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It was actually a late-comer in terms of the market it was set to originally serve - punk was already well into its second year by the time the Limit opened in 1978.
But no one else was plugging the gap and the city’s “waifs and strays” grabbed the West Street venue with both hands.
The city’s reaction to the punk movement that first hit Sheffield in 1976 had hardly been welcoming.
Peter Stringfellow blamed ‘the West Street crowd’ for the regular trouble in his Penthouse club in the late 1960s – he ended up selling up after a few months and moving his business interests to Leeds. But love it or hate it – West Street has had enduring after dark appeal for generations of Sheffield nightowls. The ‘West Street run’ was an essential rite of passage in earlier decades when pubs like the West Street Hotel, the Red Lion, the Saddle and others were essential stop off points. The iconic thoroughfare later became home to one of the city’s most...
Neil Anderson started work on a fully updated version of his ‘Take It To The Limit’ book – his best-selling title that documented the life of the iconic West Street venue - in 2019 but a personal tragedy meant the project was mothballed.