Reasons you will love living in the S12 area of Sheffield

The S12 area of Sheffield has a lot to offer, from top restaurants for those who adore their food to historic buildings of character for those who enjoy learning about a bygone era, and parks for those who want a fun day out with the family.

By Rochelle Barrand
Friday, 10th January 2020, 10:23 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 3:30 pm

Here’s our top reasons why you should consider living in S12:

An easy and convenient location

The S12 area, which includes Birley, Gleadless, Gleadless Townend, Frecheville, Hackenthorpe, Intake, Ridgeway, is within easy reach of the city centre and the shops at Crystal Peaks. It is also close to the countryside, so you'll be able to choose whether you want a day shopping in the hustle and bustle of the city or a relaxing day in the countryside.

Jodie Turner and her daughter Harley beside Frecheville Pond

Parks and picturesque places

The S12 area has parks and other green places that people of all ages can enjoy. A particularly popular spot to visit is Frecheville pond, where families can often be found enjoying a peaceful walk or feeding the ducks. Nearby Charnock Recreation Ground is a wheelchair friendly playground which has a good range of equipment suitable for children of all ages. There’s also Hollinsend Park, which is home to the Hollinsend Bowling Club and two greens. These places are also popular with dog walkers, as well as people who enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Historic buildings

Commonside farmhouse, which dates from around 1800, is a grade two listed building situated just off Gleadless Common. It been integrated into a new small housing development known as Commonside Croft.Christ Church on Hollinsend Road, Gleadless, is also a grade II listed building which dates from 1839 and includes a three-stage tower. There's also Birley Spa, a community bath hall and a Victorian bathhouse, and Greenside House, a grade two listed 18th century home, in the Hackenthorpe.

A seasonal dish from this month's menu at The Old Vicarage, Sheffield; wild roe deer and juniper with cranberry and star anise relish

Sense of community

People in S12, like the rest of Sheffield, are really friendly. Neighbours take the time to get to know each other and check that they are okay. There are community centres, such as the Frecheville Community Centre and Hackenthorpe Community Centre, where various clubs and classes run for people of all ages and spaces can be booked for private events and parties.

Good places to eat

Ridgeway is home to the the Old Vicarage, a restaurant housed in a Victorian country house in a quiet rural position. In three decades of business, the restaurant has consistently received countless awards and accolades from leading national food critics. Guests can expect to enjoy exciting, vibrant, internationally recognised and modern cooking by owner and chef Tessa Bramley with her talented kitchen team. The restaurant was included in The Plate, a guide to non-starred eateries from Michelin inspectors, last year. The photo shows in the top right of this page shows a seasonal dish from this month's menu; wild roe deer and juniper with cranberry and star anise relish.

Charnock Playground.

To tell us the reasons why you love the S12 area of Sheffield, or any other area of the city that you live in, please send us an e-mail at [email protected] We look forward to hearing your views.