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DaveH

Just posted these more recent pictures of the S&E Co-Op in the new Co-Op thread

Further to this, aand in light of what I said in the previous quoted post, can we sort out the other shops in this block

The S&E was divided into a supermarket and a butchers.

Well, - pubs turn into churches and restraunts around here

But now S&E supermarkets turn into boxing clubs

I suppose in principle that is a good thing because since the old Herdings Youth Club, just yards away, got its new roof it doesn't seem to be used much and a boxing club gives local youths something to do and keeps them off the streets and out of trouble.

Boxing is quite popular in Sheffield, especially with the influence of Brendan Ingle and his stable of well known local boxing champions.

A sign outside this boxing place advertises for female boxers as well.

I bet they have had a lot of interest in that since this summers London Olympics and the influence of Leeds based boxer Nicola Adams after her recent success.

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penknife

My friend Stuart0742 didn't like those "spots" on my picture of Gleadless Common and has gone to the trouble of cleaning it up a bit for me so here is a cleaner version of the same picture.

Thanks to Stuart for doing this.

I lived on Gleadless Crescent from 1943 until the mid sixties a magical little council estate .

At one time there was a drift mine on the Common bang oposite the Crescent we used to sledge down the pit tip in the winter.

Below that was Mrs Kents orchard where we went apple scromping until she caught us and sent the bobby round the Crescent on his bike to issue warnings.

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penknife

The other half of Ashleigh school was on Gleadless Road.

This was built in 1960 as the new "Central Technical School" to replace the one in Leopold Street in town which became the Education Offices. It became comprehensive in 1969, combining with the old Hurlfield Girls School, half a mile away across the field to become Ashleigh Upper School, housing years 4 & 5 (or 10 & 11 as they are now) and the sixth form. It also had specialist areas for science and music. The building remained as Ashleigh school even after the demolition of the lower school but sadly this building too has been demolished, at some time around the turn of the century, to be replaced with yet another small housing development.

The picture shows the view from the top floor of the building, taken in May 1973, looking out over the Gleadless Road entrance, over the Gleadless Valley to the Herdings estate beyond, instantly recognisable with those 3 tower blocks on the top of the hill.

The stone houses on the bottom right are where some relations of mine lived .

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History dude

Another one I took in the 80's :)

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madannie77

Another one I took in the 80's :)

That brings back some memories. I remember feeling quite nervous whenever I had to go into the cottages, which were used as the 6th form library when I was doing my A-Levels in the early '80s. The floors creaked and groaned and some of the walls were no longer at right angles to each other.

There is also some sadness at the fact that all the buildings in that photo have been swept away. It feels like part of my childhood has gone forever, however rubbish it seemed at the time :(.

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Guest wayneybabes

Another one I took in the 80's :)

think i have mentioned this before but here goes.............

in the 90's i worked at Myrtle Springs School on the gardens. Our 'base' was the small building behind the cottage on your pic. By this time, the cottage had been demolished and was just the small building and a large grassed area. At lunchtimes we used to play football on this grassed area.

A girl called Donna who went to the school used to come down at lunchtime with her friends to watch us play football. A couple of years later i left to work with my dad and we all know what happened to the school after that.

to cut a long story short, I have been married to Donna for 7 years, been together for 14 years and we have 3 kids!!!!!!

......so thank you for posting this photo. It has brought back so many great memories!!!

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History dude

Your welcome ;-)

And such a romantic tale :wub:

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DaveH

That brings back some memories. I remember feeling quite nervous whenever I had to go into the cottages, which were used as the 6th form library when I was doing my A-Levels in the early '80s. The floors creaked and groaned and some of the walls were no longer at right angles to each other.

There is also some sadness at the fact that all the buildings in that photo have been swept away. It feels like part of my childhood has gone forever, however rubbish it seemed at the time :(.

When I was in Ashleigh 6th form in the early 1970's the stone building was hardly ever used for anything.

The sixth form common room was on the top floor of the main building at the extreme left hand end of it, nearest Ashfield Close / Drive, as viewed from Gleadless Road.

The library, for the whole school, which had a seperate room on it for the 6th form was immediately below it on the ground floor, in fact between lessons kids had to walk past the end of it to move past the smelly pigstys along the muddy path between the 2 sites.

If the stone building later became a 6th form centre / library then what did these rooms in the main building finally get used for?

I thought that the room I have just described as the school library remained as the library until the day the school closed.

