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  1. The 34, 35, 38, 39 were all variants of the Petre Street -Graves Park ( earlier known as 17/34 services) also a 74 Firth Park - City - Ecclesall - Dore route via Central Bus Station (Platform A) . All these through Fitzalan Square in 1970.
  2. As I recall the No2 stops after Moonshine Lane were Crumpsall Road (Request) , Galsworthy Road (close to the No 63 Terminus), Wordsworth Avenue (Request?), 5 Arches ( for football specials) , then Bus Garage . Hemsworth - John O'Gaunt PH via The Moor - Heeley - Derbyshire Lane- Norton Lees Road = Warminster Road- Hemsworth Road and Blackstock Road.
  3. This might be of interest to older players in particular, if not already aware of an Exhibition Match of Billiards and Snooker played at the ESC Sports Club on 16th January 1946. I was taken to see Horace Lindrum (Australian nephew of Walter Lindrum), Sydney Smith (Killamarsh) and F V Stacey (Northern Area) Amateur Billiards Champion in that Exhibition Match. Two months later Horace Lindrum lost to Joe Davis in the 1946 World Championship (for the third time!). Wikipedia provides information on Lindrum and Smith though I haven't found anything about the amateur F V Stacey, can anyone help out? Clearly there was a considerable interest in Sheffield in billiards even though snooker was rising in popularity even before WW2.
  4. Yes, in 1951 that route shown in hillsbro's post started in Leopold Street (Church Street end) took left turn into West Street. On its return trip via Division Street, to avoid a reversing manoevre, completed the 'loop' by taking a left turn from Barkers Pool (at Wilson Peck ) into Leopold Street back to its terminus. This was prior to the construction of the Fountain which came some years later. Routing must have changed as the 60 later ran to the Midland Station but I don't know when that occurred.
  5. I remember the 'luxury' of having two chip shops throughout the 1940's at both locations already mentioned, though rationing meant only one would be open at any one time. It is testing my memory these days but I recall the name Mathews being associated with No. 57 (now Costcutter) according to Streetview. The cheapest bag of chips in those days was threeha'pence ! and the cooked chips were loaded into a spin-dryer to recover as much fat as possible for re-use. The shop at No. 52 (now Peter Clarke) opened more often and seemed to be the busier and well patronised (by me for one!) , two pennorth of chips and a fish (6d) was the going rate then. It really was a popular shopping centre with a good variety of trades; haven't visited for a very long time but still nostalgicly recall those days.
  6. See also; https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/topic/394833-anyone-come-from-grimesthorpe-part3/page/165/#comments Post #1974 for access to a mass of photos contributed by Cat631 , who sadly passed away recently. Ralph and his wife generously posted a significant amount of information (and time) for the benefit of users of this website which ,hopefully, will be used by future generations.
  7. Hi englishgirl2, if you Google 'Bryan Woodriff books' there are three separate books published in the period 2001 to 2006 which deal with the Shiregreen and surrounding areas. E bay should be worth checking if you are interested. Sorry but my memories of both areas are 20th century so of no help to you, nevertheless "Good Hunting"!
  8. Have you seen this? http://www.chrishobbs.com/beightondoodlebug1944.htm
  9. Had only known cat631 a relatively short time but exchanged e-mails and photos with him. An interesting and valuable contributor to this forum whose friendship I shall greatly miss. My condolences to his wife and family.
  10. A timely warning, my wife complained that her new specification spectacles needed changing only 6 months later. We arranged for a retest with Specsavers and immediately were referred to an Ophthalmologist. Contact was made with us the following morning and an appointment made to attend a mobile clinic when AMD (Age related Macular Degeneration) was confirmed and treatment started . This is ongoing though everyone should be aware that damage already done cannot restore any loss of sight, only retard the effect this problem creates. There are other specific diseases such as DMO, RVO and CNV which can lead to vision loss so please, if you experience any problems with your eyes, DO NOT DELAY, get it checked out. The seriousness cannot be ignored, in my wife's case her annual eye photo check (Diabetes) had said "we will invite you to attend again next year" hence our going back to Specsavers who did react.
  11. If you want a good map of how Wensley Street prefabs were in the early '50's' scroll to Map 61 on this link, https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/4008-os-maps-of-sheffield-and-district-1950s-over-300-of-them/?page=3&tab=comments#comment-22810
  12. From Charles Hall's book; A pilot scheme for o-m-o was introduced in July 1967 on the Bakewell via Bamford route. By July '68 the Manchester and Huddersfield / Halifax routes had been included. The first (sample) double-deck bus was No.101, a Park Royal-bodied Atlantean converted to o-m-o in August 1968. Further (purpose built examples) were on order from Park Royal and arrived in 1968. Padders seems to have remembered well!
  13. C&A reopened a basement in 1950 and added more floors in the next 4 years. The Burtons building was demolished sometime between January 1958 and mid 1960.
  14. PMT (Potteries Motor Traction) was 'born' out of Midland Red when the Transport Act 1968 (started 1st January 1969) brought about the Passenger Transport Authorities. Sheffield Transport with the old 'A', Joint Committee 'B' fleet and the Railway owned 'C' fleet were affected as the SYPTE would be taking over all the vehicles in April 1974. Leeds and Sheffield were not included in the original proposals when four PTE's were formed hence the delay. Sheffield transferred its fleet of 49 single-deck and 633 double deck buses at this time, 399 of the dd's and all the sd's were available for one-man-operation. The X53 Hanley - Sheffield came later and does not appear in the November 1970 Sheffield timetable. Other than on hire, no Leeds City buses ran into Sheffield though the Green liveried West Riding Omnibuses (Wakefield based) operated jointly with YTC and Sheffield on the 67 route which had resumed its through service in March 1949 after WW2. These might have been what you saw in the 60's. I believe the Gainsborough route became a joint operation with East Midland and Lincolnshire Roadcar. I think stpetre has identified the longest regular services. Hope this helps!
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