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Report - Firbeck Hall - Rotherham - Sep 2016

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by UrbanBloodyBear, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. UrbanBloodyBear

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    The estate here was purchased in the latter half of the 16th Century by William West. It is not known if a previous house existed here but West built himself a new Hall. West was a lawyer, steward to the Earl of Shrewsbury, aprolific writere about the Law and important in the affairs of Rotherham and Sheffield. He died about 1596/8. He was succeeded at Firbeck by his son, William, then his grandson John. John's estate was left to Sir Francis Fane, the son of John's sister Elizabeth.

    In 1669 Fane sold the estate to William Woolhouse. He in turn sold it in 1676 to Jonathan Staniforth of Rotherham. The estate then consisted of Firbeck Hall, a dovecote, papermill, watermill, houses and land in Firbeck, Maltby, Blyth, Thwaite, Letwell, Gildingwells, Throapham, Laughton and the Ewes. Worth a few bob then!

    On the death of Amelia Staniforth in 1792 the estate passed to a distant relative who sold it to Henry Gally of Langold. Henry Gally added "knight" to his surname. His son also called Henry Gallyknight begun remodelling the house in Elizabethan style and landscaping the gardens about 1820. In the mid 19th Century the Firbeck estate worth £70,000 ws left to the Ecclesiatical Commissioners. It was bought in 1853 by Mrs Miles of Bristol who left it to the Jebb family in 1878. The Jebbs lived there until the beginning of the 20th Century. The estate was put on the market in 1909 but failed to sell. In the First World War was a home for Belgian refugees.

    In 1934 the house was converted into a country club, The Firbeck Sports and Country Club, renowned for its luxury. When the Second World War started it was converted to an annex of the Sheffield Royal Infirmary. In 1945 it was purchased by the Miners' Welfare Commission as a rehabilitation home. It continued to be used for this purpose until it was closed in 1984.

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  2. Ataria

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    I've always wanted to visit this place but I've always read stories about the old man with a shotgun ! Did you encounter anyone ?
     
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    I find the editing of the pictures really distracting to the point I don't really know what I'm looking at?

    @Ataria - I visited here a few weeks ago and didn't see a soul, though there were fresh tyre marks around the grounds.
     
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    Once again looks like it's been on fire. You really aren't doing yourself or the place any favours with the editing you do. Tho I do find your bear rather cute lol :oops:
     
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    Arghhhhh.......
     
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    Got to agree with the rest of the people on here, the processing is quite overdone for most people's liking on here.
     
  7. Urbex13

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    Report is structured fine and it's good you're getting out and doing stuff but the editing is a bit too wacky for me. I know it's quite addictive when you first start cranking up settings on lightroom or photomatix or whatever (most of us have had our moments) and I know that it does get a good response from some people but it doesn't help much in terms of actually documenting the building. Taking some wider, straighter shots with a bit more context would help you avoid comments like this. You're probably also fighting a losing battle shooting in the dark because it makes it that much more tempting/necessary to get heavy handed with the PP.
     
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  8. HughieD

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    Wise words from Urbex13 - pretty much nails it.
     
  9. bencadwell

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    we visited this place last month and it was very quiet and we didn't see anybody in the grounds of the hall, but we couldn't seem to find anyway in to get some internal shots of the building. we did however see quite a few security signs which basically stated officer with a dog which also put us off a little bit as we didn't fancy having a scrap with a big fuck off dog lol. can anybody confirm if there is in fact any security patrolling the area or are the signs just scare tactics?

    thanks
     
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    Ive been there twice in April and July, didnt see anyone patrolling although there was a dog tied up behind some iron gates, but just kept away from that area as it was barking its head off.
    I think the signs are there to put people off.
     
  11. David Hunter

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    Your editing hurts my eyes :-( on the plus side it's great you got in! I went down in May and got in fine but only went armed with an iphone!
     
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