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Historical interest: Sheffield
Sheffield was founded in the early 12th century by the Lord of the manor, William
de Lovetot. He built a castle on the site of Castle Market, which had a moat
on the south and west. In 1266 rebels burned the castle but it was rebuilt in
1270. The Lord also built a church on the site of the cathedral.
Wool was made in Sheffield, and then the town became known for its cutlery.
Before 1500 watermills were adapted to grinding tools and the cutlery trade
boomed. By 1600 Sheffield was the main town in England (apart from London) for
In 1638 the first Cutlers House was built. In 1642 came civil war between king
and parliament. In October that year parliamentary soldiers occupied the castle
but they abandoned it when a royalist army approached. The royalists took the
castle and town without a fight. However in August 1644 the parliamentarians
counterattacked. The royalists made no attempt to defend the town but they tried
to hold the castle. However it was forced to surrender after a short siege.
In 1648 the castle was destroyed to prevent it ever falling into royalist hands
In the 18th century Sheffield's industries boomed. Sheffield was noted for
its iron industry. In the early 1740s a man named Benjamin Huntsman invented
a way of making better quality steel called crucible steel. Another inventor
named Thomas Bolsover discovered a way of plating copper with silver. This silver
plate was, of course, cheaper than silver and was very popular for things like
candlesticks and teapots.
Both world wars left their scars on the city. In 1916 Sheffield was bombed
by zeppelins leaving 28 dead, and during World War II 589 people were killed
by German bombing.
In the 1950s and 1960s many Asian and West Indian immigrants came to Sheffield.
Castle Market shopping centre was built in 1959, followed by Meadow Hall shopping
centre in 1990. All the traditional industries such as iron, steel and cutlery
declined in the 20th century. There was a shift away from employment in manufacturing
industries to jobs in service industries. Now Sheffield is noted for hi-tech
Selection of hotels in this region:
Macdonald St Pauls Hotel
Travelodge Sheffield Richmond
The Beauchief Hotel
Grosvenor House Hotel
The Rutland Hotel
Sheffield Moat House
Holiday Inn Royal Victoria
Sheffield Marriott Hotel
Holiday Inn Sheffield - West
The Garrison Hotel
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