Famous Quotes Relating to Sheffield
"The most proletarian city in England."
(Sidney Pollard, 1851, after analysing the 1851 Census data.)
"Sheffield, I suppose, could justly claim to be called the ugliest town in the Old World."
(George Orwell, 1937, commenting on the city's numerous back-to-back dwellings and severe pollution.)
"Modern Sheffield, a flourishing industrial city with over half a million inhabitants and a world-wide reputation, still retains many of the essential characteristics of the small market town of about five thousand people from which it has grown in the space of two and a half centuries."
(Hunt, 1956, characterizing Sheffield's distinctly un-"big city" feel.)