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peter bush
22-11-2010, 15:00
I used to work in the new wordsworth tavern shortly after it opened in 1968. I only went in the old tavern a couple of times before it was knocked down. I wonder if people have any memories of the old pre-fabricated building and its clientel. I remember Cocky who I think was a coalman. Charlie was the first landlord in the new tavern. He still lives on Chaucer. I recently bumped into Brian Wheatcroft who was also landlord for many years.

rabitter
22-11-2010, 17:33
i remember it but it was nearly all old people not realy a place for young there was allways a lot in as it was a long walk to the next pub

eightlegger
22-11-2010, 18:49
I used to work in the new wordsworth tavern shortly after it opened in 1968. I only went in the old tavern a couple of times before it was knocked down. I wonder if people have any memories of the old pre-fabricated building and its clientel. I remember Cocky who I think was a coalman. Charlie was the first landlord in the new tavern. He still lives on Chaucer. I recently bumped into Brian Wheatcroft who was also landlord for many years.
Hi PETER, we were living on WORDSW0RTH AVE.(434),when they built the first tavern.I wasn't old enough to drink,but my dad used to go in there.A few years later i was in there with my own local pub landlord from INTAKE,and met an old friend from a few doors down from 434.His name is MAURICE GREEN,had a sister, MAUREEN. Some of you may remember them.I was wondering if BRIAN WHEATCROFT was related to a PEARL WHEATCROFT, who was a neighbour of ours later, when we had moved to 18,HOLGATE RD.
bye for now, eightlegger.

Jabberwocky
22-11-2010, 18:58
My dad was a regular of the tavern from the early days until his death in the early 70s. I remember as a kid I used to walk up there and he would buy me a shandy and a pie then send me home with a Mars bar.

Mr Pops
22-11-2010, 19:07
Both my dad & uncle went in the Tavern from early 70s to the mid 80s.
Joe and Jim Wright.

My nan before that Bea Wright with her mate Aida Hadfield both from Holgate rd.

stevew
23-11-2010, 08:48
My Dad, Eric, was the regular pianist there during the fifties or early sixties.

peter bush
23-11-2010, 16:07
We used to sit on the bank opposite the off sales and listen to the piano and sing songs.Always a good atmosphere on Saturday nights. I remember May used to be the glass washer. Bill and Arthur behind the bar.

twinky1
23-11-2010, 19:17
Peter Bush...now thats a name from the past,I used to catch a bus into Sheffield about 40 years ago and sometimes we would sit together....now there's a puzzle for you.

sweetdexter
23-11-2010, 20:04
We used to sit on the bank opposite the off sales and listen to the piano and sing songs.Always a good atmosphere on Saturday nights. I remember May used to be the glass washer. Bill and Arthur behind the bar.

May was my mother.


died in 02 at 88

peter bush
24-11-2010, 14:42
Twinky1 you have got me puzzled. I was about 20 then. You must tell me more. Re sweetdexter May had a daughter- was she called Janice? I know May was brought up in Beverley and had the distinction of seeing Paul McCartney in his early Wings days in the fish and chip shop on Penistone Rd on his way to a gig at Leeds University in 1971. She was a great character and could puff a faglike no-one else. I was sorry to learn she had died. I know Bill died only recently. He was well into his 90,s.

sweetdexter
24-11-2010, 16:31
Twinky1 you have got me puzzled. I was about 20 then. You must tell me more. Re sweetdexter May had a daughter- was she called Janice? I know May was brought up in Beverley and had the distinction of seeing Paul McCartney in his early Wings days in the fish and chip shop on Penistone Rd on his way to a gig at Leeds University in 1971. She was a great character and could puff a faglike no-one else. I was sorry to learn she had died. I know Bill died only recently. He was well into his 90,s.

