View Full Version : Why did you leave - what's your story ?
I think it would be very interesting to Know why some of you left Sheffield.
What started the idea of moving - was it job related or just a wonder lust ?
I have lived in Sheffield for most of my life although when starting to holiday abroad I must say I had a great fancy for Greece but was then to old to be a beach bum or a back packer. I'm sure there are some very interesting stories to be told.
I left Sheffield when I was 19 in 1975,my brother had married a blackpool girl in 1972 and he moved over to the fylde coast in1974,he wanted my mum and me to join him but it took mum a year to talk me into leaving,I missed Sheffield terribly at first but didnt return for personal reasons,as its turned out I now prefer living in a small town but miss the glorious surrounding countryside still.:)
I left in 1990 to come to Perth when I was 18 because nearly everyone I knew was on the Y.T.S. or unemployed I wanted a better chance of having a full time job at the stage and warmer weather than what was being had in Middlewood at the time. Now I have been living in Perth 16 years and it only still feels like yesterday because every day here is almost like a holiday winter day around 15 degrees and summer day they are in the 40's
I came to the far East to to a six month stint for my company.
That was in 1981 and I'm still here!
By Far East do you mean Bawtry?
Left in 1951 for two reasons. First, my wife and I decided we couldn’t live together. Second, Sheffield only had two newspapers (three if I include the weekly) all owned by Kemsley. Manchester had all the dailies and two evenings so I headed for Manchester and been here since 1951.
My longing as a child, to live in a warmer climate & on the coast came to fruition in 1970 when we came to Australia with our 2 kids, we were sent to Wollongong by mistake, I wanted to stay in Sydney.
As we came over the hill from Sydney and I saw the Gong for the first time with it's beautiful beaches etc, I decided to stay, there was plenty of work in the steelworks, mines etc, so finding a job wasn't hard, 36 years later, we are still here.
Nowadays we have the highest unemployment rate in Oz, but finding work has never been a problem for our kids, being so far from family & friends made me very homesick for years, after visiting Sheffield in 92 I realised we had made a good move and I have never looked back since.
I left in 1977 to be near my new business Garage at Chapeltown.I moved away from Heeley when it had to be pulled down & moved to the Manor for a couple of years & have been in breadcake land for 29 years but I'm still a De- Da & proud to be.
By Far East do you mean Bawtry?
Nowt wrong wi Bawtry:)
Since 1981 I have lived in
Hong Kong - Bangladesh - Hong Kong - Indonesia - Singapore- Hong Kong - Malaysia (with a few short term spells in Thailand)
Hi I left Sheffield in 1968 to go to Leeds, not a great place West Yorkshire was different to South Yorkshire, so I returned in 1972 lived back in Beighton at Chiwali Farm Drakehouse Lane. Then I moved to the South of England for work, but returned back to Sheffield 1977. Then moved to Pontefract for 25 years, but every week went to sheffield and Doncaster because of the people who are the most down to earth.
2 Years ago I moved to Inverness Scotland and the people in Inverness are so much like Sheffield Folk, they talk, even strangers will sy Good morning and have time for each other.
The things I miss are Hensons Relish, Cunninghams Picallie, the Castle Market Meat and Fish section especialy Cockels,Crab and all thefresh fish.
But mostly the Sheffield people and as your previous reply I am and always wil be a De- Da and proud of it. In Scotland I am a Yorkshire Man first English Second.
Worked in a Bank 1960-65 but felt I needed to see how the other half lived so started by being a lock-keeper on the Thames, summer of '65. Then a milkman near Henley-on-Thames, then a barman in Beer. Breadman in Tavistock. Enjoyed my 4 year gap and re-started my career in computers at EDP on Solly Street then Shepcote Lane Rolling Mills.
I left Sheffield in January of this year, purely and simply because of the house prices..
I lived in Stannington and loved it, but we needed a bigger house and the house prices up there were silly and we just couldn't afford to stay in Stannington.. Some friends of ours lived here in Kimberworth and we thought it was a nice area, so we had a look at the house prices around here and we were quite shocked at the houses you could get for good money..MUCH less than you'd pay in Stannington, and bigger and nicer houses..So we thought, Why not .. So we did..And to be honest, I'm not that far from the Sheffield/Rotherham border, so to me, I still feel like I'm at home..
