Valley Centertainment is a leisure and entertainment complex in the Don Valley in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It was built on land occupied by steel mills which includes what is now Meadowhall shopping centre and the Fly DSA Arena, it is home to several restaurants, bars, a cinema, a bowling alley as well as other attractions. The Cineworld cinema is one of the busiest in the UK, with 1.8 million visits a year and has more screens than any other Cineworld multiplex with twenty screens in all. It is one of the first cinemas to introduce digital screens and introduced an IMAX screen in 2012. Opening on 5 November 1998 as a Virgin Megaplex, it re-branded in October 1999 to UGC before becoming Cineworld in 2005; the complex features a Hollywood Bowl bowling alley, which has twenty six lanes open until midnight every night. It contains a bar and arcade. Valley Centertainment is home to an indoor Laser Quest, Laser Quest Sheffield. Paradise Adventure Island Golf opened at the park in February 2012 featuring a large indoor mini adventure golf with 2 different courses.
An indoor family entertainment centre called'Monkey Bizness' opened in 2009, the largest of its kind in the country. Valley Centertainment has established itself as a popular destination for meals as it contains several restaurants, which at peak times can become busy; these are: The complex is well served by public transport. The Sheffield Supertram has its own stop at Valley Centertainment, it is situated on the Yellow Line between Sheffield City Centre, Meadowhall Interchange. Bus number 69, 130 and 287 serve Valley Centertainment; these stops are situated just outside the complex on Broughton Lane. It is within easy bus access of both Rotherham city centre. Valley Centertainment is accessible by road: From the north - Junction 34 of the M1, the A6178 or A631. From the south or east - Junction 33 of the M1 using the Sheffield Parkway and following the signs for Sheffield Arena from there. From the west/south west - Travelling to Sheffield City Centre and taking the A6109 from the Inner Ring Road.
From there it has been well sign posted. Valley Centertainment has its own free car park. Parking is secure, rewarded by being given its fifth Park Mark Award. Despite ample parking, finding a space can be difficult at peak times. Parking is difficult when there is an event taking place at the neighbouring Sheffield Arena, Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield Ice Rink, or when nearby Meadowhall Centre is busy. Valley Centertainment operate a strict policy of fining customers if they park in non standard locations. Valley Leisure
The Sheffield Supertram is a light rail tram system in Sheffield, England. The infrastructure is owned by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, while private transport company Stagecoach is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the trams. Interest in the development of a modern tram system for Sheffield mounted during the 1980s, after further planning was performed by SYPTE, the Supertram proposal was approved via an Act of Parliament during 1991. Construction of the Supertram network, which incorporated several existing heavy rail sections as well as new track, was carried out in sections, allowing for the commencement of the first revenue services during 1994. Early operations were hindered by a complex ticketing system and the small coverage area, contributing to disappointing ridership figures during its first years. During 1997, in an efforts to turn around the network's performance, the operation of Supertram was privatised to Stagecoach at price of £1.15 million, who took over from South Yorkshire Supertram Limited.
Following management and operational changes, as well as further expansion of the system, ridership numbers have risen considerably. The Supertram network consists of 50 stations across four colour-coded lines, the Blue, Purple and Tram-Train routes; as well as connecting with local and national bus and rail services, the network serves six park and ride sites. Starting in 2008, interest has been expressed in the launch of hybrid tram-train operations, enabling services to traverse sections of the National Rail network in addition to tramways. During 2012, this interest solidified into an experimental trial being planned, as this would be the first deployment of tram-trains anywhere in the United Kingdom; the start of tram-train operations, using a purpose-procured fleet of new Vossloh-built Class 399 Citylink electric multiple units, has been delayed due to shortcomings in the planning of infrastructure adaptations, while significant cost overruns have been experienced. On 25 October 2018, Supertram commenced operations of the new tram-train line from Cathedral to Rotherham Parkgate.
