HEELEY : THE ARTISAN VIEW

Just like our blessed future release from Lockdown, my exploration of Sheffield’s never-ending suburbs must be cautious and taken in short doses.

Having passed Heeley’s Antiques Quarter half a dozen times this year, today I took Mrs RM to view the culture and crumbling edifices of London Road/Artisan View, one of the better names for a bus stop.

Create Coffee Shop is the central point, a long queue of Heeley-ites snaking down the 61 awaiting their curried courgette soup (you didn’t think folk here had coffee, did you ?).

Luckily for them, I understand that being outside with your mates in a queue will finally be made legal in a month’s time when the PM announces his Road Map to Oblivion on Monday.

I can’t wait to put on several stone trying out London Road’s bhaji shops and bars, and then walking off 2 ounces on the stagger home.

There’s so much to admire here, intentionally or otherwise.

Look Mrs RM” I cried, “it’s that art thing I keep telling you about !”

But Mrs RM had fallen behind, and I had to take photos of pub called “Lion” while she caught up.

Elsewhere there’s shops that sell gold.

I think under “Click-and-Collect” rules you just bring a chisel and help yourself to some of the gold bar outside.

More ruins,

more rhyme,

more nostalgic ’70s games sold ironically in Hagglers Corner.

Is it already gentrified ? Will will know. He knows EVERYTHING.

16 thoughts on “HEELEY : THE ARTISAN VIEW

      1. I genuinely don’t know (sorry, Martin) and a quick search for other Gilmour pubs in Sheffield that still have original signs reveals no others with the same feature, and I think this is the only extant window of this type. It is noted in Camra’s Real Heritage Pubs of Sheffield, but not explained. “Ah well, too late now…” is as good an answer as any.

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      2. I’ve got a feeling that the window was broken some years ago and was repaired with the same mistake recreated. But there’s a fair chance that I made this up. Or did I dream it?

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  1. That curried courgette soup looks awfully good, I must say.

    Greatly enjoyed this blogpost, though it seems designed to prove to folks like me (who romanticize England perhaps a bit too much), that it’s not all thatched roofed cottages and cobblestoned streets. That “K R Autos” photo is possibly the grimmest sight I’ve seen on your blog!

    But, as always, I could easily find a sadder scene within a short drive of my own home. America seems to specialize in them! 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Mark, as apart from photos of pubs and derelict buildings and food I’ve not got a lot to see. I love the juxtaposition of trendy cafes, antiques markets, stained glass windows and graffiti you get here.

      KR Autos is probably a vegan hamster bar built last week.

      I’d like to see your sad scenes.

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  2. “Just like our blessed future release from Lockdown, my exploration of Sheffield’s never-ending suburbs must be cautious and taken in short doses.”

    With regards to the photo above, just what is the Whitel Ion Hotel? I know that Whitel a surname derived from white hill and ion has to do with physics like thingies so does that mean this is the UK’s version of the Hadron Collider? Or at least where the scientists of same stay after working hours? 😉

    Oh, and that would explain the ‘short doses’. 🙂

    “awaiting their curried courgette soup (you didn’t think folk here had coffee, did you ?).”

    Heaven forbid! But, can they eat it there or does it have to be taken straight home (I read you can’t stop to sit anywhere to eat apparently).

    “Luckily for them, I understand that being outside with your mates in a queue will finally be made legal in a month’s time”

    But only mates from ONE OTHER BLOODY HOUSEHOLD!

    “Look Mrs RM” I cried, “it’s that art thing I keep telling you about !”

    One man’s art is another man’s graffiti. 😉

    “and I had to take photos of pub called “Lion” while she caught up.”

    They got the spacing wrong between Whitel and Ion.

    “Elsewhere there’s shops that sell gold.”

    The best, bar none! 🙂

    “More ruins, … more rhyme”

    That’s starting to look like poetry right there. 🙂

    “more nostalgic ’70s games sold ironically in Hagglers Corner.”

    With the hospitals shut to all but Covid, that game could prove to be a life saver!

    Cheers

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    1. The graffiti on the art is even worse than the graffiti on the derelict buildings.

      As mentioned elsewhere, the lettering on that White Lion leaves something to be despaired. The pub is a cracker, as I expect we’ll rediscover later this year.

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