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  1. Hi gaz786. I should have mentioned that I left Grimesthorpe in 1958, 61 years ago, having lived on Adsetts Street since birth in 1943. The apparently shop front half way down Clevedon Street was still the same as on the pic. from as far back as my earliest memories. so I'm talking maybe 70 years ago. I remember the chip shop at the top corner too.
  2. Does anyone know if the house on Clevedon Street on the right past the van was once a shop. It has a gas lamp attached on a bracket to the wall near the doorway and what appeared to be a shop front can be seen just above and beyond the van. I lived on Adsetts Street from birth in 1943 and it always confused me. Click on this.....http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=zoomWindow&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s14446&prevUrl=http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=zoomWindow&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s14446&prevUrl=http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=zoomWindow&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s14446&prevUrl=v
  3. I lived at number 5 from birth in 1943 until moving to Shiregreen in 1958.
  4. Just a reminder of the pigeon cotes off Upwell Street behind what was Colvers Yard.....http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=printdetails&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s20164
  5. Hi Melanie3, just in case your uncle hasn't seen the film of motorcycle training mentioned earlier on this thread, here it is ….. http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/dear-sergeant-or-story-rough-riding-motorcycling-course Regards, Peter.
  6. Hi Melv, Just pointing out for future reference that the pic you posted, whilst correct, has the incorrect image number 20955. The correct image number should be s18376. I don't understand why this happened but no harm done.
  7. Yes, it is the Nelson from Norroy Street at the junction with Greystock Street to the right. Saville Street East is just out of shot left of pic. I had spotted the mistakes a while ago which also confused me at first. I have, over the years, advised Picture Sheffield of errors on several pics which they kindly corrected. Not wanting to overload them at the time I spotted this one I didn't report it, but will contact them online tomorrow.
  8. Hi Melv, I never went in the Victoria. Sorry but I can't find any answers to your questions on this occasion.
  9. Hi Meltman, You may have seen the pic below before. It was taken on 18 April '66 shortly before you started work in the building with the red doors, which can be seen right of pic with the Nelson attached. Then past Greystock Street the Victoria can be seen at the junction with Saville Street East. Part of Firth Brown Head Offices, where I previously worked from 1959 to 1963, are across Saville Street East........... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=zoomWindow&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s18375&prevUrl= I finally left FB in Aug '66 for the second time, exactly a year after you started in the lab and photographic department. I had no idea what was behind the red doors, thought it was a garage. Nor of cutbacks in workforce either as hadn't noticed any changes in my department. Blissfully naivety of youth eh?
  10. St Petre, I have a hard back A4 size souvenir brochure issued by Firth Browns on the occasion of the visit of the Master Cutler and his Guests on April 8th 1954. It shows the history of John Brown who commenced business on his own account in 1837 and Thomas Firth and his two sons Mark and Thomas, who founded the firm of Thos Firth and Sons in 1842. In 1930 Thos Firth and Sons Ltd and the steel producing interests of John Brown and Co Ltd amalgamated to become Thos Firth and John Brown Ltd and the history of that Company is documented up to 1954, the date of publication. To throw some light on your question, near the end of the brochure a paragraph refering to 1954 states..... ''The works in Sheffield occupy a site approximately 1 mile long and 80 acres in extent, containing about two and a half million square feet of buildings in which some 6,000 people employ their recources.'' ---------- Post added 24-04-2018 at 12:47 ---------- Hi All, The two buildings pictured below have been discussed on here at length in the past, but I hadn't found these pics of them derelict before, snapped on 29 Oct 1985....... Lord Nelson PH from Norroy Street with Greystock Street on left...... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=zoomWindow&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;t07323&prevUrl= Victoria Hotel from Saville Street East with Norroy Street on right. I could see the building from the opposite side of Saville Street East when sitting at my desk in Forgings Sales Office at Firth Browns 1961 to 1963, although it was rather blackened and had chimneys at that time....(Norfolk Arms, the white building at junction with Princess Street, can be seen far left of pic)..... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=zoomWindow&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;t07321&prevUrl= ---------- Post added 24-04-2018 at 14:42 ---------- dp59, I understand that there have been a number of tragic incidents over the years involving cranes. Here's a previous post of mine, which you may have seen, about when I personally almost became a statistic...... https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showpost.php?p=11784418&postcount=728
  11. Hi jane2008, There were thousands of people working at Firth Brown's as it was a massive site. It was nigh on impossible to even see them all, but you may be lucky enough to get a result. Would you know what sort of work Bill did or a department name as this may stir some comments?? I wish you success with your search. Regards, Peter.
  12. Hi melv, Not much happening on this thread now Thanks for the clear pic. I have looked at the plaques many times over the years and dread the possibility of them being either stolen or vandalised. Yes it's sad to see things changing down there. I intend to have a look around next week when I call to see my daughter in Sheffield. Here's the Picture Sheffield photo taken on 5th Aug 2005...... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=zoomWindow&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;c01427&prevUrl= All the best, Peter.
  13. Nice to hear your story fairthorny. I also used to sail my boat in there in the '50s. Like yourself, I now live 120 miles from Sheffield. I visit my family in Sheffield and occasionally look around the old places but not as often as I would like though.
  14. You're welcome John. The shops were very much like those at Firth Brown's further down the road on Saville Street East where I worked between 1959 and '66. As an office junior aged 15 I first had the privilege of experiencing those sights, sounds and heat as I walked through the shops with documents. Also had an overhead crane licence in 1965. Have you seen this film of Firth Brown's in 1957?.... http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/firth-brown-tour-works Peter.
