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  1. On 21st May 1926 George Rupert Shields, a moulder, lodging at 7/4 Danville Street, was fined £5, for stealing 25m shillings worth of iron belonging to Moorwoods Ltd, Harleston Iron Works, Sheffield, where he had been employed for many years. He pleaded "guilty". A boy named Robinson said that Shields asked him to sell some fire-grates and offered him 3d. for each one he sold. The boy said he sold four and Shields gave him 3d. Later he sold some more for 3 shillings. P.C.Blakey saw the boy selling grates and questioned him, later finding seven grates at Shields' lodgings. The grates were worth either 1s 6d or 1s 9d each.
  2. Also known as Clod Hole, pictures here: http://stanningtonhistorygroup.org.uk/#/local-pictures/4536411104
  3. There may be some photos of interest here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheffdave/collections/72157607505969472/
  4. Here also may help: https://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?searchterms=&action=search&keywords=Keywords%3BMATCHES%3B(^|+%2B)Holme_Lane(%24|+%2B)%3B
  5. It is this stone semi-detached about number 55/57 Main Street, and next along from Myrtle Villas (59/61 which has a stone plaque on the front). Unfortunately the name carved on the front of North Moor is unreadable by Google street view. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.4392961,-1.5008409,3a,75y,251.98h,93.52t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sm9MAOtOkMGIygp4gGIYXRw!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3Dm9MAOtOkMGIygp4gGIYXRw%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D56.404907%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656
  6. OK, how about these (though no mention of hats): December 1960 - Two men between 18 and 22 wearing masks, armed with a sawn off shotgun and an automatic pistol, fired a shot and threatened to shoot Claire Pallister (38) and her daily help Mrs Heath if they did not hand over the keys to their safe. They were locked in the cellar, at South Lawns, Dore and £6,000 of jewellery and ivory were taken. The husband was Lawrence Pallister, a wealthy packaging manufacturer. On 21st February 1961 at Sheffield Assizes, two 24 year old men were sentenced to 22 years and 19 years for armed robbery and other offences. James Henry Jennings a Shoreditch builder's labourer of no fixed address and Eric Samuel Mangle a Sheffield asphalter of no fixed address were found guilty of breaking into a Sheffield house and stealing £4,434 of jewellery and cash, the Pallister home robbery, housebreaking at Brough (including stealing a pistol) and assaulting Stanley Taylor with intent to rob - Jennings also was charged with wounding Stanley Taylor (60) hit with a gun-butt with intent to do grievous bodily harm, in the same incident shooting a Mr Lawton in the thigh, and wounding a Police Sergeant at Wetherby while resisting arrest after housebreaking there. Mangle was accused of wounding Peter Lawton with intent to disable him. The pair pleaded guilty and asked for 22 and 23 further offences to be taken into consideration. The men had been arrested at Redcar, and had 4 firearms, knives, a bayonet and a fireman's axe, and both men had numerous previous convictions.
  7. Maybe this lot? From the Daily Herald, 3rd April 1961 The gentle bandits – by a kidnapped cashier Cashier George Wiseman, who was kidnapped 50 yards from his front door in broad daylight, rubbed a shoulder as he talked last night about the four gentlemanly robbers. “They gave me a nasty turn, but they were very considerate” he said. “They must have been watching me for weeks to have planned it so well”. Sixty year old George, who works at a bakery in Acton-lane, West London, was kidnapped as he walked up to his semi-detached house in St James-gardens, Wembley. He was flung face-down on the seat of a car with two men sitting on his back. The car drove for 20 minutes. Then the keys to his office, and the safe containing more than £5,000 were taken from his hip pocket. The car with George still in it was left in a lock-up garage. One man stayed behind as a guard. The rest went off to rob the office. Later the driver returned and George was dumped in a playing field at Barnes Bridge. He staggered to a telephone box and dialled 999. But the police already knew of the raid. The gang had been disturbed by security guards – and had to run away empty-handed. Later George said “They were anxious not to hurt me. They kept asking if I wanted a drink of gin or whisky. In the garage the guard gave me a cigarette. I think he was the leader. He wore a Robin Hood hat. All the gang were quite well spoken, and seemed well dressed”.
  8. We do not allow any personal information to be shared on the forum without the consent of the individual. So unless Rita ( maiden name Wilson previously lived at both Mawfa road and Wickfield road from the Sheffield area some 45+"yrs ago with a son Richard and a daughter Mary. Previoulsy married to David Nettleship who was a police constable and then later a bus driver) gives her permission to have her details posted, this enquiry will not make any progress.
