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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.
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In this photo are Harry and his wife Elenor, the photo could have been taken in the late 30s early 40s.
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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.
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About Bill Bevan

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

One comment on “Bolehill Road Tobacconist

  1. john wilson
    November 22, 2015

    john Wilson of Rangeley road no your carrol and Christine now living in chesterfield been out with family trying to find out when bole hill road was layed only I seem to remember it as a cart track?upto buses starting using it.

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