14 things you didn't know about Sheffield

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It is our hometown - but there’s some weird and wonderful facts that you probably never knew about Sheffield.

Here are 14 interesting things you probably never knew about our great city...

1. The area which we now know as Sheffield was first inhabited in about 11,000 BC.

2. Today, a third of the city lies within the Peak District National Park. Sheffield is the only UK city to have part of a National Park within its boundaries.

3. In 1937 the legendary novelist and essayist George Orwell wrote of the city: "Sheffield, I suppose, could justly claim to be called the ugliest town in the Old World."

4. A market was first established in Sheffield in around 1296, in the area now known as Castle Square.

5. There are 11 other places called Sheffield around the world, including eight in America.

6. In 1387 Geoffrey Chaucer referenced Sheffield and its metal industry in the Canterbury Tales.

7. Sheffield's lowest point is Blackburn Meadows which is just 95ft above sea level, while the highest point in the city if High Stones which is some 1,798ft above sea level.

8. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in Sheffield for 14 years from 1570.

9. Sheffield has more trees per person than any other city in Europe.

10. In 1832 a cholera epidemic killed 402 people in Sheffield.

11. Forgemasters - founded in 1805 - is the last remaining independent steel works in the world.

12. Sheffield has five sister cities - Chengdu (China), Anshan (China), Bochum (Germany), Donetsk (Ukraine), and Esteli (Nicaragua).

13. In 1793 8,000 Sheffielders signed a petition against slavery which was submitted to Parliament.

14. There are 80 ancient woodlands in Sheffield.

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