12 Jul 2018

Victoria Quays

Once a week during July I'm attending a health support course organised by a specialist UK-wide charity.  The sessions are held in offices overlooking Victoria Quays, formerly Sheffield Canal Basin. Last week, after a light lunch, which is being generously provided by the firm where the meetings are being held, I took a walk around the south quay before walking into the city to take the tram route back home.




The Canal Basin was constructed between 1816 and 1819 as the terminus of the Sheffield Canal, which is now part of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Way.  The coal yards for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln Railway were also located here. The area fell into neglect after  closure during the 1970s, but was restored and redeveloped in the early 1990s to provide new office and business space, a chandlery service, leisure facilities and berths for leisure canal boats. Being on the tram route with hotels nearby, access via bridges over the main roads and a walk way onto the site it's a popular place to visit, especially as many people will also take a walk along the tow path of the canal, something that I hope to do another time.




In the marina are two wide berth boats that are houseboat hotels.


The swing bridge gives access from one side of the basin to the other.


There are some small businesses and a café in the former railway
arches. 




A view across the marina shows The Straddle Warehouse (c 1895)
 which was built on metal stilts over the water to provide more storage space.




The Terminal Warehouse and the Grain Warehouse 
have been converted into apartments.




I walked along the footpath of the bridge which also takes the tram
  through the city centre and to other areas on the outskirts of Sheffield.
   

Thank you for visiting and for your kind comment if you leave one. I'm still learning how to use Windows 10 on my new laptop.   I know my way around the basics, but there are still a few issues e.g. I don't yet have a large monitor connected which I could do with because of eyesight difficulties.  My broadband wifi connection has been off again this week - more problems with a local connection, which the engineers have been taking a long time to sort out. This hasn't helped with trying to set up the new laptop.  Since I'm also busy with other activities and I need to rest in between I'll be back again with more news when I can.
Wishing you a good day,
Linda :)
                                                                              

26 comments:

  1. I really like to see the long thin boats of the canals, and would like to ride on one. I don't do boats because I get sea sick and am also afraid of open water, but I could ride one of these as long as it stays in the canal... I like that tram also

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    1. A narrow boat holiday would be enjoyable, I think, although going through the canal locks would be hard work. Cruising down a river as a passenger on a small cruiser is more to my liking these days.

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  2. It looks so beautiful, just the sort of place I'd enjoy visiting. I hope you are keeping well and hope the health support course makes all the difference.

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    1. It's a bonus to be attending meetings in an air conditioned room in offices located in an interesting area of the city. Thank you, the suppport course has been very helpful so far.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this beautiful area around Sheffield and the canal.
    Have a pleasant summer time!

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    1. Thank you Luisella. I've been enjoying the good weather, although we could do with a good downpour of rain to replenish the dried up water sources and soften the earth especially farmland.

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  4. I hope the course you are attending is helpful and enjoyable too. I remember spending time in and around that area when my husband had to go to a meeting/interview in the building with arches over the river. I walked into the centre from there and as I walked remembered all the shopping trips I'd had when a child when Mum and I used to come into the city by bus:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. The course is proving to be very helpful in different ways. I've also enjoyed going to an area of the city I haven't visited for a long time. The history of the canal basin is interesting. The restoration has been done well. It was good that you had the opportunity to go there and during your walk into the centre remember the times you came in on the bus with you Mum to do some shopping. I'm sure on your visits you've seen many changes in the city such as before and after the tram tracks were constructed.

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  5. Beautiful place. I would love to go on a boat ride!

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    1. Thank you for your visit Nancy. I'm sure you would enjoy a boat trip. It's a good way to see the countryside as you pass through, stop at a mooring there or in a town marina. Have a good day!

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  6. Hi rich tapestry! This is a wonderful post! I love to read your trip a lot. Thanks for sharing it with us. The pictures are awesome! You will get used to your new windows 10 in a blink of an eye!
    Wishing you a lovely week!

    Cheers, Sandra xXx

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    1. Thank you Sandra. Wishing you a very peaceful week, Linda :)

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  7. Such an interesting place to visit, Linda, with a long history -- thanks for letting us tag along! And I sympathize with your computer issues; I just got a desktop with Windows 10 and am going through the same adjustments in learning how to use it, install software, etc. I'm sure it just takes time for us "old dogs" to learn all these new tricks.... :-) Best, -Beth

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    1. Hello Beth. Thank you for visiting me via the blog. I was interested to hear that you're also learning how to use Windows 10. It didn't take long to set up and I'm happy that everything is so much quicker, but I've only just started to get used to the basics, can't connect to a monitor even with an adapter and I'm handicapped by my internet server declaring there's an ongoing local wifi connection issue which hasn't been resolved. The wifi signal keeps going on and off. I manage to access the internet and do some work on the laptop when I can. I'll be over to visit your blog soon. Meanwhile, all the best, Linda :)

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  8. How nice to see your post. Your rail through town looks much like ours. I love when cities plan new life into old buildings and areas that having been developed before. I have Windows 10 on my laptop, but rarely use it. My big computer has Windows 7 because my computer guy doesn't like 10 and said for me to stay with 7 for the time being. Thinking I might ask him if he thinks that still. I don't particularly like 10 on my laptop though. It is tricky to get around. Good luck.

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    1. I use the supertram a lot and sometimes the bus or both as the routes extend to the outskirts of the city and the area where we live. I've got used to the layout of Window 10 now. My old laptop was much too slow and needed replacing. I wish I could connect my laptop to my big flat screen as I work at a desk. My son has been helpful at giving technical advice from afar, but so we haven't solved this issue. You're blessed to have a technician to help you. Everything I know about computers I've learnt from scratch sometimes with the help of advice from the internet or from relatives. All the best Marilyn.

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  9. I hope the course you're taking will be helpful to you and that you're keeping well. It's nice to see these areas brought back to life again after falling into disrepair, it's the same in Leeds, lots of areas around the river and canal are vibrant again after being no go areas a few years ago.

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    1. Thank you Jo. Today I got the all clear for the second year since my surgery and radiotherapy so I'm very thankful for all the treatment and support I've been receiving including the support course that I'm attending this month. We sometimes see what is happening in Leeds on the regional television news programme including regeneration projects in the city. It's good that these cities reflect the past by keeping old buildings, sometimes converting them into offices and apartments. Old and new buildings give character to a city.

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  10. I really like the reconstruction and expansion of the place that fell into disrepair. Very ingenious use of old buildings. Thank you for a nice visit and best regards.

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    1. Thank you Giga for your good wishes. Old industrial sites are fascinating. I like the way the Canal Basin is back in use whilst the warehouses and the railway arches have been converted for present day purposes as offices, apartments and small business enterprises.

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  11. Wonderful reflections in many of your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan. The water in the canal basin was very still and gave lovely clear reflections on a sunny day.

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  12. These are lovely photos- you have captured the water beautifully. I am finding it fascinating learning about Sheffield!x

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    1. Glad you enjoyed theis blog post. I'm learning a lot about this city too as I explore some areas now and again.

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  13. P.S. Hope your treatment is going ok.x

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    1. Yes, ongoing treatment is a help, thank you Kezzie. x

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Thank you for your kind comment which is much appreciated. Have a lovely day.