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Beighton Street, Sheffield 9

Published: June 7, 2005    Last modified: November 14, 2016

Beighton Street (now demolished), Darnall, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Date: 2005-06-05

I have many memories of this street of terraced houses. Though the houses were small with the ubiquitous outside toilet, they also boasted some wonderful additions. My grandparents Wilfred JACKLIN 1896-1967 and Ivy JACKLIN (née Ivy DIXON 1901-1983)'s house had a bath fitted in the kitchen which meant bath nights needed to be highly organised. When not in use the bath became a kitchen worktop. I presume they opted to keep a second bedroom and not convert it to a bathroom as was the norm when grants became available to provide indoor toilet and bathing facilities.

Being a cul-de-sac, Beighton street was free from passing vehicles, though of course very few of the working class had motor vehicles in the fifties. What Beighton street did have was the railway, the railway embankment closing off one end of the street from the rest of the world. In the photograph above, 23 Beighton Street was approximately left of the red traffic cone. This photograph is taken from the point where Beighton Street joined Handsworth Road.

High Hazels Park, Sheffield: Revisited

Published: June 7, 2005    Last modified: February 12, 2017

High Hazels House (now a clubhouse for Tinsley Golf Club)
High Hazels Park
Handsworth, Sheffield, Yorkshire

A few weeks ago in this post I wrote about High Hazels Park and how the allotments I remember from my childhood were still in use. Well yesterday after visiting Handsworth Cemetery we parked on Senior Road at the bottom of High Hazels Park and took a brief tour of the park.

Considering this is an inner city area the park seemed to be well cared for, and many golfers seemed to be taking advantage of the golf course at the very top of the park. From this vantage point there is a wonderful view across the reclaimed open cast mine workings towards Catcliffe and Treeton.

We then went in search of the allotments. What a shock! When we saw the 'barricades' both sides of the access track we said in unison "It's just like Russia!". Irina though born in Kazakhstan lived in Russia and is a Russian national; I have travelled through Russia several times.

The Russian equivalent to the British allotment is the 'dacha'. This can be anything from a large country house to a small shed; the key feature being not the building, rather the land on which the dacha stands. This is used to grow produce in the relatively short spring and summer. Some of the produce is used immediately but a lot is preserved ready for use during the long harsh winter. Most of the dachas are located outside of the populated areas and so are prone to vandalism and theft. The Russians protect their dachas with any materials to hand, though I doubt I have seen anything as heavily fortified as the allotments at High Hazels!

As a child I remember how friendly the allotment holders were. Though I suspect there was some small amount of theft, fences and hedges were only there to provide a demarcation line between plots. These barricades take demarcation to another level.

I feel sure the building (behind the fortified gates) in this photograph was used as an office and shop: here one could order seeds and loan tools. Somewhere in my archives I have a group photograph of allotment holders circa 1936, it features my grandfather Wilfred JACKLIN 1896-1967 and others; once located I will post it for comparison.

High Hazels Allotments
Handsworth, Sheffield, Yorkshire

Updates:
2007-03-10 On this occasion my memory proved to be less than useful. Now I am not sure if the building shown in the photograph of 'High Hazels Shelter - Members Outing' is the shelter or a building they were visiting.

I still believe the building shown in the photograph is what remains of the office and shop. Perhaps a visitor to this site can provide the answer.

Handsworth Cemetery, Sheffield

Published: June 6, 2005    Last modified: November 11, 2016

Due to the rather unpredictable weather, we decided, on the spur of the moment, to visit Handsworth Cemetery, Sheffield, in order to locate the graves of Daniel JACKLIN 1862-1953 and Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN) 1858-1949.

Finding the cemetery was an achievment in itself. Trying to navigate and search for a cemetery even through Sunday traffic, meant a few wasted trips up and down the busy Handsworth Road. That is until I realised the entrance is off Orgreave Lane.

