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The History of Industries and Toolmaking in United Kingdom

  Sheffield As It Is - Being a Historical and Descriptive Hand-Book, 1852    

Sheffield, the metropolis of steel, the great seat of the world's cutlery and other hardware, derives its name from the river Sheaf, and is situate at the conflux of that river with the Don, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, borders upon Derbyshire, and is near the eastern side of the mountainous range called the “English Appenines.”

It is included in the Deanery of Doncaster, the Archdeaconry of the West Riding, and in the Diocese of York. It is at nearly an equal distance from the eastern and western oceans, in 53 deg. 23 min. north latitude and 1 deg. 29 min. west longitude - is distant from London, 164 miles N.N.W.; from Edinburgh, 248 s. s. E.; from Manchester, 38 E. by s. ; and from Derby, 39 N.

It is built on gently sloping banks, boldly swelling hills, and abrupt declivities ; and is surrounded by a large amphitheater of verdant heights, so that from almost every street its inhabitants can gaze upon green fields or wood-clad heights; while, from every eminence in the vicinity, under favorable circumstances, a beautiful panoramic view is obtained of the town and suburbs - the meandering rivers of the Den, the Sheaf, and the Porter, which form three sides of a peninsulated area, upon which stands the greater part of the town - the mountain streams of the Rivelin and Loxley - or the bold prominent hills of Derbyshire, rising one above another until lost in the distance.

It possesses more grand and varied displays of rural scenery, and affords to its inhabitants more delightful sylvan and pastoral retreats, than any other manufacturing town in the United Kingdom.

The air is salubrious, and epidemic diseases are rare, there being few parts of the town where the country breezes do not reach.

The parish is about 10 miles in length and averages 3 in breadth, and has an area of more than 22,000 acres which are nearly all cultivated. It is divided into six townships, viz.: Sheffield, Ecolesall Bierlow, Upper Hallam, Nether Hallam, Brightside Bierlow, and Attercliffe-cum-Darnall. It abounds in coal, stone, and iron, which, with its numerous streams, form the very existence of its diversified manufactures, and are the sources of its wealth.

Sheffield is the capital of Hallamshire, the boundary of which has never been defined.

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Sheaf Works of
Wm. Greaves & Sons

Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers

2nd Edition

Sheaf Works of Wm. Greaves & Sons, was built in the 1820s to supply the American demand for tools and cutlery (such as razors and Bowie knives). This firm is one of hundreds profiled and illustrated in Tweedale's Directory.

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