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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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A Southerner in the North of England

By David Spiller

Released: 2014-05-28
Kindle Edition (59 pages)

A Southerner in the North of England
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I am a Londoner who has lived for the past dozen years in the Midlands. Though married for 30 years to a woman from Wigan, I've been ignorant about the north of my own country. I wasn't even sure where the north was. (My wife complains that the London-centric English newspapers append a map whenever a story occurs north of the capital.)

A few years ago I resolved to do something about this woeful state of affairs. I started making short visits north and keeping notes on what I saw. I went to towns rather than the countryside and avoided the touristy locations written up in travel guides, concentrating instead on 'real' places like Barnsley or Stockport.

I have not attempted to draw any overall conclusions from these visits. I've simply recorded my impressions of some northern places: their physical appearance, their culture, their inhabitants, their past as expressed in the present. Wherever possible I've included conversations with people, like the Big Issue seller in Stockport, an unemployed man in Sheffield, the 'Customer Services Ambassador' in Barnsley, the young Darlington cafe owner who was doing a Ph.D on 'coffee'.

I've highlighted some features that surprised or impressed me – Crewe railway station, the river Humber in Hull, the Asian area in Bradford, the Headland battery in Hartlepool, the rhubarb festival in Wakefield, the big mural on a house in Morecambe. I've recorded any personal indignities encountered, like a Hitchcock/Psycho moment in my hotel shower.

Hopefully readers will forgive these thoughts being presented through the prism of a southern, working class upbringing; I can't help it.

My wanderings were a learning experience. I discovered how different the towns were from each other, how different from the south of the country, and how much of England's development was down to the north. Above all this was an extremely enjoyable undertaking. I should have done something similar decades earlier.
The places are described in the chronological order that I visited them, between 2010 and 2014. They are: Huddersfield, Hull, Grimsby, Stockport, Blackpool, Darlington, Hartlepool, Bolton, Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Salford, Barnsley, Wakefield, Morecambe, Doncaster, Crewe.

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.

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

By Ruth Harman

Yale University Press
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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.


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