The Ritz Cinema was a beautiful art deco building, it was classed as the poshest picture house in Barnsley. I used to love to go
there, the commissionaires were resplendent in their uniforms, always ready to guide picture goers to where they wanted to be.
It was a rare treat to go into the "circle" because it was more expensive. When I was eighteen I was pulled up by one these uniformed men, they questioned my age, saying that I was too young to see a particular film, I was so embarrassed. I was allowed in, I wouldn't mind now being told that I am too young to see a film. It was such a shame when the Ritz closed down and was eventually demolished, another landmark of Barnsley gone.
Pinfold Steps, adjoining Westgate and Shambles Street, Barnsley. I used to love playing on these steps with my cousins, Jack and Tony. I got many a spell in my backside sliding down the "bannister", I never learned. To the top right of this photo, there were still a few folds (pens) for the sheep, which were ready to go to Market, they were a bit dilapilated by the time I was a child, but very interesting. Another old "gem" of Barnsley, gone. On the left of the photo there were a couple of houses, one of which, my friend's grandma lived, I can remember seeing washing hanging out on the clothes line, no tumble dryers in those days.
I am trying to remember who owned the the warehouse on the top left of this photo.
I would love to know what "Joy Week" was, I have seen it mentioned in the Barnsley Chronicle recently, it was in the section, "What happened in Barnsley 75 years ago".
Below, The Odeon Cinema, it was orginally called The Empire, Eldon Street, Barnsley
I think this photograph was taken on Cheapside, if anyone thinks I am wrong please will you let me know. The caption on the
photo says General Booth saying farewell to the Mayor of Barnsley.
This is a very old photo as you will see from the date, it is a mascot to the Barnsley F.C 1909/10. I wonder what became of it.
The photograph below is the Ebenezar Church, Sheffield Road, Barnsley. A colleague of mine was married there in 1959,
shortly afterwards, the church was demolished. It was situated on the junction between Sheffield Road and Doncaster Road.
Wombwell High Street.