I left in September 1981, to go to University in Newcastle upon Tyne, I'm still here, work and all that.
Hi I left in 1967 because my parents did and had no choice we moved to lincolnshire and apart from a spell in peterborough I'm still here went to lowfield school and then newfield school.
t'was a holiday romance.
:love: awwww, so sweet, would you ever come back?
I left in 1999 because I felt the city was being left behind. The roads were terrible and IT related jobs were few and far between.
Moving to Manchester really opened my eyes and the Commonwealth Games and the whole regeneration going on really has made it a force to be reckoned with and a city to be proud of - it just always seems lively and happening - even on a weekday evening as many shops stay open until 8pm. And standing at the entrance to the new Beetham tower and looking up is just amazing, especially at night when it's lit up!
Plus, the roads are very good and I'm a lot closer to the sea than I was in Sheffield - I always wanted to cycle from home to the coast and now I'm able to do that!
:) no, do visit now & then.its changed helluva lot.we get wessies here at the seaside in summer & i love to hear the accent, sets me off de da'in in no time,much to the amusement o my kids.
After being born and raised in Heeley I missed it terribly when we moved to Gleadless Valley in '72 after slum clearance. I couldn't adjust to my new life in the tower house there so moved to Jordanthorpe in '74 where I finally managed to settle down until the kids got older. My sister in law kept writing from Australia extalling the virtues of Queensland whilst at the same time I was becoming bored with standing at bus tops in the rotten weather and doing the same thing week in week out. That, along with the fact that my sons were reaching the age when further education and career choices were a priority helped my husband and I to make the decision to leave Sheffield. So - in 1981 we did it... emigrated to Oz ! and it was the best thing we have ever done. Still love to come back to Sheffield though, as often as we can and I always pop into Heeley for a look around.
Nothing as glamorous as some of the previous, I left 27 years ago as my business was situated in the Nottinghamshire area; I now live in a small village near Retford, I do miss the hussle and bussle of Sheffield, the good pubs and most of all my fellow De-Dars, life is so lethargic in the country, but I suppose it does me good and keeps me out of the ale-house.
I left sheffield in 1998 to come to uni in birmingham, my family are still in sheffield so I do come back up pretty often. Left uni in 2001 and stayed down here as I landed myself a job in estate agency.
left about 1995 to move to grimsby as family all moved up here
In 2001 my son died, I met someone from Leicestershire and in 2002 I moved here.
Been in exile ever since!
I left to go to uni. I moved south to the Midlands, then up north over the border then back south to Leicestershire in 2002. Still call Sheffield my home though.
The Sheffield branch of the company I worked for closed down so was given the choice of working in Leeds, Peterborough or redundancy.
Reduncancy was not an option with a mortgage and young family - if I worked from Leeds the company thought it too close to Sheffield to give me the relocation package (which was substantial) so took teh cash and plumped for Peterborough.
Actually ended up in a little town called Oakham, then in Leicestershire, now in Rutland. It has been an absolute brilliant place to bring up the kids, so apart from the wrench from the family and friends in Sheff. have never really regretted the decision.
All that being said - still have very fond memories of my old home town - especially in the late 60's at Christmas time, walking round the city centre soaking up the atmosphere that is not there nowadays - or is it because I am that much older and view the world through more cynical eyes?
Been here now for 21 years but both the wife and I have agreed that come retirement we would like to move back north - not Sheffield, but somewhere in the Peak District which is where we spent most of our spare time whe we were courting and first married.
Oakham, where they poke `em.
Leicestershire is a brilliant place to live, I miss Sheffield, but its a different world down here and theres no way would I ever move back. Even if the other half and I were to split up Id still stay here and Id advise anyone who fancied a move to move to either here or to Rutland.
i am sheffield born and bred,i left sheff in 1999 after a marriage break up THEN a few months later my home was burgled. my parents had moved to lincs and my brother and family was in the process of moving there too,so i went too.i never thought i would move out of sheffield,i loved being only 10 mins from meadowhall,nightlife etc but your priorities change as you get older and you have children. i now live in rural norfolk and love it,i would never move back,this is a far better place to bring my kids up.i still come to sheffield a few times a year as a have a couple of very good friends here and my sons father still lives here so he comes here once a month. as i am always reminded you can take the girl out of sheffield but you cant take sheffield out of the girl! lol my accent gives plenty of people amusement.lol:D
I think PeterW and myself must be the oldest on this thread. I left Sheffield around 1959-1960. It was job related I suppose. Not that I was out of work, but I was bored and felt the need to travel.
