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Report - Loxley Chapel, Sheffield, November 2015

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by HughieD, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    It’s taken me a long time to get round to seeing this place but see it I did. It’s very sad to see a listed building in this sorry state with the owners ambivalent to its fate. What makes the plight of places like this so tragic is the fact than many people’s loved ones are buried here. It’s quite a well-known place with a history so here it is…

    The Chapel was built in 1787 by the Rev Benjamin Greaves (the then curate of Bradfield) together with some of his associates. Shortly after its completion consecration was refused because builders would, for some unknown reason, not install an east-facing window. It was eventually sold at auction for the princely sum of £315 and so became an independent chapel. A decade later it started performing baptisms in 1799 and the first officer of the Titanic, Henry Tingle Wilde was apparently christened here. Notably a significant number of the 240 dead from the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 are buried in the cemetery. This includes members the Armitage family, who tragically lost 12 of their number, including five children. Here's what the chapel looked like in the later 1800's:

    22500336220_7f54911062_b.jpg Loxley Chapel by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Latterly the chapel became known as the Loxley United Reformed. It is a Grade II listed building and has been on English Heritage at risk register since August 1985, prior to its closure in 1993 after the congregation had reached an unsustainable level. The chapel is apparently to be owned by Hague Farming of Bradfield (who also own Canon Brewery, Thornsett Lodge and the Hallam Tower Hotel – spot a trend here?) One major issue is that while the current owner has freehold possession, the grave plots still belong to the respective families of the dead.

    Here are the pictures.

    Making my way through the graveyard;



    22694374031_e41a4ff1b9_b.jpg img2621 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The chapel soon appears on this very fresh morning:

    22669741262_119d909576_b.jpg img2614 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some of the not-so-bright locals have got here before me:

    22062758354_4f8f5e6db6_b.jpg img2553 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Gravestones abound:

    22060607954_eb43b9d4eb_b.jpg img2613 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    22685403035_106f7110e7_b.jpg img2555 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some grander than others:

    22683506115_6d74d5e14a_b.jpg img2611 by
    HughieDW, on Flickr

    OK – in we go. Here’s the altar:

    22062405234_25939c4443_b.jpg img2561 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Why do people smash-up stained-glass windows?

    22671495342_b6772d3394_b.jpg img2562 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In memory of…

    22063782483_27c43b30d8_b.jpg img2565 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    22684999425_da1f4f5b0c_b.jpg img2563 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Up the stairs we go:

    22696051831_f04258157a_b.jpg img2569 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Pew No.4:

    22063355703_3132934957_b.jpg img2581 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Pews with a view upstairs:

    22657782026_64ee817ffe_b.jpg img2603 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    22676750862_f470db13f9_b.jpg img2585 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    No, I didn’t go up the ladder:

    22062041204_4ba4b6938c_b.jpg img2571 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The magnificent organ:

    22063248493_186b914aaf_b.jpg img2583 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Pipes in good order, keys not so good:

    22658711806_3804cce539_b.jpg img2575 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    22670085882_679e043394_b.jpg img2605 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The stops are somewhere in the middle:

    22061861444_b8ac477c38_b.jpg img2576 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Architectural detail:

    22657557086_3e5c545bf7_b.jpg img2610 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The bible room has seen better days:

    22690142265_d1c8d9bbbe_b.jpg img2598 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    22684113645_965dcb3ea3_b.jpg img2593 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Print of an old engraving on the floor:

    22657937646_128b133d07_b.jpg img2599 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Meeting room at the back:

    22496368790_8671f684e7_b.jpg img2590 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    22496285940_2a813a8e2e_b.jpg img2591 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cute back-room stove:

    22670323792_8e1c670dae_b.jpg img2600 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The ‘arty’ shot:

    22495879380_fd7cbdb201_b.jpg img2601 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    OK, not strictly urbex but it was Halloween!

    22685662215_8b2e27834e_b.jpg img2623 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking!
     
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  2. Vertigo

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    Great shots. It's a shame about this place and that the current owners got their hands on it. Apparently they outbid a local scout group who were actually going to use the building rather than let it rot.
     
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  3. HughieD

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    Cheers mate. Ah...didn't know that. Could have been a very different story if they had gotten hold of the place...
     
  4. WildBoyz

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    Some cracking shots there, looks a bit more worse for wear since I was last there.
     
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    Some lovely crisp shots there. It really is a shame to see the graveyard at the back in a complete state. I did find the field at the back with random graves in really weird.
     
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  6. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Cheers Tumbles. Yes...know what you mean Re: grave yard. Same scenario with the two Victorian Graveyards in Sheffield.
     
  7. Will Knot

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    Nice take and pics there mate :thumb
     
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  8. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Thank you kindly Will....
     
  9. Andrejuan

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    lovely report, local to me but I didn't know it was owned by Hagey??
    I would love to meet the man and hear his story.
     
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    Some nice shots here.

    I guess someone is looking out for the place (badly) as the board on the window in shot 3 was not there a few months back.
     
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    Cant believe the state of that organ now... the mentality of people who just want to smash things up will always baffle me!! Quite sad really!
     
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