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1879 Guide to Sheffield


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Republished for the first time ever, this is a unique insight into Victorian Sheffield courtesy of this abridged version of the magnificent 1879 'Illustrated Guide to Sheffield'. Includes a foreword by Neil Anderson. It's one of most fascinating titles ever written about Sheffield.

Retail therapy in Cole Bros, a sumptuous dinner in the Cutlers' Hall and a relaxing night's sleep at the Royal Victoria Hotel - it has all the hallmarks of a 21st century Sheffield marketing brochure.
But these highlights are actually plucked from one of the then town's earliest attempts at tourism  - over 130 years ago!
Republished for the first time, the abridged 1879 'Illustrated Guide to Sheffield' gives a unique insight into life gone by.

It was a period that saw the earliest tram routes opening out to Attercliffe, Hillsborough and Nether Edge and cocoa and coffee houses providing entertainment in the shape of billiards and bagatelle.
Many street names, buildings and traditions have survived to this day - just as many have not.  
The Sheffield Club, frequented by the elite of the town, is no longer with us but Working Men's Clubs, which began springing up 1871, were on their ascendency right across the town.
It's a time when football is gaining in popularity, there's horseracing in Broomhill and a bicycle practice area in Sharrow Vale.

One of the most popular attractions is the South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum at Wadsley Park. It offers "extensive lawns, flower gardens and shrubberies" with all general maintenance "performed by the lunatics".

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