Wednesday 29 January 2020

Westonville Terrace Sheffield

The following is taken from a 1903 map of Sheffield (west) and shows the area to the north of Weston Park In the centre of the map is Westonville.

I did not know of this area until I came across this photograph of Westonville Terrace that was taken at the turn of the twentieth century, It was taken from Winter Street and at the top of the cul-de-sac is Weston Park. There is a photo on Picture Sheffield that I cannot use for copyright restrictions. That one was taken on 28th November 1966 but the houses were totally demolished soon after, to make way for the University of Sheffield's Geography building. 

There was another road called Salisbury Terrace that was demolished at the same time but there is no record or photograph of the road. The following photograph is what replaced Westonville and Salisbury Terrace.


Monday 20 January 2020

Medical and Surgical Home Clarkehouse Road - Southbourne Road Sheffield

This photograph was taken circa 1908 and shows the side of the  Medical and Surgical Home which was on the corner of Clarkehouse Road  and Southbourne Road in Sheffield

Built around 1856 as  The Victoria Park Hotel and Bowling Green it lay opposite the Botanical Gardens It was opened about 1858 or 1859, and the only landlord the place had was Mr. John Law, landscape gardener, formerly the curator of the Botanical Gardens, and who published a few local items dealing with botany and the gardens. This would have be a nice retreat from the town, with possible visits to the nearby gardens

But it only lasted until 1862 when it became a private residence and was named "Rutledge Hall" It was the home of steel manufacturer Samuel Osborn .

In 1893 Sister Emily Mawhood converted it into a nursing home.

Miss Emily Mawhood Private Nursing home 76 & 78 Clarkehouse Road (White's 1919)

Miss Emily Mawhood Matron, Sister Mawhood's Nursing Home Ltd. 76 & 78 Clarkehouse Road (Kelly's 1925)

Sister Mawhood Nursing home 76 & 78 Clarkehouse Road (Kelly's 1925)

 Further information see Graves "Charitable Trust Official Opening of Rutledge House" 22nd Feb 1952 by Alfred Graves. Ref: Local Pamphlets Vol. 191 No.9 042 S. '.

Colonel's House Hillsborough Barracks Langsett Road Sheffield

I came across this photograph of the Colonel's House which was adjacent to the Hillsborough Barracks on Langsett Road in Sheffield

I have never seen a photograph of this house. I have vague recollections of passing it when I was a boy and of the petrol station. But I have no idea of when or why the house (and petrol station) were demolished.

The site is now a transport interchange for the local area

James (Thomas) Storey - Hillsborough Barracks Sheffield July 1869

I came across this newspaper report from the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated 24th July 1869. It related to the suicide of a young soldier named JAMES SOREY at the Hillsborough Barracks in Sheffield

 It was a tragic event but what I find the most remarkable is the report itself. Whoever posted the report had detailed knowledge of both the events that led up to his death, and the death itself. It is also noticeable for the graphic and grisly nature of the prose

"A portion of his brains were in his hat, which had been blown some distance away"

"The ball entered the throat some little distance from the windpipe and lodged near the forehead"

The newspaper reports of the time were littered with articles similar to this. The cynical part of me thinks that it was a way of selling more newspapers but another part thinks that they also reinforced the norms of the time. Suicide was unlawful and the church took a hostile view of those persons who disposed of themselves in such a manner,

The article states that James "destroyed himself" in a "shocking case of suicide" "No reason can be assigned for this rash act.." Sympathy was in short supply!

James was buried at St Philips Church on 24th July 1869 age 19 years old. The burial record gives his name as THOMAS STOREY rather than the JAMES STOREY of the article.