I am replying to Geoff Evans’ letter “City’s Rich Past” published on Tuesday. Well Geoff, the black painted junction box at the head of East Parade should read SCT, Sheffield Corporation Transport and it was used for the trams in the city.
They were used to turn off a section of the overhead live cable to do any repairs or maintenance. You can see one in City Road Cemetery just up the steps through the main gates. This was put here as a talking point, but it is painted green with the Sheffield coat of arms in colour too. I too always look at my feet when out walking. I was in Ireland a couple of years ago and I got a photo of a water stop tap cover with the words Wabash Indiana on. Can you believe it, 3,000 miles just to grace some stop tap in Ireland?
While we were on holiday in Eastbourne a few years ago I came across a manhole cover made by Guest & Chrimes in Rotherham.
I covered the junction box in Retro a few months ago, so pay attention at the back. If you have any more queries email me at the address in Retro.