I'd always moved around even as a kid during the war,and when I got out of the military in '53 I was very unsettled.
So, I was in the 'Three Tuns' having the rap with this Irish guy and he happened to mention a contract on a railway tunnel near Sevenoaks. Well, I knew about railways and I could lay bricks so I thought I was a natural. I gave my jazz records away, sold some blood for my travel expenses (just kidding), and I was gone, just like that. (Stole that from Tommy Cooper).
Apart from a couple of trips back to Sheffield for family stuff, that's it. Lived in a lot of places since then, none of them bad, but I still have a yearning sometimes. But I resist.
Been happily married for years (a Derbyshire chica) and I wouldn't change anything.
I left Sheffield in 1971 - husbands job took him to Norfolk then in 1975 we moved to Cornwall again for the job. Lived here for 31 years - its like being on holiday everyday. Wouldn't go back for anything
I left Sheffield in 1990 to move to Florida to live with my longtime penpal, we got married and today we live in Lake Worth Florida, I work at Florida Atlantic University in the Office for Students with Disabilities and I also teacher Elementary Education Art. Love it here, but I miss home, miss my family, friends, food - especially chocolate, and the people in general. I was home at Christmas 2006, everything has changed, things that were once there are now gone, places closed, but the people just as I remember, Brillant.
In 1973, at the age of 31, I left Sheffield with my wife for Lincolnshire, so I've been there longer than in Yorkshire. Fresh air, quiet roads - would we ever want to leave where we live now? Not likely. We do miss Sheffield as it was in the 60s, before they mucked it about.
I moved to London in 1980 to be with a girlfriend who had moved there. Stayed for 18 years, married, 3 kids and came back to Sheffield in 1999. Met a new partner up here who can't wait to get back to London but I prefer Sheffield.
I left as the 21st century was moving ever closer to the Sheff/Barnsley village where I lived. It was quiet and agricultural, no crime, but only a matter of time.. traffic noise increasing almost daily.. still a Sheffield Lass, but living in my beloved rural Northumberland. Coast AND countryside!
left sheffield in 2001 to live in nottingham, now live in amber valley, but if i could move back to sheffield i would be there live a shot. just want a decent fishcake.
I first left in 1947 for 2 years national service, national slavery would have been a better description. Returned after demob for a couple of years but the place was a stinking smoke choking cesspit so I one day thought maybe the Army as a career might not be too bad after all. I stayed in "till 1973 and had a wonderful life visiting over 20 countries. After retirement I built a boat and sailed down to Spain and the Med. sold the boat in Tunisia and came over to Florida about 13 years ago. The only bit I miss is Derbyshire, you can keep the rest.
In the early 60s i had 3 jobs going at once,one was a good job as tool &die,but istill could'nt keep my my family fed ,the end came when coming home for dinner the wife &3 had a few chips an egg, my plate had a single pork chop,back then the wife's would often go out &buy a single piece of meat for old mans supper,the way i was working i'd have been dead at 40.So lets get to hell out of here,came to Canada and never looked back,been here 40 odd yrs & its been a great life.
Got out of the army in Feb 1969. Went back plumbing with the SCPWD. Walking round the Wybourn repairing burst pipes. By the time I had paid income tax,nhs contributions and graduated pension scheme payment. A road sweeper on the dole with 4 kids was better off than me. He got his dole money,stamps to get coal free,stamps to get shoes for his kids free and stamps for free food. These blokes were laughing at me for working.
I was in Australia by August 1969 and never regreted one minute.
Left Sheffield in Sept. 2004 for the sunnier climes of Kent and whilst you have endured the flooding, we have basked in sunshine. I loved and was proud of my home town but I would never return to live there.
I left sheffield to join the R N in 1945, couldnt stand travelling from wisewood to DARNALL (DAVY UNITED ), left R N in1948 worked in LONDON on the trolley busses for 3 years ,got fed up with that and rejoined the R N and completed time for pension service, now living in TONBRIDGE and quite happy, sometimes I wish that I had emigrated , but that is life