A to Z of Sheffield Part 2: 13 amazing facts and pieces of trivia that might surprise you

There are many things that Sheffield is known for such as its industrial history and beloved professional football teams, but there are also a whole host of facts and pieces of trivia about the city that might surprise you.

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 12:30 pm
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Part 1 features facts referring to the letters A – M, and please let us know if you think of any facts about Sheffield that aren’t included in either part but should be.

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Sheffield-born Naseem Hamed, also known as Prince Naseem, is one of Britain’s most successful boxers. In the 1990s, Prince Naseem rose through the ranks to win multiple featherweight world championships. He won his first WBO (World Boxing Organisation) title in 1995, when he was just 21-years-old, and subsequently held the title until 2000. File picture of Naseem Hamed celebrating his victory over Freddy Cruz in Sheffield in October 1994. Picture: SWNS
The Old Queen’s Head is Sheffield’s oldest surviving pub, and oldest domestic building, dating back to 1475. Its name is believed to refer to Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned in the city between 1570 to 1584.
About a third of the Peak District national park is in Sheffield, and it is the only city in the UK to have a national park within its city limits
The Queens Road skating rink, which was called Silver Blades, was opened by Mecca in 1965 and became the Skate Central roller skating arena in 2005. It is fondly remembered by thousands of people in Sheffield, and the change to become a skating arena came shortly after the opening of Ice Sheffield in May 2003.
An incredible rainbow that shone over Sheffield for more than six hours on March 14, 1994 led to the city holding the world record for the longest shining bow for more than 20 years. Students at the University of Sheffield reported seeing it in place between 9am until 3pm. The record was beaten by Taiwan's capital, Taipei, in 2017 when an unbroken rainbow was spotted there for nine hours. Experts claimed the Taiwanese bow was visible from 7am to 4pm. Image: Picture Sheffield.
The place name Sheffield has Old English origins and derives from the River Sheaf, which is a corruption of shed or sheth, the meaning of which is to divide or separate. Field is a generic suffix from feld, which means forest clearing.
Tina Turner's 50th anniversary tour finished at what is now the FlyDSA Arena on May 5, 2009 - which turned out to be the star’s last live concert. Turner has now retired from performing. Photo: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images
Sheffield has two universities: The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. The history of the former dates back to the creation of the Sheffield School of Medicine in 1828, which subsequently amalgamated with Firth College and Sheffield Technical College to form the University of Sheffield. Sheffield Hallam University can trace its roots back to 1848 when the Sheffield School of Design was formed to provide skilled designers to Britain’s industry.
Football star Jamie Vardy was born in Sheffield and grew up in Hillsborough. The 33-year-old was in Sheffield Wednesday’s youth squad but was released aged 16. Since then, Vardy has played for a number of professional teams and settled at Leicester City during the 2012-13 season. He helped the club defy the odds to win the Premier League for the first time at the end of the 2015/16, having entered the season as underdogs who faced relegation the year before. The striker has also racked up 26 caps for England’s national team.
Sheffield has its own walk of fame, and the star-shaped plaques bearing the names of the city’s most famous sons and daughters are located outside the Town Hall in the city centre. Those selected for the honour must also be famous outside of the city. Among those included are Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sebastian Coe, Sean Bean, Gordon Banks, Def Leppard, David Mellor, Joe Scarborough and Tony Foulds who is the most recent recipient to receive a star.
Singer Lucy Spraggan was living in Sheffield when she was catapulted to fame after appearing on the X Factor in 2012. She made it through to the live rounds, but was forced to cut her run on the talent show short due to illness. Lucy was subsequently signed to Colombia Records and has since released four albums. Picture: PA
Sheffield hosted the world’s first football knockout tournament The Youdan Cup, which was played under ‘Sheffield rules’ and took place between February to March 1867 - preceding the FA Cup by four years. A total of 12 clubs took place, and Sheffield side Hallam FC managed to win the Youdan Cup. The Youdan Cup, football's oldest knockout tournament pictured on display at the Legends of the Lane Museum at Sheffield United FC
Sheffield digital dubbing company, Zoo Digital has production facilities in London, LA and Sheffield where it now has a workforce of over 100 people. The firm provides dubbing, subtitling and digital distributions services and has worked with Disney, Paramount, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal and Netflix. Caption: Zoo Digital chief executive Dr Stuart Green