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Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire it is in the North of the United Kingdom. Its name derives from the River Sheaf which runs through the city and used to run under the old Castle market, which has since been closed.


Once a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire its population now totals 540,000. The City of Sheffield is built on seven hills and lies near the confluence of five rivers, the Don, the Sheaf, the Rivelin, the Loxley and the Porter. It lies directly beside Rotherham, and Barnsley also borders Sheffield to the north.


It shares its southern and western borders with Derbyshire. Originally a part of the Brigantes territories during the Iron Age, and once a Celtic fiefdom known as Elmet the area around Sheffield has always been synonymous with steel. As early as the fourteenth century, with Sheffield a thriving market town, knife production there was mentioned by Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales. During 1740’s the crucible steel process was developed in Sheffield and later the production of stainless steel was pioneered there.


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Such innovations and the ensuing industry led to a population explosion which reached its peak in the 1950’s. Sheffield has a long sporting history with two football teams in the city, United and Wednesday, or ‘Blades’ and ‘Owls’. The infamous Steel City derby is a regular highlight in the sporting calendar. Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team play at the Sheffield Arena.


Sheffield hosts the annual World Snooker Championship at the recently renovated Crucible Theatre. Sheffield also boasts an Olympic sized swimming venue at Ponds Forge and the Sheffield Ski Village is the largest artificial ski resort in Europe. Sheffield spawned many well known bands of the eighties including The Human League, Heaven Seventeen, ABC and Cabaret Voltaire. Artists such as Joe **** r, Def Leppard, Pulp, The Longpipes and Milburn were born there.


More recently Sheffield has produced the Artic Monkeys and The Long Blondes. Sheffield is also currently regarded as the ‘Folk Capital’ of the country and boasts a thriving ‘real ale’ scene, and an annual writing festival, ‘Off the Shelf’. Sheffield has a rich film heritage with perhaps its most famous production being The Full Monty set in and around the city. In Sheffield Chat Rooms you will meet people from Doncaster, Chapeltown, Oughtibridge, Stocksbridge, Mosborough, Totley and Dore among others.


Sheffield City is twinned with Bochuin (Germany), Donetsk (Ukraine), Esteli (Nicaragua) and Ansham City (China). Come and meet other chatters in our local chat. Sheffield also has its own University SHU, we welcome people from the university on chat too.


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