Sheffield

Sheffield

Sheffield
City and Metropolitan borough
Clockwise from top left: The Sheffield Town Hall; St Paul's Tower from Arundel Gate; the Wheel of Sheffield; Meadowhall shopping centre; Sheffield station and Sheaf Square. Park Hill at the bottom.
Clockwise from top left: The Sheffield Town Hall; St Paul's Tower from Arundel Gate; the Wheel of Sheffield; Meadowhall shopping centre; Sheffield station and Sheaf Square. Park Hill at the bottom.
Official logo of Sheffield
Coat of Arms of the City Council
Nickname(s): "Steel City"
Motto: "Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit" "With God's help our labour is successful"
Sheffield shown within South Yorkshire
Sheffield shown within South Yorkshire
Sheffield is located in the United Kingdom
Sheffield
Sheffield
Location within the United Kingdom
Coordinates:
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial county South Yorkshire
Historic county Yorkshire
Urban core and outlying areas
Derbyshire
Some southern suburbs
Founded c. 8th century
Town charter 10 August 1297
City status 1893
Administrative HQ Sheffield Town Hall
Government
 • Type Metropolitan borough, City
 • Governing body Sheffield City Council
 • Lord Mayor Peter Rippon (L)
 • Council Leader Julie Dore (L)
 • MPs: Clive Betts (L)
Paul Blomfield (L)
Nick Clegg (LD)
Louise Haigh (L)
Harry Harpham (L)
Angela Smith (L)
Area
 • City 142.06 sq mi (367.94 km2)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • City 63,176 (Ranked 309th)
 • Density 3,910/sq mi (1,511/km2)
 • Urban 640,720
(Sheffield urban area)
 • Urban density 10,228/sq mi (3,949.2/km2)
 • Metro 1,569,000 [1]
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
Postcode S
Area code(s) 0114
Website www.sheffield.gov.uk

Sheffield (Listen) is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. With some of its southern suburbs annexed from Derbyshire, the city has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is 63,176 (mid-2014 est.)[2] and it is one of the eight largest regional English cities that make up the Core Cities Group.[3] Sheffield is the third largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,569,000 [1]

During the 19th century, Sheffield gained an international reputation for steel production. Many innovations were developed locally, including crucible and stainless steel, fuelling an almost tenfold increase in the population in the Industrial Revolution. Sheffield received its municipal charter in 1843, becoming the City of Sheffield in 1893. International competition in iron and steel caused a decline in traditional local industries in the 1970s and 1980s, coinciding with the collapse of coal mining in the area.

The 21st century has seen extensive redevelopment in Sheffield along with other British cities. Sheffield's gross value added (GVA) has increased by 60% since 1997, standing at £9.2 billion in 2007. The economy has experienced steady growth averaging around 5% annually, greater than that of the broader region of Yorkshire and the Humber.[4]

The city is located within the valleys of the River Don and its four tributaries, the Loxley, the Porter Brook, the Rivelin, and the Sheaf. 61% of Sheffield's entire area is green space, and a third of the city lies within the Peak District national park.[5] There are more than 250 parks, woodlands and gardens in the city,[5] and an estimated 2 million trees, giving Sheffield the highest ratio of trees to people of any city in Europe.[5] The city has a long sporting heritage, and is home to the world's oldest football club.[6]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Government 2
  • Geography 3
    • Climate 3.1
    • Subdivisions 3.2
  • Demography 4
  • Economy 5
  • Transport 6
    • National and international travel 6.1
    • Road 6.2
    • Rail 6.3
    • Coach 6.4
    • Canal 6.5
    • Air 6.6
    • Local travel 6.7
    • Cycling 6.8
  • Education 7
    • Universities and colleges 7.1
    • Secondary, primary and pre-school education 7.2
  • Sport 8
  • Culture and attractions 9
    • Attractions 9.1
    • Music 9.2
    • Theatres 9.3
    • Museums 9.4
    • Greenspace 9.5
    • Entertainment 9.6
    • Media and film 9.7
  • Public services 10
  • Sister cities 11
  • See also 12
  • References and notes 13
  • External links 14

History

Lithograph drawing showing a large stately home in ruins
Sheffield Manor ruins as they appeared c1819

The area now occupied by the City of Sheffield is believed to have been inhabited since at least the late Upper Palaeolithic period, about 12,800 years ago.[7] The earliest evidence of human occupation in the Sheffield area was found at Creswell Crags to the east of the city. In the Iron Age the area became the southernmost territory of the Pennine tribe called the Brigantes. It is this tribe who are thought to have constructed several hill forts in and around Sheffield.[8] Following the departure of the Romans, the Sheffield area may have been the southern part of the Celtic kingdom of Elmet, with the rivers Sheaf and Don forming part of the boundary between this kingdom and the kingdom of Mercia.[9] Gradually, Anglian settlers pushed west from the kingdom of Deira. A Celtic presence within the Sheffield area is evidenced by two settlements called Wales and Waleswood close to Sheffield.[10] The settlements that grew and merged to form Sheffield, however, date from the second half of the first millennium, and are of Anglo-Saxon and Danish origin.[8] In Anglo-Saxon times, the Sheffield area straddled the border between the kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reports that King Eanred of Northumbria submitted to King Egbert of Wessex at the hamlet of Dore (now a suburb of Sheffield) in 829,[11] a key event in the unification of the kingdom of England under the House of Wessex.[12] After the Norman conquest, Sheffield Castle was built to protect the local settlements, and a small town developed that is the nucleus of the modern city.[13]

By 1296, a market had been established at what is now known as Castle Square,[14] and Sheffield subsequently grew into a small market town. In the 14th century, Sheffield was already noted for the production of knives, as mentioned in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales,[15] and by the early 1600s it had become the main centre of cutlery manufacture in England outside of London, overseen by the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.[16] From 1570 to 1584, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor.[17]

View across a partially wooded valley containing a reservoir
Dale Dike Reservoir, the original dam wall of this reservoir collapsed in 1864 causing the Great Sheffield Flood

During the 1740s, a form of the Old World".[23]

A recession in the 1930s was halted by increasing international tensions as the Second World War loomed; Sheffield's steel factories were set to work manufacturing weapons and ammunition for the war effort. As a result, the city became a target for bombing raids, the heaviest of which occurred on the nights of 12 and 15 December 1940, now known as the Sheffield Blitz. More than 660 lives were lost and many buildings destroyed.[24]