  9. From the Sheffield Inependent of 5th April 1938: NAMING ROADS No Reason Behind City's Choice Street names for the Parson Cross Estate which will come before Sheffield Council for approval tomorrow include Falstaff road, Launce road, Murdock road. Symons road. Bartlett road, Collinson road and Adrian crescent. A “Daily Independent" reporter tried to find out yesterday why these names were chosen. “For no particular reason at all,“ explained an official of the City Engineers Department. "In some cases a name may he chosen for its strong local associations, but as new streets come along we think of names for them which are euphonius and suitable. "UsuaIly the names chosen are Christlan names or surnames or place names. We think of one and check up with the streets list to make sure it will not clash or cause confusion. We have a reserve list in case our ‘imaginations run dry"
  10. The confusing state of the ownership of Crowder House was started by John Wilkinson (b 1727 - d 1812) when following the death of his fisrt wife Mary in 1782 made a marriage settlement for his second wife in 1786, also Mary, who he had found as a Bradfield workhouse inmate. This settlement changed the fee tail arrangement which for centuries had ensured land passed only to the eldest son (no 13 generations requirement). John gave Crowder on trust to neighbour John Booth (of the Brushes) and Nathaniel Mellor (his cousin's son) on trust, to mortgage for the sum of £260 in accordance with any directions in his will. As part of the settlement, his eldest son William (b 1762 d 1854) was only to receive a life interest in Crowder, then after his deathit was to be leased for 21 year at £30 a year, by William's eldest son William Hawley Wilkinson (b 1804 d 1830). John moved out of Crowder into Tithe Laith (probably on the site of Paddock Farm) in November 1798. His 1812 will confirmed that the £260 from the mortgage was to be invested for the benfit of his wife, and after her death shared amongst his younger children. Mary also received cottages at Wood End and Bracken Hill and was allowed to live at Tithe Laithe for the rest of her life. Johns's second oldest son , also a John, had already been given Burncross Farm and this was confirmed in the will. The mortgage of £260 was provided by Charlotte Oldfield, a shopkeeper of Sheffield Moor, later Highfield Place, who died in 1833. One of her executors was Thomas James Parker, a solicitor, who ended up with the mortgage and evicted the Wilkinsons from Crowder in May 1855, following Williams death. It was purchased at auction by Bernard Wake in 1856. During the early 1800's Crowder was occupied by Wilkinsons only intermittently, for example being leased to Joseph Hodgson in 1803 following William's marriage, to John Hutchinson in 1809 and to George Barrett up to 1842. William Wilkinson lived at Bathley near Newark during the 1820's, one of his daughters being born there. In 1825 William's second eldest son Walter (b 1809 d 1885) was apprenticed to a scissorsmith, which was not a happy experience, though he did eventually set up a long running shears business. William's eldest son, William Hawley Wilkinson died unexpectedly aged 26, which eliminated that claim. Walter's will when he died at Cemetery Road in 1885 stated that he left "all his freehold property at Crowder House" to his son - though he didn't actually own any, and this shows that the confusion as to ownership had been passed on down the family. Much confusion as to the ownership was caused during the early 1800's as mortgages were assigned to different people, and deeds of dis-entailment were made (9th & 11th November 1826). There were several vicars, bankers and solicitors involved in these transactions - including Rev Harrison Taylor of Treeton, Rev George Chandler of Treeton, John Brewin banker, James Wheat solicitor. There is no wonder that the family didn't know what was going on. Some of William's daughters continued to live on the Longley estate at Longley Bottom cottage for many years, and were involved in a legal dispute about the boundary, involving charges of stealing apples from Wake's orchard. After Bernard Wake died in 1891 Crowder passed to his daughter Jane. In 1926 it was subject to compulsory purchase by the Council and demolished in 1935.
  11. Thanks Clarelou, I knew Chad very well but lost touch when he went to London working, and I moved to Leicester, Tamworth and Lancashire. I will contact Phil Watson and let him know the sad news, Phil still lives on Sharrow Lane. We all had some great times, must have sunk a thousand gallons of beer between us over the years! Ted
  12. Does anyone know anything about the gap between 295 and 297 Newman Road? There is enough space for four houses but they weren't built. I'm guessing that there was drift mining there as I've got an old photo of mining on Newman Road.
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