Welcome to the gateway to Sheffield’s ‘valley of beer’. In late Victorian times, ale flowed about as profusely here as did the Don and the molten steel of industry. Sheffield was then home to around 30 breweries, and many of them were in this corner of town – from Stones at Cannon Brewery to Gilmour’s at Lady’s Bridge and Tennant Brothers at Exchange Brewery. The last of these closed in the 1990s, but a malty aroma has since gradually returned to the streets. Small, independent breweries now dot the area, fermenting the pale ales, the blondes and the porters that supply the local pubs which make for one of the world’s best ale trails.

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Detail of metalwork by Owen Waterhouse

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Hop carving by Anthony Dowling