‘Steel City’ is an informal name given to Sheffield back in the Middle Ages; however, it is still relevant. The convenient location of the city contributed to the rapid development of blacksmiths; there were deposits of coal and iron ore in Sheffield and the surrounding area. According to historical records, the first blacksmith in the town was founded in the 13th century; during the Middle Ages, smithies were found literally on every street. Houses located on narrow streets were completely covered with soot making their facades very dark, so there was very gloomy atmosphere in the city.
Travelers who will explore local attractions would notice that the city hasn’t any old building with a light-colored facade. Once there was a large-scale production of knives, axes, dining utensils and other accessories made of steel that were famous for their high quality. These items have attracted merchants from distant countries for many years. Currently, there is no large-scale production there; however, a beautiful set of cutlery still remains a popular souvenir among travelers.
Local people are very respectful to their history and culture. An incredibly beautiful historic festival is held annually in Sheffield. The festival highlights not only the local culture, but also the history of distant countries. Event attendees can learn a lot of interesting things about ancient Greece and Rome and watch battles of the Viking; famous historical events are represented during the festival.
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