The origins of what would become the Supertram network came from within the ambitions that were held by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, a constituent element of the short-lived South Yorkshire County Council, being assigned the role of public transport coordination. Akin to many the larger British cities, Sheffield had once possessed a extensive tram network, the Sheffield Tramway, closed by the end of 1960 amid arguments that motorised buses offered superior economics to trams; the SYPTE took interest in an earlier and more expansive light rail proposal, deciding to investigate it further. The original plan was refined and sufficiently modified to include multiple pre-existing heavy rail alignments in advance of efforts being made to secure the required permissions to proceed. During 1985, an Act of Parliament authorised the construction of the Supertram; the initial line, on which construction commenced during 1991, was built by the SYPTE at a cost of £240 million. Between 1994 and 1995, the first line was opened in several stages.
The start of services on the Supertram came only shortly after the launch of another modern tram network, the Manchester Metrolink network. Upon opening, the network was operated by South Yorkshire Supertram Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary company of SYPTE established to run the venture; the early years of the Supertram were not straightforward. Running in direct competition with cheaper and more frequent buses, far greater numbers of passengers chose to continue commuting by means other than the fledgling tram network; the complex ticketing system adopted has been attributed as having being a source of irritance and confusion to would-be passengers. Within the first two years of operations, it became clear that the projections for passenger numbers had been overly optimistic, while there was concern that the system represented poor value for money and did not seem to be gaining traction. Thus, the issue of what party should bear the cost became a politicised matter. By 1996, the councils backing the Supertram had recognised that the operation had both operational and managerial problems which required addressing, thus consultants were asked to draw up options for the system's reorganisation into a more commercially-viable venture, including the franchising of Supertram and its wholesale selling-off.
During December 1997, the operating company, South Yorkshire Supertram Limited, was privatised, having been sold to the international transportation company Stagecoach for £1.15 million. The sale price was below the anticipated £80 million that the councils had hoped to raise to help pay off the accumulated debts from the system. Under the terms of the deal struck by the Labour government of the era, a measurable reduction in the system's operating costs was achieved, but it had meant that the people of South Yorkshire were each paying 5p per week for the Supertram, a practice, continued over many years. Stagecoach acquired the concession for the maintenance and operation of the Supertram network until 2024. While there were
River Don, Yorkshire
The River Don is a river in South Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It rises in the Pennines and flows for 70 miles eastwards, through the Don Valley, via Penistone, Rotherham, Conisbrough and Stainforth, it joined the Trent, but was re-engineered by Cornelius Vermuyden as the Dutch River in the 1620s, now joins the River Ouse at Goole. Don Valley is the local UK parliamentary constituency near the Doncaster stretch of the river; the Don derives its name from a Celtic mother goddess. The river gave its name to the Don River, one of the principal rivers of Canada; the Don can be divided into sections by the different types of structures built to restrict its passage. The upper reaches, those of several of its tributaries, are defined by dams built to provide a public water supply; the middle section contains many weirs, which were built to supply mills and cutlers' wheels with water power, while the lower section contains weirs and locks, designed to maintain water levels for navigation.
The Don's major tributaries are the Rivelin, the Sheaf, the Rother and the Dearne. Along the Sheffield–Rotherham stretch of the river are five weirs that punctuate a local walking and cycling route, the Five Weirs Walk. A further walk, the Upper Don Walk, is being developed that will make it possible to walk or cycle from Sheffield city centre up to Oughtibridge. Below Doncaster, the main channel of the lower Don meandered in a north-easterly direction across the marshland of Hatfield Chase to enter the Trent just above its junction with the Ouse. A second channel flowed along a Roman channel called Turnbridgedike; the eastern channel formed the boundary between Lincolnshire. In the Hatfield Level drainage project which started in 1626, the Dutch civil engineer Cornelius Vermuyden diverted the Don northwards along Turnbridgedike, he constructed Dikesmarsh bank some distance to the east of the channel, so that the intervening land could be used as washlands. The main work was completed by 1628, but after flooding in 1629, a "Great Sluice" was constructed at the junction between the river and the Aire, with 17 openings which were 6 by 8 feet by Hugo Spiering, who had assisted Vermuyden on the main project.
