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Hunters Bar is an area in South West Sheffield. Wikipedia says this about it:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunters_bar


But what’s it really like?


There are 60,000 students in Sheffield and, seemingly, all of them live in Hunters Bar.


It’s a pleasant, relaxed, liberal and affluent area and much too bohemian for its own good.


A nice homeless man called Craig sometimes sleeps on me – Hunters Bar roundabout. Craig is real and is very well known and liked in these parts – look:


http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=668753&highlight=homeless


Another individual who occasionally crops up in the tales of Hunters Bar is Homeless Stu - a friend of Craig’s who is tortured by inner demons.


I am currently sponsored by Bickerton Skoda. Not sure how I feel about this.


True fact – there are 9 pubs within 1000 metres of Hunters Bar Roundabout – look (true fact courtesy of @rjcopley) http://twitpic.com/544qvn/full



About Hunters Bar

Unusual photo of Hunters Bar Roundabout courtesy of @QR8Design.


To The North


Brocco Bank heads up the hill towards Broomhill and the Botanical Guardians. Like Hunters Bar, Broomhill is thronged with students. Broomhill is home to several halls of residencies which are usually the haunt of first year students. This means that Broomhill is also full of people in their forties shaking their heads and asking each other “Is he/she really old enough to be at university?”


To The East


Ecclesall Road (Eccy Rd) heads East towards town. People come from miles around to revel in its kitchness. Restaurants and pubs, pubs and restaurants. Shops that spring up and then shut down a month later. Shops that sell nothing but chocolate, shops that sell nothing but coffee.

Beautiful people parade up and down checking out the competition.


Waitrose at the town end and M&S ‘ecco’ in the middle - they’ve gentrified the shit out of Eccy Road.


Rotherham Council once announced their intention to do up Rotherham Town Centre and “bring something of the spirit of Ecclesall Road to Rotherham” – all they needed to do was decorate the pavement with the odd vomit splatter and they’d have cracked it.


Sharrow Vale Road runs parallel to Eccy Road. Even more ‘boho’ than Eccy Road, SVR boasts a range of knick-knack shops that sell stuff that nobody could possible need. It has recently been confirmed that these shops are a front for drug dealers.


Just off Sharrow Vale Road we can see evidence of the literate nature of Hunter Bar’s denizens. Look: http://anorthernline.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-like-this-bit-of-graffiti.html (true fact courtesy of @anorthernline).


To The South


Here there be students.


Steep steep hills with serried rows of terraced houses. Hunter Hill Road, Hunter House Road, Pinner and Penryn. Roads so steep that you need oxygen to make it to the top.


Most of the houses have been bought by landlords and are occupied by students. The downstairs bay windows of these houses have iPhones, X-boxes and laptops pressed against them to make target selection easier for opportunistic burglars.


The few ‘normal’ citizens that remain have given up trying to sleep through the noise of the students in the houses on either side. Instead they have evolved to become nocturnal and, like the students themselves, they sleep through the day.  

It’s worth the climb to the top of the hill as here sits the wonderful Psalter Tavern (on Psalter Lane).


To The West


Endcliffe Park – one of the best parks in a city that is stuffed full of beautiful parks.


Eccy Road continues up the hill heading for Banner Cross then out through the huge houses of Ecclesall Road South. Did you know that this area of Sheffield is the most affluent constituency outside of the south-east of England, with almost 12% of residents earning over £60,000 a year?




I hate students because:


1) I envy their youth


2) I envy their lifestyle


3) I envy their opportunities

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Hunters Bar in embroidery! By Adam Tyson (http://openupsheffield.co.uk/2010/artists/adam-tyson.htm)