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Report - Magistrates Courts - Sheffield October 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Will Knot, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. Will Knot

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    A Bit of History......

    It started off in 1808 as a Town Hall and courts for the Petty Sessions (now known as Magistrates' Courts) and Quarter Sessions. The city was growing enormously at this time.
    In 1866 it had to be extended by the Sheffield architects Flockton and Abbott. The firm of architects built the police offices just across from it, at the back of Castle Green.

    By the 1890s the building had become too small again, and a whole new Town Hall was built on Pinstone Street. That one opened in 1897 around the time that Sheffield was given city status.
    From then on the building on Waingate became an even larger courthouse and the police court. The law quarter of Sheffield is still based around this area, with the current Law Courts and many solicitors offices next door.

    It remained a courthouse and police court until the late 1990s when Sheffield High Court and Sheffield Crown Court moved to new premises behind the High Street - so a lot of people over a century and a half have been in and out of this building for good reasons and bad.

    Since that point, the old Town Hall on Waingate has been derelict - so much so that in 2007 the national charity The Victorian Society placed it on their list of most at-risk buildings in the whole of the UK.
    The present owners have had the old Town Hall since 2004 but it has stood empty since then.
    It is Grade II listed and was supposed to go to auction in October 2008, but when contacted the auctioneers they hadn't been paid their fees so it wouldn't be able to go under the hammer.

    The Explore.......

    An early start to the day, travelling first towards and collecting both Telf and MSP (thanks for a great day guys), then onwards to Sheffield. On arrival, after finding the nearest car parking spot available, we continued to prepare for the courts from the boot of the car when we was asked 'Are you going into the courts' from a total stranger :confused 'Why are you a police officer?' we replied :(.............no, it was a then non member who was casing the joint, who finally got round to joining '28dl' himself last night :crazy

    After a brief chat with introductions ACID joined ourselves and went for a little mooch and explored :)

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    Thanks for viewing, I ;) Will Knot :thumb
     

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