The washlands had insufficient capacity, in 1632 work started on a new channel, which would run for 5 miles from Newbridge, near Thorne, eastwards to enter the Ouse at the site of Goole, 9 miles upstream of the Trent. Water levels here were between 10 feet lower than at Turnbridge; this new channel was called the "Dutch River", was finished in 1635, at a cost of £33,000. It ended in a sluice at Goole, was never intended to be navigable, as boats could access the Aire at Turnbridge; the sluice was swept away in a flood and never replaced. The Dutch River was difficult to navigate, made more hazardous by shoals, three awkward bridges, low water levels at neap tides. With the opening of the Stainforth and Keadby Canal in 1802, from the Don at Stainforth to the Trent at Keadby, most traffic for the Trent used that in preference to the Dutch River and the route around Trent Falls, where the Trent joins the Humber. Construction of a railway from Doncaster to Goole in 1869 reduced traffic on the river, but the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Company was formed in 1889, to buy back the River Don Navigation, the Sheffield Canal and the Stainforth and Keadby Canal from railway ownership, to keep them competitive.
They acquired the waterways in 1895, but failed to raise sufficient capital for the major improvements they had planned. However, they succeeded in constructing the New Junction Canal from Stainforth to the Aire and Calder Navigation west of Goole, jointly funded by the Aire and Calder, opened in 1905; the Dutch River reverted entirely to its original drainage function, Stainforth lock, which connected it to the Stainforth and Keadby Canal, was closed in 1939. Navigation to Sheffield was made possible by the construction of weirs and canal cuttings to avoid circuitous and unnavigable sections of the Don downstream of Tinsley, by a canal from Tinsley to Sheffield; the first serious attempts at improvements were authorised by an Act of Parliament obtained in 1726 by Sheffield's Company of Cutlers to make the river navigable from Holmstile in Doncaster to Tinsley, on the edge of Sheffield, another obtained by the Corporation of Doncaster in 1727 to improve the river below Holmstile, as far as Wilsick House in Barnby Dun.
An Act of 1733 created "The Company of the Proprietors of the Navigation of the River Don", authorised further cuts above Rotherham, while a further Bill of 1740 sought powers to improve the river from Barnby Dun to Fishlake Ferry, to avoid the shallows at Stainforth and Bramwith. The river was navigable to Rotherham in 1740, to Tinsley by 1751. Stainforth was connected to the River Trent by the opening on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal in 1802 and to the Aire and Calder Navigation by the New Junction Canal, opened in 1905. There were plans to use compartment boats to carry coal on the navigation, but although some locks were lengthened around 1910, Long Sandall lock was not, it was not until 1959 that it was extended to 215 by 22 feet and trains of 17 compartment boats could work through to Doncaster; the navigation was the subject of one of the last major attempts in the UK to attract commercial freight to the waterways. In 1983, it was upgraded to the 700-tonne Eurobarge standard by deepening the channels and enlarging the locks as far as Rotherham.
The expected rise in freight traffic did not occ
Darnall is a suburb of eastern Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Darnall is 3 miles east-north-east of Sheffield city centre. Darnall was a small hamlet included with Attercliffe. William Walker, a resident of the settlement, is one of several people rumoured to have been the executioner of Charles I of England. A hall, known as Darnall Hall was built by the Staniforth family in the centre of Darnall in 1723. Darnall had a population of 10,672 in 2011; the Darnall New Ground was laid out for cricket in the 1820s. Although only used for a few years before being replaced by a ground at Hyde Park, it was described as the finest in England. Holy Trinity church, the first in Darnall, was built in 1840, followed by a hospital in 1855 and a school in 1875. By the mid-nineteenth century, it was a centre for farming and coal mining, was known for its amateur greyhound racing. Industry was important, with the Don Glass Works established around 1793, augmented by the Darnall Works steel foundry from 1835.
