With some excellent pictures of Ranmoor in times gone by, Gerald told us how the area had been developed by the steel Barons desire to move West and away from the smoke and noise of the industry in the centre and East of the City. The Firths, the Browns and the Vickers and many other wealthy businessmen all built fine houses in the Ranmoor area which had largely been farm land until that time. Then a number of societies were formed who bought up the spare land that remained and sold plots for development under strict conditions which accounts for the similarity of the developments in the area. For those of us who grew up in the district there were many happy memories brought to life through the pictures! The book by Peter Warr entitled The Growth of Ranmoor, Hangingwater and Nethergreen will satisfy your quest for further information.