Panorama of a brutalist housing estate
Park Hill flats, an example of 1950/60s council housing estates in Sheffield

In the 1950s and 1960s, many of the city's slums were demolished, and replaced with housing schemes such as the

  • K. Baker et al. 2011 'Archaeological Investigations at the Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, UK', Internet Archaeology 29.
  • The dictionary definition of at Wiktionary
  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Quotations related to Sheffield at Wikiquote
  • Sheffield travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Sheffield City Council Website
  • Sheffield in the Domesday Book
  • The Story of Sheffield by John Derry, 1915
  • A tale of two cities: the Sheffield Project a report by University of Sheffield commissioned by David Blunkett about inequality within the city

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  2. ^ The mid-mid-2014 est. population for the whole City of Sheffield was 63,176 according to the Office for National Statistics ( ), though some population figures, like those given at List of English cities by population, use just the urban core of the city and are therefore lower.
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  10. ^ The word Wales derives from the Germanic word Walhaz, and was originally used by the Anglo-Saxons to refer to the native Britons. In reference to the villages of Wales and Waleswood, S.O. Addy, in his A Glossary of Words Used in the Neighbourhood of Sheffield, p. 274, states "The Anglo-Saxon invaders or settlers called the old inhabitants or aborigines of this country wealas, or foreigners." See also, "Welsh" in
  11. ^ In an entry dated 827, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states "Egbert led an army against the Northumbrians as far as Dore, where they met him, and offered terms of obedience and subjection, on the acceptance of which they returned home" (transcription). Most sources (for example Vickers, Old Sheffield Town) state that the date given in the chronicle is incorrect, and that 829 is the more likely date for this event.
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  15. ^ Geoffrey Chaucer in The Reeve's Tale from his book The Canterbury Tales wrote: "Ther was no man, for peril, dorste hym touche. A Sheffeld thwitel baar he in his hose. Round was his face, and camus was his nose"
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References and notes

See also

Two roads in Sheffield have been named after sister cities; a section of the A6102 in Norton is named Bochum Parkway, and a road in Hackenthorpe is named Donetsk Way. Likewise in Bochum, Germany there is a major road called the Sheffield-Ring.

A further four cities have a Friendship Agreement with Sheffield:

The "Sheffield International Linking Committee" promotes Sheffield overseas, especially with four sister cities:[197]

Sister cities

Council owned/run buildings are maintained by Kier Group Sheffield in partnership with the council.

Domestic waste services in Sheffield are provided by Veolia Environmental Services under contract from and on behalf of the council. Domestic recycling services were recently improved with the addition of glass recycling bins for each home.

Ambulances are provided by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, which itself is an NHS trust.[195] Fire services in Sheffield are provided by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. For the purposes of fire-fighting and rescue, Sheffield is divided into East and West sub-divisions.[196]

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services, services for people with learning disabilities, substance misuse services, long term neurological conditions, as well as a consortium of GP practices.[193] The Sheffield Institute for Motor Neurone Disease (also known as Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience – SITraN) has been developed by the University of Sheffield.[194]

Medical services in Sheffield are provided by three NHS Foundation Trusts. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides healthcare to people (primarily adults) throughout Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The trusts title includes the word 'teaching' because it undertakes training of medical students at the University of Sheffield and has strong links to Sheffield Hallam University as well. The trust has two campuses: The West Campus containing the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, the Jessop Wing (maternity wing), Weston Park Hospital (specialist cancer treatment) and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. The Northern General Hospital is the second 'campus' and is a large facility in the northern suburbs of Sheffield, containing the city's A&E department. Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust provides healthcare for children within the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire and the UK as a whole.[192]

Sheffield is policed by South Yorkshire Police (a territorial police force) whose headquarters are in the city. Sheffield constitutes one of its four Basic Command Units (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham being the other three).[190] The force polices an area of approximately 1,554 square kilometres and is the 13th largest force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The force has in its possession one Police helicopter, known as Sierra Yankee 99.[191]

Public services

The films and plays The Full Monty, Threads, Looks and Smiles, When Saturday Comes, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, The History Boys and Four Lions are set in the city.[186] F.I.S.T. and Kill List also include several scenes filmed in Sheffield and a substantial part of Among Giants[187] was filmed in the city. The documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest has been run annually since 1994 at the Showroom Cinema,[188] and in 2007 Sheffield hosted the Awards of the International Indian Film Academy.[189]

HBS Radio (Hospital Broadcasting Sheffield) broadcasts a 24-hour service to the Royal Hallamshire, Jessop Wing, Northern General and Weston Park Hospitals. HBS is operated by volunteers from studios at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and is provided free to bedside terminals via Hospedia and on medium wave 1431am from a transmitter at the Northern General Hospital.[185]

Sheffield does not have a television station; regional broadcasters BBC Yorkshire and Yorkshire Television cover the city. Following a decision by OFCOM it was planned that Sheffield local TV (SLTV), a not-for-profit company would begin broadcasting to the Sheffield region by the end of 2013. The launch date has since been rescheduled to 25 September 2014.[181] SLTV has been awarded a 12-year licence to provide the digital terrestrial broadcasting service.[182][183][184] Five local radio stations broadcast in the city. The professional services are BBC Radio Sheffield, the independent Hallam FM, and its sister station Magic AM. Sheffield is also home to two FM licensed community radio stations: Sheffield Live 93.2, and Burngreave Community Radio on 103.1.

Sheffield has two commercial newspapers, The Star and Sheffield Telegraph, both published by Johnston Press PLC. The Star has been published daily since 1897; the Sheffield Telegraph, now a weekly publication, originated in 1855.[180]

Media and film

Owing to its long history, Sheffield has a large number of pubs throughout the city. West Street, running through the heart of the West End district of the city centre, is home to many pubs, bars, bars and clubs and attracts many student visitors. A recent addition to the city's nightlife is Leopold Square, situated just off the northern end of West Street. Aagrah, an Indian restaurant in the square which serving Kashmiri cuisine, has recently been voted "Best Restaurant Group in the UK" at the prestigious British Curry Awards.[179]

Sheffield has four cinema complexes, 2 of which are in the city centre and 2 in the Lower Don Valley. Valley Centertainment is a leisure and entertainment complex in the Don Valley. It was built on land previously occupied by steel mills near what is now Meadowhall and the Sheffield Arena. It is home to several restaurants, bars, a cinema multiplex, and a bowling alley.[176] It is also the largest Cineworld complex in the United Kingdom, containing 20 screens in one building.[177] Odeon Sheffield, situated on Arundel Gate in the city Centre and Vue, located within Meadowhall Shopping Centre, are the two other mainstream cinemas in the city. The Showroom, an independent cinema showing non-mainstream productions, is located in Sheaf Square, close to Sheffield Station. In 2002 the Showroom was voted as the best Independent cinema in the country by Guardian readers.[178]