In the 19th century, the area was built up to house steelworkers working in the large foundries of the Lower Don Valley. Darnall railway station was built on the Sheffield to Lincoln line to serve the suburb. Unemployment grew as the foundries shut or laid off many employees from the 1970s on, the area is now one of the poorest in the city. A mix of council housing, 1880s steelworkers cottages, small terrace housing and 1930s private semi-detached houses make up the accommodation within the Darnall area. Demographic changes over the years have reduced the population with a consequent reduction in the number of school-age children in the district. There are two primary schools in the area, High Hazels Academy and Phillimore Community Primary School. Secondary level schools outside the area provide education for children aged over 11 years. Darnall has a large immigrant community, including many Muslims; the suburb has several mosques. In 2003, Morrisons stores pulled out of the district after over 20 years being a significant local hub for the local community, relocating to a new purpose-built store 2 miles away in Catcliffe.
High Hazels Park is the major open space in this area of the city. Darnall was represented in the FA Cup during the 1920s by Darnall Welfare F. C. Cecil Marsh, professional footballer Charles Mozley and art teacher Charles Peace, notorious 19th-century murderer and burglar Thomas Staniforth, Lord mayor of Liverpool from 1797–1798. Samuel Staniforth, Lord mayor of Liverpool from 1812–1813, son of the above named. Sources for the history of Darnall Produced by Sheffield City Council's Libraries and Archives
Tinsley, South Yorkshire
Tinsley is a suburb of northeastern Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The suburb falls within the Darnall ward of the City; the name "Tinsley" is associated with the nearby former Tinsley Marshalling Yard and the Tinsley Viaduct, which carries the M1 motorway across the Don Valley, as well as the former Tinsley Towers. The name of the suburb derives from the Old English Tingas-Leah, which means'Field of Council', cognate with "thing" and "lea", a dialectal word for "meadow", it is mentioned as'Tirneslawe' or'Tineslawe' in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was in the possession of Roger de Busli. The chapel of St Lawrence, Tinsley was built in 1877 on the site of an ancient chapel. An annual royal payment was received until 1847 in order. Another tradition associated with the settlement required the Lord of the Manor of Tinsley to take a pair of white gloves to the Lord of Tickhill each year at Michaelmas, receive in return a white dove to keep over winter. Tinsley Wood lay to the south of the settlement, on land now occupied by Sheffield City Airport and High Hazels Park.
It may have been the site of the Battle of Brunanburh in 937, where Athelstan of Wessex gained the submission of the Celtic monarchs of Norse-Ireland & around Britain. In the mediaeval period, it was associated with outlaws, one named as "Roger de Presteman, an outlawe of Tyneslawe"; the area became industrialised from 1732, when the River Don Navigation was extended to terminate in the village. A turnpike road was constructed to Sheffield. In 1819, the Sheffield Canal was opened; the area became major industrial centre known for its collieries, iron and wire works. Companies such as George Cohen, the'600 works', Osbourn Hadfield and Brinsworth Strip Mills were occupants of the landscape near Tinsley and the neighbouring district of Templeborough. Only the BOC plant and Brinsworth Strip Mills remain within the village boundaries. All the remaining works were either demolished or preserved as a museum to what was the heart of Sheffield industry until 1985. Replacing the steelworks on Vulcan Road is the Meadowhall shopping centre.
In the centre of Tinsley is the Tinsley Recreation ground. Part of this has been claimed as a community centre called Tinsley Green, it has a new 5-aside football pitch, Tennis court, children's playground, adult rides and a cricket bowling practice area. From 1997 to 2008 the area was home to the Sheffield City Airport, a small airport which offered business-orientated flights to domestic locations in the UK and select cities in Western Europe; the airport closed to commercial traffic amidst controversy in 2002 and permanently in 2008 when its CAA Licence was withdrawn. The site remains derelict despite plans having been approved for the construction of a business park on the old runway, rumours of bids and petitions to re-open the airport circulate; the area around the old airport site and Shepcote Lane area houses several industrial units and modern business complexes. Tinsley, South Yorkshire in the Domesday Book
Meadowhall (shopping centre)
Meadowhall is an indoor shopping centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It lies 3 miles north-east 2 miles from Rotherham town centre, it is the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire and the eighth-largest in the United Kingdom. The Meadowhall Retail Park is a separate development, owned by British Land, lying 1 mile to the south of Meadowhall shopping centre in the Carbrook area of the city; the shopping centre was built by Bovis on the site occupied by Hadfields' East Hecla steelworks, before that by the 19th-century Meadow Hall Iron Works, owned by John Crowley and Co. The centre was opened on 4 September 1990. With a floor area of 139,355 m2, it is the eighth-largest shopping centre in the UK, it is similar in concept to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre at Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, completed just before Meadowhall. With over 280 stores, Meadowhall has been blamed for the closure of shops in Sheffield City Centre and in Rotherham. Meadowhall is owned by a property developer; the centre attracted 19.8 million visitors in its first year of opening, now attracts about 30 million visitors a year.
