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Report - Sheffield Town Hall Clock Tower - July 2014

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by jazzywheelz, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. jazzywheelz

    jazzywheelz Boring Bearded Bastard
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    Sheffield Town Hall Clock Tower - July 2014
    Topped with Kaplan


    A little while ago, myself and Kaplan were discussing the idea of working our way through the list of Sheffield's tallest buildings. We've topped a few of them already, but there was always one which seemed out of reach... the Town Hall clock tower.

    Sheffield's current town hall was designed by Edward William Mountford to replace the previous town hall which was repurposed as a courthouse (and subsequently as an urbecks hotspot). This new town hall was constructed from local Stoke Hall sandstone in the Gothic Revival style to complement the nearby St Paul's church (now demolished). The exterior features stone carvings by renowned sculpter F.W. Pomeroy, depicting Sheffield's industrial achievements. The building took seven years to complete and was opened by Queen Victoria in 1897. It is now grade I listed and is home to Sheffield City Council.

    The 61 metre tall clock tower is one of Sheffield's most prominent landmarks and is visible from all over the city. Above the four clock faces sits the bell enclosure, however no bells were ever installed. Above this, the tower is topped with a baroque style domed belvedere, on top of which sits a bronze statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.

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    If we were ever going to complete our 'Sheffield's tallest' list, we needed to find a way to get this one done. Fortunately an opportunity recently presented itself. The tower has been undergoing restoration, including replacement and repointing of some of the stonework. To facilitate this, some very precarious looking scaff was errected. This was our chance. But true to form, we did absolutely fuck all about it for a good few weeks. Finally after much procrastination, we thought we'd better get on it...

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    The photo above is from a recce a few weeks ago. That particular night there was just too much foot traffic around, so we settled for a chilled little roof just accross the road which tablets had tipped us off about many months ago (cheers pal :thumb ). We sat and admired the tower in front of us. We knew the scaff wouldn't be up forever, so we vowed to return before it was too late.

    Fast forward a few days and we were back in front of the tower, staring up at it like morons. This time around we had rocked up nice and late, hoping it would be quiet enough for us to just waltz in and crack on. Unfortunately it wasn't that easy. There were still plenty of people milling about the streets, and to top it off the workmen renovating the building over the road (at one o'clock in the fucking morning!) were spending more time outside smoking than inside working. We weren't giving up this time though. We waited for our moment, and then like bearded ninjas, we were in...

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    The ascent was tedious. Every couple of levels we'd have to stop and keep still when hoards of people appeared on the street below. Then there would be a lull and we could carry on. We persevered, eventually passing the clock face and finally reaching the first balcony level...

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    Once we were off the scaff and inside the tower, we could finally relax and take a moment to appreciate where we were, but we weren't at the top yet. From the lower balcony level, a short ladder leads up into bell tower, and from there a hellish ladder climb up to the belvedere...

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    Finally at the top we were greeted with one of the best views in Sheff...

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    Well, that's about your lot. It was a cracking feeling to get this one ticked off, even if I am getting too old to be rolling into bed at 4:00am on a school night. I feel pretty lucky to have been up there, and of course getting this one cracked is a big leap towards our target of topping all of Sheffield's tallest.

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    Cheers :)
     
    #1 jazzywheelz, Jul 11, 2014
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  2. Ojay

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    Opportunity knocks, I like this sort of high stuff, a fantastic building which otherwise you wouldn't normally see :thumb
     
  3. Camera Shy

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    Well done lads, some nice views and from an iconic building in the city, pure win.
     
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    great stuff this excellent write up and excellent pics very enjoyable your perseverance certainly paid off.
     
  5. Boba Low

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    Good to see you lot showing us more of sheff than your standard derps and tunnels. This is lovely lads.
     
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    Sweeet effort guys, doubly so as it's wide open and in the middle of the city!

    The across the road shot was a good idea as well. You happen to find a lens cap while you were over there?

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    Fuckety yes j, love it man
     
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    About time! :p: Brilliant work guys and fabulous views :)
     
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    Good work lads!
     
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    Cracking stuff fellas
     
  11. Humpa

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    very nice mate :thumb
     
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    Top job lads :thumb Some great pics as well :)

    Funny I was stood below this on Tuesday evening texting WILDBOyz about a climb up here lol well done, and it's quite an impressive building IMO
     
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    Belter of a report. And some fucking ace shots too, really puts mine to shame!
    Glad we got this one cracked, it's a good un. On to them cRanZ now lad!
     
  14. jazzywheelz

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    Thanks for all the comments, guys. Much appreciated :Not Worthy

    Thanks again for the info on that one, fella. Been meaning to do it for like a year or something. Didn't find any lens caps though, sorry :(

    Cheers M :) Yeah it took us waaaay too long but it was worth the wait.

    Was a pleasure as always, boss. Yes to crayonz :thumb
     
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    Cracking photos and well done. No one gets anything by giving up (well apart from someone telling you how to do it!)
     
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