Sheffield created two inventions that changed the face of the world: steel and organised football (Allegedly - I haven't seen any recent evidence of this myself, to be honest...)
A city that was truly forged from the white heat of the industrial revolution (back when all this was just fields!) At one time it was the centre of the steel industry and famed the world over for it's fine blades -purely of the steel kind- and cutlery. Now the fifth largest city in the UK, it grew up around the massive steel works and thousands of small cutlery factories that dominated the landscape.
Unfortunately the cutlery industry fell into decline as people moved towards mass produced lower quality blades (thats more like it!). The surrounding steel industry was then decimated by the Tory government in the 1980s and now very little remains of Sheffield's once glorious industrial past, which is a real shame...
Sheffield is also home to the worlds oldest football team - Sheffield FC - and the world's oldest football stadium (est. 1860)- Sandygate, which is home to Hallam FC. It is well known for the tragic Hillsborough Disaster n 1989 which resulted in 96 deatha.
Built on seven hills - you'll be lucky to find a flat road anywhere in the city limits (apart from Ecclesall Road that is - completly flat for nearly a mile, and much of West Street is flat, as is St Marys Road, I could go on...) Also smack bang (a few miles away from) the edge of the peaks, so it gives easy access for walking and climbing.
Great changing city.
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