It’s the app that’s sweeping the globe - but it turns out Pikachu and his Pokémon pals can teach us a thing or two about our very own Sheffield, too.
You might have known these already, you might not - but there’s a whole new generation learning about some of Sheffield’s most intricate secrets thanks to Nintendo’s Pokémon Go app.
The app allows players to catch virtual critters, aka Pokémon, all across the city thanks to a combination of GPS positioning and augmented reality. Players can compete to catch all 143 Pokémon in the game across the city, check in to Pokéstops at various pubs, churches and points of interest and challenge other players in ‘gyms’ in key locations.
Several points of interest in Sheffield are stops. Here’s 10 facts about Sheffield city centre Pokémon Go might teach you:
1. The green-ish statue right on top of Sheffield’s Town Hall’s tallest point is Vulcan, the god of fire. It is intended to depict smithery, ie Sheffield’s famed metalworks. There are also a number of friezes representing Sheffield’s industries of the time it was built in 1890. It was opened by Queen Victoria using a remote control from her carriage.
2. The original site of the Jessop’s Hospital for Women is at a solicitor’s offices in Figtree Lane. The hospital opened there in June 1864, according to the plaque on the side of Victoria Chambers in Figtree Lane that’s been turned into a Pokestop.
3. The Pokestop for ‘Dieu et Mon Droit’ is French for ‘God and my right’ and is the official motto of the Monarch in the UK. The Pokestop and the plaque can be found on a plaque on a set of offices on Bank Street - because it was once the site of the old County Court building.
4. There’s a plaque in Paradise Square dedicated to John Lesley from June 15th, 1779, which is a Pokestop. It is a Georgian square used for public announcements. Leaders of the day would come to the square to make important public proclamations.
John Wesley is widely credited with co-founding the Methodist Church, and apparently preached to “the largest congregation I ever saw on a weekday” in Paradise Square.
5. Very close by, there is a Pokestop dedicated to David Daniel Davis, a physician who lived in Paradise Square from 1803 to 1812, notable for assisting in the birth of Queen Victoria and translating the Pinel’s Treatise on Insanity.
6. There’s a series of ‘metal faces’ which are a Pokestop on a set of studio apartments in West Bar. Seriously, does anyone know what these are for?
7. Terminal Warehouse, as it’s known, is a Pokestop down by the riverside. The building was completed in 1819 and was one of the largest in Sheffield at the time - designed especially so that a barge could be driven right into the building and unload inside it while still on the canal. It was restored in 1995.
8. There’s a plaque near the Park Hill Flats dedicated to the historic Ponds Forge works which was situated there from 1765 until 1988, which is a Pokestop.
9. Samuel Osborne, a former Master Cutler and Lord Mayor of Sheffield, has a plaque in his name on the Wicker - which is also a Pokestop. It was at his firm’s works which a special self-hardening steel was perfected which made Sheffield synonymous with high quality tools.
10. The bronze benches - another Pokestop - in Leopold Square are embellished with personal quotes and messages from Sheffielders of the day. They’re definitely worth a read.
Have you spotted any interesting Pokemon Go stops in Sheffield, or learned anything new on your Poke-travels? Tweet @sheffieldstar