Very little of the original Sheffield Howard street still exists. Sheffield city council explains that in the 1990s:
“Howard Street and Sheaf Square have been redesigned to create a much better ‘first impression’ of Sheffield and to reinforce one of the city’s major pedestrian axes.”
A Sheffield council guide to street names says the street was named after the family name of the land owner – Charles Howard Earl of Surrey who lived in Arundel.
“Between each wide straight street, north to south, and between each wide straight cross street east to west, there was a back lane for deliveries and for any small establishments which might, in accordance with Sheffield custom, be built behind the frontages of the road streets. The lanes were named after the streets; the streets commemorated the manorial lord of Sheffield and his ancestors. Surrey Street is for his second title; Arundel Street, Charles Street for his Christian name; Howard Street for his surname; Earl Street for his rank as Earl Marshall; Furnival Street for his thirteenth century ancestors.”
This picture found on a Sheffield Historical photographs website shows the odd number houses 17-23, on Howard Street in 1902:
Henry Hall, the ‘inventor’ of Hallmarks (a way of identifying the quality and origins of precious metals) was based at 11 Howard street working in “Walker and Hall” a company that also pioneered electro-plating.
From this is a picture of their Howard Street premises taken circa 1915 it looks like the factory was on the top of the hill which is consistent with the current Street numbering. I found this picture in a ‘Silver’ discussion forum:
An earlier picture (1906), a sketch, posted on another silver discussion forum states that they employed 2,500 people!: