How Sheffield became the city is is today - a new book explores....

Sheffield – A Civilised Place is a thematic history of Sheffield from pre-historic times to the present day.It explores the development of the city through the essentials of a civilised life – shelter, energy, water and communications - often putting local developments in a national or international context.

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 2:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th July 2019, 3:42 pm
Tinsley Viaduct

This book by Duncan Froggatt highlights notable buildings and places in the city, from its humble barns and cottages, to factories and offices, modern tower blocks, and numerous churches.

Then there are multiple places of entertainment and recreation, and diverse forms of transport and communication among other services.

The book features some of the key people involved in the creating of these places that have played a part in so many people’s lives.

Parkway Viaduct

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It is comprehensively illustrated with over 350 colour photographs, by Angela Harpham, and a number of drawings.

Pioneering engineering works utilised water power from local rivers to start the steel industry that Sheffield became so famous for.

These Sheffield rivers were the most intensely used of any in the world in the 18th century.

Without this advanced engineering Sheffield could not possibly have become the city of stature that she did.

Part of the book's cover

This history and gazetteer of the making of the city is described by reviewers as “most impressive”, with “superb photographs”. It is called “a true celebration of the city”, and “ideal for exiled Sheffielders or graduates”.

Copies are available from Sheffield Scene, The Famous Sheffield Shop, Hassop Station bookshop, Kelham Island Industrial Museum, Waterstones and Totley library. It is also available at—SHEFFCIV.html#SID=41, or can be ordered in.

Kelham Island
Derwent panorama