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The changing face of Sheffield’s ‘trendiest road’ – from much-loved tramway to abolished toll charge


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Ecclesall Road is Sheffield’s most famous suburban drag through Sharrow and Hunter’s Bar from the Edwardian era to the present day

Probably Sheffield’s best known suburban drag, Ecclesall Road was built in the early 19th century.

The road, considered now to be one of the city’s trendiest thoroughfares with dozens of quirky shops, used to run as a turnpike between Sheffield and Chapel-en-le-Frith, now in the Peak District.

Coaches headed south from Sheffield town centre (it was a town until 1893) would pay their first toll at Hunter’s Bar.

Read more stories about Sheffield and Yorkshire’s fascinating and sometimes gruesome history here.

The toll at Hunter’s Bar was abolished in 1884 and the tollhouse was demolished. However, the gate posts were preserved and remain in the centre of Hunter’s Bar roundabout.

In the early 20th century Ecclesall Road became a tramway, as the photos below show.

But the tramway was one of the first to close, shutting down in 1954 despite a petition with 11,000 signatures to keep it running.

Ecclesall Road used to run from the junction of London Road and Cemetery Road but the road was shortened when Sheffield’s inner ring road was built in the 1960s.

Today Ecclesall Road is one the Sheffield’s most desirable places to live. With its range of independent businesses, restaurants and bars it is popular with students and the city’s more affluent residents.

Hunter’s Bar was introduced to people outside the Steel City in the song Fake Tales of San Francisco by Sheffield’s own Arctic Monkeys.

“He talks of San Francisco, he’s from Hunter’s Bar,” sings lead singer Alex Turner on the band’s 2006 debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

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