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Park Hill, Sheffield: continuity and change

Updated Friday 4th May 2012

What stories does Park Hill hold? From 19th century industrial squalor to iconic 'streets in the sky' in the 1960s, Park Hill, Sheffield changes once again as we enter the 21st century.

From 19th century industry to 21st century regeneration

As factories and workshops attracted industrial workers to Sheffield in the 19th century, row upon row of ‘back-to-backs’ sprang up, deteriorating into slum dwellings by the 1920s. Park Hill ‘streets in the sky’, originally built to great international acclaim in the 1960s, suffered dilapidation and decline during the 1980s. Rising again above the rubble, new residents are moving into the renovated and restored, iconic, Grade II listed Park Hill in 2012.

Park Hill, Sheffield

Click each image to find maps, pictures and stories from Park Hill, Sheffield.

Our story of Park Hill starts in the 19th century with cholera outbreaks in the crowded back-to-back 'courts'. Copyright Sheffield City Archives (s05914) As we leave the first decade of the 21st century, what does the future hold for Park Hill, Sheffield? Copyright Urban Splash Sheffield City Council developed innovative plans to deal with slum clearance in the 20th century. Copyright Sheffield City Archives Explore the Park Hill area on Google map streetview. Stroll down to the area where Urban Splash are at work. Copyright Urban Splash
Copyright Background: Cassini historical maps

UPDATE: BBC News revisited Park Hill in 2016. See the story on OpenLearn Live.

 

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