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Cholera Monument Grounds


0.5 miles east of city centre.



3 hectares.



Cholera Monument Grounds were given to the city by the Duke of Norfolk in 1930.  Clay Wood followed in stages in 1971 and 2005.


Special designations

  • Green Flag Award winning site

  • The Monument is Grade II listed

  • Cholera Monument Grounds were put on English Heritage’s
    Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in 2003.

  • Conservation Area (Cholera Monument Grounds)

  • Site of Scientific Interest (Clay Wood)


Early history

The Monument Grounds are the burial ground for most of the victims of the cholera outbreak of 1832, in which over 400 people died. 

The Cholera Monument was erected in their memory two years later.  It cost £300 and was financed by the money left in the fund set up to fight the disease, a donation from the Duke of Norfolk and money raised by selling wooden carvings showing a depiction of the monument.

In 1930, the Duke of Norfolk presented the grounds to the city.  This resulted in some 'municipal' style additions, such as a bowling green, toilets and an 'old men's hut'. 

During the 1970's and 1980's the site received extra legal protection as the monument was Grade II listed and the grounds became part of the Norfolk Road Conservation Area.  In 1990 the top section of the monument was blown over in a gale and only the bottom half was left intact.



In 2004, the monument was rebuilt and the grounds redeveloped with funding secured by the Friends Group, the majority of which came from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The site redevelopment included:

  • Rebuilding the monument

  • Improving access

  • Interpretation and art features

  • Lighting the monument

  • New furniture

  • New tree planting

  • Improvements to the planting

Contact us for a copy of the Cholera Monument Grounds Management Plan.


Clay Wood

Clay Wood is next to the Cholera Monument Grounds.  As there is no physical barrier between the 2 areas they effectively combine to form one larger open space. 

The informal, natural feel of the woodland complements the formal landscape of the grounds, and provides a wider range of experiences than is normal for a site of this size.


Features of the site

  • The Cholera Monument

  • Interpretive artwork & information panels

  • Spring bulbs

  • Fine views over the city

  • Norfolk Heritage Trail

  • Master Cutler's Grave

  • Woodland walk


Visitor information

  • Car parking is available near the main entrance on Norfolk Road.

  • Nearest tram stop is Sheffield Station; a 5 to 10 minute walk including some steep slopes and cobbled paths.

  • Several bus routes are close to the site.

  • For public transport information visit Travel South Yorkshire

  • There is a flat, hard surfaced path around Cholera Monument Grounds. The path through Clay Wood is also surfaced, but includes flights of steps and a slope.

Further information about the site and any up and coming events from the Friends of Sheaf Valley.


Useful websites


  • Modified: Jan 22, 2016 8:55:02 AM