Sheffield lies in the North of England, about 65 kilometers east of Manchester in South Yorkshire. Chartered as the City of Sheffield in 1893 due to its origins in a field on the River Sheaf. The population tops a half-million citizens now, with a workforce over a million strong residing within an hour’s drive of the city. The Sheaf was once known as Sheffield’s lifeline, it was once known as the ” Protestantanty ” of the county and for generations, the city survived on the trade that flowed along with trade.
Early years of Sheffield
Sheffield’s first industrial activity happened in the late 1800s when the iron age started to take hold. Sheffield soon became known the world over for the quality of the steel produced and the direction it took as it became the technology leader of the country. In 1983 Sheffield again became world-famous when Protec Corporation set up steel mills in the city, after many years of decline the town’s fortunes have begun to turn around recently, and currently boasts around 25,000 full-time jobs and hundreds of thousands of part-time jobs.
Sheffield first started developing rapid suburbs around the rail station in the late 1800s with the Sir Norman Brook railway. The population of the city increased rapidly at this time and today thousands of people live in and around the rail station. The development of the railway station itself was followed by the development of the townhouses and high rise buildings. This meant that the downtown area started to develop almost at its own pace, with the buildings in the downtown area such as The Crown Brewery and The Sage Centre being some of the most notable buildings in the town. The lack of commercial buildings and delivery places meant that the office needs were filled by small businesses that often had to be supplied from outside the city.
The early 1900s saw the Ford Motor Company move into the city, with it’s small Pressed Ford cars always being a popular tourist attraction and bringing in a lot of tourists who often used the cheaper rates. The invention of the helicopter in 1957 by companies such as Bell and Boeing soon arrived in the city, with the city quickly capitalized on the transportation industry and flights from abroad to the city became normal. This growth and the increasing fortunes of the city lead to it being nicknamed the “activity city”, which after the First World War was a very common thing for many countries. You could find a story of mine about other England City — Cardiff.
City after the industrial boom
The industrial boom that occurred in the years following the war meant that Sheffield was quickly regained as a manufacturing center, making it one of the best places in the country to take holiday holidays, and manufacturers always seemed to be looking for the best ways to transport their goods and livestock in the best possible way, so this realistic and economical way of doing things was born.
Sheffield first had a railway in 1838 which connected it to Manchester, courtesy of the North York Moors Railway, and after a serious fire in 1958 and another major fire in 1964, the Second World War at Sheffield seemed to have been forgotten, and the plans for a great re-development of the area was green-lighted.
Sheffield’s first World War memorial was erected in 1947, and the names of the missing from both the 1945 and 1947 Iraq Wars were added at the same time. A wide variety of memorials can be seen, and there are even plans to create a permanent memorial in the northwest of the city.
Sheffield always seems determined to put itself back into the picture and although other cities in England have tried and failed, such as London and Cambridge, Sheffield seems to have got the final say, and will be the first to know if they get their way! And find out how to spent time wisely when traveling with kids in New Mexico.