Steel City

Population growth in Sheffield

stuck obstinately to older and increasingly outdated methods of production. Success was replaced by boom and slump - disguised somewhat by the demands of two World Wars. By the late 20th century, the writing was on the wall for most of British metal manufacture and many readers will recall the anguish over closures at Corby, Shotton, Consett and other long-established metal centres. Nevertheless, for more than 200 years, metal manufacture was one of the country's greatest employers.

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