Originally posted by little malc
I remember them being virtually wiped out in the huge gale which hit Sheffield in 1960, being so exposed, they took a terrible battering, the city centre also looked like the day after the blitz, Sheffield was very badly damaged that day, it was a bit of a freak, as nearby towns escaped, it would be interesting if any other older members remember this.
The gales were actually Feb 1962; my parents very nearly had no church for their wedding day, which was 24 March 62.
The church they married in was damaged, as were many buildings in those gales.
As an aside, my late uncle, (my mother's brother) was the source of much laughter diring the gales.
As I have mentioned in other threads my mother was an Atterclevian (yes! from Attercliffe!) her family were in the old housing, with no indoor Loo.
My uncle insisted on wearing his motorbike helmet to go "across the yard", as he was convinced that one of the rooves around would give way under the force of the winds.
Everyone laughed at my uncle. Until the evening he came back from the loo, with his face white as a sheet, shaking and trembling.
He held out the crash helmet that he had been wearing, moments before.
Embedded in the helmet was a slate, that had been brought off the roof, a slate which would have been embedded in his skull had he not been wearing the helmet.
He would certainly have been killed, if he had not been wearing the crash helmet.
the family did not laugh at him after that!
As for the prefabs, my aunt lived in a prefab at intake; some of the few that survived the gales. Her prefab was on hollybank. It was a nice little house. what I remember from my childhood about the house was that it had a very strange bath.. it had taps that were in the corner of the bath IIRC...which looked very strange compared to the conventional layout of taps on other baths.
There are a few prefabs in sheffield that survived. Virtually every last one on East Bank Road and that area were wiped out. (my great grandparents had one of those) as were all those on the Sky Edge (if i have my facts right)
The ones still standing (that I know about) are on the Stannington hillside, around Cliffe Road, and at Chapeltown. (there may be some around chancet wood, near meadowhead but I cannot remember that for sure.