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The Peace Gardens, with the Town Hall behind
The Peace Gardens looking East towards St Paul's development
The Peace Gardens are an inner city square in Sheffieldmarker, Englandmarker. It was created as part of the Heart of the City project by Sheffield City Council.

The Gardens themselves front onto Sheffield's gothic town hallmarker (not to be confused with the Sheffield City Hallmarker, a popular concert venue), creating a spectacular view as shoppers and visitors sit in the gardens.

It has won many awards, and was one of the major sites responsible for Sheffield's first place in the Entente Florale 2005.

History

The Gardens were first laid out in 1938, following the demolition of St Paul's Churchmarker. Originally named St Paul's Gardens, they were immediately nicknamed the "Peace Gardens", marking the contemporary signing of the Munich Agreement. The Gardens were originally intended to be replaced by an extension to the Town Hall, but due to World War II, this was never built. In 1985, the space was formally renamed the "Peace Gardens".

Features

One of the cascades
Public Consultation showed strong support for a garden rather than the multi purpose open square which had been earlier advised by architectural consultants. It has fountains at the centre, and cascades around the outside. These are to represent the flowing molten steel, which made Sheffield famous, and also the water of Sheffield's rivers, the Sheafmarker, River Don, River Rivelinmarker, River Loxleymarker and Porter Brookmarker, which were used to power the mills which drove Sheffieldmarker's industry.

The site contains several memorials for Sheffielders who served in wars, including in the Spanish Civil War and another plaque commemorating Sheffielders who gave their lives in all conflicts, including the Korean War. It also contains a memorial to Hiroshima, unveiled on Hiroshima Day, 8 August, 1985, in the presence of three survivors of the atomic devastation. Other memorials include the Holberry Cascades, named for local Chartist leader Samuel Holberry, the Bochummarker Bell, donated by Sheffield's twin city, and a set of standard measures.File:PcGdnWar.jpg|War plaqueFile:PcGdn1936.jpg|Spanish Civil War PlaqueFile:PcGdn1998.jpg|Hiroshima PlaqueFile:Holberry2068.jpg|Holberry PlaqueFile:HeartoftheCityShef.jpg|Heart of the CityFile:MeasuresSheffield.jpg|Standard Measures of yard and metre

References

  1. Ruth Harman and John Minnis, Pevsner Architectural Guides: Sheffield
  2. The Peace Gardens, Sheffield City Council
  3. Chen Chao, Sights in Sheffield: The Peace Gardens
  4. 13. "The New Peace Gardens" in More Sheffield Curiosities by Duncan & Trevor Smith.



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