SHEFFIELDS AROUND THE WORLD: From America to Tasmania, 11 other places that share the name of our great city

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Us Sheffielders are proud of where we're from. But did you know that there are people all over the world who can honestly say they are from Sheffield, yet have never set foot in our Steel City?

Here's our guide to the 11 other places on planet Earth called Sheffield.

Sheffield, Alabama, United States

The second largest Sheffield in the world, with a population of 9,000.

Sheffield, Alabama was home to the famous Muscle Shoals recording studio, used over the years by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel.

The town is also known as the City of Senators, being the birthplace of politicians such as Howell Helfin, Mitch McConnell, and former Presidential contender Fred Thompson.

Sheffield, Alabama

Sheffield, Alabama

During World War Two the town was home to a large aluminium smelting facility, aiding the war effort by increasing the production of aircraft.

Sheffield, New Zealand

Sheffield is a small village located in the Selwyn District of the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island, near the Waimakariri Gorge.

The village was settled in the 19th century by farmers attracted to the area for sheep grazing.

Sheffield, Ohio

Sheffield, Ohio

Sheffield has a railway station and was once a railway junction. The first railway line reached the town in the late 1870s.

Sheffield, Massachusetts, United States

The land that this Sheffield sits on was purchased for 460 pounds, three barrels of cider and 30 quarts of rum from Chief Konkapot in the year 1724.

Today the town has a population of just over 3,000 people, and covers 48 square miles.

Sheffield, Cornwall

Sheffield, Cornwall

The Sheffield Resolves, or Sheffield Declaration, was an early Colonial American petition against British rule and manifesto for individual rights, drawn up as a series of resolves approved by the Town of Sheffield on January 12, 1773

Sheffield was also the site of the bloodiest (and last) battle on February 27, 1787, during Shays' Rebellion.

Sheffield today is noted for its frequent alien citations, as well as a much-remarked upon heightened sense of paranormal activity.

Sheffield, Tasmania

Sheffield was one of the many early townships settled in 1859 and was named by Edward Curr after his home town in South Yorkshire.

Sheffield has long been the rural hub for the Mount Roland area and is known for its high quality butterfat production via dairy farming.

View of Sheffield, Massachusetts, in 1839

View of Sheffield, Massachusetts, in 1839

The area grew slowly and the commencement of the Mersey-Forth Power Development Scheme in 1963 saw the town grow dramatically.

The completion of the power scheme –- seven dams and seven power stations –- in 1973 saw the town's population decline. Sheffield's revival as the Town of Murals began as a bid by a small group of residents determined to save their town.

Inspired by the story of Chemainus, a small Canadian town that had through mural art, rescued itself from ruin, the Kentish Association for Tourism (KAT) worked on the vision to combine the arts and tourism to revive and reinvent the town of Sheffield.

Sheffield has become a major tourist attraction due to it being promoted as a "Town of Murals",[5] based upon the instrumental contributions of the Kentish Association for Tourism (currently known as Sheffield Inc) and local tourism pioneer Brian Inder.[6]

The first town mural was painted in Sheffield in December 1986. Since then over 60 murals depicting the area's rich history and beautiful natural scenery have been painted on walls throughout the town and buildings along the roadside. The murals attract an estimated 200,000 people to the town annually.

Sheffield, Illinois, United States

The town is home to a leaking nuclear waste storage facility which closed in 1978.

Sheffield was founded by Joseph E. Sheffield and Henry Farnam in 1852.

Sheffield and Farnam constructed the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad, and the town site was intended as a coaling station for trains.

According to Farnam, he and Sheffield flipped a coin to see for whom the town would be named.

Today the town has a population of less than 1,000 people.

Sheffield, Cornwall, England

Sheffield is a hamlet in Cornwall, thought to have been established to house the workers of the Sheffield Quarry and later the surrounding farms.

Many artists l live and work in the immediate area today due to the quality of the light, which has attracted artists dating back to when the railways made it possible to travel easily to the far West.

Sheffield, Texas, United States

The small community, with a population of just 600, is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 290, State Highway 349, and FM 1217 on the eastern edge of Pecos County.

The first settler was John Cannon, who arrived in 1888 and purchased a tract along the Pecos River. A post office was established in 1898, with Will Sheffield as its first postmaster. Around 1900, a small settlement sprang up on land adjoining the Cannon ranch owned by Mr. Sheffield and the town became known as Sheffield.

Another Sheffield pioneer was William Franklin Smith, who purchased and ranched part of the Sheffield land adjacent to the small community. The town prospered in the early 1900s as a supply point and social center for surrounding ranchers.

The discovery of oil in the Trans-Pecos region during the 1920s radically altered the local economy.

Sheffield became a stopping point for traveling motorists when U.S. Highway 290 was constructed during the 1920s.

Sheffield grew slowly, from an estimated 124 inhabitants in 1925 to 350 by 1949. Natural gas production was introduced in 1971.

Sheffield, Ohio, United States

With a population of 4,000, Sheffield is a village in Lorain County, Ohio, along the Black River.

Lee Richmond, a 19th-century major league baseball pitcher, was born here.

Sheffield, Vermont, United States

The small town is home to a 16 turbine wind farm, for which it receives half a million dollars a year.

The town was the birthplace of the violinist Malcolm Goldstein, and the poet Galway Kinnell.

Sheffield, Iowa, United States

Sheffield was mapped in 1874, and it was named for a personal friend of the founder's.

The town has a population of just over 1,000 people.

Sheffield, Pennsylvania, United States

Situated in Warren County, the town has a population of 1,000.

Sheffield, Illinois

Sheffield, Illinois

Sheffield, iowa

Sheffield, iowa

Sheffield, Vermont

Sheffield, Vermont

Sheffield, Tasmania

Sheffield, Tasmania

Sheffield, New Zealand

Sheffield, New Zealand

Sheffield, Massachusetts

Sheffield, Massachusetts