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Report - St. Vincent Church - Sheffield - July 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Jidell, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. Jidell

    Jidell 28DL Full Member
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    Ended up accidentally walking past this place with a few non members yesterday. Entry was easy enough and the site did not disappoint! There is loads of history in the church old paperwork and stuff at one side.....old Barclays cheques from the 1950's which was pretty awesome!!! Spend a good hour and a half in this place and thoroughly enjoyed it because in comparison to other places this place has not been wrecked really, everything is still intact. Give it a good clean and within half a year it could be a usable church again. Bit of history below:

    "St Vincent’s Church is a disused (since 1998) Roman Catholic church situated on Solly Street at its junction with Hollis Croft in the centre of the City of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

    As a result of the Irish Potato Famine between the years of 1845 and 1849 many emigrants left Ireland to try to find a better life in England. The developing cutlery and tool industries of Sheffield attracted many of these Irish emigrants and they settled in "The Crofts" area of the town. The Crofts was centred on Solly Street (then called Pea Croft) and at that time was the centre of the Sheffield steel, cutlery and filemaking industries. It was an area of working class tenements and back to back housing interspersed with iron and steel works and small workshops making cutlery and hand tools.
    The majority of the Irish emigrants in The Crofts were Roman Catholics and worshipped at the newly opened St Marie’s church in Norfolk Row, the only Catholic church in Sheffield in the early 1850s. Father Edmund Scully of St Marie’s pledged to build a school-chapel for The Crofts area and on Good Friday 1851 a plot of ground was purchased in the area for £700. Matthew Ellison Hadfield designed the chapel-school which was completed in July 1853 at a cost of £1,850.

    The first Sheffield Blitz raid by German bombers on the night of 12/13 December 1940 resulted in the destruction of the original 1853 chapel when a parachute mine landed on the roof. The original girls school was also destroyed and every window in the church was blown out destroying some valuable stained glass windows. The newer part of the church from 1911 escaped serious damage.

    Vigorous fund raising enabled much re-building to be done on the damaged church in the 1950s, this included a new chapel, replacement roofs and a new entrance porch, organ loft and choir gallery.
    Due to the war damage and continuing slum clearances in the post war St Vincent’s area, the church lost much of its congregation as the district was rebuilt as a business area. In 1998 it closed as a place of worship and is in need of some renovation with much of the land round the church used for car parking."

    On with the pictures :D ;)

    The church itself, still looks in clean condition
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    Walked up the stairs and was presented with this!:laugh
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    Cherubs still intact
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    With the history pile
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    Old TV anyone? Just needs a replacement screen ;)
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    Dear Deidre was still going on, even back in '81 (see what i did there)
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    Stained glass windows did not disappoint
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    The paintwork didn't either
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    Still in good condition
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    Anyone restore organs?
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    The stairs up to the clock tower we're risky and wobbly as hell
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    The stained glass still a great sight to see
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    The church as a whole
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    Again thankyou for looking at my post any comments please tell me! :thumb
     

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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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  3. Jidell

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    We went up to a certain extent, we went up the old winding stairs and there was stairs above us,we ventured half way up and they were ridden with loads of bird poo and was fairly wobbly.....you could see the particulates of bird s**t everywhere so not to the top pal! Have you?
     
  4. WildBoyz

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    Lmao, yeah man, we braved it on the second visit. Did you see the stalagmites of pure pigeon crap lol? Never seen them so big. Got some pics of the top in our thread somewhere. Good views!
     
  5. Jidell

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    Yeah i think next time if we go again id have to brave it just for the view! Yes i did see the stalagmites haha so horrible! Ill check your report :)
     
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    me and a mate went to "school of Phlem" next to the church which was interesting, we had a look round the church but couldnt get access :(
     
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    We was going to get into the old school but an old woman had a right pop and old us to get off the scaffolding haha!! We would have come back but time was tight!
     
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    yer its a bit of a climb to get into the school and the floors are pretty sketchy to
     
  9. super nerris

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    was in here the other week, I have never seen so much bird crap in my life hahaha especially on that stair case winding up to the tower
     
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    Don"t need to use the Scaff" to get into the school!

    It was already half flattened last Tuesday night. That said it probably in-ploded on itself when the Excavator tracked up ;) the condition it was in.
     
  11. Telf360x

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    think im going to wonder round kelham today and see whats about, yer schools probably seen its last day
     
  12. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre The clumsiest explorer in Yorkshire!
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    Popped by this week, seems the church is now all sealed up :( however no need for scaff to get into the school, half the walls are missing anyway!
    Watch your step if you upstairs x

    Oh and lovely shots btw!
     
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    Nice find, great report! Would love to visit this place!
     
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