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About hillsbro

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  • Birthday 06/04/1948

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    Lincolnshire, ex Dykes Hall Road
  • Interests
    Travel, philately
  • Occupation
    Retired printer

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  1. Yes, I well remember Kelsey's pork shop. Here is what I wrote about Kelsey's on another thread: Kelsey's was an excellent shop on the corner of Taplin Road. The Kelsey family came originally from Lincolnshire and were of good, solid farming stock. Harold Kelsey (a tall chap, always cheerful and energetic with "the gift of the gab") took over the shop that his uncle, Winter Kelsey - that really was his name - had run since about 1920. Harold retired and passed the shop on to his nephew, who didn't seem to have a good head for business and the shop sadly went downhill. Harold died aged 78 in 1982.
  2. The shop appears in Kelly's directories as G. Andrews - see here from the 1971 directory:
  3. Hi Clab - welcome to the Forum! I don't know if you have access to the 1939 Register - if not you may like to see your grandparents' details:
  4. I remember the Ronksleys who worked for Clayton's - Jack, Vera and sons John, Philip and Trevor. Then John Ronksley (1940-2018) set up his own ice cream business.
  5. Here is a link to a "picturesheffield" photo of the boating lake in Crookes Valley Park. https://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s28892&pos=2&action=zoom&id=90545
  6. They were evidently in the fur business. The Kelly's directories I have dated from 1940 to 1954 list the "British Canadian Trading Co. mfng. furriers" at 341 Middlewood Road, which changes to the "Hillsborough Canadian Trading Co. Ltd. furriers" from 1957 to 1974 (the last directory published). Here is a scan of an advertisement in the "Sheffield Evening Telegraph" of 18 March 1939.
  7. Monty Thomas' shop was on the other side of Middlewood Road at Nos. 12-14, though it had a red sign and it may be what we are thinking of. It's been a long time!
  8. Been racking my brains. I do remember the shop but cannot think of its name!
  9. Oh, that's sad, alexander874. I've been going there on odd occasions all my life and the shop is very much a part of Hillsborough. My girlfriend (now my wife) had a charm bracelet and I remember buying a silver "21" charm there for her 21st birthday. My goodness - that was in 1968! 😯
  10. Hi Dame Clara, Yes, Parker's jewellers shop is listed in directories at 19 Middlewood Road as early as 1930. Until the 1970s, or a little later, there was also Parkers men's outfitters next door at No 17. Originally both shops were owned by William "Billy" Parker; he died in 1935 and his sons John and Arnold then managed the businesses. The jewellers shop hasn't been in the Parker family for quite a long time but is still going strong. The Parkers were pawnbrokers and jewellers as long ago as the 1800s, and the 1891 directory has "William Parker, Pawnbroker" at No. 17.
  11. Hi bazza63 - yes, I remember all these, also the Kinema on Proctor Place. It's all very different now of course, but I think the Bingleys' daughter Vicky still has a flower stall in the arcade.
  12. Hi AKAMD - yes, that could well be the reason. To judge from census data, the Schweitzers of Sheffield mostly had their origins in Poland and Russia, but the name certainly sounds German and many such names were changed as a result of the war.
  13. My great-aunt Doris was a maid for Leon and Percy Schweitzer's mother Sarah at her Slayleigh Lane home in the 1940s and always spoke highly of the family. Kelly's directories from the 1930s onwards show the furniture business of L. & P. Schweitzer at 19-21 Wicker. Leon and Percy both officially changed their surname to Sherwood, this being published in the London Gazette of 10 September 1940 (see link below) but Leon was evidently known by the name Sherwood earlier, as he is shown as Leon Sherwood at 18 Clarendon Road, Sheffield in directories from 1937 onwards. The 1939 Register shows him as "Leon Sherwood (Schweitzer)" at 66 Leach Lane, Lytham St Anne's, along with his wife Hilde(gard), née Netter, whom he had married in Sheffield in 1935. This was perhaps their second home. Leon died in 1960; Percy Sherwood is listed at 5 Slayleigh Lane until the last Kelly's directory of 1974. https://i.postimg.cc/7LpNwhx0/Schweitzer.jpg
  14. Yes, it was the tiny Cuthbert Arms - here is a scan from Jack Wrigley's book "A Hillsborough Camera".
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