Bolehill Road Tobacconist
David Lewis has kindly sent these two photographs of his grandfather’s tobacconists on Bole Hill Road.
My grandad Harry P Lewis was a football referee in the early 1900s who went on to manage Hull, Barnsley and Rotherham football clubs. Harry was also the manager who brought Ernest Blenkinsop to Sheffield Wednesday and had his England caps on display in the shop window for a short time before returning them to Blenkinsop.
Harry retired from football management in the 1930s and moved to a tobacconists shop at 124 Bole Hill Road in a block of 5 terraced house, where these pictures are taken, now demolished. Four houses occupy the site, a little west of Bole Hill Road School on the opposite side. I was born there in 1953 and went to Bole Hill School, Hr Hughes was the head at that time.
In this photo are Harry and his wife Elenor, the photo could have been taken in the late 30s early 40s.
This photo is of my sister Christine in her pram taken 1945 ish outside the shop. You can see some of the products in the window – Aspirin, Brasso, Coleman’s Mustard, Harpic and Torox beef drink cubes. Does anyone know what Torox was?
If you look high up in the shop window you can see the reflection of the houses on top of the Bole Hills on Moorsyde Avenue. These have since been demolished and replaced with the council houses.