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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Greg Povey

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…

I’ve lived in Sheffield for over a decade, one of many post-university refugees to make the city their home.

I’m interested in music, art and cinema, and glad to have been involved with most of those things during my time in Sheffield. From selling tickets and salting popcorn at the Showroom, putting on noise/punk gigs and now as Studio Manager at Universal Everything, a studio specialising in design, film and interactive.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

The Danish have a word – hygge – which describes the communal warmth amongst good friends, usually involving good booze, nice food and lots of talking. It’s the social feeling of a fireplace in a snug or a candlelit room at Christmas time.

That’s pretty much what Sheffield is about. It’s not prettiest place in the world, and it’s got its fair share of problems, but everyone knows everyone, and everyone is open to being warm.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

It’s hard to choose one place, but I am a huge fan of the city’s Brutalist heritage. The most obvious is Park Hill, looming over every train visitor and dividing between the centre and East of the city, but the Arts Tower, the Castle Market, Moore St substation and the Moorfoot Building/sandcastle opposite it, are all architectural beauties. Before that, the Egg Box building (rest its soul) was one of the first things in Sheffield that stuck with me.

What would you do to improve the city?

I would like to see an end to the chronic short-termism of the city’s planning, particularly in terms of architecture. Since I’ve been here, I’ve seen the Egg Box torn down and Park Hill ‘renovated’, whilst innumerable, faceless and colour-clad buildings have shot up. The skyline is now dominated with empty apartment blocks and flat-pack towers that overshadow the beauty already there – even to the extent of Grade II-listed, Edwardian buildings being planned for demolition.

Latest contributions

Trinity United Reformed Church

Situated directly opposite Endcliffe Park and flanked on either side by 19th-century stone-built peaked terraces, the Trinity's brutalist, mostly windowless facade of greying concrete appears completely alien in its surroundings.

Holy Cross

A striking, distinctive and genuinely awe-inspiring modern building, perched on a hill overlooking Sheffield. Also seen in This is England '86.

St Catherine of Siena

This Grade II listed 1950s church was built under the direction of Sir Basil Spence. A glazed pathway connects its brick chapel to a bell tower decorated with a sculpture by Ronald Pope, depicting the church's namesake saint at the foot of Jesus.

Church of St Paul

Opened in 1959 and designed by noted architect Sir Basil Spence, this Grade II* listed church is a testament to modernism’s ability to deliver striking results within a minimal budget using basic materials (brick, steel, concrete and glass).