Results in Sheffield, Yorkshire
SINCE pre-Roman times Sheffield has been on the very fringe of the North Country. Celtic forts at nearby Wincobank, Carl Wark and Scholes Wood marked the southern most territory of the northern Brigantes tribe and in later Anglo-Saxon times earthworks in the neighbourhood marked the boundary of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia. A place called Dore situated in a gap in the hills and now a suburb of Sheffield was literally a ‘doorway’ between the two kingdoms. In Medieval times Sheffield was the site of a castle and this was later a place of imprisonment for Mary Queen of Scots. Sheffield is best known for its steel making which was first recorded in Medieval times by Chaucer. The real growth in the industry took place from the 1740s when Sheffield man Benjamin Huntsman introduced new steel making techniques. At about the same time, another Sheffield man called Thomas Bolsouver pioneered the making of Sheffield Plate by fusing silver and copper ingots and rolling them together. Today much of Sheffield is of Victorian origin but its outskirts are dominated by the modern Meadowhall Shopping Centre. This occupies the site of a former Steel works.