City of Sheffield walkabout – a photo tour (photos)

A collection of images comparing 1970s Sheffield and the city centre in 2008

I previously wrote about the fascinating 1970s council publication that I got my hands on a few months ago. Produced by the Sheffield City Promotions Committee, it offered visitors a guided tour of the town centre featuring commentary, photos and a map, all for just 25p (around £2.50 at today’s prices).

Though all black and white, the photos give an insight into how the city used to look and I thought it would be an interesting exercise to take comparative shots in the present day and put them side by side.

The photos are below. I’ve tried to frame the 2008 shots as closely to the originals as possible, although I think a wide angle lens was used on some. The modern-day shots have also been converted to black and white.

The shot of the registry office, or “wedding cake” as it was nicknamed isn’t here, and due to the BBC outside broadcast units, the image of the Crucible isn’t really a fair comparison. I will revisit Tudor Square when the snooker is over and also when the theatre has been redeveloped.

Peace gardens/town hall
1970s
Peace gardens/town hall

2008

Central library
1970s
Central library 1970s

2008
Central library 2008

City hall
1970s
City hall 1970s

2008
City hall 2008

Fargate
1970s
Fargate 1970s

2008
Fargate 2008

Cathedral
1970s
Cathedral 1970s

2008
Cathedral 2008

Montgomery statue
1970s
Montgomery statue 1970

2008
Montgomery statue 2008

Paradise square
1970s
Paradise square 1970

2008
Paradise square 2008

Figtree Lane
1970s
Figtree Lane 1970

2008
Figtree Lane 2008

Castle square
1970s
Castle square

2008
Castle square 2008

Norfolk Street
1970s
Norfolk Street 1970

2008
Norfolk Street 2008

Norfolk Row
1970s
Norfolk Row 1970s

2008
Norfolk Row 2008

Town hall
1970s
Town Hall 1970s

2008 (two photos joined)
Town Hall 2008

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3 Comments

  1. Considering how much of Sheffield has been redeveloped in the intervening years, it’s amazing how many similarites there are in the two sets of photos. I like the way the two sets of pictures match up so well (apart from the ‘hole in the road’ shot, obviously!), I imagine it took a lot of effort to achieve that.

    I know what you mean about the Crucible, we went past a few days ago. You can’t see it at all at the moment can you?

  2. the author

     /  21 April, 2008

    I guess that many of the landmarks in the city are listed buildings, therefore externally they aren’t allowed to be changed much. It would be worth taking photos of Burgess Street and the proposed area for Sevenstone for comparison in a few years time.

    Nope, the Crucible is completely hidden!

  3. The resemblance is amazing. Makes it seem like not much has changed since then. Paradise square is identical with the exception of the cars. Who knows if someone will stand again in the future in the very same spots to picture the difference with today’s scenery.

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