The following report is from the Sheffield Telegraph dated 21st July 1946. I remember a tool shop at the corner of Bailey Lane and Broad Lane, just below what is now Fagin's. I think it was this shop that William was referring to. But like many other buildings in Sheffield that have historical and social significance  - "I believe it to be the oldest tool-shop in Sheffield" it was demolished  

In 1841 business was conducted on the premises by the delightfully named John Binge

Sheffield and Rotherham Directory 1841 John Binge 47 Broad Lane

The previous owner of the business


Name: James Fieldsend
Age in 1911: 58 Estimated birth year: abt 1853
Relation to Head: Head Gender: Male
Birth Place: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Civil Parish: Ecclesall County/Island: Yorkshire-West Riding Country: England
Street address: 212 Ecclesall Rd Sheffield
Marital Status: Single Occupation: Pawnbroker
Registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow Registration District Number: 509 Sub-registration district: Broomhall ED, institution, or vessel: 13 Piece: 27843
Household Members: Name Age James Fieldsend 58 Clarissa Pawson 65 Hannah Fieldsend 60 Florence Pawson 42

In July 2015 I received the following e-mail from a descendent of William's

"William Turner is my great uncle. Iíve attached a receipt which you may find of interest. These items were bought by my grandmother (Williamís sister) for my motherís forthcoming wedding. William Turner was my motherís uncle and gave her away at her wedding in Connahís Quay, Flintshire."

This is a copy of the receipt which was attached - a marvelous piece of history

Receipt courtesy of Steve Smithson

And in January 2016 I received this marvelous information from the same source

"I see you would like more information about William Turner.

This branch of the Turner's hail from the Snettisham area of Norfolk. William's father Richard was a blacksmith from Kings Lynn who arrived in Sheffield some time before 1871 with his wife Elizabeth (nee Sewards). Subsequent census from 1871 to 1891 show him continuing his trade of blacksmith in Attercliffe. Before his death in 1898 he and Elizabeth had produced 12 children.

William was born on 13 Dec 1877 at Carbrook and the census from 1891 to 1911 show him in the pawn broking trade rising from Pawnbrokers Assistant to Pawnbrokers Manager. His younger brother Richard was also in the trade. William died on 21 April 1962." 

If anyone can supply me with any further information on William and his family, please contact me

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