Obviously your May and my mother are two different people.She was an habitual smoker but there the similarities end.
My mother worked at the old Tavern for years she was about 4' 11" and weighed next to nothing.
We lived about 15 houses down from you until about 1960 when we moved to Rokeby Drive

peter bush
24-11-2010, 18:23
I think a different May who worked in the new tavern. Although she was small also. They lived on the other side of Wordsworth near the bus stop (about 432 I think). You must have lived near the Goodwins? I wonder if eightlegger new her? I believe the old tavern was built after the war and was meant to be only temporary.

Grappler
24-11-2010, 19:08
I used to work in the new wordsworth tavern shortly after it opened in 1968. I only went in the old tavern a couple of times before it was knocked down. I wonder if people have any memories of the old pre-fabricated building and its clientel. I remember Cocky who I think was a coalman. Charlie was the first landlord in the new tavern. He still lives on Chaucer. I recently bumped into Brian Wheatcroft who was also landlord for many years.

I remember when the Wheatcrofts had the pub, not seen them in years, last one I saw was Mark, about 8 years back, but not seen Mick, Sam, Julie, Gail, Sam, etc., for donkeys years.

peter bush
25-11-2010, 12:53
Grappler - I didnt get chance to ask Brian about the kids. Sam was a bit of a character. Brian is 77 now (I think he said) and lives at Worrall.He looks well. I know one of daughters lived on Fielding Rd but not sure if she is still there.

sweetdexter
25-11-2010, 23:43
I think a different May who worked in the new tavern. Although she was small also. They lived on the other side of Wordsworth near the bus stop (about 432 I think). You must have lived near the Goodwins? I wonder if eightlegger new her? I believe the old tavern was built after the war and was meant to be only temporary.

Next door but one from Goodwins.
The original Tavern was built around early 50s

eightlegger
26-11-2010, 04:46
To PETER BUSH & SWEETDEXTER, sorry i can't recall anyone by the name of MAY.We lived at 434 WORDSWORTH AVE.432, were WARBOURTONS 430,were MORTONS,428,WILDGOOSES.Where did GOODWINS live?The old TAVERN was built at the end of the 40's,between TURIE AVE at wordsworth,almost into ECCLESFIELD, was one huge construction zone almost,with no street lighting,except at each end.My brother and i walked it many,many times as we had friends,close to ecclesfield.Also at that time we had to walk to school,(st pats-sheffield lane top)because there was no number'1 bus or any other running along DEERLANDS AVE.so we got our exercise.Never gave it a second thought did we? uphill both ways!! oh!sorry thats another story.All the best, eightlegger.

peter bush
26-11-2010, 14:32
The old Tavern was on the land just behind the new one at the top of Colley Rd. I think it was the community centre at the end of Turie. I cant remember May,s surname but they lived where the bus stop is/was. The Goodwins were on the other side further up near to the Mills, Hunts, Kirbys and Neaths. I believe Stan and Trev still there. I remember the name Wildgoose.Can you remember the Sievewrights and Stubbs?

Grappler
26-11-2010, 15:41
Grappler - I didnt get chance to ask Brian about the kids. Sam was a bit of a character. Brian is 77 now (I think he said) and lives at Worrall.He looks well. I know one of daughters lived on Fielding Rd but not sure if she is still there.

Yes he was indeed!

eightlegger
26-11-2010, 18:21
The old Tavern was on the land just behind the new one at the top of Colley Rd. I think it was the community centre at the end of Turie. I cant remember May,s surname but they lived where the bus stop is/was. The Goodwins were on the other side further up near to the Mills, Hunts, Kirbys and Neaths. I believe Stan and Trev still there. I remember the name Wildgoose.Can you remember the Sievewrights and Stubbs?
Hi,PETER, sorry i don't know any of the names you mention,however i knew the SIEVEWRIGHTS very well,ANN,JOSEPHINE and WILLIAM,named after his dad, who incidently went to school with my dad at ST.CHARLES.As kids we all played together,ANDREW HALL(went into the navy),ANNE PLATTS,MAUREEN& MAURICE GREEN,NAYLORS, who lived right across the street from us in the houses that were raised higher up.The SIEVEWRIGHT girls,my brother and i used to walk to school and back every day.I've just remember'd the GOFF'S AND THEIR RELATIVES next door by the name of MOSS.JOSEPHINE married one of the GREENWOOD boys who lived on HOLGATE RD(32)i think.they later lived in the FRECHVILLE area.I have tried numerous times to find the SIEVWRIGHTS, but to no avail.The STUBBS lived next door to the SIEVEWRIGHTS at the corner house,254 i think.I'm so glad i found this forum as i've found so much information and been in touch with friends from years ago,its unbelievable.If anyone know's any of the SIEVWRIGHTS,please let me know.I will be eternally grateful.eightlegger.

