayor's Parade or the Little Mesters or the Royal Visits, I think he is so easy to listen to and SO Sheffield and for the atmosphere he creates, I don't think they could have chosen better.

Or have things changed since I've been gone?

Oh they are true enough Sheffieldrs alreyt,

It's just that being famous, being in a wider than just local audience, being on public view and being asked to speak in front of microphones and cameras changes how you say things as you tend to concentrate and think more about what you are saying so it loses it's "naturalness".

I'm sure I would do exactly the same under the circumstances.

But I have commented before in another topic about the so called "local" announcement voice overs of destinations on the Supertram route that a Sheffield is asked to say "Next stop, Arbourthorne Road", which they pronounce "Har-Bore-Thorne Rhode" while a real natural sounding "local" would say "Aar-Ber-Thoo-An Roo-Add"

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I can't remember that, I bet that was funny. Sounds like something out of a Carry On film. he he

Was even worse coming down - the belt going faster than the stairs meant it was safer NOT to hold the moving handrail! Then there was a bank of payphones somewhere near to the bottom of those escillators and always in use, with people waiting to make phone calls. Hardly ever see anyone using the few payphones that are left now...

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Now, is there a petrol station under the fiesta/car park block in this photo? Wasn't an attendent murdered in there around the early 70s?

I don't know about at the petrol station, but a car park attendant at the multi-storey entrance on Arundel gate was murdered.

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Brilliant !

Thanks for the link.

no problem, been looking for pics of this for a while, does anyone remember when this map was removed as i was born in 1978 but swear i can remember it....some great other pics on that facebook page by the way including the hole in the road and tinsley viaduct under construction

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What was the Pubs name? Was it the Queens Head? All I know it was very old.

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What was the Pubs name? Was it the Queens Head? All I know it was very old.


Yes the Queens Head, and it is still going.

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I don't know about at the petrol station, but a car park attendant at the multi-storey entrance on Arundel gate was murdered.

From memory I recall this hapenned in the early/mid 1970's and remains an unsolved murder case.

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3 hours ago, Sheffield History said:

Pond Hill Street Sheffield.jpg

This looks like the best years of Pond Street bus station in the 60's. Atlanteans on Low Edges 42 / 53  and Prince 71, but still back loaders on a lot of other routes. Also plenty of places to park a bus or a car.

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What a memory-jerking photograph. I think my 'bus home, the 102, departed from the first lane, though whethe rit was from the single-storey glazed shelters or the taller domed bit further along I can't remember.

To get to Pond Street from King Ted's I had to catch a service down Glossop Road (54, 55 or 60), get off at (I think) the City Hall, walk down Fargate, along Chapel Walk and then down a very long flight of steps which started somewhere opposite the Lyceum Theatre  and came out near Pond Street. These steps were always taken at breakneck speed!

OIddly, going from home to King Ted's I took a different route, getting off the 101 or 102 at Harmer Lane (the last request stop before Pond Street) and walking back round the corner where the 60, etc., began their journeys opposite the Midland Station. I can't remember why I used these two different routes.

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On ‎31‎/‎12‎/‎2016 at 21:47, boginspro said:

This looks like the best years of Pond Street bus station in the 60's. Atlanteans on Low Edges 42 / 53  and Prince 71, but still back loaders on a lot of other routes. Also plenty of places to park a bus or a car.

An ideal candidate for a then and now picture!   From the 60s I spent thirty years of my working life in and around that area, what stories, what characters.  The petrol station even had a classic car showroom. A far cry from the ghost town it has now become.  W/E.

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I remember speaking to one of the architects who designed the new bus station. He was saying during it's construction they uncovered lots of building remains from industrial works. There was lot of machinery left inside them. He said they were all covered back up and are still under the new station. 

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On 9/18/2017 at 08:17, Athy said:

What a memory-jerking photograph. I think my 'bus home, the 102, departed from the first lane, though whethe rit was from the single-storey glazed shelters or the taller domed bit further along I can't remember.

To get to Pond Street from King Ted's I had to catch a service down Glossop Road (54, 55 or 60), get off at (I think) the City Hall, walk down Fargate, along Chapel Walk and then down a very long flight of steps which started somewhere opposite the Lyceum Theatre  and came out near Pond Street. These steps were always taken at breakneck speed!

OIddly, going from home to King Ted's I took a different route, getting off the 101 or 102 at Harmer Lane (the last request stop before Pond Street) and walking back round the corner where the 60, etc., began their journeys opposite the Midland Station. I can't remember why I used these two different routes.

It's taken a while to stir my grey matter on this memory but in the first half of the 50's I think you caught the 102 in the first lane near the 'kiosk' location as you say. The 54,55 and 60 at that time started (I thought) from Leopold Street ( City Grammar) outward via West street and returned as you describe via Division Street so you would get off the bus by the Cinema House, it would then turn left into Leopold Street to complete the circuit. I don't know exactly when the 60's ran to/from the Midland Station but maybe it was during the years you were travelling to KE's and that you might have had to adjust your regular habit to accommodate a route change. Does this help or am I just 'muddying the water' ? :unsure: 

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Well I started going to King Ted's in 1960 and they certainly departed from opposite the Midland Station then. They did run via Leopold Street. on their way to Broomhill. From memory the 60 ended up in Fulwood and the 55 at Crimicar Lane, though one of those routes sometimes terminated at a mysterious place called Hangingwater Lane (or Road) which was not on the buses' destination blinds, so the conductor had to shout it out. This sounded best if the conductor was West Indian - my first experience of Caribbean speech.

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Thought I would add my two pennies worth, by sharing this 1965 close-up view of the world famous 'thrupney bit' kiosk. Bought many a Mars Bar, and magazine from there.

PT064-Pond Street Bus Station, Sheffield-1965 - Web Copy.jpg

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4 hours ago, Unitedite Returns said:

Thought I would add my two pennies worth, by sharing this 1965 close-up view of the world famous 'thrupney bit' kiosk. Bought many a Mars Bar, and magazine from there.

PT064-Pond Street Bus Station, Sheffield-1965 - Web Copy.jpg

I recall that had certain 'eye catching' magazines displayed in the widows. Well, eye catching to me as a young teenage boy anyway!!

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