Top Ten Facts About Sheffield
A Green City
People often think of Sheffield as an industrial city, but it’s actually one of the greenest cities in the UK too! Sheffield has the highest ratio of trees to people in Europe - over two million across the city!
Rolling Down The River
The name Sheffield comes from the River Sheaf, one of several rivers that run through the city, along with the River Don and the River Loxley
You might have heard Sheffield being called the ‘Steel City’. It gained an international reputation for steel production in the 19th century, and its population boomed during the Industrial Revolution. Innovations developed in Sheffield include stainless steel and crucible (where the theatre gets its name from!)
The Beautiful Game
Sheffield is home to the world’s oldest football club - and its second oldest! Sheffield FC was founded in 1857, and Sheffield Hallam FC just three years later. Sheffield Hallam FC’s Sandygate Road pitch also was also named the oldest football ground in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.
Today, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United FC are the two biggest teams in the city - the Steel City derby is a huge local event!
All The World’s A Stage
The Sheffield theatre complex is the largest in the UK outside of London. The Sheffield Lyceum, Crucible Theatre and Studio Theatre are located in Lyceum Square in the city centre and host a wide variety of plays and live performances.
Sheffield Theatres also offer cheap theatre tickets for 16-26 year olds as part of their ‘Live for 5’ scheme - check out what’s on offer here: https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/your-visit/young-people/16-26-year-olds
Hollywood isn’t the only place in the world with a Walk of Fame - Sheffield has one too! The Sheffield Legends plaques outside the Town Hall pay tribute to local celebrities such as actor Sean Bean, Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis and astronaut Helen Sharman - who was the first ever Briton in space!
Sheffield is well known for its music scene, and has produced such acts as Pulp, Def Leppard, Bring Me The Horizon, Arctic Monkeys and The Human League, Def Leppard, BMTH etc (maybe just mention a couple more?
Pulp frontman and Sheffield local Jarvis Cocker once felt out of a window on Division Street - there’s plaque commemorating the event!
Down and Out in Paris and Yorkshire
George Orwell, the novelist famous for writing Animal Farm and 1984, once said of the city: "Sheffield, I suppose, could justly claim to be called the ugliest town in the Old World” - a bit harsh, but a lot has changed since he wrote this unflattering review in 1937!
Take a look at Daniel Cook’s photographs of Sheffield and the surrounding area to see just how beautiful our city is: https://danscape.co/best-photos-of-sheffield/
A Study in Sheffield
Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, worked as a doctor’s assistant in Sheffield in 1878. He supposedly took some inspiration from his time living in the area for his famous story The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sheffield was once home to the National Centre for Popular Music, which was located in the avant-garde building which is now home to the HUBS - Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union’s HQ! Here you can have a drink at the Hideout bar, grab some lunch at Coffee Union, drop in to chat to our team about societies and volunteering, and much, much more! Visit our website at https://www.hallamstudentsunion.com for more information about the city and your Students’ Union