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Ruskin Park’s Lost Streets Reappear after 40 Years


Today we marked out part of one side each of two of Ruskin Park’s lost streets. The outlines of houses and gennels have reappeared  as white lines on the grass of Ruskin Park above where they once stood. The lines of walls of Harworth St from number 8 to 58 and Elton St from 21 to 75 can once again be seen.

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Nine pupils and two teachers from Walkley Primary School helped Bill, Georgia, Mark and Peter to mark out Harworth St. First we surveyed the end points of the front and rear of the houses then measured to individual party and gennel walls to map the outlines of the individual houses using garden canes.

P1010145 2013-07-04 14.06.59 Chris and Peter from Sheffield City Parks then came along and marked out the outlines in white sport field liner paint.

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Come along to the Ruskin Park Fun Day, 1 – 5pm on Saturday 6th July to find out who lived in these houses and stories from some of the last residents of these streets. We will put displays, produced by Helen and Matt, in each house about who lived there. We will also have a display from Sarah on the community who once lived where Ruskin Park is today.

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About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

4 comments on “Ruskin Park’s Lost Streets Reappear after 40 Years

  1. Lynn Rishworth
    July 5, 2013

    Pah! Who needs a TARDIS?! We can time-travel using our on-board imaginations!

  2. Ben Wajdner
    July 5, 2013

    Excellent! Keep it up guys! Looking forward to more updates/written article.

  3. David Newton
    March 29, 2016

    Greetings. I used to live on Elton street at the corner shop. My mom and dad used to run it. We left in 1971 to go and live in South Africa. I went for a visit yesterday, easter Monday but couldn’t find the exact spot of the shop.

  4. Richard Newton
    December 30, 2016

    Yeah, it was number 2 owned by Jean and Brian Newton. They had a tortoise that people kept bringing back to the shop after it had got away!

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This entry was posted on July 4, 2013 by in 1960s 1970s Life, News, Slum Clearance.
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