Sheffield: Why we love it

David Green, chairman of Friends of Wincobank Hill, shows the sites from the top of Wincobank
David Green, chairman of Friends of Wincobank Hill, shows the sites from the top of Wincobank
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We live in a diverse city full of different areas but there’s one thing residents tend to have in common: they are passionate about the places they call home.

Today, as part of The Star’s Love Where You Live campaign, we talk to six Sheffielders from six different suburbs to find out what makes their area special.

And tomorrow there are six more...

David Pepper 60, of Stephen Lane
(Ecclesfield Parish Council chairman and member for Grenoside)

“EVERYTHING you could want is right on your doorstep in Grenoside. You can walk 200 yards and you’re in glorious woodland, or spend 25 minutes on a bus and be in the middle of Sheffield.

We have our own school and several great hostelries. You can enjoy a pub crawl without ever having to take transport. The motorway is 10 minutes away and Hillsborough stadium is close by. And of course the people are special.

Essentially, it has the feeling of a little village while having the amenities of the city.

Grenoside also has its own unique traditions like sword dancing, which takes place every Boxing Day. And the views are unrivalled. On a clear day it feels like you can see half way across Sheffield.”

Love:

The fresh air up here is absolutely beautiful.

Not so loved:

It feels like it can be 10 degrees colder than the rest of Sheffield.

Karen Sherwood, 44, of Vere Road (owner of Cupola Gallery, in 
Middlewood Road)

“HILLSBOROUGH is real Sheffield, hard-working but lively.

And there’s so much to do here - a great park, a sports centre, a dog track, a speedway, the best fish and chip shop in the world - Four Lanes - and of course there’s a rather impressive football stadium here too.

We have the tram which means the city centre is easily accessible, some lovely architecture and good schools.

Essentially, the question should be: why wouldn’t you love Hillsborough? I’ve had my gallery here 22 years and I’ve never got bored of the place yet.”

Love: Pretty much everything about it.

Not so loved: The traffic on match day can be a nightmare. It’s chockablock.

Nikki Bond, 30, of Hunter House Road (Sheffield City Councillor for Nether Edge ward)

“THE beauty of this area is its diversity.

There’s a real mix of ages, cultures, professions and backgrounds. And there’s always something bringing that community together, whether that be the Nether Edge Farmers Market or parties in the park.

We also have some lovely independent shops in Nether Edge Road and nearby along Sharrow Vale Road, and there’s some great restaurants in Ecclesall Road. The Lantern Theatre is a real gem.

We moved here 10 years ago now. My husband’s parents already lived here and they recommended it. I’m so glad they did.”

Love: The diversity, the shops, the proximity to the Peak District.

Not so loved: There are some steep hills to walk up which can be annoying.

David Green, 58, of Primrose Avenue (chairman of Friends Of Wincobank Hill)

“IT’S the history that sets Wincobank apart - how many places anywhere in the country have their own iron age hill fort?

When you walk up there, look around and have a seat, you can almost feel the history.

An old headmaster once told me that, going eastwards, it’s the highest place until you get to the Urals in Russia.

The views from up there are magnificent, that’s for sure. But Wincobank’s modern history is pretty impressive too. The Flower estate is the oldest council estate in the country outside London. It had a bad reputation for several years - there were some problems and a stigma grew around it.

But, with hard work we’ve turned that around. It’s a lovely place to live now.”

Love: Wincobank Hill is one of Sheffield’s jewels.

Not so loved: We get a lot of motorbike riders here. They disturb people and damage the heritage of the hill.

Ibrar Hussain, 48, of Pitsmoor Road (Sheffield City Councillor for Burngreave ward)

“THIS area is my home, and it has been all my life. It’s the people who keep me here. When you walk down the streets or go in the shops, there’s always someone who knows your name and wants a chat.

There’s diversity here and that makes things exciting. Of course, there are challenges as there are in any inner city community but we meet those challenges and are better, stronger places for doing so. There is a harmony here, despite the bad press the area gets.

And there’s so much green space too. I grew up playing in places like Abbeyfield Park. Plus the city centre is on your doorstep.

It’s a mile and half from my front door. That is a great location.”

Love: It’s a community that makes everyone welcome.

Not so loved: The negative press can get you down because it does not accurately reflect the area.

Trevor Wraith, 57, of Russell Street (landlord of the Kelham Island Tavern, in Russell Street)

“WHEN I first moved here in 2002 I hated the place. It was grim. You had prostitutes and pimps hassling people in the streets. I had a friend get seven shades knocked out of him.

But it’s developed so much over the last decade, I would now say it’s one of the most exciting places in Sheffield. You have great pubs like ourselves and The Fat Cat, and great restaurants like The Brooklyn. Add to that a museum, a lot of industrial heritage and several art galleries, and you can see why people love to come here.

We get visitors from across the country for the five or six real ale pubs that are all in close proximity. And obviously The Milestone restaurant had national TV coverage through Gordon Ramsey.

There’s still work to do. A lot of developments have been put on hold during the slump and that means there’s a lot of empty buildings but even that has a sense of history about it.”

Love: It feels up and coming.

Not so loved: There’s still some dereliction.