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Looking for Sheffieldish facts, figures, famous faces and funny stuff? Here’s a few for starters but if you need something specific just get in touch.

  • The name Sheffield is derived from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city.
  • Sheffield is the third largest English district by population. The 2011 census population of Sheffield was 551,800.
  • A third of Sheffield lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park.
  • Sheffield is the only major UK city to have part of a National Park within its boundaries
  • On 5 June, Sheffield was voted as Emerging City Destination of the Year 2017 by The Luxury Travel Guide.
  • As early as the fourteenth century, Sheffield was known as a place for the production of knives and was mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
  • In the nineteenth century, Sheffield gained a reputation for being a premier producer of steel.
  • Today Sheffield’s Industrial Museum on Kelham Island (a man-made island in the River Don) boosts a working River Don Steam Engine.
  • Shepherd Wheel in Sheffield is the city’s last surviving water-powered knife-grinding workshop.
  • Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens opened in 1836.
  • Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre stages the annual World Snooker Championship
  • Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries has four individual galleries under one roof.
  • Sheffield boasts the world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, which was formed in 1857 mainly by a group of cricketers. Sheffield FC is the only other team to be awarded the FIFA Order of Merit. And, they’re still on the go today.
  • Sheffield Wednesday is one of the oldest professional football clubs in the world, and the third oldest professional association club.
  • Sheffield has two universities – University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Henderson’s relish has been made in Sheffield since 1885 and is still made in the city to this day.
  • 1997 film classic, The Full Monty, was set and filmed in Sheffield in August 1997.
  • Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in Sheffield for 14 years from 1570 onwards.
  • Sheffield is the birthplace of Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE, who also chose to stay and train in the city during her sporting career.
  • It was at Sheffield University that comedian Eddie Izzard decided to press pause on accountancy and try his hand at comedy.

Sheffield’s Famous Faces

  • Professor Barry Hancock OBE – world renowned cancer expert
  • Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Nick O’Malley, Jamie Cook – Arctic Monkeys
  • David Blunkett – former Cabinet minister
  • David Mellor – cutler
  • Def Leppard – top-selling rock band
  • Derek Dooley – one of Sheffield’s most respected footballers
  • Gordon Banks – footballer
  • Jarvis Cocker – musician, lead singer of Pulp
  • Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE – athlete and Olympic gold medallist in Heptathlon
  • Joe Cocker – singer
  • Joseph Locke – railway engineer
  • Malcolm Elliott – professional cyclist
  • Michael Palin – comedian, actor and travel presenter
  • Michael Vaughan, – captain of the England cricket team from 2003 to 2008
  • Naseem Hamed – boxer
  • Nick Clegg – politician, deputy prime minister from 2010 – 2015
  • Oona King – politician
  • Phil Oakey – of the Human League
  • Robert Hadfield – innovator of steel alloys
  • Roy Hattersley – politician
  • Sean Bean – actor
  • Sebastian Coe – Olympic medal winner and Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
  • Sir John Fowler – railway engineer and co-designer of the Forth Railway Bridge