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The school on Mansfield Rd has an inscription

"Handsworth School Board" or something like that

The school on Mansfield Road (Intake Junior School) is also very close to the Noahs Ark, so Gramps could be right about old Parishes, In fact when Sheffield ended at Intake terminus the signs on Birley Moor Road (the Derbyshire extension od Mansfield Road, the old A616) read something like "Rural borough of Chesterfield"

Anyway, we digress from the topic of this thread

Handsworth water Works, a.k.a. Hagg Lane Tanks Water Works, dated 1887

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The oldest entry in this topic is 1658 Cross Daggers at Woodhouse, can anybody beat this

Is the Cross Daggers, sometimes referred to as "The old Cross Daggers" the boozer that my great great grandfather, a travelling showman, went to drink in on Friday August 16th 1889 during the Handsworth Feast before going back to his caravan and murdering his wife (my great grandfathers step mother, Emma Sketchley), a crime which he was to hang for at Armley Jail Leeds on 31 December 1889?

See David Bentleys book "The Sheffield Murders, 1865 - 1965", Chapter 2 page 105 "Murder at the Handsworth feast" for full details.

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Is the Cross Daggers, sometimes referred to as "The old Cross Daggers" the boozer that my great great grandfather, a travelling showman, went to drink in on Friday August 16th 1889 during the Handsworth Feast before going back to his caravan and murdering his wife (my great grandfathers step mother, Emma Sketchley), a crime which he was to hang for at Armley Jail Leeds on 31 December 1889?

See David Bentleys book "The Sheffield Murders, 1865 - 1965", Chapter 2 page 105 "Murder at the Handsworth feast" for full details.

In 1889 it would have been 231 yrs old, would say it would have qualified in them days to be called the "Old Cross Daggers".

Have not read about another Cross Daggers in the area

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In 1889 it would have been 231 yrs old, would say it would have qualified in them days to be called the "Old Cross Daggers".

Have not read about another Cross Daggers in the area

Book says it was near the "Royal Hotel" where the travellers had parked their caravans in a field at the back. So where was the Royal Hotel (Woodhouse / Handsworth)? and is it still there? with a date stone perhaps?

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Book says it was near the "Royal Hotel" where the travellers had parked their caravans in a field at the back. So where was the Royal Hotel (Woodhouse / Handsworth)? and is it still there? with a date stone perhaps?

May be this is the one in Woodhouse Gallery

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May be this is the one in Woodhouse Gallery

Royal Hotel Woodhouse looks a bit different in shelleybarnes gallery to this view of the period (sorry, old newspaper quality!!)

Then again, so does the cross daggers (once again sorry about the quality of old newspaper copy)

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The school on Mansfield Rd has an inscription

"Handsworth School Board" or something like that

Spot on Stuart, here is a picture of the very inscription on Intake junior School, Mansfield Road, which also is an 1884 date stone!

Intake School, 1884

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Also on Mansfield Road, quite a number of older houses, numbered between about 150 and 300 even numbers have date stones.

Most of these also have names.

Here are a selection of date stones from private housing on Mansfield Road

Priory Place. 1872

Columbia Cottages, 1879

Gordon Villas, 1903

Belnco ?? (unreadable) 1910

The dates seem to get more up to date, as one would expect, as you go down Mansfield Road away from Sheffield but its strange how the newer they are date wise the older and more worn out they look!

The houses on City Road opposite the cemetry also have date stones like these, I will try to get some of those next time I go down that way.

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Also on Mansfield Road, the Primitive Methodist Chapel

On the corner of Mansfield Road and Foxwood Road which leads to the old BT telephone exchange that Stuart0742 will know very well

No date is given for when this was actually built, but we are proudly told that it was enlarged in 1886.

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Reads 'BELMONT' to me ?

Why in 1910 did they name a house after a TV transmitter, given that TV had not been invented, where they forward thinking people or perhaps retired time travellers. lol

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Why in 1910 did they name a house after a TV transmitter, given that TV had not been invented, where they forward thinking people or perhaps retired time travellers. lol

And why, in the 1980's, did Vauxhall name a car after a house on Mansfield Road?

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Reads 'BELMONT' to me ?

The T is barely readable, the O has worn down to a C (a bit like the O in the old CARLTCN sign!) but that is never an M in the middle, - its got to be an N

Belmont transmitter is situated at Belmont in Lincolnshire, where I live in SE Sheffield we get good reception from it as reception from Emley Moor is poor given that East bank hill is in the way. Isn't Belmont French for "nice hill" or something?

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The T is barely readable, the O has worn down to a C (a bit like the O in the old CARLTCN sign!) but that is never an M in the middle, - its got to be an N

Belmont transmitter is situated at Belmont in Lincolnshire, where I live in SE Sheffield we get good reception from it as reception from Emley Moor is poor given that East bank hill is in the way. Isn't Belmont French for "nice hill" or something?

That explains it not only did they name the house after a TV transmitter, they named it after the one from which they would get the best reception, forward thinking or what

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The T is barely readable, the O has worn down to a C (a bit like the O in the old CARLTCN sign!) but that is never an M in the middle, - its got to be an N

It's an M

Don't know how this got there twice

I thought I'd deleted one

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It's an M

OK its an M with bad weathering on the right hand underside. Strange how this 1910 name has worn so badly but the 1870's ones look like new.

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OK its an M with bad weathering on the right hand underside. Strange how this 1910 name has worn so badly but the 1870's ones look like new.

The masons supplying and carving the date stones must have used inferior quality stone in later years.

"They don't do things like they used to" - Where have we heard that before? ;-)

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Isn't Belmont French for "nice hill" or something?

More beautiful than 'nice'. Belmont/Beaumont - depends on the sex of the hill he he

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More beautiful than 'nice'. Belmont/Beaumont - depends on the sex of the hill he he

Well the house with the Belmont sign is way down the hill towards Intake. The top of the hill is Manor Top and I don't think anyone would describe that as a beautiful hill, - not even a nice one!

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