  15. There are around 5 minutes of good quality sequence near the end of this 1963 drama film, with Sally Geeson, of inside ESC River Don Works and also outside at the junction of Brightside Lane, Hawke Street and Upwell Street. If you don't want to watch the full 55 mins.film, run it forwards to the sequence, which is between 48mins 50 secs in, to 54 mins, 20 secs...... https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-wings-of-mystery-1963-online
  16. I'm the same age as you Albert. My wife and I were on holiday touring New England when Sinatra died in '98. All the tv stations were broadcasting only Sinatra. It would have seemed much the same, I guess, when President Kennedy died in '63.
  17. Thanks melv, I see what you mean about the accident. It could well be as you say. Perhaps I made an assumption that the lifting tackle failed. I'll never know as my old pal Ron Skinner died in 2012. Peter.
  18. Hi Melv, Thanks for you comment on the short film of Princess Alexandra's visit. My old pal who worked in vac melt once told me that he had a lucky escape in the furnace on the left of the last pic on my post 748. He said that he was down inside the confined space when the item being lowered in broke free of the chains and came to rest on the inside of the furnace, as opposed to on him. Peter.
  19. There are lots of interesting posts on here! My Dad took me to Armandos in 1960 and I bought a s/hand NSU Quickly moped as my first bike. At 16 I was too light and skinny to handle anything much bigger. (I do remember that it was a very small shop as described on the previous post by tinfoilhat). However, the following weekend a car hit me when I was leaving the roundabout at Firth Park and, to cut a long story short, the bike was written off. When I'd recovered from my injuries I bought a s/hand Alpino scooter from Bill Beevers at Page Hall. In 1961 I took a Saturday job at John Banners department store at Attercliffe to fund the HP payments on a brand new Lambretta TV 175, (which I kept for three years before buying my first car). I had looked in Dan Bradbury's window many times but in the end as they wouldn't make an offer on my Alpino I bought from Walter Wraggs on West Bar. Got my new helmet, jacket and gloves from Ropers on London Road just below Dan's. Here's Dan's in 1963.... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?action=zoomWindow&keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s17666&prevUrl= Here I am in 1962, probably showing the first signs of mods, with chrome tape bling and a custom made twin tail pipe which was also chrome tape blinged , which cost me 5 Woodbines to one of the fitters at work . My Dad's old ambulance box, which I handpainted, is on the carrier, behind which the Lambretta penant on chrome pole can just be seen. Mud flap out of shot. A small mirror on the handlebars provided less than useless rear view. A plastic covered cushion provided back support for my girlfriend, albeit after she had already bruised the base of her spine on the carrier I loved that scooter....Those were the days!..... http:// https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOxyolg_NfQIz21FeL2PGQSCeVl5ft0CWRaULNuO8Bzn2h8kRZPdWmQVj3TkZPqVQ?key=MkdJZGNfM2VWYWFaa1Q1QkN6OWxiOHphTWFlNldn Peter.
  20. Hi Meltman, Here, for convenience, are the pics on my post number 740 which you mention..... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;u07183&pos=1&action=zoom&id=100500 http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;u07180&pos=1&action=zoom&id=100497 I was trying to make them fit in my mind to Firth Browns but wasn't convinced that the rail track was a big enough area. Sometimes the text on Picture Sheffield is incorrect. The following pic showing the Head Offices entrance, which are also at the beginning and end of the short film on my post 744, were for example originally listed as T W Ward at the Wicker. Having given my provenance to Picture Sheffield, as mentioned in brief in their notes on the pic, they kindly changed it to Firth Brown.... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s26727&pos=390&action=zoom&id=29146 ---------- Post added 03-02-2018 at 12:44 ---------- Hi melv and Swowls, Is vac remelt the shop you mention melv? It was on the left at the top of Garter Street...... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;u08905&pos=1&action=zoom&id=95055 My old pal from 1959 in Progress and Planning office moved to work on the shop floor there in 1963. I recall that he used to park his car under cover inside the shop when on night shifts . I have been in that shop and do recall that only the first furnace on left of pic was there at that time. Yes Swowls, I recall the yard as being small and ideal for a private game of football!!
  21. Hi brian1941 and all, Here's a four and a half minute of film at Firth Browns from 1957, a couple of years before I started work there aged 15. It starts straight away outside the Head Offices main entrance on Savile Street East. I recognise Doctor Sykes guiding Princess Alexandra of Kent around some of the workshops. In 1967 he was Director of the new Research Laboratory on Princess Street. Have a wander around with the party and I'm sure you'll recognise some of the locations Brian. Peter.
  22. Hi melv and swowls, Your comments on the previous two posts are interesting. Could these have been bored and planed by the machinery you mention?? Looks like the front of the building you mention, on Carlisle Street East and then the back where the rail line was.... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;u07183&pos=1&action=zoom&id=100500 http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;u07180&pos=1&action=zoom&id=100497 Is this the furnace you mention?? The diameter looks right.... http://picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s40994&pos=1&action=zoom&id=120696 Or am I wrong on all counts? Peter.
  23. I remember seeing one apparently being steamed up at what appeared to be a small depot off Attercliffe Road, possibly Worksop Road or the first part of Darnall Road, on the way to my aunt's with my mother around 1949. I thought it was strange and old fashioned, but of course petrol would still be scarce then.
  24. Hi stpetre, Would the Rotherham one have been Hagues' at Parkgate, Rotherham?...... https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/aug/09/thatcher.williamhague I used to garage my Ever Ready van near them in the mid/late sixties. Here I am in 1972, the only photo I have of the van, outside my home then at Bramley, Rotherham.... https://photos.app.goo.gl/A1Am3Sjo27F2mKg73 Peter.
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