'Aighty all, I reside on the Winn Gardens estate and have been down to the Niagra Wier many times, and what I am wondering is this, it looks like there used to be a bridge across to the other side of the don at the top of the wier, now I have lived on this estate twice, once in the 1980's and I am back again, and I don't know of anyone on this estate who remembers a bridge ever being there, but you can clearly see the supports for one, so did one exist and if so, when did it ?
Also, if anyone is now aware of this, the Tower block that is on the estate should be coming down next year, they still have a few people to move off it, then work can move on.
I saw some old pictures of the weir on www.picturesheffield.com. Took in victorian times and it looked like a family holiday. I did not notice a bridge but it would be a good idea to put one back in. I often wondered why they called the Police social club on Claywheels Lane the Niagra Club and then discovered the weir last year whilst out walking the dogs. The place could do with a tidy up but its one of Sheffields hidden gems.
Hi there, again, I replied to one of your other posts, nice to see that someone from the area comes here as well as me.
As regards the bridge, it would be a very good idea to replace it, seeing as the nearest way across is right down in Beeley Woods, oh well.
hi all, there has never been a bridge there, though one was started, being paid for by the forge for its workers but was discontinued soon after it was started due to lack of funding that was somewhere between 1950-1960
In the late seventies, my friends and i used to get to Winn Gardens from Beely Wood by climbing across what we used to call the blue bridge.
By the Blue Bridge do you mean the pipe bridge which crosses the river near the bottom of Stockarth Lane. This is a large diameter pipe surrounded by ironwork and it is possible to use it to cross the river.