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  1. I recently reached 85 and still wonder if there are any you left who can still answer.If so I would enjoy hearing from you
  2. I went by bus (#102) to Sheffield schools from 1943 to 1950 and paid 1/2 d for the whole period.
  3. Four years ago I wrote asking if any students who were at Carfield Intermediate during the period 1943-1947 were still with us.Now that I've passed the eighty- year- old threshhold, I am even more curious. I have very fond memories of the students and most of the staff at Carfield and would enjoy knowing that some of us are still alive and well. If you have the energy and can still hit the keys, please respond to see if we can get some communications going.
  4. Even worse than having a tooth extracted was having one filled.In the old days (1937-1943) the dentist used a low speed drill which looked somewhat like a spinning wheel.The dentist pressed his right foot down on a treadle, which was attached to a large wheel, causing the wheel to rotate.The large wheel was in turn connected via a thin belt to a much smaller wheel that caused the drill to rotate. If the dentist's right leg got tired, the drill would slow down, and a painful tooth would become even more painful! Thank Providence for high speed drills and novacaine.
  5. I don't remember Rowlinson (it probably had not been built when I left for the USA in 1957 ), but I do remember Mr Kay. He was our Headmaster at Carfield Intermediate in the 1940's.Of all the teachers I had durring my educational years, he was the standout. He treated everyone fairly and with respect (even the troublemakers like me). On one occasion he gave me four strokes of the cane on my hands, which I have always felt was well deserved. Mr Kay was indeed a remarkable, gentle man.
  6. $38,900 in 1965. 4 beds and 2.5 baths with 1 acre of woods inhabited by turkeys, hawks, deer, and an occasional coyote. Walk to both work and local Tennis and Swim Club. Lived there for 46 years and still enjoying it.
  7. QUOTE=Jean J;6905118]also if my memory serves me right Winter st hospital was a TB hospital I worked at Winter St. hospital as a porter in the summer vacation of 1950 just before going to University. The hospital did indeed take care of T B patients. I remember being interviewed for the job by a Mr Wall, who warned me that the man previously holding the job had been found in the potato shed in a compromising situation and that I should take care. I don't know what the food was like, but the patients were always asking us to bring them fish and chips. I must say I enjoyed the weeks spent at Winter Street ( they were far different from those of a summer vacation spent in a rolling mill).
  8. I worked at Winter St. hospital as a porter in the summer vacation of 1950 just before going to University. The hospital did indeed take care of T B patients. I remember being interviewed for the job by a Mr Wall, who warned me that the man previously holding the job had been found in the potato shed in a compromising situation and that I should take care. I don't know what the food was like, but the patients were always asking us to bring them fish and chips. I must say I enjoyed the weeks spent at Winter Street ( they were far different from those of a summer vacation spent in a rolling mill).
  9. Any students attend the Halle Orchestra concerts at the City Hall in the late 40's ? I remember as a student that we were able to obtain inexpensive tickets (from Wilson Pecks) to even the most popular concerts.We all sat on seats behind the platform and had a great view of the members of the orchestra. Since we all faced Sir John, we could see when he pulled a face because some section was too loud or too soft. Providing cheap tickets for a world class orchestra was a great way to give school kids a love of music that would last a lifetime, I know in my case it did.
  10. It is sixty years since I saw the bungalow you mentioned, so many changes have probably been made in that area. If you drive the full length of Gleadless Road going towards Gleadless Town End you will drive up a very steep hill.I am almost certain that the bungalow was at the brow of the hill on your left.If the stone wall is still there you will see a gap in the wall with a chain across.If all that area has been changed, the brow of the only steep hill on Gleadless road is you best bet.
  11. Yes,the Guided Weapons Dept was on the grounds of the old Brooklands race track (as was the aircraft factory).The airfield was in the center of the race track.In 1954 Vickers Armstrong was still building aircraft.
  12. 1954 junior engineer, Guided Weapons Dept, Vickers Armstrong, Weybridge Surrey . Wage 8 pounds / week. I saw an add in the local paper at the time for a butchers assistant at the same wage . I thought how poorly graduate engineers were paid if my wage was typical.To be fair, I must say that within three years of starting at Vickers my wage had more than doubled.
  13. I visited the dentist you mentioned sometime in the years between l947-l950. I remember Mr. Fisher had a very plush waiting room filled with antiques in a beautiful, big house. I also remember his mother coming in and out of the waiting room and talking to some of the patients. But what I remember most was his gorgeous dental assistant. During the dental procedure Mr. Fisher left the surgery. While he was gone, his dental assistant started talking to me about movies. She said she enjoyed going to movies, that there was a very good film on at the Rex, and did I often go to the movies? I said I did and left it at that. Mr. Fisher returned and finished filling my tooth. I left the surgery and started walking home. Only then did I realize that this stunning girl had been suggesting that we go to the movie together. How dense youth can be!
  14. Headmaster of Carfield Intermediate School in the 1940's ,"Old man Yak" (Mr.Kay). Not very original, but there you are ! He was certainly one of the fairest men I've ever met,a real gentle man and there were some tough kids at that school.
