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Sheffield the Home of the Talbots page 2

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From this point the story of Sheffield ceases to be so largely personal. The Dukes of Norfolk, while still holding rich estates, through the Talbots, Furnivals, and Lovetots, who received the estates as gifts from various kings, are no longer lords of Hallamshire, with large powers of control over the community. They are in the ranks of the citizens, where they retain much influence by a quick sense of public duty. Feudal usages vanished about the time when the Howards became associated with Sheffield, and the town began to organize its public life and its trade on independent lines.

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