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UK St Vincent's School - Sheffield - February 2014

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I visited this treacherous site in the dark with a friend (ACID- REFLUX from 28DL) who took one for the team by going through the rotten floorboards just before we left :D

The main attraction of this place for me was the rumour of 10 hidden paintings by the Sheffield based street artist Phlegm. We managed to find 8 of those, I think the rest may have been destroyed by the collapse of various walls and roofs. The place is a total death trap at least in the main building on the first floor, there are holes everywhere going right through to the lower level and it's so overgrown that most of the holes are invisible. Anyway, if you like playing treasure hunt and dicing with death then this a great place :thumb

I couldn't find much history on the school buildings specifically but here is some info on the adjoining church and parish as a whole:

Matthew Ellison Hadfield designed the chapel-school which was completed in July 1853 at a cost of £1,850. The chapel was greatly expanded in 1856 by George Goldie, a partner of Hadfield’s, with the addition of a nave and a chancel and was officially recognised as a church although it had no tower or spire. Further building work took place in 1870 when a church tower was built up to a height of 40 feet which incorporated the south porch and an entrance from White Croft. The tower was raised up to its present day height of 93 feet in 1911 when a donation by Mr. Philip Wake enabled it to be completed in a design in the Norman style based on a typical church in Normandy. The architect of the new tower was Charles Hadfield and it was formally blessed and opened by Michael Logue Primate of All Ireland on 28 October 1911. 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. Unsure how long this place has been abandoned but for quite a long time judging by the state of it. The adjoining church was also abandoned many years ago although it is currently used for storage by a charity who provide poor people with furniture.

With fears for our safety in mind we didn't hang around too long so the photos perhaps aren't the best but they were all I could manage under the circumstances in a short time frame and in the dark :eek: The exterior shots were taken the following day.

Exterior

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Enter at your own peril

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The Holey Rooms

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The Collapsed section

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Downstairs

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Thanks for looking :thumb

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Cheers guys, SK if you're in London I can't recommend Phlegm's current exhibition highly enough, it's on Shoreditch high street at the Howard Griffin gallery for the next couple of weeks and free to get in :thumb

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Seriously loving the graff. Something magical about finding good art in a shell of a derp.

Cheers. Yeah I agree, most places in Sheffield are full of epic artwork from what I saw :thumb

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