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Report - Sheffield Old Courthouse / Town Hall - July 15

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by ledgehammer, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    We were lucky to have been able to do this one early on in our exploring days, had difficulty. Revisited this place in July....

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    "Sheffield Old Town Hall stands on Waingate in central Sheffield, England, opposite Castle Market.

    The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield's first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. This first structure stood by the parish church, on a site with little prospect for extension.[2]

    The Old Town Hall was built in 1807–8 by Charles Watson, and was designed to house not only the Town Trustees but also the Petty and Quarter Sessions. The initial building was a five-bay structure fronting Castle Street, but it was extended in 1833 and again in 1866 by William Flockton (1804–1864) of Sheffield and his partner for the project, Abbott; the most prominent feature was the new central clock tower over a new main entrance that reoriented the building to Waingate. At the same time, the building's courtrooms were linked by underground passages to the neighbouring Sheffield Police Offices.


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    Waingate in 1857: the Old Town Hall with its first clock tower on the left​


    The first Town Council was elected in 1843 and took over the lease of the Town Trustees' hall in 1866. The following year, the building was extensively renovated, with a clock tower designed by Flockton & Abbott being added.

    By the 1890s, the building had again become too small, and the current Sheffield Town Hall was built further south. The Old Town Hall was again extended in 1896–97, by the renamed Flockton, Gibbs & Flockton, and became Sheffield Crown Court and Sheffield High Court. In the 1990s, these courts moved to new premises, and since at least 1997 to present, the building remains disused.

    In 2007, it was named by the Victorian Society as one of their top ten buildings most at-risk."

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    and a vid, low res in places...



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  2. BrainL

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    Love that building!! Nice report mate!
     
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  3. Lancashire lad

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    its on the list , some nice piks cheers for p[osting
     
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  4. Will Knot

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    Nice to see this place, I really like to call back in now and again ;)
    Great pics there, thanks for postin' :thumb
     
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  5. Funlester

    Funlester The Fun One
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    Nice pics, been here myself and really liked it. Will be going back at some point.
     
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    nic set of pic there, top write up, cheers :thumb
     
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  7. ledgehammer

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    cheers, can see us popping back from time to time - probably the best thing local...
     
  8. Funlester

    Funlester The Fun One
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    Yeah I want to go back and do some photos with a tripod with longer exposure
     
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