Late Night Tales

“Cherish the hope that Sheffielders of the twenty-first century will be interested in noting what Sheffield was like.”

Arthur Davy’s premises at 38 Fargate were built in 1881-1882 and seen in 1888. It is now WH Smiths. The horse drawn bus outside Davy’s is the Spring Vale bus bound for Walkley. Image: Picture Sheffield

“Why should we not try to secure a series of ‘Old Sheffield’ before the town is completely modernised and place these views where they will be treasured by future generations. One of the greatest mistakes we are apt to make is to forget that what is commonplace and familiar to us, may be regarded with great interest by our children and grandchildren. The life of even the oldest of us is but a page, nay, even as a sentence in the book which records the history of out town, and we at may least cherish the hope that Sheffielders of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will be as interested in noting what Sheffield was like in the early days of its corporate life.”

Words from Robert Eadon Leader in the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent. October 1, 1892.

And for him, and others, we should be extremely grateful for Sheffield City Archives and Local Studies Library and Picture Sheffield.