"I love you will you marry me"

deejayone

Sheffield, United Kingdom

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An homage to the infamous “I love you will you marry me” graffiti adorning the bridge at Sheffield’s Park Hill Flats.

A piece of graffiti, “Clare Middleton I love you will u marry me”, was written on one of the “bridges” linking two of the blocks at Park Hill flats, behind Sheffield’s train station. It was the subject of a documentary broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011 where the presenter went in search of the story behind the graffiti – eventually finding that Clare did not marry the author of the graffiti, a man named Jason. She died of cancer in 2007.

As part of the refurbishment of the blocks of flats, developers have chosen to illuminate the portion of the graffiti reading “I love you will u marry me” in neon. (Clare Middleton’s name has not been illuminated).

Park Hill is a council housing estate in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It was built between 1957 and 1961, and in 1998 was given Grade II* listed building status. Following a period of decline, the estate is being renovated by developers Urban Splash. The renovation was one of the six short-listed projects for the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize. The Estate falls within the Manor Castle ward of the City. Park Hill is also the name of the area in which the flats are sited. The name relates to the deer park attached to Sheffield Manor, the remnant of which is now known as Norfolk Park.

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