ben at sheffield quarry.

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sheffield is thought to have been established to house the workers of the sheffield quarry and later the surrounding farms. the settlement was built along the road into newlyn where the quarry’s stone had to be crated for shipment. the area is thought to have been inhabited as far back as the mesolithic (8000 BC to 4001 BC) and the neolithic (4000 BC to 2501 BC). many artefacts from this period were recovered from an arable field at sheffield farm in 2003.

the principal stone of the district is the well-known land’s end granite. sheffield quarry, is post-medieval and has been continuously worked from 1540 AD to the late 1920s