Pinstone Street – Heart of a New City

Wednesday, 27th January 2021

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm



Nowhere symbolises the nineteenth-century town of Sheffield’s ambition of becoming a city better than Pinstone Street. It was the first major step in an extravagant transformation by the Council. They planned a new, wider thoroughfare, with buildings grander than ever before and a huge space set aside for a fittingly imposing new Town Hall. It would be a street for commerce and politics, moving the heart of Sheffield at a stroke from the riverbanks to a new hilltop location and enlarging it to include the Moor. Pinstone Street is where the modern City of Sheffield was born.

In this online talk, arranged by Portland Works, JUHS trustee and HHB committee member Robin Hughes will tell the story of how it came to be, complete with riotous assembly, municipal mudslinging, mardy architects, and Marquis the Man-Eating Stallion. Tickets £5, which goes to Portland Works.