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  • Birthday 15/09/1940

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    avoiding gardening; reading, archaeology, DIY
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  1. I have a number of wrist watches, and tend to circulate them, they are all wind up, I don't like quartz watches. However, during my professional life I always wore a pocket watch, and have collected a number of different types. My favourite now is a pair case verge watch labelled as Sheffield 1815 (though the person named may just have been a Sheffield retailer, the movement could have been made elsewhere). It keeps very good time. I suppose the habit of wearing one started when I was just in my 20s and my grandfather gave me his hunter watch (a Lancashire Watch company one, from Prescot, around WW1 time). These days I don't have so much opportunity to dress up with a pocket watch so I'm thinking I should sell off the ones I don't use much any more. It will be a wrench though, as they are old friends and have served me well.
  2. You could also try The Well Dressed Band. They do quite a few gigs of that kind. Check out their website. Come to one of their public ceilidhs and see what they are like. http://www.welldressedband.org.uk/
  3. As Elmambo said, there wasn't a Sheffield watchmaking industry, although no doubt there were skilled craftsmen who could repair and service watches made elsewhere. I have two watches with Sheffield on them, one a pair-case verge watch made in 1815 (still working) the other a Graves watch, c.1900 (also stillworking) but in both cases there is no doubt they were made elsewhere and merely had the local retailer's name supplied. If you do a search on ebay you will find (as I write) 24 watches with Graves on them, so they are not uncommon. Good luck finding one to suit your pocket. Remember you will need a chain too.
  4. Does anyone remember the "classical" houses on Broomhall Place? They consisted of a row with stone frontages (brick built behind) and with porticos including Doric columns and they were next to the house called Sunny Bank. I believe they might even date back to the 1830s, built as fashionable residences for aspiring middle class professionals. I managed to get some photographs before they were demolished (and I think the stone has been reused). They were replaced by the row of houses put up by a housing association and the central gable incorporates the name stone from the original build.
  5. I believe it was either in that house or the one next to it that John Gunson, the engineer of the Dale Dyke dam which burst in 1864, lived when he retired after the disaster. At the public enquiry about the flood and its fatalities, he was exonerated from any blame for its collapse, but it affected him greatly and he became depressed. He died in 1886 at the age of 77 and is buried in the General Cemetery, close to the cemetery company's former offices facing Cemetery Road. His address was 7 Clarkson St.
  6. The neo-Gothic chapel is part of the General Cemetery. The cemetery was closed in the 1970s and passed to the Council, who moved in to clear part of the site. However, a group was set up to preserve the cemetery, which is now called the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust, and has recently been successful in getting money to restore the classical Non-Conformist chapel on the site (the gatehouse was restored some years ago). If you want to know more, visit the website at http://www.gencem.org/
  7. English was never in danger of being lost because the ruling Norman class consisted of only a few thousand at the most, in a population of perhaps 1.5 to 2 million English. Norman French was a dialect of French and was spoken by the elite, but gradually faded out, especially with the loss of the Duchy of Normandy in 1203, and the prestige of Central French replaced it. By 1300 there is evidence that French had to be taught to the aristocrats and was not their first language. However, most English kings up to the time of Richard II (who was brought up in Bordeaux) did use French. Many government records can be found both in French and Latin, but from the second half of the 14th century written English begins to replace them. It's a complex picture and I've simplified it somewhat.
  8. From Australia more than half a lifetime ago--lived in Leeds for three years then came here. Hadn't intended to stay but things just worked out that way and I've been pretty happy here.
  9. No, just better informed and not given to personal insult...
  10. As an atheist, I don't celebrate any saints, but I would agree that despite the antiquity from the 14th century, there is nothing intrinsic in the story of St George to link him with England, and nothing to make him a religious representative of the national spirit. There are a number of saints who have a greater claim. St Alban may have been the first Christian martyr in these islands, but that was during the Romano-British period before the Anglo-saxons became the dominant occupiers of the country. I would propose Edmund King and martyr as a fitting character (c.841-869) as having been killed by the invading Danes, and already having a cult as the patron saint of England before the takeover by George. According to the hagiography, he was beheaded but the head was found by a wolf leading people to it. The Victorian roof of the surviving timber Anglo-Saxon church at Greensted in Essex depicts this miracle, made during the restoration of the 1840s.
  11. In our history we find that the Norse Were quite happy with eating their horse. They said "It's fast food And exceedingly good-- You can gallop, then cook it of course!"
  12. 'Tis true, I have written such verse, And to make it improved, I rehearse. But sometimes the Muse Will simply refuse-- Poet's block is then really my curse... ---------- Post added 02-03-2013 at 18:52 ---------- So Williiam the Conq is to blame For blighting the Waltheof name His name is restored On the Forums"I'm Bored" But killed with two blows,that's a shame Waltheof was the last Saxon lord That Sheffield could really afford. Bill the Conq at first liked him But later on spiked him-- Put his head where by rats he'd be gnawed!
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