This public space is adjacent to Sheffield Town Hall and not far from the Winter Garden and Millennium Galleries and were part of Sheffield's econominc and cultural regeneration. The Peace Gardens contain the Goodwin Fountain which has 89 individual jets of water and is named after Stuart Goodwin, a business man who specialised in steel and tool making. There are also eight fountains known as the Holberry Cascades and these are dedicated to the Sheffield Chartist Movement. There are also a number of memorial plaques and features that forms part of Sheffield's present and past.
Peace gardens Sheffield is a city centre square with lovely gardens and fountains,it was built to honour those who died and served in both world wars as well as the men of South Yorkshire who fought in the Spanish civil war.
The very centre of Sheffield is here!(a plaque near the entrance verifies this) in this open square of fountains, water features and lawned areas. It has some unusual and historical features.
Surrounded by the Town Hall, The Mc Donald Hotel, The Winter Gardens, pavement cafes, shops and Pinstone Street, with its never ending stream of buses passing by.
These were originally known as the Saint Paul Gardens - In 1720, The church of St Paul was built here, but was demolished in 1938, with the intention of using the space to extend the Town Hall. However, WW2 disrupted these plans. The original church walls had remained, and the city council laid out gardens within their boundaries. The St Pauls gardens were intended to be only a temporary fixture, but remained and were renamed The Peace Gardens.
The gardens were revamped in 1998, as part of The Heart Of The City regeneration, providing a pleasant place for shoppers, workers and visitors to relax.
On the wall near the Town Hall, you can see 3 plaques in tribute to citizens who lost their life during the wars, and a quote from Lord Byron, a plaque dedicated to the victims of Hiroshima, which had originally been dedicated on Hiroshima Day (6.8.85) in the presence of 3 Hibakush - survivors of the Atomic devastation - it was rededicated in the name of peace, by the children of Sheffield on 9th December 1995.
The 3rd plaque is in memory of the men from South Yorkshire, who died fighting in the Spanish Civil War of 1936 - 39, again with a quote from Lord Byron.
Please see my pics below to read the inscriptions
This is my absolute favourite place in Sheffield. Built in celebration of Peace in general, but also in rememberance of the people of Hiroshima, the Peace Gardens are a great place to come and relax on a sunny afternoon. The fountains around the edges are supposed to represent mushroom clouds and from these the water flows down a series of blue and green tiled steps that are beautifully carved with fish and lily pads. In the summer the fountain in the centre is a magnet for kids (of all ages!) as you're allowed to run through it and cool off.
Take a look at the 'Peace Gardens' in the city centre. They are a lovely place to sit and eat a sandwich if the sun is shining.