Sheffield known as the Steel City famous for its reputation for the production of steel from the 19th century, now boasts the innovative Advanced Manufacturing Park, with names such as Boeing, McLaren and Rolls Royce to name but a few bringing the power of manufacturing in a new era back to Sheffield, long gone are the mines and steel works. This leaves no doubt as to why the Sheffield area is one of the most soughtafter places to live within the Yorkshire region.
Sheffield is in South Yorkshire and although the area has been inhabited by humans for millennia (as far back as the last ice age) it began to make its mark in more recent history when Sheffield Castle was built after the Norman conquest of 1066. Although we can only approximate the date of the original castle, we do know it was destroyed and rebuilt in 1270. Mary Queen of Scots was just one of the notable people to have been to the castle, unfortunately for her she was held there as prisoner!
Sheffield is a hilly city, a positive of this is that it allows for fantastic views. The city is nestled at the foothills of the Pennines, which is a range of mountains and hills that separate the North East and North West of England and also separate Yorkshire from Sheffield.
The population of Sheffield is estimated to be approximately 640,000. The population exploded during the industrial revolution when the city was able to make use of the natural resources of iron, coal and water, putting Sheffield’s steel industry on the map .
The economy of Sheffield has been going through a revival over recent years. The economy grew from £5.6 billion in 1997 to £9.2 billion in 2007. Sheffield still has a global reputation for steel works however, as to be expected in a big city, there are now many modern businesses that drive the local economy.
Sheffield’s central location in England makes it an favourable location for those who need to travel for business or pleasure. It has good motorway links, with the M1 And M18 being easily accessible. The train station allows for easy travel for those who need to commute to work and the train service is expected to become more efficient in the near future with the introduction of HS2
Sheffield University is in the top 100 in the world and Sheffield Hallam University is the 11th largest in the UK. There are also other educational establishments for those who want to pursue further education. With 137 primary schools and 26 high schools, it is also a great place for families with children.
Sheffield boasts a range of arts and cultural activities. There are 2 large theatres and many museums where visitors can find out about the historical achievements of the city. The city has a rich musical heritage and there are many venues that provide live music.
Due to the geographical location of the city there is plenty of green space for those who like to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful countryside. If you like to spend your time indulging in retail therapy Meadowhall is the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire and has a vast amount of shops and places to eat. Like most large cities, Sheffield also has many cinemas, restaurants, bars and a thriving nightlife so you should never be stuck for things to do!
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