Scroll through and see how many facts you’re already aware of.
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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5. R - Record-breaking rainbow
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.
Photo: R - Record-breaking rainbow
6. S - Sheffield etymology
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.
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7. T - Tina Turner's final gig
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
Photo: T - Tina Turner's final gig
8. U - Universities
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.
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