Check before destroying city heritage

Mary Street
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I had a very pleasant surprise on Wednesday last week, on visiting Mary Street, near St Mary’s Gate, I was amazed to find that all the horrible asphalt patches had been removed and the cobbles had been replaced.

The street now looks brilliant, but why was a perfectly good stone wall along the River Porter removed and replaced by a terrible red brick affair?

It can’t be anything to do with flooding as the car park just on the other bank of the Porter is lower than Mary Street and there’s no wall at all on that bank.

The stone wall that was removed was of historical importance, being more than 150 years old and being topped by baked clay residue that was used to seal up the many bottle furnaces that made steel in the town.

Doesn’t anyone ever look into Sheffield’s heritage before destroying things?

Vin Malone

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