Looking Up Sheffield Episode 4: I Heart Sheffield

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, podcast four focuses on Sheffield’s Heart Of The City 2, which is even better than the original. We talk to Nalin Seneviratne, director of city centre regen at the council, about progress, heritage and renewal from the mezzanine at Marmadukes, part of the new development. We also talk to Tim at Marmadukes over oatmilk lattes. Amid clanging plates and dubious sound levels, we discuss Sheffield’s amazing cafe scene, Leah’s Yard and what’s on our city radar for 2020.

Episode Three: What Is Don Is Don

A special Christmas edition celebrating the River Don. It’s been in the news for all the wrong reasons, so it’s time to remember why the Don is worth our attention. 

Looking Up Sheffield urges you to forget the politics and immerse yourself in the story of Wardsend Cemetery, an astonishing space being brought back into the light. 

We conjure a top ten of River Don highlights, forget which century we are in and realise that counting isn’t our strong suit. 

Co-host Nicola Allen gets all reflective as she masterfully uses the River as a metaphor and adds Take Me To The River to her set list. 

Hope you enjoy it. Tis a little bit of truth for your ears. 


Episode Two: A priest walks into a Starbucks…

It’s Halloween and much like Terminator 2, our second podcast is better than our first. We talk to Adam, who has a lifelong fascination with Carbrook Hall, one of Sheffield’s most haunted buildings. Handy then, that’s he is working in John Bright’s former gaff as a barista in the revamped Starbucks. We ask, has Adam always been there? Seeing as we recorded it in the plotting room in eyrie silence, why are there so many voices in the background?


Notes: John Bright was famously the man who laid siege to Sheffield Castle. He is known to have hosted roundheads in the plotting room.

Carbrook Hall is in Attercliffe Common Sheffield and is well worth a visit, regardless of the spook factor.

Episode one: Two Rivers

our first podcast was appropriately recorded where the city first began, on the confluence of the River Don and the River Sheaf. This was where the Sheaf Field emerged and gave Sheff its name. Many years later, in 1912, the Blonk Street toilets were appropriate placed right in the heart of the River Don. They survived world war bombs and a century of were before becoming derelict. But now the Blonk Street bogs have a glorious future in the hands of Chris, who has turned it into a fantastic cafe bar called Two Rivers. What better place to start a new part of Sheffield history?