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Hi Granny Pat, Mr Hobsons' garage was directly opposite our yard and I knew him very well, such a gentleman. Bob I became friends during the sixties and seventies, bought my first Ford Escort of him and he serviced a few of my cars in that time, I also followed them to their new garage and petrol station on Norfolk Road. If you stood at the bottom of the Moor looking up Young street all the court yards are on the left including the ones after Moore street, ours being the first, then Barnes electrical, then the Bosworths and Jubbs, after that I only knew the Vickers but there was another courtyard after that but couldn't tell you who lived there. Looking at the 34 court  that could have been opposite the school. Your great grand parents and parents would certainly have know the Birds and Windles they had lived from the twenties up to the sixties at 26 court 3. Do you remember Terry Marshall he was a good friend of mine, his dad managed Halfords at the bottom of Ecclesall road, they left to go and live in Norwich we would have been about 8 or 9 going on 60 haha and Paul Mangle he was a friend but I don't think his mum liked me very much, I wonder why? speak to you again soon, Martin

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Hi Martin,

 

Yes, my uncle Eric was a lovely man and he died way too young in my opinion but then so did my parents. Anyway, thanks for helping me work out where 34 Court would have been. I just needed to be able to picture where it was in my minds eye, if you know what I mean. Btw I have just found our Bob again after many years of lost contact. I will tell him that you have been in touch. Are you still living in the Sheffield area? Paul Mangle now lives in Clowne. I did try to contact him by 'snail mail' but with no reply. I was told by his niece, who I found on Facebook, that he doesn't have a computer and I do think that being able to use a  computer  makes a heck of a difference to your life.  

I don't remember a Terry Marshall but ask me about other people you remember from the area back then and perhaps I may be able to help  update you about one or two. I seem to remember someone saying that you had a driving school? Well done you.

 

Pat  

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Hi Pat, I did get Terrys  name wrong it's Terrence Burgess and do you remember Mrs Timbo? and yes always lived in Sheffield. Martin

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Oh yes I remember Timbo's shop. There are some posts on here about that - I think it was Roger Bambridge if memory serves. You have to put various things in the search box and see what you can find. There are quite a few which have posts from or about our childhood area. 

 

Pat

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Hi Pat, if you catch the bus to South Street at the bottom of the Moor, walk to the left approx 20yards there's a new hotel and the inland revenue both built on the young street court yards, go to the top of the street, Pickerings old building, look across the road on the left and that's where I think court 34 was, opposite the school, hope that helps you. cheers Martin

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Would that I could do that walk Martin but Dorset is a little far away for that.  🤣 However, I know where you mean,  I seem to recall a girl named Fay living there when I was little. So that would have been in the 1950s.  Did she have an accident of some kind - something to do with the open fire in the living room? It's so long ago it's like another life. Thanks for explaining where it was Martin I appreciate that. 

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Hi Pat, a lovely part of the world and yes February 1957 we escaped through the front bedroom window, the house was completely gutted we had a very lucky escape that night, we spent the next couple of days at Mr and Mrs Pierce the chip shop owners, then lived at my grandmas house for a few weeks, there you are a little bit more history for you, and sorry I don't know Fay. cheers Martin

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Hi Martin. Oh! I didn't realise that you had gone through that. You were very lucky. No, what I was trying to remember was, I think, Fay being burned. I'm not sure how right I am as I wasn't very old when this happened. You remember how quite often the only mirror in the house was placed over the mantelpiece? I think Fay was standing on the edge of the hearth looking thru the mirror and her dress or nightie caught fire.  So pleased that you all managed to get out of your fire safe and sound. 

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Hi Pat, our house fire was February 1955, the old memory playing tricks again, people commented afterwards the house looked better after the fire hahahaha. I'm sorry I can't remember Fay, take care.

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Hi Martin. I was thinking (don't laugh). You must be just a little bit older than me - say about 6 months as you weren't in our class at St. Silas so you must have been in the next class up. I think I started in September 1951 and left in 1957. If I'm honest I don't remember you from school really more from playing on Humble Road.  The entrance to our yard was on Humble Road and we always used to play cricket or rounders etc at the top. We would then get moved down by neighbours after a while and would start again a bit further down until getting moved off again. You must remember. 

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Hi Pat, every where I played I was moved on, think I was a bad influence on everybody but did love rounders, kick can, 123 done yer but you are right a lot of my friends lived Bishop street, Hodgson street, Milton street, we always thought you were posher living where you lived, haha, and do you remember Atkinsons dam, bottom of the Moor? spent hours playing there and football on a surface that  I can only describe as bits of blown up buildings, we were well hard! cricket matches took place at the bottom of Bishop street and kick can always took place at the side of uncle Eric's garage, I'll try and come up with a few more names from your area but the only lad I can think of at the moment is Paul Mangle. stay safe :thumbsup:

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Which class were you in at St. Silas/ Were you in the same class as my cousin Robert Hobson and also Paul Mangle? They were both a bit older than me. My Uncle Eric's first yard was at the far end of Bishop Street and then he moved to Young Street. I don't know the reason for that. Perhaps it was a better situation. 

Another name which comes to mind was Kathleen Fowler. I didn't actually know her but I remember her name for some reason.  Think she lived somewhere near you?

I can't think why you thought we were posh. We only lived about 100yds from you after all and went to the same school. We didn't hold up our little fingers when drinking tea either. 🤣 Perhaps it was you lot who were the posh ones? 

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