You can keep your mask on! Full Monty walk.

Linear walk from Bamforth street to Middlewood tram stop: Full Monty film locations and other Hillsborough sights.

From Bamforth tram stop walked down to Burton Street school. This is the school in the film that Gazโ€™s son attended.

From here headed down to Penistone road. Incident my past a stone on a garage forecourt next to New Barrack tavern which marks location of the Rose Inn which apparently played a role in the aftermath of 1864 flood. I suspect that itโ€™s role was that cellar used as mortuary.

Turned off Penistone Road by going through B&Q car park to Reagents flats. These flats are where Lomper and Guy are disturbed in bed and escape over the balcony (given height of even lowest balcony not sure that really possible).

From the flats crossed road to Borough Road and veered on to Park view road. Before turning down Burrowlee road to Burrowlee House. At the time Burrowlee House was built in 1711 by Thomas Streade the surrounding area was rural. Burrowlee house is grade 2 listed; it is the oldest house in Hillsborough and one of the first brick houses to be built in Sheffield.

Circuited to the back of Burrowlee house by walking to Pennstone Road then taking next right up Broughton Road. This road was named after Thomas Steadeโ€™s son Broughton.

Thomas Steade built another house in 1779 which is what is now Hillsborough library. He called his new house Hillsborough hall after his patron the Earl of Hillsborough. Ultimately the whole area became known as Hillsborough after the Hall.

Hillsborough Hall was inherited by Broughton from his Father. Various families owned it up until 1890 when the last owner of Dixon family died. There is a Road the other side of the park called Dixon Road after the Dixon family who had lives in the Hall. When Dixonโ€™s estate was split up and sold the hall and some surrounding land was sold to the Sheffield corporation.

In turn in 1889 Sheffield corporation sold the land that that Sheffield Wednesdayโ€™s ground which is now across from the park is built on. In 1902 when there was a football match a parachutist parachute ๐Ÿช‚ Edith Brooks was hired to entertain the crowns before the match. As Edith was doubled booked she instead sent her sister Maude. Sadly Maudeโ€™s parachute ๐Ÿช‚ malfunctioned and she died a few days after the jump. The place she landed is marked by an innocuous flat stone with no inscription in the park that must go unnoticed by most who use the park. Maude was burried in Liverpool.

We passed Hillsborough hall which is now the library and then went into the accompanying walled garden and admired the pretty dahlias. Upon exciting the other side of the walled garden we exited the park after working along the tree lined avenue. We crossed the toad on to Wadsley lane and proceed up until turning at the Green shop (recommend for Our Cow ๐Ÿฎ Molly ice cream ๐Ÿฆ and local bottled beers ๐Ÿป like Loxley and Bradfield breweries) into Marcliffe Road.

We turned off Marcliffe Road on to Vainer Road up to Wadsley church and then walked through the graveyard looking at graves. Including seeing down right hand side from the back of the church a grave adorned with a cricket ๐Ÿ bat of a critter who died in Victorian times at the time the cricket bat ๐Ÿ was not thought appropriate and the grave was damaged before being repaired.

Walking through the gravestones we came to a area of grass with no gravestones. However this area of grass actually has over 2,500 graves in it. There is just a lowly placed stone at one end of the grass which I have missed numerous times. It explains the graves are of men, women and children who died at the nearly asylum and because of the stigma of the asylum they were not burried with gravestones. The latest ones burried without a gravestone was 1947, thankfully as a society we have become more clued up about mental health.

We headed towards the asylum by exiting the churchyard on to Prescott Road then turning at the top of the road on to xxx.

We continued on Dykes Hall Road, passed Hillborough golf course then a dip in the road before coming to a path off from the road on the right. We followed a windy path down through the trees. At the bottom is a fossilised tree. We crossed the road into the park opposite. Then walked past the front of the asylum clock tower building which is very grand looking and has now been turned into apartments. We made our way to Middlewood tram stop. Passing a building that have SYA inscribed into the brickwork which I previously puzzled over what the letters stood for but now think it will be South Yorkshire Asylum. See Wonderwall360 instragram for photos of walk locations.

Sheffield year of reading: Fave book One Day

Apparently 2020 is Sheffield year if readung, so there is various events going on.

There is the chance to win ยฃ100 of book vouchers by writing on a postcard or e-mailing about favourite book. So that is worth having a crack at! What do you think of this as a first draft, how can I improve?

My favourite book

I think favourite is difficult to determine in terms of books. There are not many books that I reread. However, I have reread One Day; both times I read it, it reduced me to tears. It is rare books, make me cry so this book also counts as favourite in terms of impact on me. The second time I read it was when I lived in Edinburgh August 2018 because, the book starts in Rankeiler Street in Edinburgh. I retraced the character’s footsteps from Rankeiler Street; up Arthur’s Seat.

