|The River Loxley at Hillsborough Corner - soon it will feed into the Don|
Sheffield was built on steel and the production of steel products. That industrial growth depended on several locational factors, not least The River Don. It flows through the city where it is joined by smaller rivers including the River Sheaf which gives our city its name - Sheaf-feld, field by Sheaf, Sheffield.
|Sheffield Canal Basin|
With post-war decline in steel manufacturing and improved pollution controls, The Don is now a much cleaner river. Brown trout are back and industrial weirs are being attended to in the hope that salmon might one day return.
|The River Don near Lady Bridge|
On March 12th 1864, Sheffield was devastated by a terrible flood caused by a dam burst at Low Bradfield. Flood waters surged down The Loxley Valley towards The Don. In that process many homes and businesses were destroyed and 293 Sheffielders were killed. Yesterday I spotted the flood monument erected in 2008 within a new riverside development. It is pathetic and an insult to those lost souls. This was the worst civilian tragedy in Victorian England and yet its visible commemoration is utterly underwhelming.