The Oasis food court at Meadowhall Centre

Entertainment

In September 2010 Sheffield City Council announced plans to create a new chain of parks spanning the hill side behind Sheffield Station. The park, known as Sheaf Valley Park, will include an arboretum and an open air amphitheatre.[175] The site was once home to a medieval deer park, latterly owned by the Duke of Norfolk.[175]

The South West boundary of the city overlaps with the Peak District National Park, the first national park in England (est. 1951).[173] As a consequence, several communities actually reside within both entities. The Peak District is home to many notable, natural, features and also man-made features such as Chatsworth House, the setting for the BBC series Pride and Prejudice.[174]

Also within the city there are a number of nature reserves which when combined occupy 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) of land.[172] There are also 170 woodland areas within the city, 80 of which are classed as ancient.[172]

Sheffield Winter Garden – inside 2013

The Sheffield Botanical Gardens are on a 19-acre site located to the south west of the city centre and date back to 1836. The site includes a large, Grade II listed, Victorian era glasshouse. The Peace Gardens, neighboured next to the Town Hall and forming part of the Heart of the City project, occupy a 0.67 hectare site in the centre of the city. The site is dominated by its water features, principle among which is the Goodwin Fountain. Made up of 89 individual jets of water, this fountain lies at the corner of the quarter-circle shaped Peace Gardens and is named after a notable Sheffield industrialist. Since their redevelopment in 1998, the Peace gardens have received a number of regional and national accolades.[169] Hillsborough Walled Garden is located in Hillsborough Park, to the north west of the city centre. The gardens date back to 1779 and have been dedicated to the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster since the redevelopment of the gardens in the early 1990s.[170] The Winter Garden, lying within the Heart of the City, is a large wood framed, glass skinned greenhouse housing some 2,500 plants from around the world.[171]

Sheffield has a reputed 2 million trees and is known as the greenest city in Europe.[166] Consequently, there are many parks and woods throughout the city and beyond. There are 83 parks in Sheffield (13 'City' Parks, 20 'District' Parks and 50 'Local' Parks) which are located throughout the city.[167] Included in the city parks category are 3 of Sheffield's 4 public gardens (The Sheffield Botanical Gardens, The Peace Gardens and Hillsborough Walled Gardens, with the Sheffield Winter Gardens being the separate entity).[168]

Sheffield Winter Garden

Greenspace

Sheffield's museums are managed by two distinct organisations. Museums Sheffield manages the Weston Park Museum (a Grade II* listed Building), Millennium Galleries and Graves Art Gallery.[161] Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust manages the museums dedicated to Sheffield's industrial heritage of which there are three.[162] Kelham Island Museum (located just to the North of the city centre) showcases the city's history of steel manufacturing.[163] Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet (in the south of the city) is a Grade I Listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[164] Shepherd Wheel (in the south-East of the city) is a former water-powered grinding workshop, Grade II listed, and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[165]

Museums

Sheffield has two large theatres, the Lyceum Theatre and the Crucible Theatre, which together with the smaller Studio Theatre make up the largest theatre complex outside London, located in Tudor Square.[159] The Crucible Theatre is the home (since 1977) of the World Snooker Championships and hosts many well-known stage productions throughout the year. The Lyceum, which opened in 1897, serves as a venue for touring West End productions and operas by Opera North, as well as locally produced shows. Sheffield also has the Montgomery Theatre, a small 420 seater theatre located a short distance from Tudor Square, opposite the town hall on Surrey Street.[160] There are also a large number of smaller amateur theatres scattered throughout the city.

The Crucible Theatre (centre) and Lyceum Theatre (right)

Theatres

Sheffield hosts a number of festivals, the Grin Up North Sheffield Comedy Festival,[152] the Sensoria Music & Film Festival and the Tramlines Festival. The Tramlines Festival was launched as an annual music festival in 2009,[153] it is held throughout venues in Sheffield City Centre, and features local and national artists.[154] The city is also home to several local orchestras and choirs, such as the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and the Chorus UK community choir.[155][156][157][158]

In 1999, the National Centre for Popular Music, a museum dedicated to the subject of popular music, was opened in the city.[144] It was not as successful as was hoped, however, and later evolved to become a live music venue; then in February 2005, the unusual steel-covered building became the students' union for Sheffield Hallam University.[145] Live music venues in the city include the Harley Hotel, Leadmill, West Street Live, the Boardwalk, Dove & Rainbow, The Casbah, The Cremorne, Corporation, New Barrack Tavern, The Broadfield Hotel, Redstone bar and nightclub, the City Hall, the University of Sheffield Students' Union, the Studio Theatre at the Crucible Theatre, the O2 Academy Sheffield, and The Grapes.[146][147][148][149][150][151]

Sheffield City Hall, a Neo-classical design with a large portico and prominent pillars which were damaged when a bomb fell on the adjoining Barkers Pool during the Second World War. It is a grade II* listed building
Sheffield City Hall, a Grade II* listed building

A number of major music acts, including Joe Cocker, Def Leppard, Paul Carrack (of Mike + The Mechanics), Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me the Horizon, Pulp and Moloko, hail from the city.[138][139][140][141] Indie band The Long Blondes originated from the city,[142] as part of what the NME dubbed the New Yorkshire scene.[143]

Sheffield has been home to several well-known bands and musicians, with a notably large number of synthpop and other electronic bands originating from the city.[135] These include The Human League, Heaven 17, ABC, and the more industrially inclined Cabaret Voltaire and Clock DVA. This electronic tradition has continued: techno label Warp Records was a central pillar of the Yorkshire Bleeps and Bass scene of the early 1990s, and has gone on to become one of the UK's oldest and best-loved dance music labels. More recently, other popular genres of electronic music such as bassline house have originated in the city.[136] Sheffield was once home to a number of historically important nightclubs in the early dance music scene of the 1980s and 90s, Gatecrasher One was one of the most popular clubs in the North of England until its destruction by fire on 18 June 2007.[137]