I love it so much that I wanted the author David Nicholas, to write a sequalae; then a fellow blogger said; why don’t I write sequalae. I do not feel I have a whole book in me; certainly not one as good as One Day. Therefore last summer starting on the one day in the book, I wrote a series of blog posts as a character in the book in 2019. Coincidently in the blog posts the character was living in Edinburgh over summer like I had done the year before. The posts did not really develop the story; it more picked up parts of the book, I had loved and also allowed me to revisit some of my Edinburgh experiences. For research purposes I bought the audio version which, really brought the humour out of the book. This is a book; that has made me laugh out loud and cry; I can not think of any other book I can say that about!

Further justification of this being my favourite book is that I have bought the audio book and three hard copies of the book. My first copy and acquaintance lost, so I rebought. Then last year there was a 19th anniversary edition with a new cover; so I bought that. If I see a copy in charity shop with an original cover on, I will buy again then donate one I have back to a charity shop because I want a copy in better condition; the copy I have got slightly bashed up when reading on Portabella beach in Edinburgh. I initially read it because, I heard a film was coming out so I wanted to read before film came out. The film did not ruin book; but then I believe the magnificent author David Nicholas, did help write the screen play.

In summary I believe this could be said to be my favourite book!

Sheffield elephants, Lincoln knights, Hull Moths and Manchester Bee Sculptures: where are they now?

I have enjoyed several art trials but where are sculptures now? Here are some I have refound in their new homes.

On I already have photos of some of sculptures seen and will be adding more. Tap on my sculpture highlight to see them.

Manchester Bees Where are they now?

Sheffield has a Manchester bee in Market. I have also seen one in Manchester park.

Hull moths where are they now?

Hull moths were in honour of aviator Amy Johnson. There was always one at Sheffield university Diamond building and it remains there as Amy attended the university.

Lincoln knights

Butchers in Scotter have a Knight.

Sheffield Elephants Where are they now?

There is one at Northern general hospital.

Artic Monkey Elephant is in the Winter gardens.

I believed the mini herd elephants were returned to the school who designed them.  Two were designed by groups based in Sheffield Hallam universiry; therefore they are in the reception of Sheffield Hallam City campus.

The Beat Goes On is on the roof at the back of the Great Gatesby.

Leffie is apparently in the fore court of Direct Cars.

Sheffield Summer is at High Storrs school.

Skeleton elephant is in an office in Stocksbridge.

I saw all the big and mini Sheffield elephants; but where are they now????

Sheffield culture Saturday 19th October

On this Saturday when neither Sheffield team played football (Wednesday played Friday and United are playing Monday); there was the last day of Beer Festival at Kelham Island and penultimate week of off the Shelf festival. Also on Fargate international food stalls.

I saw 4 crime author Off the Shelf events at the Millennium gallery.

1 afternoon, 7 authors (Off Shelf book festival crime afternoon)

The location 9f the Off the Shelf events allowed, me to view photos from September 28th photo marathon challenge on display in the Winter gardens. Entrants had 6 topics to take a photo to represent. The winning photos for each topic was seen enlarged with other entrants in a collage. It was very effective seeing the collage for each theme and I did not agree with all the winners. The winner of the rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ category was the winner I most agreed with (see Instragram Wonderwall360 for the image in question).

I also had a look at this Now and Then exhibition in the millennium gallery. There was a clock showing what clocks would look like if days decided into units of 10 rather than hours of 60minutes each. There were 4 pairs of photos; showing the same vantage point of Sheffield from different ages. The only pity was that there was so few of these pairs of photos and not much else in exhibition. There was a light and disco ball installation; which was pretty and fun for kids; but not sure what it was trying to convey.

September 2019 Summary


The man who did not call by Rosie Walsh – First part very intriguing thriller type of hat happened to him. Last third Ish of book know why did not call and it deals with aftermath.

Awful Auntie

Awful Auntie by David Walliams


All I know about love.

All I know about love by Dolly Alderton


The Hornbeam tree

The Hornbeam Tree (spoiler free review)


Penguin modern 05: Three Japanese short stories. All three stories did not have a dramatic climax. It was the middle of the stories in the book that engaged me Closet LLB by Uno Koju translates by Jay Rubin. It was about a lazy man’s law student days (although he actually wanted to study literature) and early post graduate times.

Carries War by Nina Bowden. Like that set during war but not much about the war. The war just provides background in that Carrie is evacuated as a child during war, but other than that war is not of relevance to her. The book has her coming back to where she was evacuated as an adult.


