The name Sheffield derives from the River Sheaf. It lies in the eastern foothills of the Pennines, and the valleys of the River Don and its four tributaries, the Loxley, the Porter Brook, the Rivelin and the Sheaf. 61% of Sheffield’s entire area is green space, and a third of the city lies within the Peak District national park. There are more than 250 parks, woodlands and gardens in the city, and Sheffield is estimated to contain over two million trees. In the 19th century, Sheffield gained an international reputation for steel production. Known as the Steel City, many innovations were developed locally, including crucible and stainless steel, fuelling an almost tenfold increase in the population in the Industrial Revolution.
The TSS visited in 1973 when the theme was gastroenterology; clinical and research papers were presented. Our hosts were Mr Derek Randall and his wife Zoe. The next visit, hosted by Bill and Grace Thomas in 2003, saw Sheffield’s hospitals united as a single Trust, and performing well together. Presentations on surgery, ethics and managerial matters were rounded off with an engaging talk by Andrew Raftery on the Sport of Kings. Finally Chatsworth House was toured.
Images above show the Sheffield Town Hall and Peace gardens (Left) and the Winter garden (Right)