The only clue I had to the location of the grave was the grave number. The Sheffield City Council website appears to be down so I could not get a plan in advance. There was a basic plan at the entrance to the cemetery and it was easy enough to find the correct section. It would appear the lower side of the cemetery has been 're-organised', by which I mean the headstones appear to have been made safe, re-aligned and any superfluous masonary removed. I checked the section several times and re-checked the cemetery plan several times, but all to no avail. A JACKLIN headstone could not be found. I will try and obtain more information, then I will return and try again.

The top side of the cemetery is in a very sorry state with a high percentage of headstones being laid flat for safety reasons; take this to mean Sheffield City Council's lack of commitment as the custodians of our heritage.

Notes:

  1. A rather ironic title from the Health and Safety Executive: Live issues - message regarding safety of cemetary (sic) memorials - FAQs
  2. Sheffield City Council: Survey of Cemetery Memorials

I wonder how many people died tripping, slipping or falling due to uneven pavements...

2015-03-30 Both of these links are now redundant.

Updates:
2015-03-30

Sheffield City Council: Cemetery Opening Times.
Sheffield City Council: Cemetery Plans.
Sheffield City Council: Plan of Handsworth Cemetery (Download a Microsoft Word document).

Sheffield: Handsworth and Darnall

Published: June 1, 2005    Last modified: February 4, 2017
Beighton Street, Darnall, Sheffield, Yorkshire 2005

2005/06/05 - Beighton Street, Darnall, Sheffield, Yorkshire

Following on from my detour through Aston-cum-Aughton I decided I may as well complete the trip down memory lane and follow the road towards Handsworth, Sheffield. The road from Swallownest through Fence (I don't remember a sign announcing 'Fence' when I travelled this road as a teenager) and Woodhouse Mill and up towards Handsworth has not changed a great deal, a few more crude housing developments far more parked cars and a far busier road. I of course can remember the trams running to Handsworth terminus and once at the terminus passengers having to tilt the back rests in the opposite direction ready for the return journey.

As we travelled through Handsworth a depressingly familiar inner city environment enveloped us: the result of inept planning, lack of vision and sheer neglect. As we proceeded towards Darnall the neglect became even more apparent.

Circa 1980 my grandmother Ivy JACKLIN (née Ivy DIXON) 1901-1983 was forced to relocate to a local authority flat on an awful development amongst the myriad of awful developments that is 'new' Handsworth. This was brought about when the local authority decided to demolish the terraced houses on Beighton Street and Langley Street. No doubt the local authority had 'grand designs' for the area but I recall that after the houses were finally demolished, the cobbled streets were gradually reclaimed by escaped vegetation, as saplings fought for the open skies. But my most lasting memory is that of the street lights: many years after the houses were torn down the street lights, for whatever reason had avoided demolition and were somewhat eerily still providing light. One can only assume the authorities were obliged to light up the way in order that the ghosts of Beighton Street and Langley Street should have safe passage across the newly created wastelands of Darnall.

It is now 2005 and the area is still to be redeveloped. The loss of community is so overwhelming, I could not muster enough enthusiasm to photograph the dereliction. Maybe next time. As we drove on it became apparent the only real change was the road junction at Darnall; it is wider, grander, more pervasive, but most of all, as congested as ever. The planners have an awful lot to answer for.

Updates:
2015-03-24 Google Earth is still showing Beighton Street and Langley Street as a 'wasteland' though descending to Google Street View it becomes apparent that part of the area has finally been redeveloped. What was Beighton Street is now the location for the 'Darnall Primary Care Centre'.

Darnall Primary Care Centre opened on 26th November 2012 to replace the previous outdated health centre and provides a range of medical services, including GP and nursing services, minor surgical procedures, community therapies and a pharmacy. It also provides accommodation for Darnall Wellbeing and acts as a hub for the local community.

So almost 32 years after my grandmother was forced to relocate, part of the site has finally been redeveloped. How happy she would have been to have spent the last few years of life in her small terraced house on Beighton Street, in the community she knew, rather than on the bleak and forlorn development at Handsworth.