Chapeltown, South Yorkshire
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Chapeltown is in northern Sheffield, in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it forms part of the Ecclesfield civil parish. There are a wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as an Asda superstore. Sheffield Library also has a branch in Chapeltown called Chapeltown Library as well as a subway.
The town also has a twice-weekly market (Tuesday and Friday).
Like much of Sheffield there is a large amount of greenspace in and around Chapeltown. The town centre has a cricket ground and a wooded park on either side of it. Between Chapeltown and Ecclesfield the land is used for residential purposes on one side of the main road and agricultural on the other. There is also a brownfield site above the park.
It has two railway stations, one being a disused and allegedly haunted passenger station which is very well hidden in nearby overgrown woodlands, plus the railway station next to the Asda supermarket which is on the Penistone Line. Chapeltown is near the M1 motorway. There are two junctions (35 and 35a) serving the town: the latter is mainly used by Thorncliffe industrial estate, which contains the head office of Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions among other companies. There are also regular bus services into Sheffield and additional services to Barnsley and Rotherham town centres.
Most of the industry in the town lies within the Thorncliffe Industrial Estate, formerly the Thorncliffe works of Newton, Chambers & Company. This company was first established on this site in 1793, initially an iron works but which over time expanded into related mining industries and the production of products produced by the fractional distillation of coal. These included the famous 'Izal' disinfectant range. During World War II Churchill tanks were built in the estate. Until recently one of these tanks stood as a memorial on the site of the old factory,[i] but it had fallen into a poor state of repair and has now been removed for restoration, it is unclear if the tank will be replaced when the restoration is complete.
The proximity of the M1 has helped the industrial estate's expansion in recent years, especially with companies involved in distribution. The disused railway station can be found by trekking though approximately a mile of dense woodland from the west (J35A), from White Lane. Part of this once- building is still lived in, but it is need of restoration and could be done very easily. The alleged ghosts are said to be Second World War soldiers, killed by bomb blast while on the train to the tank factory.
The old station " Chapeltown & Thorncliffe " can be seen from White Lane.
- Churchill tank:
- Jones J 1993 'An Illustrated History of Izal' in Jones M "Aspects of Sheffield Vol 2, Sheffield: Wharncliffe Books
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