RETRO: Cable cars in Kelham? How Sheffield’s trendy suburb was reborn

"A historic but neglected industrial area on the banks of the River Don is being tipped as the next renaissance hotspot for Sheffield. The Neepsend Forum, recently set up by local business people, is confident the riverside and surrounding areas from Waingate to Parkwood Springs are ripe for  development but says the "renaissance" of Neepsend must be sustainable and sensitive - and benefit local residents in Upperthorpe, Netherthorpe, Southey, Owlerton and Burngreave. A view of Neepsend as it could be - with some extra public transport!" -- That is what The Star reported on this at the time
"A historic but neglected industrial area on the banks of the River Don is being tipped as the next renaissance hotspot for Sheffield. The Neepsend Forum, recently set up by local business people, is confident the riverside and surrounding areas from Waingate to Parkwood Springs are ripe for development but says the "renaissance" of Neepsend must be sustainable and sensitive - and benefit local residents in Upperthorpe, Netherthorpe, Southey, Owlerton and Burngreave. A view of Neepsend as it could be - with some extra public transport!" -- That is what The Star reported on this at the time
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You might once have known it as Neepsend, Shalesmoor or even Parkwood Springs.

But now a ‘new’ area has sprung up along the confluence of all of these areas: Kelham Island.

Fairfield Inn, Neepsend Lane, Sheffield. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Fairfield Inn MC 1

Fairfield Inn, Neepsend Lane, Sheffield. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Fairfield Inn MC 1

Of course it isn’t new really; the Kelham Island museum has stood in the area for decades.

But what is new is the community. In the past two decades, Kelham has slowly transformed and even gentrified; switching from gritty industrial area to trendy twenty-something urban hipster nirvana.

New apartments have sprung up all over the area, while fashionable businesses like The Milestone have reaped the rewards.

And the rise of real ale has been a boost: business is booming at both The Fat Cat and The Kelham Island Tavern, to name just a couple.

"A Wednesday dummy hanging from the roof of a works unit on Neepsend Road afterb the Owls relegation from the premiership." --Reported The Star in 2000

"A Wednesday dummy hanging from the roof of a works unit on Neepsend Road afterb the Owls relegation from the premiership." --Reported The Star in 2000

One photo shows local artwork put on display at The Gardeners Rest in 2009.

Another shows the gas holder being torn down in 2015.

But the transformation isn’t complete. The Fairfield Inn is one of several buildings that remains empty and forlorn, awaiting fresh regeneration.

It’s a shame that plans in 2003 to put cable cars along the Don in Kelham never came off.

"14 Dec 2015...Demolition of the now redundant Neepsend Gasholder at Parkwood, Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees" --- That is what The Star reported at the time

"14 Dec 2015...Demolition of the now redundant Neepsend Gasholder at Parkwood, Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees" --- That is what The Star reported at the time

But with eco flats at Little Kelham being built right now, and other schemes in the pipeline, the Kelham revolution will surely continue.

ARTISTS AT GARDENERS REST  Artists Dave Coldron(left) and Dave Akehurst with some of their paintings on display at the Gardeners Rest pub, Neepsend.    3 December 2009

ARTISTS AT GARDENERS REST Artists Dave Coldron(left) and Dave Akehurst with some of their paintings on display at the Gardeners Rest pub, Neepsend. 3 December 2009