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  1. hillsbro

    Bonaito/Mills Adoption search..

    Hi Paul - as you rightly say the 1939 Register shows Lily Mills at 36 Manor Oaks Close. There were actually two people of this name at that address, and they were evidently mother and daughter. The mother’s year of birth is given as 1884 and her daughter’s as 1923 (the younger Lily's surname is given in the transcription as Willis, but it is evidently Mills). As your father was evidently born in 1930, the older Lily could have been his mother, then aged 46, but there was also an "E. Willis" (actually E. Mills) at 36 Manor Oaks Close . His name isn’t clear but begins with an ‘E’ and could be Ernest. His date of birth is given as 8 May 1904, and General Register Office records show an Ernest Mills born in Sheffield in Apr-Jun 1904, his mother’s maiden name being Hartley (this was also the maiden name of the mother of the Lily Mills born in Sheffield in 1923). A Martin Mills and Lily Hartley married in Sheffield in 1901. So this Ernest Mills could perhaps be the one you have heard of. Here is a link to a scan of the 1939 Register entry for 32 Manor Oaks Close. https://i.postimg.cc/MGcLQV5s/Mills.jpg The 1939 Register shows Frederick and Lilian Bonaito at 221 Maltravers Road .
  2. Yes, the picturesheffield.com site has a 1965 photo of the Harlequin, ref. s25111, with a caption that mentions "Hilda Bagnall, licensee".
  3. The 1971 to 1974 directories just give the address as 15 Psalter Lane but don't name the licensee.
  4. This depends on when it was. Directories often don't name licensees after 1954, and Mary Latham isn't mentioned in the ones I have up to the last (1974) edition. A quick web search brought up the Winter 1992 edition of "Dore to Door" which mentions Mary Latham at the Dore Moor Inn but doesn't give a date. "... Innkeepers since 1905 have included M. Hutchinson, a Mr Beamer, Norman Trimnell and Mary Latham. Mr and Mrs Jack Jones ran the inn from 1975 until Ken Cooney took over in 1987 after 18 years at the Big Gun in the Wicker."
  5. hillsbro

    Bryan Jones, Leyland paint & Wallpaper

    Hi Sara - welcome to the Forum! As far as I can see, just looking quickly at online public records (and if I have found the right people) your grandfather Bryan Jones was born on 22 July 1923, his parents being Frederick William Jones and Doris Annie Jones, née Ramsbottom, both born in 1897. He married Ray H. Williamson in 1948 and your father Christopher was born in Sheffield in 1949. I was unable to find your uncle. The "1939 Register" finds your grandfather Bryan and his parents living near St. Anne's-on-Sea at The Manor House, Bryning Lane. Frederick Jones' profession is given as "Paint & Varnish Manufacturer" and Bryan's as "Assistant Clerk" in the business. Bryan died aged 69 in 1993 in the "Blackpool & Fylde" district (this includes St Anne's -on-Sea) .
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    FW Clixby, Painter & Decorator

  7. Dora Woodhead was licensee of the Holly Bush Inn, Hollins Lane, S6 in the early 1970s.
  8. Glad this is of interest (I forgot to mention that the link to the scan I previously posted doesn't seem to work now; I thought people joining the thread might like to see it). Here is a scan from 15 years later; the 1974 Kelly's Directory. https://i.postimg.cc/jdDvwXzr/02.jpg
  9. Hi Billam - this scan from the 1959 Kelly's Directory might include some names familiar to you. https://i.postimg.cc/zfDhX7CT/001.jpg
  10. hillsbro

    Spye / Eccles surnames

    William Henry Spye (1889-1966) had a shoe repairs shop at 103 Hawthorn Road, Hillsborough, in the 1950s.
  11. My local barber still keeps some tapers in a drawer but he tells me that nobody has asked for singeing for a long time! The shop near the Wednesday ground was Bayliss's (Albert Bayliss and his son Terry) at 158 Leppings Lane.
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    It's good to know that the Forum has, once more, been able to help people find each other again! 🙂
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    Willson and Gumpets

    Hi ping - it's nice to have your input, and to see the photo of Lizzie Spring. I see that she lived to the good age of 92 and died in 1971. She would have been an interesting person to talk to!
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    Here is a link to a scan of the 'Sheffield Independent' article that Moira quoted. https://postimg.cc/GBxWkrgY
  15. hillsbro

