Then and now pictures reveal how Sheffield street close to Hillsborough Stadium has changed over the years

Leppings Lane would probably be an unremarkable Sheffield residential street if it wasn’t for the fact that Hillsborough Stadium lies at one end.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 11:47 am
Updated Thursday, 24th June 2021, 11:48 am
Leppings Lane, Hillsborough, in 1963 with the Sheffield Wednesday floodlights towering over the terraced houses and shops.
Leppings Lane, Hillsborough, in 1963 with the Sheffield Wednesday floodlights towering over the terraced houses and shops.

The name is thought to be related to the 19th century, when the road was still just a path leading to the River Don – the word ‘Lepping’ is thought to refer to ‘leaping stones’ that people used to cross over the river.

The whole area was badly hit by the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864, when Dale Dyke Dam burst, laying waste to whole areas of the Loxley and Don Valleys, with a wall of water sweeping as far as Rotherham.

Of course, one dreadful chapter in the street’s history was the Hillsborough Disaster that took place on April 15, 1989, which resulted in the awful loss of 96 lives. Those poor Liverpool fans who went to watch a football match and never came home again entered the ground through the Leppings Lane end.

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Peter Illingsworth, Lisa Purseglove and Emma Lee of EMMS barbers, protesting about a proposed Hillsborough parking permit scheme

However, these pictures simply look back at the area and its community over the years.

Hairdresser Janet Ellis of Leppings Lane, Sheffield, pictured in 1996
Sheila Elliott, pictured on Leppings Lane
Lives and times in Leppings Lane
Coun David Baker, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, meeting people who would have been affected if Wadsley Bridge Post Office, based in the Law Brothers Garage on Leppings Lane, closed. He said: “We will do everything we can to make sure local people get to keep these very important services.”