Sheffield - Devonshire Quarter (Self Guided), Sheffield

Devonshire Quarter is a special district of Sheffield. The district owns a large net of the shopping areas, which are known for their small independent shops and variety of pubs and bars. The district also offers large streets with lush grass, well maintained buildings, and friendly locals. Last but certainly not least, Devonshire is also an architectural piece of heaven, full of wonderful delights.
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Sheffield - Devonshire Quarter Map

Guide Name: Sheffield - Devonshire Quarter
Guide Location: England » Sheffield (See other walking tours in Sheffield)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: nicole
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Turner Museum of Glass
  • Sir Frederick Mappin Building
  • St George's Church
  • Jessop Hospital
  • Sheffield Bioincubator
  • Glossop Road Baths
  • Devonshire Green Park
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Turner Museum of Glass

1) Turner Museum of Glass

The Turner Museum of Glass is housed in the Department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield. It is in the Hadfield Building with the entrance from Portobello Street. It contains examples from ancient Egypt and Rome but mainly from major European and American glassworkers, with a particular focus on those from the 1920s to 1950s. It was founded in 1943 by Professor W E S Turner of the University, who additionally was the senior author on many papers on glass technology. One of the exhibits is the wedding dress of his wife (Helen Nairn, married 1 July 1943) which is made of glass fiber, as are the matching shoes. This has been selected as one of the items in the BBC's A History of the World in 100 Objects.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sir Frederick Mappin Building

2) Sir Frederick Mappin Building

The Sir Frederick Mappin Building, or more familiarly, the Mappin Building, is a grade II-listed building on Mappin Street, Sheffield, England, named after Sir Frederick Mappin (1821 - 1910). The oldest part of the building is the former Technical School, the earliest purpose-built building for what is now the University of Sheffield. Designed by Flockton & Gibbs and completed in 1886, it now lies in the center of the building. The extensive Mappin Street frontage was also designed by Flockton & Gibbs, in a far more demonstrative style. Work began on it in 1902, but progressed in three phases and was finally completed in 1913. This part of the building includes the main entrance, the John Carr Library and Mappin Hall. Part of the northern range along Broad Lane and a building behind the Technical School followed, then the connecting Engineering Building along Broad Lane, completed in 1955.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St George's Church

3) St George's Church

St George's Church is now part of the University of Sheffield and functions as a lecture theater and student housing. It was built in the Perpendicular style, 122 feet (37 m) long and 67 feet (20 m) wide, and consisted of a flat-ceilinged nave with six bays, a single-bay chancel, and a 140 feet (43 m) high tower. Galleries extended the length of the north and south walls, and there was a two-tiered gallery on the west wall. In all, the church could seat 2,000 people. The foundation stone was laid on 19 July 1821, and the church was consecrated by Archbishop Vernon Harcourt on 29 June 1825. It was acquired by the University of Sheffield, and in 1994 it was converted for use as a lecture theatre and student accommodation. Prior to this it had been the last of the Commissioners' churches in Sheffield to retain its original form. It is a Grade II listed building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jessop Hospital

4) Jessop Hospital

The Jessop Hospital for Women was opened in 1878 with funds from Thomas Jessop, a wealthy steelworks-owner. The architect was John Dodsley Webster. It was built to replace the old Sheffield Hospital for Women, which had only nine beds. The building cost £26,000 - a lot of money at the time - all paid for by Jessop. Initially it had fifty-seven beds, and was built in the classic Gothic Revival style. In 2007 the majority of the 1970s wing was demolished in advance of re-development by the University of Sheffield as part of their Jessop West development. The Victorian Wing of the original hospital is being converted to house the Department of Music (Architects Carey Jones), whilst a new building (Jessop West) will be 7 stories high and house the English, History and Modern Languages departments of The University of Sheffield. The new building is designed by Sauerbruch Hutton from Berlin (their first major UK building) together with RMJM as executive architects and Arup as engineers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sheffield Bioincubator

5) Sheffield Bioincubator

The Bioincubator is a building owned and constructed by the University of Sheffield. It houses the offices of Axordia - the United Kingdom's leading human embryonic stem cell (hESC) companies. The Bioincubator also features world-class laboratories, excellent facilities, and IT support. Thanks to large investments by the University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire Objective 1 Programme, the Bioincubator was constructed and remains a landmark building.
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Glossop Road Baths

6) Glossop Road Baths

Glossop Road Baths originally housed a swimming pool and Turkish baths. The first public baths in the city were opened on the site in 1836, following the cholera epidemic of 1832. The complex was rebuilt from 1877 to 1879 to a design by E. M. Gibbs, including an indoor swimming pool was opened, a Turkish bath suite and a hairdresser In 1898, the complex was bought by the city council and a ladies' bath was added. The facade was rebuilt in 1908-1910 by Arthur Nunweek. After a period of decline at the end of the 20th century and later closure of the baths, the building was largely converted to residential accommodation, with a Wetherspoons bar called "The Swim Inn" in the former main swimming pool area. The Turkish baths were fully modernized and reopened as Spa 1877 in 2004.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Devonshire Green Park

7) Devonshire Green Park

On January 29 2007, Sheffield City Council announced plans to upgrade Devonshire Green. The £1.6 million project was designed by the City Council's Regeneration Projects Design Team and funded by building developers who had built housing developments in the West Street area such as West One which faces onto Devonshire Green. The redevelopment included the complete relaying of all the turfed areas and the planting of 340 square meters of high-quality flower beds which contain more than 23,000 bulbs and 22 semi-mature trees. Sculptured “sitting walls” were created to provide 184 meters of seating and enclosure for the planting beds which line the boulevards which have improved lighting. A terraced grass amphitheater space was also created which can be used for events and festivals. The skatepark remained open during the redevelopment which was carried out by the contractors Wrekin and the revamped park was reopened in Spring 2008.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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