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Report - Sheffield Old Town Hall / Courts, Sheffield - December 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by TrevBish, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. TrevBish

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    Good Morning all! This was the first stop on our little up North tour. 20 hour round trip and no sleep! This was a nice little place, been on my list for a few years now but never really decided to go and visit until now. Access is one of the funniest I have ever encountered and we bumped into a few other explorers in there but I didn't catch ya names!


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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.
    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.
    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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    Re: Sheffield Old Town Hall / Courts - Sheffield - December 2014

    I'd have sacked the chimney sweep :rolleyes: :D

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  3. TrevBish

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    Re: Sheffield Old Town Hall / Courts - Sheffield - December 2014

    lol, it was a strange little room! Set out like a cell but a fire place. I think it could of been an interview room.
     
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    Re: Sheffield Old Town Hall / Courts - Sheffield - December 2014

    was the telly still on ?
     
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    Re: Sheffield Old Town Hall / Courts - Sheffield - December 2014

    and the fairy lights on the fireplace :eek:
     
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    Re: Sheffield Old Town Hall / Courts - Sheffield - December 2014

    That would be me and my crew you bumped into! lol

    Great shots mate!my camera wouldnt pick up the court room too well but youve got some cracking ones!

    and the entrance is great right haha

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