“Down Fair Cambridge Street That Was Once Coalpit Lane”

Wednesday, 28th July 2021

7:00 pm

Portland Works Makerspace AND Online



Presenter: Robin Hughes

Note: this is a ‘hybrid’ event. A limited number of in person tickets are available for the Makerspace and in addition tickets for the simultaneous online streaming.

The denizens of dreary Coalpit Lane wanted to move it upmarket, so they named it after a duke – or was it a monumental error? There’s a tale that begins with a man walking into a bar, but he goes home in an ambulance, and you may not see the punchline coming. We’ll examine some mysterious stones and learn what cutlers get up to on Mondays. We’ll hear how a footsore missionary brought “back to basics” religion to Sheffield. There’ll be a nod to one of the city’s great lost theatres, and a moving account of the tragedy of Leah’s Yard. Every building tells a story, but not all are true, and are some better forgotten? For tales of mayhem, murder, misfortune and Methodism, join us on a virtual, largely unsuccessful, but at any rate tuneful pub crawl “Down Fair Cambridge Street That Was Once Coalpit Lane”. All human life, and death, is here.

In-person tickets – for the Makerspace

Online streaming tickets – watch from home


Portland Works
Randall Street
S2 4SJ