Ecclesall Road

Ecclesall Road

Ecclesall Road is a road in Sheffield that runs for about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south-west from Sheffield's city centre under the number A625 [ the A625] on SABRE. At Banner Cross, where the house numbers reach 1001, the road name changes to Ecclesall Road South and numbering restarts. Ecclesall Road, as a named road, finishes at Whirlow, although the course of the road continues as Hathersage Road.

From the city centre to Banner Cross the road is home to many pubs [ [ Sheffield Pubs website] ] and student accommodation [ [ Artful Lodger] ] . In the suburb of Ecclesall, one of the UK's wealthiest districtsFact|date=July 2008, the road is bordered by rather large properties.

Ecclesall Road is itself noted for its vast range of restaurants [ [ Sheffield] ] , pubs, bars cafes and shops, including many one-off boutiques. The Ecclesall Road shopping area (formally known as Endcliffe Market)Fact|date=February 2007 is mostly on the South side of the road, and also includes Hunters Bar and Sharrow Vale Road. As the road nears the City Centre, there is a large car showroom, gym and a Waitrose supermarket. The North side of the road is residential, containing the Hannover Flats and the districts of Broomhall, The Groves and Ranmoor. It has a large student population (mostly from Sheffield Hallam University) although there are some flats owned by the University of Sheffield. The road also runs past Endcliffe Park and close to Ecclesall Woods.

Ecclesall Road was constructed in the early part of the 19th century, and was operated as a turnpike road by the "Sheffield and Chapel en le Frith Trust"—the first toll being paid at Hunter's Bar. The tolls were abolished on 31 October 1884 and the toll house at Hunter's Bar was demolished, although the gate posts were preserved and are now situated in the centre of Hunters Bar roundabout. [cite book |first=Clive |last=Hardy |title=Francis Frith's Sheffield & South Yorkshire |pages=p. 37 |date=1999 |publisher=Frith Book Company, Ltd. |location=Salisbury |id=ISBN 1-85937-070-5] In the early part of the 20th century the road was used by one of the city's tramwaycite book |title=Riding the Sheffield Lines |first=Bernard |last=Mettam |date=2005 |publisher=Pickard Communication |id=ISBN 1-905278-00-4 lines, terminating at the top of Woodholm Road. This was one of the first tram routes to close, being abandoned in March 1954 despite a petition against its closure of 11,000 signatures. [cite book |title=A Nostalgic Look At Sheffield Trams Since 1950 |first=Graham H.E. |last=Twidale |date=1995 |pages=pp. 13 & 75–76 |publisher=Silver Link Publishing Ltd. |location=Peterborough |id=ISBN 1-85794-040-7] The starting point of Ecclesall Road was originally at the junction of London Road and Cemetery Road, however the road was truncated at Moore Street when Sheffield's Inner Ring was constructed in the 1960s.


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* Transport in Sheffield

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