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Sheffield is world famous for its steel and silver plate, but it also is where stainless steel, the folding umbrella and the spring tape measure were invented.

The city is ideally situated for the milling of steel, with a local supply of coal, timber and rivers for power. It grew like other Victorian towns into a city during the Industrial Revolution when the cutlery industry was already more than 300 years old. The crucible-cast method of making steel, invented by Benjamin Huntsman made Sheffield Britain's centre for tool-steel manufacture. Later in the 18th century, Thomas Boulsover method of silver plating made Sheffield a centre for tableware. Supplanted by modern electrolysis plating, examples of Boulsover's old plating is now prized by collectors. Not surprisingly, the City Museum has the world's finest collection of Sheffield Plate on display.

Things to see and do in Sheffield include the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, a working 18th century water-powered steelworks, several museums of note including the Mappin Art Gallery, the Graves Art Gallery and the York and Lancaster Regimental Museum. There is also the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Bishops House and Beauchief Abbey...all worth a visit.

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Sheffield United on the Web
University of Sheffield
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