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  1. Here's a picture on picturesheffield showing the Express Dairy Broadfield Road window with the cow: http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;s38130&pos=3&action=zoom&id=115111 Regards, Duffems
  2. I could be totally wrong too. We used to take my grandparents (sister of Clifford Aspinall) in the 60's and we thought it was The Bridge. he was landlord at. Clifford Aspinall's wife was Sheila, they had a son John who I believe became a chef. I'll ask mum, she's still astute at 93! Regards, Duffems
  3. It wasn't the Bridge at Dunham because my uncle was landlord there during the 60's, he was Clifford Aspinall originally from Heeley, Sheffield. We remember seeing the stuffed bear on the way to the east coast, could have been the White Swan and, we recall it being nicked by students as part of a rag stunt. Duffems
  4. You can look up the birth here on this free index then order the birth certificate giving the details of place of birth: https://www.freebmd.org.uk/ Regards, Duffems
  5. My father was a tank driver with the 16/5th. Lancers during WW2. Ontarian 1981 is correct, they thought they were due some leave after North Africa but, went straight on to Sicily where my father was injured, lost most of his right thigh, several shrapnel wounds and hearing loss, patched up and still continued with their job. He used to sing the D-Day Dodgers song which is very enlightening when you hear all the choruses, it's an insight into what really was happening with these chaps whilst others were getting all the glory for D-Day. My father never claimed any benefits for his injuries, he just carried on as a lorry driver after the war though he was rather annoyed when he failed an interview for a job with Sheffield Corporation as a bus driver because he couldn't hear the bell because of his deafness due to shrapnel injuries! My uncle in the Coldstream Guards was killed in Sicily in 1943 aged 21. Regards, Duffems
  6. There are several Rackstraw (as suggested by hillsbro) entries for Baptisms/Marriages/Burials/Directories on here: www.sheffieldindexers.com Regards, Duffems
  7. That would have been a bit mean for a Christmas present, even in the early 70's!
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. We were too posh to go to the "wesh house" on Broadfield Road, we used the laundrette on Forster Road! Regards, Duffems
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
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