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Sheffield is a city in South Yorkshire, England. 551,800. As of 2011 census, the city had an estimated population of 551,800.

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  1. Sheffield is a city in South Yorkshire, England. 551,800.

  2. As of 2011 census, Sheffield had an estimated population of 551,800.

  3. Sheffield gets its name from the River Sheaf which runs through the city.

  4. During the Industrial Revolution, Sheffield gained a international reputation as a center of steel production. During this period, the population increased tenfold, and key innovations in steel-making such as the crucible and stainless steel came from the area.

  5. During the 1970s and 1980s, the steel industry went into decline (coinciding also with the collapse of coal-mining in the area), however since then there was been extensive redevelopment in the area, and a strong revival of the economy.

  6. Sheffield is linked to the national motorway network via the M1 and M18 motorways. The Sheffield Parkway, a major dual carriageway, links Sheffield to junction 33 of the M1.

  7. Sheffield station offers rail links via the Midland Main Line via the East Midlands to London, and the Cross Country Route which provides connections to the East of the Scotland, Northeast England, the West Midlands, and the Southwest, as well as Liverpool, Manchester, and Kingston upon Hull,

  8. The closest international airport to Sheffield is Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, which is located about 18 miles (29 kilometers) from the center of Sheffield. Until just a few years ago, there was actually a small airport in Sheffield (Sheffield City Airport), but this closed in 2008.

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Sheffield: Pevsner City Guide (Pevsner Architectural Guides: City Guides)

By Ruth Harman

Yale University Press
Paperback (336 pages)

Sheffield: Pevsner City Guide (Pevsner Architectural Guides: City Guides)
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While Sheffield boasts an extraordinary variety of industrial buildings connected to the metal trades, there is another side to England’s least known big city. Set amidst magnificent scenery, it has an array of handsome Victorian buildings, innovative building projects from the 1950s and 1960s, and exciting newer buildings such as the Millennium Galleries, Winter Garden, and Persistence Works.

This is the first comprehensive architectural guide to Sheffield. It describes the buildings of the city center, those of the inner suburbs, and some outstanding buildings farther out. Such major buildings as the town hall, the two cathedrals, and the Winter Garden receive more detailed treatment, as do the two Universities. Illustrated in color throughout, Sheffield displays in detail this Yorkshire city’s enticing contrasts of industrial heritage and natural beauty.

Sheffield: Then & Now In Colour

By Geoffrey Howse

The History Press
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Sheffield: Then & Now In Colour
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Sheffield Then & Now offers the reader a fascinating insight into how life has changed from the industrial smoke of decades past through to the modern developments of the present day. Sheffield is England’s fourth largest city, and these stunning archive photographs pay tribute to its most interesting and historic houses, magnificent theaters, markets, commercial activities, and its people—at work and at play. Viewed alongside these captivating images, Geoffrey Howse’s photographs of modern-day Sheffield show just how much, and how little, has changed, recalling the events, people, and places that have made Sheffield into the great city it is today.

Sheffield Village (Images of America)

By Charles E. Herdendorf

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2011-01-24
Paperback (128 pages)

Sheffield Village (Images of America)
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The Village of Sheffield was founded on the Lake Erie plain and a sandy ridge of glacial Lake Warren. Black River and French Creek course through rich farmlands, once home to Archaic and Woodland Indians. Originally surveyed as Township 7 of Range 17 in the Connecticut Western Reserve, hearty pioneers arrived here in 1815 from the Berkshire Mountains of New England, naming their settlement Sheffield after their Massachusetts town. In the mid-1800s, another wave of immigrants arrived from Bavaria, adding cultural richness to the community. In 1894, industrialist Tom Johnson constructed giant steel mills on the west side of the river, and Sheffield Village eventually broke away, choosing to retain its agrarian identity. Today Sheffield Village is in transition to a modern residential/commercial community but keeps much of its natural character by virtue of parklands along stream valleys. Fortunately, fine examples of homestead architecture have been preserved throughout the village.


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