Tuesday 16 April 2024

Mysteries Manifesting At Millsands (2)

Mystery History?

fbb was stoutly upbraided by No 3 son for not telling readers, at the start of yesterday's blog, that he was writing about Sheffield. So now you know.

There are road name boards at the southern (city) end of the road, but the northern access is anonymous.

The best way to grasp what Millsands was is to look from Lady's Bridge upstream on the River Don.
It was an area of heavy industry, mainly steel works and fabrication companies. The road, back then, was little more than a lane leading to various yards. It led nowhere else. Over the years the grimy works ...
... were replaced by warehouse operations and by 1992 some areas were already being cleared completely.
The former "road", Millsands, ran up the middle of the site. 

Only one building of the original industrial area still stands. Note that it is historically ...
... Tennants Exchange Brewery. The Lady's Bridge Pub is named after its neighbour, the road bridge across the River Don.
The old brewery part of Millsands is officially preserved, but the pub no longer sells beer. It is simply offices. Note the two magnificent entrances to the yards still remain ...
... although the pleasing odour of hops no longer spreads temptingly across Sheffield's still evening air!
Latterly, Tennants was taken over by Whitbread. Basically only the former pub and the frontage remain.

On the river side of the brewery we can see the distinctive feature or Lady's Bridge weir. Clearly this was built to ensure a good head of water for industrial use ...  
... but it dates back further than the upsurge of heavy industry at Millsands.
It provided a head of water for the Mill at Millsands!
In the above undated plan, see the goyt running from the top of the weir (upper right) to the millpond; with the outline of the mill on the upper edge. None of this survived industrialisation when the weir was probably raised higher and strengthened.

Confession Time!
fbb remains reasonably knowledgeable about the geography of his former home city where he dwelt for over twenty years; and there aren't many areas that he has not visited. But, shame of all shame, he never wandered along Millsands. What is worse he did not know such a road existed, although he must have walked along Bridge Street many many times!

It was the start of the new SC2 free city centre bus route that alerted the old man to the news that something had happened in the dark and dismals corners that formerly surrounded the bright lights of the city centre.

Not only was there a completely new Millsands, but it now has its own dedicated bus route every 20 minutes seven days a week.
And the map show that the buses run via Millsands itself!
This white bus from the former Sheffield Connect fleet was shot by Sheffield correspondent Roy ...
... at the northern of the two stops. It was on a staff training run. Roy also sent a picture of the departure list information at the stop and fbb was in for a shock!
There was the SC2 at the bottom of the display and above it what appeared to be two departure lists for route 83.

So there is a bit more about buses at Millsands than at first meets the eagle (but slightly dodgy) eye of the fat bus bloke.

What's going on?

More tomorrow; but a P.S. The brewery has been there a long tome. Here an engraving view over Lady's Bridge complete with horse tram and an over-industrialised panorama of the city centre!
It was never as grim as that, surely?

Equipped with his "Tablet", fbb has been enjoying much more bed time reading watching. As well as excellent blogs ... 
... there is so much stuff on YouTube that is good and fascinating. It is much more relaxing than trying to read in bed with a magnifying glass.

fbb does keep an eye on Sam"s Trains ...
... where Sam Turner reviews models that he has bought with his own money. That does make his reviews genuinely independent - which is good. They can be a bit repetitive - which is less good.

But recently fbb came across a spoof review which began, like Sam's with a whirling wheel ...
... and a very good impression of Sam himself from the YouTuber's 12 year old daughter.
It was she who fbb quoted recently as making animals out of OO tank wagons.

Anyway, they were reviewing, in the style of Sam's Trains,  a gift that they had received.
It came fron a chum, Scott ...
... more specifically his nan, also illustrated on the video.
So they named their gifted knitted locomotive ...

.... wait for it ...
A delightfully dotty video, proving that railway modellers are not 100% "anoraks" and do have a sense of humour.


A virtual chocolate peanut is virtually on its way to Shedmouth Junction!

Puzzle Picture
What and where?

 Next Millsands blog : Wednesday 18th April 


  1. Stockwell bus garage.

  2. ditto - a print of which adorns the backwall of my diorama