Robert Machin says (June 22) that ‘Sheffield’s benefactors did less for the city than the corresponding citizens of other places’.
Ours did their fair share and, for starters, I can think of three steelmen, silversmiths whose family were also brewers and silversmiths who became mail-order pioneers:
n Jessop – women’s hospital;
n Edgar Allen– medical centre;
n Firth – College (which became the university), park;
n Mappin – art gallery;
n Graves – art gallery, park, land for the Round Walk, old folks’ home;
No doubt people can quote many others who did their bit for the city.
Don Alexander, Knab Road S7