    Taylor Eye Witness - old photos

    There is a photo of the building on the "Picturesheffield" site - here is a link. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s36649&pos=17&action=zoom&id=113002
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    Hi Susan Ashmore – welcome to the Forum! In case it is helpful, looking at online public records the deaths index confirms that Leonard Portman, born 1915, died in 1942. His older brothers George and John, also his older sisters Kate and Olive appear on the 1911 census return with their parents George and Edna at "Whitley Grenoside", George snr. being a miner – here is a link to a scan. https://i.postimg.cc/rmtDCFWS/1911.jpg The "1939 Register" shows George, Edna and Leonard, also Dora Hubbard, at Hoyle House Cottage, Whitley Lane, Ecclesfield. George Portman jnr. was born on 26 April 1908 and died in the Sheffield area in 1988. The 1939 Register shows him as a miner, living with his wife Clara at 1 Stafford Place, Rotherham.
  17. hillsbro

    Trying to Locate Joanne Nicholson

    Hi Carole - just looking at online public records, a Joanne Nicholson was born in Sheffield in 1962, her parents most likely being Alan Nicholson and Barbara, née Baines. She seems to have had a sister Kim M. Nicholson, two years older, also a Lisa Nicholson was born in Rotherham in 1970 with the same mother's maiden name of Baines. A Joanne Nicholson married an Andrew G. Goodison in Sheffield in 1987, so you may need to look for a Joanne Goodison.
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    Willson and Gumpets

    Hi Alan Lines - welcome to the Forum! I really don't know if Ernst Gumpert was interned during WW2 - by then he may perhaps have become a naturalised British Subject. The '1939 Register' finds Ernst and Eleanor living at 65 Wilkinson Street with their daughter Janet and Rebecca Wilson, a director of the firm. The 'Miss Spring' to whom you refer may have been Eliza Spring, described in the 1911 census return as a "Shop assistant. Toy dealer". Aged 32 at that time, she lived with her widowed mother and two brothers on Station Road, Darnall. In case it's of interest, here is a link to a scan of the census page. https://i.postimg.cc/3R8BDfbn/1911-Spring.jpg
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    Hi Britishpetal - this obituary notice in "The Star" of 26 June last year seems, sadly, to bring bad news about Deric: Sayles, Deric. Peacefully on June 7th 2018 in Peaker Park Care Home, Market Harborough, aged 90 years. Beloved husband of the late Brenda, loving father of Steven and the late Stuart. Dear father in law of Jan and grandpa of Rachel, George and Jacob. Much loved brother of Brian and the late John, Maureen, Graham and Barry, also a dear uncle. Service and Interment at All Saint's Church Ecclesall on Monday July 2nd at 1.00pm. Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu for the Brain Tumour Charity may sent to Wood Funeral Service, 848 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8TP Tel: 2661244 Published in The Star on June 26, 2018 Another obituary notice of 14 June 2016 announces the death of "Stuart Sayles, age 55, beloved son of Deric and the late Brenda" who died on 6 June 2016.
  20. Thanks, Mister Gee. Everyone loved Walter, a caring, kind-hearted man who was well known to generations of Hillsborough folk. It is a blessing that he was able to enjoy a long life and bring a little sunshine into our lives. RIP Walter.
  21. He was a lovely man; everyone thought the world of Walter. It's good to know that he was well cared for in his autumn years, in a cosy flat in sheltered accommodation near Hillsborough Corner. Here is a photo that I took in June 2007. https://postimg.cc/rdYXkJWx
  22. The early part of this thread has a lot of information about Walter - a lovely man and local legend.
  23. Does anyone remember the Jamaican (I think his surname may have been Phillips?) who in the 1960s built a steel-hulled boat on Sheffield's canal wharf with the intention of sailing it overseas? I remember in c. 1962 seeing him, welding torch in hand, building the boat; at that time it was just a steel framework. Some time later I saw a TV "Look North" feature showing him with the completed boat, and a lady from the Sheffield's West Indian community made a speech and maybe launched the boat. I often wonder whether he achieved his dream of sailing the seas in his boat!
  24. Hi - thanks for your input. Doing a web search on the name "Hunter 77" I found an 1972 photo on the 'picturesheffield' site - here is a link. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=printdetails&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s34688 Your dad must indeed have been quite a character and I would like to have known him!
  25. Well, Mrs hillsbro says I do sometimes act like a two year-old...

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