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King Edward Queen Alexandra visit to Sheffield - The Armour Plate Archway


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A very imposing looking archway here to signify the visit of King Edward and Queen Alexandra to Sheffield

Tram tracks running along cobbled stones and looks like an industrial area

Anyone know where we are looking at here exactly?

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lysandernovo

They visited Sheffield in 1905 to officially open the original University. They also visited a number of local steelworks and I believe the photo is taken on Brightside Land near Hawke St on the occasion of their visit to Vickers Sons and Maxim.

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I'd say that the position of the arch was not at all obvious from available mapping. The map published in 1905 was surveyed before the large building, right of picture, was built and it would appear likely that the smaller buildings to right are perhaps temporary huts related to the further development of the site.

The term "Brown's Bridge" greatly assists identification in that it can point you to a picture taken from the other side of the arch (picture sheffield s03196) which very clearly shows the Norfolk Arms at the intersection of Savile Street East and Princess Street. Whether Brown's Bridge is the river bridge from Attercliffe carrying East Coast Road (which was fairly new at the time), either of the nearby rail bridges or something else entirely I don't know.

It would seem, too, that the arch was placed in the middle of the crossroads given that the urinal directly to the east of the intersection is screened from view (again this is clearly evident in picture s03196).

Below is a map of the assumed site (the intersection of Savile Street East, Carwood Road & Princess Street) with a partial overlay of the section under development in 1905 from a later map showing the area when construction was complete. Probable arch & camera positions with apparent sightlines are also shown.

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Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

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