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What is the history of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England?

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"Sheffield, a town of England, co. of York, West Riding, capital of the district of Hallamshire, at the junction of the Sheaf and Don Rivers (both crossed by several bridges), on the Sheffield & Don Canal, and on several rail. ways, 141 miles N.N.W. of London. The town is for the most part irregularly built, consisting, particularly in its older parts, of steep and narrow streets, and brick houses often of an antiquated appearance. In the more modern parts the streets are both wide and straight, and many of the shops are remarkable for their elegance, though the clouds of smoke cause everything to assume a very dingy hue. Almost all the streets are well paved, and lighted with gas..."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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  • 1570 - 1584 - Mary, Queen of Scots was held as a prisoner for 14 years in Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor

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  • 1600 - Sheffield was the main town in England (apart from London) for producing cutlery.

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  • 1616 - The Hospital of Gilbert, Earl of Shrewsbury (almshouses) was founded in Sheffield to accommodate and maintain 20 poor men and 20 poor women.

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  • 1642 - At the start of the Civil War, Sheffield was held by the parliamentarians but it was soon taken by the royalists under the Earl of Newcastle.

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  • 1648 - Sheffield Castle was demolished by the Parliamentarians following the Civil War.

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  • Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
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  • Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
    Beauchief Abbey

    The abbey was founded by Robert FitzRanulf de Alfreton. Thomas Tanner, writing in 1695, stated that it was founded in 1183. However, Samuel Pegge in his History of Beauchief Abbey noted that Albinas, the abbot of Derby, who was... Read MORE...

  • 1740s - Benjamin Huntsman invented a way of making better quality steel called crucible steel.

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  • 1758 - The large-scale manufacture of silver plate was begun in Sheffield by Joseph Hancock.

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  • 1771 - The Sheffield Library was established.

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