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Before the Smoke - Hills & Valleys Coach Tour

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BEFORE THE SMOKE "Hills and Valleys" Coach Tour

20th August 2016 | 11am-5pm

Join Green Estate to explore industry and occupation in the hills and valleys surrounding old Sheffield town before it grew into an industrial metropolis of global fame.

Sheffield has a rich pre-industrial past that can be explored on Saturday, 20 August on the “Before the Smoke – Hills and Valleys” coach tour. Between 11am and 5pm, five of the places that boast history that reaches back as far as the 800s will present themselves to the public and demonstrate how they have contributed to Sheffield’s broad heritage.

The tour will start at Sheffield Cathedral, the city’s oldest building still in continuous use, where participants will be able to see into documents from Sheffield Archives. After that, both Sheffield Manor Lodge (where Mary, Queen of Scots was kept for 14 years) and 16th century Bishop’s House near Meersbrook Park will enable an insight into what Tudor life in Sheffield was like. Heeley City Farm boasts a long farming history and is also the place where tour guests will have their lunch in the on-site café. Finally, in the picturesque valley of the Porter Brook, Shepherd Wheel is a unique working example of Sheffield’s knife grinding industry dating back to when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne.

“We will take visitors into the heart of the places where people crafted their livelihoods before our city grew into what it is today – a globally known industrial metropolis”, promises tour guide Laura Alston: “They can explore industry and occupation in the hills and valleys surrounding old Sheffield town and experience what life was like hundreds of years ago.”

Lunch and refreshments are included in the tour. Tickets are £20 and can be booked in advance at, by email ( or by telephone (0114 2762828 extension 458).

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