KELHAM ISLAND - ABOUT THE AREA
About Kelham Island
Kelham Island is a manmade island, created as an economic tool to power machines used in the 1100's. Sheffield has a rich history when it comes to industry, we've always been proud makers, Kelham Island and Neepsend have played a huge role in this throughout the ages. Walking around Kelham Island and Neepsend you'll come across this, even today.
The steel industry might have long gone but it's not been forgotten. Kelham Island Museum, which sits on the island is dedicated to the past whilst some warehouses and factory buildings have survived, either derelict or repurposed into homes, bars & restaurants or places for new makers. We might not be the giants we once were but we've still got skilled workers making everything from furniture to beer.
'Kelham Island' is the name on everybody's lips but the museum and a couple of blocks of flats actually sit on the island. The majority of the past, present and future is in Neepsend whilst Shalesmoor also deserves recognition.
As whole, the area is still relatively small but densely populated with 4000+ residents (a number that is quickly growing), over 30 pubs, bars and restaurants and enough culture, community and evolution making it a self-contained, award winning neighbourhood.