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Who was Pond Street Nora?

Why is she famous amongst Sheffield people?

Details required please (if not already on here).

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madannie77

Agree totally about the length of seaches - try Old Pond Mill - or my favourite Pub search "Who can tell" ...

Discussion of Pond Street Nora seems to start here in the "Old Pond Street Bus Station" thread and ends shortly after, only to be revived here

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madannie77

Discussion of Pond Street Nora seems to start here in the "Old Pond Street Bus Station" thread and ends shortly after, only to be revived here

And she gets a mention in the Threepenny Bit Kiosk thread

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RichardB

And she gets a mention in the Threepenny Bit Kiosk thread

Knew she was on here somewhere. Many Thanks.

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RichardB

Sounds like I'm making them up now !

Details required please (if not already on here).

Of course Pond Street Nora is represented on the site. I wonder what her surname was, where she lived in earlier times and where she worked ... ? Is that information on here already, or does anyone know please ?

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SteveHB
RichardB said:
Of course Pond Street Nora is represented on the site. I wonder what her surname was, where she lived in earlier times and where she worked ... ? Is that information on here already, or does anyone know please ?

Her full name was .. Nora Kathleen Welburne

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RichardB

Her full name was .. Nora Kathleen Welburne

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Gadzooks you bounder - that's a better answer than I had (my source, evidently rubbish had Melbourne as the surname) and from a relative too.

Still, the where did she work and where did she live at age 21 will keep you and your devilish mastery of internet search-thingies occupied for now ...

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THYLACINE

Gadzooks you bounder - that's a better answer than I had (my source, evidently rubbish had Melbourne as the surname) and from a relative too.

Still, the where did she work and where did she live at age 21 will keep you and your devilish mastery of internet search-thingies occupied for now ...

Thanks for reviving this topic, this is one of the defining memories I have of Sheffield in the 60's. Nora, striding Boadicea-like up and down the corridors of Pond Street bus station. Long raincoat, white head scarf and plimsols, two hands clutching a shopping bag which she held in front of her as she walked. Cursing all and sundry. Thats how I remember her, it's so long ago, perhaps my memory is not 100% accurate. I did see her once as we got off the bus on Burngreave Road on our way to the Tollgate Pub, she swore at me because I was with my girlfriend. Perhaps she lived up there somewhere, it was unusual to see her outside of her beloved bus terminus. I read her story on the link provided by RichardB, fascinating! They should make a movie.

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RichardB

Still, the where did she work and where did she live at age 21 will keep you and your devilish mastery of internet search-thingies occupied for now ...

I'll take her brothers first name too while you are at it ...

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vox

I'll take her brothers first name too while you are at it ...

Brother's name - Derek

She was always known to me an those that I knew as Barmy Nora

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RichardB

Brother's name - Derek

She was always known to me an those that I knew as Barmy Nora

Not the answer I have (from 1942) though she may have had loads of siblings for all I know.

Can't say I ever saw her in all honesty. Maybe I'm too young and handsome ... yeah right he he

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SteveHB

Nora wasn't restricted to Pond Street,

She also paid visits to the Midland Station

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Jake's Grandad

She would also walk about town, remember everyone looking round as she approached swearing loudly at all and sundry. Everyone who knocked about in town knew Nora as well as old Cyril the tramp

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Paul Worrall

I remember Nora from the mid-60's, she was a local celebrity. She would often be around when we got off the No. 27 bus from Hurlfield School to Pond Street. I also once saw her 'sun bathing' in the Peace Gardens. There was also I time when she would be seen around Gleadless, I saw a couple of times in Brown's Store which was on the corner of Gleadless Common and Gleadless Avenue, she was very quiet, no shouting and swearing.

Wazzie Worrall

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Sheffield History


Does anyone have a photograph of Pond Street Nora?

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Sheffield History

Everyone knew her as Nora. Nora was completely harmless. However, her mental state would not allow anyone to walk past her without shouting out some profanity or other nonsense at them. No problem, we all knew Nora.

The City elders, who had given very little credence to the plight of Nora prior to the World Cup organised a section for her under the Mental Health Act in order that our visiting fans would not be offended. So Nora became a guest of Middlewood Hospital for the duration of the World Cup group stages along with other ladies detained their for years; Their only crime becoming pregnant and cast out by their families.

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southside

Came across Nora most Saturday nights in Pond Street on my way home from the Esquire club in the early sixties, Nora died in 1981!

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