Reasons to stay alive

Reasons to Alive Theatre Review


No brand new clothes

Oxfam had a campaign to not buy brand new clothes in Sept. I did not buy any new clothes for myself in September. I did buy Lucy Locket leggings as Christmas presents for Mum, sister and niece. I got new to me clothes though from clothes swap at Union Street cafe in Sheffield. I had a good sort out and took whole suitcase. I brought back one long black top with sequins, animal print top, white and blue dress and a pale grey dress with polka dots that was handmade. The next of these swaps is 30th November.

Heritage and Castlegate Festival

Final weekend of Heritage week and Castlegate festival

Henry Byers Stables for horses ๐Ÿด , Lizzie elephant ๐Ÿ˜ and Camels ๐Ÿซ in Sheffield (Heritage / Castlegate festival)

Sheffield Heritage Week and Castlegate Festival

Limestone weekend

Post Limestone Way Multi Day Walk Weekend Pampering

Final weekend of Heritage week and Castlegate festival

Saturday morning I did a tour of Crookesmoor drains. Followed an old tram route, so could see remains of that in pavement; cut off electric poles and grates of electric boxes. Saw ironmongery from Victorian times. Also from Victorian times, the metal grates marking first home phones in Sheffield at end of 19th century, close to Victorian sewage lamp (looks better than sounds) and VR post box.

The afternoon of this sunny Saturday was spent in Victoria Quays which was focus that day of Castlegate festival. There was music, stalks and boats to look at as generally enjoyed fabulous sun next to water.

Sunday rain returned. I explored Manor lodge where Queen Mary was once imprisoned. Much of it is in ruins but the turret house has been preserved. In turret house enjoyed spending time with an actress playing Bess Hardcastle. The Manor was owned by her last husband. Bess built the original Chatsworth (which was knocked down and rebuilt by her grandson) and Hardwick Hall that remains. She lived to an incredible age for the time of 81 years old and therefore influenced history of area around Sheffield and it was good to learn more about her.

Henry Byers Stables for horses ๐Ÿด , Lizzie elephant ๐Ÿ˜ and Camels ๐Ÿซ in Sheffield (Heritage / Castlegate festival)

Feel particularly privileged to see this building as part of heritage week, as it is currently being transformed into apartments so this was last time public will see it in this state. Part my be turned into bar / restaurant so may be back again!

Henry Byer’s stables is an orange building next to Lady’s bridge in the Castlegate area of Sheffield. The front building is already shops / apartments and was originally flats and offices. The distinctive orange bricks give building Belgium flavour but, we found some of the bricks in the building which were made in nearby Huddersfield.

The tour went in the back bit which was built in 1899 by Henry Byer’s for horses. Byers was a race horse trainer. He also had a contract with the railways to provide horses for them. The railways used horses to transport goods etc out or into the stations. As 19th century turned to 20th century horses were used less and less. The 2nd world war triggered major move away from use of horses in this way because so many people learnt to drive during the war and could be drivers to take goods to and from stations. The building is near where Sheffield’s Victoria station used to be hence the railway arches leading up to the Victoria holiday express and by Victoria Quays. As urban land was expensive, to use less land the building was built up rather than far reaching, with ramps between floors to get animals up. Now most cities are left with multi store car parks that echos ramps of former stables. Sheffield may be last place with these stables as another one near Camden Lock’s burnt down about six years ago. Therefore Sheffield’s is a grade 2 listed building and some of ramps will be preserved.

As the building was originally for horses the windows are high up on floors 2 and 3; at head height for horses. There is impressive ceiling height. The ceiling height however, will be lost when the building becomes apartments as the floor will be raised with electrics etc… under the floor and therefore the windows will be a suitable position for people to look out. The windows could not be moved as this is a grade 2 listed building.

The top floor used to be a hay loft. It feels like a barn conversion with the exposed rafters. There is likely to be two apartments up there, both benefiting from the addition of veluxes and one having a fantastic large arch window.

On the tour we learnt how during World War One horses were required for war work. Therefore to keep businesses going, animals from circuses who were struggling to survive due to war time austerity, weee employed. Thomas Ward, who collected scrap metal to be reused by steel works recruited Lizzie the elephant and she was stabbed in the Henry Byer’s stables. . Lizzie was inspiration for the 2016 Sheffield elephant trail. Less well known is that another business (which a lady on your knew), recruited two camels. I think they would be good inspiration for a future Sheffield trial!

Between wars the building became a Batchlors factory that made mushy peas, from peas bought in from Lincolnshire farms by the railway. In late 1930s it became a furniture shop; Hancock and Lants and remained as such for decades until the recent spell of building being unused.

