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Report - Crown courts sheffield, October 2013.


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Visited with Will Knot and MSP, one early morning recently, as We parked the car up a guy who looked like a cop came over and asked us if were going to the courts! there was no sign of any camera gear with him, so We just didn't comment at first and he then assured us he wasn't a rozzer and his tripod etc was in his car boot, so he tagged along and went under the user name Acid Reflux, :thumb

Some history:

The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield's first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny.[1] This first structure stood by the parish church, on a site with little prospect for extension.[2]
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.[2]

Waingate in 1857: the Old Town Hall with its first clock tower on the left
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.[2]
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.[2]
In 2007, it was named by the Victorian Society as one of their top ten buildings most at-risk[3]

I'll start with the cell's.

This led to a bricked off tunnel, I was surprised on our visit how untrashed the courts were considering it's been reported so many times.

Beauty in decay!

Not the best of shots, the lights were on in this room as We couldn't find the switch We left them on, there were also xmas tree lights left on in another part of the building, one room I would have loved to light up was court 1 (not photographed) it was pitch black, but not all of the place has power to it!

No sign of them!

Court 2, in better condition than court 2, and better lit due to windows :laugh

Court 2.


One of many.



Siloette of Will Knot.

I'd like a revisit, the pay and display was getting close to Will knots station wagon getting a tow, so We wen't for some diner and cup o yorkshire tea :D

Thanks for looking Telf.


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