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madannie77

The ground floor library was still the school library when I started at Ashleigh in the mid-70s, but it was also used as a classroom. I remember being taught English in there. I have a recollection that at some point during my time the library was moved and the large room converted into two smaller classrooms, but I could be completely wrong on that. Nor can I remember where the library went, unless it all moved to the cottages, which seems unlikely to me as there were not a great many books in there.

Similarly I can't recall what your 6th form common room became. It was probably just another classroom. I have a feeling that the cottages were briefly used as the 6th form common rooms before the new bungalow was built.

Wish I could remember some more detail, but the memory banks aren't what they used to be :(.

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penknife

The fields that were emediataly to the rear of the stone cottages used to belong Davy United sports club there was football ,Cricket, and tennis pitches.

The groundsman lived on Gleadless Crescent [no70] and he could walk from his house through a cornfield , two cowfields, [one with large pond later built on by Ashliegh School] . no roads to cross the only houses enroute being Gleadless Crescent its self.

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SteveHB

The fields that were emediataly to the rear of the stone cottages used to belong Davy United sports club there was football ,Cricket, and tennis pitches.

The groundsman lived on Gleadless Crescent [no70] and he could walk from his house through a cornfield , two cowfields, [one with large pond later built on by Ashliegh School] . no roads to cross the only houses enroute being Gleadless Crescent its self.

This photo is from a Davy United employee's handbook,

so it could well be the sports field you mention.

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penknife

This photo is from a Davy United employee's handbook,

so it could well be the sports field you mention.

There is a good chance I was there as the sports day was a big event in the 50,'s

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Markbaby

I finally got around to uploading the video of one of the 13 storey tower blocks at Herdings being demolished

(Main bit happens at around 2m30s)

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History dude

Just above the Supertram stop new housing is being built. This picture was taken a few months ago.

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Sheffield History
On 05/02/2009 at 19:57, DaveH said:

This is Ashleigh lower school in January 1973 on a cold, snowy day.

 

Ashleigh lower was, before it became comprehensive in 1969, Hurlfield Girls School on Hurlfield Road near the water works and Hag lane tanks.

 

The building was demolished in 1984 and replaced with a small private housing estate in 1988

 

Ex students of Ashleigh will know that as well as being the lower school for years 1-3 (or 7 - 9 as they are now) it was also the centre for the art department, it had the best hall of the 2 buildings witha proper stage and a depressed hall "dancefloor" and, worst of all, to get to the upper school (ironically at a lower level down the hill) you either had to walk across that muddy dirty field, or take a longer route on a footpath which went past a smelly old pigstye.

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I really like this one. Bleak and cold

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Athy
On 19/04/2009 at 17:58, DaveH said:

Gleadless Junior School on Hollinsend Road.

 

My son and youngest daughter went to this school between 1987 and 2000 when Mr. New was the headmaster. the school had a reputation due to the work of Mr. New and Mr. Faraday for producing great musical shows and it was responsible for getting my son to play recorder, and then clarinet to grade 5 before he went to secondary school>

 

I thought there was a date stone on this building but if there was it must now be covered by that new looking bit in the middle.

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The "new looking bit" was added, I think, in the early 1960s, shortly after I had left the school. Previous to that, the enormous pile of coke from which caretaker Mr. Lancaster fed the school's hungry boilers used to dominate that corner.

I don't remember a date stone......or do I? You've got me wondering now.

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Athy
On 10/07/2010 at 15:11, DaveH said:

 

 

As it was this Gleadless Common picture which started all this off

 

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How about one taken from the very bottom of the common looking straight up to compliment it

 

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That does evoke memories. The New Inn has scarcely altered (well, in the outside - I was too young to go in it!). Thst curved wall opposite used to be much lower, and between it and the wall of the building behind it was a sort of lawned area, tapering and about ten feet by four. When I was about eight or nine (end of the 1950s) my friends and I used to scramble up on to the lawn. That little area was our fort, our castle, our lookout post, our hideaway, our little fantasy land. I don't know why the gap was there, between the road wall and the building behind.

Just visible up the hill to the left is the entrance to Gleadless Avenue, where my parents and I lived (at no.13). The first two buildings as you walked along the Avenue on the left were shops: a grocer's, Jenkinson's, which became Brown's Stores, and next to it a greengrocers, which, by the time we left Sheffield in 1962, had become Quirk's. I can't remember what the previous owners were called. On a visit to Gleadless ten or so years ago I had a walk around and found that both shops had becomem private houses - or maybe had combined to become one house.

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tozzin

The drainpipe at the side of the signs was fitted by me when I was an apprentice plumber in 1959.

 

 

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