Four reasons to live in Heely

Some fifty to sixty years ago, in the 1960s and 1970s, there was a plan to build a dual carriageway through Heeley; families were moved out and houses, pubs and businesses were demolished to make way. For various reasons, including public pressure, plans were shelved.

By Rochelle Barrand
Wednesday, 13th November 2019, 3:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 1:56 pm
Heeley City Farm is open to some cute animals. These baby goats were born there last year. Picture by Steve Ellis
Heeley City Farm is open to some cute animals. These baby goats were born there last year. Picture by Steve Ellis

Today, the families, the pubs and the restaurants are back and it’s a thriving community with lots to offer. Here are four reasons why Heeley could be the perfect place for you to buy or rent your next home.

The convenient location

Heeley is great because it’s within a short walking distance to many things you may need. A walk in to the city centre will only take half an hour, give or talk, and the train station is only about 20 minutes away. It's also close to London Road, Abbeydale Road, and Chesterfield Road, which all offer a fantastic range of retail shops and restaurants so you’ll be spoiled for choice if you want a day-time shopping trip or an evening meal out. There's also a great variety of restaurants, cafes and other eateries on offer, so whether you’re in the mood for Italian, Indian or Greek food, or you have a dietary requirement to cater, you’ll find something that calls to your tastebuds.

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Hendrika Stephens, of Sheffield Antiques Quarter, at Heeley Bank Antiques Centre, Queens Road, Sheffield

The park

While Heeley is conveniently close to the city centre, it’s also far enough away for residents to to be able to take advantage of the peace and quiet the neighbourhood offers, and with that the leafy, green community park. Heeley People’s Park, on View Road, gives residents six distinct sites and a range of spaces and activities that make it like a mini Peak District on the doorstep; two world-class boulders, cycle tracks, picnic and play areas, pretty views, wildflower meadows and orchards. The space is also home to thousands of wildlife and bird species. It’s a perfect place for people of all ages, and families, to come together and enjoy all the park has to offer; both in terms of natural beauty and fun activities.

The farm

One of the greatest pleasures for any Heeley resident is a visit to Heeley City Farm, on Richards Road. Home to a variety of animals, the farm is a a certified rare breeds centre which means that they breed native UK breeds which are so rare some species are classed as vulnerable by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. There are goats, pigs, horses, sheep, ducks, chickens, peafowl and even a silver pheasant. There’s also an inside area which is home to some small cute and cuddly animals, such as rabbits. There's also an under-8s playground for little ones to enjoy and home cooked meals for all to enjoy available in the cafe. Not only that, but there are regular activities and events happening throughout the year. Farm entry is free too, but donations are welcomed.

Heeley People's Park in Sheffield.

The history and the shopping

Heeley is home to part of the Sheffield Antiques Quarter, which is a must visit for any resident with an interest in history, antiques or vintage items. It is full to the brim with tempting treasures, retro finds and quirky independent stores. From its glittering emporiums to delightful tea rooms tempting you with delicious home baked cakes, there's something for everyone and its easy to spend a few hours exploring here. Heeley Bank Antiques centre, on Queens Road, is just one of the the examples of the the shops you will find here. It is the start point of the Antiques Quarter and offers vintage items from over 30 dealers over two floors. It is a Grade II listed building and also a former bank. Customers will even be able to see some of the original features of the bank as they wander around.