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AA patrolman digging snow, Fox House Inn, Longshaw, pre 1935
From collection of F H Brindley
Brindley, F H (Sheffield and District News Pictures, 973 Abbeydale Road)
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An Automobile Association patrolman digging a pathway to one of its dedicated phoneboxes opposite The Fox House Inn on Hathersage Road after a heavy fall of snow.
The ownership of the box is in no doubt with at least three and probably four examples of the AA's iconic monogram in evidence, together with the name of the location. The large sign facing the camera reads 'TELEPHONE & FIRE EXTINGUISHER AVAILABLE DAY & NIGHT BY USE OF AA MEMBERS KEY AREA HQ PRINCESS ST MANCHESTER PHONE CENTRAL 7287 TEL[EGRAPH] FANUM MANCHESTER.' This is a reminder that joining the AA included being issued with a special key to access such boxes, something that continued until at least the 1980s.
In contrast the ownership of the bicycle on the left is unclear. Assuming it does not belong to the patrolman, it is perhaps the photographer's. If so, he must have had a perilous ride out onto the moors from his Sheffield home. There is a cape draped over it.
The photographer's original caption for this image read 'Cleaning up last nights Snowstorm at Fox House Derbyshire, 7 miles from Sheffield. Snap this morning.'
While no date is known, the extent of the branches on the trees suggest it is an earlier occasion (in other words pre January 1935) than that depicted in PTPD300111 and PTPD300112, but possibly the same as that portrayed in PTPD300114 and PTPD300115.