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  1. When I was young (probably 1950's) I remember a sign painted on the 5 arches saying "Cut the Call Up"
  2. So sorry to hear of the sad death of Brian Gill. He was a key member of our Hinde House school reunion group which has been meeting annually for quite a few years & which instigated the recent 60th anniversary commemorations in October. RIP Brian.
  3. I lived on Hinde House Lane but went to the regular jazz nights at the Cannon Hall (each Wednesday I think) with the Climax Jazzmen in the 1960's. Harry Jarvis ( a friend from Reform Chapel BB ) played the bass . They were great nights.
  4. I think you can only find deaths up to 2007 but you need a subscription to ancestry or Find my Past. If you post the name , rough age & place I could try to find it for you.
  5. I lived at 97 Hinde House Lane from being born in 1944 until 1968 when I got married & moved to Maple Croft Rd. Where did you live on Hinde House Lane?
  6. Try Sheffield Indexers burial data at http://www.sheffieldindexers.com/
  7. HI Christine. Sorry I can't be with you at the Zeppelin weekend event because of holiday but I am very happy for you to use the information available on on my great grandma Elizabeth Bellamy nee Pigott. I can send you fuller information if you want. Glad to hear Friends of Burngreave are still alive & kicking! Best wishes, John
  8. Hi Brian941. You are spot on ! That muck-smog pollution was terrible but the difference after all the works had cleaned up their act was amazing!!
  9. Meltman is quite right. These plants are called "Bag Filter Plants" & have been used to extract the particulate matter from Arc Furnaces since the Clean Air Act was applied to industry around the 1960's I think. When I was a kid there was always smog pollution hanging over the Don Valley when looking from Wincobank Hill. I recall quite vividly the first time I went up to Wincobank Hill & saw the Whole Don Valley clear of the pollution. It was an amazingly different sight & you could see clearly for miles.
  10. Hi kcOO, I started at English Steel on 7 Sep 1960 as an R & D trainee & spent 3 years going round all the labs & works metallurgical depts. inc Heavy Forge Metallurgical. After that I was permanently in the Welding Lab which was opposite what had been the Siemens shop although we also had a base in the Foundry on Carlisle Street . The foundry produced railway bogies, tank turrets etc. I suspect when you referred to "foundry" you actually meant the heavy forge where the large 90 ton ingots were forged down to shape as boiler drums & had a hole inserted in the centre. After that the roughly forged boiler drums were transferred to the South Machine Shop ( large enough to have Queen Mary & Queen Elizabeth inside it side by side)on the other side of Brightside Lane. There they were machined down to size & had holes drilled in them to fit the small stub tubes that were welded onto them. The biggest boiler drums wwere made in 3 sections with each circumferentially welded to the next one. The forging process to produce the dished ends was a closely guarded secret. When I was there boiler drums for all the new (at that time) power stations on the Trent such as High Marnham, Eggborough etc were made there. In Oct 1967 I moved to British Iron & Steel Research Association at Hoyle St in Sheffield. That closed in 1976 when all the Steelmaking Dept moved to Teesside where I still live & had 40 years in steel R&D before retiring.
  11. Spelling is Siemens , actually called Siemens acid open hearth furnaces. These were at English Steel Corporation's River Don Works on Brightside Lane (now Forgemasters) in a building located across the yard from the works offices that run along Brightside Lane. Next to that was the Heavy forge where the largest ingots were forged down ready to be machined to make boiler drums for power stations & similar uses. I believe that forge is still there & in use. I started there in 1960 & there were 3 large Siemens furnaces 90 tons each. The largest ingots made were 275 tons. These furnaces were closed down in 1962 & replaced by 90 ton electric arc furnaces located on the opposite side of Brightside Lane near the River Don. I went to the first aid class run by the ambulance men who manned the first aid room. They told the gory stories of men falling into the ladle when the furnaces were being tapped & all that was found was their asbestos gaiters! I never heard of the ingots with a cross being left there.
  12. My dad played football for Atlas & Norfolk team in the Yorkshire League I think as goalkeeper in the 1930's & after the war. I understand Atlas & Norfolk was a combined sports club for Firth Vickers Stainless Steels (where dad worked) & Firth Brown's.
  13. I had a neighbour who was one of the original Hallamshire administrators. He told me delays were due to the original lifts that were supplied being too big for the lift shafts!!
  14. I too had my snip there in the 1970's. Quick & a good experience.
  15. Re FMP & ancestry they each have things to recommend them. I think the ancestry search engines are better & easier to use than FMP. Ancestry also has the England & Wales National Probate Index which allows you to look at info to do with wills from 1858 to 1966. As has been said, FMP has the 1939 register which is very useful. They both have all the birth, marriage & death data so its "take your pick & take your chance" !!
  16. Hi Fleetwood, That's a great story! I think we sometimes neglect to mention the good memories we had from Life Boys & concentrate on time in BB. You will remember Dora Reynolds (Ian & Barrie's mum) & my mum Marjorie Moore from your time in Life Boys too. I remember how well organised it was. When you went in each week Amy had put up a notice with what the theme for the night was & if I remember correctly a short quiz. Did you know Amy was the English North of England Organiser for The Life Boys? Best wishes, John
  17. Your story shows that Charlie & Amy would always go the extra mile for us kids & trusted us too!
  18. Yes Brian, there were so many people at Reform Chapel who us youngsters owe a lot to. As well as Charlie there was his wife Amy, Les Cusworth & Ken Morris. They dedicated their lives to us.
  19. With all that's been said about the demise of Grimesthorpe it's amazing that the Reform Chapel is still active despite all the problems
  20. The following websites provide free data: FreeBMD - indexes to births, marriages & deaths from 1837 to about 1980 - http://www.freebmd.org.uk/ Sheffield indexers - lots of data inc burials, school registers, directories etc http://www.sheffieldindexers.com/ Family Search - lots of data collected by Mormons inc parish registers p- https://familysearch.org/ Sheffield & District Family History Society - http://www.sheffieldfhs2.org.uk/cgi-bin/forum/Blah.pl? FeeREg - Free parish baptisms, marriages & burials - http://www.freereg.org.uk/ You can usually get a free months access to ancestry.co.uk & Find my Past. But as has been said, you need to write down first what you know about husbands parents, grandparents etc. You can PM me if you want to get in direct contact. Best of luck, John
  21. In the 1960's the Esquire Jazz club was on Leadmill Road in what had been a 3 storey house I think. It was very popular . You went in on the ground floor where you could leave coats etc & went up to the main club on the first floor which had a stage for the group. The roof at that level was open & on the third floor you could look down through the hole & see the group . The first floor was quite dark apart from the stage. It gradually became a pop club. I was mainly interested in jazz & the last time I was there I think we saw The Merseys, later Merseybeats.
  22. Here is the photo Skippy mentions. It was taken 1910 & shows tram no 263 bound for Nether Edge sitting at the Petre St terminus with junction with Canada Street on left. http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee142/johnpm-bucket/Petre%20St%20tram%20terminus%20-%20Canada%20St%20on%20left_zpsi0avzx6i.jpg
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