neilf
26-11-2010, 22:16
May did live near the bus stop on Wordsworth across from the junction to Margetson Library. Her surname was Coddington.

neilf
26-11-2010, 23:37
Made a mistake in the last post May's name was Sarginson she was related to the Coddingtons.

bslbabe
27-11-2010, 13:28
My grandparents used to live on Turie Crescent, Harry and Winnie Wood with their sons John and Geoff. I have happy memories of them going for a pint or two on a Saturday night whilst I stayed in with my nan. Geoff was born in 1948 and John in 44, so they would probably have frequented about 1962 ish and my grandad was still going before he died in 1981. Anyone remember them.

peter bush
27-11-2010, 14:23
Neilf -thanks for that. Sarginson does ring a bell now you mention it. Re eightlegger - bill Sievewright senior was my godfather. He used to be caretaker at St Thomas Mores in his later years. He would have been 100 this year if my maths correct. I know Bill junior used to visit his parents regularly. His sister became housekeeper for one of the priests. Not sure where she is now. Also not sure if Mrs Sievewright still alive. John Stubbs still lives on Wordsworth (opposite Chaucer school). My brother Tony knew Francis Moss and I used to go to school with Josephine Mcgoff. tony used to go to St Pats but we all went to St Thomas Mores when it opened in 1954 on Creswick Lane. Like you my mother used to walk the full length of Deerlands pushing a pram fetching my sister and brothers from school before the No1 was introduced.

denlin
27-11-2010, 14:51
May did live near the bus stop on Wordsworth across from the junction to Margetson Library. Her surname was Coddington.

was she related to Tony Coddington?

peter bush
16-12-2010, 15:46
I was sad to learn of the death of Brian Wheatcroft on 7th Dec, who used to be landlord at the Tavern in the 70,s. I,d seen him only very recently at Netto,s in Hillsboro and he looked so well. So I was shocked to hear the news.

okismoki
16-12-2010, 23:17
Neilf -thanks for that. Sarginson does ring a bell now you mention it. Re eightlegger - bill Sievewright senior was my godfather. He used to be caretaker at St Thomas Mores in his later years. He would have been 100 this year if my maths correct. I know Bill junior used to visit his parents regularly. His sister became housekeeper for one of the priests. Not sure where she is now. Also not sure if Mrs Sievewright still alive. John Stubbs still lives on Wordsworth (opposite Chaucer school). My brother Tony knew Francis Moss and I used to go to school with Josephine Mcgoff. tony used to go to St Pats but we all went to St Thomas Mores when it opened in 1954 on Creswick Lane. Like you my mother used to walk the full length of Deerlands pushing a pram fetching my sister and brothers from school before the No1 was introduced.

does anyone remember agnes wragg who worked in both the old and new taverns?? her sister also worked there,she was married to george derwent,her name escapes me,but george derwent worked in the cross hotel for many years.
mrs coddington,s name was nellie,not may,her husband was called harold.

okismoki
17-12-2010, 23:50
Both my dad & uncle went in the Tavern from early 70s to the mid 80s.
Joe and Jim Wright.

My nan before that Bea Wright with her mate Aida Hadfield both from Holgate rd.

ada hadfield......one of the old guard of home helps,along with joyce green and margaret unwin.