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Sheffield town guide

Sheffield

The great city of Sheffield, once the centre of the steelmaking industry in England and a byword for fine quality steels and cutlery, is now dependant on a more diverse mix of industries.

Sheffield's situation on the River Don, for Transport and close to deposits of iron ore and coal were the main spurs to its industrial development. The development in 1742 by Thomas Boulsover of a process to fuse a thin layer of silver to copper known later as Sheffield Plate lead to the pre-eminence of the Cutlery industry in the city. Even the fast train that connected Sheffield to London echoed this, being called "The Master Cutler"

The industrial heritage of Sheffield is celebrated in many of the museums of the area, prominent among these are the Kelham Island Museum, the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel. Each of these in its own way traces the various aspects of industry in Sheffield.

But Sheffield is not confined to industry, there are many other attractions in the city and the surrounding countryside. For the shopper there is the huge Meadowhall complex close to the M1 Motorway.

Easily accessible by hire car is the Peak District National Park and many stately homes. Among the most impressive of the stately homes is Chatsworth Hall set in beautiful parkland with magnificent gardens close to the house.

For those with an interest in earlier forms of transport the Tramway Museum at Crich should not be missed. Here the visitor can ride up and down a dedicated length of line sampling delights of many different trams in one visit its a treat for the young as well as the old.

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