Report - Sheffield old courthouse Oct 2013

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Aug 1, 2013

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

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

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.
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.

As this place is situated in a city centre an early start seemed the best idea - i was hoping to be in before 9am. roll on 11am and we are walking the perimeter trying to look normal!!!! it didnt take too long to find a way in but we needed to improvise a little bit to kept the noise down - if youve been you'll know what i mean. the building is so close to the main roads and bus routes that several times you think people are in there with you and the electric still been on in places was enough to keep the senses heightened. This place has seen alot of traffic recently and some great pictures.rather than doing the usual snaps i tried to capture the real atmosphere of the place and rather than light shots use what was naturally occuring. hope you like them - It was a great explore - a real gem of a place.













Thanks for looking guys - these were taken on a new camera and im still getting the hang of it but hope you like the honest nature of the shots.

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