Sheffield Arena

Music

There are about 1,100 listed buildings in Sheffield (including the whole of the Sheffield postal district).[131] Of these, only five are Grade I listed. Fifty-nine are Grade II*, but the overwhelming majority are listed as Grade II.[132] Compared to other English cities, Sheffield has few buildings with the highest Grade I listing—Liverpool, for example, has 26 Grade I listed buildings. This situation led the noted architecture historian Nikolaus Pevsner, writing in 1959, to comment that the city was "architecturally a miserable disappointment", with no pre-19th-century buildings of any distinction.[133] By contrast, in November 2007, Sheffield's Peace and Winter Gardens beat London's South Bank to gain the Royal Institute of British Architects' Academy of Urbanism "Great Place" Award, as an "outstanding example of how cities can be improved, to make urban spaces as attractive and accessible as possible".[134]

The Sheffield Walk of Fame in the City Centre honours famous Sheffield residents past and present in a similar way to the Hollywood version.[127] Sheffield also had its own Ferris Wheel known as the Wheel of Sheffield, located atop Fargate shopping precinct. The Wheel was dismantled in October 2010 and moved to London's Hyde Park.[128] Heeley City Farm and Graves Park are home to Sheffield's two farm animal collections, both of which are fully open to the public.[129][130]

The Grade II* listed Weston Park Museum
Bishops' House

Attractions

Sheffield made the shortlist for the first city to be designated UK City of Culture, but in July 2010 it was announced that Derry had been selected.[126]

Culture and attractions

Sheffield hosted the finish of Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France. Within the City limits and located just 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the finish, was the ninth and final climb of the stage, the Category 4 Côte de Jenkin Road. The one point in the King of the Mountains Competition was claimed by Chris Froome of Team Sky. The climb was just 0.8 kilometres (0.50 mi) long at an average gradient of 10.8%. The stage was won by the eventual overall winner, Vincenzo Nibali of Astana Pro Team.[125]

The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup was made in Sheffield in 1892. Sheffield is also home to the Sheffield Steel Rollergirls, a roller derby team.

Sheffield was selected as a candidate host city by the Football Association (FA) as part of the English 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bid on 16 December 2009.[123] Hillsborough Stadium was chosen as the proposed venue for matches in Sheffield.[124] The bid failed.

A Modern sporting facility. The building is roughly rectangular in shape and is quite modern, with a wooden clad design. It is surrounded by greenery and has several tall, white spikes on its roof.
English Institute of Sport, Sheffield

teams. Sheffield also has many golf courses all around the city. speedway Sheffield Tigers and ice hockey Sheffield Steelers, hockey Sheffield University Bankers basketball, Sheffield Sharks, rugby union Sheffield Tigers The city also hosts the [122] Sheffield also has close ties with

Sheffield is also home to the Sheffield City Swimming Club, a local swimming club competing in the Speedo league. The former Don Valley International Athletics Stadium, once the largest athletics stadium in the UK, was also constructed for the Universiade games.[119] The Sheffield Ski Village was the largest artificial ski resort in Europe, before being destroyed in a series of suspected arson attacks in 2012 and 2013. The city also has two indoor climbing centres. Sheffield was the UK's first National City of Sport and is now home to the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield, where British athletes trained for the 2012 Olympics.[120]

Sheffield Eagles RLFC are the city's professional Rugby league team who play their matches at Owlerton Stadium. They currently play in the second tier of the professional league, the Championship, and are current champions, having won back to back titles in 2012 and 2013. Their most successful moment came in 1998, when, against all the odds they defeated Wigan Warriors in the Challenge Cup final, despite being huge underdogs. The team then hit troubled times before reforming in 2003. Since then they have played their rugby in the Championship (second tier). In 2011, they made the playoffs finishing in fifth place. They made the Grand Final, by defeating Leigh, who were huge favourites in a playoff semi final. In the final, they were comprehensively beaten by Featherstone. Sheffield also put in a bid to be a host city for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, but their bid was unsuccessful.

Rotherham United, who play in the Championship, did play their home games in the city between 2008 and 2012, having moved to play at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium in 2008 following a dispute with their previous landlord at their traditional home ground of Millmoor, Rotherham. However, in July 2012, the club moved to the new 12,000 seat New York Stadium in Rotherham, whilst United and Wednesday contest the Steel City derby. There are also facilities for golf, climbing, and bowling, as well as a newly inaugurated national ice-skating arena (IceSheffield).

Brazilian legend Pelé (left) in Sheffield in November 2007, marking the 150th anniversary of the world's oldest football club, Sheffield F.C.[6]
[118] is aiming for promotion back to the Premier League by 2017.Dejphon Chansiri. Sheffield Wednesday's new owner 2006-07, despite a brief spell in the Premier League in 2011 and United suffering the same fate in League One. Both clubs have gone into decline in the 21st Century, Wednesday twice relegated to 2000. The Owls remained until 1994 in 1992, but The Blades were relegated in Premier League. United and Wednesday were both founding members of the same season in the FA Cup and League Cup, and reaching the final of both the UEFA Cup in 1992-93, competing in the League Cup in 1991, winning the 1984 in First Division. Wednesday once again became one of England's high-flying clubs following promotion back to the 1981 in Fourth Division by the mid 70s and United as far as the Third Division. During the 1970s and early 1980s the two sides fell from grace, with Wednesday finding themselves in the 1966 FA cup the teams were also two of the forerunners, United winning it on 4 occasions and Wednesday on 3. Post war, and Wednesday were beaten finalists in the FA Cup. In the 1897-98, whilst Sheffield United had won it in 1928-29, then again in 1903-04 and 1902-03 In the pre-war era, both Wednesday and United enjoyed large amounts of success and found themselves two of the country's top clubs; Sheffield Wednesday became champions of the Football League consecutively in [117], which is considered by many to be one of the most fierce football rivalries in English Football.Steel City Derby. The two clubs contest the Football League Championship in the north west of the city, compete in the Hillsborough, whilst Wednesday, who play at Football League One south of the city centre, compete in the Bramall Lane, known locally as The Owls. United, who play at Sheffield Wednesday, known locally as The Blades, and Sheffield UnitedSheffield is best known for its two professional football teams,
Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday is the city's largest stadium with a capacity of just under 40,000

Sheffield has a long sporting heritage. In 1857 a collective of cricketers formed the world's first-ever official football club, Sheffield F.C.,[115] and the world's second-ever, Hallam F.C., who also play at the world's oldest football ground in the suburb of Crosspool. Sheffield and Hallam are today Sheffield's two major non-league sides, although Sheffield now play just outside the city in nearby Dronfield, Derbyshire. Sheffield and Hallam contest what has become known as the Sheffield derby. By 1860 there were 15 football clubs in Sheffield, with the first ever amateur league and cup competitions taking place in the city.[116]

Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United is situated in close proximity to the city centre

Sport

There are 137 primary schools, 26 secondary schools—of which 9 have sixth forms: (High Storrs, King Ecgberts, King Edward VII, Silverdale, Meadowhead, Tapton, UTC Sheffield, Notre Dame Catholic High and All Saints Catholic High[111])—and a sixth-form college, Longley Park Sixth Form College.[112] The city's five independent private schools include Birkdale School and the Sheffield High School.[113] There are also 12 special schools and a number of Integrated Resource Units in mainstream schools which are, along with all other schools, managed by Sheffield City Council.[114] All schools are non-selective, mixed sex schools (apart from Sheffield High School, South Yorkshire which is an all-girls school).[114] The Early Years Education and Childcare Service of Sheffield City Council manages 32 nurseries and children's centres in the city.[114]

Secondary, primary and pre-school education

near the city centre, Hillsborough, serving the north of the city and Norton and Peaks to the south. [110] Sheffield has two

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a university on two sites in Sheffield. City Campus is located in the city centre, close to Sheffield railway station, and Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two miles away, adjacent to Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield. The university is the third largest in the UK, with more than 37,000 students (of whom over 4,000 are international students), 4,170 staff and 747 courses. Sheffield Hallam University's history goes back to 1843 with the establishment of the Sheffield School of Design. During the 1960s several independent colleges (including the School of Design) joined to become Sheffield Polytechnic (Sheffield City Polytechnic from 1976) and was finally renamed Sheffield Hallam University in 1992.

Sheffield has two universities, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. The two combined bring about 65,000 students to the city every year.[108][109] Sheffield University was established in 1897 as University College Sheffield and became the University of Sheffield in 1905.

Universities and colleges

Hallam Square and the entrance to Sheffield Hallam University's City Campus
Blue/Grey skyscraper with a glass curtain wall. In the foreground is park pond with a small wooden bridge and trees at either side. In between the Tower and the pond is a modern 2-storey building
The Arts Tower, on the University of Sheffield campus

Education

For cycling, although hilly, Sheffield is compact and has few major trunk roads. It is on the Trans-Pennine Trail, a National Cycle Network route running from West to East from Southport in Merseyside to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire and North to South from Leeds in West Yorkshire to Chesterfield in Derbyshire.[107] There are many cycle routes going along country paths in the woods surrounding the city.

Cycling

In 2008, the Bus Rapid Transit Scheme between Sheffield and Rotherham was approved by the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly's Regional Transport Board. There are plans for two routes; one (the Northern route) via Meadowhall and Templeborough, and the other via the developing employment centre and Waverley.[106]

There are numerous bus operators within Sheffield: First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Yorkshire, TM Travel, Hulleys of Baslow, Powells, G&J Holmes, and Sheffield Community Transport. First South Yorkshire, became by far the largest bus operator and in recent years implemented a series of fare rises and service cuts which saw bus ridership drop.[101][102] Recent developments have seen Stagecoach Sheffield taking over Yorkshire Terrier, Andrews and parent company Yorkshire Traction, thus forming one company and in the process expanding their bus services in the city. This has resulted in increased competition, and price drops on certain routes.[103] A zero-fare bus service—the FreeBee (Operated by First South Yorkshire) operated a circular route around the city centre from the Sheffield Interchange. The FreeBee buses stopped in 2014 and is due to save £8 million.[104] [105]

A Sheffield Supertram in current blue, orange and red Stagecoach livery. The Tram shown is cross the Park Square junction. Behind it is the bridge connecting the junction and tracks to Sheffield city centre. The whole square (now 20 years since redevelopment) is covered in trees and plants and new buildings can be seen beyond them.
A Sheffield Supertram

though a series of mergers has reduced the number. [100]. A flurry of new operators was created after deregulation in 1986,Meadowhall and Hillsborough, Halfway. Other bus stations lie at Sheffield InterchangeSheffield's local bus infrastructure has its main hub at

The Supertram serves as an important connection between areas in the North East of Sheffield (namely Meadowhall and Valley Centertainment) and the city centre. Because it is operated by the Stagecoach Group, the ticketing system for the Supertram is integrated with Stagecoach buses in Sheffield, meaning passengers can switch between the two modes of transport without having to buy a separate ticket.[99] The network is due to be extended to Rotherham Parkgate by 2017, with a fleet of new "train-trams" sharing a conventional rail line between Sheffield and Rotherham.

The Sheffield Supertram (not derived from the previous tramways), operated by Stagecoach, opened in 1994, shortly after the similar Metrolink scheme in Manchester. Its network consists of 37 miles (60 km) of track and three lines, from Halfway to Malin Bridge (Blue Line), from Meadowhall to Middlewood (Yellow Line), and from Meadowhall to Herdings Park (Purple Line), with all three lines running via the city centre.[98] The system contains both on-street and segregated running, depending upon the section and line.

Sheffield does not have as extensive a suburban and inter-urban railway network as other comparable British cities.[96] However, there are several local rail routes running along the city's valleys and beyond, connecting it with other parts of South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. These local routes include the Penistone Line, the Dearne Valley Line, the Hope Valley Line, and the Hallam Line. As well as the main stations of Sheffield and Meadowhall, there are five suburban stations, at Chapeltown, Darnall, Woodhouse, Dronfield and Dore.[97]

The A57 and A61 roads are the major trunk roads through Sheffield.[83] These run east–west and north–south respectively, crossing in the city centre, from where the other major roads generally radiate spoke-like. An inner ring road, mostly constructed in the 1970s and extended in 2007 to form a complete ring,[95] allows traffic to avoid the city centre, and an outer ring road runs to the east, south east and north, nearer the edge of the city, but does not serve the western side of Sheffield.[83]

The start of the Sheffield Parkway, as viewed from Park Square, where it meets the City Centre. The road, in the centre, is six lanes wide and leads towards the Parkway Edge development (left-centre) where the road meets the Inner Ring Road. To the left is the Sheffield Supertram viaduct and beyond that a new apartment complex.
The Sheffield Parkway terminus at Park Square. The opposite end connects to the M1 motorway at Junction 33.

