Wednesday 18 February 2015

A Walk Through Crookes, Crosspool and west Broomhill - Tuesday 18th February 2015

Here are my notes of  The Walk Through Crookes, Crosspool and West Broomhill - Tuesday 18th February 2015

2 quarries on the south side (no great depth) and 1 on the north side (Sandersons) – latter 60-80ft deep – peaked 1890-1905. Decline and rented flat section of quarry to Mudfords (Ropemakers) – 100 yard lengths of hemp rope. Moved to Broughton Lane and then Petre Street. After 1945 domestic tip with ashes which was landscaped and became what is now known as Lydgate Park. Unstable to build on

 Mount Zion – Wesley Tower 1790 Part shown on Fairbanks map 1851 Honey Poke 1876 Mary Awdas  - Isabella Howlden upto 1913 Edna Depledge (Lincoln Cathedral Boston Stump?) demolished 1968

1908 Lydgate Lane School built by a Mr Roper of Crookes Road

The Blacksmith’s Shop Lydgate lane with Mount Zion in the background circa 1900

Elliot’ Cottage – Lydgate Lane

The Blacksmith’s Shop Lydgate Lane and Tapton Hill Road

Tapton Hill Road - site of the Graves Trust Homes and Royal Mail Sorting Office

 Lydgate Hall and Horatio Bright - now Lydgate Hall Crescent

The first Crosspool Tavern had originally been Mr. Joseph Sarson's cottage and workshop. He died shortly after its conversion to a tavern in 1824. The property remained in the family for over a hundred years, and Joseph's widow ran the premises until the mid 1870s. It became a meeting place for the district and had its own skittle alley. The tavern was totally rebuilt in 1930 and the last member of the Sarson family to run it retired in 1935, having held the license for 40 years" I think that this information may be incorrect - the 1841 Census clearly states that Joseph is still alive. Joseph Sarson - Deaths Mar 1843 - SARSON Joseph Ecclesall Bierlow 22 78 Deaths Dec 1846 - SARSON Joseph Sheffield 22 498 Joseph did not die soon after the conversion as stated, but sometime in the period 1841 - 1851. He also did not change it into a tavern as suggested but a beerhouse. This is confirmed by entries in subsequent trade directories and censuses, White's Trade Directory from 1833 gives the following entry.
Joseph Sarson Beerhouse and Scale presser 

Kings Head Manchester Road - now "Retirement Homes"

Hallam Tower Hotel

24 March 1965 – 18th April 2004

Hallamgate House was built for Francis Hoole and family and was occupied by him in 1790, if not earlier. The house stood out in its locality in terms of scale and had an ornamental garden

 Later occupants were:

Peter Frith, optician, from 1839 - 1844;

Charles Hoole, grocer & tea dealer, 1846 - 1879;

Arthur Wightman, solicitor, Justice of the Peace for the City of Sheffield, Town Trustee, Trustee Birley’s Charity, Governor of the Sheffield Royal Grammar School, member of the Council of the University of Sheffield, from 1879-1924;

G.Graves Ltd, wireless manufacturer from 1929-1948, who turned the house into the ‘Hallamgate Works’ and sold it to Plessey Ltd. The site was acquired by the University in 1963 and demolished to make way for the (now empty) student halls of residence. Now executive housing

Saturday 7 February 2015

A Car Ride to Bamford 1st February 1938

This article is from The Sheffield Star dated 23rd February 1939, and chronicles the events of a Tuesday night in Bamford, and also, according to Miss Green, similar events the following night (Wednesday) in Birmingham,
The outcome of these "events" led to the appearance of both Miss Green and Mr Smithurst in a Sheffield Magistrates Court. Mr Smithurst was represented by the famed Mr W Irwin Mitchell who lost no time in denigrating Miss Green, but was corrected by the contents of letters sent by his client to Miss Green.
"Sweetheart mine, it was so good to see you again" was just one of the blandishments uttered by Mr Smithurst.

Of course the report does not explain why a colliery manager from the Northumberland coalfield was romping around in Bamford on a Tuesday night in the middle of winter mmm

Wednesday 4 February 2015

Les Harris (1923 - 2004) Crosspool, Sheffield

From The Sheffield Weekly Gazette dated Thursday 3rd June 2004

The Wedding - Sheffield in the 1920's

I came across this wedding photo a couple of days ago. To tell the truth I forgot that it was in my possession. I bought the frame it was in, at a car boot sale in Dronfield (Sheffield) many years ago. The frame was used for another purpose and I put this photo on one side.

I have no idea who the people are in this excellent photograph, but it looks as though it was taken in Sheffield (bottom right corner) during the 1920's. If anyone can add anything else please let me know