  15. I worked for Batchelors foods during my summer vacation in 1951.A truck would pick up a load of students in the center of the city and take them out in to the country where Batchelors grew their peas. There were field after field of pea vines with a large machine located at the center of the fields which was used to shell the pea pods.The machine was driven by a single cylinder gasoline engine which had a massive flywheel.The machine required about eight students to operate it.Two students fed the vines (roots and all) into a large horizontal rotating drum which split open the ripe pea pods,the peas dropped to the bottom of the drum and fell through small holes in the drum wall. The peas where collected in large trays,covered with ice and then shipped to the factory for canning.The rest of the students were used for various jobs on the machine such as raking the empty vines out of the drum,loading the truck etc. The machine started about 7 am and was turned off about 5am every day and never stopped during the the day.Working on this machine was the most tiring job I ever had in my life .It is interesting that only when the peas where perfectly ripe where they canned,all the rest where dried.
  16. I attended the infant and junior schools between the above dates.The only student names I remember are Stanley Hodgekiss (who gave me a bloody nose )and Jack Dumpleton. I also remember that the Headmistress of the infants school was Miss Long, who selected me to take the milk money and bank money collected from the kids to the bank located a few shops down from the Manor Cinema.(It seems inconceivable that a 5-year-old boy would be allowed to do this task these days). Other things I recall: a) The atrocious state of the outside toilets in the winter b) The small bottle of milk available each day for a 1/2 penny c) There were no school meals available in the early years so I used to walk home for dinner. d) The school day started at 9am and finished at 4pm.Dinner was from 12noon to 1pm I would be interested if other pupils of Prince Edwards had memories of these years.
  17. Thanks Janner and Hillsbro for more details on the old bus tickets and the bus #102. Janner I particularly enjoyed you last comment (I must say it took a moment for the penney to drop).I was very familiar with the Circular since it was the fastest way to get from the top of Ridgeway road to Graves Park (I played tennis at Graves Park almost every night during the summer) One last point,I am almost certain that the ha'penny tickets (of which I used so many during the seven years as a student) was blue?
  18. I was a student durring the years 1943-50 when the bus (and tram fare) were 1/2 d (Really showing my age). I remember when I was eighteen (height approx 6 feet) and still asking the conductor for a ha'penny ticket, I sure got some strange looks.I used to catch the 7-50 am bus #102 to Ponds street and then change to a bus going to Carfield Intermediate school .
  19. Tatty Dumps, Let me first apologize for the delay in replying to your post. Yes,I remember the field very well.I and a group of kids were sitting on the boundary of the cricket pitch when I was hit with the cricket ball in a very tender spot,so I remember this field vividly.I was curious about the ending of your post "Mavis Petch(that was)"--- I don't think I know the lady. I must say I am surprised that more people don't have things to say about Carfield.I have nothing but fond memories of that school,the teachers, and the kids. Antijammer.
  20. I was at an intermediate school and a grammar school, enjoying both.The intermediate school because I first discovered girls and the grammer school because I had both a math and a physics teacher who converted me from a so-so student to one who was highly motivated. At the grammer school I also met a fellow tennis player with whom I played for probably hundreds of hours over many years. He also became my best friend
  21. From your post I see that you started at Carfield a year earlier than I did. That probably explains why I didn't recognize any of the names in your post(from what I remember, students in the same year tended to stay and play together) Talking about playing together reminds me of playing soccer in the playground. A Group of boys were down in the lower playground playing soccer with a tennis ball. Somehow the ball landed in the gutter of the school roof which was three stories above the asphalt covered playground. Since we didn't have a spare ball, the logic of the moment dictated that someone get the one in the gutter. I seized the moment to be a "Hero". I climbed the nearest drain pipe , went hand over hand along the gutter until I reached the ball. Holding on to the gutter with one hand I retrieved the ball with the other and casually tossed it to the waiting boys. I then retraced my path along the gutter and down the drainpipe. Sixty two years after this event I still break out in a cold sweat when I think about what i did . Another thing I remember about Carfield were the school meals.Considering that it was war time the meals weren't bad. One particular incident I remember concerned the rice pudding. Normally the consistency of the pudding was such that if you turned the plate over at just the right speed the pudding would adhere to the plate and none would spill. I tried this trick one day and ended up with a desk full of pudding. Evidently I did not turn at the correct speed or the cook used more milk than normal. Speaking of food, I particularly remember that the jam rolly- polly with custard was very good and was my favorite desert.I can still taste that hard crust and jam.
  22. I don't remember any of the names you mentioned except that of Miss Stuart(Even now after nearly 70 years I can still see that wonderful jet black hair tied with a red ribbon).Since I don't remember even one student name I wonder if you were at Carfield starting in 1943 so that we would have been in the same "year" The teachers that I recall are; Mr. Hill(Boys PT), Mr.Bolton(Math), Mr.Middleton(Science), Mr.Lyon(?).I can clearly see many other teachers(in my minds eye) but I am unable to attach names to them.Of course I remember the Headmaster Mr.Kay since I received four strokes of the cane from him(detailed in an earlier post).
  23. I was at Carfield during the years 1943 to 1947 and often wonder how many of the kids I knew are still going strong.I have lived in the US for fifty years now and have been out of touch with any one I knew (except for one girl). Not being particlarly smart in the early years I was relegated to form 3T (Machine drawing etc) so my last two years at Carfield were somewhat segregated.I guess I was a so called "late bloomer" since I managed to do reasonably well in later life. If any one at Carfield during those years has anything to say about life at school (or any other subject) I would be happy to hear from them.
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