Another animal that has resided in the building are dogs. Originally the basements was used as a dog home. From this part of s building we could see out to Lady’s bridge and the river Don. Potentially this area will become seating for a bar; I can imagine sitting there in the sun (like it was today), with a beer in hand. From the basement could see out to the Tap and Barrel pub; which has apparently been bought by the organisers of Peddlers market. Additionally we were told the old gents toilets over the next bridge along to Lady’s bridge, is to to be turned into a bar called Two Rivers as it is above where River Sheaf meets the River Don. We also learnt that the roadworks around the building is to pedestrianise opposite of river to the stable and also add planting similar to that around neighbouring cities buildings. The plants will help prevent flooding. Additionally I think they will improve look of area and bring more people into Castlegate and Victoria Quay’s. Potentially as in other cities the Quays may become vibrant area for night life; with a more aesthetically pleasing route to the city than trudging round the market area which felt dark inhospitable at night. As part of the Heritage week, the Old Town hall opposite Wikos has a tour tomorrow, there are tours of grain stores in the Quays (in addition to open days throughout city). During day Saturday, Victoria Quays will be focus of Castlegate festival.

Collage shows few photos from the tour; there is more on Wonderwall360 instragram.

Sheffield Heritage Week and Castlegate Festival

Never been to another Sheffield but Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK is pretty awesome.

It is Herritage week this week so lots of buildings open. It is also Castlegate festival and Sheffield walking festival.

I was on Fargate Saturday, sun is shining and there was a great buzz. Punk ipa have stall on Fargate and are giving vouchers for free beer. Sheffield United were so amongst chilled out crowds in sun on Fargate there were supporters in Sheffield United shirts walking to sound of various buskers. Ultimately Sheffield United list 1-0 to visitors Southampton.

Saturday, I had a look in Montgomery theatre, Cathedral then went down to Paradise square and 3 tuns pub.. I had Henderson goat cheese pizzas at Wig and Pen in Paradise square.

On Sunday, I went to the site where there was a Norman castle. In the 1920s, castle market was built on the site. Castle market, has now been pulled down with the creation of the new Moor market. Only a small piece of castle can be seen by going down some stairs. It was also fascinating, seeing the surrounding buildings from a different perspective.

I then travelled by tram to Hillsborough for a walking tour around Hillsborough Park. Hillsborough is the home of Sheffield Wednesday. Wednesday secured a 2-9 victory away at Huddersfield, just before the tour started.

I learnt how originally the park was the grounds of Hillsborough house. Hillsborough house, is the building that is now the library in the park. It was built by Thomas Steade in 1779. Steade named his house Hillsborough after his patron Will Hills who at the time was Earl of Hillsborough in Ireland. At the time the area around the house was fields, later when more housing was built the area took it’s name from the house. Apparently several streets in the area that became known as Hillsborough were named after inhabitants of Hillsborough house. Including Broughton road named after Thomas Steade’s son and Dixon Road after a later inhabitant.

In time grounds of Hillsborough house became Sheffield Wednesday’s ground and the park. We were showed photographs of hand stand in Hillsborough Park and where it stood (could see faint outline).

We were also shown a stone that marked spot where an entertainer for neighbouring, football ground; Edith Brooks died when she jumped from a hot air ballon and her parachute failed to open.

I have shared photos of my weekend adventures on Instragram Wonderwall360.

Heritage week is a national event, but Sheffield is one of the cities that does the most for heritage week; according to this article.

Check out the heritage website, to see events happening the coming week and weekend. I would say to make the brochure / website even better it would be good if could have events ordered in date order as well as alphabetically. Also as I found it was not clear had to be at General post office at a specific time. Still over next week well worth trying to see some of the heritage events as there is some fascinating places in Sheffield.

Have you been to Sheffield?

I live in Sheffield South Yorkshire. It is not the only Sheffield? Have you been or do you live in any of the others? Or has your town got a Sheffield Road?

In England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ there is another Sheffield in Cornwall.

There is a Sheffield in New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ (Canterbury), Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (New Brunswick) and Jamaica ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ (Westmoreland).

There is 14 Sheffield’s in the USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ.

Places called Sheffield in America.

Sheffield – Virginia – America
Sheffield – Vermont – America
Sheffield – Texas – America
Sheffield – South Dakota – America
Sheffield – South Carolina – America
Sheffield – Pennsylvania – America
Sheffield – Ohio – America
Sheffield – North Carolina – America
Sheffield – Montana – America
Sheffield – Michigan – America
Sheffield – Massachusetts – America
Sheffield – Iowa – America
Sheffield – Illinois – America
Sheffield – Alabama – America