The dead won’t be disturbed

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Pat Spye-Burroughs asks if the cholera victims are being left in peace above Midland Station. Yes, Pat, they are.

I understand that all the victims lie at peace in the Cholera Grounds, which have been superbly refurbished in recent years and which offer an unrivalled view of the ‘good, bad and ugly’ of the modern city centre. The most impressive tombstone is that of John Blake, Master Cutler, cut down by the disease, which was caused by insanitary water supplies.

I have yet to fathom out what the peculiar looking developments are on the Park hillside, having seen little about them in the local media. I thought at first it was some sort of amphitheatre but am told it’s landscaping for a Sheaf Valley Park.

Ron Clayton, S6

As far as I’m aware the hillside overlooking the railway station to which Mrs Spye-Burroughs refers was occupied by old houses until the late 50s/early 60s. A slum clearance scheme resulted in the construction of Park Hill and Hyde Park flats and the site of the houses was then grassed over.

Current work on the hillside is to turn the area into a new ‘urban park’.

Andrew Speight, Kirkby Dr, S12