Local travel

A new link road, due to open in January 2016, will connect Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the M18 motorway, reducing the journey time from Sheffield city centre from 40 to 25 minutes.[94]

Following the closure of Sheffield City Airport in 2008, the closest international airport to Sheffield is Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which is located 18 miles (29 km) from the city centre, on the site of the former RAF Finningley. DSA airport opened on 28 April 2005 and is served mainly by charter and budget airlines. It handles about one million passengers a year.[93] Leeds Bradford International Airport and East Midlands Airport lie within one hour's drive of the city, and Manchester Airport is connected to Sheffield by a direct train every hour.

Air

The Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation (S&SY) is a system of navigable inland waterways (canals and canalised rivers) in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.[91] Chiefly based on the River Don, it runs for a length of 43 miles (69 km) and has 29 locks. It connects Sheffield, Rotherham, and Doncaster with the River Trent at Keadby and (via the New Junction Canal) the Aire and Calder Navigation.[92]

Canal

Coach services running through Sheffield are operated by National Express and to a lesser extent Megabus, part of the Stagecoach Group. National Express services call at Sheffield Interchange, Meadowhall Interchange and Meadowhead Bus Stop. Megabus services only call at Meadowhall. National Express services 564, 560, 350, 320, 310 and 240 call at Sheffield, as do others on a less frequent basis.[88] The 560/564 service is a direct connection to London Victoria Coach Station via Chesterfield and Milton Keynes, operating 12 times a day in both directions. The 350 and 240 services connect Sheffield to Manchester Airport and Heathrow/Gatwick Airports respectively.[89] Two Megabus services, the M12 and M20, call at Sheffield en route to London from Newcastle upon Tyne and Inverness respectively.[90]

Coach

Railway station, Sheffield 2013

Other trains serving Sheffield (apart from East Midland Trains) are provided by CrossCountry, First TransPennine Express, and Northern Rail. Aside from the main railway station there are five other stations in Sheffield. Meadowhall, a bus, rail and tram interchange, is the second largest station and accommodates a number of services including the long distance CrossCountry service. Dore and Totley, Woodhouse, Chapeltown and Darnall stations serve as commuter stations for suburban communities but are also connected to the national rail network.

The coalition government announced in October 2010 that Sheffield would be included in the proposed High Speed Rail network connecting the North of England with London.[86] The plan will see Sheffield and Leeds served by the same line which will connect with another to Manchester just south of Birmingham, with London Euston station being the probable London terminus.[87] Construction of the Yorkshire/East Midlands High Speed line is likely to begin 2025 and services begin operation in 2032.[86]

Major railway routes through Sheffield railway station include the Midland Main Line, which links the city to London via the East Midlands, the Cross Country Route which links the East of Scotland and Northeast of England with the West Midlands and the Southwest, and the lines linking Liverpool and Manchester with Hull and East Anglia.[84] With the redevelopment of London St Pancras station (now St Pancras International) complete, Sheffield has a direct connection to continental Europe. East Midlands Trains run services to St Pancras International and Eurostar run services from there to France and Belgium.[85] The Master Cutler, a named passenger express train running from Sheffield railway station to London St Pancras, provides a direct connection to the capital.

Rail

Sheffield is linked into the national motorway network via the M1 and M18 motorways.[83] The M1 skirts the north-east of the city, linking Sheffield with London to the south and Leeds to the north, and crosses Tinsley Viaduct near Rotherham; the M18 branches from the M1 close to Sheffield, linking the city with Doncaster, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport, and the Humber ports. The Sheffield Parkway connects the city centre with the motorways.

Road

National and international travel

Transport

In 2012, Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone was launched to promote development in a number of sites in Sheffield and across the wider region. In March 2014 additional sites were added to the zone.[82]

Sheffield has a District Energy system that exploits the city's domestic waste, by incinerating it and converting the energy from it to electricity. It also provides hot water, which is distributed through over 25 miles (40 km) of pipes under the city, via two networks. These networks supply heat and hot water for many buildings throughout the city. These include not only cinemas, hospitals, shops, and offices but also universities (Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield), and residential properties.[80] Energy generated in a waste plant produces 60 megawatts of thermal energy and up to 19 megawatts of electrical energy from 225,000 tonnes of waste.[81]

Sheffield is a major retail centre, and is home to many High Street and department stores as well as designer boutiques.[77] The main shopping areas in the city centre are on The Moor precinct, Fargate, Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter. Department stores in the city centre include John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Atkinsons and Debenhams. Sheffield's main market was once Castle Market, built above the remains of the castle. This is due to be demolished.[78] Sheffield Moor market opened in 2013. Shopping areas outside the city centre include the Meadowhall shopping centre and retail park, Ecclesall Road, London Road, Hillsborough, Firth Park and the Crystal Peaks shopping centre. In a 2010 survey of forecast expenditure at retail centres in the United Kingdom, Meadowhall was ranked 12th and Sheffield City Centre 19th.[79]

Fargate shopping precinct, Sheffield. Once a busy road, it has been pedestrianised for several decades and is Sheffield's main City Centre shopping area, home to many well-known companies. The image shows classical architecture on both sides with one plan spaces in the centre, dotted with trees and the buildings on the High Street are visible beyond the trees.
Fargate shopping area

While iron and steel have long been the main industries of Sheffield, coal mining has also been a major industry, particularly in the outlying areas, and the Palace of Westminster in London was built using limestone from quarries in the nearby village of Anston. Other areas of employment include call centres, the City Council, universities and hospitals.

Astute class submarines.[75] The firm also has the capacity for pouring the largest single ingot (570 tonnes) in Europe and is currently in the process of expanding its capabilities.[76]

Sheffield has an international reputation for metallurgy and steel-making.[68] Many innovations in these fields have been made in Sheffield, for example The Welding Institute).[73]

The Bessemer Converter located at Kelham Island Museum. The converter is located within an old industrial facility typical of those constructed during the Industrial Revolution.
The Bessemer Converter at Kelham Island Museum.

