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  1. There are several Rackstraw (as suggested by hillsbro) entries for Baptisms/Marriages/Burials/Directories on here: www.sheffieldindexers.com Regards, Duffems
  2. That would have been a bit mean for a Christmas present, even in the early 70's!
  3. We lived in Barnsley for a short time when our first child was a toddler, we bought him a ride on bus at Christmas and funnily enough the registration was "1 THE". When our neighbour ( a local bloke with a strong Barnsley accent) saw it he said "Tha reight, tha's gorrareightun theer, tha's gorra Barnsley bus" to the bewilderment of our youngster. One of our cars was a powder blue Austin A35 registration 880 BTC, funny how the registrations stick in your mind even though we've had dozens of cars since, can't recall our current one! Regards, Duffems
  4. The greengrocer with his horse and cart used to come round Meersbrook, when the horse peed at the top of Upper Valley Road all us kids used to race it down the road, oh what entertainment. We used to collect the horse's manure for the garden too. Does anyone recall the name of the greengrocer, was it Billie Makinson? "Kick can", "touch burners", turnips cut out to make lanterns (didn't they stink!), never knew what a pumpkin was. "Whip and top" with tops that broke windows, plastic rockets with caps in, spud guns, making swords out of old orange crates and best of all...…..home made trolleys!
  5. We were too posh to go to the "wesh house" on Broadfield Road, we used the laundrette on Forster Road! Regards, Duffems
  6. The key to any family history research is to start with what you know and prove the facts as you go along. If you have living relatives ask them what they know but, always allow for fanciful stories , sometimes names get mixed up so keep an open mind but, write down everything that anyone tells you. I spent 20 years trying to find the name of my father's biological father in order to find my own biological surname, no certificates proving he'd been "adopted" but, we're talking 1923 when documented adoptions weren't required. My father had nothing but a Baptism certificate and that was in the name of his "adopted" father. I finally got a break through when I found a document showing my father being entered into the Sheffield Workhouse as a 6 weeks old baby under one name and then being taken out and given a different name by Baptism and the Workhouse entry clearly said "father of child" so I knew who my paternal grandfather was though I'd suspected but, I had to have proof. Present day searches are much easier but, always prove as you go and keep an open mind, you'll get there.
  7. Here's a photo from Picture Sheffield, there are several more on this site too: http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s14011&pos=1&action=zoom&id=16845 Regards, Duffems
  8. I agree that the "Clean Air Act" has reduced the damage caused by the heavy pollution we experienced in the 40/50/60 period. I remember we used to wear a scarf round our mouths from about October onwards because of the heavy smogs, in Sheffield. I had a yellow scarf and you could see the black stain where I was breathing/filtering the air through it, you could taste it too. As trastrick says, in Heeley, there weren't many trees apart from Meersbrook Park but, that was Meersbrook, we'll not start the Heeley versus Meersbrook malarkey! Cat Lane Woods and areas around the river off Rushdale Road were a hunting ground for wood for the fire at home and particularly Bonfire Night. I suppose those areas are now greener than they ever were but, I haven't been to look, it breaks the happy memories of childhood where days were always sunny and long and there was never enough time to play out even though you went out in a morning and only came home for your tea then back out again until bedtime. In a way it's as well nature has restored itself in places but, the damage caused by humans i.e. fly tipping, drugs, lack of appreciation for nature has outweighed this.
  9. It was Thermogene Wool which you bought in rolls from the chemist. You're correct, it was used for chest complaints to act as "insulation". Regards, Duffems
  10. Try this link or send an email to the site owner, there's a contact form: https://www.sheffieldsoldierww1.co.uk/Hospital/
  11. Also, the disadvantaged 13+ exam sitters who passed to Grammar School and had 2 years of catching up to do to be on a level with the 11+ exam sitters. I was one of those and, in a way I wished I hadn't been, 2 years behind in all subjects especially languages having come from a Secondary School which never taught languages other than English. Regards, Duffems
  12. If you post the details of the person you're looking for then I'm sure they'll be lots of helpful folk on here. Incidentally, if you look on here there are at least 80 burials listed for the surname of McMahon; http://www.sheffieldindexers.com/ Regards, Duffems
  13. In the 60's up until 1970 when I got married there were 2 wibbly wobbly old ladies who worked in this shop. I didn't do a paper round but, I used to go in here for birthday/Christmas cards etc., they were always very helpful and usually brought out the most expensive cards i.e. padded ones in boxes.
  14. Heeley was a place of self sufficiency in my time living there in the 50's/60's until I married in 1970. There were shops of ever description on Heeley Bottom and a short walk into town via Cumberland Street to the Moor where the department stores of the day were, Atkinsons, Pauldens, Woolworth not forgetting Redgates. People were friendly and looked out for each other. I don't recall any crime such as burglary in our area in all the years I lived there and, let's face it, none of us had secure homes, you could lean on our back door when it was locked and it would open! We knew all our neighbours and their extended families so it was no good doing owt wrong and thinking you'd got away with it, someone would always tell your mother. Our happiest times were spent in Heeley being carefree and unconcerned about all the worries of the world as long as you had a threepenny bit or a tanner on Saturday the world was alreeet! My mother-in-law aged 96 still lives there and it's unrecognisable, I wish I no longer had to visit because it shatters our childhood memories when we see the run down areas now. Regards, Duffems
  15. I lived on Cambridge Road, in the picture you can see the passage next to where I lived. The hoardings were a good hiding area for us kids but, I never knew there was a concrete water reservoir, I'll ask mum about that, she's now 93. Her Aspinall family all lived in Cambridge Road for many years, he mother being born there in 1901, her father in 1880 and always in the same houses which seemed to pass from family members which is what they did in those times. The Collis family all lived on Gregory Road. Regards, Duffems
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