Sheffield’s world-wide fame as the City of Steel grew from its reputation for producing high-quality cutlery and edge-tools and its pre-eminence in manufacturing heavy specialist steels.
Sheffield was the “armoury of England” in both World Wars, and suffered considerable damage in the 1940 Blitz. Dramatic changes followed the decline of the steel industry in the 1980s: modern Sheffield is an eye-opener to newcomers and to those who remember the “ugly picture in a beautiful frame” of years ago.
This tour highlighted the city’s long history with visits to Manor Lodge and the former parish church, now Sheffield Cathedral and featured the industrial past by visiting the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Shepherd Wheel, the Doncaster Street Cementation Furnace, Kelham Island Industrial Museum and Magna, which recreates the “Big Melt” of the electric-arc furnace in the former Steel, Peech & Tozer mill at Templeborough.
Walking tours explored the water-powered sites of the Porter Valley and Neepsend, the Victorian elegance of the Botanical Gardens and General Cemetery and the variety of city centre buildings and open spaces including the Winter Garden and Millennium Gallery.
The 60-page handbook describes and illustrates all this and more with maps and photographs. For further information about the sites in the handbook and many others, please click here.
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