On our recent visit to the east end of London, I couldn't help but compare it to the east end of Sheffield. Both historical area's have had their "raison d'etre" whipped away from them by successive government decisions and technological developments, leaving the thousands of families that lived and worked there with no choice but to move elsewhere. In Sheffield, the very historical Attercliffe area has seen many enormous changes. In the early 19th century, it was still a very rural area, famous for it's orchards. It had windmills and a couple of grand houses. The area was developed into a very heavy industrial area, and many houses were built cheaply to house the workers of the huge steel producing companies that grew here. A very strong community grew here too with its own heart, shops and theatres etc.