Friday, April 08, 2016

The Walkley Hoard

I have just bought another batch of old negatives dating back to the 1940s and 50s. All I know is that many of the photographs were taken in and around the Walkley district of Sheffield - an area I know all too well as I lived there myself for many years and my son lives there now. This first scan can't be Walkley - the hills of Walkley would make any canal and engineering impossibility. It could be the South Yorkshire Navigation, but if it is I don't recognise the stretch which appears to be far too rural. Wherever it is, it is a fine old image and a splendid start to my exploration of the Walkley Hoard.


  1. Well, there's only one way to find out. You'll have to walk the entire 43 miles and 27 locks of the South Yorkshire Navigation, camera in hand. However, first you'll have to plot every hostelry along the route. Once complete, you can write a book on two subjects at once - you could call it Burnett's Walks, and Staggers.

  2. How fab to have a bunch of old negs about a place you know well. When do they date from do you think? Are they glass?


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