The "UK Cities Monitor 2008" placed Sheffield among the top ten "best cities to locate a business today", the city occupying third and fourth places respectively for best office location and best new call centre location. The same report places Sheffield in third place regarding "greenest reputation" and second in terms of the availability of financial incentives.[67]

[66] to £9.2 billion in 2007 (2007 GVA).[65] redevelopment agency. The Sheffield economy grew from £5.6 billion in 1997 (1997 GVA)Sheffield One, and many projects under the Millennium Galleries, Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens and the recently completed NRQ the forthcoming [64], Velocity Living, and the Moor redevelopment,St Paul's Place and accompanying City Lofts Tower revealed that Sheffield was the fastest-growing city outside London for office and residential space and rents during the second half of 2004. This can be seen by the current surge of redevelopments, including the [63] was the highest ranking area outside London for overall wealth, the proportion of people earning over £60,000 a year standing at almost 12%. A survey by Knight FrankHallam revealed that, in 2003, the Sheffield district of [62] Financial Planning studyBarclays BankAfter many years of decline, the Sheffield economy is going through a strong revival. The 2004
St Paul's Tower, a new, mixed use development which forms part of the St Paul's Place development. In the top left corner is the Main St Paul's tower itself. Below it is the Tower 2, connected to the main tower but half the height. To the right is another office building in the same development. All have been completed within the last 5 years and represent some of the newest architecture in the city.
St Paul's Place, 2010. St Paul's Tower, the tallest building in Sheffield, is in the centre.

Labour profile
Total employee jobs 255,700
Full-time 168,000 65.7%
Part-time 87,700 34.3%
Manufacturing 31,800 12.4%
Construction 8,500 3.3%
Services 214,900 84.1%
Distribution, hotels & restaurants 58,800 23.0%
Transport & communications 14,200 5.5%
Finance, IT, other business activities 51,800 20.2%
Public admin, education & health 77,500 30.3%
Other services 12,700 5.0%
Tourism-related 18,400 7.2%

Economy

In 1956, Hunt stated that "Modern Sheffield, a flourishing industrial city with over half a million inhabitants and a world-wide reputation, still retains many of the essential characteristics of the small market town of about five thousand people from which it has grown in the space of two and a half centuries." A 1970 survey has supported Hunt's characterisation, with more Sheffield residents able to identify a "home area" within the city than people from other large county boroughs were, and greatly more Sheffield residents expressing an unwillingness to leave their city than people from other large county boroughs did. This latter unwillingness was noted, by the survey analysis, as far more characteristic of the response that would be obtained by surveying "a small urban or rural authority rather than a large county borough".[56]

Although a city, Sheffield is informally known as "the largest village in England",[56][57][58] because of a combination of topographical isolation and demographic stability.[56] It is relatively geographically isolated, being cut off from other places by a ring of hills.[59][60] (Local folklore insists that, like Rome, Sheffield was built "on seven hills".[60]) The land surrounding Sheffield was unsuitable for industrial use,[56] and now includes several protected green belt areas.[61] These topographical factors have served to restrict urban spread,[61] resulting in a relatively stable population size and a low degree of mobility.

The population of Sheffield peaked in 1951 at 577,050, and has since declined steadily. However, the mid-2007 population estimate was 530,300—representing an increase of about 17,000 residents since 2001.[55]

The United Kingdom Census 2001 reported a resident population for Sheffield of 513,234, a 2% decline from the 1991 census.[50] The city is part of the wider Sheffield urban area, which had a population of 640,720.[51] In 2011 the racial composition of Sheffield's population was 84% White (81% White British, 0.5% White Irish, 0.1% Gypsy or Irish Traveller, 2.3% Other White), 2.4% of mixed race (1.0% White and Black Caribbean, 0.2% White and Black African, 0.6% White and Asian, 0.6% Other Mixed), 8% Asian (1.1% Indian, 4% Pakistani, 0.6% Bangladeshi, 1.3% Chinese, 1.0% Other Asian), 3.6% Black (2.1% African, 1% Caribbean, 0.5% Other Black), 1.5% Arab and 0.7% of other ethnic heritage.[52] In terms of religion, 53% of the population are Christian, 6% are Muslim, 0.6% are Hindu, 0.4% are Buddhist, 0.2% are Sikh, 0.1% are Jewish, 0.4% belong to another religion, 31% have no religion and 7% did not state their religion.[53] The largest quinary group is 20-24-year-olds (9%) because of the large university student population.[54]

Demography

Sheffield is made up of many suburbs and neighbourhoods, many of which developed from villages or hamlets that were absorbed into Sheffield as the city grew.[8] These historical areas are largely ignored by the modern administrative and political divisions of the city; instead it is divided into 28 electoral wards, with each ward generally covering 4–6 areas.[47] These electoral wards are grouped into six parliamentary constituencies. Sheffield is largely unparished, but Bradfield and Ecclesfield have parish councils, and Stocksbridge has a town council.[48]

Subdivisions

The Weston Park Weather station, established in 1882, is one of the longest running weather stations in the United Kingdom. It has recorded weather for more than 125 years, and a 2008 report showed that the climate of Sheffield is warming faster than it has at any time during this period, with 1990 and 2006 being the hottest years on record.[44] In collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sheffield developed a carbon footprint (based on 2004/05 consumption figures) of 5,798,361 tonnes per year. This compares to the UK's total carbon footprint of 698,568,010 tonnes per year. The factors with the greatest impact are housing (34%), transport (25%), consumer (11%), private services (9%), public services (8%), food (8%), and capital investment (5%).[45] Sheffield City Council has signed up to the 10:10 campaign.[46]

Climate data for Sheffield Cdl, elevation: 131m (1981–2010) extremes (1960-present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.8
(44.2)
7.1
(44.8)
9.8
(49.6)
12.5
(54.5)
16.1
(61)
18.8
(65.8)
21.1
(70)
20.6
(69.1)
17.7
(63.9)
13.5
(56.3)
9.5
(49.1)
6.9
(44.4)
13.4
(56.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.4
(39.9)
4.4
(39.9)
6.6
(43.9)
8.7
(47.7)
11.8
(53.2)
14.7
(58.5)
16.9
(62.4)
16.5
(61.7)
14.0
(57.2)
10.5
(50.9)
7.0
(44.6)
4.6
(40.3)
10.0
(50)
Average low °C (°F) 1.9
(35.4)
1.7
(35.1)
3.3
(37.9)
4.8
(40.6)
7.5
(45.5)
10.5
(50.9)
12.7
(54.9)
12.4
(54.3)
10.3
(50.5)
7.5
(45.5)
4.5
(40.1)
2.3
(36.1)
6.6
(43.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 83.4
(3.283)
60.4
(2.378)
63.4
(2.496)
65.5
(2.579)
53.8
(2.118)
75.6
(2.976)
56.0
(2.205)
65.3
(2.571)
63.8
(2.512)
81.2
(3.197)
79.4
(3.126)
86.7
(3.413)
834.6
(32.858)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 13.4 10.5 12.3 10.3 9.6 9.1 9.2 9.9 8.9 12.7 12.6 13.0 131.6
Mean monthly sunshine hours 45.2 68.3 111.9 144.0 190.9 179.5 199.5 185.0 136.2 90.7 53.7 40.0 1,444.9
Source: Met Office[41]

On average, through the winter months of December to March, there are 67 days during which ground frost occurs.[40]

More recently, a −4.4 °C (24.1 °F) was recorded as a daytime maximum at Weston Park, on 20 December 2010.(from the Weston Park Weather Station statistics, which also can be viewed at Sheffield Central Library.)

