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Report - Sheffield Old Town Hall / Crown Court - Feb 14

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Stopford_lad, Feb 2, 2014.

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    Sheffield Old Town hall /Courts - Sheffield


    Sheffield Old Town Hall stands on Waingate, Sheffield, opposite Castle Market.

    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.

    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.

    It was recently named by the Victorian Society as one of their top ten buildings most at-risk


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    Visted with Marsden1002, and what seemed like half of the urbex community of Yorkshire...
    I knew this place was popular, but this was ridiculous....as was the comedy access :D

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    there's some proper brickwork and tiling on show in these upper level cells

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    and a rather impressive stairwell up towards the main court-room

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    this is the entrance to court no 1..strangely all the lights were on in the hallway

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    but the actual courtroom was pitch black and somewhat trashed as you can see

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    the middle shot is the main, and most impressive court in the building, however due to a minor
    lens fail I didn't get any decent shot...I think a return visit may be on the cards

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    one of many smaller courts, not as impressive as the larger rooms but in good nick considering

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    now this was an odd room, a live t.v, complete with white noise, and at the far end of the room,
    a fireplace replete with fairy lights and some rather worrying graffiti...gtfo

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    basement cells, complete with obligatory peely paint

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    onwards and upwards towards the clock tower, another camera fail meant my shots were restricted
    to either camera-phone or pissed up out of focus headache inducing rubbish, but anyway...

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    two pigeon poo covered ladders later, and we were up in the tower

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    nice big clocks :D, rotten floors and dead pigeons galore

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    standard rooftop view towards the outskirts of the city centre

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    Possibly one of the best places I've been to in a long while, chilled out and no hiding from security...it's all good :thumb

    Thanks for looking​
     

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