As a teenager I often spent a lot of time around this area of Sheffield as two of my best friends lived right near it and I still couldn't remember visiting! When I was looking more into the history of the monument I also stumbled on to another history website where I found that the founder of Thornton's Chocolates lived in Sheffield and the first Thornton's shop was opened in Sheffield in 1911. Seems appropriate given we have bought several boxes of Thornton's recently and Piper was tucking into a big box for her birthday. I have fond memories of Thornton's as my Aunt worked there when I was about 5 or 6 years old and whenever we went to say hello she would let me pick several chocolates out of the glass cabinet all for myself. The shop was underground too, as Sheffield used to have a huge roundabout which locally was called the "hole in the road" and there were lots of shops in the subway parts. As it was only 2 minutes from the monument we paid a visit to the house to see the blue plaque.
Then we walked along the rows of Victorian terraced/semi-detached houses to Clay Wood where the monument is. In Sheffield 402 people died of Cholera in the 1832 epidemic and the monument was erected in 1835, the victims were buried in a mass grave on this spot. The Master Cutler at the time John Blake also died in the Cholera Epidemic and has a special grave near the monument. We talked about the causes of Cholera and how there hasn't been a case recorded in the UK since 1893 because of the improvements in sanitation and hygiene.
It is a stunning viewpoint for views of the city, and we spent a while discussing the buildings we could see like Hallam University, Sheffield Cathedral, Odeon Cinema..
Sheffield United football ground in the distance:
Master Cutler's John Blake's gravestone.
Sheffield is famous for its cutlery and steel and a Master Cutler has been in place since 1624, a Master Cutler is elected every year and doesn't have to have anything to do with cutlery or steel. There is also a Cutler's Hall in Sheffield so we might have to pay a visit there in the near future.
We came back home for lunch before popping out to Chesterfield for some Christmas pyjamas, and a few more bits plus a quick trip into the central library for some new books for the girls and Ruben. I sat and read "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to Ruben whilst we were in the library too, I've never read it before. Bailey went into the shop and painted some Warhammer figures whilst hubby and I went to pick up our new glasses from the optician. Things seem a lot clearer this evening...