Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Another scorcher in Sheffield today, and walking home I saw many convertible cars. This one was the best by far though. This gentleman was just driving off as I noticed it and so didn't get the chance to find out what type it is, so if you know please comment.
Friday, 26 June 2009
Regardless of what has really happened (or not) with regards to allegations made towards him, there's no doubt that he was one of the world's greatest musicians, a legend. I doubt if there will be anyone that will literally be as much of a 'superstar' as Michael Jackson was.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Just along side Decathlon Sport on Eyre Street I looked up at the City Walk Apartments on Sylvester Street and saw this mannequin/statue.
It was quite a dismal morning, first thing, so the gold of this 'man' really stood out (as you can see in this pic, left).
There is some art studio/gallery space across the road (www.sylvesterspace.com), so I wondered if it was something to do with that, or was just a nice 'find' that someone has stuck outside?
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
As I came round the corner I noticed the Cole Brothers (John Lewis) car park and thought I'd try and get to the top and take some shots. I went to the top but the walls are too high up there, so i dropped down a level.
I thought I'd have a play with this 'tilt-shift' effect as when I've seen it before I've always thought it looked great. With all the re-generation that's going to be happening around there I thought I'd try and make it look a bit like an architect's model.
You can see the original here (left), notice the fantastic red stone front buildings running down to St Paul's Place, you don't get many more of this style in Sheffield. I can't find any quick info on the history of these buildings, so please do comment if you know anything, I will update if/when i find out anything.
UPDATE: I've just noticed, on viewing the published post, that the building in the front-left of the photo is the Salvation Army building from yesterday's post. You can see the turret style tops to the wall. In fact it's almost an unintentional complete reversal of the previous post :)
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Many stories have been circulated about it's future use, main one being as a Buffalo Joe's restaurant, but it now seems to have been settled that it's in Sheffield's plans to further develop the surrounding area as a 'retail quarter'. A selection of minutes from a council meeting can be seen here.
I used to work very close to this building and have seen it slowly deteriorate, I'm glad it will eventually be saved as it's a marvellous looking building from all sides.
Monday, 22 June 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Most of it (the later additions from the 40s and the 70s) has now been torn down, since it's closure in 2001, to make way for new University development. Below are two more images, the first is round the back as seen from Gell Street, the other is the patch of land left since the destruction.
The hospital was named after Thomas Jessop, a wealthy local steelworks-owner, who funded the £26,000 it cost to build the hospital. It was opened in 1878 to replace the old Sheffield Hospital for Women (which only had 9 beds).
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
This corner has been home to the same entrance way since 1914, it's only behind it that's changed recently. Cinematreasures.org reads:
The Lansdowne Picture Palace was designed by architect Walter Gerard Buck of Campo Lane, Sheffield. It stands at the junction of London Road and Boston Street and opened on 18th December 1914. Brick built, it had a marble terracotta facade in white and green with a Chinese pagoda style entrance with arched windows on the side elevation.It served as a 'Picture Palace' until the air raids in 1940 when it closed abruptly. It's next use was as a Marks and Spencer's store after the City Centre branch was destroyed during the blitz. In 1950 it became the Locarno Ball Room. After that it stayed as a dancing venue, next as Tiffany's Night Club followed by The Palais, The Music Factory, Club Generation and then finally ending it's dancing days as Bed (on Citysnapper.org a photo can be seen in it's state after Bed closed).
The auditorium/club has now been flattened to make way for student accomodation and shops but the entrance has been restored to it's former glory and been put to use as the entrance to the 'Sainsbury's Local' supermarket.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
Anyway, today was just heavy rain and few rumbles of thunder, but I had walked to work in shorts! As I was at work during the worst of it, I didn't get any pics, (and then got a lift home) so took some pics when i got home.
Unfortunately I missed a brilliant sunset that would have been a perfect contrast to such a wet day.
Friday, 12 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
Sunday, 7 June 2009
dropped by SDP at 11:00
Friday, 5 June 2009
There was a sign in the window that said the following about this particular bus:
This is a Roe bodied Leyland PD3 and was delivered to the Sheffield Transport Department in 1959, this vehicle mainly working on city suburban routes.The buses were owned and maintained by the South Yorkshire Preservation Group, they keep the group going by donating money from their wages every week and hiring out the vehicles for weddings, day trips etc.
Thursday, 4 June 2009
The results will be made even more interesting after last night's news of the resignation of James Purnell, one of the leading members of cabinet, following the walk-out of two other cabinet ministers earlier this week. Mr Purnell has also called for the resignation of the PM himself, to try and stop the impending Labour Party defeat in the elections.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
My Dad used to drink Ward's Best Bitter in cans and in the pub when I was a youth, and I used to skateboard in the Safeway Supermarket car park that was shadowed by the (Ward's) Sheaf Brewery on Ecclesall Rd. I still miss the smell of malt in the air when I walk passed, although not everyone shares my fondness of that memory.
Ward's is still available from the Maxim Brewery (who operate out of Robinson's, Stockport) who make it to the same recipe and to the same methods, but surely without 'Sheaf' water it will never be the same.
The brewery land and buildings were sold to developers who used them to build apartments. Many of them still lay vacant, but even more annoying is the fact that the money made from the sale of the brewery was less than the bid made to save the brewery that was loved by so many.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
The Wolf website outlines their existence on the Saxon Road site.
The factory is normally closed when I walk past (morning and evening) and so I've never seen any goings on, although this morning I did catch a glimpse inside and it seems massive, a real 'tardis'.
The Wolf Safety Lamp Company was established in Leeds in the 1880's as a distributor for a German mining lamp manufacturer. In 1913 the Leeds company was bought and moved to South Yorkshire where it began to develop safety lamps more suited to British methods and regulations of mining and quarrying.
The company was incorporated in 1916 and in 1934 moved to the larger Saxon Road Works, where it is still sited today. Throughout the following decade many new developments were carried out in order to meet new safety regulations and demands for better lighting, the most significant was the development and the introduction of compressed air operated lamps. These are still manufactured today, though much improved due to modern light source and control technology.
Monday, 1 June 2009
I did walk past later as all the kids were playing and the non-kids were lounging, but I just preferred the view in the morning. Even though I walk passed it everyday when it's not busy, it just seemed even more peaceful this morning, knowing how hectic it would be later on.