Books about Sheffield

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Around Sheffield Then and Now (Britain in Old Photographs)
Sheffield and its collection of satellite towns and villages offers a diverse range of settlements, some with heavily industrialised areas, others surrounded by moorland and magnificent countryside. Author Geoffrey Howse has collected an interesting and varied selection of old photographs of both the city centre and the outlying towns and villages. He contrasts them with present-day images photographed by Paul T. Langley Welch to show the many changes which have taken place over the years. Some of the area's historic buildings such as Sheffield Manor and Wharncliffe Lodge, as well as many local churches are included. Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Beauchief Abbey, Dore, Totley, Rivelin Valley, Oughtibridge, Stocksbridge, Bolsterstone, Firth Park, Shire Green, Ecclesfield, Chapeltown, Grenoside and Woodseats are just some of the places featured. For anyone who has an interest in this part of South Yorkshire, no bookshelf would be complete without a copy of this book.
Francis Frith's Sheffield and South Yorkshire Pocket Album
A pocket photo guide containing finely detailed photographs of the locality from the Francis Frith collection. Suitable for local historians, tourists and general reading or as a gift. Includes a voucher for a free print.
A History of Sheffield
Highly respected local historian David Hey has written a fine, up-to-date history of Sheffield. His excellent text is now complemented by over 300 illustrations, many in colour.
Norton (Sheffield) (Archive Photographs: Images of England)
This fascinating collection of over 200 old photographs and other documents records the vanished rural community of Norton as it was in the first half of the twentieth century. The old parish of Norton extended over a much wider area than present-day Norton, encompassing Bradway, Greenhill, Woodseats and Norton Lees; this book reflects these ancient boundaries. It was originally a mainly agricultural area, although from the sixteenth century the yeoman farmers used local iron deposits to manufacture scythes and many cottagers made nails. Formerly the northernmost outpost (the 'North-ton') of the Scarsdale Hundred of Derbyshire, the parish was encroached upon by the city of Sheffield in several stages after 1900. This expansion changed the nature of the area for ever. The book is divided into thematic chapters dealing with aspects of the old, more leisurely, way of life, including schooldays, churches, home life and local services. Many of the larger houses are also featured, several of which remained in private ownership until the 1980s, and the names of the influential families connected with them live on in the history books.
A Photographic History of Sheffield Steel (Britain in Old Photographs)
Sheffield has built its worldwide reputation on steelmaking. For centuries the area was renowned for its cutlery and tools and from the mid-eighteenth century Sheffield began to build a reputation for the production of high-quality steels. A hundred years later the city's name was synonymous with steel and today 'made in Sheffield' still guarantees the highest quality. In A Photographic History of Sheffield Steel, author Geoffrey Howse has chosen a wide cross-section of photographs of steel and cutlery production in and around the city, primarily from the fascinating collections at Kelham Island Museum. Many famous companies are featured, as are different production methods, a wide range of products from the vast numbers of items manufactured there (including gun barrels, shell cases and armour-plate), the steelworkers themselves and individual 'Little Masters'. This book is essential reading for everyone who knows Sheffield, residents and visitors alike, while anyone connected with the steel and cutlery industries will find that these pictures stimulate memories of days gone by.
Times Past: Sheffield
This photographic record of Sheffield looks at the changes that have taken place from Victorian times to the 50s. There are sections on the history of steel and cutlery-making, the city at leisure, transport, Sheffield at war, and its unique and beautiful parks and gardens.

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