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  1. hillsbro


    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
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    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.
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    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. The early part of this thread has a lot of information about Walter - a lovely man and local legend.
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. Well, Mrs hillsbro says I do sometimes act like a two year-old...
  15. Yes, the old hobbing foot - and having taken lessons from dad, here I am in 1950. https://i.postimg.cc/02kLw5Qf/Cobbler.jpg
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    Sheffield blitz

    On this web page https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Indexes/NE_WarDead/WarDeadByDate.html there is an index to the "Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour" for Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire that includes "12 Dec 1940 Spencer, Frederick Parkes, 36 yrs. outside Empire Theatre, Sheffield". As Person6 noted the Empire Theatre was on Charles Street and was damaged in the bombing. Here is a link to a "picturesheffield" photo. http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s01216&pos=1&action=zoom&id=5035 The "1939 Register" finds Frederick P. Spencer, born 11 September 1904 and his wife Edna V. Spencer, born 21 March 1910, at "20/22 Fire Station Flats" on Rockingham Street in Sheffield.
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    Old Foxhill/Birley carr

    This is Birley Mount, shown on this 1950s map. https://i.postimg.cc/xjMNXp76/Birley.jpg Looking at older maps it doesn't seem to have been a farmhouse, but according to an old Forum thread it was once the home of Joseph Clifton Allen, owner of Wadsley Forge, also known as J.C.Allen's Forge. See here https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/topic/411293-allens-forge-leppings-lane/
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    Sheffield Cuneos

    I have also heard that this DNA testing may not be reliable. Here is a link to my own "map": https://postimg.cc/z3fM7j2v Although I know I have some distant French ancestry (a Huguenot couple who settled in Lincolnshire in the 1620s) I was surprised to see that I am (apparently) more West/Central European than anything else. The DNA test seems better at identifying relations - my cousin Barrie in Australia also had his DNA done and it correctly identified that we are cousins. kjgezza - if you are not familiar with this website you may find it interesting as it has a lot of information on Italians in Sheffield. http://www.west-bar-italians.co.uk/
  19. Here is a link to a scan (slightly "Photoshopped") of the 1939 Register entry. The "27.11.48" is evidently the date of the marriage of Frances (shown in the index as "Fanny") and Thomas. https://i.postimg.cc/L6hqgCQF/001.jpg
  20. Hi desy - Mrs Frances Belk is at 3 Cross Addy Street in the directories I have from 1940 to 1957.
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    W Richardson’s

    Hi Louise - to try to find out the actual name of the company I looked in old Kelly's directories for firms in Corporation Street that would have installed pipework. A possibility is W. Richardson & Co. Ltd at 17 Corporation Street. They are shown as "ventilating engineers" in the 1960s and "heating engineers" in 1973-74. Here is a scan from 1965. https://i.postimg.cc/NFKM4wFv/17-Richardson.jpg
  22. Hi Clive - in case it's helpful you may like to know that his surname was evidently Wetherill. The births index shows a John B. Wetherill born in Sheffield in Apr-Jun 1950 (also the siblings you mention, plus Karen) and a John B. Wetherill married a Eunice I. Clayton in Jul-Sep 1970.
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    Ernest weston - queen st/banks st

    The 1965 Kelly's Directory shows E. Weston & Sons, wholesale newsagents, on Joiner Street near the Wicker, and also Ernest Weston, accountants, at 55 Queen Street.
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    Black swan walk

    The late Peter Harvey tells us in his book "Street Names of Sheffield" that the name Black Swan Walk is "from the old hotel, the Black Swan, which stood at 5 Fargate up to the 1880s when it was demolished for street widening". Here is a link to a sheffieldhistory.co.uk thread that has some good photos., including one of a circular iron track and some gear work that must be where the turntable was that Flanker7 mentioned. https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/17143-black-swan-walk-in-sheffield-city-centre/

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