Scenes from the music video of the Sheffield-based duo Moloko's first single "Fun For Me" were shot in the Oasis area of the shopping centre. One of Meadowhall's largest stores of the past, Sainsbury's, closed in July 2005 and was replaced by new Next and Primark stores in the summer of 2007; the large Sainsbury's store relocated to Crystal Peaks. There was a Namco Station arcade which closed in September 2007 after more than 15 years at the shopping centre. December 2005 saw Meadowhall become home to the fifth Apple Store in the UK, in late 2007 it gained the third Puma Store in the UK, after London and Glasgow; the centre was home to the only McCafé in Yorkshire, replaced with a franchise called "Love Coffee". The centre's Burger King was replaced by a small franchise called "Burger Knight" when it re-opened after the 2007 floods; the franchise closed in May 2008. In October 2012, Norges Bank Investment Management announced that the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global had bought 50 percent of the UK shopping centre Meadowhall for £348 million, or 3.2 billion Norwegian kroner.
In 2014, the mall "Park Lane" was refurbished in the style of a "boutique arcade". The "Park Lane" area is now seen as the most upmarket area of Meadowhall, with stores such as Pretty Green, House of Fraser, Hugo Boss, White Stuff, Yo! Sushi and Debenhams. Meadowhall celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, announced in the same year a £60 million interior refurbishment to make it fit with newer centres opened since 1990; the refurbishment has allowed some retailers to install double-height shop fronts. The first phase was completed in April 2017 and the second phase was completed in November 2017 with most of the work being done when after hours so as not to disrupt shopping, each area of Meadowhall has been themed to fit a certain style. After the BHS store closed in August 2016, it was announced that Primark would be expanding its store into half of the vacant store, with Sports Direct taking up the other half, that Wilko would be moving into the store taken up by Sports Direct; the House of Fraser store has been refurbished along with the centre, as well as Apple, AllSaints, Yo!
Sushi, Schuh, JD Sports and the opening of new stores such as Tag Heuer, Joe Browns, Skinny Dip and River Island Children making the centre being perceived as more "upmarket". Restaurants such as Handmade Burger Co and Pizza Express in the Oasis Dining quarter have been refurbished with a new Gourmet Burger Kitchen, however this has since closed. In May 2012, British Land announced that planning permission had been sought to provide a 52,000 sq.ft. retail extension to Meadowhall on adjacent land, the plans however were not approved. In December 2014, a new Next home store and a Costa Coffee drive-thru was opened on the land next to Meadowhall where the extension was to be built; the Next home store came after IKEA had had plans to build a store close to Meadowhall however Next won the bid to build on the land instead. A new IKEA store however began being built on land next to Meadowhall retail park in August 2016; the store opened on 28 September 2017. In October 2016, it was announced plans had been put forward for a £300 million leisure extension to be built with a new cinema to replace the Vue in the Oasis, a bowling arcade, trampoline park, new restaurants, shops and a garden terrace along with a new multi-storey car park to replace the old one the extension would be built upon.
In June 2017, the plan was scaled down by reducing the size of the new cinema and removing a food store. Sheffield city council gave planning permission to the development in September 2017; the extension was scheduled to be completed by 2021/2022, however in November 2018 construction had not yet began and it was announced that the plans for the extension were to be revised with a new plan hoped to be drawn up in the second quarter of 2019. Meadowhall was inundated by the River Don during the June 2007 floods, with water peaking at 1.8 metres. The worst affected areas were between Market Street and The Arcade, with water peaking at 1.8 metres. Members of staff teamed up together to clean the centre. Meadowhall managed to reopen six days and trading recommenced. However