Ecclesall Road South, which runs through a large part of the Hallam Constituency, the second wealthiest in the UK
|Other name(s)||Ecclesall Road South|
|Length||3.6 mi (5.8 km)|
Ecclesall Road is a road in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, that runs for about 3.6 miles (5.8 km) south-west from Sheffield's city centre under the number A625. At Banner Cross, where the house numbers reach 1001, the road name changes to Ecclesall Road South and numbering restarts. Ecclesall Road, as a named road, finishes at Whirlow, although the course of the road continues as Hathersage Road.
From the city centre to Banner Cross the road is home to many pubs and student accommodation. In the suburb of Ecclesall, one of the UK's wealthiest districts, the road is bordered by rather large properties.
Ecclesall Road is itself noted for its vast range of restaurants, pubs, bars cafes and shops, including many one-off boutiques. The Ecclesall Road shopping area is mostly on the South side of the road, and also includes Hunters Bar and Sharrow Vale Road. As the road nears the City Centre, there is a large Marks and Spencers, gym and a Waitrose supermarket. The north side of the road is residential, containing the Hannover Flats and the districts of Broomhall, The Groves and Ranmoor. Sunnybank Nature Reserve, established in 1985 and managed by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham is located at the city centre end of the Road. The Sheffield Botanical Gardens are close to Ecclesall Road, opposite the Berkley Precinct shopping centre. It has a large student population, mostly from Sheffield Hallam University, who have a campus on nearby Collegiate Crescent, although there are some flats owned by the University of Sheffield. The road also runs past Endcliffe Park and close to Ecclesall Woods.
Notable residents of Ecclesall Road are the following people: Branwyn 'The Blitz' Harris - a famous wrestler who moved there in the mid 50's from rural Mexico; Befferz, a famous Viner and Hayley Holden, a filmmaker who got nominated for a Palme d'Or in 2006 for her film "96/98".
Ecclesall Road was constructed in the early part of the 19th century, and was operated as a turnpike road by the Sheffield and Chapel en le Frith Trust—the first toll being paid at Hunter's Bar. The tolls were abolished on 31 October 1884 and the toll house at Hunter's Bar was demolished, although the gate posts were preserved and are now situated in the centre of Hunters Bar roundabout. In the early part of the 20th century the road was used by one of the city's tramway lines, terminating at the top of Woodholm Road. This was one of the first tram routes to close, being abandoned in March 1954 despite a petition against its closure of 11,000 signatures. The starting point of Ecclesall Road was originally the junction of London Road and Cemetery Road running past Sheffield General Cemetery, but the road was truncated at Moore Street when Sheffield's Inner Ring was constructed in the 1960s.
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