It was the city’s proximity to the fast-flowing waters of the Don and the Loxley that made it the perfect location in the age of water power. Coal, iron ore and millstone grit were also close to hand in the nearby hills.
But it was the invention a century ago of stainless steel that transformed the city into a kitchen for the world, with vast steelworks like these turning out place settings by the thousand.
As late as the 1950s, 15,000 people remained employed in the manufacture of cutlery.
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