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Darnall is a suburb of eastern Sheffieldmarker, South Yorkshiremarker, Englandmarker.

Darnall was initially a small hamlet usually included with Attercliffemarker. 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 was built by the Staniforth family in the centre of Darnall in 1723; in 1845 this became a private "lunatic asylum".

A cricket match at Darnall in the 1820s.
The Darnall New Groundmarker was laid out for cricket in the 1820s. Although only used for a few years before being replaced by a ground at Hyde Parkmarker, 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, and was known for its amateur greyhound racing.

Striking coal miners in 1893 in Darnall.
In the later 19th century, the area was built up to house steelworkers working in the large foundries of the Lower Don Valley. Darnall railway stationmarker 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, and 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.

The choice of comprehensive schooling was reduced in the 1990s when the neighbouring secondary school Park House Comprehensive was closed by Sheffield Education Department, leaving just one secondary school in the district.

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 Catcliffemarker.

The sensory garden in High Hazels Park.
High Hazels Parkmarker located in Darnall was once regarded as one of the largest and finest parks in Sheffield. Officially a district park, the park is the major open space in this area of the city and has always been of great importance to the local community.

Darnall has a large immigrant community, including many Muslims (Primarily of Pakistanimarker and Bangladeshimarker origin). The suburb has several mosques.

References

  1. J. Edward Vickers, "The Ancient Suburbs of Sheffield", pp.12–13 (1971)
  2. Clyde Binfield et al., The History of the City of Sheffield 1843-1993: Images



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