Hi Folks, Weather forecasts for Fri evening predict … probs, sunny spells, coolish, maybe a light shower and I am willing to walk in that and, if you would too, I wd be delighted with yr company as I wander (with purpose) through the remnants of municipal housing in Sheffield city centre chuntering about housing for all of us from the 1890s to 1980s.
Next Drift Fri Jun 14 we will finish the Municipal Housing Drift from Fri May 24th by starting at Devonshire Green (6.30pm) to explore the site of the 60s Broomhall Flats, before we ascend to the 1900’s Townhead St and then the 1930s/40s Edward St flats. From there we take the pass under Netherthorpe Rd and stroll through the Netherthorpe and Upperthorpe Estates and finally try to imagine the site of Kelvin Flats on Infirmary Rd before we finish in the Hillsborough Hotel.
TONIGHT!!! beautiful for urban strolling! sunny coolish later on so bring something warmish
I am rehearsing a Drift for Sheffield Modern later this year, in November, pls bear with me. 2019 is the centenary of the 1919 Housing Act which stimulated large scale building of municipal housing with central Govt funds to local authorities. 60 yrs later municipal housing was was killed off by Thatcher. It’s a good story and Sheffield was a well-known part of it. The Drift is a 5.6 mile walk from Park Hill to Hillsborough past and through sites and sights of municipal housing across the twentieth century from pre-1919 to the 1970s. Park Hill, Cromford St, Lansdowne Estate, Hanover Estate, Dorset St & Gloucester St, Broomhall Flats, Townhead & Hawley St, Edward St flats, Netherthorpe, Upperthorpe and Philadelphia/site of Kelvin Flats to finish at the Hillsborough Hotel.
Decision made. Weather forecast for Friday very good – but may get chilly in the evening as skies look like they could be clear.
And it will be a full(ish) moon – Easter! and it is Good Friday, so if you’re around you are welcome.
Start at Dore and Totley Station at 18.30 (18.14 train from SHF) we will walk the Round Sheffield Walk to Meersbrook via Graves Park
Sunset about quarter past 8 so bring a torch
Plenty of hostelries if we want a break/stop. Finish at The Sheaf View
Plenty to talk about about wrt SHF, its rivers, property development, SCC winning the right to “asset-strip” Grave’s Park, what Easter was like, is like and what if anything it means to us and so on ….
We walk this route – and I will be testing my OS app on my phone
I plan to do a Drift on Friday April 19 2019 – which is Good Friday, so if you’re around you are welcome. Start at Dore and Totley Station at 18.30 (18.14 train from SHF)
and depending on our interests and the weather we could
either * walk the Sheaf to Castlegate
or * walk the Round Sheffield Walk to Meersbrook via Graves Park
Sunset about quarter past 8 so bring a torch
Plenty of hostelries if we want a break/stop
Plenty to talk about about wrt SHF, its rivers, property development, SCC winning the right to “asset-strip” Grave’s Park and so on ….
I am taking a break for a while and will be exploring NZ with Lyn.
Soz the route below is plotted in the opposite direction to which we will walk it – basically we will be heading towards a greater density of pubs
A Drift which will start on Platform 7 at SHF station and we walk 7km to the Bay Horse Inn in Pitsmoor crossing 7 bridges around Park Square, walking past 7 hotels and across another 7 bridges across the Don, passing 7 pubs and a 7th Day Adventist Church to finish at Singles Night (7X7) where 7 DJs each bring seven 7″ singles to play for the entertainment of all. And it is the 1st (or 7/7) birthday of 7×7 There is dancing and drinking. That is 7 ‘seven’s on the walk to match the 7×7 at the pub.
This is a Drift on the theme of “7”. It will start in S7 and we will walk 7km to the Bay Horse Inn in Pitsmoor to finish at Singles Night (7X7) where 7 DJs each bring seven 7″ singles to play for the entertainment of all. There is dancing and drinking. I’m working on the route but we will deffo walk over 7 bridges and pass a Seventh Day Adventist Church. Any more “sevens” we cd do? (nb soz, haven’t got time for drinks in 7 pubs)
Start 6.30pm, place tbd – more news soon.
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Hi Folks, after an entertaining tram-train ride from Cathedral to Parkage at least 12 of us drifted on Friday night along the Navigation from Parkgate to Meadowhall and those photos of the underside of the magnificent Tinsley Viaduct show the beauty of edgelands. We all walked on to the The Wentworth Hotel in the shadow of Forgemasters – which was shut! Boo! So we made our separate ways back from there. Five of us walked back to the Bay Horse Inn in Pitsmoor for a final pint – which was a total of 6 or 9 miles depending on which Garmin watch one was wearing. (According to Ride with GPS its 8.39 miles – see map below)
Drifters will catch the 18:27 tram-train to Parkgate Rotherham. We arrive just before 7pm and set off down the Sheffield Canal & Navigation towards the centre of Rotherham and on to all points east and get on a tram-train back at Meadowhall South (or Arena) and finish back at Cathedral. Many points of interest eg. Swans at the garden centre, Rotherham; Old Wharves at Rotherham central; The Chapel of Our Lady on the Bridge, River Don, Bridge St, Rotherham; Rotherham Central tram-train Station; Centenary Park; Blackburn meadows nature reserve; Magna; Jordan weir and fish pass; Sewage works and biomass power station; Tinsley viaduct.
Bring torches, dress appropriately.
nb the route marked goes as far Pitsmoor which is where some of us stopped walking. You can follow the route to near Meadowhall South – its only about 4.5 miles South
Next Sheffield Drift.
Uncertain Spaces: A City At Night
Friday 16 November 2018
Atrium Sheffield Station opp WH Smith
Finish approx 9pm probs nr Gardener’s Rest as M&J Blues are playing there
We will be walking through the city to some of the places painted by Andy Cropper
The exhibition was on until 5 Nov at APG Works and the originals were a bit better than the thumbnails(!).
Fortunately the paintings are on-line.
and can also be seen on Facebook.
NB those originals not yet sold and prints of the works are available.
Andy will be drifting with us all too and it will be a good opportunity to chat and learn about his work.
The locations are on the map and each location is linked to its respective painting and street view.
Please take a dekko, if you have the time.
I came away from the exhibition seeing my city in a new light.
Imitating Andy’s style I took this photo of Scott Rd Store using my phone camera.
The definition is not super sharp so I think the picture takes on the look of a painting
Bring a phone or camera to take your own photos and we can make our own exhibition to post here!
Get your inner artist out …!
Put this active, aesthetic, psychogeographic experience in yr calendar
All welcome. Hope to see you there!
Start 3:30pm PROMPT Free – no need to book In the spirit of the flâneur, Sheffield Drifter aims to bring together “strollers, saunterers, wanderers and meanderers who love to feel the urban landscape beneath their feet.” Drifters will be taken on a route that take a critical view about urban walking for transport or leisure have been affected by modernism and its subsequent development (or corruption?). For Sheffield Modern, the drift will follow a route critically admiring and discussing why modernism makes walking so difficult?
Story-sharing and conversation is encouraged. Map
More information, the route, and food for thought as you walk will be posted here and on the Sheffield Drifter fb page – in good time.
The drift will end no later than 5pm at South St Kitchen, Park Hill flats where there will be events and exhibitions to view.