S12 Area Guide

Birley, Gleadless, Gleadless Townend, Frecheville, Hackenthorpe, Intake, Ridgeway, Charnock, Hollinsend

The S12 postcode of Sheffield is situated south-east from Sheffield City Centre.  Gleadless is at its most westerly point, then reaching out east it encompasses Hackenthorpe and south it includes Ridgeway.  Housing in this postcode varies greatly depending upon each area.  Gleadless has a very high percentage of social housing consisting largely of flats and maisonettes, whereas Ridgeway has a high number of large detached homes.

As already mentioned Gleadless has a lot of social housing available, there are also however, a number of newer build properties within the privately-owned Bellway development at Gleadless Townend.  The transport links are excellent due to it being on the Supertram blue and purple routes.  There are three tram stops serving the Gleadless area: Hollinsend, Gleadless Townend and White Lane.

House prices are very reasonable within this postcode.  It is a popular area with young families as you can get a much larger property here for the same price than in other more expensive parts of Sheffield. 

Schools in S12:

  • The Birley Academy
  • Birley Primary Academy
  • Birley Spa Primary Academy
  • Charnock Hall Primary Academy
  • Gleadless Primary
  • Intake Primary
  • Rainbow Forge Primary Academy
  • Sheffield Springs Academy
  • St John Fisher Primary

Nurseries in S12:

  • Elmore Kindergarten – Frecheville
  • Fairmount Nursery and Pre-School (Hackenthorpe)
  • Hackenthorpe Hall Nursery
  • Sunflower Children’s Centre

Places of interest in this area include:

Birley Spa, Ridgeway Memorial Grounds and Ridgeway Sports and Social Club.  Ridgeway Sports and Social Club is where Ridgeway Cricket Club is based along with Ridgeway Bowling Club and Ridgeway Tennis Club.

Birley Wood Golf Course is a stress-free yet challenging course ideal for players of all levels.

Charnock Pump Track and Dirt Jumps was built by Bike Track and was designed to be a fun ride for all ages and abilities to develop fitness and skills.

Charnock Recreation Grounds offers playground equipment, a running track, outdoor gym equipment and a full-sized football pitch.

Frecheville Community Sports Ground and Social Club has grass pitches and a sports hall.

Towards the south of S12 brings you into the countryside and here you can find many spectacular walks with beautiful scenery.

For the more urban parts of S12 there are 2 allotment sites, Hollinsend Allotments and Sharrard Road Allotments.

The shopping provision in S12 itself consists mainly of local stores and supermarkets.  With the westerly part of the area being so close to the city and centre and having such good transport links, it’s not an issue getting into town for a more cosmopolitan shopping experience.  Further east of the area brings you close to the Crystal Peaks shopping centre, where you can find many popular high street names such as: Argos, Boots, Burton, Clarks, Claire’s, Next, M&S and TKMaxx.

In regard to eating out, there tends to more choice towards the Ridgeway side of S12.  Here you can find traditional English country pubs serving traditional pub food.  The Swan Inn is a family run, 300 year old pub which serves up a delicious menu of homemade food seven days a week in a lively, traditional pub atmosphere.  They also offer a selection of homemade pies.

The Old Vicarage can also be found in Ridgeway and if fine dining is your thing, then this place is most definitely worth a visit.  Having once held a Michelin star, acclaimed food critics from The Guardian, The Times and many other publications have consistently given the place rave reviews.

You will not be short of takeaways in S12: Rubeez and Bay of Bengal amongst others, offer Indian cuisine and Royal Wong’s is a popular Chinese takeaway.  Elif 2 is a Turkish restaurant with good reviews. 

With Crystal Peaks being just on the outskirts of the west part of this postcode, this means you are close to popular chain eateries such as Aagrar, Dominos, Subway, Pizza Hut and MacDonalds.  If you are situated towards the east, then the city centre is not far away and with the excellent transport links at your disposal, you have the huge choice that Sheffield city centre offers with its vast array of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars.