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A reader writes in apparently furious after this page referred to Oughty Bridge Railway Station in Thursday’s Diary.

“I really get annoyed when I see place names in Sheffield spelt so glaringly wrong as on your page today,” he writes. “‘Oughty Bridge”!

“Is it because most of The Star’s staff are not from Sheffield and haven’t a clue on the area’s place names?

“My advice to the out-of -towners is to learn about an area, and learn how to spell place names,”

It’s good advice.

But it’s advice our correspondent – who we won’t name for fear of embarrassing him – should take himself.

Because the railway station close to Oughtibridge is indeed called Oughty Bridge – as shown in the picture or, indeed, as proven in historic copies of The Star or in the archives of British Rail.

Why it took the name is unclear.

Probably, it seems, because British Rail misspelled the area’s name when they first opened the station – and it stuck.


An inhumane day, this, in Sheffield’s history.

Exactly 195 years ago orders were made for all dogs found in the streets of the city to be killed, after an outbreak of rabies and several attacks by canines on children and adults.

At a meeting at the Town Hall, dog-owners were told to keep their pets in their homes and were warned to approach them, whether they were chained or not, with extreme caution.

Some £700 was signed of by magistrates for expenses to undertake the operation on July 22, 1819.

Truly a very sad day indeed.