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Caborn's Corner

Black and white photograph of George Caborns widow, Mary with the Bulgarian cultural attaché planting a tree on Caborns Corner
The Bulgarian Cultural Attache (left), Richard Caborn (middle) and Mary Caborn (right) plant a tree on Caborns Corner, May 1983. © Martin Jenkinson

Caborn's Corner is a small triangle of land located at the junction of Spital Hill and Carlisle Street. It is named in honour of the famous trade unionist, George Caborn, who led many rallies and demonstrations to the town hall from this spot. During the 1950s, '60s and '70s, workers would come from all over the city to assemble at Caborn's Corner before beginning to march. When George died in 1982 the city council decided to turn the site into a garden to honour his commitment and dedication to political action. In 1983 the Bulgarian Cultural Attache and George's widow, Mary, planted a blue cedar tree on the site. Although the site has been poorly maintained since then, the tree is still there.

Current plans for a new supermarket at the bottom of Spital Hill show a terraced plaza where the garden is situated. So it is not clear what the future holds for this small piece of Sheffield's labour and industrial heritage.

Find out more about George Caborn in the section 'people connected to Burngreave'