The Lower Don Valley was the powerhouse of Sheffield’s heavy steel industry and Attercliffe was where many of its workers lived. Though many buildings have disappeared, what remains is a fascinating insight into the life of a once-thriving community.
This half-day tour with commentary uses a heritage Sheffield Corporation double-deck bus to explore sites in Attercliffe, Carbrook and Darnall dating from the seventeenth-century to the twenty-first.
Mike Higginbottom grew up in Attercliffe and has researched aspects of its fascinating history.
Places are limited so that everyone can have a top-deck seat, yet people with mobility and other impairments are very welcome to use the lower deck.
A Bus Ride Round Attercliffe offers a nostalgia tour of historic sites in Attercliffe, Carbrook and Darnall in a 1950s Sheffield Corporation double-deck bus.
From the upper deck there’s a grandstand view, on and off the main roads, of industrial sites, schools, pubs, places of worship and sites associated with crimes, riots and the Blitz.
There will be stops at the secluded Zion Graveyard (opened 1805), and the very modern English Institute of Sport (designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects and opened in 2003) and the newly-restored Carbrook Hall (c1620).
Riding in the sort of vehicle that replaced the trams in the 1950s is itself an experience because buses have changed so much in half a century.
Please be aware that the Bus Ride uses a vintage vehicle which has no seatbelts. The steps on to the back platform and upstairs are steeper than on modern buses. Please discuss any specific mobility needs when booking.
To arrange a group tour please discuss possible dates and prices with Mike Higginbottom by post, phone or e-mail:
63 Vivian Road
0114-242-0951 or 07946-650672