Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

16/4/2007

Sheffield

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Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. It is so named because of its origins in a field on the River Sheaf that runs through the city. The city has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wide economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is estimated at 520,700 people (2005),[1] and it is one of the eight largest English cities outside London, which form the English Core Cities Group.

The city became world famous in the 19th century for its production of steel. Many innovations in the industry were developed locally, including crucible and stainless steel. This fuelled an almost tenfold increase in the population during the Industrial Revolution. It gained its city charter in 1893 and became officially titled the City of Sheffield. International competition caused a decline in local industry during the 1970s and 1980s, and at the same time the national coal industry collapsed, affecting Sheffield’s population. In recent years the city has reinvented itself as a sporting and technology city. for more click here

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