The second part of our riverside walk on Sunday took us by the side of the river Don. There are lots of derelict industrial buildings by the side of this much bigger river. I always am struck by the beauty in this decay.
We headed from the confluence of the Sheaf and Don over th Lady's bridge.
In the devastating floods of 2007, it looked at one point as if Lady's bridge was going to collapse
Fortunately it was rescued.
When the big steel works sprung up in Sheffield, then so did the big breweries. When hubby started as a rookie policeman in Attercliffe over 30 years ago, he remembers the steelworkers night shift finishing and they would go straight to the pubs that were open from 6am in the morning, for a swift couple of pints to replace the fluids that had been lost due to the heat of the furnaces.
None of the big breweries remain (although many very splendid micro breweries have sprung up!). I commented to hubby that I used to hate waiting for the bus on Lady's bridge when I was little as the smell of the hops mashing at Whitbreads brewery was awful. It reminded me of school dinners carrots! However I wish it was still up and running today.
Our destination was the wonderful Fat Cat pub - a treat for hubby's birthday. Kelham Island Brewery is one of the microbreweries, and the range of craft ales on offer is astounding.
We couldn't complain at the Roast Beef dinner for £5 either - with real and very tasty vegetables.
After lunch we had a wander around the edge of Kelham Island Museum which is a perfect combination of very old Sheffield and very new.
It makes you think around this area just how much our city has lost losing its manufacturing base and all the skills associated with it. It makes me angry and sad.
And then we wandered back across the city again. You know that we have some fantastic Grafitti artists in the city - we loved this piece outside the Riverside pub.
And I loved how the clear skies and sunshine were creating reflections on the river.
We detoured slightly to photograph the old townhall on Waingate which is now unused. I don't think anyone has any plans for it.
And we also had a walk up to have a nosey around the newly refurbished Park Hill flats.
I was hoping the show flat might be open but I don't think it was. The Sheffield skyline has been dominated by these flats since the late 50's/ early 60's, and whilst most people would have loved to have seen them flattened, if they can rescue them and make them a pleasant place to live again, then its worth a go. I like what Urban Splash is doing with them and I think the first phase of sales went well.
The refurbished parts above are a vast improvement on the drab run down flats below.