The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city of Sheffield at Weston Park, since records began in 1882, is −14.5 °C (5.9 °F), registered in February 1895. The lowest daytime maximum temperature in the city since records began is −5.6 °C (21.9 °F), also recorded in February 1895.

The coldest temperature to be recorded in recent years was −8.2 °C (17.2 °F).[43] – (Note: The official Weston Park Weather Station statistics, which can also be viewed at Sheffield Central Library, has the temperature at −8.7 °C (16.3 °F), recorded on 20 December, and states that to be the lowest December temperature since 1981.)

Like the rest of the United Kingdom, the climate in Sheffield is generally temperate. The Pennines to the west of the city can create a cool, gloomy and wet environment, but they also provide shelter from the prevailing westerly winds, casting a "rain shadow" across the area.[40] Between 1971 and 2000 Sheffield averaged 824.7 millimetres (32.47 in) of rain per year; December was the wettest month with 91.9 millimetres (3.62 in) and July the driest with 51.0 millimetres (2.01 in). July was also the hottest month, with an average maximum temperature of 20.8 °C (69.4 °F). The average minimum temperature in January and February was 1.6 °C (34.9 °F),[41] though the lowest temperatures recorded in these months can be between −10 and −15 °C (14 and 5 °F), although since 1960, the temperature has never fallen below −9.2 °C (15.4 °F),[42] suggesting that urbanisation around the Weston Park site during the second half of the 20th century may prevent temperatures below −10 °C (14 °F) occurring.

Climate

The present city boundaries were set in 1974 (with slight modification in 1994), when the former county borough of Sheffield merged with Stocksbridge Urban District and two parishes from the Wortley Rural District.[5] This area includes a significant part of the countryside surrounding the main urban region. Roughly a third of Sheffield lies in the Peak District National Park. No other English city included parts of a national park within its boundary,[39] until the creation in March 2010 of the South Downs National Park, part of which lies within Brighton and Hove.

Sheffield also has a very wide variety of habitat, comparing favourably with any city in the United Kingdom: urban, parkland and woodland, agricultural and arable land, moors, meadows and freshwater-based habitats. There are six areas within the city that are designated as sites of special scientific interest.[38]

Estimated to contain over two million trees,[35] Sheffield has more trees per person than any other city in Europe, and according to Sheffield City Council, it is England's greenest city,[36] a claim that was reinforced when it won the 2005 Entente Florale competition. It has over 170 woodlands (covering 10.91 sq mi or 28.3 km2), 78 public parks (covering 7.07 sq mi or 18.3 km2) and 10 public gardens. Added to the 52.0 square miles (134.7 km2) of national park and 4.20 square miles (10.9 km2) of water this means that 61% of the city is greenspace. Despite this, about 64% of Sheffield householders live further than 300 metres (328 yd) from their nearest greenspace, although access is better in less affluent neighbourhoods across the city.[5][37]

Sheffield is a geographically diverse city.[32] The city nestles in a natural amphitheatre created by several hills[33] and the confluence of five rivers: Don, Sheaf, Rivelin, Loxley and Porter. As such, much of the city is built on hillsides with views into the city centre or out to the countryside. The city's lowest point is just 29 metres (95 ft) above sea level near Blackburn Meadows, while some parts of the city are at over 500 metres (1,640 ft); the highest point being 548 metres (1,798 ft) at High Stones, near Margery Hill. However, 79% of the housing in the city is between 100 and 200 metres (330 and 660 ft) above sea level.[34]

Sheffield is located at . It lies directly beside Rotherham, from which it is separated largely by the M1 motorway. Although Barnsley Metropolitan Borough also borders Sheffield to the north, the town itself is a few miles further away. The southern and western borders of the city are shared with Derbyshire; in the first half of the 20th century Sheffield extended its borders south into Derbyshire, annexing a number of villages,[31] including Totley, Dore, and the area now known as Mosborough Townships. Directly to the west of the city are the Peak District National Park and the Pennine hill range.

Geography

The city returns five members of parliament to the House of Commons, with a sixth, the Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge representing parts of Sheffield and Barnsley.[30] The former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is also an MP for Sheffield, representing Sheffield Hallam.

The majority of council-owned facilities are operated by independent charitable trusts. Sheffield International Venues runs many of the city's sporting and leisure facilities, including Sheffield Arena, and the English Institute of Sport. Museums Sheffield and the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust take care of galleries and museums owned by the council.[28][29]

For much of its history the council was controlled by the Labour Party, and was noted for its leftist sympathies; during the 1980s, when Sheffield City Council was led by David Blunkett, the area gained the epithet the "Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire".[27] However, the Liberal Democrats controlled the Council between 1999 and 2001 and took control again from 2008 to 2011.

Sheffield is governed at the local level by Sheffield City Council. It consists of 84 councillors elected to represent 28 wards—three councillors per ward. Following the 2012 local elections, the distribution of council seats is Labour 59, Liberal Democrats 18, the Green Party 4 and UKIP 3. The city also has a Lord Mayor; though now simply a ceremonial position, in the past the office carried considerable authority, with executive powers over the finances and affairs of the city council.

Government

Sheffield was particularly hard-hit during the 2007 United Kingdom floods and the 2010 Big Freeze. Many landmark buildings such as Meadowhall and the Sheffield Wednesday grounds flooded due to being close to nearby rivers that flow through the city.

Sheffield is changing rapidly as new projects regenerate some of the more run-down parts of the city. One such, the Heart of the City Project, has initiated a number of public works in the city centre: the Peace Gardens were renovated in 1998, the Millennium Galleries opened in April 2001, the Winter Gardens were opened in May 2003, and a public space to link these two areas, the Millennium Square, was opened in May 2006. Additional developments included the remodelling of Sheaf Square, in front of the recently refurbished railway station. The new square contains "The Cutting Edge", a sculpture designed by Si Applied Ltd[26] and made from Sheffield steel.

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