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Report - Sheffield Town Hall, Court & Clock Tower March 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Midnightman, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Midnightman

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    After seeing other reports, I just had to visit this place. Thanks for the info on getting in, you know who you are ;) Stayed at a friends close by to make the early morning visit/travel not so early. Tried to be discreet and quiet when getting in but that wasn't going to happen and if you have been in you will know what I mean!

    Had a good few hours roaming round and taking pictures, this place is in really great condition. It was a solo explore, nice and relaxing until you see the lights on and flashing Christmas tree lights round a TV, a bed with basically all the mod cons close by :eek: So just be careful and watch your back if you go.

    Ill try and keep history short as its been done and reported loads. Hope you like my report.

    The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield's first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. 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.

    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 1896-7, 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

    Wiki Link, Sheffield Old Town Hall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Took a lot of photos, here is a few of them.

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    Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed the report :thumb
     

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